Category Archives: Weapons (Guns and Edged Weapons)

Swords, Kukri’s, fighting knives and even guns. You will find it here. Keep in mind that the Extreme Weapons category focuses upon the guns that Jack covered in his book, “Xtreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World”

Roman Pila and the Roman Gladius gave Roman soldiers the edge over their opponents

Immortalized as Roman Pila   these spears gave the Roman soldier a huge battlefield advantage over his opponents.  But it was the combination of the short sword and the Pila that made him so deadly.

Immortalized?  You bet.  That’s because as far as I was concerned a Roman soldier had a Pilum and a  short sword called the Gladius.  My Latin grammar taught me that  Pila was the plural form for more than one pilum.   While  two swords or more were gladii.  A dagger was a pugio, and a sword was a scutum.  But a gladius was not just any sword.  It was a very special short sword that typically had a 20 inch blade that was absolutely devastating at close quarters.

As for the Roman Pila, no spears came close to being as effective

Roman soldiers trained  intensely to use the gladius and pilum in deadly concert with each other.

Roman PIla
This is the difference between what a top American craftsman such as Mark Morrow creates as the total embodiment of what Roman soldiers actually used over 2000 years ago and what Indians and Chinese typically produce for the tourist market.

You will find that when it comes to bowie knives, swords, kukris, and firearms that

I am a purist who insists on the utmost historical authenticity.

I had to take three years of Latin.  Each month all of us had to take a 200 question test in Latin grammar and vocabulary.  If we didn’t score at least 90 %, we’d have to spend two hours after school the next Friday correcting each of our mistakes over and over again.  Because of such intense study of Latin and my deep love of History that I revere what is truly authentic.

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When I bought my first pilum that had been made somewhere in India, I was totally disgusted.

I found out how fraudulent the Indian made   Roman Pila were.

So help me God, if I am to be over 90 percent accurate with my gladii, Roman pila,  scuta and pugios, I demand that all historical weapons I put on my wall are just as authentic.

I have a lot to say about both  Roman pila and gladii.  But I’ve said it already in my Looking Glass online magazine.  I invite everyone who’s sincerely interested in the gladius and Roman pila  to visit the following two links where you will also find my you tube videos.

the Roman Pilum

The Roman short sword or Gladius.

 

 

Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri, the World War 1 model 1903-1915

Does the Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri beat the craftsmanship of Himalayan Imports finest kukris?

Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri and the Mk2
The blades of the Mark 1 and Mark II are polished to a mirror finish that rivals or even exceeds the Himalayan Imports M-43

It’s almost impossible to beat the craftsmanship of a Himalayan Imports  Kukri, but the Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri  is of equal quality. That’s saying a lot because the HI kukris are simply superb.

Tora makes History come alive in its creations.

Tora Blades puts History into each of its creations.  In this respect Tora Blades eclipses the competition.  Himalayan Imports and Kurki House are either unwilling or unable to create Historically authentic blades.

Now, I’m not about to say that the Himalayan Imports M-43 is better or that it falls short of the models from Tora Blades.  It is what it is.   The  M-43 performs exceptionally well at chopping down big trees and cutting large logs almost  as fast and effectively as an axe.

But the historical M-43 was actually a later version of the Mk2 that was used during the World Wars.  The military M-43’s and MK2’s had much thinner blades than the Himalayan Imports versions and were normally about 10 ounces lighter in weight. The HI M-43 is a leviathan  in comparison.

 I invite you to watch my you tube video, Battle Blades 2,

to  view the Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri  in its full glory.  This video’s in full HD resolution.  So it’s going to look good on a large screen t.v.

I’ll tell you a little secret.  I don’t use the smart t.v. internet features of my 55 inch television.  Instead I hook the t.v. up to my computer with an hdmi cable to duplicate my computer screen on my 55 inch t.v.   This is much more effective than  using the smart t.v. internet features.  It’s also a faster and less complicated  way to watch you tube videos.

My Tora Blades Mk1 Kukri You Tube video

 

HI M-43, Gelbu Special and Tora Blades Mark II battle blade


Mark II battle blade and HI M43 kukri
Which Kukri is the best battle blade, a Tora Blades Mark II battle blade, Himalayan Imports M-43, HI World War II model, or HI Gelbu Special?  I have all four, and each one has unique strengths that make it superior to the other three.

The HI M-43 is the biggest, baddest and most devastating Kukri

on trees and the most capable of severing heads.  But it weighs a porky 36 ounces  That’s as heavy as most swords.  So you’d think this is the one you’d want for combat or week long expeditions into the wilderness.  Himalayan Imports closely patterned the M-43 after the Mark II kukri that the Nepalese Gurkha soldiers  used during World War I and II.

But the HI M-43 is a far cry from the Mark II battle blade that Gurkas actually carried.

The Tora Blades Mark II, that weighs barely more than half the HI M-43 just might be a better selection.   The curves of the M-43 closely imitates  the historic weapons of both World Wars.   But that’s where the resemblance ends.   Tora Blades takes the prize for historical authenticity for wartime kukris.   And the Tora Blades Mark II is about as close as it comes to the blades that actually saw combat in both conflicts.  Then there’s the Himalayan Imports Gelbu Special which doesn’t even pretend to be designed as a battle blade.  To find out which is the best battle blade of them all this video just might give you the answers you seek.

When the Thai girlfriend and guns meet the Grand Canyon

Real men and real women love guns.  If you don’t believe me, bring your Thai girlfriend to the Grand Canyon to shoot guns, show her what a 45 automatic can do, and watch her addiction grow.  Next year we will undoubtedly visit the United States again leaving Thailand for America’s wide open spaces, and can you guess what she’s looking forward to the most?  Yep, you guessed it, shooting guns.  This time we will be visiting two friends, an American who owns over sixty guns, and the Thai woman he just married who we’ve been told is equally addicted to guns.  And speaking for myself, I owned 38 guns but sold most of them a few months before moving to Thailand.  Then I wrote Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World.

Before offering my thoughts that might explain why people become so addicted to guns, let me first say one thing.   We did not shoot the guns in this video at the Grand Canyon itself.  The Grand Canyon is a national park and here you will find many Elk due to the park’s protection of wildlife.   But the location for this video was only a few miles outside the Grand Canyon National Park.   The place was basically in the middle of nowhere, Arizona.  My nephew vaguely remembered it so he was going purely from memory from years gone by when he pulled off the main road onto a dirt road which we took for several miles.  Thankfully he was driving a jeep because that little dirt road got rougher and rougher the farther we drove towards  the isolated clearing that my nephew’s fellow Arizonians had turned into an informal gun range.  No one was there when we first drove up, but after we had been shooting for a half your or so, a man drove into the clearing to shoot his Russian World War II bolt action rifle.

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For the first time in a couple of years I was able to once again fondle, then shoot my beloved .45 automatic.  Of all the things I had either sold or left behind in the U.S. when I moved to Thailand, it was that .45 automatic I missed the most.  I miss it more than the special edition Mazda Miata sports car I sold before moving to Thailand, more than the BMW K-100  RS motorcycle I used to own, the Dodge 4 wheel drive Dakota sports pickup truck, and the two John Deere tractors I used to farm with.  In fact I loved that particular 45 and will continue to love it more than all the guns I ever had including the five or six forty-five automatics I had before it.  So before I get into the reasons for my complete addiction to guns, let me describe what it is about this particular 45 that makes it so special.

I used to sleep with it under my pillow, not because I was afraid of anything.  It’s just that this particular 45 felt so good and I had long ago given up on teddy bears and wouldn’t have another girlfriend until I moved to Thailand.

It started out being a 45 Colt government model but I wound up customizing it.  I had a new trigger and hammer installed to give it a quicker response.  The same gunsmith then installed a beaver tail that made it easier on the hand, especially after putting a 100 rounds or so through it during one shooting session.  To me a 45 auto doesn’t really kick all that hard.  Especially when you compare it to  .44 magnums and .454 Casulls and other hard kicking handguns.  But with the beavertail to cushion my hand the web of my hand was protected from the continued toll inflicted by a hundred rounds at the range.

I then sent my .45 to Wilson Combat which is one of the premier custom gun makers in the U.S.  I simply loved the looks of Wilson Combat CBT model with its contrasting dark green and black finish so I instructed Wilson Combat to make my Colt look just like one of their CBT’s.  This meant Wilson would have to strip the bluing off my Colt and finish it off with its Armor tuff finish that was supposed to be almost impervious to salt water.  But first I had Wilson Combat bevel my Colt, which meant grinding and sanding all the sharp edges so that the gun would feel completely smooth in hand.

Most out of the box Colt government 45’s will shoot within 3 inches at 25 yards whereas Wilson’ Combat custom models will shoot within 1 inch to 1.5 inches.   I could have gone with a match barrel but instead I decided to forego the added expense of a custom barrel and bushing.   Instead I had Wilson Combat tighten up the slide to frame fit.  The result was a 45 that showed not the slightest amount of play between its slide and frame.  After waiting a couple of months for Wilson Combat to perform its magic to my 45 I finally got the gun back.   With the slide to frame tolerance tightened up I was able to put six out of six rounds into a 3 inch circle at 25 yards shooting offhand.  The end result was not only the best looking 45 automatic I had ever owned, but a much more accurate one than most as well as one that was utterly smooth to touch.

Real Men Shoot 45’s

My Dad was a man’s man in every sense.  He had served in World War II and had wound up as a captain stationed in England by the end of the war.  When he came back to the U.S. he brought with him two forty-five automatics and one paratrooper model M-1 carbine with a folding stock.  Unfortunately he wound up either selling or giving away one of the forty-five automatics and the M-1 carbine.  The remaining .45 automatic became his most prized firearm until the end of his life.

Dad was never a particularly good shot, and by the time I was ten I could outshoot him with his .45.  I think Dad always felt that all real men learn three things in life:  1. To be able to ride a horse well, 2. To be able to shoot guns equally well, and 3.  To be able to win most of his fights.  So by the time I was eight we had two horses and from the time I was ten I nearly always rode bareback.  By the time I was ten, my step grandfather was teaching me how to box after installing a platform bag and heavy bag in our basement.  And by the time I was eight my dad was already turning me loose to shoot rabbits alone in the woods with a 410 shotgun.  When I was 12 I bought my first gun, a World War II 1943 Springfield 03-A3 Army rifle I bought from a police officer for fifty dollars.  I had to work all summer long in order to earn that fifty dollars.   By the time I finally got it, I had already been lusting for a Springfield from the time I was ten.  I loved the idea of its terrific power and being able to shoot things from hundreds of yards from my target,  I got something like 500 army surplus shells with the rifle.   Those shells were three inches long and I could shoot through thirty inch trees with them.  Back then most boys would get .22’s if they got anything and it would be their dads buying them a .22.  I had to buy my own gun, and I had decided early on that bigger was better.  And believe me, a 30-06 is incomparably bigger than any .22.

One of my next guns was a 9 mm Luger that had been made in Germany during World War II.  My Dad gave it to me for either a Christmas or birthday present.  Back then a Luger was simply the most gorgeous handgun that had ever been created.  Several years later he gave me a 9 mm Browning High Power for Christmas.  I had always loved the feel of a High power in the hand and back in those days the idea of having a clip that would hold 13 rounds was a huge turn on.   Dad never had much use for either of the two 9 mm’s believing that they lacked stopping power and that only a forty-five could be relied on to get the job done.

The 9mm Luger had a horrible trigger pull.  Even worse, mine had a very serious problem jamming.  So I wound up trading it for a gorgeous model 57 Smith and Wesson 41 Magnum.  But by this time I had developed a problem with flinching and the 41 Magnum kicked nearly as bad as a .44 Magnum.  As for the 9 mm Browning High Power, it had never been blessed by a good trigger pull to start with, and not being able to shoot it well, I sold it.  Mine was a particularly good looking specimen having been manufactured in Belgium, but prior to telling it I had adjustable sights installed which ruined the good looks of the gun.  I wish I had kept it because in the last few years I was able to live with the indifferent trigger pulls all High powers seem to have and actually be able to shoot them very well.

All of this took me through my college years.  By the time I graduated I had gotten a shotgun or two and two Ruger Blackhawks, one in .357 magnum, while the second was chambered in .45 Colt along with a Ruger Single six .22 magnum.

Much later on in life, I wound up buying, selling or trading more guns than I can keep track of.  In the process I bought a good half a dozen 9 mm’s and another half a dozen .45’s.  The best of the entire lot, that is until I got the Wilson customized .45 auto, was a Walther P-88 in 9 mm.  The clip held 15 rounds.  The gun never gamed.  It had a great trigger pull for a double action semi-auto, wonderful sights, and it shot right where I aimed it.   It was very expensive and I had to trade three guns for it, but it was perfect in every way, except for one thing.  It was not a forty-five.

As outstanding as that Walther p-88 was, Dad would never had much use for it.  Its fifteen round capacity wouldn’t have impressed him either.  In fact, when he kept his World War II .45 automatic under his pillow or between his mattress and box spring he’d normally keep just four rounds in the magazine in the belief that just four rounds was enough to get the job done and that if he kept more rounds in the clip that the magazine’s spring would be compressed to the point of causing the clip to become unreliable in time.

So what is it about a forty-five auto that makes it the king of the mountain?  Certainly it don’t have the power that my .41 Magnum had, and as powerful as my .41 Magnum had been, even it would not be anywhere close to the raw power of my .454 Casull.  Dad also didn’t have much use for .357 magnums, even though he had a healthy respect for their power.  For Dad, it was the relatively small size and flatness of a .45 automatic that along with its legendary stopping power made it the most ideal handgun a man could have.  I happen to agree with him.  It is simply the best combination of size and stopping power that there is.  And one can rip off eight shots far quicker than one can with a revolver.  But a 9 mm semi-automatic is also flat, relatively compact, and it offers just as much firepower as any forty-five auto.

No doubt a forty-five auto offers greater stopping power than a 9 mm.  On the other hand it can be argued that a well designed 125 grain hollow point offers even greater stopping power than a .45 auto.  Okay, perhaps it does.   But—–forty-fives are simply much more fun to shoot than .357 magnums.

First off when you shoot at targets at a gun range with a forty-five, you can tell immediately where your bullets have hit.   This is because a forty-five makes a much bigger hole in the target than a 9 mm or a .357.   Usually even when shooting at a target from 25 yards away you can see the large 45 caliber holes appear in the target whereas you won’t be able to see the holes made by smaller caliber weapons.  Secondly, when I used to live on the farm, I’d oftentimes find myself shooting casually at targets of opportunity with a forty-five auto.   I might be shooting at a tin can or a dirt clod in a field, but whatever the big .45 bullets hit, it would make a big impression.  Tin cans would jump thirty feet while dirt clods would explode.  Then there were the steel plates I’d shoot at like they have in Cowboy action contests.  I had driven two 4 by 4 posts into the ground, drilled holes into the top of each post and then inserted a long steel rod approximately nine foot long through the posts and on this steel rod I had mounted six plates that would rotate around the rod while being struck by bullets.  If I used a .22 on the steel plates while practicing my fast shooting technique the steel plates would barely move, and you’d only hear a light pinging while they were being hit by the small .22 caliber bullets.  38’s would hit much harder than a .22 and so would 9 mm bullets, but they wouldn’t begin to compare with the impact that a large heavy .45 slug would make on a  steel plate which would spin in a 180 degree arc.

As for shooting such plates with a .357 magnum, it simply wasn’t as much fun shooting them with a .357.  If, for example, I was shooting the plates with my Colt Single Action revolver that was chambered for .45 long Colt, I’d have to first pull back the hammer and then I’d have to pull the trigger, cowboy style.  If I did the same with a .357 double action revolver, the feel of the gun was not nearly as good as the old Cowboy style Single Action.  I could also fire my Single Action Army faster than I could firing single action with a .357 revolver.  But if I fired the double action .357 double action at the steel plates, although I could shoot the plates faster than I could firing Single Action with my Single Action Army, I could not begin to achieve nearly the speed as I could firing semi auto with my .45 automatic.  Furthermore,  .357 magnum full power loads causes an awful racket.  Its overly loud whereas the sound of a 45 going off is a deep booming sound that is much more pleasing to the ears.

You have noticed that I have digressed to the subject of Single Action 45 long Colt revolvers.  Let me just say that they are a lot of fun to shoot and that I still have my Colt Peacemaker although it like my few remaining guns are now in my nephew’s possession.

Let me just finalize this section by stating:  “Real Men shoot 45’s.”

45’s make big holes, they offer greater stopping power than 9 mm’s and they are simply more fun to shoot.  And speaking for my own family, owning a good 1911 style .45 auto is a rite of passage.  My Dad’s most treasured firearm of all was his World War II forty-five automatic.  I learned to shoot it pretty well by the time I was ten, and today my most treasured firearm is my Wilson customized .45 auto even if it is in my nephew’s possession.  As for my nephew, he has purchased his own .45 automatic years ago, in the best spirits of our family whose male members revere the .45.

Which now brings us to how Thai women characterize the universal appeal of Guns.

Most Thai women are very small compared to their Western counterparts.  For example, my Thai girlfriend is around five foot one and weighs around 95 pounds whereas my pal’s Thai wife, who I will refer to as Tommy Yai, is probably only around four foot ten.  But both Thai women love shooting guns.  I have a theory on this one and it might seem pretty far out, but here it goes.

Thailand is a class society in which there is virtually no middle class.  It is also a male dominated society.  It is also a society in which the very wealthy Thais have absolute power over the poor.  Let me surmise that most Thais feel absolutely powerless to change the basic injustices that are inherent in the power structure in Thailand.  Almost all Thai women most Western men associate closely with here in Thailand are from the poor classes of Thai society.  For centuries, there is no way such a women could have the slightest impact on their basic lot of life or the power structure ruling the country.  The prospect of rebellion was then and still is unthinkable.  Level a spear or a sword at one’s rulers and the wealthy rulers will simply unleash a lot of soldiers are police who will have more swords and spears and be much more well trained in their use.

But a gun, now, that’s another thing.  It’s a real equalizer.  The gun is extremely powerful and it takes relatively little training for a person to become lethal in their use.  Sure, the rich, the government or the police are going to win in the end, but in the meantime even a slightly built Thai woman can kill at least one of her oppressors with hardly any effort expended.

One can compare all of this to the Roman Empire two thousand years ago.  The Roman government backed by the Roman legions was oppressive yet there was little the common people of that time could do about it.  Wielding a knife, sword, spear, or even a bow and arrow against the oppressors was almost unthinkable.  One would certainly be killed in the process or overpowered only to be crucified later.  But suppose back 2,000 years ago, every man and woman under the heel of the Roman boot had semi automatic pistol or AK-47.  That would have been the equalizer.

So I think that’s a large part of the universal appeal of guns.  Common ordinary people who feel powerless and unable to change the world around them–a world that is unfair and cruel, now have in their hands the equalizer.  A man or a woman of inferior physical strength, with the barest minimum of firearms training now can take the life of any oppressor, no matter how many supporters the oppressor has, how strong he is, or how well qualified he is at handling weapons.

That’s a lot of it, at least to my thinking.  The other part is, now that one has in his hands a weapon of enormous power there’s the satisfaction that is derived from actually harnessing all that power while developing the skill and technique to become more proficient at directing all that power to achieve a goal whether that goal is to hit a small target, to hit a moving target, to acquire greater and greater speed, to be able to hunt more successfully or to be able to kill one’s adversary with it.

The old saying goes, that “God made man but Samuel Colt made them all equal. ”   Now that is a very memorable and perhaps very true statement, but it still puts an American and perhaps even an old West spin to the Universal appeal of firearms which I think lurks deep in the hearts of all real men and real women.    This goes for men and women alike regardless of nationality and would have been just as true 2000 years ago as it is today,.  This video,  of the Thai girlfriend and guns meeting near the Grand Canyon certainly goes a long way to proving my point.

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Cold Steel, Kukri House and Mark Morrow bowie knife review

Since I can’t have guns here in Thailand, I’ve chosen edged weapons as the next best thing, .  This bowie knife review is about an American icon, the bowie knife, and what made the bowie knife so deadly that some states in the first half of the 19th century passed legislation that made killing a man with a bowie knife a felony, even if the killing was self defense.

Bill Bagwell’s custom bowie knives are oftentimes regarded as the finest fighting bowie knives of all time.  It costs a minimum of $2000 and a 2 year wait to get one of Bagwell’s masterpieces.  But Bill Bagwell is also hugely successful at self promotion.  In fact, he’s so good at it, that I’m almost certain that almost anyone who reads Bowies, Big Knives and the Best of Battle Blades  will wind up believing nearly every word Bill writes.

The book makes fascinating reading, however.   But the real question is, is the bowie knife as effective as Bill claims it to be?   Bill claims for example that it’s the back cut that makes the bowie knife such an awesome killer of men.  Bill’s theories on the incomparable lethality of the back cut are not, however, substantiated by what I’ve found on the internet that might vindicate him.  But they do make sense.

Cold Steel Trailmaster and Mark Morrow Arkansas Fighting Bowie knife
The Cold Steel Trailmasters are renowned for their very thick blades. The Cold Steel web site shows such knives being subjected to all sorts of abuse from being bent 90 degrees in a vice to being thrust through car doors, etc. Although the Mark Morrow Arkansas fighting bowie has a wider blade it much thinner than the Trailmasters. I doubt if it will withstand nearly the abuse.
Mark Morrow Arkansas Fighting bowie and Kukri House Alamo bowie
Note how massive the Alamo Kukri House bowie is. It’s another 12 ounces heavier than a Cold Steel Natchez bowie that is oftentimes refereed to as a short sword
Cold Steel Trailmaster in San Mai and Mark Morrow custom bowie
Above is the Cold Steel Trailmaster in Japanese San Mai steel. Below, the Mark Morrow hand made Arkansas Fighting bowie. The Cold Steel is a survival knife, one of the best there is with its 3/8th inch thick blade. It’s great for splitting logs, making shelters, etc and with its razor sharp edge, not bad in a self defense role also. The Mark Morrow Arkansas Fighting bowie feels lighter than the Trailmasters yet it weighs nearly 2 ounces more. It has a razor sharp false edge for delivering lethal back cuts. The blade is also wider than the Trailmasters so its going to make a larger entry hole in an adversary. It’s not going to take nearly the abuse the Trailmasters will which are designed to excel in the woods. The Arkansas fighting bowie’s main reason for its existence is to kill people.
Hammer marks on the hilt of the Mark Morrow Arkansas Fighting bowie
Notice the hammer marks along this topside of the Mark Morrow Arkansas Fighting bowie’s guard. Such hammer marks also appear all along the back side of the blade as well as on part of the blade itself. Mark did this on purpose to give the knife a great antique finish. There is nothing quite like the feel of a custom knife from a true craftsman.

comparison4 I had to find out, and it was my quest for finding the truth that drove me to making this bowie knife review video.  The video you are about to see is much more than just a review of  two Cold Steel Trailmasters, a Nepalese Kukri House Alamo bowie and a custom Mark Morrow bowie knife it is a test of Bill Bagwell’s backcut theories as well.   So  I inflated several balloons and bought several small plastic water bottles to put Bagwell’s theory to the test.

What separates a true bowie knife from practically all other edged weapons is its ingenious point design and sharpened false edge on the back side of the blade that begins at the point and then extends three to four inches down.  Bill contends that the full force of a blow delivered from the point and this back edge is concentrated  into such a small area that devastating things happen instantly to an adversaries body parts receiving the blow.  After reading Bagwell’s book and seeing one of his you tube videos, I’ve had images going through my mind of a man’s stomach or intestines being suddenly opened with terrific force that will spill his guts out onto the floor as easily as a gunnysack of oats would spill its contents at the slightest cut.  Such thoughts never left my mind, and I wound up doing my own bowie knife review to determine if this were at all plausible.

But I had to wait a year and a half to do my own tests, because I had just ordered a Mark Morrow hand made Arkansas fighting bowie, and I wound up having to wait s–o—l—o–n—g to get it.   During this long wait I bought a Japanese made Cold Steel Trailmaster in San Mai laminated steel even though I already had an American made Trailmaster in Carbon V steel that’s been with me for twenty years.  But the wait went on and on so when I found out that Kukri House was offering a limited production run of just 25 numbered Alamo style bowie knives I shot my order into Nepal right off.

Five weeks later, the Alamo bowie arrived at my Thailand condo.   It’s a massive knife that weighs come 34 ounces which is just as heavy as two of my Nepalese Kukris that have 13 inch long blades to the Alamo Bowie’s 11 inches.  Everything about the Alamo bowie is first rate.  The handle feels terrific in the hand.  The knives lines are simple and beautiful.  Its steel has that wondrous ring to it that many excellent steels seem to have.

In the You Tube bowie knife review I talk about how Confederate Civil War soldiers started off carrying huge bowie knives as their secondary weapons.  I allude to how such Confederate soldiers no doubt bragged to one another about how “My thing is bigger than your thing”.   But what actually happened is that the typical Confederate bowie knife had gotten to be so large and heavy that those soldiers carrying them usually wound up discarding them because they were simply too heavy to be carrying around on the march when every superfluous pound was jettisoned.  It turned out that Civil War soldiers on both sides normally resorted to using either their bayonets or the butts of their muskets for close in hand to hand combat. And so it would be with the Kukri House Nepalese Alamo bowie.  Although it might offer unparalleled power in separating limbs and heads from human bodies, in the bowie knife review pitting the Alamo bowie against the two Cold Steel Trailmasters and Mark Morrow fighting bowie,  it’s simply too heavy to be carrying about for very long.

It is also a little known fact that Civil War cavalrymen also found their sabres to be nearly as useless as the Southern infantryman found his bowie knife to have been.   The six shot percussion revolver became the preferred weapon of most cavalrymen, particularly by such irregulars as Quantrill’s raiders.  But what is oftentimes  not recognized is that such horsemen usually carried at least two revolvers due to their unreliability and that many of  them carried as many as six revolvers at one time.

One of the reasons why a horseman carried so many revolvers is that they were unreliable.   Each revolver had six chambers and each chamber had a nipple next to it on which was placed a percussion cap.  Among other things (such as the cap failing to ignite) a spent cap oftentimes fell into the revolvers mechanism causing a jam, and that such jams often occurred every 11 rounds or so.  It would not be until the introduction of the Colt Single Action Army in 1873 that the unreliability caused by external primers was solved.

Prior to 1836 with the introduction of the Colt Patterson cap and ball revolver the handguns of the day were typically  flintlock single shot  black powder weapons.  A man had one shot, and that was it.  Needless to say Bowie knives became very popular in those days.  And if Bill Bagwell is to be believed, extremely deadly.  Finally, after a one and a half year wait for Mark Morrow’s exquisitely made Arkansas Fighting Bowie knife, I was ready to do my bowie knife review.  I’d also for the first time do my own private investigation of the bowie knife back cut’s lethality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World on Kindle

Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World is now published on Kindle. Hopefully I can finish a printed version in a month. This is my fourth book and the first I’ve published on Kindle before doing a printed edition first. The book is heavily picture orientated and since a book containing full color images is so expensive to produce I felt Kindle represented a far more affordable way to showcase a work whose primary appeal centers around pictures. So yes, I want to create a copy of this book, but that’s for myself more than it is for those who want to buy the book and have the best possible reading experience possible. I think electronic publishing is the future, but I still want to have my own copy that I can see, feel and touch of something that’s entirely my own that represents a combination of the best that I could do with a camera, or with a Graphics Arts program to design the book itself let alone how well or badly I could write. But the pictures will be much smaller and they will be in black and white so for most of you who are interested in this book, I recommend getting it on Kindle.

The title itself says a lot about this book. For one thing I produced the book within the context of the adult world–that is the adult entertainment world of strippers, topless dancers, feature entertainers and topless clubs. I did some of my photo shoots in topless clubs, And all of my models without a single exception were strippers or feature entertainers. I wrote over twenty of my articles for Xtreme Magazine, a small adult magazine on the East Coast and I did without exception all my own pictures of the models who were used in my articles. Some of the articles never made it into Xtreme for one reason or the other. For one thing I had stopped writing for Xtreme in 2004. The real irony, however, was that I was writing gun articles in an adult magazine in the first place or that I was writing for a magazine on the East Coast when I was living in the Midwest.

Jeremy was the reason I was able to write gun articles for an adult magazine. When I met Jeremy he was Xtreme’s editor. Now he’s in charge of all four of Xtreme’s franchises and has to concentrate on making money for the magazine. But by the time Jeremy asked me to write an article about my .454 Casul revolver, he was writing a large portion of Xtreme’s articles himself. There was the Horror Scope, and no, that is not a misspelling. Jeremy’s horoscopes were insanely funny. And when I first started out writing for Xtreme Jeremy was writing his Adventures of the Backdoor Man in his Search for the Holy Tail, series. By the time he wrote his “The Laundryman Pervert” which he did not publish in Xtreme it was obvious that Jeremy was pretty far out there. My article on my .454 Casul, a revolver that’s so powerful that it would often be used to hunt elephants and Alaskan Brown Bear, represented an abrupt departure from anything that could be expected from an adult magazine focusing on T &A. By the time I completed it there was nothing in it about women. There were no pictures and no mention of them whatsoever. The same was true for my second gun article. For my article about the Uzi, I went to a university library where I dug up a few 1967 articles covering Israel’s Seven Day War. Although I actually put a couple hundred rounds through a fully automatic Uzi submachine gun the article pivoted around the Historical reasons Israel would arm its troops with such a short ranged weapon. It was only after those first two articles that women were brought into the gun articles as models.

There are several aspects about the Xtreme Weapons magazine articles that made them unique . First, they never were written for an audience whose concern is only about guns. Since Xtreme was a free magazine that could be found in topless clubs and other adult venues, it had to be put together in a way that was appealing to a readership that was far less technically inclined than your typical readers of gun magazines. But more than most men, I have a keen interest in History so I’d often bring out the Historical context causing each weapon to evolve the way I did. If anything I departed most from what people might expect from a series of gun articles called Xtreme Weapons and Babes in an Adult World. For the most part the articles are all about guns just as one might expect out of any other gun article. True enough, a lot of time was spent choosing the models for the photo shoots accompanying the articles. There was also a lot of attention to detail during the photo shoots, not only from me, but also from the women posing with the weapons. These are exotic entertainers after all and what most people don’t realize is the women are very professional when it comes to doing pictures. Most women for example might pose in front of a camera for two or three pictures for vacation photos and wind up telling their husband or boyfriend photographer, “That’s enough,” but adult entertainers will insist that two hundred pictures be taken knowing full well that nothing less than perfection will do, and that the lighting for a picture can change at a moment’s notice or the slightest change of expression will ruin a picture not to mention that the most favorable angles need to be taken of a model to show off her figure to her advantage. Typically my photo shoots for the Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World would comprise between one and two hundred pictures.

Above all I wasn’t just some guy out to make a buck who’s snap up a couple of women to shoot pictures of them with guns. I was somewhat of a gun nut myself who truly looked forward to doing each gun article as an opportunity to fully explore the potential of those weapons I was personally interested in. Consider that my first gun was a 30-06 Springfield I worked all summer for when I was just twelve years old. This was no pellet gun or even a .22. It shot three and a half inch shells and it would penetrate right through a thirty inch tree. So when I’d be contemplating what weapon to cover next for Xtreme I’d start thinking about what kind of gun I wanted to shoot next or which gun I had read a lot about, oftentimes from boyhood on, and then I’d set about trying to find a specimen for my next gun article. When it came to the M-1 Garand, I went out and spent eight hundred dollars of my own money just so that I could personally find out all the great things about the M-1 that gave the American infantryman a huge edge over his counterparts during the 2nd World War. The same thing happened to me with the Springfield M-1 A. When I first wrote about the rifle for Xtreme I had taken Darien Ross all the way down to Vic Meyers’ farm so that she could model with his M-15, which was a fully automatic version of the M1’s successor. But I became so intrigued with my own article that I went out and bought my own Springfield M-1 A, which is a commercialized version of the miliary’s M14 and M15’s. The same would prove true with my M-16 article. Again, I took the model, in this case Arianna a del to Vic Meyer’s farm where she could pose with an M-16. But it wasn’t long after Xtreme Published the article that I bought my own M-16 in the form of an AR-15 which is the civilianized version of the military weapon.

I think everyone involved had a terrific time doing those Xtreme Weapons photo shoots that were the heart of the gun articles. The girls loved posing with the guns, oftentimes getting to shoot automatic weapons in the process. And since I didn’t have any automatic weapons which are illegal to own unless one has a specialized license to have or sell them, I was able to get my hands on about anything I wanted because I could offer the gun dealers who had them a part in the photo shoots that centered around a very attractive personable adult entertainer. It took a lot of far sighted fun loving people to get all those photo shoots and magazine articles done starting with an editor who wanted to produce something that was far more interesting than what all the other magazines were printing and it took a group of women who’d be willing to spend a lot of their time getting to and from the photo shoots without receiving any direct cash reimbursement. And then there were the gun dealers. It’s not easy to find a 50 caliber tripod mounted machine gun and then it needs to be set up for the photo shoot. So I owe all of them a lot for all their hard work and time. This is the result of all that went into over two years of all that tremendous effort.