The Sedgley Glove Gun that packs a Punch

[su_heading size=”30″]Maybe a Good alternative to Brass Knuckles[/su_heading]

Anyone seen Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds where they used a pistol mounted glove to elminate a couple of German guards? Guess what?, in the real world U.S. military did manufactured some in small numbers.

Originally it was designed for the U.S. Navy made by RF Sedgley company. The pistol is a single shot .38 S&W barrel mounted alongside a plunger, that extends beyond the muzzle of the barrel. The entire thing is riveted to a heavy glove. It’s designed when the person makes a fist, the plunger and muzzle are left slightly in front of the knuckles. Upon impact while punching someone or somehting, the plunger is depressed, which fires the weapon.

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To reload, it requires releasing a latch and pivoting the barrel up to eject the empty round and load a new one by hand, this was a very slow reload.

Punch_Pistol_SceneAccording to U.S. Military 50 to 200 of them were issued. There is no confirmed record of it being used in combat or by the OSS (Office of Strategic Services).

Other citations refers that the Sedgley glove gun was issued to a Navy beach jumper. His job was to use a PT boat to cause confusion and chaos while performing amphibious landing operations. Another scenario that was instructed was, in case the Japanese boarded his boat, he was to raise his hands up to surrender. This would conceal the firearm, however reloading would be a problem if there was a second Japanese soldier coming towards him. So word has it that they would just stick to their 1911 instead.

For the record a curator of the WWII museum stated that the Navy did issue this weapon on the idea that it was a neat thing to have, go figure.

Source: Ian McCollum, Forgotten Weapons Youtube, Rock Island Auction Company

World War II Lethal Dart Gun – Code name Bigot

That never worked out

Once upon a time during WWII a lethal dart gun code name “Bigot” was created to be used by commandos to covertly eliminate sentries, this dart gun was constructed from a M1911 .45 caliber pistol. The Office of Strategic Services predecessors of the CIA developed this clandestine weapon, its unknown as to what advantage this has over a silenced pistol. The weapon never made it out of the research and development department, but this didn’t stop Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons to get their hands on one to check out, see the video below.

According to Ion McCollum of Forgotten Weapons who shot a reproduction of the “bigot”, here’s what he observed:
” the reproduction darts had a maximum range of about 10 feet. I fired a total of six darts at a glass bowl target roughly 8 feet away, and the result was two darts hitting and breaking the glass, two darts hitting the glass and bouncing off, and two darts failing to make it to the glass bowl. Not exactly lethal.”

“Now, of course, the original darts with a better gas seal and more powder would have had a higher muzzle velocity and a longer range, but I suspect that the reason the project was eventually abandoned was an inability to get the darts moving fast enough to be useful at any reasonable distance. Some people have speculated that the Bigot was designed to throw lines or for use underwater, and my experience suggests that it would have been radically underpowered for either of those uses.”

In summary, the “bigot” isn’t effective as a standard suppressed .45 ACP 1911 pistol. However, the weapon would be a great piece for a cocktail conversation amongst James Bond fans.

Video Transcription:
Ian: Hi guys, thanks for tuning into another video episode on Forgottenweapons.com, I’m Ian and we have a very interesting old pistol to show you today. This is a Bigot. ‘Least that’s the codename that the OSS gave this particular modification to the 1911. The idea here, these were developed in World War Two, and I believe they were used to shoot sentries very quietly. Why exactly they would do this instead of a silencer, I’m not entirely sure, but you do see these referenced in books about World War Two clandestine equipment. Again, the codename for the device is ‘The Bigot’, and it’s a modification to an otherwise stock-standard 1911 pistol. The idea is, it shoots this rather nasty-looking finned dart.

So the main functional part of the Bigot is this modification. This is the device itself, basically. This goes into the barrel of the gun in two parts. The front– This piston is what the dart rides on, then we have this rear piece that sits in the chamber of the 1911 barrel. It’s shaped here at the back to fit nicely in, then the center piston threads nicely into it. So you put this in through the ejection port, then you run this in through the barrel, thread it down like so. Now the firing pin on this particular one has been stuck forward. I think because it was originally made with a very tight fit, and it’s fairly old and it hasn’t been used. what would normally happen is, we have this very long firing pin running the length of this whole device, and in the back here, you can see it’s centered in there. So when you fire the pistol, the firing pin of 1911 firing pin hits that, that pushes out the firing pin on the Bigot device, and this dart actually has a basically a 25 caliber blank cartridge up in the nose. So it slides in like this, firing pin hits here, transmits up to here, then the bigot firing pin up here detonates this little blank cartridge, that produces a ton of gas pressure up here, which pushes this dart off of this rod and out downrange. The fins are a second piece that slides smoothly on the dart body so that when you load this you can load the dart all the way into the barrel, and the fins up at the muzzle, and when it fires it can slide down to the back. Let’s go ahead and put this back together and it’ll make a little more sense.

So we take the two components apart, go ahead and drop this one into my 1911 barrel, and then this piston comes in through the back, threads in place like so, –there are a couple little grooves here so you can get a nice solid grip on this– then if we look at this, you can see the rear-end of this contraption. What we wanna do is put this exactly– you can see it slides nicely into the chamber, and we want it set just right so that the barrel will still close. If you don’t have it rotated to exactly the right position it’ll lock the gun up. I think this is as good a time as any to point out that this was not ever a major production item. I’m not sure if these were ever actually even used, so the fact that it’s really finnicky– you might say it’s an outright bad idea. Didn’t stop them from making a couple. Now this is a normal pistol, I have just added this piston and chamber device in there, and my firing is all pretty much contained in this dart. So what I would do is load a dart, there’s a nice, mechanical, fairly tight seal there. I’ll drop the ends over the muzzle of the gun, and there we go. Now I cock the gun, and I can go about firing it, and when I fire it, it’ll go shoot that dart out. Should I want to fire a second time, all I have to do is put another dart in, because the nose of the gun contains the blank cartridge that powers it. If I then need to revert this back to being a regular forty-five, all I have to do is go about unthreading the piston, drop out the chamber component, and insert magazine of .45 cartridges. And away you go!

Alright, so you might think it’s cool enough that we have one of these bigot pistols, but not only do we have that, we have five different types of dart for them. This is the one that we were looking at in the gun, and this is I believe the one that you normally see pictures of. Sliding fins, and the fins are normally notched to go give you some clearance around the muzzle of the gun. But! We also have, for example, this one– smaller fins, same basic idea, and in this case the front end is threaded so that you can take the tip off, presumably, to load the blank cartridge. Whereas on the first style of dart, the blank is set from the factory. We also have a slightly different arrangement, the tip on this is very much like the first one, but these fins are fixed in place here, so this dart only goes about halfway onto the muzzle. This only goes that deep on there. Why eactly this was done, I don’t know, it may simply have been an experiment to see if fins up in the midsection of the dart would work as well, there were also– we have a test one here that has no fins at all. It sits all the way down. And the most interesting one: This guy, you’ll notice the body of this dart is larger in diameter than any of the others, and if we look close here, the back end is of this pre-rifled to match a .45 1911 barrel. So with this guy –and this is just really cool– this fits right in the muzzle, and what I do is you rotate it, and it will actually fit the rifling. It’s a lot tougher to load, it’s slow, but it will just follow the rifling and slowly rotate as you load it from the muzzle. Then when you fire it, obviously, the rifling spins it back out and in theory at least, you have a nice, accurate projectile. We’d love to find some testing data on these to find out what style they ended up finding to be the most useful or most effective, but I’m not sure we’re ever going to find that kind of documentation. We’re always looking.

Alright, and in case that wasn’t enough for you, if we have any James Bond types out there, We also have grenades. ‘Cuz what’s a pistol if you can’t shoot a grenade off of it? This is the exact same idea, we have a tube that fits down the barrel, we have a blank case in the bottom, slide it on, this is actually very similar to a rifle grenade. Sort of. Given that it has a blank cartridge in there. We’ve got two different sizes here, big one and a little dinky one. How’s that for cool? So we have no idea what the history of these guys is, whether these were actually ever used, whether they were purely experimental , for all I know they were handmade by someone who got their hands on one of these pistols and thought it would be neat to do. Which it totally is. So these were, like I said, developed by the OSS -the Office of Strategic Services- during World War Two, I’ve no idea if they were actually ever used, we’re very lucky to find an actual example of one to take a look at and show you guys. So I hope you liked this, I know I did, tune in again for more interesting gun stuff on ForgottenWeapons.com. Thanks for watching!

Source: Wiki, Forgotten Weapons Youtube and Facebook, Ion McCollum, Popular Mechanics

Other Countries Own Guns Too

[su_heading size=”30″]International Guns And Gun Laws[/su_heading]

Story by Alexandria Kincaid

[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]P[/su_dropcap]icture a tiny, Christmas town filled with classic Alpine chalets and surrounded by mountains, with the citizens working dutifully to contribute to the common good,  and you will envision Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is a picturesque tourist town that would fit the typical political progressive’s idea of utopia on earth: modern, clean and government-controlled. Environmental preservation is key. Residents pride themselves on the pure, glacial water flowing through the town. Cars are banned, except for the few licensees who are permitted to drive electric vehicles. I spoke with a shopkeeper who explained the government’s protection of the Swiss deer. If you hit a deer on the road, you had better report it and pay your fine. Unlicensed deer murderers are not tolerated. Switzerland’s per-capita income is extremely high, but according to this shopkeeper, much of her taxes fund government programs.

Gun laws around the world vary greatly. Many countries have very lenient gun-ownership laws, and statistics show that they benefit from very low crime rates. 

On our first morning in Zermatt, my husband and I, like most tourists, gazed at the Matterhorn through our hotel room window and eagerly stepped out for a walk. This walk is where the progressives’ utopia would end: Within five minutes of leaving our hotel, a young man with a rifle slung over his shoulder passed us heading in the opposite direction. No one was staring. No one was concerned. No one got hurt. The man, in fact, was the epitome of normal. He looked ruddy and healthy, and was clean-shaven and well-dressed.

While visiting Switzerland, I came across a local gentleman walking down the street casually carrying his rifle. This is common here, and not considered a cause for alarm. (OLEG VOLK)
While visiting Switzerland, I came across a local gentleman walking down the street casually carrying his rifle. This is common here, and not considered a cause for alarm. (OLEG VOLK)

FIREARMS IN SWITZERLAND are no cause for concern. Until recently, the Swiss could own almost any kind of firearm, including anti-aircraft guns and howitzers. Since 1291, it has been said that Switzerland does not have an army – it is an army. With a “rifle behind every blade of grass,” the same was thought about the United States years ago. Swiss men undergo mandatory military training, which is voluntary for women, and until 2011, these militia men and women ranging in age from 20 to 42 were even required to keep their military rifles at home. In 2011, the laws were changed and now allows the militia an option to keep their rifles in a local armory.
Like the US, Switzerland’s leniency towards firearms has taken a bashing from gun prohibitionists in recent  years. The Swiss also receive pressure from the UN and the European Union, to which Switzerland does not subscribe, but from which the country will apparently be influenced. In 2013, anti-gun organizations attempted to ban army rifles from homes altogether. To the relief of Swiss gun owners, the change was rejected by 56 percent of voters. However, some changes to the laws were implemented, such as a list of now-forbidden firearms.
Despite the recent changes, Switzerland still has a relatively lenient gun-ownership system. Approximately 2.3 to 4.5 million military and private firearms are estimated to be in circulation in Switzerland – a lot of firearms for a country with a population of only eight million people. While citizens wishing to purchase a firearm from a dealer must obtain a government-issued permit, the government routinely and without hassle provides these permits to applicants who do not have a criminal background and are not mentally ill.
Transfers between private individuals do not need a government permit, but the buyer and seller must create a written record of the transaction, keep the record for 10 years and provide a copy to the government. No government background checks are required on these private-party transfers.

WHILE THE EXACT NUMBERS differ depending on who is counting, the conclusions about Switzerland’s gun ownership and crime rates are the same: gun control laws are relaxed (virtually any citizen can own a firearm), gun ownership is high and crime rates are low.

In 2011, the Swiss Federal Police compiled statistics on gun-related crimes which showed that during 2009, the police investigated 236 homicides, of which 55 were allegedly committed with a gun. During the same year 524 aggravated batteries were reported, 11 of which involved gun use and 3,530 robberies were reported, of which 416 were committed with a gun. Switzerland has a population of 7.9 million. Switzerland also has the third-lowest homicide rate of the top nine major European countries. To date, Switzerland has not hosted a school massacre. This is true, despite kids and guns mixing freely in the Swiss culture. The traditional Swiss Knabenschiessen is an event for boys and girls age 13 to 17 years old in Zurich where they enjoy the pleasure of competing with Sig SG 550s. The event has taken place since 1657. The Swiss support this mix of kids, Sturmgewehr (the “SG” in Sig SG), Alps, cowbells, music and rifle fire as an event the whole family can enjoy.

Many people across Europe own firearms, and shooting events are highly anticipated community and family affairs. (OLEG VOLK)
Many people across Europe own firearms, and shooting events are highly anticipated community and family affairs. (OLEG VOLK)

Contrary to popular belief, Switzerland is not alone among European countries in its relaxed gun laws and low crime rates. Numerous Europeans own guns. Luxembourg, Finland, Lichtenstein and Belgium are a few other countries that allow citizens to obtain firearms after getting a permit; however, the applicant must generally provide a reason such as hunting, sport shooting or collecting. Self-defense licenses allowing a person to carry outside their home are generally more difficult to obtain but are available. Austrians also own quite a few guns. Austria maintains an expensive training, testing and permitting process. However, Austrians enjoy the ability to freely purchase some firearms, including certain bolt-action firearms and shotguns, provided they are registered within six weeks after purchase.

I expected my journey to countries with high numbers of Nazi concentration camps, such as Poland, to have citizens armed to the teeth in case they should have to defend themselves against such atrocities again. Not the case. While Polish laws are lenient on firearm ownership, citizens do not naturally opt to own them, and this country has some of the lowest gun ownership rates in Europe. (ERIC KINCAID)
I expected my journey to countries with high numbers of Nazi concentration camps, such as Poland, to have citizens armed to the teeth in case they should have to defend themselves against such atrocities again. Not the case. While Polish laws are lenient on firearm ownership, citizens do not naturally opt to own them, and this country has some of the lowest gun ownership rates in Europe. (ERIC KINCAID)

IN OUR QUEST for more information on both history and firearms, my husband and I traveled to Poland to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. How could the Poles not own guns? After all, it was the few Poles with firearms – just 10 handguns – in the Warsaw ghetto who were able to resist and begin the uprising against the Nazis. If the Polish people, comprising a population of about 45 million, each had owned even a single firearm, they could prevent an atrocity like the Holocaust from ever happening again. These prison camps have enshrined several tons of human hair, the prisoners’ eyeglasses, luggage and other belongings behind glass. We stood in the same spot as did the helpless, disarmed victims who were taken off the trains like cattle and sorted to live or die. I grew up listening to stories from my German grandparents of the horrors of World War II in Europe. The Poles, I thought, must own firearms. Not so.
Polish gun ownership is the lowest in the European Union. Yet, while recent changes to their gun laws would allow virtually any Pole to acquire a firearm, not many of them choose to take advantage of this newfound ability. Perhaps this will change in the future.IMG_2387

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES with stricter gun-control laws include Germany and France. Despite this, Germany still has a high rate of firearm ownership – millions of firearms are legally possessed with a Waffenbesitzkarte (firearms ownership license). Hunting and sport shooting are held in high regard, although self-defense is not deemed an appropriate reason to receive an ownership permit. Better than the Oktoberfest, the German’s annual Schützenfest in Hannover attracts over 5,000 marksmen every year. The highest scoring sharpshooter is crowned the Schützenkönig amidst the parade (the longest in the world), bands, rides and beer tents.
France restricts the types of weapons and magazine capacities for firearms and requires a government-issued permit to own a firearm. The French do not have the gun culture found in other countries like Germany or Switzerland. After the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015, Americans were quick to point out that if anyone had been armed, the death rate could have been much lower. Americans also pointed out that the gun-control laws banning certain firearms, limiting magazine size and emphasizing hunting and sport rather than self-defense did not prevent the terrorists from bringing guns into the country and slaughtering over a hundred people. Despite France’s gun-control system for citizens who obey the laws, the terrorists in Paris used AK-47s that were illegally possessed and illegally transported into the country. It appears that Europeans are reassessing their situation. While the Knabenschiessen and Schutzenfest attest to the fact that many Europeans view firearms and shooting as a wholesome community activity, the increase in defensive weapons sales also attest to the desire of Europeans to use firearms in self-defense.PHOTO 6 Birkenowfenseandruins
In fact, after the influx of Islamic refugees to Germany in 2015, guns began “flying off the shelves,” according to a Czech TV report, in the countries where citizens could purchase them, particularly in Austria. The increase in crimes, including rapes and assaults, in countries where these immigrants are welcomed and where they are passing through has made citizens stop and think about their personal safety. Austrian gun stores reported being sold out.
When in fear for their safety, Europeans, like everyone else, desire the right to defend themselves, but some of these countries’ progressive laws have made their citizens vulnerable to attack from individual criminals and terrorists because some deny gun ownership to people wishing to own firearms solely for self-defense reasons. If the high rate of firearm purchasing in countries where this is possible is any indication, Europeans wish they had a Second Amendment.

COUNTRIES WITH STRONGER gun-control laws include Australia, Brazil, Great Britain and South Africa. After a mass shooting in Australia in 1996, the government instituted strict gun control through the National Firearms Agreement, which restricts possession of semiautomatic and automatic firearms, requires registration, permitting and instituted a buy-back program (which brought in over 650,000 guns from the citizenry). Previously, only handguns needed to be registered in Australia.

Switzerland holds a traditional annual event for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 called the Knabenschiessen where they enjoy the pleasure of competing with Sig SG 550s. (OLEG VOLK)
Switzerland holds a traditional annual event for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 called the Knabenschiessen where they enjoy the pleasure of competing with Sig SG 550s. (OLEG VOLK)

Similarly, after highly publicized criminal activity including a mass shooting in the late 1980s, the United Kingdom enacted new gun-control laws that included banning certain firearms such as semiautomatic rifles, creating a strict licensing and registration system and instituting a buy-back program. An outright handgun ban was passed after another mass school shooting in 1996. Despite these laws, crime rates continued to rise, and recent facts – checked by Politifact – indicate that England and Wales have more than double the violent crime rate of the United States (comparing violence with injury against a person, serious sexual crime and robbery).

In the back of a little antique store in Sainte Mère-Église, France, among much WWII paraphernalia, I found this fantastic war-related rifle collection. The town is just a few miles from Utah Beach. (ERIC KINCAID)
In the back of a little antique store in Sainte Mère-Église, France, among much WWII paraphernalia, I found this fantastic war-related rifle collection. The town is just a few miles from Utah Beach. (ERIC KINCAID)

All firearms in Brazil are required to be registered with the government, and self defense is not a valid reason to request a permit. All guns are registered, confiscations occur and permits to legally own guns are routinely denied. This has not stopped Brazil from being a world leader in homicide, a fact supported by the Crime Prevention Research Center.
South Africa is another country with a strict permitting system for legal gun ownership, and a professional hunter described to me how the right, let’s say, “motivation” for owning a gun, as well as certain financial incentives, is what will ultimately decide who can possess a firearm. Despite the strict permitting laws, South Africa’s gun violence stems from the illegal possession of firearms by the people who do not respect the law and disregard the permitting process.This seems to be a reoccurring theme. All of the countries with strict gun-control laws also boast higher violent-crime rates than countries with higher rates of legal gun ownership. England and Australia have virtually banned gun ownership, but have the highest rates of robbery, sexual assault and assault with force. Britain has the highest rate of violent crime in all of Europe – higher in the early 2000s than the United States or even South Africa. In addition, these countries may have low legal firearms ownership rates, but the possession of illegal firearms can be very high, particularly in Brazil and South Africa.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, guns are part of life the world over. Countries with gun cultures that respect firearms and integrate ownership and responsibility into daily life and sporting events enjoy high rates of legal gun ownership and lower rates of violent crime. In other words, there is no correlation between legal gun ownership and increased crime rates. Instead, countries with some of the strictest gun-control laws boast the highest illegal gun possession rates and correlating murder rates in the world, such as Brazil. Even with high rates of legal gun ownership, the United States and Switzerland do not lead the world in violent crimes, homicides or gun violence. Instead, it correlates to low rates of crime. These facts are laid out plainly in research that has been conducted and compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Institute and in additional fact-checking supported by Politifact. In summary, you can own firearms in many other countries, and in some a wide variety that are not readily available to US citizens. The laws often created by a country’s history and culture define the rule. ASJ

Gun laws around the world vary greatly. Many countries have very lenient gun-ownership laws, and statistics show that they benefit from very low crime rates. (ERIC KINCAID)
Gun laws around the world vary greatly. Many countries have very lenient gun-ownership laws, and statistics show that they benefit from very low crime rates. (ERIC KINCAID)

Mattel Tommy Burst Machine Gun

Here’s a cool old commercial blast from the past for a toy set that you won’t be able to find in stores these days: the Tommy Burst Detective Set.

In addition to the Tommy Burst is a nifty toy Thompson submachine gun. Like the Thompson, it fires from an open bolt (kind of) and fires a burst of shots. It also offers select-fire so you can shoot one shot at a time, if you prefer. Heck, it even has folding sights!

You can also get a snub-nose revolver that fires caps and safe-shootin’ bullets, and it comes with a shoulder holster that retains the handgun well, yet allows you to pull the gun for a fast draw.

Sigh. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.

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Source: Youtube

Mission: Battlefield Recovery

[su_heading size=”24″ margin=”0″]Navy SEAL Looks For Those Missing In Action[/su_heading]

Interview by Danielle Breteau

Battlefield Recovery final draft logo[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”4″]T[/su_dropcap]here are endless great causes out there and many dedicated to our veterans. Some are focused on our wounded, others solely to Special Forces and yet others might only address a specific demographic or mission. There is yet another group that many have forgotten, but they are never far from the hearts and memories of their brothers in arms and families. Battlefield Recovery is solely dedicated to locating, recovering and returning the remains of 83,112 servicemen and -women still listed as missing in action (MIA). These are veterans who expand past the barriers of specific groups – they belong to all of us.

Meet Frank Lauria, a retired Navy SEAL (over 20 years), former Director of Advanced Training for Navy SEALs with over 35 years in special operations and contract security work on six continents, who has multiple agency high-level clearances and has lead paramilitary operations with up to 2,000 multinational personnel. This only touches on a small portion of Lauria’s background and expertise, but he is now dedicated to the mission of finding our lost and forgotten, and has created a charity organization called Battlefield Recovery to do just that. Lauria’s goal is summed up by their motto: “Let’s bring them home.”

American Shooting Journal  What is Battlefield Recovery?

Frank Lauria We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 service-disabled veteran organization solely dedicated to locating, recovering and returning with the honor they earned the remains of the most forgotten and neglected of all veterans – those missing in action. Every service member knows the code: no one left behind!

What many do not realize is that tens of thousands of soldiers still remain listed as MIA:

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World War II – 73,515
Korean Conflict – 7,839
Cold War – 126
Vietnam – 1,626
Other Conflicts – 6[/su_box]

Unfortunately, for many who made the ultimate sacrifice to their nation, that promise has yet to be honored. Battlefield Recovery is an organization of men and women dedicated to fulfilling that promise. We decided someone has to do something.

ASJ This seems like quite a daunting task. Who are the people on your team?

FL At our core, the team consists of a highly decorated senior NCO from the Army’s Special Forces and survival expert, a former Marine sergeant, a dedicated law enforcement professional, the families who lost one of their own, and me. A few of us met while working together in Iraq, and through our own experiences in high-threat situations, we know the value of being absolutely certain someone would care enough to come and go to the ends of the earth to bring us home. No one deserves to die alone and forgotten. Battlefield Recovery wants to be there until every story ends.

Twenty-year Navy SEAL and former Director of Advanced Training for Navy SEALs Frank Lauria, sets his sights on bringing home thousands of veterans still listed as MIA. (N. NOWATNEY)

ASJ When do you expect to go on your first mission?

FL We are planning two missions starting in the fall of 2016. One to Papua New Guinea, north of Australia, and the other to Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific. Logistics will determine which mission starts first, and we plan to leverage the latest technology and expertise of dedicated researchers, archeologists and field workers. No stone will be left unturned. No jungle left unsearched, and no location is too remote.

ASJ What if a family member wants your help to find a veteran who is MIA. Can they reach out to you for help?

FL Yes! We are already building our mission schedule, and have not even scratched the surface of knowing each and every story. We want to hear from these families, what they know of the final incident and what the impact has been to their families. We want to know their story.

ASJ How can people help bring our brothers in arms home?

FL There are a few ways to help. Many people have immeasurable expertise to include first-hand knowledge of areas, the backstory and historical data. We will be looking for more people to help with every individual mission. Each one is unique. People can also assist by making a tax-deductible donation so that the equipment, research vessels, dive and expedition gear can be readily accessed so no mission is ever without support. Help us return those who have been waiting for so long.

ASJ Thank you, Frank

FL My pleasure, thank you. ASJ

Editor’s note: If you want to help Battlefield Recovery or have a story of your own, visit them at BattlefieldRecovery.com.

Battlefield Recovery

1800 Light Equipped Flintlock

 

Tactical Flintlock, You Know You Want It

When a photo of this little jewel wandered across the Facebook feed recently, I figured it would be one of those vague things of which I would find photos every damn where, but no real info.

Happily, I was wrong.

Unlike other flintlock muzzleloading pistols, this one has a vertical grip that comes UP from the rear of the barrel. The grip has finger grooves and a trigger, which is apparently linked to the gun’s action via a link running down through the grip.

A large trigger guard extends in front of the grip, encompassing all of the user’s fingers.

In front of the trigger guard is a lamp, described by the auction company as “an iron lamp with candle holder and lens, with opening screen and double cover.”

Manufacture date is estimated as “circa 1800.”

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It’s hard to say, but the lens may be a magnifying lens to get the most light out of the candle. Hopefully, the original user of this gun could see far enough to be effective. If not, the light probably made him a fairly easy target.

The auction describes the barrel as “17 mm cal.”

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Like other flintlocks, this lantern gun has a cock to hold the flint, which interacts with the frizzen and pan to ignite the charge inside the barrel.

Heck, even the ramrod is still there (although the original cock screw is gone).

Pretty cool!

Story by Russ Chastain

WAR DOGS – Bravest Dogs of War

1. Venus the Bulldog

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Venus the Bulldog was the sassy mascot of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS VANSITTART. (1941)

2. The Very Proud Dog

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A mascot proudly poses in front of the the British RAF men who bombed the Nazi warships at Bergen. (11th April 1940)

3. Aloysius the Lamb

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An R.A.F squadron adopted a lamb as a mascot and named him Aloysius. The lamb and one of the sergeants quickly became best friends. (18th December 1939)

4. The Biker English Bulldog

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This is the English bulldog mascot of a regiment from Quebec based in England. (11th October 1941)

5. The Dog Boarding His Plane

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R.A.F. Captain Eric Stanley Lock boarding his Spitfire with this really cute dog. (31st July 1941)

 6. The Bored Dog

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Spectators enjoy a baseball game between the US army and the Canadian forces, at Wembley stadium in London. (8th August 1943)

7. Scrappy the Dog and Joe the Monkey

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American pilot Robert W Biesecker and his crew are posing with their two mascots, a dog named Scrappy and a monkey named Joe.(18th October 1943)

8. Butch O’Brien

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This life-jacket wearing spaniel is Butch O’Brien, a spaniel mascot of the US Navy, on board his ship in the Sea of Japan. (Circa 1944)

9. Willie the Bull Terrier

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American General George S. Patton holds with his bull terrier.(1944)

10. Coupie

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Coupie, the canine mascot of a squadron in the Allied Expeditionary Air Force, used to visit each aircraft and pilot before take-off. (24th April 1944)

11. The Adventurous Kitten

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Chilling on the shoulder of a Royal Air Force pilot. (Circa 1944)

12. Queenie the Champion Bulldog

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Queenie is participating in a dog show to raise money for “War Weapons Week,” in Twickenham. (1941)

13. The Guard Bulldog

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A steel-hatted bulldog on guard outside a block of flats in London.(15th October 1940)

14. The Brave Saint Bernard

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A French patrol with a Saint Bernard makes their way through a beautiful snowy valley in France. (February 1940)

15. The Startled Mascot

The Startled Mascot
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A member of the British Expeditionary Force smiles from the train window with his mascot having been safely evacuated back home from France. (1st May 1940)

16. The Attentive Dog

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A dog watches AA gunners watching the enemy. (Circa 1940)

17. The Heroic Terriers

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Two Airedale terriers at a canine training camp in England. One dog wears a special gas mask and the other carries rations for a wounded soldier. (16th October 1939)

18. The Very Professional Dog

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Dogs acted as couriers to scattered posts in the French zone. This dog stands by a French officer waiting to deliver his written message (1939)

19. Spot the Terrier

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Members of L Section of the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) from London offer titbits of food to Spot, a stray terrier they adopted as their official mascot. (21st March 1941)

20. Hoy

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“Hoy” was the dog mascot of a minesweeper on the HMS Bangor. Here he is being held by a member of the crew. (1st May 1941)

21. Oleg of the Glacier

Oleg of the Glacier
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Oleg of the Glacier, a Samoyed, on a patrol with one of the Canadian soldiers who had adopted him as a mascot. (1941)

22. The Very Serious Dog

The Very Serious Dog
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American troops and their pet dog are reading a scrapbook. (March 1942)

23. Judy the Hero

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Judy, an English pointer, has probably accomplished more during the war than you will during an entire lifetime. Formerly a ship’s dog on board HMS Gnat and HMS Grasshopper, Judy helped save the lives of servicemen after the Grasshopper was sunk. She then spent three and a half years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps, narrowly escaping death many times. She was the only dog to be registered as a Second World War Prisoner of War. This picture was taken right before she was awarded a Dickin Medal, the PDSA’s version of a Victoria Cross, for her heroism during World War II. (5th August 1946)