A Golden Colt Python

If you've read the original Ian Fleming novel "The Man with the Golden Gun" you will be aware that the villain, “Pistols” Scaramanga, has a gold plated Colt .45 revolver. If you've seen the James Bond movie that was rather loosely based on the book you will know that the movie Scaramanga has a golden ...

TRECOL 6×6 39294 All-terrain Vehicle

Imagine you are out in the midst of Central Asia, racing across the landscape in your off-road vehicle in search of an elusive and exotic quarry: and that in your travels you encounter a frozen river that your guide assures you is safe to cross. So, taking your guide's word for it, you drive out ...

The French 241P Steam Locomotive

Introduction: The Locomotive That Shouldn't Have Been Built The 241P steam locomotive stands out as one of the most beautiful ever created. It might be thought of as being like a classic Bugatti of the rails, and its beauty is arguably the major contributing factor in ensuring no less than four examples of this "flower of ...

The 450/400 3″ Nitro Express

History The 450/400 3" Nitro Express is a cartridge that not so many people write about, probably for the same reason that you don't hear a lot about the 9.3x62 either: they are quiet achievers. The 450/400 3" was an evolution of the older 450/400 3¼" Black Powder Express cartridge that was given a new lease ...

Brough Superior Automobiles

Introduction George Brough was a man who wanted to build motorcycles that were "superior" to everything else being made: and he wanted to do it using "off the shelf" parts from other manufacturers, which was a pretty tall order. The fact that he succeeded is testimony not only to his engineering ideas, but also to his ...

The Ruger Blackhawk and Super Blackhawk

Background The best things are created by people who are passionate about the thing they are setting out to make, not about whether or not it will sell well. So, to understand the underlying reason for Bill Ruger to introduce the single-action Ruger Blackhawk back in 1955 is best done by considering the things that Bill ...

The 9.3x62mm, A Quiet Achiever

Introduction The 9.3x62 is a caliber that is common in Europe, well known in Africa, especially in countries that were once German colonies, and quite uncommon in the United States. In Europe almost, if not all, rifle manufacturers chamber their rifles for this caliber be they Sako, Sauer, Mauser, Heym, Merkel, Haenel, Blaser, CZ or others. ...

Brough Superior 981cc SS100

Described by T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) as "the jolliest things on wheels" the Brough Superior SS100 was the ultimate motorcycle of the 1920's and 1930's. Lawrence was known for riding his Brough Superior for 500-700 mile excursions on a regular basis delighting in the big bike's speed and stable road-holding, and in its ...