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Lamborghini 1R Tractor

Introduction: Raised in a Vineyard Ferruccio Lamborghini grew up on the family farm, which specialized in grape growing, as the eldest of five brothers. His father's ambition for his eldest son was for him to ultimately take over the family farm but, as so often happens, Ferruccio Lamborghini's ambitions for his life and his father's aspirations ...

Schultz & Larsen Rifles

Introduction In the United States Danish riflemaker Schultz & Larsen is not particularly well known among recreational shooters and hunters, despite the fact that one of the most popular bolt action hunting rifles for Americans was once the Danish Krag–Jørgensen chambered for the 30-40 Krag cartridge. The Krag–Jørgensen rifle was launched into popularity in the United States ...

The .358 Norma Magnum

Introduction Although I started shooting seriously back in 1971 and am a keen shooter today, there was a two decade long hiatus in my opportunities to shoot and to go hunting caused by a need to go and work overseas on contract in a country that was just not a place you could own a rifle, ...

The Stirling Engine

Introduction: The Stirling Engine, a Hot Coffee Detector If you spend a fair bit of time at a desk, probably sipping coffee or tea to keep your gray matter working as you plow through your "To Do" list, then a Stirling engine might be one of those items you might like to have to provide some ...

Chevrolet Army G-7117 Camper

The Chevrolet G506 was one of the unsung mainstay trucks that made a significant impact on the Allied victory in World War II. This was one of the vehicles that plied General Stilwell’s “Ledo Road” from Assam in India, through Burma, and up into China to supply Chiang Kai Shek's forces in their fight against ...

Ford Burma Jeep

World War II was a remarkably multi-faceted conflict that left its mark on families all over the world. It was a war that was not just limited to Europe and the Pacific, but which also extended deep into Asia. On the same day they struck Pearl Harbor the Japanese also attacked Hong Kong, Thailand, and ...

Walther Olympia Pistol

Introduction and Background Back when I was involved in education I came to the opinion that all secondary school students should learn and practice the Olympic Modern Pentathlon: not the one that is currently performed at the Olympic Games where the real pistols have been replaced with dinky little laser pointers, but the original one. In ...

Prinz No. 1 Single Shot Rifle

Introduction: Naval Guns Were Single-Shots I wonder if you've ever considered that the artillery and naval guns of the First and Second World Wars were single shots? Most artillery guns probably still are. My own father served as a D.E.M.S gunner (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) during the Second World War, and after the war he would ...

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