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Karamojo Bell: The Small Bore Ivory Hunter

You Can't Kill Deader than Dead Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell quietly went from being just another adventurer trying his hand at being a professional ivory hunter to becoming nothing short of a legend. In his years elephant hunting he bagged exactly 1,011 elephant, which led to him acquiring a quite significant cache of crisp British pound ...

Standard Manufacturing Single Action Revolver

To Produce the Finest Single Action Revolver Standard Manufacturing make an ambitious claim for their Single Action Revolver: they state "Never before in history has an effort been put forth to produce the finest single action revolver." The original Single Action Army revolver of 1873 was designed by William Mason and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards for the ...

The Gibbs Aquada

Is it a Car, or is it a Boat? The Gibbs Aquada was an amphibious vehicle, part sports car, part speed boat, that emerged from the concept of amphibious vehicles created during the Second World War both by the Germans and the Americans. The German Schwimmwagen amphibious military car was based on the Volkswagen while the ...

The Caterham 7

The "Seven" If you can imagine a driving experience that is a blending of go-kart, motorcycle and sports car then you realize what a Caterham 7 provides. It is a car that is not only fast, but that feels adrenaline pumping fast: a car that corners, brakes and accelerates in a way that imparts to the ...

Pontiac Grand Prix

Jack Humbert and the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix The 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix marked a turning point for General Motors Pontiac Division and this can be attributed to the man who used his gift for the art of automotive design to great effect: a man named Jack Humbert. On his return from active service with a ...

Colt Large Frame Express Lightning Rifles

One Size Does Not Fit All The Colt Lightning rifle was created as Colt's answer to Winchester and Marlin's lever action rifles and it seems odd that it was not more successful than it was, although the medium and small frame Lightning rifles certainly racked up decent sales numbers. But if you think about it, the ...

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