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by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 31, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Military Long Rides
Replies: 79
Views: 22547

Re: Military Long Rides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oet_K0gO2_g A Corb Lund song dedicated to Vladimir Frissenko who from 1987 - 1993 rode a single horse -- a Criollo named Sufridor -- from Beagle Channel Tierra Del Fuego on the shore of the Antarctic Ocean to Deadhorse, Alaska on the Arctic. It is touted as the longest...
by Kelton Oliver
Tue May 28, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Reproduction Saddlery
Replies: 3
Views: 4062

Re: Reproduction Saddlery

Nice! I like that bridle! That's very cleverly designed.
by Kelton Oliver
Tue May 28, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: People confused by British unit names, apparently.
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: People confused by British unit names, apparently.

At least in the British Army, regiments really exist. In the U. S. Army, battalions are named as units of non-existent regiments. Now that's confusing!
by Kelton Oliver
Tue May 28, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Book
Replies: 17
Views: 4000

Re: Book

Very nice finds!
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 17, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Sometimes I Just Don't Know
Replies: 9
Views: 2826

Re: Sometimes I Just Don't Know

wkambic wrote:The "Wild Bunch?" I don't see any shotguns, 1911s, or tequila. :lol:
But that would definitely make the photo more awesome! :thumbup:
by Kelton Oliver
Mon May 13, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: A question regarding British military pistol issuance
Replies: 32
Views: 9341

Re: A question regarding British military pistol issuance

Kelton, The caliber conversion is unfortunate from a collector's point of view, not as bad from a shooter's and a very common occurance with the New Service and the S&W Hand Ejectors that were chambered in .455. After both wars both the Colt's and S&W's became available on the surplus marke...
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: 16th Constabulary Horse Platoon(1948)
Replies: 13
Views: 5666

Re: 16th Constabulary Horse Platoon(1948)

One of the things I like about this photo is that it's one of the last times you see the chinstrap on the Army cap used for its original purpose. The "chinstrap" today is purely decorative and in fact isn't sturdy enough to be used this way.
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: 16th Constabulary Horse Platoon(1948)
Replies: 13
Views: 5666

Re: 16th Constabulary Horse Platoon(1948)

Looking at the foot position of the troopers (something I have been working on lately) most have their toes pointed out, but look at the officer. His feet seem to be rolled to the inside, turning the sole of the boot outward. Interesting. Jim I had noticed that as well. At first, I was a bit put of...
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Spats?
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Re: Spats?

They are spats and they do have a military look to them, but I have never seen any evidence that they were an official item of uniform. This is very interesting. I hope someone here can shed some light on this.
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: A question regarding British military pistol issuance
Replies: 32
Views: 9341

Re: A question regarding British military pistol issuance

I have in my collection a Colt New Service revolver with the "broad arrow" proof mark. It was originally chambered for the .455 Webley cartridge, but in its later life, the cylinder chambers were re-bored for .45 Colt and it was stamped as such. It's in very good shape for its age, so I qu...
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Prussian Sabers
Replies: 7
Views: 2634

Re: Prussian Sabers

Some of those design element were carried forward into WW2. My dad has an German officer's dress saber with the lion head and ruby eyes, but down below on that guard that rides over the scabbard is an eagle with a swastika in its claws -- or something like that -- definitely the swastika -- its bee...
by Kelton Oliver
Fri May 10, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Private purchase of Remounts
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Re: Private purchase of Remounts

Does anyone know the usual price for a horse in those days? $90 seems like a lot, but I don't know much about the equine economics of the 1870s.
by Kelton Oliver
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: BigDog: Big deal or big waste of time and money?
Replies: 25
Views: 8035

Re: BigDog: Big deal or big waste of time and money?

I've been told that it breaks down all the time. Besides, it's pointless. Today's soldier carries 125 pounds of gear; with this thing he'll be required to carry 525 pounds of gear and when the drone breaks down, he'll have to make multiple trips to carry all the junk.
by Kelton Oliver
Thu May 10, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Pack string in interesting spot
Replies: 5
Views: 1684

Re: Pack string in interesting spot

Brian P. wrote:Not usually what you think of when you picture Alaska.
Why? Most of Alaska is very mountainous.
by Kelton Oliver
Sun May 06, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: WWII Participants
Replies: 22
Views: 4928

Re: WWII Participants

Finally, post war, Spain not only became a conduit out for fleeing Germans, but it also picked up some German industry. Hecklar & Koch got its start in post war Spain, for example. The G3 rifle which was the flagship of the H&K line for three decades, was such a straight copy of the Spanish...
by Kelton Oliver
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: At the JFK Special Warfare Center
Replies: 22
Views: 5072

Re: At the JFK Special Warfare Center

In a training environment -- which this apparently is -- the temperament of the horse is important but the color isn't. It's true that Appaloosas have a reputation for being flighty, but that doesn't necessarily apply to every one of them. Training environment or not, that rucksack looks to me like ...
by Kelton Oliver
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: The Hompesch Hussars--Jaeger Regiment zu Pferd Des Herrn
Replies: 4
Views: 2908

Re: The Hompesch Hussars--Jaeger Regiment zu Pferd Des Herrn

The Hompesch Hussars--Jaeger Regiment zu Pferd Des Herrn, 1794-1802 by Michael Robinson, Military Collector and Historian, Vol. 64, No1, Spring 2012 I had no idea that non British units even served in the British Army in this period... Bear in mind that George III of England was also prince-elector...
by Kelton Oliver
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: The Timor Pony and Sparrow Force
Replies: 10
Views: 3307

Re: The Timor Pony and Sparrow Force

Yes Kelton, The Percheron is a remarkable breed. It was used in Australia much as you said in Alaska. The Percheron was found to do better in Australia's hot dry interior, indeed better than the Clydesdale and the Shire. The Waler had a decent mix of Percheron ( and Timor). Thanks for the encourage...
by Kelton Oliver
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: At the JFK Special Warfare Center
Replies: 22
Views: 5072

Re: At the JFK Special Warfare Center

By the way, I wonder why they cut off so much of the horse's tail? He can't swat flies with that nub.
by Kelton Oliver
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: At the JFK Special Warfare Center
Replies: 22
Views: 5072

Re: At the JFK Special Warfare Center

This is just a guess, but the use of a ranch saddle may simply be due to using what they could get. It may also be influenced by who purchases it. By that, I mean that the purchase of horse equipment may be done by whomever the Army has available who has experience with horses and those may be mostl...