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by bisley45
Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The sharpening of sabres
Replies: 19
Views: 7624

Re: The sharpening of sabres

Steel can lose an edge simply from sitting on a shelf due to simple oxidation, but to what extent it dulls depends on several factors- steel hardness, the actual chemistry of the steel, whether it was oiled, what it cut last (salt, blood, and acids can accelerate oxidation.) I've never seen a knife ...
by bisley45
Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The sharpening of sabres
Replies: 19
Views: 7624

Re: The sharpening of sabres

I have really missed this site, and the quality of info to found here. Thanks again! I seem to remember reading somewhere- perhaps on SMH- a letter from a cavalry officer lamenting the quality of his latest shipment of sabres, noting specifically that they wouldn't take an edge. Such an arm would ha...
by bisley45
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The sharpening of sabres
Replies: 19
Views: 7624

Re: The sharpening of sabres

Excellent start! Thanks, Richard! The debate rages on at THR; my comments are posted under the nom de net AJumbo. That being said, what would be the liability encountered with a sharp sword? A tendency to stick in bone? A clear and present danger to Dobbin's ears? I know that troopers throughout his...
by bisley45
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: British Military Flintlock Rifles 1740-1840
Replies: 28
Views: 12419

Re: British Military Flintlock Rifles 1740-1840

I am remimded of an account I read of an 18th-century 'beef shoot" that highlights the scarcity of lead on the frontier- The shooting was done at targets, and the prizes were the rear quarters of a beef cow for first place, the hindquarters for second place, and the target backing log for third...
by bisley45
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The sharpening of sabres
Replies: 19
Views: 7624

The sharpening of sabres

First things first- I hope 2014 finds everyone happy, and in good health! Now my question- On another discussion board, a member posted a question about whether sabres were actually sharpened during the ACW era. He references a remark made by a friend, indicating that sabres were not sharpened becau...
by bisley45
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: B/4th Cavalry
Replies: 16
Views: 4635

Re: B/4th Cavalry

If I'm not terribly mistaken, 4/B is currently posted at Ft. Huachuca; it's an IW-era ceremonial unit that makes appearances at re-enactments and the like. I see them every year at the Picacho Peak ACW event, where they provide a cavalry component to the "battles."
by bisley45
Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: BigDog: Big deal or big waste of time and money?
Replies: 25
Views: 7862

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

Straying off topic a bit, what this also serves to illustrate is how much, over the span of a century, things have changed in regards to working with animals. A century ago, large animals were a part of everyone's lives, even if they didn't work with them directly. If a person did nothing other tha...
by bisley45
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Spanish American War Monument Census
Replies: 20
Views: 5353

Re: Spanish American War Monument Census

Just this past week, a sword that was part of a statue decorating Lincoln's tomb was stolen. Here in Phoenix, a 60-lb bronze crucifix was stolen from a church, though it was later recovered. Sadly, I look for more such outrages before the economy gets better. I'm not aware of any Span-Am monuments n...
by bisley45
Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Horse Soldiers / interview
Replies: 3
Views: 1743

Re: Horse Soldiers / interview

I happen to be reading this one right now, and I recommend it. Stanton does an excellent job of capturing the chaotic mix of 12th and 21st century civilization that makes up the Afghan power structure.
by bisley45
Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Deadly Equines-The Story of Meat Eating and Murderous Horses
Replies: 12
Views: 4493

Re: Deadly Equines-The Story of Meat Eating and Murderous Ho

There's a story in Time-Life's Old West volume "The Soldiers" about a particularly harsh ride undertaken by an officer bearing dispatched from one post to another, then back, without changing mounts. Upon his return to his post he fed his horse a double ration of hay and grain, and added a...
by bisley45
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Apparently, plate armor was HEAVY.
Replies: 12
Views: 3132

Apparently, plate armor was HEAVY.

An interesting article regarding medieval armor:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technol ... st?src=rss
by bisley45
Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Over the jumps--on Uncle Sams Iron Ponies
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: Over the jumps--on Uncle Sams Iron Ponies

Pat, I'd say that's a WW2 iteration of the bronc belt, and it might have been a good piece of kit to have if you found yourself off-roading on a big ol' Harley. First time I've seen one. I know a lifelong Camel smoker who claims that the blend of tobacco used in them protects him from all kinds of t...
by bisley45
Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Field expedients and Saddler mods to trooper gear
Replies: 1
Views: 1109

Field expedients and Saddler mods to trooper gear

Just whiling away a Sunday afternoon, letting my brain drain........... I have seen modern "repros" of a cartridge cuff that was worn on the left wrist, and held as many as eight rounds of 45/70 ammunition; Dixie Gun Works sells them. The item was allegedly made by post saddlers for troope...
by bisley45
Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Changes at Little Big Horn
Replies: 56
Views: 19978

Re: Changes at Little Big Horn

I seem to remember reading that Sitting Bull's was covered in quick lime when it was lowered into the grave; I wonder if there will be some recoverable remains to relocate.
by bisley45
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: True Grit
Replies: 29
Views: 9788

Re: True Grit

The river crossing scene is pretty impressive as the river is obviously so deep. Off hand, I can't recall a movie scene from another movie where a horse is so obviously in deep water. Miss Steinfeld did her own riding in that scene. What I like most about the movie is that it wasn't supposed to be ...
by bisley45
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: True Grit
Replies: 29
Views: 9788

Re: True Grit

I wonder if TG may have gotten all the attention it has because it's a Coen Bros film. They consistently do quality work, even if it can be more than a little quirky. Their movies don't really fit into any one genre; they just make whatever movie they want, based upon whether the story is good enoug...
by bisley45
Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS
Replies: 174
Views: 30645

Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas, troops!
by bisley45
Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Off Topic. Ideal Christmas Gift for the Military Collector
Replies: 28
Views: 7383

Re: Off Topic. Ideal Christmas Gift for the Military Collector

The pumps are "generally unserviceable".....could we set new members to bailing as a sort of initiation ceremony? If the pumps are unserviceable, how do they figure she's "stable for towing?" An unpowered ship without pumps is a potential anchor, isn't it?
by bisley45
Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Gun Zone Articles: Colt 1911 .45 in mounted action in México
Replies: 8
Views: 2550

Re: Gun Zone Articles: Colt 1911 .45 in mounted action in México

1,600 yards is 4,800 feet; a mile is 5,280 feet. I believe the .45 ACP is good for that distance, maybe a bit more, but aimed fire would only get you in the ZIP code of the target. The bullet would have lost any semblance of stability by that point and would be tumbling end over end. If the target w...
by bisley45
Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: The dispossessed of the Mexican Revolution
Replies: 12
Views: 2947

Re: The dispossessed of the Mexican Revolution

In light of recent disclosures about my family tree, I find these images interesting in the extreme. At about the time of my birth (1964), my grandmother was married to a former Rurale named Lopez. The marriage was her second, and brief; Sr. Lopez liked most alcohol and and all women, and was offend...