Category: Charles Drago
Jul 25, 2018 | 0 |
The Gatling gun was born in a storm of irony. It was designed by the American Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861 and patented a year later. Gatling repeatedly reminded all who would listen that he created the gun to save lives by reducing the size of armies while ultimately demonstrating the futility of war.Read More
Jun 10, 2018 | 0 |
As of the morning of January 22, 1879, the Martini Henry breach loading, single shot, lever-actuated rifle with which the British Army had been equipped was globally recognized as being what today we would describe as a “high tech” weapon of choice for then-modern European military forces.Read More
May 30, 2018 | 0 |
Few guns in American history are more legendary and less accurately depicted in use than the so-called Kentucky longrifle. In its most famous, romantic iteration, the gun is said to have been wielded by Davey Crockett in 1836 during the 13-day siege at The Alamo. American schoolchildren who received far too great a proportion of their history lessons from popular 1950’s television programs were all but hypnotized by images of actor Fess Parker in his Disney-produced role of Davey Crockett fighting the Mexican hordes with longrifle “Ole Betsy” in his hands.Read More
May 23, 2018 | 0 |
Of all the disadvantages that contributed to the annihilation of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer’s five-troop battalion at the Battle of the Little Bighorn –among them superior numbers of enemy forces (a 5:1 ratio seems a safe bet), criminal disobedience of direct orders by junior officers in command of support battalions, and terrain so inimical to cavalry maneuvering as to negate every advantage commonly enjoyed by mounted troops in generically similar situations – none was more devastating than the inferiority of the Seventh Cavalry’s government-issued single shot carbines.Read More
May 16, 2018 | 0 |
In the space of less than two hours on the hot, dusty Sunday afternoon of June 25, 1876, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer led five troops of his Seventh U.S. Cavalry – 200-plus souls – to annihilation by Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne warriors on the bluffs overlooking the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana.Read More
Apr 20, 2018 | 0 |
April 22 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, the international environmental force with a mission “to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”
The first Earth Day, in 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans of diverse backgrounds. By 1990, after passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other groundbreaking environmental laws, Earth Day had swollen its ranks of supporters to 200 million people in 141 countries.
Today, the Earth Day Network stands as the planet’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people from 195 countries participate in Earth Day activities – the largest civic observance in history.
Mar 13, 2018 | 0 |
At first blush, the process presents as counter-intuitive. How can preservation arise from elimination? That is the question raised by opponents of hunting when they argue against the notion that hunting contributes to wildlife conservation.Read More
Nov 14, 2017 | 0 |
Right now I’m expected to tell you how “excited” I am to introduce Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine (OEL), the new, innovative Internet periodical dedicated to exploring – and, where appropriate, editorially opining on – all things of interest to the global community succinctly described in its title.Read More
Nov 1, 2017 | 0 |
The capability of self-awareness is a prime indicator of the immense capacity for thinking and intellect that exists in the elephant. Elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror.
Why do elephants have such large brains – an average mass of over 5kg? Elephants display a wide range of emotions. They display grief. They mourn their dead. They display great joy. Elephants use tools and have been observed taking actions that meet the criteria for artistic expression.
Aug 4, 2017 | 0 |
If any artist is worthy of the description sui generis, it is Russell Chatham. Renowned for his landscape oils – often of the Montana wilderness – he has developed into an extraordinarily gifted lithographer (his works often consist of as many as forty color layers) and a writer of widely hailed short stories collected in Dark Waters, Silent Seasons: 21 Fishing Stories, and The Angler’s Coast.Read More