Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Samuel Colt and Colt's Firearms Company

"Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal."

Samuel Colt (1814-1862)

Hartford native Samuel Colt was an inventor and industrialist who made his fortune in the gun business. Founder of the Colt Manufacturing Company, he revolutionized manufacturing by patenting firearms with interchangeable parts and creating an assembly line on which to make them. Colt firearms figured in many of the nation’s wars, and at the start of the Civil War both the Union and the Confederacy purchased firearms from the Hartford businessman. Sam Colt died in 1862 in his native city. The factory complex and grounds of the Colt Manufacturing Company are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2006 Samuel Colt was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Colt's Patent Fire Arms Mfg Co. sold its product line through a small force of traveling salesmen, known as agents, and through 15 to 20 jobbers who acted as wholesalers selling large quantities to individual retail outlets. The company also maintained sales offices in New York City and London. In addition, the sales department accepted direct orders at the plant from the rich and famous, friends of the Colt family, and those ordering large quantities.

1860 to 1900: War, the Death of Sam Colt, and Growth of the American West
Samuel Colt's health began to fail late in 1860 as the country moved toward Civil War. Prior to the actual declaration of war, Colt continued to ship his product to customers in southern states, but as soon as war was official, Colt supplied only the Union forces. The Armory was running at full capacity by year-end 1861, with more than 1,000 employees and annual profits exceeding $250,000. Samuel Colt died on January 10, 1862, at the age of only 47, having produced in his lifetime more than 400,000 guns. His estate was reportedly worth $15 million, a fantastic sum for the time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Starr Revolver

Starr revolver (Starr DA) is a double-action revolver which was briefly used in the western theater of the American Civil War until the U.S. Ordnance Department persuaded the Starr Arms Co. to create a single-action variant after discontinuation of the Colt. The company eventually complied, and theUnion acquired 25,000 of the single-action revolvers for $12 each[5](equivalent to 224 in 2012 inflation dollars). However, the price paid by the government for the DA army revolver was $25 (equivalent to 466 in 2012 inflation dollars).[4] The State of Ohiopurchased 500 of the .36 Caliber Navy version for $20 each (equivalent to 373 in 2012 inflation dollars).[6]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Identifying Oak Trees by their Acorns

The acorn is one of the most preferred foods of a whitetail deer. Sometimes is can be difficult to tell which acorn is which. Here is how you can tell.

There are approximately 600 species of oak trees all over the world, mostly in the northern hemisphere. They can be both deciduous, losing their leaves in winter, and evergreen (live oaks), keeping their leaves all year long. Although there is a great deal of variety in the appearance of leaves, bark and other features, all types of oak trees grow nuts called acorns, which contain the seeds. You can identify oaks by the acorns with very few resources.

Characteristics of an Acorn

  1. 1
    Look at the stem the acorn grows on. Notice the length of the stem and how many acorns grow from it.

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  2. 2
    Note the appearance of the cupule. The nut of the acorn grows from a woody cup, which may remind you of a head wearing a hat. Cupules may be scaly and include wart-like hairy growths which may take the form of a fringe, or may be characterized by color changes such as concentric rings.

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  3. 3
    Approximate how much of the cupule covers the nut.

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  4. 4
    Measure the length and diameter of the nut. Some species have long nuts while others are fat and almost spherical.

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  5. 5
    Note the color of the nut, whether it has a pointed end and if it has any other distinguishing features such as ridges or stripes.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Slow motion of an 1860 Army Revolver

These slow motion videos are great for seeing just how these revolvers work and their pretty neat to watch as well.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grilled Venison Loin or Backstrap

I’ve gone through much of the detail on how to properly grill a backstrap of venison (or elk, antelope, bison, moose etc.) above, but remember that this is done over high heat with the grill top open, and that it takes a good 15-20 minutes. Be patient and you will be rewarded.

If you use a barbecue sauce with this recipe, serve the venison with a side salad like potato, macaroni or bean salad, plus maybe some tomatoes and basil, corn on the cob, dinner rolls — you get the idea. Nothing overly fancy.

Serves 4.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound piece of venison loin or beef fillet mignon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

  1. Coat the venison backstrap in oil and salt well. Set aside for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Get your grill hot, clean the grates and lay the venison on the grill. Paint with the BBQ sauce. Keep the grill cover open. Let this cook 5-8 minutes without moving, depending on how hot your grill is and how thick your venison loin is. You want a good sear, with good grill marks, on that side of the meat. Flip and repeat on the other side, painting that side with more BBQ sauce.
  3. Do the finger test to check for doneness. If the venison needs some more time, turn it to sides that have not had direct exposure to the grill and cook for 2-3 more minutes, checking all the way. Paint those sides with BBQ sauce, too.
  4. When the meat has been cooked to your liking, take it off the fire and let it rest, tented with foil, for 8-15 minutes. Serve with BBQ sauce on the side.
Recipe and photo by: Holly Heyser

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips to Keep Out Trespassers

I found these tips from Wildlife Obsession to help keep trespassers off your private land. I would like to here your comments or better yet if you have any suggestions that would help.

Why do some people think they have the right to break the law and trespass wherever they please? Most law-abiding property owners can’t imagine why these unethical “hunters” (for lack of a better term) would break the law and take the chance of losing their hunting privileges, or why they would steal from the property owner. Protect yourself from this and prevent trespassing and poaching from ever happening in the first place.

  1. That Dog Bites - You must prosecute! You must let it be known that there are consequences. Once the word gets out that trespassers will be charged, this will have a significant impact. Use trail-camera photos of trespassers for evidence. In most states, to prosecute a trespasser all you need is a clear, identifiable photo of the trespasser in the act.
  2. Can you Read? - Clearly, legally post your property with SIGNS every 50 yards along your borders. Make sure there is no excuse. Every so often you’ll get obtuse offenders that are bold enough to violate your markers regardless, but that’s exactly why it’s important to prosecute.
  3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Plant SCREENING BORDERS so people cannot see into your property. Use a combination of trees, shrubs, and warm season perennial grasses. It’s important to put some thought behind this because certain plants lose their foliage during various times of the year and as things grow they may elevate tall enough so they are no longer a visual barrier after a few years. So make sure that you consider both seasonally and for the long term.
  4. Keep your mouth shut! - Everyone likes to brag about harvesting a nice buck or all the deer feeding in one of their food plots. Be careful who you boast in front of. Word of a huge buck travels fast. For some reason “antlers” can make normally principled people do stupid things.
  5. Hi, how’s it going? - Carry a disposable camera in your hunting pack or with you whenever you travel your property. Your trail cameras are stationary monitors, but if you run into someone, walk straight up to them and say “hello” and snap their photo. Now you have proof! This and a name or license plate is all you need to prosecute. Gather and document as much information as feasible. Then