The Cost of Home Security

Proper security of your home is of the highest importance but is anything but cheap. Many believe that the run-of-the-line security service, which signals to a security company and/or the police, is enough to guarantee personal security at home; unfortunately, this is just not the case. So what is the cost of home security? And how can one boost security and still be cost-effective? Here are some facts to consider:

In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million property crimes – everything from burglaries to car thefts – in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the FBI.

The average annual cost of a large dog just in the first year alone is $1,843, according to the animal welfare organization ASPCA.

Most companies will offer installation specials as low as $99, but start-up costs for all the equipment could run between $600 to $1,200 says Robert Siciliano, … Read more »

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The Birth of U.S. Army K-9 Corps

On this day in 1942, the United States Army established the War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps”, and began training dogs.

During World War I, well over a million dogs served on both sides, carrying messages along complex networks of trenches and providing comfort to soldiers. Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs, was the most famous dog to emerge from the war became a bona fide movie star, responsible for introducing the German Shephard breed to the nation.

After the first World War, the K-9 Corps was largely abandoned. When the U. S. entered World War II, two organizations, the American Kennel Association, and Dogs for Defense, began a movement asking dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals. The U.S. Army began training in March 1942, and that fall was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as … Read more »

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The Largest Gun

During WWII, Adolf Hitler ran into a major obstacle, a 1500km defensive wall that was fortified with tank barriers, artillery and machine gun positions along the French-German and French- Italian borders. Before figuring out a way to go around, via Belgium, Hitler enlisted the Friedrich Krupp A.G. company to build him a weapon capable of destroying the numerous obstacles. By 1941, the Krupp company designed and built the largest gun of the all-time, the “Gustav Gun.”

This large firearm weighed in at a massive 1344 tons, stood four stories tall, 20 feet wide and 140 feet long. This massive gun needed a crew of 500 men, was commanded by a Major-General (two star) and required almost three full days to prep and fire. It’s bore diameter was just under a yard and used 3000 pounds of smokeless powder to fire. It fired two primary shells: a 10,584 lb. High explosive … Read more »

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The History of the American Duel

Do you know the history of the America duel? In a typical duel, each party acted through a second person. The seconds’ duty, above all, was to try to reconcile the parties without violence. An offended party sent a challenge through his second. If the recipient apologized, the matter usually ended. If he elected to fight, the recipient chose the weapons and the time and place of the encounter. Up until combat began, apologies could be given and the duel stopped.

Edward Doty and Edward Lester, of the Massachusetts colony, fought the first recorded American duel in 1621, just a year after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. Armed with swords, both men sustained minor wounds.

Most duelists chose guns as their weapons. The large caliber, smoothbore flintlock pistols typified the American dueling weapons. Many American men owned a pair of such pistols, and, from about 1750 to 1850, many were … Read more »

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History of the Uzi

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