Son of a Gun

Do you know where the term son of a gun came from?

The phrase “son of a gun” has several possible origins. One of those being that in times past, the British artillery had a train of followers and among them were ladies of “easy virtue” with whom the gunners had “unblessed liaisons”. This being a time before modern birth control, bad luck or carelessness would produce an illegitimate child. Members in other parts of the military, like the Infantry and Cavalry, did not have the pleasure to “enjoy” such things and called the child from one of these encounters a “son of a gun”.

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The History of Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson was founded by two New Englanders, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson,in 1852. Their first partnership was based on the invention of the lever-action repeating pistol. Though the brand is world-famous, there are a few facts about the gun proprietors not everyone knows. The pair faced financial difficulties and was forced to sell their company to Oliver Winchester, a shirt manufacturer. Winchester took their design and created his own company, Winchester Repeating Arms Co.

Despite the setback for Smith and Wesson, the pair continued to produce firearms. In 1856 Smith & Wesson produced a small revolver that was the first fully self-contained cartridge in the world, as recounted on the Smith and Wesson website.

Learning from their mistakes of the first partnership, the pair went on to secure patents for the Model One to protect their design and created a lucrative firearms business.
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The NRA Helped Arm Britain

Did you know…

That the NRA helped arm Britain and prepare them for WWII?

In 1900 Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil stated that he would, “laud the day when there was a rifle in every cottage in England”. The British government trusted its people with firearms and to be their own guardians. However, in 1903, at the conclusion of Gascoyne-Cecil’s term, Britain passed its first ever “gun control” law, a minor one requiring a permit to carry a handgun. The Pistols Act of 1903 served primarily as Acts to generate revenue and required owners to hold a license from the post office.

After WWI, the British government Britain had virtually disarmed itself with a series of gun control laws in fear of communist insurgents and domestic and foreign anarchists, passed its first sweeping anti-gun laws. These laws were passed under the smoke screen of crime control although gun related crime was … Read more »

V-E Day

On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

May 8th 1945 was the day the Germans throughout Europe conceded defeat and finally laid down their arms. Documents of surrender were signed all around Europe. Many Germans troops were concerned about being taken prisoner by Russian forces and attempted to elude them. Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners.

V-E Day was not celebrated in Moscow until May 9th due to pockets of German-Soviet confrontations that continued a day later. The Soviets would lose another 600 soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Stalin himself announced via a radio broadcast that: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations…has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated … Read more »

Laptop Security Tips

Did you know that 76% of Americans own a laptop or tablet computer?

Many people today have nomadic jobs, requiring travel and a work-anywhere mentality. That means many of us carry laptops or some type of smart device with which we conduct business. And that items is a prized possession that holds hours and hours of important information and documents. So, it is fair to say it is well worth securing your valuable item and taking a few extra precautions.

1. First, you may want to consider using a laptop lock to help secure your laptop then you leave a hotel room, at an airport or café, or anywhere that it can easily be taken from right under your noise. This lock easy to install, can be quickly set to your own security code or comes with a key, and is looped around a fixed object.

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