10 Facts About Samuel Colt

1. Colt was an early adopter of assembly-line production.
2. He pioneered product placement.
3. Colt produced his own version of July 4th fireworks.
4. A ship voyage as a teenager gave Colt the idea for a revolver design.
5. He spent three years as a traveling huckster.
6. His first firearms company flopped.
7. His brother was convicted of murder in a sensational trial.
8. The Mexican-American War revived Colt’s fortunes.
9. Colt built an industrial utopia.
10. He never held a Colt .45 in his hand.

Read more details on each of the individual items above: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-samuel-colt

Navajo Code Talker Alfred James Peaches Dies at Age 90

Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation in honor of another Navajo Code Talker who has died.

Tribal officials announced Wednesday that Alfred James Peaches died last Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital at age 90.

Tribal President Russell Begaye commended Peaches for defending the United States in World War II, using a code based on the Navajo language that stumped the Japanese.

Born in Shonto, Arizona, Peaches was among hundreds of Navajos who served as Code Talkers. He was part of the 6th Marine Division from 1943 to 1946.

Peaches is survived by his wife Jeanette, two sons, two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is scheduled Saturday at Leupp First Presbyterian Church.

Begaye has ordered flags flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday.

Source: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/21/navajo-code-talker-alfred-james-peaches-dies-age-90.html

A Message From The Commandant Of The Marine Corps

When the Continental Congress raised up two battalions of Marines in 1775, it launched the greatest fighting force the world has ever known – a force revered globally for its uncommon valor, unparalleled adaptability, and ferocious tenacity. Over the past 240 years, the battlefields and equipment have changed, but the spirit of the United States Marine Corps has prevailed in every clime and place.

One hundred years ago, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island opened its doors as the first base dedicated solely to making Marines. Since then, hundreds of thousands of men and women have been forged into elite warriors at Parris Island, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and The Basic School in Quantico. Each recruit had a different reason for stepping onto the yellow footprints, but all are unified by the intangible traits that characterize United States Marines and the remarkable legacy that has carried on across generations.

Whether you served on the hallowed grounds of Belleau Wood, fought on the iconic island battlefields of World War II, navigated the harsh terrain and climate of the Chosin Reservoir or Vietnam, conducted assaults during Desert Storm, marched on Baghdad, fought in close combat in Fallujah, or conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, everyone who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a member of that storied legacy.

As we celebrate the 240th birthday of our Corps, we pay tribute to all who have served and we remember our fallen heroes. We take great pride in our legacy and in the fine men and women who carry our colors into the future. And we extend heartfelt thanks to our families for their steadfast support.

Our 26th Commandant, General Louis Wilson, once said, “In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is ‘proud to bear the title of United States Marine.'” Thank you all for guarding the legacy of our Corps during your watch.

Happy Birthday, Marines
Semper Fidelis,
CMC Neller Signature
Robert B. Neller
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps

History’s Greatest Shots Revealed

While the movie American Sniper and its depiction of former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle are getting all the plaudits from film and television awards, we look back through history to see how snipers of times gone by fare against the modern day hero.

Once considered a pariah of battle by friend and foe alike, adopting camouflage to hide from, and then suddenly ambush, enemies – their methods were seen as sly and underhand. Snipers have evolved however, to become the ideal soldier for the modern battlefield, a specialist in 21st century combat. Highly dedicated and specially trained, a marksmans’ task is now seen as indispensable for the safety of their fellow soldiers in the field.

While there have been countless prolific snipers in military history, we take a look back at some of history’s best. The following list expectedly includes those individuals with the longest confirmed distance in which enemies were taken down, the kill count for those caught between the crosshairs of the past’s deadliest marksmen, but also those which offer unique stories and backgrounds.

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Mr. Jefferson’s Assault Rifle

High-capacity magazine? Check.

Capable of firing 22 aimed shots in a minute? Check.

A military weapon? Check.

Manufactured during the American Revolutionary War? Check.

The Girandoni was 22-shot, magazine-fed, nearly silent .46 caliber repeating rifle issued to elite Austrian troops from 1780-1815. Thomas Jefferson purchased two of these rifles, which he sent west with Lewis and Clark.

Remember it the next time some know-it-all—perhaps someone who used to have a cable show before he was fired for low ratings—says that the Founding Fathers only knew of muskets.

Hat tip to Bob Owens over at Bearing Arms. Bob’s got a great video on his article. Head on over to http://bearingarms.com/thomas-jeffersons-assault-rifle/ to check it out. Well worth your time in my opinion.