I guess this is an informal 411 on Jake Holman (aka Kev from Boston.) I am an unabashed lover of history (three history tomes for every non-fiction book.) Plop down a book on the Middle East and I will devour it. Have an interesting hardcover on an obscure facet of the Abrahamic faiths, I will read it in a night. And dare drop a book on World War II at my feet I will read it so thoroughly I will leave the pages smoking from my frenzied consumption.
It's been said I am one part Steve McQueen from Sand Pebbles and another part Lee Marvin from the Dirty Dozen. Passionate Red Sox fan, tireless defender of the Bay State and a man that's never seen a cup of coffee or pint of beer that he didn't love.
Oh, and, I am actually a veteran newspaper journalist (reformed,) freelance writer and finder of a newly rekindled love for the art of pulpy action stories (think Robert E. Howard meets Alan Moore.)
~ I am either a writer with drinking problems or a drinker with writing problems~
Through the history of modern small-arms development the concept of ultra-high velocity ammunition has risen to the top of designers in both East and West. An example of the ultra-high velocity ammunition is the flechette.
A metal dart, the flechette is often sabotted in single rounds to be fired out of individual rifles. More beastly variants are container rounds-…Continue
The annals of small arms designs are filled with near perfect, odd and/or unsuccessful weapons. The Czech tradition of innovative small arms designs began in the early 20th century and continues to this day. In the 1920s, however, there was a semi-automatic rifle that should have received more attention, the ZH-29.
A well-made rifle, the ZH-29 came with…Continue
The Japanese Nambu Type 90 flare gun is one odd looking pistol. Weighing in at almost four pounds, the Nambu flare gun was designed for the Japanese Imperial Navy. Called the Type 90 (for the Japanese calendar year it was created) it was a 28mm flare gun.
There are four different levers and controls on this simple…Continue
The Manville is one heck of an angry looking gun. If you've seen the Christopher Walken classic, Dogs of War, you've seen this gun's cousin. But in the 1930s a machinist had an idea for a large capacity gas gun for use by police during riots.
The Manville essentially is a large revolver, that was born in 1936 as a 12 gauge riot gun. designed to arm police and…Continue