Archive for October, 2010

This interesting tidbit was in the January 2010 issue of Australian Shooter magazine:

“If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

That means you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are serving in the military in Iraq.”

Possible conclusion: Maybe the U.S. should pull out of Washington!


The U. S. S.. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600
gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient
to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators
(i.e. fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798,
the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475
officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600
pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.”

Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.”

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons
of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November.. She provisioned
with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she defeated five
British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships,
salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although
unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing
party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt
Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon
shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of