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There are many pages of posts on many subjects, and only a few show on this main page. Search for the subjects that you are interested in.

Topics covered in here tend toward Gadgetry, Weapons, Books, Tools, and a lot of other things that have captured my interest.

Please note the "Linked From Here" tab on the results, which lists search results from sites I have linked to in my posts.

If You Love Maps, This Blog Is for You.

"Maps are time machines, too. They can take you into the past to see the world as people saw it centuries ago. Or they can show you a place you know intimately as it existed before you came along, or as it might look in the future. Always, they reveal something about the mind of the mapmaker. Every map has a story to tell.
All Over the Map is now our place to tell those stories. We are science journalists with a shared fascination with maps. "


Got Garand?

Got Garand?  Go here.

This site lets you:
Determine an M1 Garand date of manufacture
Generate a listing of components based on manufacturer, component group or individual component
Generate a datasheet of your M1 Garand by entering components and markings
Generate a build list of your M1 Garand by entering manufacturer and serial number
Find general knowledge related to care, maintenance and inspection of your M1 Garand
Export data to spreadsheets or CSV files for your reference
Submit your M1 Garand to the Master List
List an M1 Garand you are searching for
Submit your HRA M1 Garand to the HRA with LMR barrel list
View demilitarized M1 Garand data
View M1 Garand FMA/MAP data
View .30 CAL/7.62 MM National Stock Numbers
Perform a ranged search (+/- 25) of your M1 Garand serial number on all lists on this site



is a collection of a variety of places where you can find free assets, including mockups, audio, images, and more.

Makerbook is divided into eight categories: photography, mockups, graphics, textures, fonts, colors, video, and audio. Each category has a handful free resources to help you finish whatever type of project you’re working on.


Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements

507 (mostly animated) Mechanical Movements
"Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements, Embracing All Those Which Are Most Important in Dynamics, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Steam Engines, Mill and Other Gearing, Presses, Horology, and Miscellaneous Machinery; and Including Many Movements Never Before Published and Several Which Have Only Recently Come Into Use" 


American Radio History

American Radio History is a great place for radio hobbyists.

It has back issues of well-known publications like Broadcasting magazine and “The Broadcasting Yearbook,” as well as less familiar titles like Sponsor, Television/Radio Age, Radio Daily and many others. Also to be found are obscure technical publications featuring antique equipment and even station ratings not just from Arbitron but from the all-but-forgotten Pulse and Hooper. Near-complete collections of the FM Atlas, White’s Log, Radex and Vane Jones’ Log are there.

 All of the issues are downloadable PDFs, thus can be viewed on any computer, smart phone, or tablet PC.


Old World Garden Farms

Old World Garden Farms is a great site and worth exploring.
In their words:

In their words:
This site is dedicated to the love and art of all things Gardening, DIY, Cooking, Canning  & More.
A few years back – we began the journey to create and carve out our little self-sufficient farm – complete with a recycled barn, chicken coop, raised row garden, honey bees, vineyard and more.  This site is the ever unfolding story of the process – peppered in with articles and advice and projects for those looking to do the same.
We post 3 new articles each week –   On Tuesday it’s our DIY and Gardening Tips  – Friday, our weekly Cooking and Canning Recipe from the farm and garden – and on Sunday we bring you the Farm Update Post – bringing you up to speed on the happenings at the farm as the story unfolds.
You can follow along each week with us by signing up to follow the blog via email in the right hand column, “like” us here on Facebook, or follow us here on Twitter.
We have tried to incorporate simplicity and responsibility into every facet of building Old World Garden Farms – following 4 simple guidelines:
1. Build a completely sustainable farm with zero debt.
2.  Be responsible for the majority of the food we eat through growing, canning and preserving.
3. To re-use salvaged and recycled materials wherever and whenever in our buildings and projects on the farm.
4. To make it beautiful, and have fun doing it.
Take your time and look about the site – and feel free to drop us a line at with any questions or comments.  You can click on any of the picture links on this page to take you to some of our most viewed articles and pages – or feel free to search the category tabs on the left.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Gardening!
Jim and Mary
Old World Garden Farms


The Airgun Magazine.

Hard Air Magazine is a new, one-stop destination for everything airgun related.
The free online magazine is devoted entirely and exclusively to airguns and associated products.
The dynamic Hard Air Magazine web site encompasses the whole airgun community and provides visitors with a constantly changing variety of news and reviews about airguns.
Magazine Founder, Stephen Archer, comments “Our goal with Hard Air Magazine is to offer balanced, instructive information to people purchasing airguns and accessories in an interesting and useful format. Hard Air Magazine’s rapid news coverage and focus on the consumer’s decision-making process is how we distinguish ourselves.”
“Unlike other airgun media, Hard Air Magazine is not tied to one distributor or manufacturer.
“We cover the entire spectrum of products through objective editorial, illustration and videos,” says Archer.
“It is estimated that 10 to 12 million airguns will be purchased in the U.S. in 2015,” Archer comments. Many consumers will research their purchases on the Internet in search of buying recommendations before making a decision.”
“So, the most current news about airguns, with fact-based, detailed product reviews are at the heart of Hard Air Magazine. We’ve put together a phenomenal team of product testers with over 100 years of combined experience in airgun shooting to conduct unbiased reviews,” he adds.
“These are genuine enthusiasts who have spent their lifetimes shooting airguns and truly understand what makes one better than another. While they are all experienced with multiple types of airguns, each has his specialty,” remarks Archer.


Colt Autos is the website for all collectors of Colt Automatic Pistols. This site has served collectors since 1996 and includes both general and specific information on most pre-WWII Colt Automatic Firearms Models. Here you will find Photos and identification, historical information, firearms serial number and date of production information along with disassembly instructions, parts diagrams and original factory instruction sheets for these pistols.


Forgotten Weapons

The Forgotten Weapons team is a small group of self-described gun nuts. We are passionate about firearm design, manufacture, and history. We travel the world studying rare firearms, and we would like to share our passion with anyone else who shares it.

We believe that one of the best things that can be done to improve the community of technical firearms enthusiasts is to make information as freely available as possible. Most information about firearms development remains on paper and microfilm in inaccessible collections. We want to publish as much as we can, to prevent this information from being lost forever. So, we created this site to be a repository for everything we can unearth – trials reports, details photographs, original manuals, and more. It is all available completely free of charge, and will always remain that way.

While information is valuable for its own sake, we at Forgotten Weapons are more than archivists. We are also manufacturers, and we build new museum-quality replicas of the weapons we research. Our passion is for the guns themselves, not mass production – so we only produce limited numbers of each item. In addition to complete guns, we also have various unique reproduction parts available in our store. We want to be able to own and shoot some of these lost treasures, and we offer that possibility to you too.


Nylon Rifles

Nylon Guns
Several years ago Mac66 set out to find information about the Remington Nylon Rifles on the web. Since he happened to acquire several of these guns and was intrigued by their design and history he wanted to get as much info as he could as far as how to care for them, repairs and any other tips and tricks that would help with these plastic guns. What he found was a very scattered hodge-podge of information that many times seemed to counterdict itself. As Mac66 dug deeper he discovered that there were many other collectors and enthusiasts out there that were also searching for details on these rifles.
In August of 2001, Mac66 set up the NylonRifles group on Yahoo Groups  to collect and share information about these Remington Nylons with others. Over the nearly 6 years and several hundred members the group collected a great amount of information including articles, literature, repair guides, service manuals and photos. The discussions there benefitted the whole Nylon Rifle community and the sharing of stories and knowledge helped to gain a better appreciation for these plastic guns and better understanding of the history behind them. With this vast amount of information and the limitations of the Yahoo groups it became apparent that the Nylon Rifle and the community that had been built around it needed a proper home on the web.
In April of 2007 Mac66 enlisted the help of LouieMacGoo to help develop a website that would properly host the NylonRifle community as well as provide a place that the information that had been collected could be stored and be easily searchable On May 1, 2007 we opened up the forums on this website followed shortly after by the articles and other parts of the site.
Since both Mac66 and LouieMacGoo are just hobbiests and not professional web designers the site has been relatively small. But we are commited to supporting the community that we have formed here and continuing to gather and provide information about these fine Rifles.
The best and most active part of the site for getting information and sharing is the forum and we encourage you to join and share your stories about these fine rifles.