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Posted on July 25, 2017 in Default

Type Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
Overall Length 159.25cm
Weight 9.30kg
Capacity 1 rocket
Caliber 88mm
Country of Origin Germany

Similar in appearance and operation to the American M9A1 ‘Bazooka’, the German Racketenpanzerbuchse ‘Panzershreck’ (Armor Terror) rocket launcher was a shoulder- fired weapon handled by a two-man team. It fired an armor piercing, high-explosive rocket that weighed slightly over 3.16 kilograms (7 pounds).

The World War II German anti-tank Rocket Launcher Model 43 was one of those weapons that was nearly as threatening to the shooter as it was to the object being fired upon. Resembling the American M9A1 ‘Bazooka’ in appearance and operation, it was larger and heavier (9.3kg, or 20.5lbs) than its American counterpart, and fired a 88mm (3.5in) diameter rocket projectile, as opposed to the M9A1’s weight of over 7.26 kilogram (16 lbs.) and the M9A1’s projectile diameter of 59.944mm (2.36″).

Made of olive drab and brown-painted sheet metal, the RPzB43 was equipped very simply with a front sight, a rear sight, and a sling. To operate, the launcher was held on the shooter’s shoulder. The gunner’s assistant slid the rocket into the breech where it was prevented from slipping back by a retaining catch and from sliding forward by a spring-loaded plunger that engaged the front end of the tail unit. An electrical connection was located inside a housing at the left rear of the tube. The firing mechanism located under the tube consisted of a spring-loaded rod and cylinder that contained a magnetized rod and coil—basically a simple hand-powered generator. Two wires attached to this generator connected with the socket on the launcher. When the gunner squeezed the trigger mechanism, the magnetized rod passed through the coil, generating an electric current. This current was transmitted to the primer element of the rocket’s propellant, igniting it.

The German Racketenpanzerbuchse 43 had a maximum range of about 144.28 meters (132 yards) and a muzzle velocity of 126.06 meters/second (346 feet/second). The projectile, of the hollow charge type, had a nose fuse. The motor tube held the propellant, and the tail featured circular fins.

Because of the dramatic and very unpleasant muzzle blast that accompanied firing the RPzB43, it was necessary for the operator to wear a protective mask and goggles. This was alleviated to some extent when the Germans introduced an improved model, the RPzB54, which incorporated an upper receiver face shield.


A Quick History Of The Texas Rangers

Posted on September 28, 2016 in Default

The history of the Texas Rangers baseball team does not actually begin in the team’s home field of Arlington, Texas, but rather in the nation’s capital, Washington DC. After Washington DC had lost their once beloved Senators team to Minneapolis (where they became the Minneapolis Twins), the city was looking for a new team. An expansion team was formed in 1961 inside the American League. In a nod to the city’s history in baseball, the new team was branded the Senators as well, though the Twins club continued to carry the team’s records. The reborn Washington Senators did very poorly over the years, leading to a saying wherein Washington DC was “first in war, first in peace, last in the American League” among certain commentators inside the game.

After a decade of struggling in Washington DC as fans started keeping the team at arm’s length (sometimes even leaning more towards the more successful Baltimore Orioles to the northeast), the team’s owner laid down an ultimatum, wherein unless someone in Washington DC bought the team for a then unprecedented 12 million USD (the far more profitable New York Yankees were sold two years later for 8.8 million USD), he would move the team elsewhere. No one in the Washington DC area took the then owner Bob Short up on the offer and Short began looking for places to move his team. The mayor of Arlington, Texas at the time, Tom Vandergriff, brought an offer to Short’s attention wherein a group of businessmen would allow the team to set up in Turnpike stadium. Because the stadium was built to Major League specifications and located in a natural bowl, it would cost comparatively little to to transform it into a major league stadium.

When the deal was sealed and the American League owners approved the transition, the Senators rebranded themselves the Texas Rangers after the region’s widely famed law enforcement group. After security simply walked out of the Senators’ last game and the field was raided by angry Senators’ fans, the team had nowhere to go but up. It wasn’t until 1974 that the team made their place in the league with a solid 84-76 record. A number of important players made their mark in this season, followed by a number of successful seasons between 1977 and 1979 culminating during the 1981 season where the team nearly made it to the play offs. After this, the team had a hard time, struggling with a players’ strike and trading away fan favorite catch Jim Sundberg away to Milwaukee.

During the late eighties, the team bounced back, bringing in a large number of amazing players, including one of the greatest pitchers in the game’s history, Nolan Ryan. Alongside Ryan, this period also marked the beginnings of the careers of Ruben Sierra, Pete Incaviglia, Edwin Correa and Bobby WItt. Though the team was sold to a new group of investors, the team did gain a new stadium financed through a sales tax increase leveled on Arlington residents to build The Ballpark in Arlington.

Vintage Platinum Wedding Rings

Posted on March 6, 2016 in Default

Vintage platinum wedding rings hold an incredible amount of charm. When you think of a vintage wedding ring, something very old comes to mind, such as your grandmother’s wedding band or a beautiful diamond ring from a second hand store. Today vintage wedding rings are being reincarnated into classic and traditional wedding pieces.

There seems to be something so sentimental and mysterious about a ring dated back to our grandmother’s era or even our great grandmother’s day. Surprisingly, you can have the same look and feel today with a modern wedding ring that is created to look antique or vintage. Platinum was commonly used back in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

Vintage “style” engagement rings or wedding bands are actually modern day pieces that have been created or finished to resemble genuine vintage pieces. Often times, jewelers will actually create a wax design of the original piece using a “lost wax” method and then cast the ring using either platinum or white gold, in some cases sterling silver too. The finished product is an exact replica of the original antique wedding ring.


Knowing your taste in style or that of your fiancé’s will be helpful in deciding if an antique or vintage style platinum wedding ring is going to be suitable or not. There is something very distinct in a vintage wedding ring; it is detail and craftsmanship of the ring. Antique wedding rings were carefully crafted with tremendous detail, such as filigree detailing or ornamental designs on the ring. Settings were also different

When you look at a vintage platinum wedding ring, you will see a lot of character, uniqueness and overall charm of the way the ring was designed. Diamonds will stand out more too because generally a vintage style will have light tinting done to the metal, making it darker or dull in some areas of the ring, called “shadowing”. This will make a diamond appear larger.

Diamonds have been said to be a girl’s best friend, but diamonds with a history are even more magical! To achieve a wonderful antique or vintage look, try setting an “old” stone into a new ring from a vendor like Tanzanite Rings HQ. Buying a vintage style platinum setting is quite simple actually, and then you can have that cherished family stone set into something of your own, making it truly special. This ring could continue being passed down for generations.

The most common look for a vintage wedding ring is the “illusion setting” This is where the actual setting has more metal than just standard prongs, giving the illusion of a larger stone when set. Another classic look for a vintage wedding engagement ring is the 3-stone look or multiple stones set in a pave setting. No matter which antique look you desire, you will be sure to turn heads with this style wedding ring.

Platinum will never go out of style and when combined with diamonds and that of Vintage Platinum Wedding Rings, you are sure to have a treasured and timeless piece forever.