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Western Word of the Week - Fencer - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Fencer - the person who had to ride along the fence of the ranch to find issues and repair them; also called a "fence-rider".

He would bring along a "fence-wagon" full of supplies (barbed wire, cutters, gloves, etc).

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Western Word of the Week - Brush-Buster - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Brush-Buster - a cowboy who was really good at running cattle in brush country

Other terms include "brush-hand", "brush-popper", "brush-thumper", "brush-whacker", or "limb-skinner"

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Western Word of the Week - Pumpkin Roller - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Pumpkin Roller - the name given to someone who was a grumbler, complainer or agitator.

Pumpkins are not easy to roll since they're not exactly round or smooth so I can just imagine the grumbling one would do if they actually rolled one.

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - American Weapons - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory

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Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. Last week we delved into Early Modern Europe (1500 - 1800) weapons. This week we'll take a look at American weapons (1776 - 1900).


Bowie Knife - (about 1829) actually invented by James Black with the help of Jim Bowie; large knife with large clip points


Kentucky Rifle - Ironically, this was invented in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; longer barrel with a longer firing ranger; smaller caliber bullet; due to the tightness of the barrel it does take longer to reload


Derringer - (1830's) famous little gun that could be held in a person's palm; single-shot; relatively weak unless at close range; John Wilkes Booth used it to assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Source:
A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7


Photo Credit: Bowie Knife - https://www.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBowie_knife&psig=AOvVaw3XOYP8AiMrXA59PnnO1JGe&ust=1535037221791085
Photo Credit: Kentucky Rifle - https://www.traditionsfirearms.com%2Fcategory%2FClassic-Sidelocks&psig=AOvVaw00XNUxuZXQ9PFqC1iJhXEf&ust=1535037336536552
Photo Credit: Derringer - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fkimar-22-caliber-blank-firing-double-barrel-derringer.html&psig=AOvVaw08Ah-sPRmyHoorgQOuW3WK&ust=1535037372812502

Western Word of the Week - Pure - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Pure - described a person who was loyal to their boss/employer

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Early Modern Europe (part two) - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory

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Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. This week we'll continue to look at some of the weapons created during Early Modern Europe (1500 - 1800).


Blunderbuss - (early 1600s, widely used by 1700s) flared muzzle made for easier loading (still only single shot and loaded one item at a time); when fired the metal pellets sprayed out; had a powerful kick so shooter fires from hip not from chest or shoulder

 
Chain Shot or Bar Shot - (1600's) specially made to shoot out of canons to cause the most damage to ships' masts and rigging; less accurate than round canon balls; more likely used at closer range


Guillotine - (late 1700's) - an infamously French invention to slice off a person's head with a slanted blade; early models didn't work too well

Source:
A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7


Photo Credit: Blunderbuss - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fleft-handed-pirate-flintlock-blunderbuss-replica-denix.html&psig=AOvVaw1I6G3wks2lAIBY8ooZDSSN&ust=1535036184097982
Photo Credit: Chain shot - http://www.icollector.com%2FNaval-chain-shot-12-pounder-early-1800s-rare_i17425677&psig=AOvVaw1yk8rmgHBDlWnyQfDHwi1I&ust=1535036260597884
Photo Credit: Bar shot - http://www.icollector.com%2FRevolutionary-War-Expandable-Bar-Shot-Rare-Antique-Cannon-Bar-Shot_i10110325&psig=AOvVaw3GonACZERdGw8pyAHbKoC6&ust=1535036298965808
Photo Credit: Guillotine - https://www.britannica.com%2Ftopic%2Fguillotine&psig=AOvVaw0TeijNPeybX6CHBDAmuNh6&ust=1535036363395416

Western Word of the Week - Waddie - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Waddie - a slang term for a cowboy. Most likely came from the wad of tobacco kept in their pocket for smoking.

Other terms for "cowboy" include "saddle-warmer", "saddle-slicker", "cow-poke", "cow-prod", or "cow-hand".

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Early Modern Europe - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory

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Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. This Last week we wrapped up Europe's Medieval Period (1300 - 1500 AD). This week and next we'll look at the weapons of Early Modern Europe (1500 - 1800).


Musket - large gun which sat on a forked stand to be fired; powerful and unwieldly; shot heavy metal balls


Rapier - (1500's) long, sleek blade and ornate hilt; not a slashing weapon but a thrusting weapon; mostly used for dueling

 
Bronze Culverin - (1500's) a large, bronze canon (pervious ones were made of cast iron which could easily explode); on misfire a bronze canon would rupture rather than explode; lighter and travelled easier


Flintlock pistols - (early 1600's) a simpler mechanisms for lighting the powder; replaced wheellocks which broke easily and required winding with a separate spanner piece; these guns often fired accidentally during loading

Source:
A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7


Photo Credit: Musket - https://www.muzzle-loaders.com%2Ftraditions-1863-zouave-musket-smooth-bore-58-cal-r186306.html&psig=AOvVaw2QZ0YxBft3fftLv5o-SU62&ust=1535035648765855
Photo Credit: Rapier - https://www.sabersmith.com%2Fproduct%2Frapier%2F&psig=AOvVaw3M_QJ5MJn7zjJP_d5HNMKv&ust=1535035683328068
Photo Credit: Culverin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culverin
Photo Credit: Flintlock - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fdenix-left-handed-english-flintlock-pistol-replica-denix.html&psig=AOvVaw1XuH8u3YuDeOUFbsN4Rc7P&ust=1535035818352387

Western Word of the Week - Baquero - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Baquero - a cowboy; from the Spanish word "vaquero"

Other terms include "backhara", "buckayro", and "buckaroo" (used in the Northwest)

Just a note, "Vaca" is the Spanish word for "cow".

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Medieval Europe (part four) - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory

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Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. This week we'll continue to look at some of the weapons created during Europe's Medieval Period (1300 - 1500 AD).


Shillelagh - (1300's) Irish knobby wooden stick


Claymore - (1400's) Scottish two-handed sword; handle usually had spiral leather wrappings for grip


Bombard - (1300's/1400's) By 1453 gunpowder becomes predominant in European warfare and completely changes the game.


Matchlock Arquebus - (1400's) these heavy, cumbersome guns were fired by touching a match to a hole; fired one shot at a time so they were slow to reload; inaccurate; could pierce armor at a few yards

Source:
A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7


Photo Credit: Shillelagh - https://www.medievalcollectibles.com%2Fp-41150-blackthorn-shillelagh-fighting-stick.aspx&psig=AOvVaw0NsPy14LznsbvymPdC2ToC&ust=1535035012549614
Photo Credit: Claymore - http://www.replicaweaponry.com%2Fmedieval-claymore-replica-sword-letter-opener-denix.html&psig=AOvVaw3RFC4h5TBA_YgbE9wMeqRg&ust=1535035053794976
Photo Credit: Bombard - http://www.medievalchronicles.com/medieval-weapons/gun-powder-weapons/medieval-gunpowder-weapons-medieval-bombard-canon-2/
Photo Credit: Matchlock - http://www.revolutionarywarjournal.com%2Fmatchlocks-flintlocks-firelocks-that-tamed-a-new-world-claimed-an-american-revolution%2F&psig=AOvVaw3V4PpkvS5dyLVjwDJ0dFKs&ust=1535035163423764

Western Word of the Week - Punching - #WesternWordoftheWeek #WesternWednesdays

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...or, as I affectionately call it, Western Wednesdays!

Punching - the term for herding cattle

Originally, "cowpuncher" who a man hired specifically to chaperone a shipment of cattle. Eventually "cowpuncher" was shortened to "puncher". They didn't actually punch a cow but they did prod it to keep it moving. The device they used was a "prod-pole".

Source:
Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams; ISBN#0-618-08349-9

Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The History of Weaponry - Medieval Europe (part three) - #TidbitThursday #WeaponHistory

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Welcome to Historical Tidbit Thursdays. For the next few weeks, we'll follow the timeline presented in the book, "A History of Weaponry" by John O'Bryan. This week we'll continue to look at some of the weapons created during Europe's Medieval Period (1300 - 1500 AD).

 
English Longbow - a large bow made from flexible wood (like yew, ash, elm). These bows took four years to craft. Training to use these powerful bows started when a boy was 7 years old and proceeded for 10 years. Once trained, the man could pull the string with a draw weight of over 150 pounds (image the arm muscles) and could shoot 12 rounds per minute.


Bodkin-Tipped Arrow - these deadly-looking arrowheads were added to the longbow's arrows and could pierce armor


Mancatcher or Man Catcher - a giant metal claw device with spikes inside to slip around a victim's neck

Source:
A History of Weaponry by John O'Bryan; ISBN#978-1-4521-1054-7


Photo Credit: Longbow and Longbows man - http://www.historyforkids.net/medieval-longbow.html
Photo Credit: Mancatcher - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_catcher
Photo Credit: Bodkin Arrowhead - https://www.medievalarchery.com/p-20870-long-bodkin-point-arrowhead.aspx