It's also impressive that it has lasted as long as it has. A few years ago they talked about retiring it.It amazes me that with all the money the government wastes that we actually have something that was worth spending money on. The Hubble Space Telescope has been around since 1990. We have been able to look at deep space photos for thirty years. Thank God someone did something smart for a change.
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An earlier name to that conundrum is The Ship of Theseus, a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. It's one of the oldest problems in the history of philosophy. From Wikipedia:I hadn’t realized it was Bring a Trailer. Jeez. Like George Washington’s axe, eh? The head and handle have been replaced but it’s the same axe
More show & tell. This is a modern reproduction of an 1858 Remington. Originally a black powder cap and ball revolver - meaning you remove the cylinder, stoke each chamber with FFFg black powder and jam a round lead .44 caliber ball down on top of it. That’s what the lever under the barrel is for. Then stick a little percussion cap on the corresponding nipple sticking out the back of the cylinder. One for each chamber. Shot it that way a fair amount and it was fun but really messy.
After the Civil War but not too long, self contained cartridges started coming into general use. The powder, projectile and percussion cap - now called a primer - is all in one nifty package. Since the cylinder can be removed a different one was developed that holds the cartridges. When the hammer drops it no longer strikes a percussion cap, rather it hits a firing pin in the cap that ignites the primer - each cylinder has one. Modern revolvers are different but for a generation or more these things were the technology of the era. I put a modern Howell 5-shot conversion cylinder in it and hand loaded some very, very mild .45 Colt loads with smokeless powder to approximate the originals. Eventually I'll work up a black powder cartridge load for it. This thing shoots like a dream - very accurate at 25 yards offhand and very little recoil. As deadly as a phaser at close range.
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Looks cooler when he does it:
Them guns look so skinny.
What about something like this:
apparently it can stop a bear