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  • Was the Brewster Buffalo the Worst Fighter of World War 2?
    The Brewster Buffalo is an interesting anomaly among World War 2 fighters. It did poorly in the Pacific against the Japanese with American pilots but it performed well against the Russians in the hands of Finnish pilots. Was the Buffalo good or bad?
  • Battleship Duel: IJN Yamato Versus U.S.S. Iowa
    History enthusiasts have long wondered how a fight would have turned out between two of the most famous battleships of World War 2: the Japanese Yamato and U.S.S. Iowa.
  • The Big Guns - America's Atomic Cannon
    The biggest and potentially most consequential gun to ever be part of America's arsenal has to be the M65 280mm Motorized Heavy Gun—known as the Atomic Cannon. It was a massive 11-inch (280mm) howitzer with a 38 foot barrel. It fired Nuclear Warheads!
  • Gloster Gladiator: Great Britain's Last Biplane Fighter
    It is almost unimaginable to think that brave pilots once took to the skies in biplanes to take on the best of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe. Yet, Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter pilots did just that in defense of Europe.
  • Fairey Swordfish: the Canvas Covered Biplane Hero of World War II
    In an era of bloody industrialized war, the Fairey Swordfish seems like a throwback to a more romantic time. Of course, the Swordfish probably seemed considerably less romantic to those tasked with flying the fabric-covered biplane towards battleships.
  • Why Buy an AK-47 Assault Rifle?
    The AK-47 is arguably the most influential rifle in the world. AK-47 and AK-47 variants equip armies, revolutionary movements, and terrorists all over the planet. Now, many shooters would like a semi-automatic version for their own collections.
  • Could Hover Tanks Be Coming to a Battlefield Near You?
    Hovertanks have been long been a staple of science fiction and futuristic war gaming. But now that we have battlefield robots and drones, is it time for hovertank to make an appearance on the 21st century battlefield?
  • Curtiss P-40 Warhawk: The World War 2 Fighter With Teeth
    Painted with an open shark's mouth and very sharp teeth around its gaping air intake, the P-40 warhawks has an iconic look that has excited generations of scale modelers and radio controlled plane enthusiasts. Here's a look at famed warbird!
  • The Cutest Military Aircraft of the 1930s
    There is something special about the pre-World War II American warplanes of the 1930s. They almost have a naive and innocent look to them. If you want to see the cutest of the pre-war military aircraft of the 1930s, read on!
  • The Four Biggest Strategic Mistakes of World War II
    As dictators, the Axis leaders had no one to challenge their decisions or prevent their mistakes. It's not surprising that they were defeated in part by their own strategic blunders. Here are four of the biggest strategic blunders of World War II.
  • Comparing the World War II Willy's Jeep to the Jeep Wranger
    Have you ever wondered just how different today's Jeep Wrangler is from the original Willy's MB Army Jeep from World War 2? There are many differences, but the DNA is still the same.
  • A Shooter's Guide to Paper Targets
    Most guns aren't made for killing, they are made for hitting targets. For most shooters, that means paper targets. When it comes to paper targets, some are more fun to shoot than others. Here is a guide to paper targets for recreational shooting.
  • Republic P-47 Thunderbolt: Toughest World War II Fighter Over Europe
    The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the most loved fighter planes of World War 2. It was affectionately nicknamed the "Jug" for Juggernaut and, perhaps, for the fighter plane's rather rotund look.
  • What If World War 2 Had Been Fought Without Aviation at Sea?
    World War II proved the value of aviation and the aircraft carrier. Fleets of powerful battleships and cruisers were relegated to a secondary role. But, what if there were no aircraft carriers? What would have happened if the fleets went toe to toe?
  • The Big Guns - Germany's Paris Gun of World War 1
    If you want to hit Paris from a battlefield about 60 miles away, you need to pull out the big guns. The Kaiser's armies did just that when they brought their terrifying "Paris Gun" to the battlefield.
  • The Big Guns - Germany's Big Bertha of World War 1
    One hundred years ago, on August 12, 1914, World War I in Belgium opened with the sounds of big guns--very big guns. Germany had just unveiled Big Bertha!
  • The Last Ship of Her Kind: Peru's Almirante Grau
    Peru's Buque Armada Peruana (BAP) Almirante Grau (CLM-81) is the last ship of her kind. She is the last armored cruiser with a main battery of big guns. At nearly seventy, she will soon sail off into the sunset.
  • DUKW Profile: WW2 Work Horses Find New Life as Tourist Transports
    You may have seen strange looking tour vehicles playing in the summer tourist traffic of major cities like Boston, Washington D.C., and even Singapore. To learn more about them and the roles they played during world War II
  • Can You Write on a Smartphone?
    Can you write on a Smartphone? The answer is a resounding "yes!" Here's how to create content and write articles using a Smartphone.
  • The Royal Tiger: The Heaviest Tank of World War II
    As World War 2 progressed, the Germans hoped that superior weaponry could give them a decisive edge over the Allies. To win on the battlefield, the Germans built tanks that were heavier and heavier. The result was the huge Tiger II tank
  • The P-51 Mustang: the Best Fighter Plane of World War II
    The North American P-51 Mustang was the best fighters of World War II. It was known for range and speed. Today, the P-51 is popular in the warbird community and continues to show its speed in air races around the world.
  • The First Battleship: HMS Devastation
    Look ma! No sails! In 1873, the H.M.S. Devastation led naval architecture into a new era. She was the first sea-going battleship with guns in turrets and no sails at all.
  • Dirt Cheap Hobbies: Birding
    There is one hobby that has few barriers to entry, costs very little, and can provide hours of entertainment: birdwatching. Here's how to become a bird watcher on a budget.
  • M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer: the Fastest Tank of World War 2
    Fighter pilots often cite German ace, Oswald Boelcke's theorum: "Speed is Life." But, on the ground, armored vehicle designs have not always placed a premium on speed. In World War II, the M18 Hellcat placed a premium on speed.
  • Why Does the U.S.S. Zumwalt Cost so Much?
    The U.S. Navy's stealthy new destroyer may cost over $4 billion per ship. Why does it cost so much?
  • How to Build Self-Confidence Using Affirmations
    This article explores how to build self-confidence through the use of a creative visualization technique called affirmation.
  • Is Walmart Doomed?
    The seemingly invincible Big Box chain Walmart has been facing some serious economic challenges. Some analysts believe that Walmart is in decline. The big question: Is Walmart Doomed?
  • Obsolete Heroes: the Biplanes of World War 2
    There is an old miliary adage that when war comes you fight with the forces you have. World War II was no exception. Surprisingly, outdated biplanes still fought valiantly. Here are nine biplanes that fought during the global confict.
  • Great Aircraft that Arrived Too Late for World War II
    During World War II aircraft development projects moved quickly. However, some projects weren't ready by the end of the war. Here are eight great World War II-era aircraft that missed their initial dates with destiny.
  • Were Hitler's Vengeance Weapons Effective in World War 2?
    Towards the end of World War II, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler struck Great Britain and Belgium cruelly with what he called Vengeance weapons: V-1 and V-2 Rockets. Were these weapons effective?
  • Ten Things to Know About the Browning Hi Power Semi-Automatic Pistol
    The 9mm Browning Hi Power Semi-Automatic pistol was the final design from John Browning. It introduced innovations like the "double-stack" magazine and it fought on both sides of World War II. Here are some interesting facts about the classic pistol.
  • Ten Things to Know About the Springfield Trapdoor Rifle
    The U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle is a classic rifle that evolved in mid to late nineteenth century from efforts to convert muskets to use self-contained cartridges loaded from the breech rather than the muzzle.
  • Secret Nazi Stealth Bomber Profile: The Horten Ho 229 / Horten Ho IX / Gotha Go 229
    The scientists of Nazi Germany had a wide variety of nasty secret weapons in the works. One of them was a jet-powered, flying wing, stealth bomber that provided a glimpse of things to come.
  • Nazi Secret Plans: The “Project Amerika” Bombers of World War 2
    Adolph Hitler once planned for his Luftwaffe to drop bombs on New York City. Here are the details of his secret plan called “Project Amerika.”
  • Ten Things to Know About the C.96 "Broomhandle" Mauser Pistol
    You've seen it in movies. You've heard about it on gun forums. Now, it's time to learn a few things about the eccentric and iconic c.96 Mauser semi-automatic pistol.
  • Facts About the Tomahawk Cruise Missile
    The Tomahawk Cruise Missile is threatened by cancellation. The missile has been a key element in America's ability to strike targets from a distance.
  • Which World War 2 Propeller Fighter was the Fastest?
    With all the different fighter planes in the air during World War 2, there are plenty of aircraft to history buffs to assess and analyze. At some point, every airchair ace has asked the question: "Which World War 2 propeller plane was fastest?"
  • Jets and Rockets: the Fastest Fighter of World War II
    World War II marked the beginning of the jet era. As the war was drawing to a close, jet and rocket-powered aircraft made it off of the drawing boards and into the sky. A rocket-powered aircraft even broke 600 miles per hour. Here are the fastest!
  • Which World War 2 Rifle was the Best?
    History is made my infantry and the quality of a soldier's weaponry makes a difference. This article examines the best rifles of World War II and picks a winner.
  • Ten Facts About the M1 Garand Battle Rifle
    The M1 Garand was the U.S. battle rifle during World War II and the Korean War. An 8-round semi-automatic rifle, the M1 Garand gave U.S. soldiers an advantage in firepower over bolt-action rifle equipped adversaries.
  • Can You Really Buy a Triple Barrel Shotgun?
    A meme based on a triple barrel shotgun has been circulating on the Internet. Is there really a triple barrel shotgun? Can you buy one? This article provides the truth behind the meme.
  • What was the Best Handgun of World War II
    World War II saw the widespread adoption of reliable semi-automatic pistols for officers and support troops. This article names the Top 6 handguns of World War II and picks the best.
  • A Guide to Dive Watches Under $100
    There are plenty of watch makers that provide traditional dive watch functionality and a high degree (100 meters or more) of water resistance in inexpensive watches. Here are five watches that should be able to handle swimming and shallow water diving.
  • The Most Essential Watches for Men
    There is one place every man can express his personal sense of style: the wrist watch. If you are building a watch collection, you don't need a hundred watches. A half-dozen watches should suffice to cover most occasions. Here are the watches you need.
  • Which World War II Submachine Gun was the Best?
    The Submachine Gun gained wide acceptance during World War II. The Tommy Gun, the Grease Gun, the Sten Gun, and the "Schmeiser," all became household names. But which submachine gun was the best?
  • How to Defend Your Homeland Against Foreign Invasion
    Will Americans ever have to defend their homeland against foreign invaders? It's unlikely. But, as America and western Europe lose military strength, the world will become more unpredictable. Here is some gear to help fight invading foreign armies.
  • Five Watches for the Super Rich
    Watch making is an art. It reaches it's pinnacle in watches for the world's wealthiest people. If I were one of those people, here are five watches that would definitely be on my shopping list.
  • The Intangible Qualities that Make Luxury Watches Special
    Any timepiece can keep accurate time, but there is something magical about luxury watches. In addition to mechanical genius, stellar design, and high quality materials, there are a number of intangible qualities that simply make luxury watches special.
  • A Guide to Affordable Military Surplus Rifles
    If you have a limited budget and would like to shoot high-powered rifles, military surplus firearms can be a great place to start. This article presents a guide to some of today's best bargains in military surplus firearms.
  • Wristwatch Review: Casio MRW200H Neo-Display Dive Watch
    This review covers the rugged Casio MRW200H Neo-Display Dive Watch. It's a very inexpensive watch, but it mimics of the style and the functions of far more expensive timepieces.
  • Surplus Handgun Profile: the Russian M1895 Nagant Revolver
    The Russian M1895 Nagant revolver is one of the most interesting pistols in the military surplus (milsurp) market today. For gun collectors and recreational shooters, the eccentric Russian Nagant revolver offers several advantages.
  • Shotgun Choices for Home Defense
    The tactical shotgun is a popular choice for home defense. From traditional pump action and double barreled shotguns to radical new designs, this article highlights eight different shotguns for defending the homestead.
  • A Guide to Buying a Shotgun for Home Defense
    Few weapons are more intimidating to criminals than the shotgun. When it comes to buying a shotgun for home defense, here are a few key features to consider.
  • Wristwatch Review: Men's Pulsar Chronograph Dress Watch with Roman Numerals
    Power, sophistication, and sensibility are the perfect combination for a man's dress watch. This review will reveal if the Pulsar Chronograph Model PT3399 demonstrates all three.
  • New Years Resolutions for Watch Collectors
    Watch collecting is a fun and fashionable hobby. But, if you aren't actively managing your collection, it can degenerate into a big box of unworn watches. Here are some New Years Resolutions to improve your watch collection in the coming year!
  • Low Price Exercise and Fitness Equipment to Find at Thrift Stores
    Did you vow to start exercising this year and get in shape? Did you also resolve to manage your personal finances better. Fortunately, thrift stores allow you to do both with lots of fitness equipment at very low prices.
  • Wristwatch Review: Drive by Citizen Men's Black Ion Plated Eco-Drive Strap Watch
    Are you looking for a watch that incorporates interesting and ecologically sound technology? You might check out the Eco-Drive line of watches by Citizen. This review covers a "Drive by Citizen" watch that makes solar energy unobtrusive and routine!
  • Personal Computer Review: HP DC7900 Refurbished Desktop Computer from Microcenter
    Every home needs a computer. But, sometimes it can be a challenge to fit a computer into a tight budget. This review covers a $130 refurbished computer from Microcenter. It works for your budget. But, will it work in your home?
  • New Years Resolutions for Information Technology Workers
    Each New Year is an opportunity to set personal goals and objectives. The New Year is the perfect opportunity to improve and test your personal capabilities and release a new and improved version of you.
  • Wristwatch Review: AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Chronograph Watch
    This review takes a closer look at a unique quartz chronograph watch that commemorates the famed Hawker Hurricane through a variety of design features.
  • Alternatives to the Television Infomercial Watch Brands
    Since some watch brands are constantly being advertised via infomercial, some of the novelty and exclusivity of owning a fine timepiece has been diminished. Here are some unique alternatives to the watch brands constantly seen on TV shopping networks.
  • How to Save Money at Restaurants
    If you enjoy the convenience of dining out, but need to reduce the amount of money you spend on food, Here are a seven money saving tips.
  • Seven Reasons Why Motorists Get Frustrated with Bicyclists
    Motorists are often admonished to “share the road” with bicyclists. But, sharing the road is a two-way street. Here are some of the many reasons that bicyclists frustrate motorists.
  • Coaching Controversy: West Virginia Football Coach Dana Holgerson
    In the hills and hollers of West Virginia and cyberspace, there is a controversy brewing around WVU Coach Dana Holgerson. With a 7-6 record in 2012 and a poor start in 2013, the coach may soon feel the wrath of angry alumni.
  • Seven Tips for Improving the Photos on Your Blog
    Good photography can set the tone for your blog and invite web surfers to stay, read, and engage. If your blog is the public face for your company, your photography makes a statement about your organization. This tips will improve your blog photos.
  • Seven Lessons Normal People Can Learn from Audiophiles
    If you hang out in enough audiophile Internet forums and read enough audiophile blogs, you'll eventually learn a few things that can help you set up your normal person stereo and enjoy your normal person music.
  • Moving Advice: How to Lighten the Load
    Moving is a daunting, exhausting, and sometimes expensive proposition. To save money and aggravation, you should be ruthless in getting rid of unneeded items. Here is how you can get rid of your junk and lighten the load.
  • Ten Things You Should Lie About Online
    The online world is filled with the worst kinds of people: sexual predators, deviants, burglars, sociopaths, psychopaths, hackers, and HR professionals. There is no need to make their jobs easier.
  • Ten Things to Notice on an Apartment Tour
    On an apartment tour, you don't have much time to decide whether you would like to live in a complex or not. Sometimes it helps to focus on the little details about a complex that reveal a lot. Here are ten things to note when you tour a new complex.
  • Wristwatch Review: Zoo York Casual Watch Black Band and Yellow Dial
    Can bold New York City "whatchoolookinat?" bravado be captured in a watch design? If any brand can do it, the graffiti art inspired Zoo York brand can. Check out this bold yellow Zoo York Watch to see if they can do it!
  • Stereo Headphones Review: Maxell Digital Studio Series Headphones
    Maxell Digital Headphones have solid specifications, but do they deliver high quality sound and comfort? Read this review to find out!
  • Eight Ways to Play Your Stereo Without Disturbing Your Neighbors
    If you live in an apartment or condo, cranking your stereo can drive your neighbors crazy. Here are eight ways to enjoy owning a stereo in an apartment or condo without getting evicted.
  • Wristwatch Review: Wenger Men's Swiss Military Grenadier Quartz Watch
    There is something cool about seeing "Swiss Made" at the bottom of a watch dial. The challenge lies in making a Swiss Watch at a price point that is attainable for middle class consumers. Can it be done? Check out the Wenger Swiss Military Grenadier.
  • Stereo Component Review: Insignia 5-Disc CD Changer
    When the CD changer on your stereo goes whirrr, kathunk, kathunk, thunk, spin, thunk, kathunk, it might just be time for a new CD player. My quest for a new CD player ended when I found the Insignia 5-disc CD and MP3 disc changer.
  • How to Be More Productive as a Writer
    There is no reason to pine away wishing you were a writer. You can write and you can make the time to write. Here are some ways to become more productive as a writer.
  • How to Expand Your Dirt Cheap Stereo
    When I put together a $40 component stereo from thrift shop components, it marked the beginnning of a journey rather than an end. If you've put together a dirt cheap stereo system, what kinds of improvements, or expansions would make sense for you?
  • How to De-Escalate a Street Confrontation
    At some point almost everyone encounters an angry person with a short fuse. They may take exception to the way you drive, park, or walk down a grocery store aisle. Can you defuse the situation before it comes to violence?
  • Nine Ways to Stop Crime in Your Community
    Some common sense tips that can help protect your neighborhood from crime without getting you into trouble.
  • A Guide to Buying a Stereo for Less Than $50
    With a little perseverance and good, old-fashioned, ingenuity, you can put together a pretty decent little stereo for $50 or less. Here are three ways to put together a sub-$50 stereo.
  • The Most Annoying Cars on the American Road
    Many motorists have cars they hate to interact with in traffic. They count on the drivers of these cars to drive in annoying, erratic, or unpredictable ways. Here are eight of the most annoying cars on the roads today.
  • How to Build an Entry-Level Component Stereo
    In the seventies, eighties, and nineties, buying a first stereo was an essential rite of passage for most young American men. It was an essential element of any bachelor pad. What would a first stereo system look like today?
  • How to Be a Hipster
    If you aspire to be a hipster, your path is not easy. The lifestyle generally requires a liberal arts degree and a certain amount of book learning in order to become hip. Here is a short guide to becoming a hipster.
  • How I Built a Component Stereo for $40
    If you shop judiciously, you can put together a nice stereo on a shoestring budget. Here is how I put together my component stereo system for less than $40.
  • A Guide to Choosing a Stereo for Your Apartment or Condo
    Choosing a stereo sound system for an apartment or condominium can be challenging. If you are a decent human being, you have to balance power and volume with consideration for your neighbors. This guide can help you navigate your stereo choices.
  • Wristwatch Review: Insignum Subwave Dive Watch
    Diving is a serious endeavor and demands a serious watch. The new Insignum Subwave Dive Watch might fit the bill for divers and other adventurers.
  • Android Application Review: Scanner Radio Pro for the Nook Color
    Do you want to know what's really going on? Scanner Radio Pro allows you to access streaming audio from 3600 police, fire, weather, aviation, and amateur radio repeater stations in real time.
  • Android Application Review: Armageddon Squadron Arcade Flight Simulator
    The ability to fly--it is one of the most amazing gifts that personal computers gave to the common person. Now, everyone takes for granted the ability to pilot virtual aircraft. That's why I appreciate my Nook Color App: Armageddon Squadron.
  • A Guide to Buying the Cheapest Possible Computer
    Unfortunately, computers have a tendency to fail at the precise moment when you are ill-prepared to buy a replacement. Fortunately, here is a guide to finding a replacement PC at the lowest possible price.
  • A Guide to Stealthy Watches for Commandos and Cat Burglars
    If you are a commando, a jewel thief, or a late night art collector, you need a watch that will work well in the dark. As movie goers know every good raid or exciting heist begins with synchronizing watches. This is a guide to the watches of the night!
  • Compact Stereo Review: GPX Home Music System with CD Player
    If you are looking for an cheap stereo that can play well with MP3 players, tablets, computers, and other gadgets, the GPX Home Music System with CD player may fit the bill perfectly. Could this $45 bookshelf stereo fit your needs?
  • Android Game App Review: Obliteration for the Nook Color
    Sometimes you have to destroy a city in order to save it--at least when the city is full of zombies. That's the premise for Obliteration--a delightfully retro bomber game for the Nook Color and other Android Devices.
  • What You Need to Survive on a Desert Island in the South Pacific
    Experts with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery believe that aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart may have ditched her twin-engined Lockheed Electra in the South Pacific just off of Nikumaroro Island. Could you survive there today?
  • Wristwatch Review: Thre3 Mens' Sport Watch in Rose-Gold Tone
    The U.S. Polo Association's Thre3 brand creates another classy looking watch at an affordable Kmart price point.
  • How to Stream Music Through an Old Stereo System
    How can you connect your computer, MP3 player, or tablet to a real stereo system? Fortunately, the answer is easy. Here is how to connect nearly any personal music playing electronic device to a stereo.
  • Retro Technologies that Still Work Fine
    If you haven't paid $3000 for a 486 computer, you might jump on every new tech toy on the planet. But, once you've been burned a few times, you might come to appreciate old technologies that work great.
  • Financial Advice for Generation Y
    Young people of every generation get well-meaning financial advice that is not really appropriate for their age and personal financial goals. As a formerly young person, I've made plenty of financial mistakes and here are a few things that I've learned.
  • Seven Habits for Success in Life
    Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." The great philosopher's observation makes it critical to develop the habits that lead to excellence, ritualize them, and make them part of your daily life.
  • Internet Radio Service Review: AccuRadio
    I recently discovered a radio service called AccuRadio. While I'm a newcomer to Internet radio, AccuRadio reaches 400,000 listeners each month and nearly a million at Christmas time. Here's a review of this unique service.
  • Can Automakers Rekindle America's Love Affair with the Automobile?
    Auto makers are worried that American young people are no longer passionate about cars and driving. In fact, more and more young people are forgoing car ownership. Here are some reasons why and some ideas to help automakers overcome the problem.
  • How to Refurbish Your Old Laptop Computer
    When accessories and a cosmetic computer makeover aren't enough, you'll have to make real upgrades to enhance the performance of your laptop. Here are some maintenance steps and upgrades that will help your old laptop get its mojo back.
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