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21 May 1871

Franske tropper invaderte Pariskommunnen, noe som førte til at det brøt ut gatekamper mellom innbyggerne og hæren. Da den såkalte «blodige uken» gikk mot slutten var 20 000 innbyggere drept og 38 000 arrestert. Pariskommunen var et... Read more ...

21 May 1871

Franske tropper invaderte Pariskommunen
Franske tropper invaderte Pariskommunnen, noe som førte til at det brøt ut gatekamper mellom innbyggerne og hæren. Da den såkalte «blodige uken» gikk mot slutten var 20 000 innbyggere drept og 38 000 arrestert.

Pariskommunen var et revolusjonært folkestyre som ble opprettet i Paris i protest mot den nasjonale regjering ved slutten av Den fransk-prøyssiske krig. Kommunen ble opprettet 18. mars og eksisterte i 72 dager frem til 28. mai 1871. Man hadde hatt noe tilsvarende også i 1792. Pariskommunen av 1871 bygget blant annet på anarkistiske og marxistiske ideer. Det var dessuten her begrepet nasjonalisme oppsto.

Etter den «blodige uken» var Pariskommunens to måneder lange levetid over, og Frankrike gikk for alvor inn i epoken kjent som «den tredje franske republikk», som skulle vare helt til den tyske invasjon under den annen verdenskrig, 10. juli 1940.




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    Make your own drop tube stand

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    Published: 7. September 2014 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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    The video shows the three different methods for compressing black powder, as well as how you can make a drop tube stand.

    A drop tube is used for compressing black powder loads.

    A drop tube is used for compressing black powder loads.

    The drawing shows how a stand can be made.

    The drawing shows how a stand can be made.

    The difference between a compressed (right) and not compressed load.

    The difference between a compressed (right) and not compressed charge.

    Alternatively you can make one of these stands.

    Alternatively you can make one of these stands.

    In order to load match-grade black powder cartridges it is important to compress the powder. This allows for more powder in the case, as well as improved combustion and accuracy. There are several methods for compressing black powder, but pouring the powder through a long drop tube is one of the simplest and best methods – especially if you mechanically compress it afterwards. This article shows how you can make a sturdy drop tube stand with simple tools.

    To make a drop tube stand you need a couple of wood boards and two eye screws, in addition to a saw, a hand drill and files. The eyes of the screw must be large enough to accept the drop tube.

    As seen from the drawing, one of the boards is made into a drop tube holder, while the other serves as a base. You can of course glue or otherwise fix the two parts together, but you save storage space by dismantling the stand after use. The two parts are fitted together through a rectangular opening in the bas the matches the drop tube holder.

    The drop tube holder is approximately 13in high. A bevel edge allows you to remove cases without bumping into the stand and also makes room for a loading block. Make the bottom end rectangular. This piece will later be fitted into the base. The height of the shape is identical to the height of the base.

    Screw the eye screws into the front of the drop tube holder; one at the top and one just before the bevel. To prevent the wood from cracking, pre-drill holes before mounting the screws.

    The base is simply a rectangular shaped piece of wood. Make sure it is perfectly level. Draw the outline of the drop tube holder's base. To make the rectangular opening, use a drill and mill out as much wood as you can before finishing the shape with a file.

    The drop tube stand is now practically done. Find a drop tube and insert it through the eye screws.

    To adjust the height of the tube, thread an O-ring on the tube and rest it against the uppermost eye screw. A rubber band or similar does the job as well.

    I use a loading tube from Pedersoli that I use for loading muzzle-loading rifles. Similar tubes can be made from copper, aluminum, brass or similar. To avoid powder spillage the tube should have a funnel at the top.

    Download illustrated instructions here. The measurements are not critical, but make sure the stand is stable.

    But does this method work? Yes, it does! Take a look at the picture to the right that shows two identical 70 grain loads of Swiss #4. The load to the left is weighed and poured directly from the weight into the vial, while the load to the left is weighed and dropped through and 28in (63.5 cm) drop tube. The difference is approximately 0.5mm/.020 in. The vial is .40in/10.16mm in diameter.