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The Life & Times (And Guns) Of Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel was born Benjamin Siegel on Feb. 28, 1906, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His parents were Jewish immigrants. They settled in New York City around the turn of the century, later moving to Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In that breeding ground for crime Benjamin discovered his passion for…
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A History of the Texas Rangers

There are few Americans who have not heard of the Texas Rangers. Since the dawn of television (and before that, on the radio) the media chronicled their exploits in a variety of shows. Here are some you might remember: The Lone Ranger: The only survivor of a massacred…
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20th Century Gangsters and the Guns They Made Famous

Mob Weapons Most Americans have gained their knowledge of early-twentieth-century gangsters from TV shows and movies. Those of us who watched The Untouchables on television in the late 50s and early 60s sat enthralled as Special Agent Eliot Ness chased down the Capone mob in one episode after…
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The Guns of Bonnie and Clyde

The Real Bonnie and Clyde “Bonnie and Clyde were pretty lookin’ people. But I can tell you, people, they were the devil’s children.” Georgie Fame, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde She was petite and pretty; he had boyish good looks. But their attractiveness belied a violent and…
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Weapons of the Persian Gulf War

The Shield & The Storm: Gulf War Weapons Good or bad, the Persian Gulf War of late 1990-early 1991 broke a long drought of full-scale armed conflict involving the U.S. Not since the end of the ground war in Vietnam had American forces assembled en masse to engage…
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