A Big Powerful Weird Pistol, The Mars Pistol
Created by H. W. Gabbett-Fairfax in 1899, the Mars pistol was one of the largest and most powerful semi-automatic pistols of its day. It had a barrel that was 9.5 inches, the Colt 1911 by comparison has a barrel that is five inches. Its most impressive feature was its power. It used unique cartridges that had a bottleneck taper which increased muzzle velocity greatly, with some cartridges measuring 969-foot pounds of energy after achieving a muzzle velocity of some 1640-feet per second. It came in a variety of calibers; 8.5mm Mars, 9mm Mars, .45 Mars Long, and .45 Mars Short.
Another odd feature was its recoil rotating bolt action which ejected spent cartridges straight out the rear rather than out the top or side. The bolt was massive, and one complaint among shooters was the the bolt would often painfully strike the users arm. The Mars pistol was submitted to the British War Office as a replacement of the Webley Revolver. It was flat out rejected because of its complex design, strange ammo, and most importantly its recoil. The recoil of the pistol was very hard, and was accompanied by an incredible flash. The officer in charge of testing it noted in his report, “No one who fired once with the pistol wished to shoot it again”. Only 80 Mars pistols were ever produced.
1. When you cut yourself, clean and bandage it.
2. Do not start smoking cigarettes because the boy who broke your heart does.
3. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
4. Cutting calories doesn’t do anything but make you unhappy.
5. If the number on the scale rises, throw it out.
6. The first girl you ever “date” is going to call the police on you even though she lives three thousand miles away, because you’re going to tell her that you’re not in a good mental state shortly after you’ve “broken up”.
7. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
8. Break up with the boy who says, “You had a sexy phase!” when you tell him that you’ve dated a girl before.
9. Dating your friends is not always the best idea, but you can still be friends after you’ve broken up with her.
10. Your mother will try to become your best friend because you’re leaving for college soon. Let her.
11. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
12. Your closest friend will stop talking to you when you leave for college.
13. It’s okay to cry.
14. When you want to kill yourself, don’t.
15. When you cut yourself again, clean and bandage it. Do not be ashamed.
16. Your anxiety is going to try and control your entire life. Tell it to shut the hell up, because you’re trying to live and that task is hard enough as it is.
17. The past has a funny way of coming back in the form of you developing a crush on another friend.
18. Try not to hate yourself for breaking up with your boyfriend.
19. If you’re still smoking, apologize silently to your mother.
20. When you want to kill yourself, don’t."