Mauser C96


Possibly my favorite vintage automatic pistol from 1896.

A semi-automatic pistol or machine pistol from the German Empire, the Mauser C96 saw action in the Second Boer War, Boxer Rebellion, Xinhai Revolution, World War I, Anglo-Irish War, Finnish Civil War, Mexican Revolution, Russian Civil War, Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II, Chinese Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War and no few skirmishes.


Weight: 1,130 g (40 oz)
Length: 312 mm (12.3 in) (pre-Bolo); 271 mm (10.7 in) (post-Bolo)
Barrel length: 140 mm (5.5 in) (pre-Bolo); 99 mm (3.9 in) (post-Bolo)
Cartridge: 7.63×25mm Mauser; 9×19mm Parabellum; .45 ACP (China); 9 mm Mauser Export (rare); 8.15mm Mauser (experimental)
Action: Short Recoil
Muzzle velocity: 425 m/s (1,394 ft/s)
Effective range: 150m to 200m
Feed system: 10 round internal magazine fed by stripper clip or removable magazine
Sights: V-notch rear tangent sight adjustable up to 1000 meters, inverted V front sight

1984 Honda Magna v30

2012 Honda Rebel 250 CMX250C

My first bike was a Honda Magna v30 (not shown – above is a 2012 Honda Rebel 250 CMX250C) and I got it for $1 from a friend of my father.

I loved it. Nothing was more peaceful than taking long drives in the country.

I kept it for a few years until every human being in my life formed a shrieking chorus nagging me to get ride of it. And yeah, I gave into this ridiculous peer pressure and sold it.

I still miss it and look forward to buying a replacement bike.