By Eldon G. Wolff

В книге рассмотрена история пневматического оружия с древнейших времен по 1909 год, с кратким обзором современного (на момент выход книги) состояния этого вида стрелкового оружия.

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But as hard as we tried, we could think of no way that a woman riding a bicycle alone across a desert could be a con. In fact, our searching for an explanation other than the one Barbara gave us was absurd. Domestic violence is as common as dirt. What is uncommon is Barbara’s courage, her willingness to cross any physical landscape to overcome the interior landscape of her life. The truth is that when I met Barbara out there in the middle of the Mojave, I already knew her. She was the embodiment of all that the bicycle has meant to me—escape, physical empowerment, and ultimately a rediscovery of my imagination in landscape.

We’d been warned to never vomit in the heads but to weave our arms in the ratlines, to avoid going overboard, while delivering the contents of our stomachs to Neptune. Now as I watched my fellow shipmates hurling their lunches into the sea, an extreme nausea overpowered me. I wasn’t about to throw up in front of all these strangers, so I charged down the ladder to the main salon and thankfully found the head unoccupied. The nice thing about throwing up in the head, besides the satisfaction of being insubordinate, was that the place was so disgusting you never had to wait for the impulse to realize itself—response was immediate.

Perhaps I could hide from other people here, but I could never hide from myself. Where could I go? One step out the door and it would be me, sand, and sky. Maybe the desert, even this weather-beaten town, wasn’t the last resort I had assumed it to be. Maybe it was a first resort. Maybe it was the beginning. ” I asked Barbara, meaning, did she feel safe from her husband, and perhaps meaning, could she find her friend’s house. She cast her eyes over the few businesses in that tiny dry town 21 one line long UWP: Bledsoe: The Ice Cave page 22 and said something about finding work.

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