Thought for the day

"To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal." -- Henry Kissinger



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The story behind the famous photograph of two Armenian women with their rifles is complex and still mysterious. This photo was taken in 1895 during the genocide of the Hamidis, where thousands of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire were massacred.


The woman on the left has been identified as Eghispet Sultania, the other woman is yet to be identified. It is not confirmed whether they were real fighters or just posing for photos.


In fact, on the back of the original image is a note that reads "Souvenir". Both women survived and eventually went to America. Unfortunately, there is no other information about them.


The rifles the women are carrying are not matched by any mass-produced rifle, there is no swelling for the chamber area, no definition of the bolt and cocking piece, the bases of the rear sight are lower than the handguards. There are no other places of interest.


The revolver also looks counterfeit, the proportions, especially the trigger guard, is off. It's more likely that these were made to show off in a photo booth.