Gun-Day Sunday: Europe's Porcupine

I saw today an interesting article in the WaPo, about Switzerland’s armed neutrality and its (entirely laudable) gun-culture. The latter is apparenty abhorrent in today’s emasculated and disarmed Europe, where the individual can be told how to live in excruciating detail by hordes of bureaucrats in remote cities, speaking languages unintelligible and espousing philosophies wholly foreign to him. This follows on the heels of a gloomy post at the Other Side of Kim: “Swiss Go Wussy.” If true that is bad news. I can only hope that the vast majority of sturdy Helvetians guard their liberties jealously and put a […]

"To The Shores of Trip-O-Leeee"

(Editorial note: Meant to post this last night, but got involved with some of THIS, and the time positively flew by.) 27 April 1805: First Lieutenant Presley N. O’Bannon, who with seven other Marines was part of a force of Greeks and Arabs led by American Consul William Eaton, raised the United States flag for the first time over a conquered fortress of the Old World at Derne, a stronghold of the Tripolitan pirates. Two Marines were killed and one wounded in the assault on the walled city. There are several points of interest above and beyond the boldness-and-daring aspects. […]

Gun-Day Monday: Of Mils and MOAs

By way of the always-stimulating 10-8 Forums, I found this fascinating discussion of the mechanics of the “mil” and its cousin the “MOA.” (See the link in the first post.) For the uninitiated, both are units of angular measurement useful in military operations. The mil is the basis for fire support tasks but it can be used for other things as well. The MOA is critical to understanding how most rifle sights and scopes work. Both, as I said, are quite useful because they can produce a unit of width for any angle at a given number of the same […]

"What is happening over here"

As in “THIS is what is happening over here… stand by for the truth,” not “What on earth is happening over here?? All’s lost!!” Got a great email today from a Marine captain in my reserve unit, now somewheres east o’ Suez with a small detachment of stalwart citizen-Marines. By an odd coincidence, one of their star Staff NCOs was my radio operator in 1990 and 1991, in Alpha Battery 1/10. And the captain himself is one of Slab’s buddies. This is reprinted here with his kind and enthusiastic permission. All, I just wanted to let you know what is […]

Marine Corps publishes new policy on body armor

MarAdmin 262/07 was published by the Marine Corps on the 17th. It prohibits Marines from using commercially purchased body armor in lieu of the issued gear. In their typically sensationalist style, Marine Corps Times has published an article touting the virtues of Pinnacle Armor’s Dragon Skin. They even quote a Marine staff sergeant from Quantico who shot himself while wearing Dragon Skin. Now that the Corps has banned off-the-shelf gear as well, Staff Sgt. Taylor Cobb, the Corporals Course curriculum coordinator at Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va., said he’ll buy “a triple large set of cammies” and wear […]

Citadel to put locks on barracks doors

CNN: The Citadel will install locks on all cadet rooms by next semester, a break with tradition that stems from concerns about safety in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings. The Citadel and VMI both have a tradition of unlocked doors. Those who have been through the Ratline can attest that this is often a serious concern for young Rat Ties trying to grab an unauthorized nap under their desk. It also makes a great way to get their attention, although more than a few upperclassmen have had to pay to fix doors after their foot went completely through. […]

The Battle to Recapture South Georgia

Within a week of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982, a naval task force had been assembled and dispatched from Great Britain. It contained not only the major combatants of the Royal Navy– two carriers, plus destroyers, frigates and three submarines– but the all-important amphibious assault ships without which a landing was unthinkable. Also included were “STUFT,” Ships Taken Up Front Trade; these were civilian container ships, North Sea ferries and even SS Canberra, a luxury liner, all hastily modified to accept men and material. The last transported a large part of the landing force, […]

On Democracy

So, I backtracked a couple of days over at Neptunus Lex to read all of the hubbub in the comments section of his post, “Why do they hate us?” It becomes plainly obvious, upon reading through the comments, that there are some rather smart cookies who frequent Lex’s site. Not the least of which is their host, of course. Two lines hidden within the debate intrigued me, however. First, a rather verbose lady by the name of Michelle, from the land of Labatts and Molson, makes the remark: “If I hear one more time that America is “the greatest country […]

Vietnam: Fact vs Fiction

This was posted on a military-related message board that I visit from time to time. Some very interesting facts in here – I’ll post some highlights and put the rest below the jump. – Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups. – Vietnam veterans’ personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent. – Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison – only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes. – As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving […]

Blue Skies

The Blue Angels lost an F/A-18 near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. today. Sadly, the pilot died in the crash. Requiescat in pace, brother. The Blue Angels flying the Missing Man formation in honor of Capt Voris in Oct 2005.