Gun-Day Sunday: Defensive Handgun Skills

Spent yesterday and today at a great short handgun course, put on by John Murphy of FPF Training. I posted a scratch hotwash at Rule 308, with a more detailed AAR to follow. Based on this experience I can give John’s courses a strong “go.” If you live anywhere within a couple hours’ drive of Quantico and can only grab a couple days to polish up your shooting skills, this is the course for you. It’s structured just right to get the max training value out of the time available. MTF. Stayed tuned.

Fleet Week

070524-N-3235P-631 NEW YORK (May 24, 2007) – Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) pose for a photograph in Times Square while on liberty. The 20th annual Fleet Week New York is an opportunity for New Yorkers to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and thank them for their service. Fleet Week honors the service and sacrifice of all Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as the city of New York, in the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass (RELEASED) FLEET WEEK: WHOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, you have […]


OK, I have accepted the fact that the press will report that every time we put another carrier in the Arabian Gulf that it is a “show of force,” or an “impending attack.” I get it. They can speculate. I don’t necessarily agree that news should be speculative, but sure, you can go ahead and speculate. Which is why I was OK when I started to read this AP article: Navy Stages Show of Force Off Iran Coast By BARBARA SURK Associated Press Writer DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy staged its latest show of military force […]

The Sunset Parade

While riding through Rosslyn, VA the other day on the way to work, I shot past the Iwo Jima Memorial and saw the Marines from 8th & I hard at work on parade practice. Many of you will know– or should know– that during the summer the Marines stationed at the oldest post in the Corps stage an unforgettable military show on Friday nights, the famed Evening Parade. Now, this is a premier event, standing room only. It’s not really the sort of thing one does on the spur of the moment, as one needs to reserve tickets some weeks […]

Yet more truth about Dragon Skin

Recent comments on this site and others continue to show that people are unable to comprehend what they are being told about body armor. They continue to believe Murray Neal, Pinnacle, SFTT, and the rest who have hyped body armor that is heavier and less capable than the issue gear. I have trusted my life to the issue body armor, and I will do it yet again later this year. By the way, those who trouble themselves with a little factual research will discover that the Army testers get paid the same amount whether the Army adopts Dragon Skin or […]


Democratic congressional leaders are backing down on their demands for a withdrawal timeline. Flinching in the face of a veto threat, Democratic congressional leaders neared agreement with the Bush administration Tuesday on legislation to pay for the Iraq war without setting a timeline for troop withdrawal. Senator Reid wants to make clear that there is a limit to their concessions: Despite the concession, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that the legislation would be the first war-funding bill sent to Bush since the U.S. invasion of Iraq “where he won’t get a blank check.” Reid and other Democrats […]

Yet Another Unscheduled COC

You knew it was coming: By Andrew Scutro – Staff writer Posted : Monday May 21, 2007 19:14:12 EDT NORFOLK, Va. — Cmdr. E.J. McClure, captain of the destroyer Arleigh Burke, was relieved of command Monday by Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, according to a Navy official. Ship runs aground = CO relieved. ESPECIALLY off Cape Henry. I have driven in and out of Norfolk many, many times and it is not difficult. The traffic patterns are well-known, the area is well-charted, and with today’s navigation equipment, there is no excuse for this. Reading further […]

Gun-Day Monday: The Enfield & The Mauser

I began this post last week, or somewhere thereabouts, but had to put it aside until I could find the photo I wanted. In the meantime, KduT had a good post on Great War Rifles, which is a fine but perhaps unintentional double entendre. It was one of his earlier posts combined with something I found that lead me here… Let us extol the still-extant virtues of two of the world’s great military rifles. The first post, by way of a post by our favorite beefy Afrikaner, sings the praises of the Enfield No. 4 Mk 1, although in this […]

Dragon Skin redux

Now that NBC has bought into the Dragon Skin hype, from Professional Soldiers comes the best article I have seen yet. I’ve made a little noise in my attempts to disspell some of the myths surrounding Dragon Skin, but consider this the definitive response to NBC, Pinnacle, Soldiers For The Truth, and the rest. This was posted today on Professional Soldiers by a gentleman who uses the handle The Reaper. He intentionally guards his identity on the internet, but I will submit to our readers that he is a very experienced Special Forces officer of unquestionable integrity. This comes to […]

What Do These Guys Have in Common?

General George S. Patton LTGEN Chesty Puller RADM Richard E. Byrd Answer after the jump.