About LTCOL P

LTCOL P hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004. COL P came to OPFOR as a guest blogger, but has now joined the team full time. He also runs Rule 308, where he denounces gun control and other aspects of socialism, and proclaims the greatness of the United States.

Gun-Day Sunday: 300 Blackout and Cooper’s Commentaries

One of my great pleasures is sifting through the collection of Cooper’s Commentaries; the old-timer was so very right about a great many things, and he had a keen eye for history, inter alia. It’s instructive to look back at his opinions on weapons, weapon-craft and practical marksmanship. He kept a close watch on gun and ammunition developments and, while he would not hesitate to excoriate anything that he thought was a waste of time or a foolish errand– and there were many of those– he also had an admirable interest in the pursuit of what he called “the better […]

“Desertion and Misbehaving Before the Enemy”

CHARGED: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday … Get on with it, then. I expect the testimony and evidence to be revealing and damning, and not just for the accused.

“Semper Why”

Thanks to USMC0802 for tossing this our way. (No block quoting, so go read it.) What say you?

Death to the Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles

Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.  

Walls

Over them, under them or through them, they’re not going to stop us. They didn’t at Chapultepec, they didn’t at Inchon, and they certainly didn’t in Afghanistan.

Green Amphibious Monster

From out of the sea it came. Interesting. And about damn time. The AAV is worn out, I think. Going ship to shore in such a craft is a hateful and hideous experience, but if it has to be done (and it does), best to do it in an updated conveyance.

Complete Chaos at NAVAIR

Commander Sal straddles the target with his main battery and scores multiple hits on Diversity Thursday. As someone who from MIDN days supported women serving wherever they physically and realistically could, this torques me off, as it gives the “I told you so” crowd all the negative stereotype fodder they need. Of what do I speak? Well, if you haven’t eaten yet – you may want to hold off. If you have a spray shield for your computer, you may want to go get it. Set aside some time and read the entire thing. Do you know who doesn’t believe […]

More on the (Actual) Rifles of the IRA

A look back at the little-known Armalite AR-180 and its checkered history, courtesy of the Krampus: “Used by both the Provisional IRA and Irish security forces, it was photographed often; in fact, it is believed that as many as 2,000 of these rifles were smuggled into Ireland in the 1970s.” I had forgotten about the AR-180 and its part in The Troubles. To me, it looks like an AR that tried to have a sex change operation to become an FN FAL. But for better or for ill, there you have it.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

More on the Saint himself. Recommended reading, from this time last year. And THIS is now en route. And a little rebellious musical accompaniment. (Please note which “IRA” these lads are referring to.)

Rusty Warhorses in Iraq Are Resurrected

Well, who can blame them? In a military scrapyard in the southern Iraqi desert, abandoned army equipment sat for years waiting to be melted down to steel bars. Now, thanks to new conflict and a resourceful old mechanic, some of the rusty warhorses have won a reprieve. Last June’s stunning offensive by Islamic State militants who control much of northern and western Iraq left the army in disarray and much of its U.S.-supplied equipment was taken over by the advancing radical Sunni Muslim fighters. Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led government appealed for reinforcements from across the world to help it fight back. But […]