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.

Firearms Friday: Ammunition Trends

From Mr Farnam, some interesting notes on major-caliber ammunition: In talking with friends in the domestic ammunition manufacturing business today, I learned: Overall demand is slow right now, at least among first-tier manufacturers. Much has been stockpiled over the past decade, both in the public and private sectors. Many garages and basements are filled to the rafters! [LtCol P note: Neither I, nor MDL, nor the Krampus, can confirm or deny.] In any event, here is what I’ve been told: In rifle calibers, everything is slow except for 300Blk! Demand for  300Blk (mostly supersonic) is still very high, despite the […]

Stars for ’88 and ’89!

I am pleased to report that Colonel Steve Neary ’88, USMC, and Colonel Paul Pardew ’89, USA (my and BullNav’s Brother Rat), have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. They will be the first General Officers from those classes. Congrats to both and to their families!

“Marine Comes Out To Father As POG”

Continued BRILLIANCE from Duffel Blog. BRYAN, Tx — Highly decorated military veteran Douglas Martin got the shock of a lifetime Sunday when his son, Lance Cpl. Shane Martin, came out of the closet as a POG. Lance Cpl. Martin, currently based out of Camp Pendleton, California, took leave to share the news in person. “My dad thought I was a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, but I finally told him the truth. I’m a Bulk Fuel Specialist in 1st MHG, and I’m proud.” Well done, DB. Well. Done.

VMI Grad Follows in Brother’s Footsteps

Many thanks to GW’64 who sent this in today: LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) –  Nearly three years ago Lexington and Rockbridge County rallied around a family who lost a son too soon. Army Ranger Chase Prasnicki was killed just days after he deployed to Afghanistan. His death left a lasting impression on his younger brother. In a WSLS 10 exclusive we were there for the emotional day as Tyler Prasnicki officially joined the ranks of the military and takes the next steps in following his older brother. Tyler Prasnicki took the officer’s oath, volunteering to serve in the United States Army […]

Marine Corps Monday: “Green” on Green

A lot of money there, and I bet they’ve just scratched the surface. If someone could scarf up all the TOW wires, now that’d be a real windfall. But not enough to buy a single F-35.

New Market Day, 2015

New Market Day greetings to all! While I was reading excerpts online from The Corps Forward, because I’m endlessly fascinated with the cadets of the New Market Corps– who they were and what they did– I came across the entry for Cadet Thomas H. Shriver, of Union Mills, Maryland. Cadet Shriver is an interesting study for several reasons: first, he was one of the substantial number of Marylanders who zealously espoused the Southern cause; second, he was an experienced combat veteran by the time he matriculated; third, he was one of a tiny handful of Roman Catholics in the Corps […]

Dragon [Hearts] Bear?

If so, that’s not good. As Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies grows worse, its ties to China have never been closer. On the eve of the parade last Friday, the two countries announced 32 separate bilateral agreements, including a non-aggression pledge in cyber warfare. The deals complement a $400 billion deal made last May, when Russia agreed to ship 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year between 2018 and 2048 to China. And next week, Russian and Chinese naval vessels will conduct live drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Whew! I thought this might be […]

Gun-Day Monday: The Magnificent, Modular AR

OK, these two items illustrate how versatile and modular the AR has been shown to be. (Did the great Eugene M. Stoner think that any of this would ever happen?) – An AR upper crossbow (PSE also sells the full thing). $1299 is pretty far up there for me, and more than I’d care to spend on a crossbow but I expect that someone will be making a stripped down version in the near future. It packs a punch, too. – A blank-firing beer-can launching AR upper. A lot less than the damn crossbow, and probably even more useful for […]

VE Day!

Seventy years ago, this day. I hope I’ll get to see THIS today. Wherever you are, raise a glass and remember those who went forth, and fought and won a prodigious victory.

Weapons Wednesday: Securing Guns in Autos

Thirty photos of gun storage solutions in cars, trucks and motorbikes. Some silly but amusing, most are workable, a few are very clever indeed. I like the second one, but since I have a stick shift it’s a non-starter. The third one is intriguing, since I have a pick-up. Number 19 might be a winner–