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 Monday: Nice Rifle, Eh!

The Canadian Rangers are finally turning in the old .303 Lee-Enfields (!) for something newer: “The Canadian Rangers require a hunting rifle for survival and self defence against large North American carnivores at ranges of 0 metres to 300 metres. Currently, the Rangers use the Lee Enfield No. 4 to meet these requirements but the age and the scarcity of parts for this weapon will soon make it very difficult if not impossible to maintain, according to the Department of National Defence and Colt Canada. Because of that the New Canadian Ranger Rifle (NCRR) system is being purchased to replace […]

Happy Birthday, Chesty

Born this day, in the Year of Our Lord, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. VMI class of 1921, he was.

In Every Clime and Place (VMI, That Is…)

There I was this past week, walking along the dyke path in the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with my two sons, a.k.a. Suntan and Paleface, when I spy a man in a VMI hat– Class of ’79. We’re everywhere. (Also, sat next to a professor from the CE department on the flight back.)

Colt Going Under? Say It Ain’t So!

“Iconic gunmaker” files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If that ain’t a kick in the nuts. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bankruptcy being sought by Colt Defense was fueled by missteps with gun owners, a misreading of the police firearms market and a fall in gun sales to the public after an initial spike several years ago, analysts and industry observers say. But a major blow to the 179-year-old gun maker was the plummeting revenue from government contracts, which Moody’s Investor Service said has dropped to less than 10 percent of sales from 60 percent in 2009. Colt lost a U.S. […]

“The Big War” … (Not WW2)

I’m not sure I see the 1914 parallel, but there’s something to it: ISTANBUL — The Middle East crisis that peaked one year ago Wednesday when the Islamic State captured Mosul may result in the breakup of Iraq and an indefinite continuation of a war in Syria that’s already out of control, analysts say. Yet still worse things could happen. Indeed. “I am extremely pessimistic” about the future of Iraq, said Toby Dodge, a leading scholar on Iraq who teaches at the London School of Economics. He said he doubted that Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, “a very decent man, […]

Operation Overlord: 71 Years Ago

Epic, in the truest sense of the word. Remember, always, because those who did it are few in number and dwindling. If you chance to know one or meet one, don’t miss the opportunity.

OPM Hack…

All you current and former GS folks, pay heed. Yeah. Thank God that SecState’s private server is ironclad-secure. Yeah. So, you gonna fight over those islands?

“The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944″

Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.

… And a Tajik Defector

Allright, Mister DaveO, I see your Syrian wild geese taking flight, and I raise you one (1) Tajik defector. Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, trained by both Russian and American special forces to head up the elite OMON police force of Tajikistan, has defected to the Islamic State. He disappeared in April after he “told his wife he was going on a business trip,” but he appeared on Wednesday in an ISIS video, vowing to bring jihad and “slaughter” to the caliphate’s adversaries. It’s not clear where the video was recorded, although the BBC theorizes it might have been shot at a Syrian […]

You Gonna Fight Over Those Islands?

One of the consistent principles of U.S. foreign policy, one of our age-old national interests is freedom of the seas. We have gone to war over it in the past. This post stems from a link reader (and my fellow Marine) R. M. Hollander gave us in a comment to a previous post. China means to assert dominance over vast swathes of international waters, at the expense of its smaller and weaker neighbors, many of whom are our allies, and to the detriment of free commerce across the ocean. Now, I believe China also wants to create in the South […]