I came across this yesterday: “I hear that small arms ammunition in South Africa has practically disappeared from the store shelves. Either people are wisely stocking up, or some arm of the government has decided to cut off the supply. “In that regard, I advise you to keep your own stocks in good shape. Our enemies may not be able to abrogate the constitution just yet, but there are economic and political means by which they may dry up our ammunition supply.” Now, this wasn’t published in recent weeks amid the M855 issue. It was published in September, 1993. How […]
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 […]
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.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]
Might want to do an inventory and see how much M855 you have, and then place an order or two. THEY are at it again. NRA reports: It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, […]
Words of wisdom from one of the masters of the art. If you have, unaccountably, friends who claim to be gun people but don’t understand the vital personal importance of the zero (or, of having good reliable fighting guns) please pass this to them. For those of you who get butt-hurt over criticisms of the god that failed the current administration, well, what can I say? Our beleaguered, and under the current administration, largely irrelevant, US Border Patrol reports that they don’t have enough patrol rifles to issue one to each officer. In some stations, a single rifle is “shared” […]
This Old Gun. “Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? And how on earth did it get there?” Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite. About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had […]
A buddy and I went to Elite Shooting sports yesterday. I took my Model 1873 Colt Replica Peacemaker 71/2 barrels 45 LC, my M1, and he took his two Walters PPK. It was a blast. The .45LC will drive tacks at 50 feet; and the two Walters shoot tight every time, but then again what do you expect from Germans nothing short of perfection. Lastly we went to the 100 Yard Rifle Range and fired the M1 Garland each firing a clip at 25 and 100 Yards. No adjustments needed on target and a joy to shoot. If we had […]
Over the weekend I visited Elite Shooting Sports twice. It bills itself as the most modern indoor range in the US–I have no doubts. It offers 25, 50, and 100 Yard indoor shooting lanes. The targets mechanisms are state of the art, the range is well lit and sound proof. When in the very large and spacious waiting area you hear nothing coming from the range! Safety is paramount as everyone–that means everyone must attend their mandatory safety briefing. A little pricey, but once you see the facility you will be sold. Yearly membership is 350 but if you are a […]
Taken yesterday morning in the bitter cold, in Clarke County, Virginia, not far from the Shenandoah River. Range was about 75 yards, broadside. I hit her a few inches back, so she ran about 50 yards before she dropped, flopped, rolled over, kicked, and died. The 150-grain .308 Remington Core-Lokt does the deed. And the Scout Rifle is simply a pleasure to shoot. Who else wants to share trophy pics? Send ‘em in!