Sunday Clean-Up: Links and Notes

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 […]

Gun-Day Monday: Got Green-Tip? UPDATED

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)”, […]

Farnam on Patrol Rifles

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” […]

Gun-Day Sunday: Old Rifle and In Defense of Snipers

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 […]

Saturday Shooting

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 […]

New Shooting Range Manassas Virginia

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 […]

Gun-Day Sunday: DOE! A Deer, a Fe-male Deer…

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!

Opening Day of Virginia’s Rifle Season, 2014

Success, at last. Biggest deer I’ve shot so far. Location: Clarke County, Virginia; range: 50 yards; target angle: broadside; weapon: Steyr Scout .308; ammunition: 150 gr Remington Core-Lokt. Inside spread: 16 inches; main beams 22 inches; longest tines: 9 inches; bases: 5 inches.  

Gun-Day Sunday: “Rifle Skills”

From Mr Farnam… Observations of a Boer (South African of Dutch descent) Commando during the initial days of the Battle of Ladysmith (and the ensuing prolonged siege) during the Second Anglo-Boer War in early November of 1899. From a book entitled “Commando, a Boer Journal of the Boer War,” authored by Deneys Reitz. This book was presented to me by a good friend from South Africa, now an eminently successful American citizen: “Both sides were maintaining a vigorous short-range rifle contest, in which the (English) soldiers were being badly worsted, for they were up against real old-fashioned Free State Boers […]

Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.