Marines “Ran Back Into The Fight”

Here’s a lot more detail on the Chattanooga attack, more than I’ve seen reported thus far: A military official says several troops “ran back into the fight” after getting their colleagues to safety during an attack in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a sailor dead. Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, said during a news conference Wednesday in Chattanooga that there were 20 Marines and two Navy corpsman inspecting equipment at a joint Marine-Navy facility when the attack happened on Thursday. Brier says the troops “reacted the way you would expect” during an […]

Farnam: Things Are Looking Up [?]

Mr Farnam sends: Things are looking up! Friends on active duty told me this morning that certain officers and S/NCOs are now quietly carrying concealed on base, and off. No one is admitting it, of course, but some courageous commanders, at great personal risk, have taken it upon themselves to authorize the practice, albeit unofficially. Real warriors, of which there are still many, don’t like being sitting ducks in a shooting war, even when it is obvious that their CIC, and his gaggle of groveling yes-men, contemptuously consider them all cannon-fodder! “Spartans never ask how many the enemy be, only […]

Gun-Day Sunday: A Double Birthday

A thunderous “H-F-Bd” to the great Sam Colt *and* to Herr Gaston Glock, both born this day (the former in 1814, the latter in 1929). Both deserve permanent places in history.

Gun-Day Sunday: Initial Impressions of the SIG 716

USMC0802, after considerable deliberation, acquired a SIG Sauer 716, which we took yesterday up on the mountain to zero and fam fire. Since we put less than a hundred rounds through it, this is not an exhaustive review but our initial impressions. (I’ll let him chime in on comments.) Overall, we like it: typically SIG in that it’s very well made, solid, good trigger pull; recoil was present but not excessive. It came with one (1) PMag which of course performed without a hiccup. We used Portugee milsurp 7.62, and it too shot just fine. (Buy it whenever you see […]

Army Switches to Hollow Point 9mm?

Apparently.  WOW. In a significant doctrinal [sic] shift, the U.S. military is relegating full metal jacketed (FMJ) pistol bullets to a training role, and will be adopting modern hollowpoint designs similar to those used by most domestic law enforcement agencies and citizens who carry handguns for self-defense. The stunning announcement was made at the U.S Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey yesterday during the military’s two-day “industry day” for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), which will conclude today. A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the […]

Weapons Wednesday: 300 Blackout Goes NATO

What is it that they say? “Once you go Blackout, you’ll never back out.” Or something like that. Anyway, this is very interesting news— The Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL-MARSOF) are planning to purchase a new carbine chambered in the non-NATO standard 7.62×35 mm (300 BLK), with a formal tender being launched by the Netherlands’ Defence Material Organisation. The tender is the first publicly known tender for the purchase of a 7.62×35 mm chambered rifle by any military. In total, the Dutch naval commandos are looking to buy 195 select-fire carbines and 1.82 million 7.62×35 mm cartridges… I’m looking […]

Gun-Day Sunday: What’s in Your Basement?

Some folk have rec rooms, other have wet bars and workshops. Yet others… And there’s the State, doing what it does best– getting in the way of everyday men going about their everyday business.  

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]