Gun Week: I got two new guns this week; both special orders that I have waiting several months to receive. The first was a Third Model Dragoon. This adds to my American Cavalry Collection. The collection consist of 3rd Model Dragoon, 1860 Colt Army Revolver (modern build by Colt using the original tools and dies), Model 1873 Colt Army Revolver (Cavalry Model 7.5 inches), Sharps Cavalry Carbine, and Model 1860 Cavalry Saber aka as the wrist breaker. The Model 1873 and the Sharp’s both fire modern cartridges so I have had the chance to shoot them. Model 1873 is incredibly [...]
This past Sunday I took advantage of a great opportunity presented by our good friend and most honorable number one instructor, John R. Murphy of FPF Training. John hosted the Tactical First Aid and “System Collapse” Medicine course by Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training. The cost was $150; it was worth every penny and, honestly, much more. Full disclosure: I have taken DMI’s outstanding Deployment Medicine Operator’s Course, and so Greg’s one-day class was a great refresher in the essentials of TCCC. Therefore, although I was in a position to place much of the content in the context of [...]
The Beast, which is rapidly becoming my favorite on-line news source, has a great story about the 5 Billion wasted on the Universal Camouflage Pattern only to replaced less than ten years later with not one but three Multi-Cam versions of a field uniform. I have to wonder if the real waste is every service having their own field or as the navy calls them “Aquaflage” uniforms? I know the USMC is very proud of their service to our nation, as they should be, and part of that pride is a unique MARPAT uniform. I have never met a Marine [...]
The first, an always timely reminder from the late, great Jeff Cooper. The second, a two-part quip from Mr Farnam, which as always contains great advice: 20 Sept 13 Flying with Guns! Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on nearly a dozen commercial flights (domestic). I normally have a rifle (my RA/XCR-M at present) and two pistols. In fact, I’m in an airport right now, about to board my flight! I have three 20-round rifle magazines (308), fully charged, and three pistol magazines, also fully charged. I have additional ammunition in factory boxes. Rifle magazines are Mag-Pul, as their [...]
Attention Oxidized William, et al.! Just got this in by email from Brownells: 30-round PMag Gen M3 are back in stock. (Just checked at 1708 eastern, 26 July, and they seem to be still in stock.) $14.20 a piece. Not bad.
This is interesting: The Army announced today it is formally concluding its Individual Carbine competition without selecting a winner to replace the M4 Carbine. “None of the carbines evaluated during the testing phase of the competition met the minimum scoring requirement needed to continue to the next phase of the evaluation,” according to a June 13 Army press release. Reading on, it sounds like the testing was skewed from the start. I’m not sure that the M4, or rather the entire military AR platform, necessarily needs a wholesale replacement. The military, private industry and hundreds of individuals have made great [...]
ETP0802 tossed this our way, since we’ve been waxing wistful about motorcycles lately. (I think Doc H can wax something less than wistful about the day the militarized dirt bikes showed up at the old 3/2 motorpool back in the early 90s…) The company involved sounds interesting, and they’re based here in the US, but given the “green” aspect and the fact that they’re in California, I wonder how heavily they’re subsidized? Or perhaps I’m making a gross generalization. I’m all for success in our industries, but I do dislike protectionism.
To all you Sappers out there, especially– anyone have any military white engineer tape? I need a 50-yard length of it. Am willing to pay the shipping cost. Local face-to-face transfer will result in reciprocal beer. Leave a comment or email vmijpp AT hotmail DOT com.
As previously advertised, I attended FPF Training’s two-day Concealed Carry for Self Defense (CCSD) course this past weekend, 2-3 March. This was my seventh or eighth course with John R. Murphy, four or five of those being the pistol course (the first being back in 2007, that’s OLD CORPS), so you could say I’m a satisfied, repeat customer. AND SO I REMAIN. John has done great work in the past with his basic pistol course, which has changed slightly over the years. The CCSD course, which is essentially his basic class, has now been modified again, and certainly for the [...]
A pretty good offer from our friend and FPF adjunct instructor, A Girl and Her Gun. Update: Apparently her site had some problems yesterday, but it’s back up and running now. I add here the prizes she’s offering: -$200 toward firearms training donated by AGirl -100 rounds of ammo in .380, 9mm, 40 cal or 45 ACP(if available) donated Old NFO -The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide To Concealed Carry donated by Kathy Jackson -Taking Your First Shot(available April 1, 2013) donated by Lynne Finch -$25 Gift Certificate To MidwayUSA donated by Keads -$30 Gift Certificate & Gun Goddess T-shirt [...]