The Ride to the I, 2014

Thanks to CHC87’s timely reminder I was able to sign up for the 7th Annual “Ride to the I,” VMI’s own little Rolling Thunder. Alumni chapters from across our native state (to whom we are attached and of whose fame we are proud) are organized to gather at various points and then converge on Lexington, where we unite and ride in column of twos through the town and up to the parade deck. My day began early, to make my scheduled rally in Culpeper at 0700. It was maybe 50 degrees when I set out and I felt every one […]

Good Pieces of Kit

Laminated and taken to the field since 1066! This is really fascinating, and you could spend a lot of time– time well spent, I’d say– poring over the lists and the photos. (You’ll have to overlook some problems with the weapons terminology and description, such as calling the 7.62 L1A1 (the FAL) of Falklands War fame a “very light” rifle. But we’re dealing with Limey pinko journalists here, and what do they know about guns??) Still– a pretty nifty look at the Soldier’s Load.

Weapons Wednesday: Shotgun AAR

As promised, a more detailed AAR on the one-day Tom Givens/Rangemaster Shotgun Course– Class size: 10 or 12 Class makeup: Widely varied this time; besides MDL and myself there was one Murphy stalwart I knew from several previous classes (all three of us Marines); two females, one of them 50% of a married couple. One former FBI agent and current Catholic priest (yep!); others were the standard American males who seek out this sort of training; only one could be said to have struggled at first but he came through towards the end of the day. Round count: We burned […]

Scratch AAR from One-Day Shotgun Course

One word: OUT-STAN-DING. My right shoulder and right cheek are all beat to hell, but that’s a small price to pay for some of the best gun training I’ve had in years. Tom Givens, the instructor, provided exactly the right context for how a civilian citizen ought to, and will, fight with this gun. I had to bust some rust (of course) and had two or three hiccups, but the 870 ran just fine. Two big thumbs-up for the shortened butt stock. MDL ran the course like a champ, like he sleeps with his 870. Once again, brother can run […]

Gun-Day Monday: Wise Words

MDL sent this over with the concise notation, “Wise words.” And right he is. Do what needs to be done. Very likely you will be glad of it later.

Gun-Day Monday: Upcoming Events at FPF Training

Looking all the way into May, courtesy of John R. Murphy of FPF Training. The full schedule is on this website, but here are some highlights; note the SHOTGUN and REVOLVER courses. (Yes, I’ll be at the shotgun course.) Greg Ellifritz is back in March 15-16 for “Ground Fighting” and the “Collapse Medicine”.  Ground Fighting: The presentation and practical application of various techniques of reversal and escape for average average citizens to augment their pistol and enhance their capacity for self-defense. Protective gear in the form of a cup and glasses recommended, but not required. This class will be conducted indoors at […]

Hunting and Fishing Seasons 2014

It’s wabbit season somewhere. In Oklahoma, it’s west of I-35 and jackrabbits are tasty nuisances. Op-for readers are invited to share their hunting and fishing tales – with pics for proof! Here are some links – please feel free to share the link to your state’s hunting and fishing regulations website.   Oklahoma Virginia Michigan Texas      

Farnam: “More on Winter Weather”

A follow-up to a previous post, same subject; both well worth reading: 31 Jan 14 Additional on Winter Storms: From a friend in WI: “Winter conditions here are often life-threatening, because of the cold. Entire stretches of highway have been shut-down, often fifty miles or more. Sometimes, no one can get off for over half a day! Being thus stranded in a stationary car that is running out of gas can be a death-sentence, and has been for some! One thing I’ve learned, and of which I was reminded from looking at Atlanta: you need to stay off of limited-access […]

“Ready or Not!”

From Mr Farnam, re the recent meteorological boar-hoggery in the Deep South, said by one Tango Seven-Six to be unparalleled since Sherman last visited: 30 Jan 14 Individual Preparedness: This from a friend in Atlanta, GA: “Few locals were prepared for this weather! I personally witnessed several thousand people walking away from abandoned vehicles, on just one highway. Ice was an inch thick! I drove as far as I could yesterday morning, and then walked three more miles, all in order to rescue a friend, his wife,and daughter after their car ran out of gas. They sat in their cold […]

Firearms Friday: A Lot of Gun for a (Potentially) Small Price

$10 raffle tickets, for a shot at a $12k piece of gear: Not a bad deal at all. And a good cause too.   (In the interest of full disclosure, we have no interest in this… except that we’re interested in it!)