The Return of the Hollow Force

As the youngest of us here on Op-For, I remain in service to Columbia. I signed that dotted line prior to my rat year at VMI, the War in Iraq was at its height, the surge going into full swing and there was an initiative from President Bush Called “Grow the Army.”  “Grow the Army” the Army reached a height of 570,000 Soldiers.  We all thought then, that all of us would be going to war.  Many of us have, yet most of us have not.  I would say we’re both lucky in different ways. There was an officer in […]

This Day In History: 8 July 1853

Commodore Matthew Perry’s first expedition to Japan. If I’m not mistaken his flagship, USS Susquehanna, was commanded by a Virginian named Captain Sydney Smith Lee, son of the great “Light Horse Harry” Lee and older brother to an Army officer… wait– are we still allowed to say the name? Anyone dare to guess?

Old: South was the Confederacy, New: South was not the Confederacy

What say you, historians of the Confederacy and of the South? The fact is, “the south” was never fully under the control of the central Confederate government in Richmond (and Montgomery, Alabama before that) and neither were the Confederate state governments able to completely control their own states because of constant internal resistance from their own citizens. There was internecine warfare going on in North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and other southern states throughout the civil war. Revisionism? True truth?

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.  

When in the Course of human events…

… it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Read it all. Enjoy the day.

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 […]

It is time to remove the Stars & Bars from State Flags

Updated with illustrations of the Stars & Bars and the Confederate Battle Flag.   There is a long history of the Confederate battle flag, the Stars&Bars, as a symbol for heritage, courage, racism, outlawry and on and on. As a battle flag it served its purpose: to provide a visible identity of combat community. Likewise, state flags provide a visible identity for the citizens of the state, and that identity is a value shared by all of the state’s citizens. State flags containing the Stars&Bars were designed by Dixiecrats specifically to exclude anyone who was other than they; and, to express […]

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. […]

Christopher Lee, Warrior

Mike_B sent us a link from British Forces.TV on Sir Christopher Lee. Lee starred in many a matinee movie played in Lex before the theater was torn down to make homes. Lee’s passing makes me wonder if there are any actors left who served in combat – and not the CGI kind. Lee’s record is classified (still!). From the article, one gets a sense of Lee, the warrior: When pressed by an eager interviewer on his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement. “So can I.” replied a smiling […]

Operation Overlord: 71 Years Ago

Epic, in the truest sense of the word. Remember, always, because those who did it are few in number and dwindling. If you chance to know one or meet one, don’t miss the opportunity.