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 […]

Doctor LBL’94, Paging Doctor LBL’94…

Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.

On the Hunt

State-wide archery season started this past Saturday in Virginia, after the special month-long please-kill-as-many-as-you-can season in September in a few counties in the Occupied Territories. Daily life prevented me from getting out in that early season, except to clear brush and cut wood and try to establish a small food plot. But I got out three times this weekend. Including TWICE yesterday, i.e. SUNDAY, which is a big deal in Virginia, the first year we can do that. And for the record, I managed to get to church as well. So there. Of the three trips out I saw a […]

Got Arms?

If not, you’d best be heading to procure some. And all manner of things thereunto belonging, which includes cold hard training in life-taking and life-saving. Do you understand what’s what? (Oh, and OF COURSE law enforcement said there’s no link to terrorism. To say otherwise would be to raise some ugly questions.) Mr Farnam gets it. Grand Master de Vallette would readily grasp the problem at hand, and would not be at a loss for a solution. And you?

Firearms Friday: Upcoming Opportunities

The often-talked-about-but-seldom-seen MDL and I will both attend the Collapse Medicine Course by Greg Ellfiritz and hosted by John Murphy of FPF Training, on 19 Oct 2014 in Culpeper, VA. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT. Short of one of the high-speed live tissue courses, this is one of the best opportunities you’ll find on handling medical emergencies in absence of the existing system. At a hundred and fifty bucks it’s a bargain. Here’s the link on the FPF site, scroll down a bit. (I attended last year, and posted a review HERE.) How many other Op-Forians can we […]

BUY NOW, BUY LOTS (Excellent Advice, That)

MDL tossed this through the transom, with the self-evident truth annotated, “Excellent advice.” We concur. Same goes for guns, with demand dropping off slightly from the recent all-time highs, but with both quality and quantity in evidence. The time to act is now. Make the most of the opportunity.   The last couple of years of “strong consumer demand” (panic buying) has finally come to an end. .22 LR ammunition is still thin on the ground (although easy to purchase online) but centerfire inventory is good, retailers are flush with AR-15 rifles and there is a higher level of discounting […]

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.

Farnam on Training

As you know, I’m a follower and fan (and student) of John Farnam, and I’ve cited his “Quips” more than once. Here’s another one, and it’s Farnam at his best; particularly recommended for NCOs and junior officers who haven’t yet been beaten down by the system. Read it all, please. 29 Apr 14 “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it!” Andre Gide Comments on institutionalized training. We, now and then, present training programs at state academies and other long-established “institutions.” In the private sector, we’ve moved forward rapidly over the past few decades, but many […]