An Old Warhorse Rides Again: Faithfully Restoring a K98k Mauser

Because of my involvement in the Civilian Marksmanship Program sports and similar hobbies surrounding old military rifles I often find myself in an ethical debate with my fellow competitors and enthusiasts. In a loud world of dime-a-dozen AR clones and wannabe snipers assembling parts builds out of multi-thousand dollar actions, the (relatively) quiet debate over […]

Why Universal Service Cartridges Will Never Happen

I’ve seen a number of articles on the web and in magazines recently that are concerned with the concept of a universal cartridge for military service. It’s interesting that there’s been so much attention paid to the idea recently in the press. The general idea behind a universal service cartridge is rooted in the desire to streamline supply […]

Carrying With A Disability: A Telling Survey

I’ve spent a large amount of my life believing myself invincible. No matter the injury or damage, I just wrapped it up, sucked it up, and kept running. There’s a mindset among many of us who have served that there isn’t anything more powerful than iron will. It was the Riddle of Steel. You know, […]

Fate or Fashion: Why Some Calibers Live Forever

The small arms world is ripe with contradictions. In the edifice of ballistic paradox, there resides the haunting presence of some immortal designs. These concepts were likely never expected to live into our modern age by their designers and those who originally adopted them. Some think that the golden days of our armed tradition are […]

The Truth About 6.5mm Ammo

Ask anyone. Look on internet forums or in print magazines. Strike up a conversation at your local gun store. You’ll hear it everywhere: the 6.5mm family of rounds are like a mystical laser beam. Efficiency? Lethality? The 6.5mm round blows away other calibers. It knocks the .308 out of the water and shoots like a .300 mag. The 6.5mm cartridge […]

Is Uncle Sam Set to Melt Civilian Marksmanship Program 1911 Pistols?

A reader sent us a tip that Senator John McCain has added a provision to S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which just passed the Senate, that may require the destruction of 1911 pistols. Specifically, government surplus 1911 pistols [still] awaiting transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. A section of the bill states: […]

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