What About The Civilians?

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Reader Larry Smith writes:

With the murders of four Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Chattanooga, there has been a lot of hue and cry to allow the arming of military personnel to protect themselves in similar situations. On February 25, 1992, Donald J. Atwood, deputy secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush, signed a DoD directive that modified three previous DoD directives. An abridged version states . . .
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Gun Review: LWRC TRICON MK6 Rifle

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A few weeks ago I reviewed LWRC’s IC-A5 rifle. In general I thought the engineering was solid, but the details were holding the gun back. It seems like someone else (a former SEAL named Jeff Gonzoles) had the same impressions I did, and so LWRC introduced a limited edition run of rifles dubbed the “TRICON” series that fixed almost every complaint I could think up and then some. What exactly makes this gun better? Let me count the ways . . .

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BREAKING: Open Carry Civilians Asked to Leave After Negligent Discharge at Recruiting Station

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Following the shooting of a couple military recruiting locations in Chattanooga about a week ago something heartwarming happened: private citizens came out to defend the military. Armed with their “who really needs an assault rifle?” firearms, they stood guard and showed that the actions of one terrorist aren’t going to scare us away from defending ourselves home and abroad. That was all well and good, until one idiot had an accidental discharge and ruined it for everyone else.

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Navy Times: Navy Officer and Marine Fired Back At Chattanooga Terrorist

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As we noted, the investigation into last week’s terrrorist attack on two Chattanooga military facilities seemed to indicate that, despite policy, at least one Marine was armed at the time. Now, according to a Navy Times report two servicemen with guns engaged the shooter. “A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms hoping to kill or subdue the gunman who murdered five service members last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to multiple military officials familiar with internal reporting on the tragedy.” Good to hear, right? Well . . .

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Ex-Navy Officer: Hire Security Guards To Protect Military Personnel

In the wake of the Islamic terrorist attacks in Chattanooga that left five Marines dead and three other people wounded, debate has resumed in Congress on legislation that would permit service personnel to carry firearms while on base. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, authorized the Adjutant-General of the Nebraska National Guard, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, to “arm any personnel he deems necessary,” according to Omaha.com . . .

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There’s A Reason They’re Called The Armed Forces

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So far in 2015 our enemies killed four US military service personnel in Afghanistan and three in Iraq. On one day this year a terrorist killed five US military service personnel within the continental United States. That’s right, there were more U.S. servicemen killed here in the U.S. than in either of the two wars we’re currently fighting abroad. That’s easy, ugly, math. As reported by the Marine Corp Times our current administration is dealing with this threat by closing offices and telling recruiters not to wear uniforms . . .

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez Murders Four Marines, Wounds One Police Officer

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“A U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing, sensitive investigation.” According to the New York Times, “Law enforcement officials said that Mr. Abdulazeez had not been under investigation by the F.B.I. but that analysts and agents were combing files for any possible evidence that he had ties to a foreign terrorist group.” He was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer . . .

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Content Contest: How The Army Almost Ruined Guns For Me

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By Matthew Gray

When my brother and I were young men, we were both obsessed with guns. Our favorite book was an encyclopedia of weapons. It covered the first rocks and clubs of ancient man, all the way up to what was cutting edge at the time of publication. It went into detail of the major small arms of the world, as well as chemical weapons tactics, even the proper detonation altitude of a hydrogen bomb to have the greatest effect with the least megatonnage . . .

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Mexican Cartels: They Shoot Helicopters Don’t They?

“Six people were killed after attacking a Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the Mexican Marina (Semar),” Proceso reports. “The helicopter was patrolling the south of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, where they were attacked and repelled the aggression killing six civilians. The helicopter received six bullet impacts, but none of the three crew were injured. Semar explained that they carried out the aero operation to surveil a breach into the areas of Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon and Nuevo Guerrero, Tamaulipas, to locate the criminal organization known in their data base . . .

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Contest Entry: Meet My Father, Master Sgt. John Eliyas

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By John Eliyas

My father wasn’t big, physically, only 5’3” and 135 lbs. He didn’t graduate from high school. Most of his life he worked as a machinist in a foundry. It wasn’t until I got older that I began to understand there was a deeper current running through him. I grew up in a northern Ohio town on the lake. My father worked the night shift; my mom was a home-maker. We didn’t have much, but my folks managed to send my two sisters and me to parochial school. We had what we needed, sometimes what we wanted. One weekend, when I was 8, my dad and I visited my uncle Joe on Catawba Island, we then took a leisurely drive to Port Clinton and Camp Perry.  This was my first introduction to the matches . . .

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Contest Entry: Bud and Jim and Their Modded M60s

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Over the years, I have read a lot of posts all over the Internet badmouthing the M60 machinegun. I always thought that strange because that wasn’t my experience at all. Back in 1966-68, I used an M60 every day and I would guess that I fired in excess of a half-million rounds through mine. The video above is of me and my buddy Jim who was a fellow crew chief on another aircraft. On the day the video was made he was flying with me because his aircraft was down for maintenance . . .

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Gun Review: LWRC IC-A5 Individual Carbine

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A few years back, the Army finally realized that it might be time to modernize their 60-year-old M-16 battle rifle. The gun has had minor tweaks since its introduction, but with all the advancements in modern technology their standard issue rifle was falling behind the curve. The call went out to manufacturers to produce a better rifle for selection as the next firearm of choice for the U.S. military — the Individual Carbine Competition. LWRC International is a smaller shop than the competition from FNH USA and Remington, but they came up with the best looking rifle out of the bunch: the LWRC IC-A5.

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