Gun Review: Star Model B

I’ve posted previously about how to get a type 3 FFL and become a Collector of Curios and Relics. That’s the license that will let you have WWII era firearms shipped straight to your door with no mucking about with the local gun store to do the transfer. But once you have that power, the […]

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrgh, it looks like some of the world’s great naval powerrrs are doin’ sumpthin’ about the scurvy dogs menacing current day shippin’ off the Horrrn of Africa. “American and Chinese sailors worked side-by-side as a combined team practiced boarding the Churchill, which was simulating a pirated vessel. ‘Piracy is a threat to the freedom of […]

9/11 Thoughts on Voting and Gun Rights

September 11, 2012 is an auspicious day for at least two reasons that I  can think of. First and foremost, its a day of remembrance of terrible events that happened only a few short years ago. Events that jarred many in this county out of the safe cocoon-like feeling that they had lived in and […]

Some Thoughts on the H&K MP7A1

What with the recent article in RECOIL on the H&K MP7 and the resulting internet backlash, I figured I would give you guys a little insight into my experiences with that firearm. A few months ago I had the opportunity to fire an MP7A1 at the NDIA live fire demonstration (Joe Grine pictured above having […]

Marine Snipers’ Disruption Increases Their Security Bubble

[HTML1] I’d flinch too. As I do whenever I’m metaphorically assaulted by military euphemisms, which always seem to eliminate (with extreme prejudice) the need to say the words “kill” and “shoot.” But that’s what happens when spinmeisters use psycho-linguistics to downplay a kinetic military action—I mean war to an American public all too willing to turn […]

Obscure Object of Desire: AM General BRV-O

Once upon a time I founded a website called The Truth About Cars. I was “lucky” enough to get a HUMMER to test. The Schwarzeneggermobile was to visibility, maneuverability and space efficiency what Leandri Snyman is to the field of magnetohydrodynamics. The Arnie-mania that fueled the HUMMER fad faded and the U.S. military began developing something better. Eighty-seven […]

Syrian “Rebels” Bring Out the Big Guns

[HTML1] SA-7 MANPADS? Yeah they got SA-7 MANPADS. I’m not really up on my man-portable air defense systems or (more to our remit) the anti-aircraft machine gun behind it in this picture. But it’s clear Syrian rebels are getting some serious guns ‘n stuff from someone friendly. Which wouldn’t be the Russians, necessarily (although this particular […]

US Special Forces Suspend Training of Afghans

  Despite a NATO official‘s recent contention that green-on-blue attacks were mostly personal beefs, the U.S. military has temporarily halted training of Afghan military and police forces after attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies claimed 45 lives (so far this year). The U.S. will now “re-vet” some 27k Afghan troops. The move […]

NATO Official: Green-on-Blue Attacks Personal Vendettas

In 2012, so-called green-on-blue attacks have claimed more than 40 coalition forces’ lives. The media has ascribed the murder of coalition forces by Afghan troops to Taliban infiltration. Not so much says Alexander Vershbow, deputy secretary-general of NATO [above]. “The majority still are viewed as having been the result of personal grievances or clashes between Afghan personnel and […]