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THE WILD BUNCH TESTS THE LATEST GEAR IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY

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Once again, the “Wild Bunch” gathered in the high country of Colorado, near the small town of Maybelle. Some came to hunt, some to get the hell out of the too-many-people urban areas, but all participated in discussing how to postpone the demise of Western civilization in general, and that of our great Republic in particular for the year. As well as evaluate and discuss new gear, work out new small arms, generally hang out and maybe just maybe harvest an elk or two.

 

I had fantasized about the possibility of us stumbling across an extensive marijuana farm that we could subsequently lay waste to, along with its farmers, as reports grow of such undertakings taking root in national forests. However, druggies and their farms proved to be as elusive as the wily elk. Well, they weren’t all that wily…they just preferred to stay out of our gun sights which, overall, was quite inconsiderate.

 

The diverse cast of characters included a former Special Forces reserve battalion commander, my Special Forces medic from Nam, a ranch foreman, and a conservative newspaper editor (no Walter Cronkites or Dan Rathers in this camp! Although, on second thought, we could always use “volunteers” to paste up targets down range. Heh,

heh, heh,), a mortgage broker, a gun activist, a retired Nam and Desert Storm chopper pilot, a gun PR guy, and a wing nut political columnist.

 

FORMER LEGIONNAIRE HOLDS THE CAMP TOGETHER

The glue that held this mélange together as well as kept the camp in French Foreign Legion spic and span order was Sergeant Chef Paul Fanshaw, a 13-year vet of the Legion. Fanshaw and I had traveled to some of the more interesting hot spots over the last couple of decades, to include Burma (illegal entry), Afghanistan (illegal entry), Zaire, El Salvador, Albania, Saudi Arabia (Desert Storm), Nicaragua, and a couple I can’t remember. Fanshaw, who had 285 jumps with the Legion and saw action in Kolwezi, regaled the camp with tales of his off the record adventures into the dark world of espionage and merc work, as well as how he pulled my ass out of the fire a couple or three times, which may seem funny now but sure as hell wasn’t at the time.

 

We accomplished most of our missions – I even got my sorry ass up at 0330 on one occasion to help mitigate the elk population – an occurrence I do not intend to replicate in this lifetime. Whether we save Western civilization

and the U.S.A. from, as Col. Alex McColl would say, “The Forces of Evil and the Legions of Darkness” remains to be seen. Yeah, and those “Forces” and “Legions” include the Islamic terrorists that wish to see our way of life end and revert to the savagery and stupidity of the 7th century Koran.

 

SOF endorses the following individuals for election to the NRA Board of Directors: Steve Schreiner, Bob Sanders, Jim Porter, Tom King and retired Texas Ranger, Joaquin Jackson.

 

CONTACTS:

American Watch

1225 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90015

800.284.9487

www.specialopswatch.com

 

ArmaLite, Inc.

PO Box 299,

Geneseo, IL 61254

800.336.0184

www.armalite.com

 

Black Hills Ammunition

PO Box 3090,

Rapid City, SD 57709-3090

605.348.5150

www.black-hills.com

 

Blackhawk Products Group

6160 Commander Parkway,

Norfolk, VA 23502

800.694.5263

www.blackhawk.com

 

Burris Company

331 East 8th Street,

Greeley, CO 80631

970.356.1670

www.burrisoptics.com

 

Bushmaster Firearms Intl. LLC

999 Roosevelt Trail,

Windham, ME 04062

800.883.6229

www.bushmaster.com

 

Bushnell Outdoor Technology

6845 W. Frye Rd.,

Chandler, AZ 85226

877.413.8800

www.ambientweather.com

 

Cabelas

www.cabelas.com

 

CamelBak Products LLC

2000 S. McDowell, Suite 200,

Petaluma, CA 94954

800.767.8725

www.camelbak.com

 

Condor Outdoor Products

1866 Business Center Drive,

Duarte, CA 91010

800.552.2554

www.condoroutdoor.com

 

DPMS Firearms, LLC

3312 12th Street SE,

St. Cloud, MN 56304

800.578-3767

www.dpmsinc.com

 

EOTAC

1940 Old Dunbar Rd.,

West Columbia, SC 29172

803.744.9930

www.eotac.com

 

Fobus Holster & Pouches

780 Haunted Lane,

Bensalem, PA 19020

866.611.9576

www.fobusholster.com

 

Johnson Outdoors

555 Main Street,

Racine, WI 53403

262.631.6600

www.johnsonoutdoors.com

 

Kimber America

Marketing & Sales

2590 Montana Highway 35,

Kalispell, MT 59901

914.964.0771 ext 350

www.kimberamerica.com

 

LaserLyte

101 Airpark Road,

Cottonwood, AZ 86306

928.649.3201

www.laserlyte.com

 

McMillan Firearms Manufacturing LLC

1638 W. Knudsen Drive, Suite 101,

Phoenix, AZ 35027

623.582.9635

www.mcmfamily.com

 

OPSGear:

890 W. Center Street, Unit 4,

North Salt Lake City, UT 84054

877.677.5906

www.opsgear.com

 

Pro-Ears, Altus Brands

484 W. Welch Ct.,

Traverse City, MI 49686

800.891.3660

www.proears.com

 

Revision Eyewear

7 Corporate Drive,

Essex Junction, VT 49686

802.879.7002

www.revisioneyewear.com

 

Rogue River Rifle Works

500 Linne Rd Ste D.,

Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 227-4706

 

Sako Finland

PO Box 149,

FI-11101RIIHIMAKI

Finland

www.sako.fi

 

Springfield Armory

420 W. Main Street,

Geneseo, IL 61254

800.680.6866

www.springfield-armory.com

 

Steiner, Pioneer Research

97 Foster Rd., Suite 5,

Moorestown, NJ 08057

800.257.7742

www.steiner-binoculars.com

 

Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc.

411 Sunapee Street,

Newport, NH 03773

603.865.2442

www.ruger-firearms.com

 

Talus Outdoor Technologies

1001 E. Broadway,

Missoula, MT 59802

406.493.0507

www.talusoutdoortech.com

 

Tapco

PO Box 2408,

Kennesaw, GA 30156-9138

800.554.1446

www.tapco.com

 

US Peacekeeper Products, Inc.

W245 N5570 Corporate Circle,

Sussex, WI 53089

877.732.2303

www.uspeacekeeper.com

 

Vector Tactical Systems

vectortacticalsystems.org/

 

Wilson Combat & Scattergun Technologies

2234 CR 719,

Berryville, AR 72616

800.955.4856

www.wilsoncombat.com

 

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