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From the May, 2008 issue of SOF! Gary Paul Johnston reviews a SPR Carbine in 6.8x43mm!


Our Country! This, from a friend who is here as a resident alien:

"I've lived in your country for a number of years, and I love it as much as my own. Why any reasonable person could even imagine that I would be somehow 'offended' by Americans celebrating their own history and culture is far beyond my ability to understand. Sounds as if the only ones that school administrator cares about are illegal immigrants!

Standing Tall!

Taking a stand, no matter the conditions. Hurrah! A sheriff who knows what he stands for and, unlike most politicians, actually takes his oath of office seriously!

Our courageous Larimer Co Sheriff, Justin Smith, was out personally, yesterday morning, in uniform, in front of Ft Collins, CO High School. He was carrying an American flag and standing in the cold with high-school students who planned on celebrating their own nation during a "Spirit Week" event.

The student council wanted to designate a day to celebrate the red, white & blue.

Ready or Not!

Individual Preparedness:

This from a friend in Atlanta, GA:

"Few locals were prepared for this weather! I personally witnessed several thousand people walking away from abandoned vehicles, on just one highway. Ice was an inch thick! I drove as far as I could yesterday morning, and then walked three more miles, all in order to rescue a friend, his wife, and daughter after their car ran out of gas. They sat in their cold car for seventeen hours before I got to them. I brought them, and five other hungry, cold strangers to my house. Hope they can get out today."

Kimber Adirondack

THE M14 TODAY, Parts I and II

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Check out this article by Gary Paul Johnston from the January 2008 issue of SOF about the Russian PKM machine gun!

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New Bullet Tech?

Kimber - 1911 Pistols

Pistol Calibers

"It all depends..."

For my first Quip of 2014, I will talk briefly about trends in serious
pistol calibers.

When asked about pistol calibers and guns, and which is "best," I'm
reminded of this poetic advice given to aspiring poker players by one of my
favorite authors on the subject, John Vorhaus:

"Poker is a challenge, built on tendencies and trends
And many tough decisions, upon which a session bends
So, when I'm asked for advice by strangers, or by friends,
I look them squarely in the eye and answer,

'It depends'"

... I am just a politician


Fire Extinguishers for School Defense Weapons

As far back as the early the 1980s Jim Shults* talked about how police SWAT units could use a dry powder fire extinguishers (and other everyday devices) as non-lethal assault "weapons" for use against opponents in structures. Shults also lectured how these could be used in hostage events either by the police in rescue attempts or by defenders against an assault.

Shults' idea faded over time and was not used but has seen some minor Internet discussion in the recent few years, but not in the context presented here.


Mikahil Kalashnikov, 1919-2013

Comments on the life of Kalashnikov:

When confronted, innumerable times, by air-headed Western journalists (is
there another kind?) with regard to his AK-47 rifle and it ubiquity,
Kalashnikov always replied with some variation of:

"I sleep well. It's politicians who are to blame for failing to come to
agreement and resorting to violence."

In context, Kalashnikov was a patriot, who did his country a significant
service by recognizing a gap in its war-fighting toolkit during the aftermath


Inventor of AK-47 Passes Away at Age of 94
By Harold Hutchison

The man who invented the AK-47, the world’s most common assault rifle, has died. According to media reports, Mikhail Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia.

Kalashnikov was born in 1919, roughly two years after the Russian Revolution that swept Communists into power. Kalashnikov, who was wounded in action during World War II, started designing the rifle in 1945. Eventually, over 100 million of the rifles would be produced, flooding the globe.

School "Security"

"Solutions" in NY

In the "liberal utopia" of NY, it is apparently very "PC-sheik" for
school officials to publically, and oh, so piously, declare that they just "can't fathom" all the bad things that can happen to people on campuses for
which they're responsible.

A local police official in the Buffalo area even suggests that potential
victims of school violence defend themselves with staplers! Victims in "the fight for their lives" are apparently allowed to "fight," just so long as it is hapless, pointless, and has no chance of success. Fighting in an