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“Green” Ammo Less Capable Than Good Old Lead
By Harold Hutchison

Troops still fighting in Afghanistan may be saddled with less-effective ammo – all in the name of protecting the environment. The round in question is the new 5.56mm round being issued, the M855, called the Enhanced Performance Round.

However, past reports have indicated that officials have known for years that the new rounds, which use copper instead of lead, have “not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges less than 150 yards.”


X-47B Passes New Test
By Harold Hutchison

A prototype unmanned combat air vehicle landed on the carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on 10 July, marking the first time any UAV had trapped on a carrier. This development means that carriers could eventually operate drones as part of their air wings. The X-47B also carried out takeoffs from the carrier, following up on earlier successes with carrier takeoffs from USS Harry S Truman.


New Vehicle From Boeing
By Harold Hutchison

When you think Boeing, you tend to think aircraft like the B-52 or C-17 – or these days, helicopters like the CH-47 Chinook and AH-64. But Boeing’s got a new ground vehicle in the works that could help Marines a lot!

The new Phantom Badger looks like a miniature jeep. The real advantage is that this vehicle fits in a V-22, and can help move items like the M120 120mm mortar, TOW anti-tank missile launcher, and other weapons. It can also help move supplies, and is easily able to be converted to various roles.


The M4 May Soldier On
By Harold Hutchison

The Army is considering cancelling the Improved Carbine project – raising questions about what will be done with $300 million in the budget. The program had come under audit by the Pentagon’s Inspector General.

According to a report from Military.com, the House Committee on Government Oversight was told of the audit of the program, in which a number of gun companies, including Heckler & Koch, FNH-USA, Remington Defense, Adcor Defense Inc. and Colt Defense LLC, are competing to provide a carbine with more reliability than the current M4A1.

18D Med Lab Training - HOT ISSUE

We received this message about a threat that so-called "animal-rights" types may be posing to the training of medics, PJs, and other SOF medics. Please pass the word to all those you know, and urge your member of Congress to stand up for our SOF troops getting the training they need.

The Special Forces & SOF community 18D Medical Lab Training Course is in jeopardy and needs immediate feedback. Gentlemen, we are going to need an enormous amount of documentaries, professional statements and accounts of why Med Lab Training with animals on live tissue saves lives.


Dianne Feinstein's gun-grab was beaten, 60-40, in a Senate vote this evening.

YEAs ---40
Baldwin (D-WI)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Cowan (D-MA)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hirono (D-HI)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)

New Books on Kindle!

Modern and Trendy, continued:

The first of my books, "The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgun Shooting,"
was made available on Kindle in March.

As of this week, "The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting
" is also available, as is Vicki's and Diane Nicholl's famous
instructional text, "Women Learning to Shoot, a Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"

More will follow.

Go to:



Broad Report Suggests Full Range of Efforts
By Harold Hutchison

The NRA’s School Shield Program released a 225-page report, which included measures for prevention, as well as steps to be prepared for an incident and a means to respond to an incident. The report, presented by former DEA chief Asa Hutchinson, was intended as a response to the 14 December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

EXPLOITING NEWTOWN: Anti-Gun Push in Colorado

Updated information on anti-Second Amendment bills in the 2013 Colorado Legislature:

We can expect 14 to 20 anti-gun bills. The current Democrat package includes:

● A ban on an undetermined number of semi-automatic firearms (No grandfather clause)
● A ban on magazines of over ten rounds (No grandfather clause).
● Making an individual with a violent misdemeanor a "prohibited person" re: gun ownership.
● A ban on private sales by requiring universal background checks.
● A waiting period on background checks that will kill gun shows.

2012 Shooters Cup

M249 Light Machine Gun: Endangered species for Marines in Afghanistan

As full integration of the Infantry Automatic Rifle into the Marine Corps’ arsenal becomes complete, the M249 Light Machine Gun, formerly the Squad Automatic Weapon, slowly fades into the history of the Corps.

The SAW has seen action since 1984 and has protected Marines since. Replaced by an automatic rifle of similar size and weight of the M16A4 service rifle already issued to rank and file Marines, the familiarity with the new weapon is almost instant.


While many people talk about the need for an infantryman with a rifle, the fact remains that an infantryman brings very little relative firepower to the table. On the ground, much of the firepower on the front lines comes from tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers.

One cannot really fight a war without these, especially on the ground. These vehicles can often provide protection, transportation, and fire support. The tanks, APCs, and IFVs in service today are proven veterans.


Asking the question, “What’s wrong with the GLOCK?” could bring answers ranging from “nothing,” to a number of suggestions that I’m sure would be interesting. At the outset, let’s clarify that we’re referring to GLOCK pistols prior to the current Gen. 4 series.


The 2012 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) was held again in Las Vegas from Tuesday, 17 January, to Friday, 20 January. Over the last few years, it has become traditional to hold a “Range Day” at a local range where a number of SHOT venders make their products available to an ever growing number of journalists, self-styled and otherwise, to shoot free ammo and generally gaggle/babble about. More than a few of these boobs tend to wave muzzles around in the air, so I simply pass.


First appearing at the end of the 19th century, self-loading pistols have been produced in almost every conceivable caliber and size and in several materials. Such guns have also been designed in most recognized operating systems, all being a function of expanding gas.

These operating systems include short recoil, long recoil, simple blowback, retarded blowback and delayed blowback. Confused? Let’s take a closer look at these operating systems.