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TOO FEW, TOO FAR - PART II

The Falklands War of 1982 was one of the defining conflicts of the decade. The United Kingdom fought a war practically on its own thousands of miles from home. However, the conflict spread wider – and included the island of South Georgia, where Royal Marine Section Commander George Thomsen would become a legend. Part II continues with the bloody battle.

AMERICA'S TOUGHEST SHERIFF, PART II

In the Oct 2009 SOF issue we began a series on the adventures of the colorful Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and his accomplishments, America’s toughest Sheriff.

 

RUGER’S TACTICAL DUO

Not long after Mr. L. James Sullivan designed the .223 caliber Mini-14 for William B. Ruger in 1967, a U.S. Army general officer told Bill Ruger that had the rifle been available a few years earlier, the U.S. Army would have adopted it. It’s true that a decade earlier, General Willard G. Wyman, commander of the Continental Army Command (CONARC), had twisted Eugene Stoner’s arm to design a rifle similar to the U.S. M2 carbine in the new “twenty-two” caliber.

WORLD’S TOUGHEST SHERIFF Part I

Soldier of Fortune was at full force at the May 2009 NRA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. We met with Sheriff Joe Arpaio for two afternoons to interview America’s most controversial hard-core sheriff, and particularly to discuss his hard-core illegal immigration policy. This is a guy SOF had to meet.

BAY OF PIGS: FAILURE EXPOSED

WHY DID THE CIA PROCEED WITH A BROKEN PLAN?

The Cold War was fully underway. The two great superpowers were in a military standoff, but surrogate forces were in conflict in various parts of the world.

 

SAS TAKES ON BOMBERS

SAS troopers carried out their first major parachute operations since the 1956 Suez Crisis in Iraq, targeting insurgent leaders and bomb-making factories.

 

TOO FEW, TOO FAR

The Falklands War of 1982 was one of the defining conflicts of the decade. The United Kingdom fought a war practically on its own thousands of miles from home. However, the conflict spread wider – and included the island of South Georgia, a small island several hundred kilometers east of the Falklands, where Royal Marine Section Commander George Thomsen would become a legend. Twenty-two Royal Marines engaged an overwhelming Argentinean invasion force.

DOUBLESTAR’S NEW .45 ACP

Not long ago I was telling a friend that I wondered who would be next to offer a model 1911 pistol. After all, the 1911 is the pistol that seemingly will “never die.” Think about it. In less than two years, the 1911 will be a century old, yet this gun is a hundred times more popular now than it was many years ago.

KIFARU’S RHINO-TOUGH MILITARY GEAR

“TRAVEL LIGHT, FREEZE AT NIGHT”

Any soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who ever did Ranger school, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS), or Recon, or has any light infantry background, knows these words.

KIFARU’S PATRICK SMITH’S MODERN “LONG HUNTER” TRADITION

A “Long Hunter” was an eighteenth century explorer and hunter who made expeditions into the American frontier wilderness for as much as six months at a time.”

 

SECRET SERVICE: THEN AND NOW

SECRET SERVICE MEMBERS INCREASE TEN FOLD IN FOUR DECADES

PROFILE OF A 21ST-CENTURY MERCENARY

MERC TERRITORY IS A MINEFIELD

A GATHERING OF HOGS

THE “HOG’S TOOTH”

Many wore the “HOG’s Tooth,” the symbol of a Marine sniper. It is a simple thing, a 7.62mm hollow-point boat tail (HPBT) long range bullet on a cord hung about one’s neck when a Marine graduates from Sniper School and becomes one of the few who earn the title of Marine Scout Sniper.

MCMILLAN RANGE EXPERIENCE

I Followed RKB around the NRA annual convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center like a junior suck-up monk following the Dali Lama.

 

GRATEFUL NATION TEAMS UP WITH TAPCO TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS

Grateful Nation offers a unique look into what drives these soldiers to serve their country and to protect our freedoms. Far removed from the streets of Baghdad or the mountains of Afghanistan, the veteran feels the adrenaline rush that can only come from viewing big game through the crosshairs of your scope. GN takes each returning warrior deep into the woods on the best hunt of their lives.