So, a guy walks up to a sentry and asks, “Hi, sentry, new in town?”
Back-in-the-day, when I was young and foolish (I’m not so young, anymore) I used to read Soldier Of Fortune magazine. (In addition to Shotgun News, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Guns Magazine and pretty much every firearms periodical I could find!) This was before they were sued for facilitating a hitman in their classifieds, and LTC Robert Brown (founder and publisher – U.S.Army-Retired) reportedly discharged a 1911 underwater at a Scottsdale resort pool. Just to see if it would function. Rumor was some alcohol was involved.
For me, being unable to get into the military, I was, as Brown described it, truly an armchair adventurer.
And, unlike Playboy’s centerfold (that used to be nude women – sigh), SOF had a centerfold with a different focus. Sentry removal.
I’m certain Michael Echanis, premier martial arts editor, had something to do with the content.
It would illustrate techniques like the Turkish twist, and judiciously-lethal dagger placement, as though all the readership had been to the CIA’s ‘Farm’ or Ranger School.
Like we were all spec-ops assassins just aching to ‘take out a sentry’, silently.
Of course, we weren’t, but enjoyed reading such macho fodder, nevertheless.
And we’d do the joke about ‘taking out’ sentries whenever a new issue arrived on the newsstand.
And absorb tales of mercenaries world-wide, new gun reviews, read about the latest in electronic surveillance gear, U.S. and foreign military actions and macho TV and movies.
Mike Echanis died in a plane crash en route training in Central America. And more lawsuits continued.
April 2016 was the last paper edition of SOF. It continues to be available online.
I’ve not read it regularly for some years. For me, just getting out of the armchair requires effort enough. Forget adventure or sentries.
FTC – I bought my own. Get your own!
from Brock Townsend
A 14 year-old Canadian girl went on a stabbing spree this week at Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario.
Eight students were hurt in the attack.
Ambulances sit in front of Dunbarton High School following a multiple stabbing at the Pickering, Ont., high school on Feb. 23.
Police accused 14-year-old girl Z**** V**** of the crime.
Apparently, the political correctness disease either has moved up to Canuckistan, or migrated down from there to us. In any case, this isn’t a dreaded ‘gun violence’ type attack, so it didn’t get much press here in Southern Canuckistan.
I intentionally edited out the (alleged) miscreant’s name, so as to not give her any more notoriety.
(courtesy of Brock Townsend)
“SAVE A LIFE SURRENDER YOUR KNIFE!”
Many lives are affected as a result of knife crime in the UK each year.
In an attempt to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected, we’re campaigning for as many knives to be surrendered as possible. Knife bins will be located in cities around the UK and the British Ironwork Centre will be touring the country, speaking to young people and collecting knives from the streets.
All knives will be surrendered anonymously – no names will be taken, and there will be no CCTV cameras recording (Yeah, right – Guffaw).
Whatdya think they want to do the same thing here? With guns?
Oh wait, they do!
And how many criminals voluntarily give up their knives and guns?
No rush, I’ll wait for an answer…
What is Martial Cultism?
It is the belief that your particular skill, machine, tool or system is better, even if evidence exists to the contrary.
We see snippets of this constantly in gun magazines, self-defense magazines and on-line bulletin boards.
- .45 versus 9mm (or .38, .357 or .40)
- semiautomatic versus revolver
- taekwondo versus shotokan (or gung fu, muy tai, or the myriad other fighting styles)
- shotgun versus rifle
- Colt versus Smith & Wesson
ad infinitum, ad nauseum
KEADS posted a snippet of this on Facebook the other day. Seems a student was lauding his Kimber to the exclusion of all others (?) I asked if this was pre or post MIM parts? ;-P
Reminiscent of the pre-64 Winchester Rifle discussions of my youth.
Or a high school discussion I had with a learned friend regarding European Medieval Swords versus Japanese Swords. Or as he put it, The Cult of The Japanese Sword.
Recently both the U.S. Military and the FBI have endorsed converting to 9mm hollow points (from .40 S&W and .45 ACP), as the newer 9mm showed better stopping power. then the wider, heavier ammunition.
It appears as though a new cult has formed.
Frankly, I’d like to see the data. If it’s inanimate, like gelatin, I’m not certain of their conclusion.
My roomie’s birthday was recently. Last year, I had no funds, so we went out to dinner, and I grew a beard (she’s a hairdresser). (NOT in the same night!)
I didn’t know what I was going to do this year – then I saw THIS on Gearhog!
It’s a Mantis Cyclops knife. Worn on a neck chain, it’s deployed by putting a finger through the center and pulling. The separates the knife from the chain, and opens the hawk-shaped blade!
The circular sheath is aircraft-grade aluminum; the ‘key’ (attaching the knife to the chain) is titanium! It is quite strong, and very light.
FORTUNATELY, my roomie collects knives – she always has two or three in her purse (along with the tac flashlight and Nighthawk, of course!)
This could add another option. (I got one for myself, as well!)
AND, it’s made in Taiwan, not the PRC! 🙂
(FTC – look elsewhere. I paid for them both. Gearhog and Mantis have given me bupkis.)
Fence-jumper made it farther in White House than Secret Service let on
The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.
White House Intruder GIF by Adam Baumgartner
And the intruder was ‘armed’ with a Spyderco pocket knife! (per the Today Show reportage).
(courtesy of Tamara) A Spyderco pocket knife… “He’s from Texas, honey,” I yelled at the television, startling the cats, “That’s not ‘armed’, that’s ‘dressed’, you island-dwelling herbivore!“
Personally, my concern is for the protection and well-being of The President of The United States. ANY President! I don’t want this Constitutional Republic to devolve into a Banana Republic, with bodyguards stepping aside a la Caesar or some high-ranking mobster to make way for some whack job (or trained assassin) to deny our right to vote!
And make Joe Biden the President…
Last time that happened, we got LBJ – and we all know how well THAT worked out!
h/t Never Yet Melted, View From The Porch
Stormbringer reminded us of a teacher of yore. We need more like her, today.
Meet Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader and school teacher. When the Japanese came to take the children under her care she shot them. She didn’t hide in a closet, she didn’t put up a gun free zone sign, she shot them in the face with her latong (a home made shotgun).
Note she has an M1 carbine with a 15 round magazine – illegal in the Gun Control States of California and Massachusetts.
She then went on to kill over 200 Japanese soldiers during the war with a group of commandos and holds the distinction as the only female commander of a resistance group in the Philippines.
In this photo she is showing U.S. Army Private Andrew Lupiba how she used her bolo to silently kill Japanese sentries during the occupation of Leyte Island.
Can you imagine an American school teacher in the day & age having the chutzpah to pull off a class act like this?
h/t Theo Spark
is here to remind you, as it’s been another orbit of the Earth…
- Are all your firearms clean, lubricated, inspected for broken and/or worn parts?
- What about holsters? Properly cleaned, dressed – hardware inspected? Snaps/straps, equipment need replacing?
- Magazines or speedloaders (speed strips)? Clean? In good condition? Functioning properly?
- Pants belts? and Women (or metrosexual men?) with carry bags? Clean and in good repair?
- Ammunition. When’s the last time carry rounds were inspected and wiped-down? Shot for group and function?
- Do you carry edged weaponry? When was the last time it was sharpened?
Lastly, I’m channeling the late, great Col. Cooper. Yes, again. It all begins with mindset…
If there isn’t a gun within arms reach as you read this, you missed the point of API 250 !
JayG said it – truer words never spoken!
Then followed up with THIS!
Long Island Deli Worker Pulls Machete, Chases Away Armed Robber
A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.
Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.
The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That’s pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I’d sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement…
(I was reminded that Jamaica has rampant violent crime, and very strict firearms control – perhaps we should all get machetes as backup?)
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