Mass Evictions in the Shenandoah: A History Lesson

This speaks for itself.

It’s the tale of the skull beneath the skin at Shenandoah National Park.

All in the name of progress.

I’ve seen some of the old homesteads up there, and unless you know the truth you think, “Oh, quaint old mountain folk, must have left the place for greener pastures and better days.” Not so much, as it turns out.

They deserve to be remembered.

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Gun-Day Monday: Upcoming Murphy Course at Elite Shooting Sports (July 2017)

Here’s a one-day course from the great John R. Murphy of FPF Training– perhaps you’ve heard of him– coming up this summer, “Concealed Carry: Skills Beyond the Gun,” on Sunday, 23 July, 0900-1700.

The knowledge required to be a safe, effective, and prudent armed citizen goes far beyond just carrying a firearm and accurate shooting. “Concealed Carry: Skills Beyond the Gun” fills that knowledge void by going in-depth on the aspects and perspectives of concealed carry that aren’t addressed in basic permit courses or advanced shooting classes. Based upon a multi-media/lecture/practical application format, students will be immersed in the realities of interacting with society while armed via “Recognition Based Decision Modelling” and gain experience in a scenario-based learning environment.

Better still, it’ll be indoors, and there’s a separate-but-related course held the day before at the same place.

It is my intent to sign up soon. Could be MDL and others will be there too. Why on Earth would you want to miss that??

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Weapons Wednesday: The SIG P320 and the Full Story of the AR15/M16 Family

First– I hit the range this morning with G-Tex of Civ Div Designs holster fame. (BTW, he also has a nifty Instagram page.)

He brought his SIG Sauer P320.

We shot it.

And we pronounced it good.

(Maybe I can get him to post a review in the comments.)

Second– a very good A-to-Z telling of how the AR15/M16 family of rifles and carbines came to be, with much myth-dispelling and hard facts. Should be read and understood and bookmarked. The genius of the great Eugene Stoner (my fellow Marine) shines ever brighter.

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Fat Leonard vs Marines United

Good friend and co-worker Wang sends this link, under the subject, “Fat Leonard vs Marines United,” containing this quote among several:

In my own judgment, the Marine scandal, if by no means trivial, qualifies as the lesser of the two. An organization calling itself Marines United, perhaps involving as many as 30,000 participants, created a restricted web page on which it posted photographs of nude women, apparently without consent of the subjects. Some of those women were themselves Marines.

Worth a read.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to All!

Between church and pub– both equally important today– take a moment to remember a minor military genius, the great Tom Barry of the 3rd West Cork Flying Column, who dealt the hated occupier a stunning defeat at Kilmichael in 1920.

His book, Guerrilla Days in Ireland, is strongly recommended. If you’re not familiar with what he did, at age 23, against the world’s greatest Empire, then you should read up. Tom Barry knew what he was about, and never wavered.

Eirinn go Brach.

PS: The description of Barry’s brief personal encounter with one Major Arthur Percival, who later surrendered Singapore to the Japs, is worth the price of the book.

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Heard From Today: ’94 Takes Command at 5th Marines

Many thanks to ESL’94 for this link to his BR Col George Schreffler ’94, taking charge of 5th Marine Regiment, two weeks ago.

Those who know him will know that he will do well.

Congrats, Marine!

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