To Open Up 2016: A Famous Birthday and Resolutions

H N Y .

Let us begin on a happy note. Thanks to Survival Blog, we can raise a glass to John C. Garand, who was born this day in the year 1888. (For an interesting critique of the M1 rifle based on empirical knowledge, see LTC John George’s excellent book, Shots Fired in Anger, in the chapter called “Our Own Guns.”)

As for resolutions, might we venture a broad one? Get ready. Ready for what? Whatever comes your way, our way. Retire debt, especially the consumer debt. Lose the extra kilos. Get in shape, more to the point get in practical shape (forget the gym). Start walking with a load on your back, a light one of course to begin with; cut and split your own firewood; start hauling loads on your bicycle. Stockpile household essentials, in all particulars. Learn a skill. Get your arms and munitions in order, and keep them in a high state of readiness: make your acquisitions, get whatever carry permit you need, and embark on regular training. Get rid of cable TV and build up your library. Start paying more attention to local issues.

De-clutter and simplify.

Today’s the day to start.

I’ll be at the gun show later. More to follow.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to To Open Up 2016: A Famous Birthday and Resolutions

  1. keydet1976 says:

    According to something I saw several years ago Garand originally wanted to chamber the M1 for the .270 Winchester round; but the Army said know because, as it was during the depression, they did not want to change ammo from the 30-06 round because of cost.

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