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Audie Murphy...

Audie Murphy was the most highly decorated American soldier who ever drew breath. He contributed more to the cause of freedom than every movie star, social...
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Turn & Burn

Familial ties are most curious things. They are at once ethereal and diaphanous while yet remaining incalculably strong. We want what is best for our...
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The Beaver Trap

My little medical clinic is the best place in town for meeting people. Everybody rolls through there at some point. I have cultivated some of the most...
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One .22 Rifle...

In 1946 a boy and his mom walked into Tupelo Hardware on Main Street in Tupelo, Miss. The kid was an only child. His identical twin born 35 minutes earlier...
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Fear of Flying …

Every military aviator is the best military aviator since Wilbur and Orville first slipped Earth’s surly bonds back in 1903. We typically have very...
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Uncle Bob

Everybody needs an Uncle Bob. In a family rife with characters, he stood out from the rest. Uncle Bob just had no filter. Born the 13th of 14 children,...
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Bomb Tokyo

During World War II strategic bombing was just finding its legs. For the first time in human history, the planet was tasting total war on an industrial scale.
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Smoking is Very Bad for You

Decisions you make now impact your health as you grow older.
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Grenades for Jehovah's...

I bought my first two machineguns on my 21st birthday. They joined an already not-insubstantial collection of scary black guns.
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Touring Snakesville

It was the Spring flood season in the Mississippi Delta. For me and my friend that meant exploring.
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The Pyromaniac’s Child

Roughly one in five Americans suffers from some sort of mental illness. The severity of these maladies can range from inconsequential to catastrophic with...
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Applied Pyromania

Trust me, I’m a professional. Blowing stuff up is one of the few marketable skills I retain from the military.
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Our tax dollars at work

The year was 1994, and I was in a restroom at a shopping mall in Dothan, Alabama. My wife, young son, and I had just enjoyed a day on the beach and were...
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Guns and Rotors

What’s the most fun thing you’ve ever done? Might want to keep it to yourself just in case there are sensitive ears about.
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The .22 LR

The argument is background noise anyplace two or more gun guys are gathered. Could you, should you ever, use a .22LR as a defensive weapon?
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The Health Effects of ...

As I sit typing these words, I am currently neck-deep in the COVID crisis. My day job involves wading about in a disease reliably killing about one in every...
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Colonial Marines M41A...

Guns are undeniably cool and it’s the reason you’re currently clutching this hallowed tome. However, amongst countless makes, models, barrel lengths and...
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The Dead Speak

Maybe it never got closer to the action than guard duty at an ammo dump. Or perhaps some poor dogface clutched the thing desperately close in the frozen...
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Clerke First Revolver

In the 1970s the hair was long, the gas was rationed, the interest rates were astronomical and the prevalent fashions could foment blindness if unduly gazed...
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In Defense of the Elderly

The scientific term is entropy. This is a quantifiable measure of the amount of disorder in a system. Everything naturally descends into a greater state of...
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Lumbago and the Armed American

I hurt my back when I was 27 years old and a soldier. I wish I could tell you it was fast roping into some evil despot’s lair to rescue the Dallas Cowboys...
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Army Buddies

We’ve been everywhere together. We’ve trudged through fetid jungles, shivered in snow caves, crouched within powerful war machines, and even flung...
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In Cold Blood

The petite woman had been out hiking along a riverbank with her kids. The water moccasin caught her just above the right ankle. By the time we met in the ER...
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Testosterone: The...

It’s called a CALFEX — the mil-speak term for a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise. Think of it like a machinegun shoot on steroids.
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Bringing a Cannon to School

I shivered a bit strolling past the obligatory “Gun-Free Zone” sign posted outside the local elementary school. The proposed hijinks this day had been...
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A Tale of Two Turkeys

It was springtime in the Mississippi Delta, and the obligatory floodwaters had swollen the mighty Mississippi River well beyond its banks. The farmland on...
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Frankengun: Build A...

Everybody needs a DBG as a primary defensive firearm. You’ll grab the thing — along with a handful of spare magazines — as you jump into the family...
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Raise ’Em Right

In our last installment we discussed the history of toy guns in America. We talked about the realistic martial playthings of old and waxed nostalgic for the...
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The Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

Nobody really needs an anti-tank rifle. When I informed my long-suffering bride of the newest acquisition she just rolled her pretty eyes, shook her head,...
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Packrat Confessions

The technical appellation is Neotoma lepida. The debris piles they construct are called middens. Some can be the size of an institutional refrigerator and...
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Friendly Fire …

It’s really a wonder we survived adolescence. We first met in 9th grade and it was initially a mutual interest in firearms and the military sparking our...
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The Ravin R9

The year was 52 BC and 50,000 Roman legionaries laid siege to the beleaguered city of Alesia. Facing four times their number under the command of a...
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A Recent History Of Toy Guns

Feel free to raise your kids without toy guns if you wish, but don’t be surprised when they scour the yard for crooked sticks and then run around shooting...
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Beware The Blast

Testosterone is the world’s most potent poison and age is no discriminator as regards its effects. My 78-year-old dad and his best friend were parked in...
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A Whole Building Full of...

My buddies and I looked forward to its arrival in a manner approaching unseemly. We counted down the days, hoarded our pennies and plotted out our...
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The 1-Shot Double Tap

The Special Purpose Individual Weapon (SPIW) program ran from 1959 to 1974. They pronounced it “Spew.” The mission was to increase the lethality of the...
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