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  • June 28, 2007

    Musings On Michael Moore

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    In 2002 film maker and professional pain in the ass Michael Moore presented the world with Bowling for Columbine, a "documentary" on the gun culture in the U.S. that took its name from the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. It won an Academy Award that year for Best Documentary, and I saw it, but have forgotten just about all of it, except for one scene:

  • June 27, 2007

    What Matters Most In A Dangerous Game Rifle

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    A two-inch rifle is no less likely to drop your lion than a one-inch rifle. If you shoot well, either will do. On the other hand, a failed extractor, a double feed, or a slipped striker can be a very serious matter indeed. Accuracy is important, but dependability is considerably more so.”—Jeff Cooper, reprinted from The Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip by permission of Gunsite Press.

  • June 27, 2007

    More On Colonel Cooper

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    A reader was kind enough to suggest a couple of rants ago that I was carrying on the tradition of bloggery established by the late Jeff Cooper. That would be nice, because of all the gun columns in cyberspace, his was by far the most interesting and it is still up there.

  • June 25, 2007

    Dr. Wintermute Takes on Gun Shows

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence just sent me a summary of a study done by Dr. Garen J. Wintermute, who is Director of the University of California (Davis campus) Violence Prevention Research Program. Dr. Wintermute has visited 28 gun shows in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Florida.

    The report is lengthy, highly detailed, and written in the brain-coagulating academic prose that nearly got me flunked out of college. I don’t have the space to discuss it in detail, so I’ll have to limit myself to comments on just a few of his points.

  • June 22, 2007

    George And The Kopek

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    There are a lot of people I wish were still around, and right at the top of the list is the South Carolina knifemaker George Herron. George was not only a genius with his hands, he was one of the most generous men I have ever known. I have no idea how many beginning knifemakers he coached, or how many thousands of hours he spent teaching them the art, but it was enough to found a whole school of knifemaking—the South Carolina school. And none of it was for money. He did it because he was glad to do it.

  • June 20, 2007

    Cooper On Revolvers

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    "I have no prejudice at all against the revolver. It's just that I choose the gun that wins."--Jeff Cooper, speaking about his preference for the Model 1911 at a small shooting clinic in upstate New York, circa 1966

  • June 20, 2007

    Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Put Guns In Those Pawnshops

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    “I’ve now worked for three months to get it back. Called the NRA, lawyers, sent letters, called and written the local district attorney. Nothing. Finally I found a lawyer who gave me a straight bit of info. There is a statute that says law enforcement can seize items from a pawnshop without a warrant, and if they think the item is stolen, you are out of luck. 

  • June 18, 2007

    M-14 vs. M-1

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    This is the M-14. I wouldn’t give you a s**t for it.”—SFC Kenneth Kane, introducing November Company, 4th Tng Rgt. to the Army’s new rifle, November, 1963. Kane, a Korea combat vet, swore by the M-1.

  • June 18, 2007

    Why You Should Aways Ask For Help

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    Don’t worry, this gets back to shooting.

    For reasons too sordid and complex to get into, I’ve been required for some time to throw a plug 170 feet with a 6-foot baitcasting rod. In the past, I’d always been able to do it, but not this year. And so in a panic, I sought out a friend of mine who is both a mechanical engineer and an expert on setting up and using all kinds of tackle. I will even embarrass him by using his name: Dick Kondak.

  • June 15, 2007

    Say It Straight

    By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

    Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”—Authorship, unknown, but sent to me by L. Atwill, hunter, former Special Forces trooper, and arbiter of good taste.

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