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December 26, 2007

Brain Food for the Holidays

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

Here are three books I hope you found under your Christmas tree. The first two are reprints, and while they are not gun-related, they are will cause you to lose track of time. Both are in print, and pretty widely available. The third book is brand spanking new.

The Forgotten Soldier, by Guy Sajer (a pen name) is the story of an Alsatian teenager who was drafted into the Wehrmacht and sent to fight in the Soviet Union. He managed to survive that disaster as well as the retreat to Germany. By a series of miracles he made it home, where he was presumed dead. Doubts have been raised about the book's authenticity, but the U.S. Army War College has it on their reading list, and that's good enough for me.

The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz (his real name). The story of a Polish cavalry officer who was captured by the Soviet Army in 1940, taken for a spy, sent to Moscow and subjected to a year's fun and games with the NKVD. Shipped to a prison camp in Siberia, Rawicz and six fellow prisoners escaped in the dead of winter and, over two years, walked from Siberia, across the Gobi Desert, over the Himalayas, and into India, where they were rescued ed by the British Army.

If you'd like to find out just how much men can endure without going mad or giving up and dying, these two books are good sources.

The Field & Stream Hunting Optics Handbook, by Thomas McIntyre
It's hard to make the subject of optics comprehensible, much less interesting, so imagine a book on the subject that is actually entertaining. Tom Mcintyre, whose immense, hyper-educated brain is packed with all sorts of odd information (and who has done one hell of a lot of hunting), has managed to combine loads of useful knowledge and all kinds of weird but fascinating intel on optics-related subjects.

An example: At the massacre at Wounded Knee, the bodies of the Sioux were searched by 7th Cavalry troopers, and on one of the dead warriors was found the binoculars carried by Lt/Col George Armstrong Custer at The Colossal Miscalculation at the Little Bighorn. In 2005, these glasses were auctioned for $56,625, working out, as Tom puts it, to slightly less than $100 per life, counting both the Greasy Grass and Wounded Knee. If you can resist stuff like this you have a heart of stone, and maybe a brain of stone, too.
The book is $20. wwwLyonsPress.com

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from Gordon Hutchinson wrote 6 years 14 weeks ago

Dave:I really enjoy your blog--I've been visiting it for a while now, and noticed you review books as you did here. I searched for a way to e-mail a little more personally, but this is the only method I have found--forgive my assumptions by doing it this way, sometimes it is almost impossible to sift through the information on the internet to find a way to contact someone such as yourself.Like most folks, I had no idea what was happening to our civil liberties and 2nd Amendment rights in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Of course, the national media didn't report about gun confiscations, because the national media wasn't outraged by the actions of the police.I didn't know we were going to write a book until April 18, 2006, when I covered an NRA "Town Hall" meeting in New Orleans for Louisiana Sportsman magazine. At that meeting, survivors of Katrina stepped up to the microphones. They were absolutely seething with rage at the police and governmental authorities that harassed, abused, threatened, and beat them because they stayed behind to protect their property. These folks told tales of being more afraid of the cops than the thugs and looters--the cops took their guns, leaving them defenseless in the face of anarchy.I knew that night it was a book we would have to write--it took over a year-and-a-half of hard work, chasing down leads, and spending interminable numbers of weekends in New Orleans conducting interviews with victims of theft by armed police.But we think the effort was worth it. And we need to get the message out that for the first time in the history of the U.S. an entire municipality made a determined and organized effort to physically disarm its populace. Only by telling this story can we insure such will never occur again.I also led the team of experts in to inventory and record the guns stored by NOPD in an uninsulated truck body where they are rusting into oblivion after being illegally confiscated by the police and National Guard units.It took over a year-and-a-half of legal wrangling in the federal courts before Dan Holliday, the Louisiana attorney fighting the good fight for the NRA and SAF, was finally able to secure orders from the court. Judge Barbier finally forced New Orleans to allow us to see the guns that were turned in of the thousands they stole from law-abiding citizens. And make no mistake--thousands of guns disappeared, never to be seen again.I'd love to have our publishing company send you a review copy of "The Great New Orleans Gun Grab" if you are interested in seeing it. If you would send me an address by return e-mail, I assure you it will be sent quickly.Thanks,Gordon Hutchinson, co-author (with Todd Masson)of "The Great New Orleans Gun Grab--Descent Into Anarchy."

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

Clay CooperI would have a very hard time believing that a cure for HIV is available, but suppressed. There are so many institutions working in Biomedical Research, not only in America, but Worldwide. All of the scientists read their respective journals to keep up with new techniques and probably many correspond with each other and meet at professional functions. Also, scientists, in general, are motivated by something more than money. They tend to research things, more for the sake of research, than the possibility of wealth. If they have personal motivation, its probably to see their name in print, along with some breakthrough. As such, I think it would be next to impossible for that group to be censored somehow.As for Global Warming, not only is the jury still out, they've never gone in yet. That issue is so large that anytime I hear a defintive statement with regard to Global Warming, I want to barf. Think about it. We've had thermometers, widely distributed for maybe 100 years. We've been around for about 5,000 years. That means we've sampled the Earth's temperature for about 2 per cent of our existence. We don't know the factors that caused heat waves and cool periods in the past. We are told that we spew some number of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere and then we find out that some volcano put twenty times that number into that same atmosphere. I know that pollution is bad and should be controlled. I also know that, if I can conserve energy, I will save money, which will add to my profits at year end. However, I described my experience with the hybrid truck. I doubt that I'll save any money, but boy I look good!This country undertook two major endeavors in the last one hundred years. WWII and the Space Program. In both cases, scientists and engineers were charged with 1)Find something that works and 2) Develope these systems so that they can be used to reach the end goal. In both cases we succeeded. In the present, I believe our goal shoud first be "Is man made Global Warming a reality" Then we can pursue answers to that problem.YooperJack

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

Brain Food for the Holidays?Mr. David E. Petzal, I have one book for you to read and it’s called Hatchers Notebook!Funny thing about the TV series Myth Busters, They too can learn something from it. They tried to hit a target under water at close range with a 50BMG FMJ round and the bullet blew up on impact with the water! You can find the answer is to why in Hatchers Notebook!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

YooperJackFrom AIDS to Global Warming, I truly believe that there is a vaccine and a cure for AIDS and Global Warming; I find it interesting that no evidence of greenhouse gases that comes into the United States to the ratio of green house gases leaving. Al Gore is making a killing on this and why end the free Government Grants to make them rich!!! I believe that everything that will benefit mankind has been suppressed and denied to exist so others can benefit on our shortcomings. Once again I bring up what I said before, there is a level of death and carnage to those to advance their own personnel agenda!

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper:I think its an ego trip. They asked a girl out in High School, got shot down, went out and made a lot of money, still got shot down. Now they'll really show them women! They must have experienced rejection at some level and now their going to get the adulation that they deserve. I could be dead wrong but when I see how much some of these people spend to win, and wonder how many people could have been hired had that money been spent on a new factory, how much ecological restoration could be accomplished if that money went towards the environment, how much good that money could have done had it been donated to the Salvation Army or St. Vinnies.YooperJack

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I often wonder why does a multimillionaire go for a job spending millions to get elicited as a senator that only pays as much in a year than they make in a month?

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from Chev. Jim wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I read "The Forgotten Soldier" about 10 - 12 years ago and was quite impressed by it. If it wasn't written by a former Wehrmacht soldier, then the author must have done a hell of a lot of research! I talked with former Wehrmacht soldiers when I was stationed in Germany. Many of them still think the Fuhrer was right. The barber who cut my hair was a former prisoner of the Russians. He had his right leg amputated before he was captured by the Russians and sent to a POW camp in Siberia. He and some of his Wehrmacht buddies escaped and made their way across Russia just in time to rejoin German forces for the Battle of Kursk. You know this guy had to be one tough old bird to do that. He must have thought all the American soldiers were tough, too, because his straight razor had jagged edges and he'd pull the hair from the back of your neck rather than shave it. He used shaving cream, but never used water. He probably dry-shaved himself every morning. Another old German soldier I knew told me about killing a Russian soldier with a shovel. He was a "medic," so he didn't carry a weapon. I suspect that he and his wife were members of the Nazi Party. I can remember going to Munich in 1995 during Oktoberfest, and being denied entry into a Gasthaus that was supposedly "full," but which had many empty tables and seats. There are a lot of very nice Germans, though, although their government has yet to fully support us or NATO. My own personal feeling is that we should withdraw all forces from Germany and use them where they are needed. Our presence is Germany is neither necessary nor desired by the German people.

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from Jasonj Hinkle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Any American who supports breaking our laws for crooks are crooks themselves. Business people that evade taxes and help screw the tax-payers by stealing benefits for their buddy crooks. They NEVER intended to obey our laws. Their objective is to take over America and turn into a mexican country. They not only said so themselves...(are they lying?) but they have been quickly and silently laying the foundation of mexican government with Mexican consulates and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce all over the country. Have Americans went so long without a war that they don't recognize a passive-aggressive attack on our country? What better way to conquer a people than a blood-less coup. If the Americans helping these criminals break our laws, what other laws are they breaking? They are accomplices to crime and should be jailed themselves.http://www.voy.com/214841/

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from KJ wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

If only it were so simple to blame the Democratic party (more specifically Clinton) for all the ills in the USA. Though I have tended to vote Republican, I do it with more than just a little chagrin. It was Republican presidents (Ford and Reagan) who issued executive orders against the US assassinating foreign leaders (which could have solved the Saddam problem long ago). (See http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21037.pdf for an interesting discussion of this.) If Nixon had used his power and foresight during the OPEC oil embargo of the early 1970s maybe we'd be further down the road to cleaner, alternative fuels - and the Muslim countries financing the terrorists that threaten us would not be rich with our money. While Bush inherited a bad situation that became worse with 9/11, he has done little to improve the nation, let alone the nation's standing in the world.Hinkle makes points we should heed.

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from Gman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I can see the Gun Nuts Christmas truce has expired.

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from tom warner wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Hinkle is dead right. The most amazing thing is the number of deluded people in our country, who will believe any lies our sorry government tells them. They are the folks that should "wake-up". They are the folks that sport bumper stickers that say"America, love it or leave it."

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I got to honest here when someone comes on line and falls short of telling all the truth. That’s the same to me as telling a flat out lie. Reminds me of Law Enforcement Officers omitting evidence that will acquit or convict a person of a crime. Congratulations Wife of a Soldier that died in action and here is a free million dollar scholarship for your child and aren’t you glad! What’s that? You say it doesn’t pay the bills; it doesn’t cloth and feed your children?? Folks this is not about me; it’s about those who I really care for and about, making a stand for them here at home!!! The real battle is no longer in Iraq or anyplace else, it’s here and it has turned politically ugly and there are those that say that they are soldiers too like Sen. John Murtha fragging our Marines, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. To the enemy, time is not a factor, just setback, wait just watching the United States self implode!Truce means, I’ll get you later when you have your guard down and the enemy is more prepared to attack!WAKEUP AMERICA!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Amen Coop...

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from Brady wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper:I agree completely. Good job. (Jasonj HinkleMan, what planet you been at when all of this happened!)Jasonj Hinkle:Shame on you for taking God's name in vain. In case you don't know what that means, it's cussing with God's name or using his name lightly.I read this column to learn things, not to see your juvenile rants. You couldn't be further off base on the military. Shame on the rest of you for not taking him to task about his potty mouth.Brady - 15 year Navy Veteran

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from Don Adams wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper. Well said. Thank you.

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from Cordoba wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

How is that Marlin, a company with such an excellent product, gets acquired by Remington? (nothing against Remington)Were things really that bad? They're always ranked in Best of the Year lists. i.e. Shooting Industry.comI hope their products only get better from this decision. My fingers are crossed for them.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

RAIN! RAIN! RAIN!Alex my Grandson still wants to go hunting! OK! My 12mpg 4x4 6 pack 3/4 ton Silverado can handle it!

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

YooperjackWhat gets me is that my wife's and my Geo Metro's got better gas mileage then almost all of these new Hybrid cars. When a little 3 cylinder 1 litter engine can crank out 45 to 50 miles per gallon, and still hold 4 people and a body in the trunk yet. Most of the advertisements for these new hybrids is only 30 to 35 miles per gallon. I miss only spending $12 to $15 to fill the tank. But by todays prices it would be $20 to $25. I seen the new Mit Romney complain ads for Michigan tonight it just makes me sick to think about the elections next year. To bad GoHome is not in her final year in office. Ah well only 2 more years.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

YooperJackMy 2005 ¾ ton Silverado is not getting any better fuel mileage and power than the ¾ ton Chevy I owned 30 years ago !

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Don’t believe me then call 1-800-282-2882

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Jasonj HinkleMan, what planet you been at when all of this happened! You can thank the Clinton administration for all of the shortfalls of the Military! Gee? I wonder how China got all those US Military secrets so easily and the guidance technology for the ICBM’s during the Clinton administration and how North Korea got all the nuclear fuel rods etc to make those nukes? Gee? I wonder why and how come everything went into the toilet during Jimmy Carter and why we lost Vietnam within 3 months of winning it! I find the blame America First Crowd should starting looking at themselves and dig into the past and research why in the hell are we in such trouble! During President Reagan, GOD BLESS THAT MAN AND THE PRESIDENT WE ALL IN THE MILITARY LOOKED UP AT AS A TRUE FATHER TO US that has the backbone and to give us the equipment, the parts to maintain them and the manpower to do so! And Clinton screwed us totally by cutting manpower, needed equipment and the parts to maintain them. To fly our F-15 and 16’s we had to swap engines and parts to keep flying thanks to Clinton! I find it sickening that individuals have to tune into CNN and MSNBC etc to get their marching orders! During the last election, I was told by people that Bush sucks! I would reply, why does Bush suck? The morons could not carry a single intellectual conversation with me and every one of them had a total meltdown and Vice President Gore gets a free pass allowing Russia to sale two soviet Kilo Class Subs to Iran capable of launching nukes! The media makes me sick and the God Father of radio I’m not giving him a pass either! Spineless wimp waits until 5 seconds at the end of the program to mention what I’ve been saying about Vietnam compared to today war in Iraq and the call screener tells me they cannot bring that subject up on the air!!! WHOS FRAGGING WHO HERE!!!!!

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from WH wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz is supposed to be BS. I read it years ago before I heard of it being discredited. I thought it may have been semi-truthful but the Yeti sighting really had my BS alarm flashing.checkhttp://www.amazon.com/review/RYZE7U9EOMTBOand or google"slavomir Rawicz" discredited

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Nice try Jason Hinkle!It would be great if we could implement any of your ideas. I think the problems are much deeper, however. When you suggest alternative energy, you run head on into nimbys. When you ask that the price of oil be raised, you run the risk of costing jobs. I know that people who depend on trucking, logging and construction are really hurting right now with the price of diesel fuel. We need a policy that first exploits the oil reserves here in America while diligently purues alternative energy sources. Think about it; we put people on the Moon within ten years of setting the goal! Also, we did it without any of the computer platforms that we have today. Yet, I don't here any of the politicians actually talking about this.As far as the Military, isn't it perplexing that we can spend so much on hardware, flying shows, round the world cruises by task forces, and yet, when we need another division, we can't afford it. We can spend billions for something new and untried, but if the troops need a pay raise or R&R, that's a budget breaker.FYI, I went from a 3/4 ton truck to a 1/2 ton hybrid. I think I might have lost at least 1 mpg. Conservation is a VERY complex issue.YooperJack

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from Jasonj Hinkle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

While the troops like the respect for our sacrifices shown by discounted hotel rooms and the like, for the love of reason DO NOT engage in hero worship! We would be very happy if the John Q. Public would write their Congressmen and the President and the SECDEF and demand the following:1) Adequate manpower levels to support the crushing and ever-increasing workload that is assigned to us. Suicide rates are up, and I wouldn't be surprised if divorce rates and spouse/child abuse goes up also. The military expects the troops to sacrifice family and personal life on the altar of the almighty military career. The Air Force has half the people and about five times the workload compared to when I joined 20 years ago. Good, experienced people are starting to leave like rats off a sinking ship...and many of them are NOT recommending a military career to our children, or anyone else's children, either.2) Elect politicians who can actually behave responsibly and do not start pointless wars of choice, lie like dogs about the rationale for these wars, and then procedd to mis-plan or not to plan at all and fail miserably executing these wars at every turn. Our leaders at least need have some priorities: Every other sppeech is about a 'clash of civilizations' and a 'Long War', yet our military leaders seem equally interested in designing new dress uniforms and increasing the number of air shows that our over-strecthed aiman perform. If you want to see a God-Damned Air Show, log onto the web and look at pics of your airmen dropping bombs all over the place in the futile effort to kill the 'evil-doers' (and the collateral-damaged non-combatants).3) Demand that the government start demanding sacrifice and ingenuity from all of our citizens. Since these wars are really about securing our access to oil, why don't we start financing the hideous costs with an immediate 15 bucks-a-barrel oil tax? Use the proceeeds to deveop wind, solar, and nuclear power, and to develop technologies to use energy much more efficiently. While you are at it, re-institute the draft, so that all people can share the honor of putting their lives on the line for cheap oil.Put away your mindless little yellow ribbon support-the-troops magnets and actually start making sacrifices to use less energy and to finance our transition away from imported oil, to nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and much cleaner coal-fired elecricity generation. Sell off your show-boat 15-MPG monster trucks and SUVs and buy 40-MPG+ cars such as a VW Jetta TDI or a Prius. Put your money where your big fat mouths are. What, are you afraid you won't be able to afford that second big plasma/LCD TV for your bedroom?You won't do a damn thing...you poseurs make me sick.

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from Elle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Gee,if they are diamond rings,there may be more than cleaning guns in your future!Thanks for the kind words Black Rifle Addict!BlessingsElle

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I'm looking for some info and thought you might help.I'm cleaning guns and there is a ring in each chamber. Is this normal?

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from Samuel White Swan-Perkins wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

As an American Indian Studies minor, its always interesting to me to hear a new story about our war history; thanks for sharing about those binocs.

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from Jackson Landers wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Oh man, I just want to second that recommendation of 'The Long Walk.' That is easily one of the 3 best books I've read in the last year.I was just thinking about that book this morning. It perfectly illustrates why the US did the right thing in fighting the cold war against the Soviet Union. We know why the Nazis were evil because our troops marched in and liberated the concentration camps, sometimes with a camera rolling. But nobody ever marched in to put a stop to what was going on in Soviet territory. We don't have any films of Stalin's torture chambers. Just accounts like this one that need to be read more.What the people in this book did - including one American - was absolutely amazing. Crossing most of an entire continent on foot with practically no supplies while hiding almost the entire time. They ought to put the word 'badass' in the dictionary and have a picture of this author as the illustration.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

The Big Green monster is getting bigger! Well, at least Marlin manufactured products will remain on US soil.

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from Scott wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Wow. My reading gift material this year was the collection of Mark Twain stories: Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, etc. These are uniquely American stories. A Connecticut Yankee... is more cosmopolitan. All uplifting. Oh, and I can't forget the bright yellow badminton-racket-shaped insect taser I got as well. Happy New Year to all! I know what I'm going to do over summer vacation!You never know...

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from tom warner wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Hi Dave: Yes, I first read "The Long Walk" years ago and echo your sentiments exactly. One of the most amazing feats of endurance that I have ever read about. I have recommended it to many friends and given it as gifts to a few. May I point you to another incredible book? It is "The Bernal Diaz Chronicals" by the author of the same name. Diaz was a soldier with the army of Cortez and it is a eye-witness account of the conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs - the only one that I am aware of. Whatever you may think of that adventure, it is without doubt one of the most awesome tales that one can imagine. Those folks were truly "men of iron", people the like of which no longer exist, which is no doubt a good thing. I doubt that it is in print, but I imagine that it could be found without too much difficulty. I assure you that this book will find a place in your permanent library. A book never to be forgotten. Tom

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from mikeb wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Dave...You've described Tom McIntyre pretty well. I've read two of his books, Dreaming the Lion & Seasons and Days. His style is unique and both very informative and entertaining. I'll be picking up his Optics book to help me through the long winter days.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Remington has bought out Marlin. I will post a link to the story in a few minutes.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I find it interesting that there is one book called, "Hatcher's Notebook" that all sportsmen journalists totally ignore. They write about everything about internal and external ballistics and fall short of one book that I truly know about the one individual that became the Godfather of research of ballistics and cause and effect of. Most of you know that I know allot about ballistics and extreme shooting. It’s because what I read and whom I get my training from. Here is the link to the #1 book that will answer a lot of questions that all the journalists put together fall way short of answering.http://yarchive.net/gun/hatchers_notebook.htmlAn excerpt from the link.I think "Hatcher's Notebook" is the finest accessible technical bookavailable to the enthusiast. The grapevine has it that Stackpole is justnow printing more of them up. Gen. Hatcher had a tremendous amount ofpractical experience with firearms. He was also quite good on theory dueto so much exposure to it (theory)."Hatcher's Notebook, get it and read it! It will change the way you think about shooting.I’m surprised that Mr. Petzal hasn’t read this book or has He???

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from TomD wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Dave, I have the first edition of Long Walk published in 1956. It is amazing story. I am Polish origin and I am really touched that you have mentioned ordeal endured by Mr. Rawicz. Actually many Polish officers, like Mr. Rawicz, survived NKVD investigations and escaped from Soviet Union to Middle East. They helped form Polish army in exile and fought Nazis in Africa and Europe together with the Allies forces. The massacre of Polish officers by NKVD mentioned by Mark-1 is described in: Katyn - Stalin's massacre and the seeds of Polish resurection by Allen Paul. The book was published by Naval Institute Press.But, my brain food for this Christmas holidays is The Thin Red Line by James Jones. I have read it many times and always enjoyed.

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from Rob wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I recently finished reading a book entitled "Sea Of Thunder" about that Pacific Theatre in WWII. It's written by Evan Thomas who put out a very good biography of John Paul Jones a few years ago. I highly recommend both books. I'm currently reading "Rise To Rebellion" by Jeff Shaara. I rarely branch out into historical novels/fiction, but we'll see. It's good so far.

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from Mark-1 wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I can only talk about my college courses of 35-years ago, but I haven’t seen much to change those old notes.Not much is known specific about the Stalin Purges of the 1930’s. Nor is much none of NKVD operations during WW II , nor post WW II. It’s really only strong rumors. Certainly the ranks of the Communist Party was purged as was the Soviet Officer Corps, but all is referred in hazy percentages. Any rough numbers of those days is reference by Yugoslav’s Tito’s conversation with Stalin.Polish Intelligentsia is generally agreed to have been 80% to 97% destroyed by the Nazis. Soviets took care of any non-communist party Polish officials during WW II and in the 1945-52 period.Most the Nazi operations are known because the West captured most gov’t archives.

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from MattWV wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I didn't get any of those books but I did receive the new Nosler Reloading Manual #6 and Rifle Bullets for the Hunter: A Definitive Study so I think I did alright in the book department.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Historically,Stalin had killed more people enforcing his purges, but it really gets very little study in schools.Does anyone know why this is, or has things changes since I've gone to school?

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from Black Rifle Addict wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Elle-Cool web site

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from Mark-1 wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I read both the war books. It’s truly amazing feat to survive the heel of the conqueror in any age.People nowadays don’t realize how many Europeans were dragooned into the German WW II military. I also don’t believe an actual Polish Officer survived the Nazi’s and Stalinism. i.e. I think there’s still conflict if the SS or the NKVD massacred some 30,000 Polish officers in one location. The SS wiped out 80% of the Polish Intelligentsia [those with high school education and above].Presently I’m studying Michael Wood’s work “Conquistadors”. Today these Spanish adventurers would be referred as international terrorists. …Still, incredible feat of arms, organization, and will.

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from Elle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Two books on the human spirit of perseverance,and one that could enhance the very limited optical knowledge of this blond with wit and humor? Three more books on my shelves,thank you for the delightful suggestions!BlessingsElle

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Yes...all three books seem like a nice read.

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from Blue Ox wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I remember hearing something about them guys in The Long Walk from a history teacher back in high school. Said something about eating whatever critters they could catch to survive. I had always wanted to know more about the story, and now I know what to look for.Thanks much, Dave!

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from Gordon Hutchinson wrote 6 years 14 weeks ago

Dave:I really enjoy your blog--I've been visiting it for a while now, and noticed you review books as you did here. I searched for a way to e-mail a little more personally, but this is the only method I have found--forgive my assumptions by doing it this way, sometimes it is almost impossible to sift through the information on the internet to find a way to contact someone such as yourself.Like most folks, I had no idea what was happening to our civil liberties and 2nd Amendment rights in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Of course, the national media didn't report about gun confiscations, because the national media wasn't outraged by the actions of the police.I didn't know we were going to write a book until April 18, 2006, when I covered an NRA "Town Hall" meeting in New Orleans for Louisiana Sportsman magazine. At that meeting, survivors of Katrina stepped up to the microphones. They were absolutely seething with rage at the police and governmental authorities that harassed, abused, threatened, and beat them because they stayed behind to protect their property. These folks told tales of being more afraid of the cops than the thugs and looters--the cops took their guns, leaving them defenseless in the face of anarchy.I knew that night it was a book we would have to write--it took over a year-and-a-half of hard work, chasing down leads, and spending interminable numbers of weekends in New Orleans conducting interviews with victims of theft by armed police.But we think the effort was worth it. And we need to get the message out that for the first time in the history of the U.S. an entire municipality made a determined and organized effort to physically disarm its populace. Only by telling this story can we insure such will never occur again.I also led the team of experts in to inventory and record the guns stored by NOPD in an uninsulated truck body where they are rusting into oblivion after being illegally confiscated by the police and National Guard units.It took over a year-and-a-half of legal wrangling in the federal courts before Dan Holliday, the Louisiana attorney fighting the good fight for the NRA and SAF, was finally able to secure orders from the court. Judge Barbier finally forced New Orleans to allow us to see the guns that were turned in of the thousands they stole from law-abiding citizens. And make no mistake--thousands of guns disappeared, never to be seen again.I'd love to have our publishing company send you a review copy of "The Great New Orleans Gun Grab" if you are interested in seeing it. If you would send me an address by return e-mail, I assure you it will be sent quickly.Thanks,Gordon Hutchinson, co-author (with Todd Masson)of "The Great New Orleans Gun Grab--Descent Into Anarchy."

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

Clay CooperI would have a very hard time believing that a cure for HIV is available, but suppressed. There are so many institutions working in Biomedical Research, not only in America, but Worldwide. All of the scientists read their respective journals to keep up with new techniques and probably many correspond with each other and meet at professional functions. Also, scientists, in general, are motivated by something more than money. They tend to research things, more for the sake of research, than the possibility of wealth. If they have personal motivation, its probably to see their name in print, along with some breakthrough. As such, I think it would be next to impossible for that group to be censored somehow.As for Global Warming, not only is the jury still out, they've never gone in yet. That issue is so large that anytime I hear a defintive statement with regard to Global Warming, I want to barf. Think about it. We've had thermometers, widely distributed for maybe 100 years. We've been around for about 5,000 years. That means we've sampled the Earth's temperature for about 2 per cent of our existence. We don't know the factors that caused heat waves and cool periods in the past. We are told that we spew some number of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere and then we find out that some volcano put twenty times that number into that same atmosphere. I know that pollution is bad and should be controlled. I also know that, if I can conserve energy, I will save money, which will add to my profits at year end. However, I described my experience with the hybrid truck. I doubt that I'll save any money, but boy I look good!This country undertook two major endeavors in the last one hundred years. WWII and the Space Program. In both cases, scientists and engineers were charged with 1)Find something that works and 2) Develope these systems so that they can be used to reach the end goal. In both cases we succeeded. In the present, I believe our goal shoud first be "Is man made Global Warming a reality" Then we can pursue answers to that problem.YooperJack

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

Brain Food for the Holidays?Mr. David E. Petzal, I have one book for you to read and it’s called Hatchers Notebook!Funny thing about the TV series Myth Busters, They too can learn something from it. They tried to hit a target under water at close range with a 50BMG FMJ round and the bullet blew up on impact with the water! You can find the answer is to why in Hatchers Notebook!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

YooperJackFrom AIDS to Global Warming, I truly believe that there is a vaccine and a cure for AIDS and Global Warming; I find it interesting that no evidence of greenhouse gases that comes into the United States to the ratio of green house gases leaving. Al Gore is making a killing on this and why end the free Government Grants to make them rich!!! I believe that everything that will benefit mankind has been suppressed and denied to exist so others can benefit on our shortcomings. Once again I bring up what I said before, there is a level of death and carnage to those to advance their own personnel agenda!

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper:I think its an ego trip. They asked a girl out in High School, got shot down, went out and made a lot of money, still got shot down. Now they'll really show them women! They must have experienced rejection at some level and now their going to get the adulation that they deserve. I could be dead wrong but when I see how much some of these people spend to win, and wonder how many people could have been hired had that money been spent on a new factory, how much ecological restoration could be accomplished if that money went towards the environment, how much good that money could have done had it been donated to the Salvation Army or St. Vinnies.YooperJack

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I often wonder why does a multimillionaire go for a job spending millions to get elicited as a senator that only pays as much in a year than they make in a month?

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from Chev. Jim wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I read "The Forgotten Soldier" about 10 - 12 years ago and was quite impressed by it. If it wasn't written by a former Wehrmacht soldier, then the author must have done a hell of a lot of research! I talked with former Wehrmacht soldiers when I was stationed in Germany. Many of them still think the Fuhrer was right. The barber who cut my hair was a former prisoner of the Russians. He had his right leg amputated before he was captured by the Russians and sent to a POW camp in Siberia. He and some of his Wehrmacht buddies escaped and made their way across Russia just in time to rejoin German forces for the Battle of Kursk. You know this guy had to be one tough old bird to do that. He must have thought all the American soldiers were tough, too, because his straight razor had jagged edges and he'd pull the hair from the back of your neck rather than shave it. He used shaving cream, but never used water. He probably dry-shaved himself every morning. Another old German soldier I knew told me about killing a Russian soldier with a shovel. He was a "medic," so he didn't carry a weapon. I suspect that he and his wife were members of the Nazi Party. I can remember going to Munich in 1995 during Oktoberfest, and being denied entry into a Gasthaus that was supposedly "full," but which had many empty tables and seats. There are a lot of very nice Germans, though, although their government has yet to fully support us or NATO. My own personal feeling is that we should withdraw all forces from Germany and use them where they are needed. Our presence is Germany is neither necessary nor desired by the German people.

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from Jasonj Hinkle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Any American who supports breaking our laws for crooks are crooks themselves. Business people that evade taxes and help screw the tax-payers by stealing benefits for their buddy crooks. They NEVER intended to obey our laws. Their objective is to take over America and turn into a mexican country. They not only said so themselves...(are they lying?) but they have been quickly and silently laying the foundation of mexican government with Mexican consulates and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce all over the country. Have Americans went so long without a war that they don't recognize a passive-aggressive attack on our country? What better way to conquer a people than a blood-less coup. If the Americans helping these criminals break our laws, what other laws are they breaking? They are accomplices to crime and should be jailed themselves.http://www.voy.com/214841/

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from KJ wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

If only it were so simple to blame the Democratic party (more specifically Clinton) for all the ills in the USA. Though I have tended to vote Republican, I do it with more than just a little chagrin. It was Republican presidents (Ford and Reagan) who issued executive orders against the US assassinating foreign leaders (which could have solved the Saddam problem long ago). (See http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21037.pdf for an interesting discussion of this.) If Nixon had used his power and foresight during the OPEC oil embargo of the early 1970s maybe we'd be further down the road to cleaner, alternative fuels - and the Muslim countries financing the terrorists that threaten us would not be rich with our money. While Bush inherited a bad situation that became worse with 9/11, he has done little to improve the nation, let alone the nation's standing in the world.Hinkle makes points we should heed.

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from Gman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I can see the Gun Nuts Christmas truce has expired.

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from tom warner wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Hinkle is dead right. The most amazing thing is the number of deluded people in our country, who will believe any lies our sorry government tells them. They are the folks that should "wake-up". They are the folks that sport bumper stickers that say"America, love it or leave it."

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I got to honest here when someone comes on line and falls short of telling all the truth. That’s the same to me as telling a flat out lie. Reminds me of Law Enforcement Officers omitting evidence that will acquit or convict a person of a crime. Congratulations Wife of a Soldier that died in action and here is a free million dollar scholarship for your child and aren’t you glad! What’s that? You say it doesn’t pay the bills; it doesn’t cloth and feed your children?? Folks this is not about me; it’s about those who I really care for and about, making a stand for them here at home!!! The real battle is no longer in Iraq or anyplace else, it’s here and it has turned politically ugly and there are those that say that they are soldiers too like Sen. John Murtha fragging our Marines, giving aid and comfort to the enemy. To the enemy, time is not a factor, just setback, wait just watching the United States self implode!Truce means, I’ll get you later when you have your guard down and the enemy is more prepared to attack!WAKEUP AMERICA!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Amen Coop...

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from Brady wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper:I agree completely. Good job. (Jasonj HinkleMan, what planet you been at when all of this happened!)Jasonj Hinkle:Shame on you for taking God's name in vain. In case you don't know what that means, it's cussing with God's name or using his name lightly.I read this column to learn things, not to see your juvenile rants. You couldn't be further off base on the military. Shame on the rest of you for not taking him to task about his potty mouth.Brady - 15 year Navy Veteran

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from Don Adams wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Clay Cooper. Well said. Thank you.

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from Cordoba wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

How is that Marlin, a company with such an excellent product, gets acquired by Remington? (nothing against Remington)Were things really that bad? They're always ranked in Best of the Year lists. i.e. Shooting Industry.comI hope their products only get better from this decision. My fingers are crossed for them.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

RAIN! RAIN! RAIN!Alex my Grandson still wants to go hunting! OK! My 12mpg 4x4 6 pack 3/4 ton Silverado can handle it!

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

YooperjackWhat gets me is that my wife's and my Geo Metro's got better gas mileage then almost all of these new Hybrid cars. When a little 3 cylinder 1 litter engine can crank out 45 to 50 miles per gallon, and still hold 4 people and a body in the trunk yet. Most of the advertisements for these new hybrids is only 30 to 35 miles per gallon. I miss only spending $12 to $15 to fill the tank. But by todays prices it would be $20 to $25. I seen the new Mit Romney complain ads for Michigan tonight it just makes me sick to think about the elections next year. To bad GoHome is not in her final year in office. Ah well only 2 more years.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

YooperJackMy 2005 ¾ ton Silverado is not getting any better fuel mileage and power than the ¾ ton Chevy I owned 30 years ago !

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Don’t believe me then call 1-800-282-2882

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Jasonj HinkleMan, what planet you been at when all of this happened! You can thank the Clinton administration for all of the shortfalls of the Military! Gee? I wonder how China got all those US Military secrets so easily and the guidance technology for the ICBM’s during the Clinton administration and how North Korea got all the nuclear fuel rods etc to make those nukes? Gee? I wonder why and how come everything went into the toilet during Jimmy Carter and why we lost Vietnam within 3 months of winning it! I find the blame America First Crowd should starting looking at themselves and dig into the past and research why in the hell are we in such trouble! During President Reagan, GOD BLESS THAT MAN AND THE PRESIDENT WE ALL IN THE MILITARY LOOKED UP AT AS A TRUE FATHER TO US that has the backbone and to give us the equipment, the parts to maintain them and the manpower to do so! And Clinton screwed us totally by cutting manpower, needed equipment and the parts to maintain them. To fly our F-15 and 16’s we had to swap engines and parts to keep flying thanks to Clinton! I find it sickening that individuals have to tune into CNN and MSNBC etc to get their marching orders! During the last election, I was told by people that Bush sucks! I would reply, why does Bush suck? The morons could not carry a single intellectual conversation with me and every one of them had a total meltdown and Vice President Gore gets a free pass allowing Russia to sale two soviet Kilo Class Subs to Iran capable of launching nukes! The media makes me sick and the God Father of radio I’m not giving him a pass either! Spineless wimp waits until 5 seconds at the end of the program to mention what I’ve been saying about Vietnam compared to today war in Iraq and the call screener tells me they cannot bring that subject up on the air!!! WHOS FRAGGING WHO HERE!!!!!

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from WH wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz is supposed to be BS. I read it years ago before I heard of it being discredited. I thought it may have been semi-truthful but the Yeti sighting really had my BS alarm flashing.checkhttp://www.amazon.com/review/RYZE7U9EOMTBOand or google"slavomir Rawicz" discredited

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from YooperJack wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Nice try Jason Hinkle!It would be great if we could implement any of your ideas. I think the problems are much deeper, however. When you suggest alternative energy, you run head on into nimbys. When you ask that the price of oil be raised, you run the risk of costing jobs. I know that people who depend on trucking, logging and construction are really hurting right now with the price of diesel fuel. We need a policy that first exploits the oil reserves here in America while diligently purues alternative energy sources. Think about it; we put people on the Moon within ten years of setting the goal! Also, we did it without any of the computer platforms that we have today. Yet, I don't here any of the politicians actually talking about this.As far as the Military, isn't it perplexing that we can spend so much on hardware, flying shows, round the world cruises by task forces, and yet, when we need another division, we can't afford it. We can spend billions for something new and untried, but if the troops need a pay raise or R&R, that's a budget breaker.FYI, I went from a 3/4 ton truck to a 1/2 ton hybrid. I think I might have lost at least 1 mpg. Conservation is a VERY complex issue.YooperJack

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from Jasonj Hinkle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

While the troops like the respect for our sacrifices shown by discounted hotel rooms and the like, for the love of reason DO NOT engage in hero worship! We would be very happy if the John Q. Public would write their Congressmen and the President and the SECDEF and demand the following:1) Adequate manpower levels to support the crushing and ever-increasing workload that is assigned to us. Suicide rates are up, and I wouldn't be surprised if divorce rates and spouse/child abuse goes up also. The military expects the troops to sacrifice family and personal life on the altar of the almighty military career. The Air Force has half the people and about five times the workload compared to when I joined 20 years ago. Good, experienced people are starting to leave like rats off a sinking ship...and many of them are NOT recommending a military career to our children, or anyone else's children, either.2) Elect politicians who can actually behave responsibly and do not start pointless wars of choice, lie like dogs about the rationale for these wars, and then procedd to mis-plan or not to plan at all and fail miserably executing these wars at every turn. Our leaders at least need have some priorities: Every other sppeech is about a 'clash of civilizations' and a 'Long War', yet our military leaders seem equally interested in designing new dress uniforms and increasing the number of air shows that our over-strecthed aiman perform. If you want to see a God-Damned Air Show, log onto the web and look at pics of your airmen dropping bombs all over the place in the futile effort to kill the 'evil-doers' (and the collateral-damaged non-combatants).3) Demand that the government start demanding sacrifice and ingenuity from all of our citizens. Since these wars are really about securing our access to oil, why don't we start financing the hideous costs with an immediate 15 bucks-a-barrel oil tax? Use the proceeeds to deveop wind, solar, and nuclear power, and to develop technologies to use energy much more efficiently. While you are at it, re-institute the draft, so that all people can share the honor of putting their lives on the line for cheap oil.Put away your mindless little yellow ribbon support-the-troops magnets and actually start making sacrifices to use less energy and to finance our transition away from imported oil, to nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and much cleaner coal-fired elecricity generation. Sell off your show-boat 15-MPG monster trucks and SUVs and buy 40-MPG+ cars such as a VW Jetta TDI or a Prius. Put your money where your big fat mouths are. What, are you afraid you won't be able to afford that second big plasma/LCD TV for your bedroom?You won't do a damn thing...you poseurs make me sick.

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from Elle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Gee,if they are diamond rings,there may be more than cleaning guns in your future!Thanks for the kind words Black Rifle Addict!BlessingsElle

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I'm looking for some info and thought you might help.I'm cleaning guns and there is a ring in each chamber. Is this normal?

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from Samuel White Swan-Perkins wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

As an American Indian Studies minor, its always interesting to me to hear a new story about our war history; thanks for sharing about those binocs.

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from Jackson Landers wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Oh man, I just want to second that recommendation of 'The Long Walk.' That is easily one of the 3 best books I've read in the last year.I was just thinking about that book this morning. It perfectly illustrates why the US did the right thing in fighting the cold war against the Soviet Union. We know why the Nazis were evil because our troops marched in and liberated the concentration camps, sometimes with a camera rolling. But nobody ever marched in to put a stop to what was going on in Soviet territory. We don't have any films of Stalin's torture chambers. Just accounts like this one that need to be read more.What the people in this book did - including one American - was absolutely amazing. Crossing most of an entire continent on foot with practically no supplies while hiding almost the entire time. They ought to put the word 'badass' in the dictionary and have a picture of this author as the illustration.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

The Big Green monster is getting bigger! Well, at least Marlin manufactured products will remain on US soil.

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from Scott wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Wow. My reading gift material this year was the collection of Mark Twain stories: Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, etc. These are uniquely American stories. A Connecticut Yankee... is more cosmopolitan. All uplifting. Oh, and I can't forget the bright yellow badminton-racket-shaped insect taser I got as well. Happy New Year to all! I know what I'm going to do over summer vacation!You never know...

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from tom warner wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Hi Dave: Yes, I first read "The Long Walk" years ago and echo your sentiments exactly. One of the most amazing feats of endurance that I have ever read about. I have recommended it to many friends and given it as gifts to a few. May I point you to another incredible book? It is "The Bernal Diaz Chronicals" by the author of the same name. Diaz was a soldier with the army of Cortez and it is a eye-witness account of the conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs - the only one that I am aware of. Whatever you may think of that adventure, it is without doubt one of the most awesome tales that one can imagine. Those folks were truly "men of iron", people the like of which no longer exist, which is no doubt a good thing. I doubt that it is in print, but I imagine that it could be found without too much difficulty. I assure you that this book will find a place in your permanent library. A book never to be forgotten. Tom

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from mikeb wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Dave...You've described Tom McIntyre pretty well. I've read two of his books, Dreaming the Lion & Seasons and Days. His style is unique and both very informative and entertaining. I'll be picking up his Optics book to help me through the long winter days.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago
from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Remington has bought out Marlin. I will post a link to the story in a few minutes.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I find it interesting that there is one book called, "Hatcher's Notebook" that all sportsmen journalists totally ignore. They write about everything about internal and external ballistics and fall short of one book that I truly know about the one individual that became the Godfather of research of ballistics and cause and effect of. Most of you know that I know allot about ballistics and extreme shooting. It’s because what I read and whom I get my training from. Here is the link to the #1 book that will answer a lot of questions that all the journalists put together fall way short of answering.http://yarchive.net/gun/hatchers_notebook.htmlAn excerpt from the link.I think "Hatcher's Notebook" is the finest accessible technical bookavailable to the enthusiast. The grapevine has it that Stackpole is justnow printing more of them up. Gen. Hatcher had a tremendous amount ofpractical experience with firearms. He was also quite good on theory dueto so much exposure to it (theory)."Hatcher's Notebook, get it and read it! It will change the way you think about shooting.I’m surprised that Mr. Petzal hasn’t read this book or has He???

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from TomD wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Dave, I have the first edition of Long Walk published in 1956. It is amazing story. I am Polish origin and I am really touched that you have mentioned ordeal endured by Mr. Rawicz. Actually many Polish officers, like Mr. Rawicz, survived NKVD investigations and escaped from Soviet Union to Middle East. They helped form Polish army in exile and fought Nazis in Africa and Europe together with the Allies forces. The massacre of Polish officers by NKVD mentioned by Mark-1 is described in: Katyn - Stalin's massacre and the seeds of Polish resurection by Allen Paul. The book was published by Naval Institute Press.But, my brain food for this Christmas holidays is The Thin Red Line by James Jones. I have read it many times and always enjoyed.

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from Rob wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I recently finished reading a book entitled "Sea Of Thunder" about that Pacific Theatre in WWII. It's written by Evan Thomas who put out a very good biography of John Paul Jones a few years ago. I highly recommend both books. I'm currently reading "Rise To Rebellion" by Jeff Shaara. I rarely branch out into historical novels/fiction, but we'll see. It's good so far.

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from Mark-1 wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I can only talk about my college courses of 35-years ago, but I haven’t seen much to change those old notes.Not much is known specific about the Stalin Purges of the 1930’s. Nor is much none of NKVD operations during WW II , nor post WW II. It’s really only strong rumors. Certainly the ranks of the Communist Party was purged as was the Soviet Officer Corps, but all is referred in hazy percentages. Any rough numbers of those days is reference by Yugoslav’s Tito’s conversation with Stalin.Polish Intelligentsia is generally agreed to have been 80% to 97% destroyed by the Nazis. Soviets took care of any non-communist party Polish officials during WW II and in the 1945-52 period.Most the Nazi operations are known because the West captured most gov’t archives.

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from MattWV wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I didn't get any of those books but I did receive the new Nosler Reloading Manual #6 and Rifle Bullets for the Hunter: A Definitive Study so I think I did alright in the book department.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Historically,Stalin had killed more people enforcing his purges, but it really gets very little study in schools.Does anyone know why this is, or has things changes since I've gone to school?

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from Black Rifle Addict wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Elle-Cool web site

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from Mark-1 wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I read both the war books. It’s truly amazing feat to survive the heel of the conqueror in any age.People nowadays don’t realize how many Europeans were dragooned into the German WW II military. I also don’t believe an actual Polish Officer survived the Nazi’s and Stalinism. i.e. I think there’s still conflict if the SS or the NKVD massacred some 30,000 Polish officers in one location. The SS wiped out 80% of the Polish Intelligentsia [those with high school education and above].Presently I’m studying Michael Wood’s work “Conquistadors”. Today these Spanish adventurers would be referred as international terrorists. …Still, incredible feat of arms, organization, and will.

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from Elle wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Two books on the human spirit of perseverance,and one that could enhance the very limited optical knowledge of this blond with wit and humor? Three more books on my shelves,thank you for the delightful suggestions!BlessingsElle

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Yes...all three books seem like a nice read.

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from Blue Ox wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

I remember hearing something about them guys in The Long Walk from a history teacher back in high school. Said something about eating whatever critters they could catch to survive. I had always wanted to know more about the story, and now I know what to look for.Thanks much, Dave!

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