At the recent Remington Seminar where they introduced the R-15 black rifle (that is really a camo rifle), a number of the older gun editors were seen to mutter in their false teeth about the radical turn that an old, traditional company like Remington was taking, and how they disapproved.

At length, one of the attendees spake unto them, saying:

“Look, you’ve got thousands and thousands of young guys out there who love these things, and if it keeps them shooting, I’m all for it. A lot of them learned to shoot from a drill sergeant; their fathers didn’t teach them. They were busy playing golf or jogging. This is what they know and what they like.”

I don’t remember who said it, but give the man a medal. We’ve been Bolt-Action Nation for so long that we forget we were once Lever-Action Nation, and that what converted us was millions of young men being introduced to the 1903 Springfield, courtesy of the U.S. Army and the United States Marines.

As long as it goes bang, let us think kind thoughts about it.