The unsung hero of this blog is a young man named Nate Matthews, who not only runs the Gun Nut, but the entire Field & Stream and Outdoor Life websites as well. He puts things up and takes things down, and is the one who decides when a rant has run its useful life.

He also suggests rants, and this morning he came up with the idea of my picking the top five of the year.

“P**s off,” I said, filled with yuletide cheer, “you want it, you do it.” And by crackey, he did. Here are Nate’s Five Favorites, with short comments by myself. To paraphrase Tiny Tim,

“God help us. God help us, every one.”
1. What Gun Would You Use To Kill A T-Rex?
It will probably turn out in the face of future paleontological research that T-Rex was a veggie eater who knitted comforters and attended church regularly. Killing one would be like blasting the Easter bunny. T-Rex was around for something like 40 million years, but we will be lucky if we last another 40 (years) as a species.

‘Cheer up sad world,’ it said, and winked. ‘It’s kind of fun to be extinct.’“— from Carnival of the Animals

2. A Not-So-Sad Farewell To The Crocodile Hunter
This generated more comment than any other rant and caused lots of people to lust for my blood. I’m sorry Steve Irwin died, and sorry for his wife and kid, but he should have realized that it was time to grow up.
3. The Gun Nut Challenge
A gratifying number of you (7,500) took the quiz, but entirely too many of you got entirely too many correct answers. So next time, no more Mr. Nice Guy. If you want to get a perfect score on Quiz Number Two (coming soon), you’ll have to be John Moses Browning.

4. How To Write An Anti-Gun Editorial
Just trying to be helpful.
5.  The Death Of Winchester
This was my very first post, and not much has changed. The Model 70 and the Model 94 are still defunct, and despite much rushing about and optimistic dithering about reviving it, Winchester’s New Haven plant is equally dead. I’ve been told by multiple sources that Browning will be announcing a Model 70 made in Japan by Miroku, but Browning denies it.
Anyway, that’s the best for this year. If you don’t like them, write in your comments to Nate and tell him you lust for his blood.
Editor’s Note: Hey, at least he didn’t give out my address.