Previously Gunsite Gossip
Vol. 2, No. 16 20 December 1994
Indeed `tis the season to be jolly, and while the slings and arrows
of outrageous fortune are no less outrageous than in any other
season, the greatest of all gifts is the capacity to be joyful. We
feel dreadfully sorry for those who cannot see the joke, but that
is what life is - a huge, Olympian, ongoing joke. Stricken as
we may often be by misfortune, illness, accident, and grief, it is
still necessary for us to laugh in the face of life, and deck and
God rest ye Merry, Gentlemen!
We have received some negative reports
from England about the Firestar, which seems to us to be a good
design - possibly hampered by problematical metallurgy. On the
other hand, I have a good recommendation from family member
Eric Ching on the Astra A70. Time will tell.
I was even more exasperated than usual
with the Billary Team when they declared Pearl Harbor Day to be an
official day of mourning - with flags at half-staff. Certainly
many good men died on 7 December, 1941, through the treachery of
the Japanese, but the mood of Pearl Harbor was never one of
sadness - rather one of fury. I was into that war up to my
ears from the very beginning, and I never heard a comrade express
sorrow about that Pearl Harbor perfidy. To the contrary, that act
by the Japanese inspired and unified the American people as nothing
else has done since, and possibly as nothing else before. For a
while we were all on the same team, and that team was dedicated to
the obliteration of the Rising Sun, at whatever cost was
necessary. We were not sad, we were mad, and that is what should be
remembered on Pearl Harbor Day.
I would like to revive the annual
Waffenpösselhaft Award for 1994 on behalf of Senator Bob
Kerrey, who has been mentioned as a Democratic presidential
candidate for 1996. This fellow waved an AK47 over his head on
television and declaimed, "You don't need one of these to hunt
birds." If the Senator feels that the Bill of Rights is concerned
with bird hunting, I suggest he trade in his Medal of Honor for a
short but durable correspondence course in American
The hunting season just past brought us
many interesting adventures; mainly secondhand, I regret to say.
One of the most entertaining was George Olmsted's borrowing of the
Lion Scout to take after elk.
George had the stock split on his 375 only days before the opening
of the season, and so it seemed only reasonable for him to take the
Lion Scout out and harvest his venison. The Lion Scout, as all
Firepluggers know, is the seniormost member of the Fireplug family,
being a "Super Scout" built on the BRNO 601 action and taking the
350/360 cartridge. At 8lbs all up it is a tad overweight, but it
belts that nifty Swift 250 out of its 19-inch muzzle at a measured
2500 feet per second, and handy as it is, it will do nicely for
anything on earth short of buffalo.
The original 350 Remington Short Magnum was extolled when it came
out by Les Bowman, Dean of Elk Outfitters, and in its slightly
tuned-up version it is the ideal medium cartridge.
I used it last year to lay out my lion at eleven steps, and since
that time it has scored on no less than four elk, taken at ranges
from 160 to 276 paces - with one round apiece. You do not
recover the Swift bullet on elk, but the wound channel is just
right - broad, but without excess destruction of venison.
"Gary made a most interesting comment near the end of
the hunt. He had ridden with me a lot of the time, while I drove he
had the task of holding the Lion Scout. On Monday, out of the blue,
he said, `You know at first I didn't understand your thing for this
rifle. I thought it was ugly. Now I realize that it is the most
mechanically perfect thing I have ever seen. It has been absolutely
perfect for everything we have done.'"
Already a couple of the faithful have sent
in checks for a foundation memorial to the innocents who perished
at the hands of the ninja at Waco. I would like to note that we do
not have a foundation for this fund just yet, but if the money
continues to come in we will establish one in the city of Waco for
the purpose of designing and building the monument.
I find it odd that the great majority of
"gun writers" insist upon doing accuracy testing of rifles at 100
yards range. You cannot find out much of anything at 100. You can
begin to get the picture at 200, but only at 300 can you derive a
true accuracy assessment of rifle, ammunition and sight. Of course
in the field you will do very little shooting at 300 (despite what
the ads say), but if you are looking for an accuracy index nothing
you will find at 100 will show you very much.
I have been criticized by referring to our
federal masked men as "ninja," when in the view of the critic the
traditional role of the ninja in Japan was to fight against
oppression and tyranny. Let us note that almost no one ever resorts
to force and violence unless he is convinced that his cause is
right, but without going into that let us reflect upon the fact
that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what
he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while
concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior
It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a
target. I see no reason to change that view.
Reports provided through Barry Miller, our
man in South Africa, suggest that the new government is
encountering just the sort of difficulties it might have expected.
It is awkward to maintain the image of a revolutionary
anti-establishment movement when you are the establishment. Street
crime is flourishing, and the new minister of defense has had to
cope with some four thousand desertions from the SADF by members
who apparently feel that since they have won the war they might as
well take their rifles and go home.
"Where, oh where, is my Mercedes Benz,
So loudly promised to me?
I have seen no car since that Xhosa got hence,
Oh where, oh where, can it be?"
On a bumper sticker:
The US Constitution
Void Where Prohibited By Law
It has been a bad year for Bambi -
or rather for bambiists. The whitetail deer are developing into a
locust-like pest in much of rural and suburban America. It appears
that we are not eating them as fast as they are eating us out of
house and garden. There are bear incidents reported regularly from
bear country. The cougar, once considered a completely harmless
beast, has taken to running down joggers. And finally, of all
things, we have discovered a creature in the South Atlantic which
may be referred to as the "Brazilian Hard-nosed Dolphin," having
killed a couple of people with fearful butts. A shark scarfed up a
diver off the coast of California, but if he was, as reported, a
Great White Shark, also known as the "man eating" shark, it should
be noted that the White Shark is protected in South Africa. You
remember the jingle:
"The most chivalrous fish in the ocean,
With the ladies forebearing and mild.
Though his record be dark,
The man eating shark,
Will touch neither woman nor child."
In that last connection some dimwitted journalist from California
reported that swimmers have taken to carrying "plastic pistols" as
protection against sharks. This is also a candidate for the
I have shot a lot of sharks, and I
can tell you from first-hand, direct experience that sharks are not
impressed by gunfire of any sort. Besides, they don't tell you they
For the FBI to investigate Horiuchi is
somewhat like Hitler's investigating Himmler.
But no matter what Reno and Freeh and Rogers and Horiuchi may say,
that case is not closed. Whether Horiuchi committed a procedural
error at Ruby Ridge is not important. What he committed was a
mortal sin, and that sin will find him out. The only appropriate
demise for this man now would seem to be the traditional route of
sepukku, with which he should be familiar. If he needs a proper
knife I have one, which I will provide to him upon
It is long been considered doctrine to
play dead if you are caught by a grizzly bear. Now it turns out
that while this may indeed work for grizzlies, which do not
ordinarily kill people for food, it does not work for black bears,
who, when they attack people, usually try to eat them.
We have almost a dozen good reports now
of the effect of Black Talon pistol ammunition on
Please note that contrary to recently
published and distributed information from the Gunsite Training
Center, I do not test the output of the gunsmithy any longer, and I
have not done so since the lynch party of 1993. To announce that I
do so is blatant and probably actionable falsification.
Have you noticed that some political
appointee has ruled that the expressed will of the people of
California (Prop 187) is unconstitutional? Well, so is the Brady
Bill, and, for that matter, Social Security, but the arrogance of
the judiciary seems to know no bounds.
That rumbling sound you hear is caused by the Founding Fathers
whirling in their graves.
, Colonel Swerker Ulving of the Swedish Army sends the
following report from the Balkans, where he is on duty with the UN:
"It might sound strange, but I like Sarajevo. If one
wants one could only see ugly shot-up buildings, but the city is
still beautiful in a peculiar way. It is robust and tough. It
survives. It has a certain, "Go ahead and shoot, I will still be
here" attitude, and now facing a third winter as a besieged city
the people are still proud, hard working for survival, and polite
and gentle. Of course many of the inhabitants are armed, and we all
know that an armed society is a polite one."
"As in bygone wars, two types of weapons surface: sniper rifles and
pistols. And also as in the past, no one really knows how to use
them. Pistols are carried in Condition 3 or 4. Sniper rifles are
also carried, but seldom used. The anti-sniping teams seem to like
the burst from a heavy machine-gun instead. Being a trained sniper
myself, I really abhor that the murderers down here are called
snipers. Military snipers do not shoot at trams or six-year-old
Well, how about United States federal
snipers? They seem to shoot at women with babies in their arms. Oh,
but that was "inadvertent," says the New York Times.
Inadvertent the way the bombing of Hiroshima was inadvertent.
Perhaps we were really aiming for Vladivostok.
This from family member
"Have you heard that O.J. is planning to marry again as
soon as he is acquitted? Yeah, he plans to take another stab at
"For justice to be done, it must be seen to be
It has been reported to us, by a man whom
we have no reason to doubt, that a certain prominent gunsmith has
told prospective customers that the Remington bolt-action simply
cannot fire when the safety is taken off - and that this has
never happened since the introduction of the weapon. This man knows
what he says is not the case, because he knows me, and like most of
my friends, he has heard my tale of the time that I killed an
impala simply by easing the safety off when I had a good sight
picture. I do not wish to disparage products, but uncontrolled
safety action is a matter of life and death.
I have been deluged with comments
reflecting the indignation of the American people at the recent
behavior of the ninja. I thank all of you who have sought to
enlighten me, though I might point out that I read the papers,
I notice from International Defense
Review dispatches that the Canadians have decided to issue
something resembling a Scout rifle to their search-and-rescue
people operating in the northern wilderness. The piece is a Ruger
77 in 30-06, somewhat modified (short barrel, folding stock).
Curiously enough, it has neither a glass sight nor a
The reason given for the change is the discovery that the 9mm
Parabellum pistol cartridge simply will not do for serious work.
This from family member
"Los Angeles and Ho Chi Min City have declared
themselves sister cities. It makes sense - they are both Third
World metropolises formerly occupied by Americans."
From Europe we now note the appearance of
the 9x25 pistol cartridge. Here is truly a classic case of an
answer in search of a question.
Also from Europe we see pictures of a new Mauser police rifle,
strictly out of Star Wars. It never seems to occur to people in
procurement offices that if you cannot shoot, gadgetry will not
help, and that if you can shoot, gadgetry is unnecessary. (We must
not let the salesmen find that out.)
"I noted without dismay the violent passing of Jeffrey
Dahmer, but there was a lesson in the story that went unremarked in
the media. We have essentially turned over our prisons to the
inmates, and they do pretty much as they please. For the decent
among us, the dread prison inspires is not so much the loss of
freedom, but the sort of people we would be surrounded by. It is
inappropriate for America to criticize Singapore, where the
corporal punishment is administered officially and in measured
doses, when in our prisons it is left to the discretion of fiends
Did you note that when it was discovered
that the murderer on the New York commuter train had waited a
dutiful 15 days for permission to buy his weapon, the CLAMS
suggested that the proper course of action was to extend the
waiting period to 21 days?
Among the new developments we note the
5.7x28 Squirt Gun from FN. This would appear to be the veritable
apotheosis of the spray-and-pray concept. May it rest in
In checking the outlets we discover the
weapon of choice for the peasantry is definitely the SKS. It seems
to us that the Enfield 4 would be a far better choice, but the SKS
is available all over the place, together with its ammunition,
where the Enfield is not. The Enfield, when you can get it, costs
about half as much as the SKS, for those on a budget.
"Don't forget that it was Republican `moderates' who
sold out Freedom and the 2nd Amendment and handed us the defeat on
the Schumer `assault weapons' ban and the Crime Bill by voting with
Bill Clinton instead of you. Those `moderate' Republicans are still
Marion P. Hammer, First VP, NRA
Indeed so! Note that our new crop of heroes in Washington seems
nobly concerned with taxation and spending, but curiously lax about
liberty. Prosperity without liberty is Dead Sea fruit. We await
curbs on the federal law enforcement establishment. Get on with
If you have not tried it, we suggest that
you "fondue" your venison. You spear the bite-sized chunks on a
long-handled fork, and dip them quickly into the hot pot. Do not
leave them in too long, and be careful not to let the shaft touch
your lip on the way out.
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