“He’s seen a lot, done a lot and wished he hadn’t done a lot. Here are Dave’s musings about all things gunny, hunting and life in general. First-time readers are urged to read the Preamble –I Believe–first so that they will have an understanding of how and why Dave thinks and says the things he does.”

 


Chevys and Fords

Back during the Pleistocene era—when I was young—we guys used to tout our allegiance to certain makes of cars, usually Chevys and Fords, though a few rebels clung to Dodge. Taunts like, “I’d rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy,” or, “Ford: Fix or Repair Daily,” were tossed to and fr
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Failure

About a month ago my friend and fellow writer Jim Wilson wrote a piece for AmericanRifleman.org entitled “Failure Drill.” Jim recounted the origins of what is known variously as the Failure or Mozambique Drill. There is no need for me to repeat what Jim wrote; he did a fine job of des
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Some Thoughts on Riflescopes

The optical sight—commonly referred to as a scope—has been with us for quite a while. Experimenters began trying to utilize a magnifying optical sight as far back as the 17th century. The first practical riflescope came about in the mid-1800s. Scopes were utilized during the War Betwe
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Decisions, Decisions…

As most of you know I recently lucked my way into a 1979-vintage Colt Commander that has not been subjected to the customizer’s knife. Of course, I will change that. I plan to give it a full treatment to enhance the good points of the 1911 platform while minimizing any less-than-stell
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Lunacy Run Amok

The inmates have taken over the asylum, and the rest of us are in peril. Early this morning, Vesper Lee Flanagan turned on his Go Pro Hero POV camera and videoed himself gunning down a 24-year-old TV reporter, Alison Parker, her cameraman Adam Ward, and the lady the reporter was inter
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Summer Carry

Recently I did an “A Look Back” retrospective on the Smith & Wesson J-frame series of revolvers for AmericanRifleman.org (http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/8/10/a-look-back-at-the-smith-wesson-j-frames/), and it sort of got me wool gathering. I bought my first J-frame,
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