Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Were I more disciplined like Jim Wilson or Richard Mann, this little admonition would not be necessary. But I have learned that I am not all that unique, so if I screw up like I’m about to divulge, maybe you do too. Oh hell, let’s just get it out: Sometimes I get a bit lackadaisical w
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A Conversation I’d Enjoy Having

During the Independence Day weekend 52 people were injured; 10 killed, including a 7-year-old boy in the oh-so-progressive—read regressive—city of Chicago. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said, “We need to repair a broken system.” Well thank you Captain Obvious. McCarthy is the s
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Independence Day 2015

Tomorrow it will be 239 years since 56 men stood for their principles; risking their lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. Roll that around in your mind a moment. Imagine leaving your home and traveling a long way to argue and negotiate, then effectively signing your own d
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I’d Buy One!

Enthusiasts are wonderful…sometimes. It really doesn’t matter whether they are hot rod gear heads, shutterbug junkies, paragliding thrill seekers or gunners, enthusiasts help drive the marketplace. Enthusiasts tend to be opinionated, and it is there where their enthusiasm can be a pro
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Liver Eating Johnson

I have recently been reading Crow Killer by Raymond W. Thorp, first published in 1959. It is a chronology of the life of John Johnson—born Garrison, he took the name Johnson after deserting during the Mexican-American War—who carried on a long vendetta against the Crow tribe of Montan
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The Weaver Stance

Everything old is new again. And, as always, there are those who viciously fight for what is old and new. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that many people just enjoy being contrary, and the anonymity of the Internet makes that unfortunate characteristic even more prevalent tha
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Initial Thoughts on Ruger’s Lightweight SR1911

First, let me be perfectly clear: These are my first rather random thought on Ruger’s new lightweight SR1911 in the Commander style. I reserve the right to revise, abridge or reverse myself later. In addition to all the other bovine residue I have been inundated with recently—take a l
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Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way

If any of you have been wondering whether I have just gotten lazy with this sudden onset of summer, the answer is “yes and no.” We have finally dried out a bit, so I can get outside and get some things done. My friend from church who I am teaching to shoot wanted another lesson, and w
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Couldas, Shoudas…

One of the things old flatulents like me love to do is bore the hell out of younger folks with what they should—and sometimes shouldn’t—do. The reason we like to do this is because we want to help those younger folks not make the same mistakes we have made. As I look back on my life,
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The Smith & Wesson .38 Hand Ejector Military & Police, a.k.a. Model 10

At the cusp of the 20th century the Wild West had largely been won. Smokeless powder was muscling black powder out of many cartridges, and the trend for shooters was toward smaller, lighter bullets at relatively high velocity. Trigger-cocking revolvers—a.k.a. double actions—had been i
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