Previously Gunsite Gossip
Vol. 2, No. 3 1 March 1994
Ides of March
I am often criticized for not "sticking to
my guns" and veering off into politics, sociology and history. That
criticism may be valid, but the more I see of it the more I become
convinced that history and conflict are synonymous. This seems to
be inherent in the nature of man. According to Clausewitz, war is
politics carried out by other means, and war, of course, is
conducted with weapons, hence weaponry remains fascinating and
completely a part of the human story. Whenever I read fiction I
reflect that fiction writers are rarely properly grounded in
weaponry, and this causes much of their fiction to fall flat.
Certain notable exceptions were Rider Haggard, Stewart White and
Ernest Hemingway. They may not have got their weaponry sorted out
correctly every time, but at least they tried, and that is more
than you can say about most current tellers of tales.
A couple of gun writers, who should know
better, have taken it upon themselves to denigrate the Clifton
bipod on the ground that it is fragile. It is true that one should
not attempt to jack up a truck with the Clifton bipod, but properly
trained rifleman will not do such a thing. Normally the Clifton
bipod is retracted, and on those occasions when it is used, the
shooter has time to treat it carefully. When you need a bipod you
do not need it in a hurry, so treat it properly and all will be
We have received a couple of positive
reports about the Chinese 1911 clone known as "Norinco." Quality
control in a slave society can be anything the commissars decide,
and, of course, slave labor is a lot cheaper. If you have a Norinco
that works well, be satisfied.
As we proceed for our planning for the
Babamkulu adventure in May, we note a small but troublesome
tendency for wives to be negative about Africa. It is certainly
true that Africa is an adventure, and adventures always involve
risk. Who, however, can enjoy life without risk? As we have often
written, danger, not variety, is a spice of life. Personally I do
not see any more danger in an African hunting trip than I do in
daily life in an American big city - probably a good deal
less, but in any case we can only feel sorry for the timid soul
who, as the saying goes, "dies a thousand times, while a brave man
dies but once."
The problem is that only enthusiasts shoot
well. Not many public employees are enthusiasts. This lowers both
standards and potential, and gamesmanship is no help.
Indian Country, 1994
Goblin shows up late at hamburger dispensary behaving obnoxiously.
Management calls the cops. Cop shows up and challenges goblin, who
begins shooting at him. Cop sustains several hits before returning
fire and goes down with a broken femur. Goblin runs dry and,
bleeding from three wounds, commences to reload. Two Navajos are
trying to get their car started on the parking lot. Analyzing the
situation, they move in on the goblin and pound him into the
pavement, leaving him for dead. They then go back to the car and
continue fiddling with it. All manner of cop cars show up, complete
with flashing lights. County deputy attorney, who arrives with the
cops, approaches the two Navajos and asks if they can use any help.
The answer is, "Well, yes. You got a flashlight?" Cops furnish
Moral: Always carry a flashlight in Indian country.
Colonel Bob Young, USMC, Retired, is no
longer employed by the new owner of the Gunsite Training Center. We
understand that "He was too much of a Colonel."
According to a news item in the AIM
Report, Major Robert Hines, of the DC Park Police, maintains that
Vincent Foster, who was found dead in the park, was in possession
of a "38-caliber 1911 Colt army revolver." Now there is a
collector's item for you!
The newspaper accounts coming out of the
Waco trials are quite unbelievable at this distance. It would
appear that the attorneys for the FBI are talking about some other
occurrence entirely. They are quoted as telling the jury that
"These people (the Branch Davidians) wanted to destroy your
country!" Somehow I never got that impression. What I would like to
find out, however, is what sort of wounds caused the death of the
three BATmen who entered the upper story first. Those men
were buried before anyone got a good answer to that question, and
evidently it was not raised at the trial. It matters, however, if
the BATmen shot each other, as seems likely. That might well
be verified by the nature of their wounds.
In a follow-up on the Waco atrocity,
someone suggested to Bob Crovatto, our man in the murder capital,
that the Branch Davidians could be characterized as "just a bunch
of religious nuts with guns." Bob's response was, "Just like the
people who founded this country. Right?"
and Orange Gunsite
stalwart Barrett Tillman attended Janet Reno's appearance in
Phoenix last month and noted the following commentaries:
Reno: "I come from a community where I was born and
Napolitano: "With both my hands I want to jump into this program
with both feet."
A youth commenting upon the way to prevent gang violence: "Teach
Well, we elected them!
In an article appearing in the
"Oregonian," a cop spokesman claimed that law enforcement people
should be worried about the Voere caseless cartridge since it
throws no cases around, and thus makes tracing of the weapon in a
homicide more difficult. Let us take up a collection to provide
people who make statements like this with a thousand dollars for
evidence of the first murder committed with a caseless
Did you notice the attempt by the media
to characterize Tonya Harding as low-brow because she hunts deer? I
suppose there are plenty of people in the megalopolis who truly
consider deer hunting to be a low-brow pastime. This is yet another
testimony to the fact that many of our people - especially our
city slickers - have completely lost whatever sense of
historical continuity they may have had.
Anyone who takes the trouble to investigate the matter will find
out that in a cultural sense big game hunting has always been
considered a high-brow activity. Hunting, rather than horse racing,
is in truth "The Sport of Kings." We cannot, of course, expect the
media to understand that.
Having been called to task on the point,
I must correct an impression I put out previously to the effect
that the air bags in an automobile can be deployed by a swift kick
to the front bumper. Apparently it takes more than that. I am told
by people in the business that a blow sufficient to deploy the air
bags in a Mercedes Benz will render the car undriveable. (This
might not be true of all makes and models. We hear of a
demonstration in England where a car thief deployed the air bags
from the outside, which invalidated the automatic locking system,
thus permitting him access to the interior.)
To the best of my knowledge and belief,
Lon Horiuchi, the man who shot Vickie Weaver in the face with a
sniper rifle while she was holding her baby in her arms, is still
walking around loose. If I am wrong in this assumption, please let
There is a good side to everything, it
appears. The recent series of cold snaps in Washington pretty well
shut down the operation of the government for several days at a
A lady of our acquaintance, who lives
alone, has asked us what sort of instrument is best for house
defense in her case. To me the answer is easy: The "Lupara," a
double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun with exposed hammers and short
barrels. I understand the term Lupara is Sicilian and means
approximately "wolf killer." Such a piece is enormously
authoritative, it is easy to use, it requires minimal training in
its management, and it may be left loaded and uncocked indefinitely
on the closet shelf. The only precaution is to seal the muzzles
with scotch tape or cotton wool to avoid the building of nests in
the barrels by little varmints.
Such items are available from Rossi and Baikal, though you may have
to hunt around for them at gun shows. Usually they are very
reasonable in price.
I never suggest any sort of pistol for a
householder who is not prepared to take up the study of the pistol.
Pistolcraft is a somewhat advanced art, not to be acquired in one
easy lesson. See what has happened when the US law enforcement
establishment made the great shift from revolver to auto-pistol! I
suppose that I was as instrumental as anyone in organizing and
promoting that transference. I did so under the assumption -
which I think is sound - that the self-loading pistol is
simply a more efficient sidearm than a revolver. I have now
discovered, as the years go by, that the self-loader seems to be
just a touch too complex for our current generation of cops. Why a
soldier can be taught the satisfactory use of an auto-pistol and a
cop cannot is a mystery I do not pretend to understand, but I spent
a long time in the military with the single-action auto-pistol
without trouble. Suddenly, however, it appears to be dangerous to
the user. This is a subject well worth looking into, but I have not
yet seen it properly covered in the shooting press.
The renowned historian Christopher Dawson
viewed the disintegration of Western culture as a far worse
disaster than that of the fall of Rome; for the one was material;
whereas the other is a spiritual disaster striking directly at the
moral foundations of our society and destroying not just the
outward form of civilization but the soul of man, which is the
beginning and end of all human culture.
Via Christina Scott in "A Historian and His World"
Brent Clifton has a usable supply of the
flush sling-mountings which constitute a minor but essential part
of the Scout concept. It appears that the original maker of this
device gave up in favor of the more conventional rectangular QD
attachment, on the ground that the flush mounts were too expensive.
One would not think that a minor additional expense would be a
factor in the production of an artifact designed to last several
I keep getting queries in the mail about
the nature of the Scout concept. I have prepared a fairly detailed
presentation on this subject, which is scheduled for publication in
the July issue of Guns & Ammo magazine. Please
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States reads as follows:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the
States respectively, or to the people."
Is that clear? It certainly would seem so. It is not a statement
which requires any sort of "interpretation." It says that if the
Constitution does not say the Feds can do it, the Feds cannot do
it. This Amendment has never been repealed, and yet it has been
disregarded since the reign of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It means that
a great deal of federal legislation and regulation is flatly
illegal - contrary to the supreme law of the land. The
founding fathers made it quite clear that when the government
promulgates an illegal law, that law is null and void. Some say
that whether or not a law is legal is a matter for the courts to
decide, but I do not see that there is anything to decide in the
case of the Brady Bill, which is nowhere allowed in the
Constitution. We have a sheriff in Arizona who says he is simply
not going to observe the Brady Bill, and God bless him! A suit has
now been filed declaring the Brady Bill to be void - as a
violation of the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. Let us see
how the courts handle this. We simply cannot permit them to go on
confusing the issue indefinitely.
Note the following exhilarating item from
the news in Sao Paulo, which we extracted from Vuurwapen
"An armed gunman who tried to hold up tourists at
gunpoint was beaten to death by his intended victims. It was the
third lynching of a mugger in one week in Brazil."
Now self-defense is not lynching, but the news is nevertheless very
cheerful. Unfortunately the news item did not tell us the
nationality of those three tourists. We can only guess.
In Cincinnati they have re-created one of
the most disgusting elements of the Cromwellian dictatorship in
England. This is a "squealer's circuit" by means of which citizens
are encouraged to report the presence of firearms in the hands of
their friends and neighbors - most particularly
"semi-automatic firearms." I can see all of these little punks
running around trying to get the exact mark and mod of a particular
handgun which they see across the back fence, so they can run and
tell the cops. There are so many sickening aspects of this picture
that one hardly knows where to begin.
"An unarmed citizenry is a top priority on the liberal
agenda. The Brady Bill is just the first step."
Walter Williams, in Conservative Chronicle
"The board reached a conclusion that the only safeguard
at close encounters is a well-directed rapid fire from nothing less
than a 45-caliber weapon."
Thompson LeGarde Study, Department of the Army Ordnance
Did you note how the railroad from Oslo
to Lillehammer was being continually obstructed during the games by
wildlife? The beast concerned is Alces alces, known in
Norway as elg, in Germany as elch, and in America as moose. The
species is circumpolar, but shows variations from place to place.
These beasties are fond of standing on the railroad tracks in
preference to plowing through deep snow, and this is true in Norway
as well as in Alaska. A moose is a difficult beast to convince, and
we hope the Norsemen did not waste much meat, since when we were
there last the prime venison sold for about ten dollars a
I recently was honored to be the guest
speaker at the first dinner of the Lazarus Long Discussion
(LLDS) based in Ogden, Utah. The group plans to meet
at prearranged intervals to consider matters of political
philosophy relating to the personal weaponry of the armed citizen.
Graduates of Orange Gunsite constitute a core of the initial
membership, but anyone interested in participation should contact:
Dennis Tueller, 1737 E Woodglen Rd, Sandy, UT
There is no need for gender
classification in shooting competition. Consider Annie Oakiey, and
the song "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!" Now that the Air
Force has qualified a girl fighter pilot, it does seem silly to
separate the ladies in a shooting match.
No, Janet, the Waco case is not closed.
We have passed judgement upon the defenders, but it now remains to
bring their attackers to justice.
"What Clinton and his kind want to develop is a
population which sees itself as a victim of violent crime, economic
injustice, racial and sexual prejudice, and helpless to correct
these wrongs without government assistance. People who see
themselves as victims look to rescuers, look to those who will
help, for a victim is one who is demonstrably incapable of doing
things for himself. He wouldn't be a victim otherwise. And under no
circumstances must a victim take action on his own to remedy the
evil he suffers from. Never. He should call the government to
via Howard McCord in "The Coming Civil War in
I have just been notified of what I
consider to be a very high compliment. It seems that a group of
medical men in San Francisco, who call themselves "Physicians for a
Violence-Free Society," have picked me out personally as one of the
chief contributors to the terrible state of the nation. I did not
believe that I carried that much clout up in the Bay Region. Pretty
soon I will be right up there with Rush Limbaugh.
Please Note. These "Commentaries" are for personal
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