Previously Gunsite Gossip
Vol. 6, No. 10 September, 1998
And none too soon for us. Warm weather is
all very well in its way, especially when you think about it in
February, but enough is enough, and we may now look forward to the
first touch of Fall in the air. We had a very poor growing season
here on the Yavapai Plateau, but we still hope that our garden
tomatoes may hold out until the first freeze. The pears and apples
are doing fine, and soon it may be cider time. The countryside is
unusually green for these parts, following an almost continuous
succession of thunderstorms.
By now you have satisfied yourself as to the zero of your rifle
with the ammunition you intend to use. You may now continue
practice on snap shooting and quick assumption of position without
going to the range.
"You know you are in trouble when Geraldo Rivera is
your principle character witness."
In view of the continuous complaints we
get about the sale price of the Steyr Scout, we now offer a proper
response. It seems that Herr Budischowsky of Eislingen, Germany, is
now offering what he considers to be the pistol to end all pistols.
This is the "Korriphila Model HSP 701" and its retail price in
Germany is 15,900 Deutsch Marks. (Last we heard there were about
1.7 DM to a US dollar.) This, of course, is in its deluxe version
in solid Damascus steel. Its less ornamental brother in plain blued
steel is way down at DM 8,000. Basically it is a 9mm
crunchenticker, but it may be offered in the future in a
major caliber. I do not know if Herr Budischowsky is taking orders
at this time, but you might check with him at the SHOT
An overseas correspondent tells us that a
left-hand bolt-action rifle is of no particular interest since
European shooters always take the weapon out of the shoulder when
they work the bolt. That is rather like telling a motorist that he
has no need for opposite lock in a power slide since all Europeans
always turn in to a skid. Apparently the word is "Right or wrong,
that's the way we do it!"
I see by a couple of notices (which I did
not supervise) that I am due to teach a course in "Tactical
Pistol." I am sorry, but I do not know what a "tactical pistol"
might be. As I see it, a pistol is a totally defensive weapon,
intended to be used to stop a fight that somebody else starts. I do
not know where the term "tactics" got into this. Whenever I think
of tactics I think of group combat. Pistols are not correctly used
in groups. Of course there are exceptional circumstances.
Our good friend Shep Kelly, a director of
Federal Ammunition, sent us the print of a 5-shot 100-meter group
that measured an inch and five-eighths side-to-side, and
half-an-inch vertically. I did not respond to this properly, since
a good shot with a good rifle and good ammunition might consider
such a group good, but not outstanding if fired from a bench one
slow shot at a time. What we did not realize until we heard the
rest of the story was that Shep fired that group from loop sitting,
snapping the bolt as rapidly as he could. Now that is indeed good
shooting. Shep pulled it off with his SS, mainly in response to
those who claim that the bolt lift is too heavy and the bolt handle
is too flat. Shep is an extraordinarily good shot, but the
friendliness of the SS is what made this possible.
We are off shortly now for Whittington
where we expect to conduct both a pistol and a rifle class, thus
there will be a three-week gap in our communications. Sorry about
Our esteemed patron, Theodore Roosevelt,
Jr., is on record to the effect that voters should choose for their
elected representatives people who are "honest, courageous and
wise." Those are three excellent adjectives, but we do not observe
them as much as we should in our halls of legislature. Honesty has
been made ridiculous by the highest officials of the land. Courage
is conspicuously absent when it comes to taking a stand which might
conceivably lose votes. Wisdom is hard to judge, but it does not
seem to be high on the list of the attributes the voters like.
Ronald Reagan may be the last chief executive who might be
considered to be honest, courageous and wise. People to whom those
words apply seem reluctant to put themselves forward in our current
There seems to be no agreement amongst our
leaders as to what must be done about these ragheaded terrorists.
It is adduced that if we kill the leaders there will simply be more
to take their places. This may or may not be true, but we can be
pretty sure that blowing up installations with Tomahawks is not
going to accomplish much, apart from making a number of uninvolved
people angry. The Tomahawk is a marvelous instrument and I stand
amazed at its efficiency, but the way to take out irregular
murderers is individually - one at a time. You will remember
the tale of Herman Hanneken, CMH. In 1918 in Haiti we were being
tormented by an ephemeral guerrilla leader known as Charlemagne
Peralt. Nobody knew what he looked like or where he was, but
Sergeant Hanneken, then acting as a Captain of Haitian
Constabulary, set up an artistic spook action and took out his man
with one round of 45 ACP.
No two tactical situations are ever identical, but Hanneken was the
right man at the right place at the right time. As of this date we
Thomas Sowell, who is one of our favorite
commentators, points out three things that make the collectivists
uneasy. These are cars, guns and home schooling, all of which grant
to the individual a degree of independence of action which
terrifies the champions of the super state. Cars, guns and home
schooling reduce the need for the statism so prized by the
socialists. They do not wish you freedom to move around. They do
not wish you to be able to protect yourself. And they do not wish
you to decide what your children should be taught. Such things
reduce the power of the state over the citizen. If you know any
Democrats you might make that point to them.
There seems to be some confusion about
the dates of the Reunion this year. It will be held two
weekends before TR's birthday - on 16, 17 and 18
We are given to understand that the term
used by the Rangers for the MP5/9 is "skinny popper." This seems to
have shown up first in Somalia, where the locals appeared to be
conspicuously scrawny. The Parabellum cartridge did not work
particularly well even on them.
We hope to test out the "sporting rifle
trail" shortly now at Whittington. We will give you a
Despite a hundred years or more of
fiction, we should realize that the heart shot is not an "icer." A
man shot or stabbed in the heart may manifest no particular
discomfort or disability for several seconds - the time it
takes for the blood supply to his brain to shut off. A quadruped
shot in the heart usually runs quite a good distance before falling
down. Only a hit in the central nervous system turns your target
off like a light - without fail. The violence of a blow
transmitted to the heart naturally has something to do with this,
and if more tissue is destroyed the lethal effect may be more
immediately apparent, but it is rarely instantaneous.
"The doctrine of the separation of powers was adopted
by the Convention of 1787, not to promote efficiency but to
preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. The purpose was, not to
avoid friction, but, by means of the inevitable friction incident
to the distribution of the governmental powers among these
departments, to save the people from autocracy."
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in the 1922 case Myers v.
From the great world of business, wherein
we have a couple of spies, we hear of a man who achieved
conspicuous success at an early age. You could tell he was a
success because he boasted "a pony tail, a mistress and three
Cadillacs." Is this the standard of the Age of the Common
"According to a study by Mark Helprin of the Hudson
Institute, the following are gone from our military: four aircraft
carriers; 121 surface combatants and attack submarines (plus the
support that normally accompanies such a force); 13 ballistic
missile submarines (with more than 3,000 nuclear warheads on 232
missiles); 500 intercontinental ballistic missiles; 232 strategic
bombers; 20 air wings of the Navy and Air Force (about 2,000 combat
aircraft); two Reserve Army divisions; eight Regular Army
divisions; 293,000 Reserve soldiers, and 709,000 Regular Army
soldiers. Had an enemy inflicted such losses, it would have been
termed a military disaster."
The New American, Vol. 14, No. 17, Page 19
It is time to mention this again. We know
who killed Nicole Simpson. We know who killed Vicki Weaver, but we
still do not know who killed Vince Foster. We have a pretty good
idea, but up till now nothing that can be proven. Well, we do not
know who killed Jimmy Hoffa either. This would seem to be ripe
ground for a couple of really good fiction writers. According to
Hemingway, really good fiction is truer than fact.
"I remember peering out of the T.C.'s hatch and seeing
a large number of enemy soldiers alongside of the tank. We had
outrun our support. The grunts had not yet caught up with us, and
we were alone. We were in the unique position of having advanced
past a retreating, disorganized enemy company. I grabbed my M14,
and as I climbed out of the tank, one of the enemy raised his K-50
smg, and at a range of 10 feet, emptied the magazine at me. Above
the noise of the rest of the battle, the sound of those bullets
passing by my head was easily the most distinctive. I put the front
sight on his chest, and shot him. He went down, but there were many
of his comrades close by. Some were retreating along a trench, and
some were attacking O.G. Clank, the closest obstacle to their
perceived survival. I will never again hear the term "target rich
environment" without thinking about this incident. I started
engaging as many as I could, one at a time. While changing
magazines, I caught sight of movement below me, and saw Gene
standing in the driver's hatch, shooting enemy soldiers off of the
tank with his .45, buying me time.
"I remember thinking, for a brief moment, that this kid was going
to be all right."
You may remember Amy Biehl, the white
girl who went down to Africa to help the downtrodden and who was
murdered by a black mob with rocks. Four of her killers have now
been turned loose, one remains in custody. The only reason Amy was
killed was because she was white.
Now on the other side of the world we have this particularly nasty
murder of an unarmed black man by three white thugs in East Texas.
It seems that the only reason they killed him was because he was
black. I am willing to bet that they will not go free. It is more
likely that in this case the death penalty will be invoked -
and quite properly so.
Shall we conclude that it is okay for Negroes to kill a white girl
because of the color of her skin, but it is a dreadful sin for
white men to kill a Negro because of the color of his skin?
I am sure that there are those who will call this "racial
The next thing we can expect is to see
street kids wearing their football helmets on backwards so that the
face guard can protect the back of the neck. Cool!
Those of you who found the
Keneyathlon to your taste will be interested to know that
Dave Wheeler (505-576-9529) is putting on a rifle contest that
examines practical hunting skills at the "Blue Steel Ranch" at San
Jon, New Mexico. This promises to be a very interesting event and I
regret that I could not get the information to you in proper time.
For further information and details you may call Dave at his
telephone number listed. Deadline is 11 September, which I guess is
You may order a night light assembly for
your SS from
Medesha, Box 367, Apache Junction, Arizona 85217,
(Price is $30.00).
In view of the difficulties that shooters
have been having with the Mexican border, it has been suggested by
John Stalmach that the NRA post a billboard at all border-crossing
points emphasizing that the US citizen in a foreign country is not
protected by the Constitution, and especially not by its Second
Amendment. This could be sponsored by the NRA, both protecting the
interests of American citizens and calling attention to the fact
that they are indeed protected, insofar as possible, by the
National Rifle Association. I do not know if I can get this idea
across to the Board of Directors, but I will try.
"Our principle trouble today in this country seems to
be that too many people have too much time on their hands."
Clarence Thomas, Justice of the Supreme Court
Note that the only place that you may now
get a copy of "Another Country"
is from Blacksmith Press,
which has relocated to Ohio
PO Box 280, North Hampton, OH, 45349,
I believe this is my best book, and under present circumstances it
seems to be going to remain out-of-print.
It is curious to note that Sylvester
Stallone, who has the screen reputation as the epitome of Rambo,
has no interest in living up to his image. He has now moved to
England, and he has stated publicly that the US has no need for the
Second Amendment. He is making a movie about motor racing in
Europe, and the McLaren people offered him a ride in their
fantastic two-place Formula I car in order to give him a feeling
for the job. Rambo found it necessary to be elsewhere at the
The General Orders for a sentry, which I
was required to memorize in my youth, specified (number 7): "I will
allow no one to commit a nuisance on my post." It may be that those
general orders have been rescinded - or perhaps they do not
apply to chief executives.
The more we study it, the more it appears
that people do not usually miss because they are bad shots, they
miss because they are not paying attention. Concentration is what
puts hits on the target. Distraction is what causes misses. The
effective marksman learns to blot out all aspects of the situation
but his sight picture and his trigger press. He must wear
"psychological blinders" until after his target is down. This
should be obvious, but apparently it is not.
Too many people seem to think that the
president of the United States "runs the country." No man -
not even George Washington - was ever able to run the country.
It is too big. No president can even memorize the number of federal
agencies under his authority, still less what they all are supposed
to do. What the president should do, and must do, is to serve as an
example of what a distinguished citizen ought to be. Washington did
that. Theodore Roosevelt did that. In my opinion, Reagan did that.
And look what we have now!
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