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9-11 Memorial NYC

Early in 2018, I had a chance to swing by the 9-11 memorial in New York. If you ever find yourself in the area, I suggest you check it out.  Even if you lived through 9-11, you will learn quite a bit. For me, it was interesting to see the damage to the building and how it failed.  Not being …

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Armory Chat 44: Khyber Pass Rifle & War Rug

We have this new, but faked to look old, Khyber Pass Martini Henry Rifle. You can barely call it a gun as I’m sure it would grenade on any user who might attempt to fire it. Recently we ran across a unique Afghan War Rug that is the perfect size to pair with this rifle: 1’x3’. So…we have put them …

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WW1 German Helmet Found in Afghanistan

War and history are indelibly intertwined. Which is why many times those who are deep into the firearms culture are also students of history. And this is the best example I have found in recent memory. While traveling earlier this year (2016) I had a chance to pursue a a fascinating private weapons collection. One thing that grabbed my eye …

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Mustard Gas Injuries

It was reported this week that a US Military compound in Iraq – Syria was shelled with Mustard Gas. While not what I consider a high-end chemical weapon, I figure it would be worth addressing here. Why? Mustard Gas isn’t very hard to make or obtain. Which is why groups like ISIS have it in theater. But there is more …

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Media Bias and the War on Terror

One of these pictures is not like the other. All three are kids. All three are victims. Two are Syrian. One is French. If you are picking up what I am putting down, You can stop reading. If you are not, I will add this: It’s been 15 years since 9-11. The US media has never, and I mean never …

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22 Caliber SAW Trainer

While I was traveling down south, I stopped in a Army Surplus Store. Now this isn’t your average, run of mill, surplus shop. The proprietor had quite the personal collection on display! More on that later. But one thing that did grab my eye was this 22lr M249 SAW trainer. The owner seemed to be convinced it had come out …

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Heavy Duty Prius

So I had pulled off the highway to fill my tank. And while I was standing there, a guy at the next pump started admiring my pickup truck. We talked for a few minutes since he seemed genuinely interested and I learned a few interesting things about him. He’s former Army. Airborne. GWOT veteran. Single Dad. 17 year old daughter. …

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Video – Turkish M-60 Tank Survives Hit by Modern ATGM

Some of my old USMC tanker friends will probably enjoy this story. The Turkish military still operates some surplus American made M-60 tanks. They are upgraded to what is called the M-60T standard. The work was done by the…wait for it…Israelis! Who have lots of experience operating and upgrading surplus American tanks. The Turkish tank in question, was in Bashiqah, Iraq. …

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POTD: Jihadi Protects His Junk

This photo is out of Syria. In it we see a Jihadi who is concerned with the afterlife. It seems he doesn’t want to get shot in the junk since it cramps his 70-something virgin-afterlife plan. Which gets one thinking about a few theological questions: Does this photo mean that shooting someone with this philosophy is a valid tactic? How …

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The No Fly List Is a Lie

Be very careful if you support the latest feel-good proposals about using the No-Fly-List to restrict gun rights. 1. Let’s be honest. What is the No-Fly-List really supposed to be? 2. If you have an answer to 1, then why are people on the No-Fly-List walking around without being prosecuted? 3. If 1 & 2 aren’t being done, then what …

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A “Nobody” From Oklahoma: The Career of MSG. Joshua Wheeler

“Sweet Mother of God. Would you look at that?”, a co-worker mumbled as he handed me a copy of MSG. Wheeler’s official DoD photo. “Yeah, 30 of these guys show up in one place, you can damn sure bet they aren’t on a Train, Advise & Assist mission”, I snorted. I won’t rehash all the information that is being talked …

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Fake Iraqi AK Rifles

Here’s another pro-tip for the home-gamers. Buy the gun, not the story. These are not “Iraqi AK’s”, dude. They aren’t. If you buy one, do so because you like it. Not because you bought into the story. And especially DON’T PAY MORE for the story. Inevitably when you go to get rid of it, or your decedents take possession of …

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Report: Taliban Chief Killed Two Years Ago

It’s being reported that Mullah Omar the leader of the Taliban at the time of the 9-11 attacks was killed by rival factions 2 years ago. It is my opinion that US Intelligence Agencies have known, or highly suspected this, for sometime. I think the average civilian would be shocked at how much we know about the Taliban. Even down …