Memories of the .30-30

December 29, 2009 by  
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A favorite of lawmen and deer slayers alike, .30-30 lever-guns defended our Home Front in two World Wars, fed a then-mostly rural nation and still have ThreeLittleLeverguns2(3)utility for sport and home protection.

My childhood wasn’t different from others of the Baby Boomer generation.  Northern Virginia after World War II was an odd mix of The Walton’s and American Graffiti.  The rural south still existed where we now call it “outside the beltway.”  When Dad bought our Annandale house in 1954, State Route 236, aka “Little River Turnpike” was a 2-lane country road between Alexandria and Fairfax Courthouse, which wasn’t yet a city.  Our neighborhood was surrounded by dairy farms, hardwood forests were full of game, and we shot my brother’s open-sighted .22 bolt-action out the upstairs bedroom window to kill woodchucks raiding Dad’s garden.  Our neighbor was an avid hunter who let us watch him butcher deer and feed scraps to his two German shorthaired pointers. When I turned 12, he showed me his deer rifle, a Winchester Model 94 in.30-30.  Like any kid who watched TV cowboys of that era, I was enthralled! Read more

Avoiding Cold Weather Injury and Death

In the winter the environment can be your enemy or your friend.  However you must know how to manage your situation. If you do not manage it right, the environment will injure or kill you,  typically it happens very slowly. Read more

Trouble in the mountains at 8000 feet

November 23, 2009 by  
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by Brian Sargent

A few weesig 2665ks back when my friend Mike and I went on an overnight hiking/camping trip. We left at 9:00 PM after I helped put the kids to sleep. It was a 2 hour drive to the highest elevation trail system in our area. We got to the trail head about 11:30 PM.

When we got out of the car the weather was perfect, the air was crisp, and the stars were bright. Then we noticed a dog barking. It sounded really weird, it wasn’t a coyote or a big dog, the dog would not stop it’s consistent annoying YAP ! kid of eerie in a way.

I checked my every day carry that included my Surefire. We grabbed our packs and headed into a public camp a short way up the trail to get some sleep before we started our adventure the next day.  As we approached the camp site. We looked around and noticed three camps occupied. One with activity, a large fire and three individuals acting crazy and “barking” like dogs. Read more

Fishing in the Alaskan Wilderness

November 23, 2009 by  
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by Scott E. Becker

On August 8, 1728, twelve hardy men left the relative safety of the Russian ship Sviatoi Gavriil (St. Gabriel) for theThe Cub dark shores off the starboard bow. Shrouded in oil skins and huddled over well worn oars they fought high winds and the pull of strong tides as they made their way to the dark and strange shore.  The skies were low and the seas high that day as they silently made their way to shore to hunt for supplies and bury a comrade on the island now known as St. Lawrence Island, located north latitude 64*30’.  An unnamed cook had died on board ship; his soon to be grave near a Chuikchi village would be adorned with what was likely the first Christian cross on Alaskan shores.  They may have been the first Europeans to visit magical Alaska; they sure would not be the last. Read more

Evolution of Knives Used By Covert Operatives

November 9, 2009 by  
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Prior to the 1950’s most knives used by covert operatives were designed to kill. No thought was really put into their use in escape and evasion or utility applications.  A great example of that is the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife. It was designed exclusively for surprise attack and fighting, with a slender blade that can easily penetrate a ribcage. The vase handle grants precise grip, and the double-edged blade is integral to its design to take out human targets. Read more

.22 Pistols of the Clandestine Service

November 3, 2009 by  
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Pre-war sport model Colt Woodsmans, and WWII-era High Standards are among the greatest natural pointers in HiStdModBwithEleyStandardthe Applegate method. Their user’s attention is  “target focused,” upon the threat, watching the bad guy’s hands, evaluating whether he is friend or foe, being ready to either instantly disappear without notice, or to “shoot and scoot,”  always with emphasis on speed. We aren’t talking “first-shot-stops” here, but accurate double or triple taps delivered in two seconds or less. The gun is gripped convulsively and pointed “as naturally as if it was an extension of your finger.” Read more

What to Take When Deploying To the Middle East

November 1, 2009 by  
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We received an email requesting that this article be re-posted. It is dated because it was written back in 2002. It was widely used by SF,  special operations personnel and contractors at that time, things have changed, improvements made etc. A good deal of the information is still valid.  So here it is again.   Read more

.22 Rifle for Country Living

October 27, 2009 by  
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by Ed Harris

If you live far enough out in the country that 911 response is longer than a few minutes, having a firearm available makes sense for home security, as well as for meat gathering and pest control. For the NON-HOBBY shooter who intends to own only one firearm, the best choice is a simple, bolt-action repeating 22 rifle. Read more

Test Your Gear and Practice Your Skills

I was out walking the other day and decided to grab a canteen I had not used in a while. I was literally just walking and jumped from one rock to another and a plastic fastener broke on the carrier sending the canteen full of water scooting down a steep hill. What if I had been in the middle of nowhere? It could have meant real trouble.  Read more

The .25 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol

October 20, 2009 by  
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By Steven L. Doran

The .25 ACP or the vest pocket pistol has never really received a lot of acclaim.  It is considered by many to be an under powered cheep throw away type pistol.  That being said I also think the .25 ACP has saved a lot of lives because people carried them. Their size and conceal-ability made it easy for a person to throw them in a pocket and they were no more obtrusive then a cigarette lighter.  No criminal wants to soak up any round of ammo, so when the little guns were produced, and or fired  the bad guys ran away not wanting to see what gun was  being used against them. Read more

Hunting with a Slingshot (With Video)

Hunters have become accustomed to stalking game with the latest equipment , but one of the funnest, cheapest and oldest forms of hunting is with a Slingshot in Europe they are known as a catapult.  Hunting is fun and challenging, and requires skill, practice and the ability to be fairly accurate.  Slingshots 003_3have less shooting range than a rifle or shotgun, but if you miss the game typically will hang around depending on what it is, and you can get followup shots.  I keep a variety of commercially and hand made slingshots and take them out with me regularly and practice while I am walking down a trail.  You do not need any special target just pick a rock stick or whatever stop and take aim, and see if you can hit the spot or item you selected. Soda cans hanging on string swinging in the wind work well. Just make sure you are not going to take out any windows or break anything where you intend to practice. Read more

Is the .32 ACP Pistol still “Mission Feasible”?

September 23, 2009 by  
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I was first introduced to the M1903 Colt Pocket Hammer-less in 1974 by the late Harry Archer of the CIA. In the  1970s Harry Archer and I tested almost  every .32 ACP pistol made, to isolate which pocket guns were the most reliable, accurate, and natural instinctive pointers in the Applegate style. We fired lab specimens borrowed from the NRA museum, FBI and BATF labs as well as some unusual guns borrowed from various military collections. There were no hollow-point factory loads available back then, so we shot “hot” European hardball and hand loads assembled with various cast bullets and Winchester factory “gumball soft” lead, 100-grain flat-nosed .32-20 slugs similar to Ideal #3118 which became Harry’s choice for carry ammo in his overseas go-bag. Read more

Overcoming the flinch response: “Let recoil happen!”

September 15, 2009 by  
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We’ve all been there. Just as you’re ready to break the shot, you yank the trigger and shove the gun forward. The shot misses and you mutter a bit under your breath …and prepare for the next shot. What just happened is commonly known as flinching. This is a very frustrating experience for a lot of shooters who cannot seem to overcome this response. But what is flinch? Why do we flinch? And, most importantly, how can we keep ourselves from flinching? Read more

The Greatest Miracle In The World

September 10, 2009 by  
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Any time there is a tragedy, death or when someone looses their job or their health. They have a tendency to scramble and panic. I too suffer from this chronic problem at times. Yet in looking back at my life at no time did I suffer too long. I was always miraculously rescued, not just from life and death situations, and I will not bore you with the details of my life, it has never been easy, and that is not a complaint it was  the choices I made.   Back in the 1980′s when I was having a very rough time. My Secretary at the time Janice gave this to me, along with a rag and a safety pin. She called me a rag picker. To date it never fails to bring a smile on my face.  I decided to post it for all those who may be going through a bad time, lost a loved one or their job or who may be sick.  It is called the memorandum from God. Next to certain passages from the Bible it is one of my favorites. Read more

Teaching People to Hike

September 5, 2009 by  
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Hiking can be tough and physically demanding. Here are some simple rules to follow when taking children or persons new to hiking out for the first few times. Read more

Panic Never Helped Anyone

August 23, 2009 by  
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by Steven L. Doran

You are lost and you are limited on supplies, maybe you do not even have any, and a storm is coming.

Most people  never have to deal with life-or-death dilemmas of a true survival situation.  Everyday situations can be every bit as stressful if you are  not accustomed to dealing with it. Then when disaster strikes on the trail or in life you just fall apart.  Learning how to remain calm in times of stress or disaster will not only make things go more smoothly,  over time, things will only get better in your life. Read more

How to prepare your self for a dog attack

August 18, 2009 by  
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This article may sound disturbing, but the reality is a dog can kill you and cause seriously bodily injury. Almost daily there is a report of a serious dog attack on a adult or child. The latest was a married couple was killed. If this article sounds like you will be fighting for your life, or the life of a friend or a child. You will be. The worst time to think about what you are going to do is during the situation.  This is not something to not be concerned with it can happen any time, anywhere.  Read more

Top Survival Mistakes That Will Kill You

By Steven L. Doran

Underestimating the risk.  People get in more trouble when they go out to a wilderness locations for a drive, or a short hike . In their mind they believe it is going to be nothing more than a fun family or personal outing. A time to relax and reflect, They are going to stop for a meal, relax in a roadside park, walk a well marked trail. Then Bang  disaster strikes, cell phones does not work, they have no water, are improperly dressed. The list is endless, preparing at home, thinking about what you are going to do if an emergency situation arises is your first step to coming home alive.  People actually do much better on longer trips because they prepareto go it alone for extended periods. Yet they to get into trouble for not following these simple rules. Read more

Who Really Protects You ?

July 21, 2009 by  
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By Steven L. Doran

As a former director of public safety, I will let you in on a little secret.  Police respond to crimes that have already been committed or that are in the process of being committed.  They do not prevent crime. Read more

Teach Your Kids Controled Aggression

July 12, 2009 by  
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By Steven L. Doran

To keep your kids safe teaching them avoidance is number one. Be aware and run before someone can touch them. But if that does not work controlled aggression is next. Because we live in a politically correct society our kids are taught in school and elsewhere that fighting and being agressive is wrong and there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. Read more

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