Some thoughts on how a culture of marksmanship can lead to a better, safer police force for everyone over at Ricochet.com.
The Mosin-Nagant rifle. The ballistic equivalent of kudzu.
The talent behind these pianos just boggles the imagination.
Sorry, but a family trip to Key West put a damper on content creation over the weekend. Here’s a photo of a Civil War cannon from Fort Zachary Taylor in lieu of new stuff. Also, the kids are home from school yesterday and today and I’m working on a big article for Ricochet.com on the NRA’s role in Gun Culture 2.0, so content may be light this week.
Me, and my first article for the site is about choosing a holster for concealed carry and the benefits of an inside the waistband holster versus outside the waistband holster.
I’ve been a big fan of Ricochet.com and their unique “pay to comment” business model for a long time, even before my good friend and former co-blogger joined their ranks, and now I’ll be writing for them on the new realities of gun ownership and how it affects the politics of the U.S. I’ve been after them for years to add more Second Amendment content like their competitors at The Daily Caller and Townhall.com, and now they’ve got one.
I just wished they’d pay more…
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squash pumpkin-spice latté, but without the cloying aftertaste.
I’ll admit, my initial reaction to sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s book on concealed carry was a bit… wary. No one likes to be poked and prodded as a test subject, and I thought her take on why concealed carry was gaining popularity to be a bit simplistic.
In the course of her research, she got her Michigan CCW. She became an NRA Basic Pistol and PPiH instructor. She carried on a regular basis. She attended an open-carry rally, and openly carried while doing so.
I probably won’t agree with everything she says in her book, but the amount of effort she put into it deserves more research and my respect. Rather than show up at an NRA convention and mock the old fat white guys in camo overalls, it sounds like there’s a sincere effort to start with a “beginner’s mind” and truly learn the ins and outs of new gun culture.
So I’ll let you know what I think of her book, “Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline” after I’m finished reading it.
The Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon was created as a throwback to the original reason for the Olympics: Preparing young men for war.
“As the events of the ancient pentathlon were modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier of that time, Coubertin created the contest to simulate the experience of a 19th-century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines: he must ride an unfamiliar horse, fight enemies with pistol and sword, swim, and run to return to his own soldiers.”
The events of the modern penthalon are:
- Fighting with a sword (Fencing)
- Fighting with a pistol (Was 10m air pistol, now they use lasers)
- Swim (200m Freestyle)
- Ride (Show Jumping)
- Running (3km cross country)
It’s not the 19th century, and we’re not fighting wars based on Edwardian tactics and equipment anymore. The needs of an ideal soldier have changed quite a lot in 200 years, and “modern” pentathlon doesn’t seem all that modern these days. If the IOOC were going to update the modern pentathlon to reflect the needs of today’s soldiers, what sports would they chose?
There are rigid guidelines that control which sports are and are not in the Olympics, so the chances of getting something new like 3 Gun into the games are mighty slim. Therefore, the post-modern pentathlon needs to use five previously-existing sports which have some application to the modern battlefield.
In other words, no rhythmic gymnastics.
My suggestion for the (really) modern pentathlon are:
- Fighting with a rifle (50m Three Position)
- Fighting with a pistol (25m Rapid Fire)
- Unarmed Combat (Judo)
- Swimming (200m Freestyle)
- Running (3k Steeplechase)
Cavalry these days rides in light armored vehicles, not on horses, and they’re hasn’t been a need for swords in combat for quite some time. Rather than base the sports on a cavalry trooper, I chose sports based around light infantry or special forces. The rifle and pistol choices are obvious, and I chose Judo as a hand-to-hand sport because it’s the closest to the today’s mixed fighting arts I could find on the list of designated Olympic sports. I kept swimming as is (really tempted to swap it out for 200m Medley) and rather than a cross-country run, I chose the 3000 metre steeplechase because it adds in elements from obstacle courses to make things a little more exciting. My selections are a little heavy on the combat side, and if I had to swap one combat sport for a non-combat sport, I’d probably go with sprint kayak over pistol to reflect the needs of troops to infiltrate enemy regions over water.
Ok, your five?
Duane Eddy is revered in Arizona music circles for a) being from Arizona (Coolidge, to be exact) and b) having the first hit rock n roll instrumental track, “Rebel Rouser“.
Except I like Link Wray’s version better. Enjoy.