Some people say Memorial Day should be a solemn occasion, not a celebration. Those people are full of crap. If you're visiting a cemetery, yes, that's solemn. Otherwise you honor the day best by flying the flag, pausing for a moment of gratitude, and proceeding to ENJOY the freedom your fellow Americans fought for. So... Continue Reading →
The Traitor Ratul and the Swords of Lok
Read a free short story, "The Testimony of the Traitor Ratul," by Larry Correia, and an excellent article titled "The Swords of Lok," which looks at why swords are the way they are.
Forget the swordplay. Get armor right instead.
Subtitle: If I see a katana slice through armor like it wasn't even there, I'm going to reach through the screen and punch you. I can't even tell you how many movies I've seen that do this. (Not reach into fictional dimensions and punch people in the face...the katana thing.) No matter what kind of... Continue Reading →
The assault rifle…and what it’s not
I firmly believe that we should know what things actually are. The information provided by most news sources is rarely very helpful in that regard, but there is probably no subject where the media machine is more diabolically unhelpful than firearms. I'm probably preaching to the choir here, as most of my small readership likely... Continue Reading →
A good Western needs good gunplay and a rousing story--and people are saying Netflix's series, "Godless," has the goods.
The guns of “Godless”
Winchester rifles and the Nipple of Knowledge
Slowly, ever so slowly, I've been building up the FAR Western armory... Thanks to a book titled The History of Winchester Firearms, 1866-1975 (full info on the FAR Western bibliography page), I finally got some decent information on Winchester rifles, thus filling in a gaping hole in the game's equipment list. It's not that examples of... Continue Reading →
My own old west(ish) rifle
I happen to have a lever-action rifle of my own, but it's a Marlin, not a Winchester. The Marlin company produced its rifles beginning in 1870, playing a very distant second in the lever-action rifle market. My particular Marlin is definitely not an Old West relic; it was manufactured in 2009. And it's chambered in... Continue Reading →
A quick look at the 1873 Springfield rifle
With the Model 1873 Springfield Rifle -- commonly called the Trapdoor Springfield -- the US military officially entered the era of metallic cartridges (an era we're still in today). It could have done so at least ten years earlier, but as is often the case, military leadership was planning for a different kind of combat... Continue Reading →
Check out this awesome rifle that's up for auction: a Colt Model 1855 Full Stock Revolving Rifle. It even includes the original case in perfect condition. WANT! (Not likely to get...very rare, *very* expensive.)