The ultimate WWI Timecapsule

When French Army dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau rode off to the Great War, his family kept his room just as he left it. When Hubert did not come home, his parents preserved it as a shrine. Even though they too have left these earthly constraints to reunite with their lost son, the room endures.

Soldier's room

“A lace bedspread is still on the bed, adorned with photographs and Rochereau’s feathered helmet. His moth-eaten military jacket hangs limply on a hanger. His chair, tucked under his desk, faces the window in the room where he was born on 10 October 1896.”

You see the parents left a clause that it remain for 500 years and so far, although not strictly legally binding, no one has broken it yet.

7 Classic Knives that Never Go out of Style

If you ask many outdoorsmen, the primary reason to have a pocket is to give your pants a place to carry a decent folding knife. However, with so many options out there it’s hard to find something decent that will hold up over time. With that in mind, I took a look at a pocketful of classics in my collection that have been around for a while, and are still in production.

Read the rest in my column at 1816 by Remington


Idiots’ Delight

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Color photograph of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Idiots’ Delight” of Eighth Air Force in England. The original caption states the M/Sgt is Penrose A. Bingham of Reading, Pennsylvania. “Idiots’ Delight” served with the 332nd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bomb Group and later with the 710th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bomb Group. (U.S. Air Force Photograph via Lone Sentry.)

A clean Crusader

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IWM caption : “THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA, 1943: THE DRIVE ON TUNIS. Sergeant Elms of 16/5 Lancers and his tank crew at El Aroussa; Trooper Bates, Royal Armoured Corps, Signalman Bower, Royal Corps of Signals, and Trooper Goddard, Royal Armoured Corps, clean the 6-pounder gun of their Crusader tank while preparing for the drive on Tunis.”

The Swedes know how to make fun

Sweden hasn’t been in a real-live shooting war since 1814 (wow, that’s exactly 200 years!). However they almost had to mix it up with the Germans in 1914, and the Germans then the Russians in 194045 and 1945-1989 respectively. Plus, they still have the occasional suspicious underwater activity in their local waters.

All this leaves the country with a desire to have a strong and independent military with decent kit (Gripen fighter jets, Carl Gustav 84mm anti-tank guns, and other pieces of excellent hardware all come from the Swedes). Although they are cutting back on conscription, they still can field a 250,000-man military if needed, which for their size is very impressive indeed.

This means recruiting.

Check out what the Swedes entice their troops with (hint, its not a USMC commercial)

Your Marlin 30.30 as a home defense carbine?

With all the emphasis today on modern long guns in home defense roles, it’s easy to get confused about what is an ideal rifle for these types of scenarios. Well the thing is, you may already have a hard-hitting short-action rifle already in the back of your gun case that can fit the bill just fine.
Any time you encounter the prospect of using a firearm inside a home, you have to worry about two things: over penetration and functionality. Any cartridge fired inside an enclosed space can and will penetrate interior walls made of paneling or drywall. Even a .22LR can penetrate seven sheets of drywall, which is food for thought.

With this in mind, its hard to define “Too Much,” as far as use of a firearm inside the home although “Too Little” is clearly defined by possibly ending up dead at the hands of an assailant. If you ask yourself, “will a .30-30 penetrate interior walls?” the answer is yes.

Read the rest in my column at Marlin Forum

Any interest in a Star?

Ever seen a classic war movie and noticed that the 1911 looked a little odd? Well that’s because it was a Star 9mm firing blanks rather than the real deal. The Spanish gunmaker of Bonifacio Echeverria, SA in Eibar, better known as Star, carved a niche out of the European firearms market by selling a redesign of Browning’s 1911 chambered in 9mm.

Star Model B 9mm

These ‘Star 9mm’s’ have been around since the 1920s in several different models and even saw military service in World War 2 with the Germans (long story). They are heavy all-steel guns designed for an era when men were men and plastic was still called Bakelite. This made them durable and soft-recoiling. Hollywood liked them because they looked like a .45 but could use popular and easy to find 9mm blank reports. Magnum PI– Star 9mm, Jules from Pulp Fiction– Star 9mm. Col. Potter from MASH– Star 9mm.

star 9mm vincent pulp fiction

So I squeed a little when I saw that J&G has them for $299  (and they are C&R eligible!)




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