Glad I saved my $29…

As a kid in 1986– in an age where action heroes were shirtless, spoke with an Austrian accent or a mumble, and carried a big fixed blade– I downright pined for one of these $29.95 specials every time I browsed the gun mags of the day while camped out at the news rack of the local T.G.&Y.

Glad I wasn’t able to cut enough grass to afford both a wildly addictive Testors scale model habit, as well as my nascent knife wanderlust. That tang-less 420SS thing looks like pure junk-o. But hey, it had a compass!

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

3 responses to “Glad I saved my $29…”

  1. a gray says :

    Wasn’t it about 1986 when T.G.&Y. Went out of business and its stores taken over by Walmart and KMart. Hometown stores taken over by monsters.

  2. Michael F. says :

    “Hollywoodization” make everything look good on the Silver Screen until it;s actually used in the Real World. Then it doesn’t perform up to expectation. But then again, having five or six of something to represent a single item shown it the movie also doesn’t hurt and seldom ever makes it out into the press that at least half of them Broke while making that specific scene…

  3. sam57l0 says :

    My first straight knife was a 4″ Remington, probably a gift from my dad upon becoming a Boy Scout. Had the Cub Scout folding knife (lost to time) and still have my Boy Scout folding knife, and by now a bunch of others.

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