Who is your favorite figure in American history and why?

Posted 16Aug2017.  In the course of my studies in American Military History, I have found that there have been many more important figures than those commonly discussed. One of which, Edward Ellsberg (1891-1983), is by far my favorite “forgotten” figures. I first came across his exploits in Joseph Gores’ Marine Salvage: The Unforgiving Business of No Cure, No Pay, and …

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What started World War II?

Posted 13May2017. One could easily go to Wikipedia to find the answer, but here is my take: ego. Throughout all of history, man has found new and inventive ways to satisfy the need/desire to impose their own perception of reality upon others and beat it over the heads of anyone who opposes those perceptions. As …

Why is the Great Patriotic War (the Eastern Front in WWII) something important to learn about?

Posted 30Oct2017. There was a quote I had come across in my travels which summarized the spirit of my brief answer quite well: History is the best form of early-warning. I have NO idea where that quote came from - otherwise I would maintain my consistency for labeling sources. It rings true… to a certain …

For your first rifle, how do you decide what caliber to go with?

Posted 14 Aug 2017. I chose 7.62x54r. 1940 Tula 91/30, with no fancy modern thingamajigs, rails, or optics. (Source: author) Before anyone who has never fired a rifle before has an incandescent lightbulb of 1.21 gigawatts’ of “that’s a great idea” go off over their head, let me clarify a bit… I purchased this rifle towards the end of my military …

What’s wrong with common sense gun control?

Posted 10Nov2017. What’s wrong with reading the plethora of comments on similar questions? A quick search reveals plenty of the same: What's wrong with common sense gun control? What is "common-sense gun control"? If I am for "common sense" gun control, can I still call myself a libertarian? …You get the idea. Firearms owners here on Quora …

What is the deal with the Mosin Nagant M44 recoil reputation?

Posted 17May2017.  I am probably one of the more interesting people to take on new shooters, and I have a tendency to view the “blank slate” of an inexperienced person as a way to test certain theories about firearms myths. Before I continue, I must clarify: this “experimentation” is never conducted in any way that would place anyone in jeopardy. I am …

Why is the US media so anti-Russian?

Posted 4Sep2017. I recently finished a paper on this topic and I honestly still couldn’t give you a definitive answer. I have theories, however… The American media needs a target/topic, and what better subject than a culture that they know very little about? Different language, different culture, and years of Russia being either the feared Soviet Union or a den of …