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George L. Banks First Sergeant, United States Army-Union Army

HONOR AT MISSIONARY RIDGE BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Banks’ early years were spent in Lake and La Porte counties Indiana. It was there where he obtained his early education. He worked with his father's farming operations until he was seventeen. Having a bit of the wanderlust in him, not long after his seventeenth birthday […]

February 28th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

How to buy an AK, Part 1-- Q&A with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance

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by Rob Kay Buying an AK is a confusing process for a newbie. There's an incredible amount to learn. What's more, finding really objective information on the differences between the manufacturers and variants is not easy. There's also a ton of choices with a commensurate spectrum of prices.  Are you better off buying from a shop or online? What […]

February 27th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

On Target Review: Beeville Armory AK & Blue Force Gear AK Sling

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by Rob Kay In our last story we did a Q&A with Nick Bauer, the founder of Beeville Armory. Nick spared no detail in his description of how to construct a custom (traditional-style) AK from a kit and how his builds differ from the mass produced guns. When we originally spoke to Nick we wanted to […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Clinton Lycurgus Armstrong Private - U. S. Army - Union Army

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BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Clinton Lycurgus Armstrong (February 3, 1844 – January 5, 1899) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863. Armstrong was born in Franklin, Indiana, he was 18 years old when he […]

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

What goes into building a custom AK? Nick Bauer of Beeville Armory has some ideas

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by Rob Kay Last year industry pundits predicted that 2014 would be the "Year of the AK". Unfortunately geopolitics intervene.  The Russian invasions of Crimea and the Ukraine let to the ban on imported Russian guns, which in turn roiled the AK market. The prognosticators were a bit premature. I think this year could be the tipping […]

February 21st, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

How to Clean and Lube your AK--a Q&A with Mrgunsngear

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by Rob Kay In case you don't know him, Mrgunsngear (aka Mike) is a straight shooting firearms savant who has produced over 600 videos. A  graduate of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center, Mike has done stints in the USAF as well as the Army. He's also become a trusted source when it comes to guns and […]

February 18th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,News,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

On Target Review: Headhunters Firearms HH762 (7.62x39) Upper

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By Rob Kay and RN Price The 7.62x39 cartridge is perhaps the most popular (and iconic) in the world because of its association with the Kalashnikov assault rifle. It’s a great round within its range envelope, especially effective out to about 200 meters. Roughly equivalent in energy to the Winchester 30-30, it’s a great pig […]

February 15th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

James W. Archer 1st Lieutenant -59TH INDIANA INFANTRY - UNION ARMY

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  James W. Archer 1st Lieutenant                                      59th Indiana Infantry - Union Army BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Archer served in the American Civil War with the 59th Indiana Infantry for the Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor on August 2, 1897 for his actions at the Second Battle of Corinth. Archer served in the American Civil War in the 59th Indiana […]

February 15th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

A Hoosier Hero - PFC Daniel Dean Bruce, U.S.M.C.(1950-1969) -A REAL HOMETOWN HERO

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PFC Daniel Dean Bruce - A REAL HOMETOWN HERO BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  – This will be the second time I have featured Daniel in this column. For me this is a real home town hero.  Daniel Bruce was born in Michigan City, Indiana, my home town.  Although I am three years older than Bruce […]

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

SHOT SHOW 2015 Highlights from Rifle Dynamics, Century, Magpul, Metrolight and Geissele

By Rob Kay and Luke Williams Will this be the year the AK goes mainstream?  We guess that depends how you define “mainstream”.  In the MSR space the AR is still the king when it comes to sales but the AK niche is growing.  A solid indicator is that AKs are beginning to be manufactured […]

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,News,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

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