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William T. Perkins, Jr. Corporal United States Marine Corps - A NEW KIND OF HERO

Cpl. William T. Perkins, Combat Photographer, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D.  For many years prior to my retirement I worked at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  My job as the cemetery representative was to help the families organize the committal service for their loved one.   Meeting  with the family I would  help organize the service.  This involved coordinating with […]

October 19th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

On Target Review: Titan Quad Rail System from Chaos

chaos handguard

by Rob Kay For those who want to add third party rails or handguards to their AKs, there are two basic choices. You can take the polymer route or go aluminum alloy. “Plastic” has the advantage of being inexpensive and strong. You’re probably not going to save any weight with polymer, but for most people’s […]

October 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,News,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

AK Accessories: A look at Mission First Tactical

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by Rob Kay Mission First Tactical is a company that is usually associated with the AR platform. When I visited their booth at the SHOT Show earlier this year there were quite a few items produced for the AK. I had a chance to look at a number of them would like to offer my impressions. […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Frankie Zoly Molnar S/SGT U.S.A. - SELFLESS DISPLAY OF GALLANTRY

S/SGT Frankie Zoly Molnar, US Army, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  I have discovered another characteristic that the heroes I write about in these articles share, selflessness. I am thinking of selflessness as an adjective, someone who has little or no concern for themselves, especially regarding fame, position, or money and is always more concerned with others wellbeing than their own. […]

October 11th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

AK Accessories: Tapco has some hidden gems

  by Rob Kay Tapco has had a huge presence at the SHOT Show of late, possibly because it’s owned by the Freedom Group, aka Remington which it purchased in 2012. The majority of their products are targeted towards the AR platform but they do manufacture a sizable number of AK parts. What I've done is to cherry pick […]

October 7th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

William Loren McGonagle Captain U.S.N. - A VERY QUIET ACHIEVER

William Loren McGonagle, Captain U.S.N.

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, P.H.D.  McGonagle was born November 19, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. After attending secondary school and college in California, he enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and for the next three years participated in a Navy training program at the University of Southern California. In June 1947 he accepted a commission into the […]

October 5th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

AK Essentials Series--Safety Levers from Krebs Custom and a Tango Down Fore Grip

Bolt open Feature on Mk VI

by Rob Kay Krebs Custom Safety Levers In the AK universe, Marc Krebs has been synonymous with innovation. He makes a number of custom parts for AK variants but perhaps the one item he’s most famous for is his version of the humble safety lever. His work is a wonderful definition of industrial design, the […]

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

On Target Review: Matching an Aimpoint or Primary Arms Optic to an RS Regulate Mount

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By Rob Kay I suspect if you’ve purchased an AK, one of the first accessories, if not the first you’ll consider acquiring is a scope mount. So, what to buy? If you read our recent story you’ll see that we’re unabashedly bullish on RS Regulate. We’re not alone. They are sleek, strong, and hold zero […]

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,News,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Gary Lee Littrell Command Sergeant Major U.S.Army - COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE

CSM Gary Lee Littrell, US Army

r BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  After writing almost 300 articles honoring America’s bravest, Medal of Honor recipients, there are a few characteristics I find they all share.  One of them is integrity.  Websters might define it differently, I think integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, even when it’s […]

September 28th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

AK Essentials Series--Rifle Dynamics AK to M-4 Stock Adapter

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by Rob Kay As I’ve mentioned in other columns, the AK universe is like a cottage industry run by men reminiscent of an earlier era. Working out of garages or barns, they are at once, part entrepreneur, inventor, and engineer. Driven by passion rather than the buck, they live, eat and dream AK. One of […]

September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Special Features | Read More »

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