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Norman Scott Rear Admiral, United States Navy - A BRAVE HOOSIER SAILOR

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Norman Scott was born August 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Appointed to the Naval Academy in 1907, he graduated four years later and received his commission as Ensign in March 1912. During 1911-13, Ensign Scott served in the battleship USS Idaho (BB-24), then served in destroyers and related duty. In December 1917, he was Executive Officer of USS Jacob […]

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

William Gordon Windrich Staff Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULD NOT QUIT

    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. William Gordon Windrich was born May 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Marguerite Windrich. He attended school within the Hammond, Indiana public schools until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps 6 June 1938. At the time of his enlistment he was only 17 years […]

March 14th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Charles G. Abrell Corporal Marine Corps - A HOOSIER WITH GRIT

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Charles Gene Abrell was born on August 12, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps just five days after his 17th birthday in 1948. Following recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base […]

March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

How to buy an AK, Part 2--Q&A with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance

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by Rob Kay   Learn what you need to know about buying an AK. I don't think there's ever been a more informative interview on this subject in this column. We continue with Part 2 of our interview series with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance LLC.  ************* Q: We've talked at length about how to buy a new […]

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

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

Memorial grave stone for Clinton Lycurgus Armstrong

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 »

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