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William Zion USMC Private - HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES, THEY WEAR DOG TAGS

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since the Civil War, more than 39 million men and women have answered the call to serve. Of those, 3,440 served with such uncommon valor and extraordinary courage that they were presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. 75 of these Medal of Honors were awarded […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Product Review: Condor Woodworker Axe & Mechanix Gloves

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by Rob Kay Literature (and really life) has scads of iconic couples and couplings. Just off of the top of my head I can think of love & marriage, soup & salad, Batman & Robin and for those of a certain generation, Lucy & Ethel. The list goes on. A lesser known duo that became obvious for me over […]

March 31st, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Tim Yan's buyer's guide to AK optics and mounts

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by Rob Kay Several years ago while wandering the floor of the SHOT Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center I was fortunate enough to literally bump into Tim Yan.  Yan is a freelance writer and IMO Field Editor with articles published in Shotgun News, G&A: Book of the AR15, G&A Handguns, G&A: Book of the AK47, Be […]

March 28th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

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 »

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