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Military long-sleeve shirt in an experimental blocky urban camo gray

Gear

50 Shades of Gray: The Evolution of Camo and a Throwback to Solid Colors

We have come along way from the days of wiping mud on our faces and wearing twigs in our hair. Now we have digitized transitional camo patterns that work extremely well to camo fashion such as bright pink camo motif rifles and camouflaged prom dresses. You would think that military camo would have an equal amount of history, however; the art of camouflage for wartime has a more modern history. One such solid color has found to be an excellent transitional camo in urban settings. Not too dark and not too light, 5.11 Tactical has developed a shade of gray they call Storm Grey that has proven itself to blend better in urban and naval environments.

General

Pearl Harbor — Priorities

Far too many Americans can recite a movie quote believing it to be history or mourn a life of a movie actor taken too soon. Let’s not forget the unsung heroes; the real history makers. Let’s remember who and why this is a day of remembrance that will live in infamy…

Rare U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1875 Officer's Model Trapdoor Rifle, Late Type II

Firearms

The History of the Springfield Trapdoor

The Springfield Trapdoor took its place in history despite the hesitation of those aware of the superiority of repeaters and magazine fed rifles. Although it didn’t see as much action as some more well known long guns, when you read the history, it has made a huge impact on the world.

Picture shows volunteers at Ground Zero picking up debris.

News

September 11, National Day of Service and Remembrance

On September 11, 2001—despite our location, or differences in political and religious affiliations—all Americans shared the shame grief and mourned our losses. Thousands of people showed up at Ground Zero the following days to volunteer for months with search and rescue, to provide moral support, help feed workers, and remove the ruble. Those volunteers and first responders didn’t care if you had come from the wrong side of the tracks, who you went home to at night or the color of your skin. We were all just human beings that day. To honor their memory, in the same spirit of compassion, unity and strength, won’t you pledge your time or make a charitable donation on 9/11—the federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance?

Picture is of a drawing of Arthur Savage and Joshua Stevens.

Firearms

Stevens Arms: Legendary Firearms Company

In 2014, legendary firearms company, J. Stevens and Company will celebrate 150 years of making high-quality firearms. Now, a subsidiary company of Savage Arms, the company still brands shotguns and rifles under the Stevens name. Savage produces long-range and precision rifles and shotguns that are unprecedented in accuracy and capabilities for the price. Savage is still branding Stevens guns today. In 2012, the company debuted the model 320 shotgun in two different models, the Security and the Field, in seven different configurations. This 12-gauge, pump-action workhorse is inspired by the extremely reliable Winchester 1300 action.

Top Shot All-Star Gary Quesenberry

Competitive Shooting

Top Shot All-Stars — Zip or Ship

In this episode, they brought back the Wheel of Fire challenge from TS3. This was a good display of skilled shooting, in challenging conditions, and now that only five remain, it really is coming down to the wire. Read this to learn who zipped and who shipped.