June 16, 2010 – Day 3

I finished the MONSTER book on the place from Fayetteville, AR to Chicago. I’ll give it five stars as an airplane read purely from the entertainment aspect. I plane to pick up Martinez’s next book, DIVINE MISFORTUNE for my next flight to Washington State in mid July when I attend a long-range shooting school sponsored by SUREFIRE.

Here’s another cheeseburger lesson: Chicago airport was a mad house. The only place that did not have a 20 person line was an unwholesome looking joint called the Ugly Goat or something like that. (The Nasty Goat would have been more appropriate.) My first clue should have been that their ¼ pound cheeseburger had two patties – never order a two-patty burger that weighs less than a ½ pound. I fully expected that grease bomb to detonate somewhere over Ohio. I lucked out. It held off until my four-hour lay-over in DC. Where I am currently trying to recover. (Never eat at the GOAT!)

The guns of Wilson Combat are far from free but these two ideas I stole while there are; a brass catcher for your shooting bench and an AR coat hook. On the Wilson Combat range they built a mesh side to the right of the bench. Between the bench and mesh was a trough that funneled ejected brass into a bucket. Brilliant! An inexpensive range addition that saves brass and eliminates the need to pick it up. I will have to make one for my backyard range at home.

The AR coat hooks were nothing more than the ends of AR barrels that had been cut off. They were attached to the partitions that divided the gunsmiths’ benches. If you’re into firearms decor these should go right along with the framed targets with the itty-bitty groups you’ve shot which are already on your wall beside the John Wayne poster and your good citizen award from 6th grade.

Tomorrow I begin the test and evaluation of Barrett’s new REC7 in 5.56mm.




About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to June 16, 2010 – Day 3

  1. Rod Checkal says:

    I also liked MONSTER. If you have not read it yet I also recommend Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. It is awesome.

    • gunwriter says:

      I usually have trouble reading fiction because I try to make it make sense. With MONSTER it made perfect sense (from a fiction stand point) right from the start and I did not try to rationalize it. I will pick up a copy of MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL.



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