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What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “Gun Show?” I think your reaction is very culturally dependent on where you grew up, the circles you run in, and the kinds of things you take an interest to. It’s been a long time since the last one I attended, so I took an opportunity to hit a local one over the weekend. Here are some of my notes.
Recently, I started asking around for some input. One of the recurring topics that you guys latched onto was the concept of standards. To be honest, I’m all about objective performance measurements for accuracy, speed, and other elements. As part of a broader goal, I want to make that a recurring element of our community.
For this edition of the conversation starter series, I want to know what you’re currently working on. What questions do you have floating around that you’d like to get answered?
Colonel Townsend Whelen is a legend among marksmen and outdoorsmen alike. His exploits spanned the Spanish American war to the Canadian wilderness, to even running the Frankford Arsenal.
It’s really a shame that more people don’t know of him. So let’s fix that.
In Q2, I wanted to start competing in local matches. As a point of commitment, I registered for a match about an hour away. My equipment probably isn’t up to snuff, and my skills are certainly rusty, but that’s ok.
Let’s talk about my match and what you might have coming up.
We last left off from this tale in 1955, where Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had their funding cut off for any further research into small-caliber high-velocity (SCHV) cartridges. The Army Ordnance Board, responsible for developing new small arms, was well down the path to adopting the 7.62 NATO and M-14 rifle. The AR-15 seemed dead, and it might have been if not for the Army Infantry Board.
By the mid-1950s, Gerald Gustafson and William Davis had taken up as champions of the little .22 cartridge. They were involved in D.L. Hall’s earlier work, and now they wanted to continue proving to the Army that this research path was a worthy contender for an infantry rifle.
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