How to Spend Your Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the Big Bang of celebrating America.  Conceived and signed by patriots, the Declaration of Independence set into motion the United States of America.  In addition to eating incredible barbecue, to celebrate during this "long" weekend, I'll be going to the gun range to shoot my M1 Garand rifle. There are a bunch of reasons that make this fitting.  There's the history of this American icon, carried by millions of GIs defending this country from foreign enemies.  This rifle generated high praise from Patton when in 1945 he opined, "The M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised."  Last but by no means least, shooting is fun, and it'll be more so with my daughter. Consider that the Garand's appearance has stood time's test.  Its "Made in America" walnut stock and forged receiver project a svelte profile compared to today's sea of black assault weapons.  And then there's the historical character the Garand earned -- one...(Read Full Post)

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