2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood at the RNC

Dirty Harry
I generally do not go into politics more than I have to on this blog as I have always maintained that the 2nd Amendment doesn't just apply to one political ideology but to ALL Americans.  But then again I believe that I have also stated that generally speaking, folks on the right/Republican/conservative side of the isle generally get my vote in November and often due to positions showing positive support for RKBA.

Kelly's Heroes
Last night at the Republican National Convention (which sadly for Ellen Barkin did not get washed into the ocean) actor and director Clint Eastwood gave a mostly unscripted speech as the "mystery speaker" at the convention before Mitt Romney took the stage to accept the parties nomination for the POTUS.  Some had speculated anyone from a hologram of President Reagan to Ted Nugent as the speaker (and God knows what Uncle Ted would of spouted!), but ultimately a veteran and award winning member of "Hollywierd" was given the task of warming up the audience for the main attraction.  The 82 year old actor seemed to ramble at times and stumble with his message, but he was still Clint Eastwood by God, and people listen to him despite whatever comes out of his mouth!!


Clint is one of my all time favorite movie actors and the films I have enjoyed him in are too numerous to mention but the pics I have posted here give you somewhat of a clue...and yes, I did watch The Bridges of Madison County and Million Dollar Baby.

Heartbreak Ridge

Gran Torino

The Outlaw Josie Wales (arguably his best role)

Monday, August 27, 2012

From the Irony Files....Jacquie's Shell gets a.... gun store?

A few months ago I posted an open letter to a gas station on Polaris Parkway here in Columbus about not only what I thought was poor customer service, but also the fact that their posting of a "No Guns Allowed" sign had actually caused me to take my business elsewhere...

Well, I had pretty much moved on with my life until a few days ago when I got the following comment on the post in my inbox....

"Anonymous said...

I drive past there every day and notice that there is a small building behind the station right in front of Quaker Steak and Lube that appears to be a gun shop? I forget the name and haven't had time to investigate. Anyone know of this? (would be kinda ironic, huh?)"



Well, a quick trip to this gas station this weekend found this in the back of it....
Not a real original name but wth...

Apparently, the owners (new?) are converting the old car wash in the place to a gun store.  I went inside and asked the clerk and they confirmed that this was indeed the case.  Also, the "No Guns Allowed" signage from the front door was gone as well.  

I doubt if I can take credit to helping to change the owner's minds on the entire 2nd Amendment thing but I am glad to see another small battle won in any case.  With a new Cabela's going in up the road from this place and a Dick's Sporting Goods already down the road, maybe we will have some decent choices and competition in the area.

...and in related news, went to Gander Mountain for the first time on Saturday...one word...expensive!

The importance of a proper cheek to stock weld...

A friend of mine posted this on FaceBook (identity hidden, but you know who you are!) as an example of what a poor cheek-to-stock weld when shooting an AR can get you...

"Tis just a flesh wound..."
Generally, I don't consider an AR to be a very recoil intense platform, but then again anything generating over 62,000 psi is going to kick a bit...best be prepared not to be in its way unprepared..


Friday, August 24, 2012

Another reason to bring our troops home from Asscrackistan...

Other than the rash of recent "green on blue" killings....no, fuck that term....I'm calling it as it is....Taliban agents assassinating US troops... here is another reason to get our guys and gals home...we need them to keep the crap from Mexico from coming North of the Rio Grande.... drug cartels, gangs, drugs, whatever...

3 U.S. Marines Shot in Mexico

Bring the Heat, Bring the Stupid brought this to my attention... thanks.  God bless our wounded Marines.


More "Bronie" stuff....

Well not really....  But here's a little cartoon for all those bronies out there...


I wish I had found this when I first posted about this phenomena a while back...

Shooting in NYC...



All levity aside, thoughts and prayers to the victims of this crime.

Some Ogrish love..

Noticed my page hits spiked a bit on an article I posted a while back...

Over at Madogre.com, George did a piece linking to my post a few weeks back about the brain surgeon that got caught carrying in a theater without a CHL in a "tacticool" bag...  Apparently I am not the only one that thinks that maybe some folks need to think a bit before they get dressed and saunter into public dressed like they hopped out of the pages of a 5.11 catalog.  There are some good comments on his post and also a few of you took notice of mine and have posted some comments here as well...

If you dress like this to go run to the corner market for milk you may be relevant to this post...

Hey, its a free country folks, you do what you want, and if you are lucky enough to live in rural Arizona or other such places where firearms are really embraced go ahead and live it up.  There is an old Chinese saying in Sun Tzu's The Art of War..."in deep ground plunder, in focal ground ally"...basically where you have no other choice go big, but where you may be at odds with your neighbors or trying to avoid conflict step quietly and try and get along.   Here where I live although we have a fairly strong 2nd Amendment landscape in the state, in certain areas (mainly the liberally controlled cities like Columbus) firearms ownership and culture is often at odds with many residents.  In this environment I like to show that I am a supporter of my rights while not exactly shoving it everyone's face, so to speak.  I get enough of that from some of the liberal platforms in my community and don't wish that on others.

As always, your mileage and opinion may vary.

Thanks for the link love Ogre...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The StG44 again...

A few weeks ago I published this pic of a WWII Vintage StG44 assault rifle that I found in an out of the way military museum in North Carolina..


The following pic is now circulating showing one of these weapons in the hands of a rebel fighter in Syria...


I guess it makes sense, K98's are still being fielded across the world after 100+ years, I guess a more modern 65+ year old design will pop up now and then too.  Apparently a large cache of these things were found recently there (around 5,000) and they have been pressed into service once again.  These would of brought a high premium to collectors but now will face the abuse of combat once again.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Houston PD Video on active shooter responses...

Damn good video, well worth your time...



I like the fact that they show the guy walking past a "no gun zone" type sign in the beginning and don't make any statement about guns being the cause of these events.  I have no issue with the fact that none of the employees seem to be armed...in most corporate environments you will find strict no gun policies in effect.  This is a realistic reflection of that fact.

Compare this vid to the post I did a while back on responding to active shooters.... I like to think sometimes I can figure stuff out without being told.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Slipstream...you heard it here first...

well, maybe you did....

I have taken more than one post to talk about how much I like Slipstream Lubricant by my buds at Crusader Weapony.  It's seriously good stuff.  Guns And Ammo have taken notice too... I got an email this afternoon from them with their "8 Gun Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed" and guess what was #7?   Slipstream!  Order yours today before the deluge of requests hits Joe!

And again, I gain nothing by promoting their products financially, Joe and George are just solid guys I respect and I really do love their product!

Weight of the world (or at least ammo) on your shoulders...

In the wake of the Colorado shootings and all the hype about ordering bulk amounts of ammo on the internet to be delivered to ones house I had a thought, "how much of that 6,000 round stockpile that guy supposedly had could he of actually carried at once?"  I am sure I am not the only person that has thought about this, the entire web is filled with dialogues about how much ammo to carry without weighing yourself down versus how much you "realistically" need.  I was doing some searching on the web to find out if there was anything about the weight of ammo and I found this page  from a Zombie site almost right away... 

The author had taken the time already to come up with the answers I was looking for...

Lightest
138rds/lb 22LR
38.25 rd/lb .223
38.25 rd/lb 9mm
28rds/lb 7.62×39
28 rds/lb .40 S&W
21rds/lb 45 ACP
21 rds/lb .308
11 rd/lb 12 Ga OO Buckshot

Heaviest

So to answer my initial question, 1,000 rounds of ammo for a 5.56mm AR would weigh around 26.3 lbs, so all 6,000 rounds would weigh about 158 lbs.  Not really an issue as I don't think anybody is going to be hauling that much ammo at once and still be mobile.  

But lets go just a step farther here.  Let's take a look at what we may carry in our "battle load".  Yes, I know that term is going to shock many anti-gunners that may stumble across this page, but if I have an AR rifle to defend myself and my family just in case a SHTF situation pops up on my doorstep (riots, natural disasters with looting, 1,000 zombies rolling in my 'hood....or whatever) I am going to make damn sure I have enough ammo on hand to do the job.  Let's take a look at my own SHTF setup that I have posted before....


As you can see I would be carrying 4+1 pmags with 5.56 (150 rounds / 38 = rougly 4 lbs) plus 68 rounds of 9mm (2 mags on the vest, 1 in the G34 and another single mag on my belt..... 68 / 38 = 1.8 lbs) for at total of about 5.8 lbs of ammo.  Wow.  And the kicker is that according to that list above the 5.56/9mm rounds seem to (me) hit the sweet spot on the entire effectiveness vs. weight ratio.   Say I had an AK and carried a 1911 instead of a G34 out the door my weight difference would be an additional 1.1 lbs (figuring 6.9 pounds  of 150 7.62x39 ammo and 32 rounds of .45 (4 x 8 round mags) ).   Now a .308 M1A with 5 mags and a 1911 would be actually lighter than the AK/1911 loadout at 6.2 lbs, but you are giving up 50 rounds for your MBR there.  I think its an odd coincidence that each caliber in terms of both rifle and pistol rounds lines up with the "equivalent" power round of its counterpart in terms of weight. 

Often you see internet commandos going off about how many rounds that they have on their battle rattle or setup.  For me, if the balloon does go up while a civilian and a state of existence WTROL does break out, I still do not see myself being loaded down like I might be if I was living in Damascus, Syria at the moment or Baghdad a few years ago.  Just a basic load is all I need, more ammo means more weight; and more weight means a quicker fatigue curve to battle against in my "advanced age" and not-so-conditioned body.  Some guys want to walk around weighed down like they are taking out a bank in North Hollywood. I want to walk around weighed down like I want to be a visible deterrent until local government can be restored.   

I'm counting about 8 pounds of 5.56 there...
Same thing goes with "go bags" and the like in terms of weight.  Plenty of guys have bags by the door or on a shelf that contain spare ammo and stuff to throw in the car on their way out of Dodge City.  Sure enough this stuff weighs as much also.  Plus, if you are like most folks and put this ammo in your bag in the box you got it with you are adding additional bulk as the boxes you get off of the shelf of your LGS or Wallymart are designed to ship the ammo safely without damage and not as compactly as it might be possible.  This is particularly true with those styrofoam inserts in the WWB ammo boxes. 

Now you could go with a .22 setup for SHTF.  There are plenty that include a good .22 rifle and or pistol in their contingency plan, and for good reasons too.  The .22 is cheap, plentiful and at 138 rounds to a pound you can carry a crap load of it.  Its ability to take small game is well known and up close its nothing to sneeze at as a defensive round if loaded correctly.  However, unless a CNS shot is made its not exactly the "one shot stop" solution you are looking for when danger knocks on your front door.  Then again the mere presence of a firearm may be more than enough to dissuade some unwanted guests from your presence.   Still, for the price of a decent 10/22 anyone in your family can be taught to shoot and the price of ammo, I would encourage most of you to get one regardless just to have and enjoy. 

And because I haven't posted any semi-random music videos to go along with any posts recently, here is a fan video for the Saliva song "Weight Of The World" done to the move Hancock.   Saliva was one of my favorite bands while I was deployed and I still like them a lot.  Often miscategorized as a Christian band because of some of their lyrics and professions on their CD sleeves, they are better describes as a band with Christians in it, they drop a few curse words in their lyrics to be a Christian band.  Still, they had a good sound with front man Josey Scott (who did leave to pursue a solo Christian career though), I have not really listened to them since they changed singers though.  Still I like this song, not really uplifting if you listen to it but it at least sounds good. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vic Janowicz in uniform..and not as a Buckeye either...

How most Buckeye faithful remember Janowicz
A guy I know on FaceBook who just happens to be the Ohio National Guard historian was going through some boxes a few weeks ago and came across some old photo negatives (for you digital kiddies that never had to load film in a camera, when you got your pictures back from the Kodak booth you also got a strip of film called a "negative" - black was white and white was black - to make additional pictures from at a later date) and had them developed.  One of the pics shows 1950 Heisman trophy winner from the Ohio State Buckeyes Vic Janowicz in uniform as a member of the Ohio National Guards old 37th Infantry Division (currently reincarnated as the 37th Infantry Brigade with the old "Flaming Buckeye" patch to boot) getting ready to maybe play some ball.  Back in the "old days" the military was teeming with inter-service sporting contests and the like.


Its that time of the year again when people start diverting their attention from baseball and other sports to football...and for many of us especially NCAA College Football.  Here in Columbus, Ohio State Football is more of a religion than a sport.  In that regard Janowicz is one of the "Saints" of this religion and holds a special place in Buckeye Nation.  I mean, its not just anybody that gets their name permanently placed in Ohio Stadium where 100,000+ fans routinely come to "worship" on Saturdays..

GO BUCKS!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gun violence...a Social Disease?

There is a story going around about how gun violence should be dealt with as a social issue the same way we dealt with traffic fatalities.  More restrictions.  I have to admit I always buckle up and think you should to, but instead of saying we need fewer weapons or treating gun ownership like a symptom, why don't we insist on including weapons safety as a subject we teach in schools, or conflict resolution or something along those lines.  Removing weapons from the hands of law abiding citizens only allows the criminals to enjoy a more target friendly environment.  This article really got me ticking and I was formulating a response and then I saw The Mad Ogre already did a pretty damn good one...go read it.

Click here to go to the story...


Stop the camo insanity!!

Note: This post is in response to a thread over at We The Armed done excellently by frequent poster Nightcrawler, please read before continuing...

In the beginning there were BDU uniforms.  And it was good, for the soldier and the marine romped in the valley along with the sailor and airmen and all were at peace.  Then the marine sayeth "Am I not a marine? Is not my uniform to be of different pattern?"  And a great discourse fell upon the land...

When I first joined the military back in 1986 the BDU pattern utility was still the "new uniform" that was being introduced.  Matter of fact I remember seeing guys from the 4th Ranger Training Brigade on Ft. Benning still wearing the OG-108 uniform while I was there.  In a short time even those troops lost the ability to use those uniforms and everyone (well save the guys whose ops are blacker that black) was wearing the BDU.  Personally, I liked them.  They were generally fairly comfortably, wore well and could be "tailored" for either field or garrison use.  Matter of fact, many soldiers had uniforms that would only be worn in one environment or the other.   For a while the BDU was the standard uniform of all of the armed forces, each with minor differences from one another.  The Army wore the god awful patrol cap and OD US Army and last name tapes along with special skill and unit badges; the Air Force wore baseball caps with blue Air Force and last name tapes along with badges for everything; the marines wore the 8 point cap with a simple USMC iron-on EGA (Eagle, Globe and Anchor) on one pocket and later added OD US Marine and last name tapes; the Navy pretty much followed along with the Marines for "battle uniforms" for corpsmen and the like but retained the old blue jumpsuits and dungarees for shipboard use.

BDU uniforms being worn by Rangers in Panama...good enough for these guys but not Marines?
There were even different versions of the BDU uniform for both temperate and hot weather wear and two patterns for use in the desert both before and after Desert Storm.  Then things went wonky...

Not a damn thing wrong with this desert uniform...
The Marines decided that they needed to be different.  From what I understand the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time decided that there was a need for Marines to look different on the battlefield to instill fear in their enemy's or something like that.  I cannot really think of a time where this may of held true in real life because the net is full of war stories where the enemy broke and ran because they found out they were facing marines/special forces/rangers/mess kit repairmen or what have you.  Regardless, the Marines -who have their own budget mind you and totally are within their right to create their own uniforms - came up with a winning camo pattern by most everyone I know, including myself.  The MARPAT pattern is a digital pattern available in both a woodland and desert pattern and uses a random series of blocks of primarily brown and green shades to pixillate from a distance producing a hazy camo affect.  I believe it works quite well.
Yeah, I admit it looks good....too bad they won't share...
They actually copy writed the pattern and included little EGA's in the pattern so the Army couldn't use it.

Well the Army, not to be caught in a "uniform gap" with the other services decided to create their own camo pattern when they found out the Marines were.  From what I had heard they had picked out a series of colors based around a light green and gray pattern that worked out well in testing when used in a DPM (splotches like the BDU pattern) scheme, but as soon as they found out the marines were using a digital pattern decided to use the chosen colors that way and what we got was the ACU uniform.  This was the last uniform that I wore (literally, I retired from the National Guard, had cake and punch on the drill floor, not some fancy retirement dinner) and while comfortable, the grayish pattern did look out of place in a brown desert.  However, this being said I have not been able to find any creditable reports where troops were injured as a direct result of their camo.  Moving in large units in motorized convoys tends to take the edge off the element of surprise in many cases.
Your's truly rocking the ACU at Ali Al Saleem airbase in Kuwait waiting to go home...
Well, the Air force and Navy decided it would be uncool to not join the new cammy craze and came up with their own.  What they came up with were fashion faux passes and in my mind criminal.  The Navy stayed with the digital bandwagon and came up with this blue uniform because, well, you know being on a 1000 foot long aircraft carrier requires that you be camouflaged when you're working 7 decks down and under sea level.  The Air Force created this grey/green tiger stripped ensemble because they have security personnel and PJ's that go outside the wire while the remaining 99.9% of them stay behind in the AC hootches when not on the flight line.
Apparently the Navy didn't notice the Army stopped wearing colored tapes and badges on its field uniforms back in the 60's and those two in the Air Force uni's will be the toughest looking couple at the karaoke contest at MWR tonight!
Enough is Enough! We need one universal camo pattern for everyone that works and can be agreed upon by  every service.  We did it with the BDU's and we can do it now.  On the battlefield we are one team regardless of who signs your paycheck.  I don't care whether you are a doggie, leatherneck, squid or zoomie, when the enemy of our country sees you coming they should be thinking about retreating already, regardless of what camo pattern you happen to be sporting.  Matter of fact, I can think of an advantage if the enemy spots a force of folks with US pattern camo coming towards them and can't tell if their Air Force or Marines (no offense to either branch).

To me, what the military needs to do is take a joint look at what patterns are out there and in use and decide on a common pattern for all of the services to adopt.  To me, the clear choices come down to the MARPAT pattern (minus the EGA for the non-Marine services) or the Multicam pattern currently in use in Afghanistan by Army units.   I think the use of one pattern would not only help streamline procurement channels across the service (as the BDU's did) but also help avoid any friendly fire or other mistaken identity issues among various US troops. Also, for whatever pattern selected a comparable desert/mountain pattern could be selected.  Sure, the boiler operator on a Navy ship will be wearing the same camo as a Marine hitting the beach, but really, other than a recruiting tool, what value does camo on a ship or airfield hold? Each service can tailor the uniform to suit their needs within reason and can add distinguishing insignia as they see fit.  I got an idea for the Marines, see that big patch of velcro on the mulitcam uniform....imagine a 3"-4" EGA attached on one of those for every marine, is that esprit de corps enough for ya'?

Multicam in use by my former unit, Co B 1/148th Infanty, OHARNG,  in Afghanistan.  

When it comes down to looking different, there are plenty of occasions to do that when the military gets dressed up for formal occasions and the like and wears some form of dress uniform.  All of those are still very distinct.


Please don't anyone take it like I am picking on any specific branch of the military for their choice of uniforms, just look at my home branch and see what a mess they made of the ACU's.  All I am trying to get across is that, in my opinion, its wasteful for all the services to have to procure their field uniforms from different sources at different prices.  Wanting a different looking uniform just so your branch looks distinct takes away the "one team, one fight" mentality that I think we need as a military.

And in a related vein, here's some related humor from The Duffle Blog......

Friday, August 10, 2012

Nucking Futs!


Another black eye for our side, per se....

The three D-bags accused of the crime....
An investigation by Franklin County Sheriff (Columbus, Ohio) investigators discovered that over 600 CCW licenses  may have been obtained fraudulently by people who obtained substandard training but yet received certificates sold by a NRA instructor.

Story here...(courtesy of our local anti-gun paper, The Columbus Dispatch)..

Basic rundown was that 62 year old NRA Instructor John Marshall was selling certificates signed by him to two individuals that were either conducting sub-par training or outright just selling the certificates to people...like the undercover agent that busted them. What a bunch of crap.  I will say up front that I received my licenses after submitting my DD form 214 to show that I received training in the military and after carefully reading the booklet available from the Ohio AG.  However, if I had not been able to do this I would of gladly sat in for the 12 hours of training required by law to obtain a license.  There is another argument all together for the right to carry concealed or otherwise be intrinsically part of the 2nd Amendment already and therefore not needing of a license...but this is the law as it stands and those that do not abide by it make the entire pro 2A cause look bad regardless of the legitimacy of the law.  Thanks jerk offs....load another round in the magazine of the folks that want to take that right away from us.  Say hi you your new friends in prison...

Of course all of us that LEGALLY carry condemn this activity as should everyone else.  Wrong is wrong in whatever form it takes, but I hope this is not another rally cry for the anti's to say that this right needs to be revoked.  I mean, the state issues thousands of drivers licenses to illegals every year and yet we don't talk about taking away drivers licenses from everybody, do we?

Huey's Manly Movies: Abraham Lincoln vs........zombies?

Emancipate This!!!

Watched a rather entertaining B grade (Maybe C grade) movie the other night on Netflix called....dum dum dum....Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies.  Yeah, its a rip off of the other current movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and was a straight to video release this year...but give it a chance.  Despite the cheesy acting and special effects, some of the actors actually try and make a go of it and despite some slow parts and seemingly lame plot lines and characters (a young Teddy Roosevelt makes an appearance).  They even went to an old civil war fort for much of the filming.

The story is basically this, a young Abe Lincoln is forced to kill his zombified Mother after his father commits suicide. Later, during the Civil War, Abe (now president) learns of a failed raid on a Southern fort where the only Union survivor to return tells tales of creatures that eat the living and whom exhibits signs of being a zombie.  The survivor quickly changes into a zombie and escapes and attacks a Union officer...the Prez quickly jumps into action and taking the shortened scythe that he used to take the head off of his mother (with a folding blade no less!!) he dispatches the ghoul.  Abe quickly assembles a crack team of the newly formed Secret Service (and yes in the movie they DO end up in a whore house by the way...old randy Abe apparently had a thing for hookers in the movie...) and heads to the fort to investigate.  Why? I don't know....I guess he just was a take charge kind of guy like that.  Once there they quickly encounter both confederate soldiers and hordes of the undead.

The rest of the movie consists of Abe and crew being whittled down by the zombies while forming alliances with each other and the confederates as well as happening upon an old flame of Abe's and ends up with Stonewall Jackson of all people saving the day (with a ridiculously unauthentic hat on) blowing up the zeds and a rather unexpected twist.  All in all a fun flick to watch if you don't take it TOO seriously.

Here is a review by a guy who I think did take it a bit too seriously being that he reviews B movies to begin with, but had some kind words to say along the way as well....



Again, its on Netflix for those of you that are still subscribing to it..  Enjoy.  (BTW, if you search the title on YouTube you might find a surprise....)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

North Carolina military memories....

If you were wondering about the lack of posting over the past few weeks you can blame my parents.  My Mom and Dad wanted to take their kids and grand kids on a vacation to Kure Beach, NC for a week and who were we to argue.  Had some good times and some other times as well.  Also had a chance to visit some locations related to North Carolina's participation in our military's history.

The good times...

...and the not-so-good times...

Fort Fisher National Battlefield Site. 

As you already know, the Civil War pitted American vs. American in some of the most bloody and violent fighting this country's military has ever been involved in.  Makes sense, we are pretty damn good at warfare as a country and fighting ourselves like that must of been one hell of a mess.  The folks down in North Carolina would of been on the "other team" than my ancestors (my family has roots as New England Yanks) but that does not make the contributions of those people any less important in the history of our country.

Fort Fisher was a fort situated on the Southern tip of what is now called Pleasure Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear river that lead to the city of Wilmington.  During the war the Union successfully blockaded most Southern ports to prevent supplies from Europe and other areas from reaching the Confederacy.  One of the cities affected by this blockade was the confederate capital of Richmond, Virginian.   Wilmington was its supply lifeline.  Laying at the head of the river away from the guns of the blockade if a confederate runner could get past the blockade and into the Cape Fear river and behind the protective guns of the Fort it could safely unload its cargo up the river in Wilmington, and from there be transported over land to Richmond.

In a combined Naval and land assault over 3 days in January, 1865, Union forces finally captured this strategic piece of real estate and provided the final blow that strangled the supply line for the Army of Northern Virginia.   General Lee would sign the treaty at Appomattox Court House after the final shots of the war just a scant 4 months later, ending the most bloody conflict in US history.  It cannot be understated that most military conflicts in history have been fought on the front lines of the battlefield, but won on the logistical lines of the winning side.

The main exhibit hall at the museum has a diorama of the battle 



While much of the outer defenses have been reclaimed by the sea, many of the center ramparts are still available to be toured if you are up to walking on a hot, humid August afternoon...

They even have an actual MOH on display...

North Carolina Military History Museum, Kure Beach, NC.

This museum located on a small MWR/North Carolina ARNG post is a hidden gem if you are in the area.  Staffed by a single volunteer and open only for a few hours each week, I was shocked by the sheer number of exhibit items on display in this drab and otherwise drab cinder block building.  One surprising exhibit was an actual German StG-44, the famous "Sturmgewehr" rifle of WWII.  This rifle is considered the original assault rifle and many have contemplated if Hitler had gotten it into service much quicker than he did it could have made a difference in the wars outcome.   I mean these things are rare and to find one tucked away in a small, part time museum on a postage stamp sized NCARNG post is simply amazing.  Of course there were many other fine weapons from WWII and other times, Garands, M1919 machine guns, Enfield rifles, M1903's, Grease guns...this place had it all.  While aimed mostly at the history of units from North Carolina, there was something that any military buff could enjoy there. The displays here were top notch and I shook the volunteers hand for helping to maintain such a little gem of a museum like that...and I dropped some green folding money into the donation jar as well.   More info here..
Not much to look at from the outside....
but a lot to look at on the inside!

Thats the StG-44 on top with some other cool rifles down below
Pretty typical of the density of items in each display...pretty damn cool for a free museum

hey look, a Huey with a huey.....and a Moni...

The USS North Carolina, BB-55. "The Showboat"


This is considered one of the grand daddies of floating history in this country.  The USS North Carolina was commissioned and launched as the first ship in a new class of heavy battleships just in time for WWII.  She (I think all Navy ships are referred to as "she") saw action in every major campaign in the Pacific during WWII and while not having a claim on sinking a Japanese capital ship (WWII saw the advent of Naval aviation as the predominant offensive weapon) she did participate in many shore bombardments to support the Army and Marine Corps as well as plucking many Japanese aircraft from the sky.  All in all, the sailors and marines that called the North Carolina home were one of the most decorated crews of the war.  This success came with a price as 10 members of the crew never made it back to home port.  This fact was not lost on me as I strolled her decks and passages with my daughter.

that's a big "boat"!...

Anti-2A Liberals!!!
you should of seen the size of the bore snake for this SOB...
When she was active, if you made the North Carolina mad this was not something you  wanted to be looking at ...
Think trying to figure out that rear sight on your CMP M-1 is difficult, this is the "computer" that was used  to aim the mighty 16" guns of The Showboat..
Some of the displays about life on board of the North Carolina were both informative and humorous at the same time...although when you think about it, that many men all living and working in life or death moments on that ship make it easy to believe that it does indeed have a "soul".  Matter of fact, many do believe that the souls of some of its crew still roam the decks on watch, its a well known haunted landmark...
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So there you go, while North Carolina military will often bring up images of brave paratroopers with maroon berets or snake eaters with painted faces there is a rich history of military service by the citizens of this warm, coastal state that should be reflected on and honored.  North Carolina is not alone in this distinction either, take a look anywhere you may vacation and and you will find places to stop and reflect on the military heritage we share as Americans.