Thursday, July 11, 2013

Stream of Consciousness

Looking for blog fodder I fell down the wiki hole. 

It all started with thinking on that user modified Glock someone had up on Gunbroker.  The one that had no trigger guard.  Made me think of the Fitz Special.  He was the dude that invented the snubbie.  One of the features was a cut down trigger guard, and this turned out to be extraneous, but giving the Fitz Special treatment to a Glock is genius!

Supposedly, some guy in Mexico did it to a 1911.  Now THAT gives me the heebie jeebies even more than the Glock.  Now I can't find that article.  I hope it was referring to a .45ACP revolver with the treatment...  Wait, here is a reference to Captain Manuel T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas

That article about the Fitz also led me to Colonel Rex Applegate who liked belly guns and point shooting.  He was sort of the other side of the coin to Colonel Jeff Cooper.  Looks like more people accept Cooper's way of doing things, now.

Applegate lead me to refresh my details on Wild Bill Donovan of the OSS and David Stirling of the SAS.  

I had no idea that Camp David was originally used by the Office of Strategic Service for training.


Some badasses in that list of personalities.  But if you want a REAL badass, this guy:

Adrian Carton de Wiart

"a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said 'frankly I had enjoyed the war.'"

1 comment:

NotClauswitz said...

Somewhere I read that Applegate got into point shooting because he was busy training the Shanghai Police and they only had .38's with tiny and near useless sights, while also frequently going out after bad-guys on night-raids - so it HAD to be point-shooting or else there were no hits. YMMV.