Saturday, August 11, 2018

WWII Ace Pilot -- WOW!

A skilled warrior whose record just makes me say, "WOW!" Thanks to my barber for this link.

Find out how shooting down a U.S. plane did not blemish record, but increased his status as a hero.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Khukuri as Tool as Well as a Weapon, 2

In my last post, I showed how I have come to appreciate another aspect of my favorite khukuri in shaping wood. In Nepal, home of the famed Gurkha warriors, the curved blade also serves primarily as an agricultural implement suited to many uses. It also makes a fearsome weapon.

My barber sent me the link to the following video which shows elite Gurkha troops learning the deadlier side of a familiar tool.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Khukuri as a Tool, as Well as a Weapon

When Laura broke the handle on her favorite garden tool -- Grampa's Weeder -- it fell to me to fix it. Rather than buy a new handle, I decided to re-taper the end of the existing handle. This involved turning it slowly while evenly removing fine shavings all the way around.

 Of course, I immediately saw this as an opportunity to develop new skills with my favorite khukuri. I shaved the the handle with the inner curve, the sharpest part of the blade -- the forward portion is for chopping. It surprised me how much fine control is possible with such a large blade. I used my Swiss Army Knife for smooth and dress the work.

Here is how it looked when about 3/4 done:

The project proceeded slowly and painstakingly, but it pleased me to see how straight and uniform the taper turned out.

Now, the time I spent to do that was way out of proportion to the cost of a new handle, and I have a backlog of projects I need to work on, but the payoff came in the time I got to spend with a favorite blade, testing its limits, and developing a new skill. Here, I follow the Nepalese who for centuries have used the khukuri as an all-around tool, and because its use became second nature, they naturally carried it with them to war.

In the next post, you will see young Gurkha soldiers training to use a familiar tool as a weapon of war.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pastor Takes Out Shooter, Then Treats Wounded

You need a good guy with a gun to take out a bad guy with a gun. That's the message from this story in National Review sent to me by my barber. The link below will take you to the story.

Pastor Takes Out Shooter and Treats Wounded After Sunday Sermon

Here's the essence of the story as presented in the article:

"The shooter, a convicted felon, had already wounded several as he made his way Sunday to a Walmart in Tumwater, Wash., where he began shooting at customers and anyone who tried to stop him. As customers fled in fear, David George, pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Oakville, Wash., stepped in.

"George first made sure his family was safe, then drew his concealed weapon and told the gunman to “drop the gun and show me his hands,” he told reporters later. He then fired, shooting and killing the gunman before rushing to administer first aid to a driver who had been shot in the store parking lot." (click link above for full article)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Russian Martial Arts Practice May Be Healthful

The Russian martial art Sistema recommends dumping a bucket of cold water over your head every morning . . . outside . . . in the wintertime. After seeing this article, I'm beginning to believe there may be some solid science behind it.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Eye Gouge Subdues Armed Home Invader

An article in the International Business Times reports:

According to a police report by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a witness called 911 just before 1 p.m. after he walked up to Golden's house and saw a man in a black mask holding a rifle.

"He hit me in the head with a rifle and a buddy of mine just happened to come up at just the right time and distract him," Golden told WJXT. "And when he distracted him, I made my move and I grabbed him, locked the gun in."

Golden said he got into a scuffle with the armed man, later identified as 34-year-old Timothy Hinson, but managed to use his military training to gain leverage. That’s when Golden made his move for the suspect’s face.

"I dropped the clip because I had military training then there was still one in the chamber," Golden said. "It went off. I knew I wasn't dead. And then military training took over and I gouged him in his eyes until I felt his brain."

Adrenaline supplied the necessary aggressiveness; mindset provided the ruthlessness; training and experience had already taught him the effectiveness of an eye gouge.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It's Not Just the Gun . . .

Four would-be muggers tried to rob a man holding a child outside a McDonald's restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. The father got to his handgun as he was fighting them off and wounded one before they all fled.(The story is here on Fox News.)

Note that the point here is not only that he was armed, but that he had the mindset to fight off four men in order to access his weapon. It takes a warrior mindset to reverse the momentum of an ambush.

As Jeff Cooper used to say, "It's not the gun, it's the spirit of the man behind it."