The Deadliest Marksman’s Cold, Brave Stand

Eighty years ago, a freezing Finnish farm boy took aim at the unstoppable Red Army — and became the greatest sharpshooter the world has ever seen.

Narratively Michael Stahl


Photos courtesy of the Finnish Military Archives.

The war was nearly over on March 6, 1940. The enemy, propagandized as an unstoppable fighting machine, was indeed overwhelming the army of the country they’d invaded. Six days later, the aggressors would finally force an armistice, and soon grab control of much of the land they’d coveted. It had taken longer than the two weeks they’d anticipated, but conditions were harsh, the defenders far more resolute than expected. For more than three months, battlefields roared with motoring tanks, gunfire and artillery explosions, obliterating the natural beauty of the countryside. Through it all, one warrior emerged as perhaps the finest killer in military history, on a mission to serve his besieged nation by picking off foreign attackers — many, many of them — one by one with a sniper rifle.

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What the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Says About the Upcoming Election

What the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Says About the Upcoming Election

This map shows the states and counties that had passed some type of Second Amendment sanctuary law or resolution as of March 21, 2020. (Source: Wikipedia)

This map should greatly trouble Joe Biden. It shows the Second Amendment sanctuary movement’s grassroots spread across America. This isn’t an organized uprising; it’s a spontaneous counter-reaction that grew organically in response to the politicians who blame America’s more than 100 million law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals.

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Setting Up a Home-Defense MSR

The MSR has proven itself exceptional for home defense. Here is how to optimize yours even better.

Setting Up a Home-Defense MSR

At a recent media event, I was made aware of a survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on ammunition purchases. More than 12 percent of the respondents said they had purchased rifle ammunition in the past year for the purpose of self-defense. Not ammunition, rifle ammunition.

The results shouldn’t have surprised me as much as they did. I was reminded that the NSSF did a survey of over 12,000 respondents in 2010, and home defense was the No. 2 reason (behind recreational shooting and before hunting) for owning a “Modern Sporting Rifle,” the NSSF’s term for AR-15-style rifles.

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Iwo Jima: The Men Who Fought & The Guns They Carried

Iwo Jima: The Men Who Fought & The Guns They Carried

Sergeant Rinaldo J. Martini of the C Company, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division takes aim with an M1 rifle while seated on Japanese mortar crates.

This photograph was taken after he earned the Silver Star on the first day of the battle, but before he was subsequently wounded in action and evacuated from the island. Note that he is carrying a shortened M1910 entrenching tool and a Model of 1917 fighting knife.

Iwo Jima paintinguring the battle for Iwo Jima, 22 Marines and four U.S. Navy corpsman were awarded the Medal of Honor. One of them was PFC Donald J. Ruhl, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, depicted here in a painting by Col. Charles Waterhouse. On Feb. 19, PFC Ruhl single-handedly attacked eight enemies, killing one with his bayonet and another with rifle fire from his M1. He later gave his life, throwing himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines. This painting is part of a special exhibit of Iwo Jima Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., Gift of Col. Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR (Ret.), Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va.

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Willow Creek’s big adventure

This article was written 12 years ago but could have been written yesterday. Little has changed.

April 2008 | by Gary Gilley

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It has been a tough year for the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, the flagship congregation of the ‘seeker-sensitive’ movement. Most know that Willow Creek has set the pace for 30 years in its redesign of the local church. More recently Rick Warren, and his Saddleback Community Church, have stolen the spotlight from Willow and, to some degree, eclipsed its influence on new-paradigm churches.

But rest assured, Willow – along with its Willow Creek Association which boasts 12,000 member churches from 90 denominations – is still charting the way for those who look to felt-needs, surveys, the latest innovations and market strategy, instead of Scripture, for their structuring of the local church.1 When Willow speaks, church leaders listen. When Willow wheels out a new product or method, churches around the globe fall in line. Whatever Willow promotes, others emulate.

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When Pastors Fail Their People

Very recently, another two high-profile pastors were exposed for moral failure in their ministries.
I share this essay more as a reminder to myself than anyone else that this could happen to anybody — including me. Whenever I hear a story like this, it scares me as much for myself as it does for anybody else. There have been times and seasons when I, too, have been — or at least felt — on the edge of moral compromise. In my worst moments and seasons, I have had the abrasiveness of Moses, the victim posture of Jonah, the wrongful ambition of Simon the sorcerer, the self-righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, the cowardice of Peter, and the cluelessness of the twelve disciples.

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On Guns, Joe Biden is Full of It

American Rifleman, Monday, March 16, 2020

On Guns, Joe Biden is Full of ItPresumptive Democratic 2020 Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact, or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback this week when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment auto worker. Aside from further exposing a waning control of his faculties, the exchange revealed Biden’s deep antipathy towards the Second Amendment, his profound ignorance on the firearms issue, and his willingness to lie for political advantage.

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Why Religion Is Not Going Away and Science Will Not Destroy It

Social scientists predicted that belief in the supernatural would drift away as modern science advanced. They were wrong.

Aeon, Peter Harrison

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In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: ‘belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, as a result of the increasing adequacy and diffusion of scientific knowledge’. Wallace’s vision was not exceptional. On the contrary, the modern social sciences, which took shape in 19th-century western Europe, took their own recent historical experience of secularisation as a universal model. An assumption lay at the core of the social sciences, either presuming or sometimes predicting that all cultures would eventually converge on something roughly approximating secular, Western, liberal democracy. Then something closer to the opposite happened.

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State Representative Phil King’s COVID-19 Update

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Update from the Texas Workforce Commission

Staggered Access to Unemployment Benefit ServicesOver half a million Texans have filed unemployment claims in the last 18 days as a result of COVID-19. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will soon outpace the total number of claims received in all of 2019.

This unprecedented increase has led to long wait times, overwhelmed call centers and technical issues with the Unemployment Benefit Services portal. TWC staff is working around the clock to expand the capacity to take claims but needs your support. Effective immediately, TWC recommends that Texans stagger their calls and access to the online portal based on applicant’s area codes.

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The Oil That Could


More than 100 years ago, the Imperial German Army was looking for an all-purpose oil with which to outfit its soldiers. The army wanted oil that could maintain the metallic parts on rifles, but could also be used to condition both the wooden stocks on rifles and the leather gear carried by its troops. In addition, this oil had to be safe enough to treat minor wounds, sores and scratches.

Dr. Helmut Klever, a chemistry professor at the Technical University of Karisruhe, believed he could develop a new type of oil that would meet these stringent demands. Klever also happened to be the son of the founder of Klever Company, a producer of oils and grease from coal.

In 1904, Klever introduced Ballistol, which the army tested and adopted in 1905. For the next 40 years, Ballistol was issued to Imperial Army troops as a general, all-purpose oil with a multitude of functions.

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