June 28, 2005

And The Winner For Columnist Of The Year Is...

Ed Culhane of the Green Bay Press Gazette, What did Mr. Culhane write about to earn this coveted (albeit cashless) award? Here's a sample of his fine work:

"The M-1 Garand, an infantry rifle, felt heavy in my hands, but on this blistering hot Sunday, I was grateful for the old, restored wooden stock.
I was aiming for the gong, a painted metal plate, hanging from a crossbeam 200 yards down range at the Twin City Rod & Gun Club.
I knew if I hit it, I’d hear a faint 'clink.”

That my friends is the finest bit of journalism I've seen in ages. Not only does he freely admit the joys of holding & shooting a Garand, but he correctly identifies it as an infantry rifle. Granted it's so much more than that, but still an apt description for the rifle whose primary purpose was to keep infantrymen alive.

Read the rest here. Then drop by Alphecca's (who linked to the story first) & leave a comment or two about the Garand.

Posted by Publicola at June 28, 2005 04:08 AM

Garands are great. They also make fine boat anchors :)

Seriously, your garand was probably the nicest one I've ever seen.

Posted by: SayUncle at June 28, 2005 06:05 AM

Sooner or later, all but the most die-hard 'Poodle-Shooter' fans fall the the Garand Mystique. Although they won't admit it, guilt drives them and they have to feel, at least once, what it's like to hold a real-rifle in their hands. Sort of a re-affirmation of manhood.

Posted by: nythawk at June 28, 2005 07:14 AM

Thanks again for the advice on the Garand.

My brother enjoyed shooting it so much that I am placing an order with the CMP for him tomorrow.

Posted by: countertop at June 28, 2005 04:20 PM
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