“The year is 1632, when a strange town, called Grantville, appears in the middle of Germany.  The strangers claim to be from someplace called West Virginia, a part of the United States”

If you have not read Eric Flint’s 1632 series and are in any way into science fiction or fantasy, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

You may ask why I am sharing the “leisure reading” recommendation on a gun blog.  Well, in part, because 1632 deals with firearms on many levels.  First and foremost, it addresses the effect of modern weaponry in an antiquated world.  From shotgun wielding rednecks. To a young female competitive shooter who uses a Remington 700 .308 to take out enemies at a distance unthinkable at such a time.

However, the people of Grantville were smart enough to realize that modern rifles are a rare commodity in 1632.  And not something easily produced en masse.   So the series addresses the manufacture of older style rifles (flintlocks, cap, etc) which are still substantially more advanced than the firearms presently available in the 1600’s.

The series can be a tad campy, but is a lot of fun. So if you’re looking for some to read – pick up a copy.

I mean how many sci-fi books deal directly with the advent of firearms, their manufacture, and address the affects of what a modern day shot gun does against a man with a pike.


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2008 in Review / 2009 Gun Resolutions

2008 in Review:

Firearms Acquired:
– Ruger P-345 (first carry weapon)
– Ruger LCP
– Glock 17 (used)
– Mosin-Nagant (first rifle)
– Ruger Mini-14 Target (first new rifle)

– Signed up for the Easy-Pay NRA Lifetime Membership
– Began process of becoming an EVC
– Attended first “Friends of the NRA” meeting.

– NRA First Steps
– NRA Basic Pistol
– NRA Basic Defense in the Home

The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by Massad Ayoob
Black Man with a Gun by Kenn Blanchard
Gun Facts
Common Sense by Thomas Paine

People I Brought to the Range:
– Father-in-Law (already a gun owner, but hadn’t been to the range lately) [1]
– Sister-in-Law’s husband and three young nephews [4]
– Pastor [1]
– Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law and her boyfriend [3]
– Co-worker (hunted when younger, had shot, but we went out together and I was able to help improve his aiming – we both have a GP100 6″) [1]

Total of 10 people I brought to the range.

Internet & Culture:
– Started the N.U.G.U.N. Blog
– Did a review for Gun Review Podcast @GRRN
– Attended a “carry” dinner


2009 Gunnie Resolutions:

(I am updating these and striking them through as they are achieved)

Acquire the following arms:
– 10/22
– Shotgun
– Others 🙂

Buy a house:
– Then I can buy a safe

NRA Involvement:
Become the local EVC
Become authorized to sign-up new members to the NRA
– Help with local Friends of the NRA events
Sign-up 5+ new members
– Sign up 25 new members (new updated goal)

Personal Training:
– Dryfire weekly
– Compete and do so without errors.
– NRA Personal Defense and/or other CCW course
– NRA Basic Rifle
– Advanced tactical course
– Appleseed Event (I was encouraged to attend one. And seeing as I have little to no experience shooting rifles. I think it’d be beneficial. And it was pretty affordable so I am adding this to my goals.)

Future Reading:
The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry by Massad Ayoob (acquired)
In the Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob (acquired) [Read]
Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper (acquired) [Read]
Dial 911 and Die by Richard Stevens [Read]
– Gun-Proof Your Children by Massad Ayoob (endeavoring to acquire)
– Stressfire by Massad Ayoob (on the list to get)
The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms by Stephen Halbrook

– Take at least 5 people to the range.

Internet & Culture:
– Further the N.U.G.U.N. Blog
– Do more reviews and auxilliary podcasts for the GRRN.
– Attend at least 2 “carry” dinners.
– Attend a “gun blogger” event.

This post was inspired by MArooned’s recent post here! If you don’t read MArooned’s blog YOU SHOULD!!!  It is one of my favorite gun blogs.