Tuesday FGS

| July 5, 2022

Rock Island Armory AL22M

If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it.
— Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address March 4 1801

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Today’s FGS Linkys are proof that AW1Ed loves me and wants me to be happy. Woulda been a nice trifecta of love if he’d a had a shot of a fetching Red Headed Ms Thang. That video with the table full of the Creations of HMS JMB (HBHN)? Talk about a kid in a candy store. Be still my beating heart.

Old tanker

Nice selection but they are all pretty much box stock WW1 / 2 types. As for myself I have learned, the hard way, why beavertail safeties and commander style hammers are such a great modification. I also am a fan of better sighting systems than what JMB installed on his great invention. lastly the selection of calibers, frame materials and modifications make it a truly versatile platform.

I have fired the old as issued version that sounded like a hubcap full of gravel kept in the armory in my first basic course and unit. Great for nostalgia but lousy for hitting anything farther away than 5 feet. The newer revisions are far far better.


Elmer Keith was once similarly told .45s were inaccurate. Borrowing one from one of the officers, he walked a few rounds up to a snowbank two hundred yards away, then emptied that and the subsequent magazine into the snowbank. Funny thing – when he asked if any of the officers if they wanted to stand in front of the snowbank for the next magazine, none would.
From “Hell, I Was There!”, Keith’s autobiography.


That is a very handsome revolver and a fine tribute to S&W’s styling. .22 magnums will do the deal and, as heavy as the AL22M looks, it ought to be a very steady and enjoyable way to break a lot of empty beer bottles, or whatever.

Were I ever to become “emperor” of the world, or maybe just influential with a school board, it be a wonderful pleasure to introduce a student marksmanship program as an elective for those with an interest.