Paul E. Carlson is an Army Reserve veteran, who served for 13 years and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant before his honorable discharge. He is a husband, father of two, grandfather of seven, small business owner and voracious reader of G & P among other publications. He is a member of the board of Directors of the Indiana Rifle and Pistol Association and a Benefactor Life Member of the NRA. Active in local government, he served for 30 months at the Elkhart County Indiana County Commissioner, filling an unexpired term in the mid-1990s.
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  • Old Slabsides, 100 Years Old and Still Kickin’

    Excerpt: In its original design it had very small sights, is a bit heavy by today’s standards, and has manageable recoil. We must remember that this pistol was designed in the early part of the last century. It was accepted into government service in 1911 making it 100 years old this year. Battlefield experience in WWI led to four modifications made in 1924 creating the M1911A1. The government model was originally made by Colt. The government purchases some 2.7 million M1911’s between 1911 and 1945 with two million of those for WWII service. The M1911A1 was replaced as the standard sidearm for the U. S Military in 1985 when the Beretta M9 was adopted. Many Special Operation units still use the M1911 as an alternate pistol.

  • The Garand is Grand

    Excerpt: “They claim that these rifles might fall into the wrong hands. These obsolete and antique rifles could be dangerous. They could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions.”