Military.com: The U.S. Marine Corps is sticking with its Vietnam-era, M40 sniper rifle series, despite complaints from scout snipers who say they need the modern, longer-range weapons used by special-ops snipers. Marine scout snipers are considered to be among the best snipers in the world, but many are frustrated at the limitations of the current M40A5 sniper rifle. The A5 is based on the Remington M700 short-action design that's chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, like the original M40 Marines [read more]
Over the weekend we visited Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina, 6000 acres of mountainous wilderness. It must have been a new moon, and upon nightfall we couldn’t see our hands in front of our face. The critters stayed away, and although we were told to expect bear activity, we didn’t have any. My son did almost get bitten by a Copperhead.
Here I am attempting to cure my insatiable appetite for caffeine by use of my Isobutane stove. Mornings are tough without coffee. My one man tent is in the background. It was home for Heidi and me this weekend. My trekking poles are on the ground to the right under the log.
This is the river down below us that sang us to sleep.