Throwback Thursday: Marksmanship and National Defense

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the October 1960 issue, Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, the then-newly designated Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stresses the importance of marksmanship training for all American citizens who would be subject to service in the event of war.

Throwback Thursday: Pistol Shooting

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article from The American Rifleman, March 1927—one of the primary documents of combat pistolcraft—Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police. Lessons he learned on the mean streets of Shanghai were taught to British Commandoe and SOE operatives, as well as Americans in the Office of Strategic Services—including Col. Rex Applegate.

American Rifleman Archives: Editorial—The Mentally Ill

For nearly half-a-century NRA has urged Congress to study the question of mental illness. This American Rifleman editorial dates to 1966, and the questions it raises are still valid today. “Elimination of the instrument by which these crimes are committed cannot arrest the ravages of a psychotic murderer.”

American Rifleman Archives: Aimpoint Electronic Sight

From the May 1978 American Rifleman: Optical sights which present an illuminated dot on the same visual plane as the target image are not new. Examples, other than the Aimpoint, are the Oxford Gunsight and the Weaver Quik-Point which were discussed earlier in the American Rifleman.

From the American Rifleman Archives: "In the System:" M1 Garand Rebuilds

From the Dec. 2003 American Rifleman, Bruce Canfield explains how hundreds of thousands of M1s had their useful life extended by several decades through the efforts and dedication of the skill ordnance personnel "in the system."

Handgunning in the 1920s: The Techniques of W.E. Fairbairn

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article, Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police.

Rifleman Q&A: ’03 Springfield Sight Settings

From the American Rifleman archives, NRA member writes Dope Bag questioning adjusting the M1905 adjustable sight issued with the U.S. Caliber .30-06, Model 1903 Springfield rifle.

Veterans Day 1958

This editorial was originally published in the November 1958 issue of The American Rifleman. Fifty-six years later, Editor Walter Howe's admonishment for all U.S. citizens to be prepared to defend our American ideals, in peace or in war, ring as true today as they did then.

Archives: The Price of Individual Rights

The real issue of the American Revolutionary War was between the idea that man exists for the benefit of the State and the idea that the State exists for the benefit of man. The real issue was the political independence of the individual.

Throwback Thursday: Snipers—Specialists in Warfare

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article from July 1967, the author emphasizes how, since the early 1500s, snipers have been changing the course of history.

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