Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

The rifle

Written By: Bob - Mar• 18•13


…The rifle is still the steadfast friend of the American. He has not forgotten it. Its cold royalty courses through veins of men who have never touched its warm stock, or felt its reassuring slap against the shoulder. When these young hands – these hands that do not know the good and loyal friend – grasp it in introduction and feel its weight and see its efficient build and handsome profile, there will be a meeting of minds. These friends, they will recognize each other as Americans, old Americans, trustworthy Americans of great heritage.

Should there be another war, and should there be only two men left, it will be the rifle that decides who has conquered the world and who shall be able to retain it. And if there should be another war and the world is engulfed by forces that overwhelm men and reduce them to slavery, it will be the rifle that breaks their chains and restores human dignity. For the rifle is the force of the common man, as the bow and arrow were in earlier times, and the spear and the rock were in the beginning. It is the voice of the endangered, lonely man with his back against the wall and his whole future before him. With the rifle, Americans defeated the most powerful nation of the world and became free. With it, they will retain freedom.

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  1. simms520 says:

    Love it I have a match with the Marine Corps League this year with the M1. Cant wait I have my 30-06 all loaded!

  2. smitty says:

    That was some fine writing there.

    Looking forward to attending an Appleseed then hopefully obtaining a CMP M1 Garand and/or 1903A3 rifle.

  3. Gayle says:

    Ohhhh… this makes me want to run home and hug my humble little 10/22 :-)

  4. Neo says:

    “The liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box,” Frederick Douglass once wrote. “Without these no class of people could live and flourish in this country.”

  5. John Garand says:

    Four years ago I got my first rifle an M1 and signed up for appleseed event in santa barbara CA. everyone else had 10/22’s but there was a instructor there who had shot the garand in the korean war so he was able to teach me many sling tricks and vast knowledge of the weapon. what a great rifle and learning experience.