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Among my favored series on THE HISTORY CHANNEL is MAIL CALL hosted by — OOHRAHR. Lee Ermey, and this particular edition (“Knob Creek Gun Range, #90“) is among the best yet.

Ermey — he’s relaxing on a day off — fires a lot of weapons, a lot of other people fire a lot of weapons (“with extreme prejudice”) and Ermey goes gaga over — whatISthataTANKdestroyer?! — a lot of artillery at the local gun show (stopping before the sublime array of ammo, he exclaims, “just look at that, how beautiful all that ammo is set out there“).

Ermey then resumes the firing of more ammo from several automatic weapons in a staging jungle — he hits his targets with ease and accuracy — while others wield flame throwers at cars and rusted appliances and a guy who looks like two or more of my highschool instructors from times past makes several rapid, expert direct hits with a bolt-action rifle just before aerial artillery emerges amidst many vignettes of more automatic weapons fire. It’s a radical holiday but to Ermey it’s a day off.

Mail Call: Knob Creek Gun Range: #90 — Airs on Friday February 02 06:30 PM

Host R. Lee Ermey heads to Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky, outside of Fort Knox, for the Knob Creek Shoot, a weekend when machine-gun owners and collectors converge for unbridled mayhem. At this former military-munitions test range, shooters nationwide come to buy, sell, and trade. First, the Gunny shows us around, talks about the history, hits sales tables, and fires off a few thousand rounds–from state-of-the-art to early vintage. Next, Lee takes a turn on the “Jungle Walk”, a machine-gun shooting course with hidden targets and dense brush to recreate what it was like for the grunts in Viet Nam; and he gets a lift on a mule to the Knob Creek helipad where he goes aloft in a Cayuse OH-6A Helicopter for the range’s aerial shooting course. Then, it’s the night shoot, when you really get to see raw power as machine guns shoot tracers and fire at targets filled with diesel fuel and dynamite, incinerating cars, refrigerators, and oil drums.

I love this guy and I love this series.


2 C O M M E N T S

  1. snowballs says:

    Suzy, I love your writings…

    Lately there’s been a few TV shows on about the battle of Midway.

    Before that, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US had become aware that the Japanese Zero was totally superior to the U.S. Hellcat. The rule of thumb was, if you’re behind a Zero in a Hellcat, you’d better kill him or he’d be inside of you in 2 turns. That’s like 30 seconds!
    How kick ass is the fact that our grandfathers and their generation took on this threat and were able to stall the enemy from whatever it was that they were after? They faced that tangible threat, what a bunch of badasses!

    Now, with the intangible, perhaps catastrophic threat to our boots on the ground localized to cities, indigenous to the 21st century, we’ve got to be vigilant and precise.

    Our folks there in the war zones now are very brave, even though the threat is ignored/not discussed by those on the American left.

    Boy are they are brave – yesterday and today, regardless of the politics. I don’t see where the left stands on that – too bad.

    God bless our troops overseas and at home.

  2. -S- says:

    Thanks for the compliment, snowballs. Always appreciate positive feedback.

    I agree wholeheartedly about our military defense. There is no way that most of us here in our nation — especially the Left among us — can ever really know the degree of sacrifice that those who serve to protect and defend us experience. I know from my own family to just what degree individuals do go to meet and exceed those expectations in the military, and I think that so many today among the Left who fail to respect that service and sacrifice just do not understand what they say and about whom they say it.

    Also, I do not understand the recent Left trendy speech that they “support our troops but oppose the War.”

    It’s impossible to “support our troops” while disagreeing with their work and efforts in service. That’s like saying they like swimming but they don’t support getting wet (or, that they oppose water).

    Sorry I was a day late publishing your comments — I’d leave the comments section on immediate publish but this site is beset with a high volume of Spammers and a cyberstalker and I can’t always be available to actively screen comments in realtime…thus the delay in reading and publishing comments here, which I recognize can be frustrating to friendly visitors (my apologies accordingly).