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War Crimes, Hard Choices, and Harder Consequences

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An important forward from the Mad Duo: One might argue this is a cautionary tale. One could easily make the case this is a painful homage to the young men who did right under appalling conditions. It could be a hard judgment on how ‘Big Army’ handled the whole thing. In the end, interpret how you read it as you prefer, as long as as you read it. Here’s why: Today Breach-Bang-Clear begins a series of articles that every military man and woman should read. It isn’t our normal tongue-in-cheek look at cool gear or stoopid crap. It’s a true…

The Never Ending War: Part 1- Nostalgia

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The cold wind slaps your face without mercy, the smell of wood burning in the distance hinted with an unforgettable scent of cinnamon and pine needles. The dusting of white on the trees float lightly onto your jacket while you feel that old familiar feel of leather on your feet and the sensation of floating on water through the winter breeze. That memory can come out of nowhere– when you least expect it. It doesn’t even have to be winter for the familiar feeling of ice-skating at the snap of a finger. The only trigger that may be needed is…

Adventure: Big Bend National Park, Texas

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I had been there once before. Twenty one years ago. The details of those memories are sketchy. I remember it was March or April. The weather wasn’t too hot and it even was cold at night. I remember stars filling the sky. My friend Jason and I were in our early twenties. I was a couple months from bootcamp and Jason unbeknownst to him was about 9 months away from the yellow footprints. ‘Man planning’ was in full effect. We threw our gear into our packs, hopped into Jason’s car and headed west. I can’t remember for sure but I…

Tactical 16’s Mission Continues

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iRON MiKE – David, why did you write this book? David Peters – When I got back from Iraq in 2006 I knew something changed inside me, but I wasn’t sure what. The more chaotic my life became with infidelity, divorce, and caring for the most severely wounded men and women of the war, the more I searched for something to read that might help me know I wasn’t alone. Most of the books by chaplains I read glossed over the dark times after combat. So, I guess I wrote the book that I wanted and needed to read. iRON…

I Will Never Leave a Fallen Comrade

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Every branch and every specialty within the armed forces of the United States has this ideal written into its creed in some form or another. Ask anyone who’s ever served what drives them when things are at their worst and they will tell you that it’s the men beside you. If you’ve ever been in a firefight, you know that political agendas, foreign policy and political conjecture have zero to do with why you’re fighting back. That core value of laying down your life for your brother, that promise of “you go….we go”, that inherent commitment that outlasts any marriage,…

Please, Open Carriers, Stop “Defending My Rights”

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I’m not sure what’s going on with the gun rights movement lately. We faced a serious threat after Newtown, but at the grass roots level, America showed that it does not want more gun control. Most major gun control efforts failed miserably. Gun sales have soared. More and more good, decent citizens are getting concealed carry permits. The public is slowly learning that despite the incessant media focus on guns, actual gun crimes have plummeted. A few prominent liberals like Anthony Bourdain have tried to convince other liberals to stop demonizing gun owners. By most measures, we on the pro-2nd…

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Food and Drink

Blackened Redfish

Redfish Blackened

I lost my stomach for fish almost 20 years ago. While on a West Pac the low grade ‘fish’ smell permeated the galley walls of my ship (the USS Peleliu) and found its way into the birthing where I slept.…

Chili, Just One Option

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Chili recipes, there are a ton of them out there. With meat, without, beans or no beans. There is beef chili and even rattlesnake chili. So I just picked out one to post. It takes 6 to 8 hours in…

Outdoors

Adventure: Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lost Mine Trail- The Payoff

I had been there once before. Twenty one years ago. The details of those memories are sketchy. I remember it was March or April. The weather wasn’t too hot and it even was cold at night. I remember stars filling the sky. My friend Jason and I were in our early twenties. I was a…

New Outdoor Contributor

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We have a new contributor to IRON MIKE MAGAZINE. Anthony Babich and his team at Island Outdoors Media Productions will be providing us with a window into the hunting and fishing world around Long Island, New York and Maryland. They have some outstanding videos and pictures to share. Follow them on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and…

Workouts

Pull Up The WOD

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Pull Ups are always a core exercise to build upper body strength. Combined with some bench work and some air squats this timed workout will kick your ass. Get into the Grind.   WOD: Pull Ups x 15 Flat Bench…

Podcasts

WLS: Tactical 16 and Erik Shaw

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Published on Jul 26, 2014 Great talk with Shawn and Erik Shaw from Tactical16. We talk about their company, who they are, what they do and who’s next. You can find their books, radio show and everything else at www.tactical16.com

Tactical 16 Visits Fox News

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On July 27th Erik Shaw, the CEO of Tactical 16, and author Robert Patrick Lewis were interviewed by Fox News’ Shannon Bream. The two veterans talked about the company and how they help veterans get their story out. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Center Mass: World Issues

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Streamed live on Jul 20, 2014 Plenty going on in the world to talk about tonight folks. Turmoil in the Ukraine, fighting in Israel and the middle east. We will also have the conspiracy of the week. The best/worst tweet of the week and more. Live at 10pm EST/7pm PST on YouTube and also streaming…

WLS: Offhand Remarks

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Welcome to the We Like Shooting show, Episode 50. This week we’ll talk about Concealed Carrie Purses, Phase 5 parts, Snap caps, Wolf Springs, Kineti-tech muzzle brakes, Walther PPQ, Bug Spray with our guest, Sandi from Offhand Gear!

The Arms Room: Fighting Rifle Concepts

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Today on The Arms Room is about how to setup your fighting rifle – whether it’s an AR-15, AK-47, or lever action 30-30, there are some specific things that you need to pay attention to. Should you add that light, laser, optic, doo-hickey, or tactical high speed bolt-on accessory? Find out on today’s show!