This We'll Defend
Going on 233 years now...
Resolution of the Continental Congress
14 June 1775
"Resolved, that six companies of expert riflemen be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia; that each company consist of a captain, three lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, a drummer or trumpeter and sixty-eight privates.
"That each company, as soon as completed, shall march and join the Army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry under the command of the chief officer in that army.
"That the pay of the officers and privates be as follows: a captain at 20 dollars per month, a lieutenant at 13 adn 1/3 dollars, a sergeant at 8 dollars, a corporal at 7 and 1/3 dollars, a drummer [or trumpeter] at 7 and 1/3 dollars, privates at 6 and 2/3 dollars; to find their own arms and clothes.
"That the form of the enlistment be in the following words. 'I have, this day, voluntarily enlisted myself as a soldier in the American Continental Army, for one year, unless sooner discharged. And I do bind myself to conform in all instances to such rules and regulations as are, or will be, established for the government of said Army.'
"Upon motion, resolved, the Mr. [George] Washington, Mr. [Philip] Schuyler, Mr. [Silas] Deane, Mr. [Thomas] Cushing and Mr. [Joseph] Howes be a committee to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army."
The Cool Thing About That Mosin
It's a Remington, on top of being a Finn. The serial number is quite low, only 4 digits, so my best guess is it's one of the few that Remington delivered to the Russians in 1917 before delivery stopped due to non-payment by the Czar's government. From there it was probably appropriated by the Finns when they declared independence later that same year.
Anyone know what that 'VY' looking mark is? I couldn't find it in my Mosin book.
Facts That Bear Repeating
Facts about the Obamessiah for all gun owners to bear in mind. Courtesy of Dave Hardy at Of Arms & the Law
FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt
the firearms industry.
FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton
FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly
used for hunting and sport shooting.
FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.
FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C.,
and other cities.
FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal
prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense.
FACT: Barack Obama supports requiring law-abiding gun owners to register
FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court brief in
support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.
FACT: Barack Obama wants to eliminate your Right to Carry.
FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce
Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and
FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles
of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in
FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of
Illinois did records searches on them.
FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners
Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to
assist young people in the military.
FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines.
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping.
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods.
FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which
prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being
used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.
FACT: Barack Obama supports "one-gun-a-month" sales restrictions.
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns.
FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued
firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for
FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training requirements for
all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership for persons under the age of 21.
My Gun Show Find
Junior poses with the rifle I picked up at the gun show yesterday.
It's a Mosin-Nagant M1891, and yes, those are Finnish sling swivels you see. But that's not all that's cool about it. More to follow.