William "Bucky" Lawson is a self-described "typical Appalachian-American gun enthusiast". He is a military historian specializing in World War II and has written a few things, as he says, "here and there". A featured contributor for Strategy & Tactics, he likes dogs, range time, and a good cigar - preferably with an Old Fashioned that has an extra orange slice.

Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Against ATF’s “Engaged in the Business” Rule

Federal District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting ATF from enforcing the "Engaged In Business" rule against specific plaintiffs. Judge Kacsmaryk’s decision discusses why he granted the injunction, and it looks like the ATF will be hard-pressed on this one. Let’s break it down.

Sweet Upgrades for Your Sig P365

When it comes to upgrades and customization for a handgun, the possibilities are endless. Here we look at the Sig P365 and some options.

A Strategic Look at Operation OVERLORD

Calling the Normandy invasion the most strategically significant Allied operation of World War II isn’t a mere superlative. It’s a fact. We still feel its impact 80 years later. Take a moment to ponder that today as we honor the men who made it happen and the 4,413 men who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. Never forget.

Complexity and Lift: Breaking Down the Normandy Landings

Operation OVERLORD was probably the most complex military endeavor ever attempted. An amphibious landing against a defended beach is generally considered the most difficult kind of offensive operation. It’s so incredibly hard that it was considered impossible until 1921. Even so, it took the US Marine Corps and Navy almost two decades to work out how to pull it off. Even then, success wasn’t guaranteed. The enemy does have a vote, after all.

D-Day: The Airborne Mission

The Allied airborne drop is among the most famous aspects of Operation OVERLORD. Thanks to the excellent Band of Brothers miniseries, many people perhaps know more about the airborne operations than they do about the main amphibious landings. That knowledge, however, is likely incomplete. Those whose familiarity comes from television and movies only get a partial picture. So, let’s look at the three Allied airborne divisions (yes, three) that jumped into Normandy, their missions, and how they impacted the invasion, though that last one is kind of ambiguous.

NRA Wins Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a former New York state official violated the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) right to free speech under the First Amendment. The case stems from former New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Maria Vullo’s pressuring three major insurance providers to stop doing business with […]

The Vortex Viper HD 2-10×42 Rifle Scope: Simple and Effective

I really like the Viper HD. Simplicity and effectiveness make a powerful combination, and I see that in this scope. I like the easy controls, the useful but not cluttered reticle, and the quality construction. And I love the clarity of the glass and the low-light capability. I fully expect this scope to have a long and productive life chasing whitetails and other critters.

Cheap Guns Vs. Top-Tier Guns: Is Your Gun Really “Just as Good?”

Be honest with yourself. What are you trying to accomplish with whatever gun you buy? Gucci guns are unnecessary. They’re often great, but you don’t need them. Less expensive guns can and will do the same job, even if you are a SWAT guy. However, understanding your chosen gun’s role will help you assess where you can cut costs and where you shouldn’t.

The War on Glock

This isn’t just a war on Glock. It’s a war on the entire gun industry.

The Walther PPS M2: Still a Good Choice?

The Walther PPS M2 is still a good choice. It’s maybe not the best choice since the advent of double-stack subcompacts, but it’s still good. The PPS M2 is a reliable firearm from a proven company.

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