1. Mas, I’ve enjoyed equally both your firearms acumen and your command of the language. Both are greatly appreciated.

  2. “Weather has been on and off, either perfect shooting conditions or heavy rain”
    So Michigan weather hasn’t changed since I left 39 years (Holy $%|+!)ago.

  3. Great article, Mas! The family bonds created in shooting are so much fun to behold years later!

  4. Mas.

    Having had the pleasure of travelling from the UK in 1995 to shoot the old matches I hope I may have the opportunity to do so again.

  5. “The courage to fight death ain’t just about things that go bang.”

    To the heart of things. And expansive in it’s ideal reach.

    Dad, a private pilot from the ripe young age of 66, flew till untimely death from cancer at the 83. He was proud to be a U.F.O., a member of the United Flying Octogenarians.

    To link this tidbit of obscure history to topic, I could mention that dad was a gun guy of some significance to those he helped & inspired.

    Rather, I point out he was Blind in one eye for half of his flying years.

    “These people are an inspiration to us all.”

    Mas, you inspire us about far more than just the ‘bang’.

    Thank You, the EP and all the rest, who support and inspire you.

  6. Mas.

    What are your recommending for electronic ear protection these days? I take it that Wolf’s Ears are no longer made?


  7. Mas, thank you for this article, there are LARGE groups of shooters in Chicago who love your work and read your writings daily here.

  8. Hopefully the Pin Shoot will be around for a long time, long enough for me to make another pilgrimage up to Central Lake. My four previous trips were all back in the 1980’s
    when I had some spare change to spend. I plan to make some hot +P reloads for my compensated .25 ACP pistol to blow away those bowling pins in the Big Push.

    Mas, did you see Jon Powers there with his .44 Mag-Matic pistols? Jack Schatzel was a wizard shooting that pistol. Maybe Jon has made something more powerful by now.

    • Haven’t seen Jon in decades, dunno if he’s still around or not. Jack Schatzel was there, and shooting as well as ever.

      • Hi Mas:

        Thanks for the information. Hope you had a lot of fun at Central Lake.

    • Jack told me Jon is still around, but neither he nor I have heard from Jon in years. The Mag-Matic is definitely a rara avis .

      • Maybe Jon is too busy secretly making a super powerful .70 caliber pistol to win next year’s Big Push event.

  9. Mas, how you doing, sharp as ever I imagine. My brother in law Chris and I Geary Garvison from South Haven/MI are proud graduates of your institute and watched you and the Corbon crew beat everybody up for a lot of years. I have been following you all these years in your writings and can honestly say no one on this earth makes more sense about survival than you. Chris Is now a dispatch in Arizona and I am still shooting everything with a trigger, mostly at coyotes with a Zeus/thermal. My wife uses your name all the time if I do a little screwing up with my weapons around the house, she is always telling me, Mas would kick your but for that, and I use your sense of intuition in my own head doing or not doing what I was taught by you. I am going to try and make it up to the shoot next year. Ahhh the huge pile of guns on the trailers, come on down and take your pick!! Knock’em over Mas!

  10. To Mas and all the other Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! May you continue to share your wisdom and light with us all.