Alabama Chapter July 4 Event a Success


At the time of our Lobby Day on the Hill on May 5, our Senators and Congressmen were in recess. This precluded our being able to visit with them in person. Their aides are always very well versed on what is happening and are very competent in relaying our messages. It is always helpful to be able to see our Representatives in person, though.

I was fortunate to have this opportunity on a very special day for our country, the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Each year I have been privileged to be a guest at the Fourth of July event at Archie Phillip’s Lake. Archie is the host of the TV Show “Outdoors with Archie Phillips.”

Alabama Chapter Event
Shown here during Fourth of July celebration are, left to right, Allen Farley, John Merrill, Randall Bush and Gary Palmer.

The show is dedicated to the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing and shooting. Archie is one of the most patriotic people that I have come to know. This event portrays what the holiday is all about with some great food thrown in as well. At each of these events there are usually several politicians who are allowed to say a few words.

Gary Palmer is one of our newest Representatives in Washington, D.C. I have visited his office in the Cannon Building for the last two years, seeing his aides on both occasions. At this Fourth of July event I was able to speak with Congressman Palmer in a social setting and hear his views of where our government stands at this time and what the future may hold in store for us, both good and possibly bad.

At this event we were fortunate to also have John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State, and Allen Farley, our District 15 Representative in the Alabama House of Legislature. It was enlightening to know that in Alabama we have people representing us that share the same values as SCI.

The 21st Century Cave Painter


Laurel Barbieri Art
Namibia’s Bounty

At the foot of a cliff face in Namibia, Laurel Barbieri stood with San bushmen, admiring a “canvas” of imagery thousands of years old. Filling the smooth, shadow-dappled surface were ancient pictographs— hand-drawn portrayals of nomadic hunters stalking a range of charismatic megafauna. Some of them were painted with mineralized pigments mixed with eland blood.  Continue reading The 21st Century Cave Painter

The Sound of Silence


On the outside they look simple enough, but not so on the inside. It’s obvious there’s no one way to make a suppressor and none of them are simple!
On the outside they look simple enough, but not so on the inside. It’s obvious there’s no one way to make a suppressor and none of them are simple!

In browsing through gun catalogs as we all do, I’m sure you’ve noticed that more and more gun manufacturers are offering models that are “suppressor-ready” (threaded and capped muzzles), so perhaps a discussion of them here would be timely. Continue reading The Sound of Silence

Finally a Marco Polo


Keith Bates and his TC Encore chambered for .338WM, his daughter Cindy Paulikas, and his flag from the Chicago Adventurers Club.
Keith Bates and his TC Encore chambered for .338WM, his daughter Cindy Paulikas, and his flag from the Chicago Adventurers Club.

In 1972 the dream started with my autographed copy of “Trophy Hunter in Asia.” The author wrote “To Keith Bates, with best personal regards. Elgin T. Gates 2/2/72.” It’s last chapter, The Rams of Shangri-La put the Marco Polo (ovis poli) Continue reading Finally a Marco Polo

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