“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Match Grade M1 Garand in 30-06.

Match Grade M1 Garand in 30-06.

The Arts of the Fusilier is an assembly of essays, factoids, and  “how to’s” regarding the shooting sports.  It is currently broken down into roughly three sections.

The first is musings on The Second Amendment, local Long Island and New York State politics.  I undertake this project as much for catharsis as any other reason, but my hope is that some will take heart in what is written here and embrace the profoundly important significance of the Second Amendment. The success or failure of any democracy is dependent upon two things.  The first is consent of the governed, and the second is that the people of that democracy bestow that consent based upon an informed position and reserve the means to withdraw that consent.

The second general section is Reloading for the Rifle for the budding reloading enthusiast, or perhaps even, the shooter who is on the fence about getting involved in reloading.  Being assembled strictly for Sh*ts & Giggles, the information presented should not be interpreted as having any merit or instructional content whatsoever.  Any decision on the reader’s part to take any of the content herein provided as being a good idea is completely misguided and is strongly discouraged. (This is the Disclaimer part). Have fun reading but always fall back on the published reloading manuals! Now if you would still like to follow along with the process, at the end of each article will be a “Next Up” link with the title of the article that follows. If you’d like to follow along logically (in my mind anyway) just click on that link. If you’d prefer hopping around, click on the Category, “Reloading for Rifle” link and it will take you to a page of article titles you can hop to to your heart’s content!

The third section “Bullet Casting” arose from the shortage of factory made heads with which to pursue this hobby. So, driven by curiosity and some necessity, I dove into the deep end of the pool and started casting my own bullets.  Please feel free to join in on the fun and come along as I discover the joys and frustrations of casting my own bullets.

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Not being one to be inclined toward leaving well enough alone, I have recently taken on yet another challenge.  As anyone who has known me for very long knows, I am pretty much a Social Libertarian, and a Fiscal and Constitutional Conservative.  I have also been an active participant in the shooting sports for most of my life since about age ten or so.  I have actually forgotten when I became a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, Over the last few years, I have upgraded my membership from Life to Patron.  But a few weeks ago, I also volunteered to become an NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator.  This is what led to setting up a section of this blog to house some “Pointless Ruminations” in support of Second Amendment issues.  While I apologize to some of my less conservative friends in advance for perhaps upsetting their anti Second Amendment viewpoints, I can no longer remain silent while the concerted effort to strip our democracy of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms goes onward.  Stay Tuned!

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3 Responses to “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

  1. Harvey A says:

    Gary, what a marvelous undertaking! I remember vividly your patience and clarity when you first led me into reloading, .45acp, right? This site ought to be required reading for both new and ‘veteran’ fusiliers. More when I see you next week. Harvey

  2. Don McGaffey says:

    Election Volunteer Coordinator,
    This will be a very full seventeen months. Stay strong and keep in touch.

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