By Dan Shea

Ah, the smell of gunpowder in the air, gravel underfoot, ringing ears and some excellent barbeque: it must be Knob Creek time again.

This issue is for the Fall 2009 Knob Creek Machine Gun Show and Shoot, and everyone is gathering up their guns and ammo as I write this. People are talking about what they are bringing, and it sounds like an interesting mix. The “Recession” may have put a damper on how much .50 cal. some are preparing to shoot, but they sound like they are replacing it with other calibers and some are breaking out old stocks of .50 to give Ma Deuce a run anyway.

I am looking forward to this, as always, a gathering of old friends, see what weird and unusual parts and tools I can find, and see what new, interesting people are discovering in civilian ownership of NFA Firearms.

We’ve pulled out the stops on this issue, expanded it to 132 pages, and gone all color. SAR drifts a bit toward military users in one issue, back to collectors in another, and this one is devoted to the sporting use of NFA firearms. We hope you enjoy this issue: it’s packed with fun stuff, and quite a bit of our focus is towards the newer enthusiast or the old timer who wants a new twist. I like Jeff’s take on DDs for recreation. There’s nothing like a game of “Lawn Darts” with a 60mm to liven up a garden party and give the neighbors one more reason to either come over and join in, or nervously avoid you at local social functions.

Speaking of the military - if you’re deployed out and don’t know about our “Cookies from Home for Shooters” program, all you have to do is go to www.smallarmsreview.com and fish around until you get to our military program. Just send us your APO or FPO address and we’ll send you a box of assorted copies of SAR at no charge (or send us your friend’s address). It’s our way of saying “Thanks for serving.” If you have been around a while, then you know that SAR has been with the troops to the tune of about 100,000 copies since day one of the current war, and the stories are legion about troops mustering in and finding well thumbed, dog eared copies of Small Arms Review left for them in the back of Humvees and hootches by people rotating home. The members of Moose Lake Publishing LLC, publishers of this magazine, are united in our support for you.

On that note, if you are not deployed but you want to sponsor some boxes to be sent over, you can help us out. The USPS has shown its support of the troops by tripling the cost to us for what we send and increasing the paperwork burden, thanks very much for that, and we responded by overstuffing and tripling up the load in the boxes. Each box now has 31 copies of assorted back issues in it, and it costs us $11.25 instead of four bucks to send to Iraq or Afghanistan. For $11.25 you can sponsor a box, $112.50 you can sponsor ten, $1,125 you can sponsor a hundred boxes, etc. If you want to do this, send the check to:

Small Arms Review For The Troops
631 N Stephanie St, Henderson, NV 89014

We guarantee that every dime of your donation will be used to pay postage to our bloated, spendthrift government to get these free magazines from us to the troops.

This is not a write-off for you; it’s just good for the troops. We get the names of the larger mailings from anysoldier.com and they have done a great job of providing a place for deployed military personnel to post what they need or want. Stop on their site and see what you can do to help our troops today.
- Dan

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V13N2 (November 2009)
and was posted online on May 25, 2012


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