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General Patton's Library

The following was kindly provided by Captain T.W. Forrest of the D.C. Army National Guard.

Suggestions for
Professional Officer Development Readings
Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

As soldiers it is our duty to continue are professional development by reading.  General George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945), was known for his study and reading of military history.
In 1952,  his widow, Beatrice Patton, provided a list of his favorite books for an issue of Armor magazine (Patton, Beatrice Ayer, “A Soldier’s Reading,” Armor 61 (November-December 1952, pp. 10-11).  I provide it to you for your professional development:

She also explained that during WW II, Patton read about the areas in which he fought and for an understanding of tactics.  For example:

  • The Normans in Sicily, Knight
  • The Greatest Norman Conquest, Osborne
  • The History of the Norman Conquest of England, five volumes by Freeman
  • Caesar’s Gallic War
  • Infantry Attacks, Rommel

For further study in the importance of professional reading and how it can shape a soldier I recommend the following:

  • Dietrich, Steve E. “The Professional Reading of General George S. Patton, Jr.”  Journal of Military History 53 (October 1989)
  •  Nye, Roger H., The Patton Mind:  The Professional Development of an Extraordinary Leader.  Garden City, N.Y.:  Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1993.
  •  _____, “Whence Patton’s Military Genius?” Parameters 21 (Winter 1991-92),  pp. 60-73.
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How to Inspect a Used Rifle By Patrick Sweeney

This Winchester Model 70 might be a real gem or it could turn out to be a lemon. Like all used guns, you’ll never know until you inspect the rifle and make sure it’s in working order before purchasing it. Photo: Meniscus
A used rifle, priced right can be a real find or it could turn out to be a lemon. Like all used guns, you’ll never know until you inspect it and make sure it’s in working order before purchasing. Photo: Meniscus

The used gun market is a great place to find a solid deal. But, shooters better know how to evaluate a firearm, to ensure they aren’t spending their cold, hard cash on a lemon. With that in mind, master gunsmith Patrick Sweeney goes over how to inspect a used rifle.

Open the action. With a light or reflector — and with the action open and bolt removed if appropriate — look down the bore. Clean, shiny and clear of obstructions, right? If not, let the bargaining begin!
While many rifles will shoot accurately with a slightly pitted bore, some won’t – and all will require more frequent cleaning. Work the action and see if there are any binding spots or if the action is rough. Ask if you can dry fire it to check the safety.
Some people do not like to have any gun in their possession dry-fired; others don’t care. If you cannot, you may have to pass on the deal. Or, you can assure the owner that you will restrain the cocking piece to keep the striker from falling.
Close the action and dry-fire it. How much is the trigger pull? Close the action, push the safety to ON, and pull the trigger. It should stay cocked. Let go of the trigger and push the safety OFF. It should stay cocked.
Now, dry-fire it. Is the trigger pull different than it was before? If the pull is now lighter, the safety is not fully engaging the cocking piece, and you’ll have to have someone work on it to make it safe. If the rifle fires at any time while manipulating the safety (even without your having touched the trigger) it is unsafe until a gunsmith repairs it.

While you were checking the safety, just what was the trigger pull? A very light trigger pull is not always bad, but may need adjustment.
As an example, if you are handling a Remington 700 or Winchester 70, and the trigger pull is one pound, someone may have adjusted the trigger mechanism. If you are handling a Winchester ’94 and the trigger pull is a pound, someone has been stoning the hammer or sear.
On the first two, you or your gunsmith can adjust the weight back to normal ranges. On the ’94 you may have to buy a new hammer or sear — or both — to get the pull back into the normal range.

Inspect the action and barrel channel. Is the gap between the barrel and the channel uniform? Or does the forearm bend right or left? Changes in humidity can warp a forearm and, if the wood touches the barrel, alter accuracy. The owner may be selling it because the accuracy has “gone south,” and not know that some simple bedding work can cure it.

The bore, action and trigger aren’t the only features to turn a keen eye to in evaluating a used rifle. Also inspect the stock, which could be cracked or warped, and the screw or pins, which might need to be replaced.
The bore, action and trigger aren’t the only features to turn a keen eye to in evaluating a used rifle. Also inspect the stock, which could be cracked or warped, and the screw or pins, which might need to be replaced.

Look at the action where it meets the stock. Is the wood/metal edge clean and uniform? Or do you see traces of epoxy bedding compound? Epoxy could mean a bedding job,and it could mean a repair of a cracked stock. Closely inspect the wrist of the stock, right behind the tang. Look for cracks and repairs.
Turn the rifle over and look at the action screws. Are the slots clean, or are they chewed up? Mangled slots indicates a rifle that has been taken apart many times – and at least a few of those times with a poorly-fitting screwdriver.

Remove the bolt if you can. If not, use a reflector or light to illuminate the bore. Is the bore clean and bright? Look at the bore near the muzzle. Do you see jacket fouling or lead deposits? Many an “inaccurate” rifle can be made accurate again simply by cleaning the jacket fouling out of the bore. While looking down the bore, hold the barrel so a vertical or horizontal bar in a window reflects down the bore. If the reflection of the bar has a ‘break’ in it, the barrel is bent. Sight down the outside of the barrel and see if you can spot it. A slightly bent barrel can still be accurate, but will walk its shots when it heats up. A severely bent barrel must be replaced.

Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt of our new book Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values, 18th Edition.

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Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books’ best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.
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For the History Teachers out there – A great intro to Western Civilization, The day the Universe Changed Video Clips

For me at least, this series about the History of Technology was a real eye opener to me. Hopefully you might enjoy them also! Grumpy

Western Civilization documentaries: The day the universe changed by James Burke

Click here for a link list of Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series as well as James Burke’s connections 1.
The day the universe changed is also created by James Burke and follows a similar style as that documentary. In this one, though, it tends to focus on how the development of a revolutionary big idea has tended to shape our understanding of the world and/or universe.
Hence the title. Honestly, the concept for the series leans a little too relativist in that respect for my liking, but not in an extreme way that is common in post-modernism.
Its true enough that new data can change your perceptions about reality, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t or wasn’t an objective reality that doesn’t give two cents for what you happen to be perceiving, right or wrong.
I would think that Burke himself would basically agree with this point, while also stating that for us, at least, these changing perceptions have had very important consequences. True.
Anyway, it is a mainstream documentary so it tends to have the same problems you can expect from most of those, but since its old (1985), generally pro-western civilization, and vaguely conservative leaning, as a result, it is quite easy to look past that and enjoy a well produced documentary the likes of which you are unlikely to find produced today. Please enjoy the ten episodes linked below:
Episode 1: The way we are: It started with the greeks.

Episode 2: The light of the above: medieval conflict – faith and reason

Episode 3: Point of view: Scientific imagination in the renaissance.

Episode 4: A matter of fact: Printing transforms knowledge

Episode 5: Infinitely reasonable: Science revises the heavens

Episode 6: Credit where its due: The factory and marketplace revolution

Episode 7: What the doctor ordered: Social impact of new medical knowledge

Episode 8: Fit to rule: Darwin’s Revolution

Episode 9: Making waves: The new physics – Newton revised

Episode 10: Worlds without end: Changing knowledge, changing reality

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