The Rifleman’s Creed

Ruger PC Carbine 19100

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will …

My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit …

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will …

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

~Major General William H. Rupertus 1941’ish (USMC)

While my carbine isn’t a “rifle” (and carbine is pronounced car bean for anyone wondering), it is as close as I’ll probably get to one. Rifles have a longer barrel and tend to weigh a bit more. For someone as short as me, a carbine is just easier to handle. It also makes for a great home defense weapon without the kick of a shotgun. It is something that even Mrs B can use. It is also easily taken apart for portability. (a push of a button and twist of the barrel and voila, it fits in my backpack for hiking!)

Anyway, back to the Rifleman’s Creed. When I was picking up my gun the other month at the store, several of the men there were discussing the Rifleman’s Creed and one of the younger guys was enthusiastically and quite vociferously saying that it had been around since the Revolutionary War days (late 1700’s for you non-Americans). The owner of the shop ended up asking everyone in the store what they thought. I guessed World War One, as only a mass produced weapon can produce a line like “There are many like it, but this one is mine“. The shop owner guessed around the Korean War (1950) and there were guesses all over the place. It was quite an interesting little topic of discussion. Of course, after we’d all had our say, Mr Young and Vociferous looked it up on Wikipedia and discovered it was of the World War Two era.

I have already replaced the magazine well so it can accept glock mags. I’ve also bought several Glock17 33round mags.

Taking this fine piece of equipment apart, changing its guts and putting it back together again definitely falls under the “I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel” aspect. Removing a spacer in the buttstock also made this slightly more comfortable for me, as I don’t have space gorilla length arms. The next order of business is to get a sling for it and then either a red dot sight or an actual scope. Given my diabetes and how it affects my eyes, I’m leaning towards an actual scope. What good will a red dot sight do me if I can’t see the danged red dot at 25 yards? What I’d REALLY like is a suppressor so if I’m forced to use this as a home defense gun I won’t make myself deaf. Of course, a suppressor costs as much as the gun itself so that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

One of the main reasons I chose this gun over some of the others is because it uses 9mm ammo, the same as my Sig Sauer P938 pistol. The PC in the name (PC Carbine 19100) stands for Pistol Caliber.

Being able to use the same ammo for both my guns is a big deal for me. It makes buying, storing and using just that much easier. It is also cheap and one of the most common types of ammo, so availability is pretty decent. A gun won’t do anyone any good without the ammo to back it up. A rifleman must be aware of all aspects of his weapon, including the ammo. I feel like I’ve got that part down pat too.

That should wrap up this little ramble. Thanks for hanging in until the end.

64 thoughts on “The Rifleman’s Creed

    1. Ha, that might be easier to deal with! Just put out a bowl of lucky charms and I’d be all set.

      Nah, this is just one of those “things I’m interested in ” kind of posts. Guns have been a part of my life since my teens years but I’ve never actually owned more than on old non-working squirrel rifle. So when I bought my pistol a couple of years ago that was the first step down the path. Now, it’s not a hobby like book reading. That’s for my brother. He’s got a gun safe full of guns and for him, tinkering with a gun is the height of fun. Me, “tinkering” is a chore and a duty, hahahahaa.

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    1. I’ve never actually seen that movie. I am not a fan of that kind of war movie, as the philosophy behind it are diametrically opposed to what I believe.

      I’ve grown up with guns, and so while it has really only been in the last couple of years that I’ve been able to purchase some, I’ve been aware of them. They’re a tool like any other. Even if this particular tool has some very serious overtones to it. Like keeping a tyrannical government in check.

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        1. I had to ask HP, as I’ve not seen the movie.

          For me, any “war” movie coming out of hollywood is suspect. Their continual anti-war, all soldiers are scum/psychopaths/blanksslates waiting to become one message, coupled with “all officers and those in authority running wars are corrupt”.

          I realize not all movies are like that. but more than enough are and when actors go out of their way to speak against the military, well, it’s almost impossible to watch unbiasedly.

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          1. Okay, perfectly reasonable and more or less on the money I guess we agree. On the other hand: most Hollywood movies are made with the support of the Pentagon.

            That said, it’s also true most wars are an ethical mess.

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              1. The Pentagon supports these movies (with logistics, lending helicopters, tanks, jets, etc), because, even if they are a bit critical, they do, in the end, usually glorify the military, the hero-soldier, etc. It are propaganda expenses.

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  1. I inherited my father’s hunting rifles and did targed shooting while i was at school. I had to sell dad’s guns in preperation for coming over to milou. In the netherlands owning a weapon of any kind is seminagainst the law. You are not allowed to even carry a pocket knife around. I do like that Creed it came up in a fear factory song and it always reminds me of my dad. He did like hos hunting.

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      1. I was just gonna comment how strange this post is to me… I cannot imagine wanting to own a gun/weapon. We live in a very different culture when it comes to that. Over here it is pretty much not allowed to have any kind of weapons… so that includes a bunch of knife types, knuckle-dusters, pepperspray and even realistic looking fake guns. Exceptions can be made in case of sport, but then you can’t really take them away from the sportclub, and hunters. You need to go through at least a psychological test to get a permit for that. I am not sure what regulations are in the rest of Europe, but at least within the EU they will be pretty similar.

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        1. Thanks for the first hand info.
          I know brass/metal knuckles here, while not outlawed, can get you a big fine or small jail time. THe odd thing is, the same “rules” apply to slingshots and I remember using those in the 90’s for paintball as noen of us kids could affford a paintball gun. So I’m not sure where the legal line is.

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    1. Actually, looking stuff up, most of the world (as far as I know) says carbean too. I think it’s because of the french antecedents of the word. But it IS a debatable thing. I’ve seen some real zingers in some forums over the issue.

      Dude, 2 guns isn’t an armory. A friend of mine who is into guns looked up the stats and there are approximately 1.5 or 2 guns per household in the US. So I’m barely average 😉

      My grandpa had an old service revolver from WWII but I’m pretty sure he handed it in to the Nova Scotia authorities during one of their buyback/blackmail/authoritarianweretakingallyourgunsaway phases 😀

      On a serious note, I know canada is much closer to Europe in terms of thoughts on guns. But what’s your take?

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      1. I lived on a farm most of my life so always had a rifle for shooting groundhogs and other pests. I didn’t hunt though. I think guns are OK for uses like that. Handguns and automatic weapons in homes should at least be strictly regulated though. Don’t need to be banned, but have to be properly licensed and there should be some restrictions.

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        1. And we’re definitely going to have to disagree on that.
          The whole point of our 2nd ammendment was that our founding fathers realized that “government” was a naturally rapacious beast and would gather power to itself over time. The only way to keep that in check was by having a heavily armed, responsible citizenry. I don’t think homeowners need automatic weapons because of the drug dealer down the street, but because of the beauracrat 2000 miles away.

          Of course, if someone thinks the government is one their side they won’t buy into that world view. But I think even our current world order shows that government overreaches at every step.

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      1. That makes sense. I did quite a bit of research on the Taurus guns. Supposedly they had some problem models, but got it all nice and polished up for the G2. Good economy gun I suppose. The red bull has a good punch for a 45, although I’m not sure if it’s stability.

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        1. It is really worth the money to rent a lane and whatever gun you’re thinking of buying at a firing range. Even holding a gun isn’t enough. It’s not until you fire it that you can tell how it is going to work with your hand/wrist/arm. Yes, that is expensive and probably adds up to close to 1/3 of the price of the gun, but if it doesn’t work for you, then you’ve saved yourself from buying a gun you’ll never shoot because you don’t like it. And trust me, some guns can really hurt depending on your particular phyicalities.

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    1. Hahahahaa! Glad you’ve planned ahead 😀 😀 😀

      I’ve thought about getting a shotgun, but as you mention, they’re pretty heavy and I want something that both Mrs B and I can use. So the carbine it is.

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  2. I recently became a gun owner. Even though my husband has owned guns for years, I don’t count that because all his guns are made for him and actually one of the reasons I finally went and bought my own is that in the event of an emergency, his AR is unwieldy and even his 9mm is a bit too big for my small hands to rack and shoot properly. He used to teach marksmanship, and I told him, “you’d be the first one to tell someone they shouldn’t use a certain gun if you’re uncomfortable/ineffective with it.” So, I now have a Walther PK380. It means we have to stock another type of ammo, and ammo is kinda hard and not cheap to come by these days, but I definitely shoot better with this pistol, which I tested and chose for myself..

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    1. Now that is a story I like to hear! Thank you for sharing 🙂

      I find that most people assume that guns are like toilet seats, ie, one size fits all. Which as anyone who has shot a gun knows, and you illustrate, is just plain wrong.

      I went and looked and that is a nice looking gun! If Mrs B were to get a handgun, I’d still try to steer her towards the sigp938 just to keep us a 9mm family 😀

      I’m glad you mentioned ammo, because I’m planning on doing a follow up post in March about ammo and its various issues.

      What range, in feet, do you get out of your pk? I’m able to get about 22ft with my sig. Anything further and I’m no good.

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      1. Haha, that said I still wouldn’t really consider myself a fan of guns, but I do appreciate their utility and recognize the need for them. As recent events have shown, you can only depend on you and you yourself when it comes to protection – certainly can’t rely on the government to do jack when your safety, property, or businesses are under attack.

        I also make it a point to learn about guns and know how to use them. If I’m going to criticize something, I want to know what I’m talking about. It’s how I know someone who says an asinine thing like, “Why can’t you just shoot them in the leg?” has zero clue and probably has never shot a gun in their life. You can practice practice practice, but unless you’re John Wick, there’s no way you’re hitting that small a target especially when your attacker is moving, rushing at you, and your adrenaline is up because you think you’re going to die.

        Which I guess segues into your question! I have practiced as much as I can with my new pistol, but ammo being scarce and expensive these days, I haven’t really been shooting lately. Late last year, at 30ft or so I can generally keep most of my shots in an area the size of a paper plate. But it varies. The last time I went, I had an off day and was just all over the place, no matter how hard I tried to correct my aim.

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  3. As a fellow Canadian, I find it fascinating to hear your stance on guns and to hear you share your knowledge on your own piece. The only time I held one was at work when a fellow cop showed me how weighty his gun was (even his belt was insanely heavy; I have no idea how they even run with those things on them!). I doubt I’ll ever own a gun but at least knowing how they work will help me Batman some folks up, disarming and destroying them in my fighting style. Yep. I dream. I dream that I act faster than the triggering of a gun. 😀

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    1. I find it is good for people to be exposed to things they are not familiar with. Helps get them out of their echo chamber 😉

      It is amazing how heavy pistols can be. It was one of the main issues I had when searching for my own pistol. Everything was just too big for my hands. Until I started looking into the compact and sub-compact pistols. and those have drawbacks of their own.

      You keep dreaming Batboy. Because only ONE superhero is faster than a speeding bullet (oh, you set me up so perfectly for that!)

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    1. Eh, you might have to pay more (biggest fear right now is regulating guns into non-existence like california is doing) but that’s about it.

      HOw do your parents feel about guns? They can always buy them and let you use them until you’re of age. That’s what my dad did for my first 22calibre rifle.

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      1. They’re fine with them. I’ve shot many guns in my life. I’ve even done gun training.

        I just think it’s sad that people in other countries (and even some states) don’t know what it’s like to shoot a firearm.

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