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5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:33 PM

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Just curious. My wife has far more experience in firearms than I do. She comes from a line of army officers (grandfather and great grandfather were West Pointers) and her father majored in Fish & Game at Oregon State, but retired as a colonel in artillery (he was at D-day, mouthed off to Patton, etc.) She was taught to shoot at an early age.

Her ex-father-in-law (Happy to say she's mine now) once decided he would teach this cute young thing a thing or two about shooting with a pistol. Now she's about 5 foot 2 inches and a 100 pound redhead--not a big girl. She pretended to not know anything. The old man was a gambler, so there was $100 on the deal. He carefully set up a couple of targets in the back yard while she was going on about 'the barrel thingie' and pretended to be nervous and clueless and afraid to touch the pistol. The old man shot and did OK and told her the $100 bucks was hers if she could beat him.

She emptied the gun in a cluster of six on the bull's eye in a few seconds. The old man shit his pants and she just smiled and asked him if he had another $100 bucks for a rematch.

Next weekend he had some of his buddies come over. He says, 'Think you can beat her?' He made his money back, but she demanded half for herself.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:38 PM

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Seeking stories as per above.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:50 PM

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Great story Sky

I love a good, come uppenance.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:50 PM

Anonymous

WOAH!! SCHUYLER

Mouthed off to patton. Bet he got the ass whoopin of his life!

5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:57 PM

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He told me that wasn't exactly the smartest thing he ever did. he was a Captain at the time and they were waiting for trucks to load the artillery pieces on the landing boat for D-Day. Patton comes along and tells Dad to load the artillery. Dad says, 'we have no trucks.' and Patton says, 'well, load them anyway.' So Dad says, 'Then how are we going to get them off the boat when we get there?' he said Patton just walked away. The thing is, Patton was a general of a different army and was just touring where he didn't belong. Dad, who is 95 now, still snears whenever he hears Patton's name.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
5 years 15 weeks ago, 8:06 PM

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64 years after the war

thats pretty good. But smarting off to patton wasnt good. here is somthing to show your dad.

http://www.generalpatton.com/biography.html

5 years 15 weeks ago, 8:28 PM

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This was a personal story, a minor anecdote I have the privilege of sharing. Patton has his detractors and his admirers. My father-in-law's opinion of Patton is not going to change at this late stage. The article cited was written and copyrighted by the estate of Patton. It's a nice summary, but hardly a critical assessment. A much longer and more comprehensive article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton. There have been a number of comprehensive biographies written about Patton. One of the better, IMO, is 'Patton; a genius for war" by Carlo D'este and 'George S. Patton; a biography' by David smith.

In my opinion Patton was a great man and an American hero in the truest sense. But my father-in-law didn't like him.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
5 years 15 weeks ago, 8:52 PM

Anonymous

good point schuyler

Patton is a true hero no doubt about it.

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