Category Archives: Hap’s Corner

Maltese Falcons And An Old Etonian

My wife and I were thinking about a vacation trip when a flyer came in the mail about a tour to the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. I was a bit familiar with it as it played a vital strategic role in … Continue reading

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ALLEN AND HAP’S SEALED TRAINS…

The wife and kids were out for the night, so I had the television set to myself. I don’t watch much TV, usually Red Sox games, so this was a treat. In my recliner, a bowl of popcorn in my … Continue reading

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Hap’s Corner continues

While Hap is no longer with us he did leave over two dozen unpublished articles. Beginning August 1, 2021 the remaining articles will be published. One will be published each month on the first of the month. Once all the … Continue reading

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Teddy, Elihu, and Alfred…

Teddy, Elihu, and Alfred… Two of the greatest honors for a service arm shooter at the United States National Matches are also related with a most prestigious international honor.   One hallowed tradition began a few weeks after the conclusion of the 1904 National Matches, held at … Continue reading

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Paraffin or Tallow. It’s The Group That Matters…

I have been going through my annual ammunition testing and noticed that the lubricant on Lapua, which I am experimenting with for the first time, and my tried and true Eley are quite different. Lubricant on a .22 cartridge is … Continue reading

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The Bishop’s Boys Blast Away…

The Bishop’s Boys Blast Away… I am sure that we have all shared the experience of finishing a conversation and, as we walk away, of thinking of the perfect reply to a question or barb too late. The French call … Continue reading

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ENDURANCE RECORDS-SHOOTING AND BASEBALL…

ENDURANCE RECORDS-SHOOTING AND BASEBALL… Sitting on my bookshelf is a gift from the late great Art Jackson, two deformed metal discs. One is a 1947, the year I was born, Mexican one peso piece with a hole shot through it on the circumference, the … Continue reading

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A Small, But Significant, Technicality.

In more than fifty years I have at last come to grips that my shooting forte may not be with the firearm but with the typewriter. I’ll leave no legacy of strings of range victories. My contribution to the sport … Continue reading

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A BIG BANG THEORY OF SORTS…

A BIG BANG THEORY OF SORTS… Our regular Friday morning breakfast meeting happened to fall on October 9th in the middle of Fire Prevention Week and the anniversary of the Great Chicago and Peshtigo Fires.Considering the occasion, I raised the question of what might happen if a shooter’s home suffers a fire to … Continue reading

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HARDLEY A MAN IS STILL ALIVE…

HARDLEY A MAN IS STILL ALIVE…  Miss Mowry was at the board writing, in a graceful Spenserian hand, our English assignment for us to copy. Ham handed as I was my cursive scribble resembled more of a rat’s nest in … Continue reading

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MARINES HAVE LANDED AND THE SITUATION ISWELL IN HAND…

MARINES HAVE LANDED AND THE SITUATION  ISWELL IN HAND… As I sat at my desk the usual New London High School cafeteria midday feed, a hearty 25ȼ grinder, a couple of  3ȼ half pint cartons of milk, a bag of State Line potato … Continue reading

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The Price Of Basic Necessities…

The Price Of Basic Necessities… I was searching the Internet for some arcane information when I came across an article entitled The Cost Of Basic Necessities The Year You were Born. Never one to pass up an opportunity to fill any … Continue reading

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DOWN RANGE IS NO PLACE TO BE….

DOWN RANGE IS NO PLACE TO BE…. The memory of the first highpower round I ever shot at Camp Perry is still sharp. It was August 18, 1975 and the Members’ Cup required 20 shots. Standing on the 200 yard … Continue reading

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT…

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT… It took my brother Steve years to establish a rifle team at the high school where he taught physics. One of the strongest arguments offered by his opponent on the Board of Education was emotional: … Continue reading

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A Distinguished Scout…

  A Distinguished Scout… I enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard to shoot on the rifle team and actual military duties were the furthest thing from my mind. Assigned to Company C, First Battalion, 169th Infantry based in Middletown, Connecticut, … Continue reading

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640 hits or 36 Hitless, Sort Of The Same Thing…

640 hits or 36 Hitless, Sort Of The Same Thing… ​The 26th of May was a sunny start to the Memorial Day Weekend and I was wielding my power washer while adhering to, depending on your literary bent, either Voltaire … Continue reading

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RANDLE’S RHODE ISLANDRIFLE RANGE RELATIONSHIP…

  RANDLE’S RHODE ISLANDRIFLE RANGE RELATIONSHIP… Rhode Island is a small state, to be absolutely accurate it is more than just a small state, it is the smallest state. Despite its diminutive size, it is but 48 miles from north … Continue reading

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HAP, JAKE, TOMMY, AND MALCOLM…

  HAP, JAKE, TOMMY, AND MALCOLM… During the 2017 Roberts Trophy Match we took a side trip to visit a few of the historical spots that dot the bucolic English country side. Heading west from Bisley we soon arrived at … Continue reading

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ITS TOMMY THIS AND TOMMY THAT…..

ITS TOMMY THIS AND TOMMY THAT….. Life, like a busy main street, is full of intersections. Outside of my family, shooting and aviation are my main preoccupations, with Red Sox baseball and America’s Cup yacht racing following. Recently three of … Continue reading

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  Sherlock And The Soldiers Three… The Old Man, the family black sheep, left high school and a comfortable home, to bum about the country during the Great Depression. On the other hand, my mother dutifully completed her secondary education … Continue reading

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LIKE A FIDDLER ON THE ROOF…

  LIKE A FIDDLER ON THE ROOF… Few sports are more traditional than the shooting sports. We have been doing things the same way for a long time and the traditional way of doing things borders on sacred to many. … Continue reading

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