I first handled a Chiang Kai-Shek in my boss’s dimly-lit California garage on a warm spring afternoon in 2013.
“They’re fine rifles, people seem to think they’ll explode if you shoot them but I put plenty of rounds through mine,” he explained, handing me a German-made Mauser Type 24 Standard Modell to compare it with. “It’s basically one of these.”
Dear Future Me,
To be completely frank, these past two years haven’t been kind.
General Dynamics’ F-16N/CCV
A lone single seat fighter prowls the Southern California landscape, its pilot as conscious of the terrain around her aircraft as an infantryman would be fighting in the same battle space. A plateau here, a mound over there, “Blue Air” about three clicks Northeast bearing two-seven-five- yeah, let’s just make sure the geography’s between me and them.
Grumman’s F-29A Polecat
“Mario, I’m picking up three bandits, eleven o’clock, angels eight, do you see ’em?”
“Negative, Pacman. Hey Roller, let’s try breaking ’em up- I’ll head low and left and you take it high and right. Bait these fuckers out.”
Quick snippet about this video: I didn’t tighten down the barrel-mounted rail extension all the way so it started slipping forward. I fixed it though. Also my hair looks super fly here and I’m starting to see a jawline on my face. Feels good when you’re finally starting to look as good as your rifle does.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this little write-up about my rifle.
My buddy Kyle and I are hosting a new podcast about aviation. This first episode is about really cool aircraft that never saw operational service for reasons. Put it on in the background as you work or something and listen to us talk about things you probably already knew about the XF8U-3 Super Crusader and its friends.