Woods Wa­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

By Ken Sim­mers

Novem­ber 11 has been des­ig­nated Vet­er­ans Day since 1954, al­though it was des­ig­nated Armistice Day in 1918. Of course, it is to rec­og­nize all mem­bers of our ser­vices who have served to pro­tect Amer­ica.

Fol­low­ing World War I, the “Great War”, Woodrow Wil­son saw it nec­es­sary to ob­serve a day of re­mem­brance and, hope­fully, to help es­tab­lish a just and last­ing peace. The day has been set aside to honor all those who served, not just those who fought in wars.

This year it oc­curs on Satur­day, and the ob­ser­vance is set for Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment pol­icy. It fol­lows, by a day, the Ma­rine Corps’ birth­day.

A heart­felt thanks to all who served; may we honor you every year and all the days in be­tween.

Lo­cally, we have the 29th Di­vi­sion, mem­bers from Md., Va., Ky., N.C., and W.Va., who are all part of the Blue and the Grey. They were formed in 1917 as part of the Amer­i­can Ex­pe­di­tionary Force. Now, here is a piece of his- tory I bet you didn’t know: the famed M1, orig­i­nally made in Spring­field, Pa., was first is­sued to the 29th Di­vi­sion. 1,500 ri­fles were given to the Blue and the Grey for field test­ing, and be­came part of Op­er­a­tion Over­lord. They saw duty on Omaha Beach and just about ev­ery­where else bat­tles were fought in WWII, and were an im­por­tant weapon in the Korean War, the Viet­nam War and many po­lice de­part­ments.

The M1 was dubbed the “finest bat­tle ri­fle ever de­vised” by Gen­eral MacArthur. To­day I still see many of them in NRA shoots in front of men and women who still be­lieve in their ef­fi­ciency.

With the first part of muz­zleloader be­hind us and bow sea­son back in, we look for­ward to this Sun­day, since it is one of the few Sun­days open to Ce­cil Coun­tians. The Ju­nior Hunt is up next on Vet­er­ans Day, as will Duck Sea­son, which will run un­til Nov. 24.

Black pow­der sabots are an in­te­gral part of the muz­zleloader sys­tem. It sur­rounds a bul­let, which is seated atop a charge of pow­der. Sabots come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors, which rep­re­sent the thick­ness of the sabot it­self.

Black seems to be the most com­mon and is one of the thick­est. It is also the hard­est to seat. You only get two or three shots then you must re­move the breech plug and clean the bore. With the yel­low sabot you get a cou­ple more shots, but clean­ing is a must with black pow­der, or the bul­let will not seat with­out con­sid­er­able force.

Once fired the sabot trav­els about 20 feet then flows out into a petal and drops off the bul­let, leav­ing the bul­let to travel to the tar­get. It cer­tainly helps with ac­cu­racy, but I hope some­one de­vel­ops a cleaner way to shoot.

The sec­ond part of muz­zleloader sea­son comes in Dec. 16 and runs un­til Dec. 30.

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