A positive attitude is contagious

Good Saturday afternoon my fellow members of Mitchell’s Militia!

Hope you guys are having a great weekend! I’m trying to push through yet more editing on Mexican Heat. I’ve got three people helping me make it shine as best it can, and despite the continued delays, I’m confident this is my best book yet.

So, what are you guys into this week? Let me know in the comments below! (You know I love keeping up with you all, so maybe tell me what you’re doing, what you wish you were doing, and what you wish you weren’t having to deal with.)

And here’s something definitely worth reading, in an effort to make our lives a little better!

A positive attitude is contagious.

(Hat tip, Gen. Michel @JohnEMichel)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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14 thoughts on “A positive attitude is contagious

  1. Stan, it’s been a while since we’ve come nose-to-nose. Glad you’re interested in the “outside world.” Mine has included a couple of idiot old lady falls, one of which caused a slightly dislocated hip, and that’s kept me grounded for a couple of months. But – positive, positive! – today I went to a Community Orchestra rehearsal, for the first time in at least two concerts worth. What a relief to be back. I discovered I’ve forgotten how to play cello. Well, that’s sort of like if you’d said you hadn’t written a book in a few months and you’ve forgotten how. (snicker) (yeah)


    1. Crap, Nancy!!! Sorry to hear you’ve been practicing your break falls… Maybe I shouldn’t have convinced you to get that Kung Fu book? : )

      And glad to hear you’re making it back to rehearsals! I’m betting you could go ten years w/o playing and still jump back in there and never miss a beat!

      Hope you continue to recover from those falls, and I’ll talk to you later!


    1. Nice, oldgyrene!!! I could handle being there!

      And that’s an M-14, right? Or, maybe a M1 Carbine?

      And at what range are you all firing from the standing position? (I know, I know. I’m asking too many questions, but you guys look like you all take this serious!)


  2. Hey Stan – good questions and thank you for fixing my posting errors.
    That is a Springfield M1A (civilian M14), the “National Match” version. It’s a beefed-up version of the standard model, with heavier bolt, operating rod, barrel, and sights. It weighs about 50 pounds more than the one I carried in Vietnam (OK, OK…it FEELS like that, but is only 2-3 more pounds).
    We’re standing on the 200 yard firing line for standing (off-hand) slow fire, followed by sitting rapid fire, then back to the 300 for prone rapid fire, finally the 600 yard line for 20 rounds of prone slow fire.
    I just started shooting again last fall after deciding to go to the Camp Perry National Matches this year (celebrating 50 years since graduating PISC). I sure hope SSgt W.T. Roebuck isn’t there to start yelling at me again.


    1. Interesting. I didn’t even know there was a civilian version of the M14. I always assumed folks were toting military surplus M14s…

      And I’m glad you got back into shooting. You look like you were born holding a rifle!



      1. “I always assumed folks were toting military surplus M14s…”
        (Cue the Old Gunny to ask if you know what happens when you assume anything…)
        I am going to resist the temptation to express any political opinions. Here are the facts:
        1. The M-14 was designed to be fired in either semi- or full automatic mode. Every fire team had an “Automatic Rifleman” with a bi-pod mounted M-14 and it was a devastating weapon in the hands of someone who knew how to use it.
        2. It was very simple for any shade tree armorer to modify the sear in the trigger housing assembly and convert the standard M-14 to full auto. For this reason, the ATF ruled that they could not be sold as surplus. They were (mostly) stored – with a few hundred thousand being exported to other countries.
        3. During the Clinton administration, it was decided that the surplus weapons should be destroyed by having the receivers cut into (at least) three pieces. The remaining parts were and are available for sale.
        4. There still are a small number of M-14’s in the inventory of CMP and they are sometimes lent out to clubs/organizations for training and demonstrations.
        A footnote to all of this is that the M-14 is by far the preferred weapon for our guys in the hills of Afghanistan – for good reason. If you’re swapping rounds with the bad guys at 300-500 yards would you rather be throwing a 55 grain .223 round or a 168 grain .308/7.62? No contest there for me.

        If you get a thread going about weapons/accuracy I might have a few thoughts to offer.


        1. Amazing info and history. I didn’t know a lot of that, but I’d love a guest post about the advantages of an M14 over a M4/M16 in the hills of Afghanistan.

          Quite frankly, I’ve never fired an actual M14, but have used a bolt gun .308, and I always thought I’d prefer to be slinging 7.62. (In fact, in the third book that I’ve started, I’m think ole’ Nick Woods will most definitely be toting an M14 in Afghanistan.)

          Anyway, why don’t you draft up an article and let’s post it and get folks debating the plus’s and minus’s!


          1. Stan – I must have forgotten to click the notify button. Just found this post.
            I’m not personally qualified to write such an article, but I’ll soon be hanging around a ton of guys (and gals) who are.
            Heading for the Camp Perry National Matches in a few days and will see what the Pros from Dover have to say about the topic.
            You mention the M4 and I’d have to agree that it is a cute little piece. My 11 yo grandson enjoys shooting it. It is a good weapon in close quarters/urban terrain, and has a high cyclic rate – but too short a barrel to go much beyond 200 yards.
            The AR-10 (chambered in 7.62/.308) is a very fine weapon and was the second easiest weapon to zero I’ve ever fired. The recoil spring in the butt-stock makes it just right for my older (14) grandson.
            I’m just not a fan of any AR model. Too complicated, too many moving parts, and way too hard to keep clean in a nasty environment.
            Getting carried away here on what going to be a couple of quick lines.
            More later.


            1. Oh, nice! Glad to hear you’re going to heaven! Err, I mean the Camp Perry National Matches! lol

              And I’m a full battle size rifle kind of man. I obvilusly liked the M-16 A2, which we used when I served, but it was partly because a full-length rifle has the sights further apart. (Better for hand-to-hand/crowd control, too.)

              Plus, you can short-stock it on corners and in urban environments, so I’m just not sure why the need for all the carbines. (I know they put fancy sights on them these days, but I’ve not used one enough to know their merit.)


  3. BTW – that range is right in your home town. It is quite possibly the finest competition range in the country and draws shooters from all over East of the Mississippi.
    At a tournament there last month, an Army SSgt fired a perfect 50 bulls-eyes (500 score) with 33 in the X ring (new National Record).
    I try to get over your way about once a month and would love to buy you a Diet Coke one of these trips.


    1. YES! I always forget how nearby you are! (For some reason, I always think you’re in Texas… Well, it’s probably you’re swashbuckling, independent way! lol)

      Anyway, YES, let’s meet up sometime. Email me prior to leaving on your next trip down!


      1. “Well, it’s probably you’re swashbuckling, independent way!”
        Don’t forget now, it was the boys from Appalachia who taught those Texans how to do it right.


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