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Inland Manufacturing is Back in the Gun Business

I wish I took these photos, because that means I would have gotten my hands on some of the freshly minted firearms now that Inland Manufacturing is back in the gun business. I didn’t, unfortunately, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to share the eye candy the company sent after I contacted them for a Shooting Illustrated story.

It’s impossible to post all the pix here, but here’s a one minute-slide show I uploaded on YouTube with most of them. Carbines aren’t the only thing the company is offering, either.

I always wanted an M1, just because dad carried one in World War II. I’m not alone in my historic quest, although Charlie Brown, president of MKS Supply and marketer for Inland Manufacturing, said there’s also a huge market in young shooters who are buying because they’ve become a videogame favorite. 


Ron Norton, owner of Inland Manufacturing since 2014, is a veteran and former shooter on the U.S. Army Marksmanship team. So he knows guns and what it takes to make them shoot. He’s been in the business for years.

I’ve known Brown for years and he’s one of the most decent people out there. Combine the two and I’m hoping it’s the formula for success, because how Inland stepped up to produce firearms for our GIs during World War II is an important piece of our nation’s history. It would be a shame if it was lost.  

Inland Manufacturing  is Back in the Gun Business

From what I’ve seen, these guns are flat out attractive. The same can’t be said for most surplus versions you find in a gun store or pawn shop. If you do find a cherry, be ready to dig deep in your pockets. The reports I’ve seen indicate Inland’s new models are also downright reliable.

I can’t afford one right now, that’s for sure…..but when I can, I’m pulling the trigger.

A little rim lighting like this may’ve helped on the receiver section of the guns in the images, but when you have subjects as photogenic as this, it’s hard to miss. Take a look at the photos and let me know what you think.  




William R. “Bill” Quimby: 1936-2018

William R. “Bill” Quimby, Tucson Citizen outdoor columnist for 27 years and publications director of Safari Club International for 16, died on June 20. His parents, Raimon and Ellen, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean, daughter Stephanie Quimby-Greene and two grandchildren.

Quimby was born in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 30, 1936, and obtained a marketing degree from the University of Arizona. He later founded Arizona Outdoor News, but closed it after starting work for the Tucson Citizen in 1963. There he earned Arizona’s Conservation Communicator of the Year award in 1973, making him the youngest person at the time to win the honor. His noteworthy work at the state’s oldest newspaper included a series of articles on the loss of public land, overgrazing and rings of criminals stealing and selling native American artifacts, pothunters so serious about protecting their lucrative heists that they threatened him at gunpoint during his research. In 2007 he was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

He was an accomplished marksman, winning a variety of long-range shooting competitions, but his real passion was hunting. Quimby is among the few to take all 10 of Arizona’s big-game species, with the last—a once-in-a-lifetime desert bighorn sheep—coming after he’d broken his arm during the hunt, had the cast set to allow him to make the shot and did so with one hand.

As Safari Club International’s publications director from 1983 to 1999, he edited and published bi-monthly Safari magazine, monthly Safari Times, multiple volumes of “SCI Record Book of Trophy Animals,” “SCI World Bowhunting Record Book” and many others. He received the Peter Hathaway Capstick Literary Award in 2003. From 1989 to 2012, he moderated the organization’s longest-running convention seminar, “Your First African Safari.”

Quimby’s adventurous life provided an unusual background readers enjoyed and an expertise upon which authors relied. Somehow between taking 60 big game animals on six continents, he managed to edit, author and co-author a number of books during his career, including “Sixty Years a Hunter,” “Divine Assistance, The Best and The Last of The Golden Age of International Big Game Hunting,” “The Heck With It I’m Going Hunting,” a series on the exploits of famed hunter C.J. McElroy and others. In 2007 he wrote, “Memories from Greer, Tales Told of a Unique Arizona Village,” providing an inside glimpse into the small city where he maintained a cabin hideaway in Arizona’s mountains.

He had a contagious enthusiasm for the outdoors, particularly hunting and its role in conserving renewable wildlife resources. In particular, Quimby seemed to savor the uncertainty of every outdoor trip, an affliction perhaps caught during one of his early big-game hunts in Canada. After a float plane ride to a remote camp to pursue caribou there, his native guide showed up hours late, inebriated, declared his intention to canoe off in search of firewood and disappeared—for days. Quimby made multiple attempts to find the missing local, took a caribou during one of those trips to eat and somehow alerted Mounties. After locating his body miles away and determining the man had drowned in a drunken stupor, authorities threatened to issue Quimby a citation for hunting without a guide. The lack of food in camp, a plane that didn’t plan on coming back for a week and little firewood to heat the wall tent forced them to reconsider, though.

Behind the scenes, Quimby was also a skilled mentor, eagerly teaching the editing, writing and publishing crafts to members of his staff. The first day I worked for him as editor in chief of Safari Times he showed me the obituary he prepared for himself and told me to sit down and write mine. He explained it’s something all good journalists do. I still have mine, but unfortunately am unable to locate his. I’m certain this version doesn’t do the same justice to Bill Quimby’s accomplishments as his would have, but hope it comes close.

So long friend. Thank you for everything you did. Your writing convinced thousands to experience the outdoors first hand—one reader at a time—and ultimately come to understand the critical role hunting plays in conservation. That knowledge will serve the resource well and, with luck, ensure it thrives for generations to come.

Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator

Mission First Tactical has rolled out its first line of muzzle devices. There’s five in all, and I’m in the process of getting good pictures to accompany my reviews. The one you see here is the Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator.

I’m OK with the rim lit, on black version I took of the company’s new E2ARMD1. It provides a ton of detail at a glance, but editors and readers like different looks and feels. Add the fact that there’s little/no room for text and it’s not a lead photo candidate.

Finding appropriate elements to include and create a different look, especially for small item is often a challenge, though. In this case I had something different I thought I’d try.

Sandlblasting Media

My driveway here in Raeford, NC, is terrible. Pine trees neglected years before I moved in have turned it into a crumbling roller coaster ride. The differences in elevation show on topo maps.Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator, Mission First Tactical Tapered three port compensator, Guy J. Sagi, gun porn, firearm photography, Fear & Loading Water and dirt form in chronic swamps and I cannot afford to have it redone.

Added to the malady is the fact that UPS, USPS and FedEx arrive nearly every day with new gear I need to test for magazines. That’s a good thing in regard to work, but it’s rough on ailing asphalt.

Every spare moment I can muster is spent on my hands and knees trying to patch and level. Yes, I know it’s a short-term solution, but the cosmetic improvement is temporarily therapeutic.

I read somewhere that one contractor always adds fine silica sand in a ratio of one to three pounds per gallon of asphalt sealer for commercial locations. Traction is improved and allegedly longevity increased.

The jury’s still out on the spots where I’ve applied the mixture, but it is shiny. Sparkly when the sun hits it just right, in the spring, once the flowers are in bloom and my knees no longer ache—or so I’m telling myself. Delivery people now know me as the twinkly driveway guy. When an item’s arrival is running late, simply apply asphalt sealer and like magic before it’s dry a truck shows up with the package and I’m asked, “Is that still wet?”

I had some 40-80 grit, black silica sandblasting media around the house and thought I’d give it a try. Let me know if you think it works. It’s dry, by the way and somewhat appropriate considering the precision in modern machining and polishing.

Focus Stacking

This single image is actually more than a dozen combined, using focus stacking. A small item like the Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator with my 100 mm Canon Macro lens would be largely out of focus without the technique. Even stopping down the lens won’t pull it all in at an oblique angle.

You’ll notice the bokeh in back, though. While taking the images I didn’t focus all the way to the background to preserve that effect. Doing so is a balancing act, so if you give it a try, be patient.

Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator

I haven’t mounted and tested any of the three versions I was shipped to test yet. Photos come first to avoid having to clean things up later for the camera. It’s a timesaving thing, and there’s this insane driveway project I’m in the middle of.

I can say, however, if the Mission First Tactical E2ARMD4 Compensator performs half as good as the great of the company’s gear, it will be awesome. I cannot recommend the company’s products enough.