In this troubled age in which we live, we should note that a cell phone hasseveral times been mistaken for a hand grenade, with lethal consequences. If you must use one of those things, keep it in your pocket until you are in a serenesetting!We have been reading extensively into Islam since the atrocities of September 11th. The more we read, the more difficult the problem is to understand. ThisMoslem doctrine has enormous appeal to a great many people, but we aredefeated by the question of
this is so. The Koran is the Word of God, asrevealed by his prophet. (In Arabic the word prophet does not signify one whoforetells the future, as in English, but rather the messenger of God, in this case.)After he became convinced that he was indeed the messenger of God,Mohammad had only to consult the most high in order to get the straight word onanything, from how many times to pray to how to beat your wife (carefully so asnot to break any bones). The appeal here, it seems to me, is to the universalhuman failing of intellectual laziness. A Moslem does not have to think aboutthings, but only to consult the Koran. There are certain problems in this wherecontradictions occur, but they are usually laid to inaccurate translation from thatform of Arabic which is being consulted. Since Arabic is not a precise language,the mullahs can discuss these matters at length without arriving at definiteconclusions.This is a tough faith to combat, since it simply does not admit to any validcontradiction. We strongly recommend Serge Trifkovic's new book
"The Sword of the Prophet,"
to those who wish to go into the matter.The 376 Steyr seems to be doing very well, both in Alaska and in the Africanbush. We also have two nice action reports on moose in Canada. There is noreason why it should not, since it is only one click below a 375 Holland. Thevirtue of the 376, of course, is that it can be had in Scout configuration, withattendant advantages. Its ammunition is not easy to come by, but if you load your own that is not an important matter.We have been receiving a lot of queries recently about whether the 45-70cartridge will suffice for buffalo. (That is
not bison.) I have alwaysmaintained that one should opt for a heavy rifle for buffalo, if possible -something on the order of the 458 Lott or the 470 Nitro - but various case studieshave come back from the field reporting that the 45-70, properly loaded, willshoot clear through a buffalo from side to side at buffalo distances, which are 30paces or less. If the penetration is there, the damage will be done, assumingcorrect placement. Thus a "Co-pilot," in the hands of a good man, should begood and plenty. My own experience has not been broad enough to justify apositive opinion, but I think a 45-70 will do. I do not recommend it as first choiceas a buffalo gun, but I think it will do. I look forward to further case studies fromthe bush.