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CRO f-100 LETTERS TO GUNS fIRE THE FINEST IN THE FIREARMS FIELD SINCE 1955 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Thomas von Rosen, CEO; Thomas Hollander, Randy Moldé, Marjorie Young Editor Jeff John Managing Editorial Assistant Stephanie Jarrell Editorial Assistant Amberly Dressler, Mckenzie Whitmer Art Director/Staff Photographer Joseph R. Novelozo Art Assistant Jennifer Lewis Advertising Sales Director Anita Carson Advertising Sales Assistant Dana Hatfield Production Manager Linda Peterson Website Manager Lorinda Massey Promotions Coordinator Elizabeth O’Neill GUNS Magazine® welcomes letters to the editor. We reserve the right to edit all published letters for clarity and length. Due to the volume of mail, we are unable to individually answer your letters or e-mail. In sending a letter to GUNS Magazine, you agree to provide Publisher’s Development Corp. such copyright as is required for publishing and redistributing the contents of your letter in any format. Send your letters to Crossfire, GUNS Magazine, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128;; e-mail: PUBLISHER Roy Huntington November’s Campfire Tales “We Walk Among Heroes” by John Taffin was a fine tribute to a deserving man, but in the interest of accuracy I must submit the following: The Bell P-39 was the Airacobra rather than the Air Cobra, and the F-100 was the Super Saber, the Lightning was the Lockheed P-38. Please accept these as technical corrections and in no way meant to detract from or denigrate John or the memory of Robert Flagg. Frederick Fass CMsgt, USAF, Ret’d Denton, TX Thank you sir. I was sure I remembered it as the Lightning from my childhood. When I was in the 8th grade in 1951 our textbook had a story on the P-38 Lightning. Bet you can’t find such a thing in any public school textbook today! Good shootin’ and God bless—John Taffin Taffin On The Mend John Taffin had a near-brush with death near the end of September. Thankfully, he survived and is at home getting better. —Jeff John In John’s own words: “On Thursday, Sept. 23 I got up at six for a fun day shooting with a 7x57, .32 Marlin levergun and .41 Magnum levergun. At the gun show the previous Saturday John French gave me an old box of 175-grain RN 7x57s and my friend Denis and I were going to shoot them through a Win. M70 and a Ruger No. 1 to see which did the best. I came out of the bathroom dressed—and then it hit me. Excruciating pain in what seemed to me my back and throat. Normally I would tough it out but this was so bad and I was so dizzy I told Dot she’d better call 911. I do not recall arriving at the hospital so they must have already had me out. The operation took almost six hours. The artery to the aorta had split. The doc told me later if I had not come in immediately, I would have died. I spent three days in ICU and then three more days resting up, and was released. I was told not to 6 do anything physical for 2-3 months, as it will take that long for the split sternum bone to heal, so probably around Christmas I’ll ease back into some light work. I have done the shooting for several articles so I can write, but no shooting anything bigger than a .22 for the rest of the year. Over 30 people came to visit me in the hospital, and I have a long list of phone calls and e-mails to return. A chaplain and his group in Iraq are praying for me, my kids and grandkids went to the hospital several times, and of course, there she always is, Diamond Dot. I am thankful for all the support and all the wonderful young nurses— male and female!—assistants and therapists who took care of me while I was in the hospital, and especially my great doctor, without whom I would no longer be alive. Right now, I’m just home (Sept. 29th) and am terribly tired, as no gets any rest in a hospital! I’m on the way back. Good Shootin’ and God Bless, John T.” If you want to drop John a note, send it to me at and I’ll send it along to him.—Jeff John CONTRIBUTING EDITORS FIELD EDITORS John Taffin, Holt Bodinson, Dave Anderson, Clint Smith, Massad Ayoob, Mike “Duke” Venturino Sam Fadala, David Codrea, John Morrison, Glen Zediker, John Sheehan, Jacob Gottfredson, Mike Cumpston, John Barsness, Dave Douglas FMG PUBLICATIONS Publisher & Editor: Russ Thurman Advertising: Delano Amaguin, 888.732.6461 email: Editor: Suzi Huntington Advertising: Denny Fallon, 800.426.4470 email: Publisher & Editor: Roy Huntington Advertising: Steve Evatt, 800.533.7988 email: Editor: Jeff John Advertising: Andrew Oram, 866.903.1199 email: Editor: Sammy Reese Advertising: Scott McGregor, 800.553.7780 email: TEL: 888.651.7566, FAX 858.605.0205 NATIONAL ADVERTISING: 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128, TEL: 866.972.4545, FAX 858.605.0211, Gifts To Our Troops I just finished John’s article on Christmas gifts for our troops and it really hit home to me. I want to do something for an unknown (to me) soldier, but how do I go about doing this? I think I would like to send a package to a Marine serving in Afghanistan, I guess, but am open to suggestions. I always say I have a real good life and I have only one regret. I never served in our military and the older I get the more regretful I become. I would like to do something and a nice Christmas package to a total stranger seems to be the least I could do. Christopher P Rosati Toms River, NJ Nope; didn’t forget—problem is never enough room. There are lots of good soldiers/vets charities and programs. One excellent one is www. 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