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CrO vague Terms 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 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; www.gunsmagazine.com; e-mail: ed@gunsmagazine.com PUBLISHER Roy Huntington A quality technical publication should strive for clear and accurate language. Now you are even using the vague term “sixgun” on your cover. I’m disappointed. John Cruse Des Moines, Wash. Considering Sixguns is the title of the most iconic book on the subject written by none other than the father of the .44 Magnum, Elmer Keith, I feel we’re on good ground using the term.— Editor can remember that the cover didn’t show some version of a 1911 semiautomatic. The handgun shown is actually a “revolver,” although it is reminiscent of a Jeep with a Hemi engine. Vernon E. Bang Plano, Texas CONTRIBUTING EDITORS devil dogs Mr. Connor wrote the Germans gave the Marines their nickname “Devil Dogs” or Teufel Hunden after the Battle on Belleau Wood in 1918. The Marines gave themselves that sobriquet according to Bob Aquilina of the Marine Corps history Division. He wrote that there is no credible evidence German troops dubbed their adversaries “Devil Dogs.” Mr. Aquilina continues “The term very likely was first used by Marines themselves and appeared in print before the Battle for Belleau Wood. It gained notoriety in the decades following World War I and still has become a part of Marine Corps tradition.” Bill Pooley via e-mail Bill, this one sent me back to the search engines for a couple of hours. There are hundreds of source citations “proving” pro, con and “far-out other” theories on the origin of “Devil Dogs.” As a longtime subscriber to Leatherneck Magazine, I’m familiar with and have great respect for Mr. Aquilina’s research. Before presuming the Marines absolutely gave themselves that sobriquet, however, consider this quote from Stars & Stripes on the subject: “Indeed, a Marine Corps magazine, reported in April 1918 that Germans referred to Marines as “teufel hunden,” two months before Belleau Wood, according to Aquilina.” The deeper you look, the murkier the waters. It seems as though every claim or statement has to be prefaced with “allegedly” these days, and this one’s no exception. Thanks for weighing in, Bill. —Connor 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 shootingindustry.com Publisher & Editor: Russ Thurman Advertising: Delano Amaguin, 888.732.6461 email: delano@shootingindustry.com americancopmagazine.com Editor: Suzi Huntington Advertising: Denny Fallon, 800.426.4470 email: denny@americancopmagazine.com americanhandgunner.com Publisher & Editor: Roy Huntington Advertising: Steve Evatt, 800.533.7988 email: steve@americanhandgunner.com gunsmagazine.com Editor: Jeff John Advertising: Andrew Oram, 866.903.1199 email: andrew@gunsmagazine.com fmgpublications.com Editor: Sammy Reese Advertising: Scott McGregor, 800.553.7780 email: scott@gunsmagazine.com TEL: 888.651.7566, FAX 858.605.0205 tracy@fmgpublications.com NATIONAL ADVERTISING: 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128, TEL: 866.972.4545, FAX 858.605.0211, anita@shootingindustry.com Get It right In the June issue on page 70 in the caption for the right hand photo of Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, It states that: “his unit had been attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device two days earlier.” Spc. Scarbrook was attacked by the Taliban or enemy combatants using an IED. An IED in an inanimate object with no will of its own. As distasteful and devastating as IED’s are, they are just not capable of attacking people without being placed by someone. David Lundeen via e-mail victoria Cross Aren’t the Aussie’s a class act? An “Investiture Ceremony” for Australia’s highest honor for valor sounds so much classier to my ear than an awards ceremony which sort of sounds like a paper from the principal for good handwriting. Thanks for carrying the story. It’s too bad our newspapers won’t carry stories of such heroism. Things sure have changed since WWII. Keep up the good work. Chuck Voigtsberger Ventura, Calif. 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