Several weeks ago I got to spend an afternoon at the range with a group of ROTC cadets. We ran the range and provided the weapons. The cadets had the opportunity to fire smooth bore flintlock muskets, percussion cap rifles, 1903 Springfields, and M-1 Garands. There is a sense of reaching back and touching history when you get to fire these old rifles, and you wonder where they have been and what stories they hold. There is also the sense of seeing the future when you see a young cadet in a modern uniform and helmet firing a Garand into a target at 100 yards.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
–David C. McCullough