Hognose Killin’ Hadjis


Above you will see our much beloved friend, Kevin O’Brien whilst in Afghanistan. Photo was emailed to me by one of his fellow Green Berets. Who also took the picture. That is his M14 Kevin was posing with. Though we won’t hold that against either of them this time. The M4 is no doubt the one Kevin carried and made a “clone” of before he died. You can read about his efforts cloning his duty carbine at weaponsman.

If you are new here, Kevin is/was the owner and principle of weaponsman.com. Which is now hosted here due to Kevin passing away a few years ago. And we still miss him very much.


  1. We sure do miss him very much. Every few days I read of some loony bullshit like “men” giving birth etc, and I wonder what Hognose would’ve thought of it. He had a rare wit and a way with words the likes of which I’ve never come across elsewhere.

  2. I still remember that day almost 18 years ago. OB wanted to come with me to the LP/OP on the ridegline above the Firebase. He wasn’t much of a climber, so he was sucking wind and we had to take a break half way up. We downed two bags of Pemican Jerky and some water, then he asked for my M14 and a picture with it.

    We ate Pemican Jerky, since it was issued to us in large quantities as “High Energy Food Supply”. We used to love that stuff while out there, but once I got back to the states, I bought a bag at 7-11 and absolutely hated it. That was the last time I ate Pemican Jerky. I would imagine OB thought the same of Pemican Jerky.

    Shawn is correct about OB’s M4. He carried it configured just like that, minimal except for the ACOG which he loved. He was our Intel Sgt, so having that handy 4x glass was a tool for him.

    OB was also “Old School”. Instead of a tac vest or high speed LCE, he used to wear that old 70’s era dark green mesh air crew survival vest. You can barely see it in the pic. If you look carefully, you will also see the old 70’s era M16 3 mag LCE pouch obscured by the shadow. Look even more carefully and you will see the 80’s era UM84 M9 flap holster. With the holster, he was visionary, since he carried it jerry rigged on the air crew survival vest high on his upper chest. You can see the flap of the holster right behind the rear sight of my M14.

    I say “visionary” on the holster placement, since that tour was in 2002-2003. Just about all of us used some type of nylon (usually Blackhawk) drop leg holsters (this was pre Safariland/G-Code Soc-Rig Kydex drop leg holster time). It wasn’t until several years later that a lot of us SF guys went to chest mounted holsters. This was mainly due to being in vehicles a lot in Iraq. When you are riding a gun ring, the chest mount made for a faster draw if your .50 cal or minigun went dry or if the insurgents got too close for you to depress the elevation of the main gun. Also when seated in the M1151/1114/MRAP/MATV, it is easier to access your pistol from the chest than from a drop leg.

    I still cringe when I see some “tacti-cool” guys copying SF in holster placement. There’s not a whole lot of situations for a civilian to wear a pistol high up on the chest, don’t know a lot of civs that travel in the gun ring of an armored vehicle. Same goes for drop leg holsters for tacti-cool guys that are “slick”. The drop leg is only used so you can clear your heavy gear/SAPI plates/etc and we wear the “drop” as high as possible, while still clearing heavy gear. I’ve seen guys running slick with drop leg holsters almost down to their knees. If you are slick, the hip holster is still the fastest to draw from in most situations.

    Ahh!!! enough of my ranting, I should have posted only the very first paragraph.


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