Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Robert's Picks


Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan (excellent)

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (excellent)


Cinderella Man (very good)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pistol rounds don't suck, you do.

You hear it all the time when the never ending caliber wars flame up, "All pistol rounds suck so it doesn't really matter which one you pick."

I've said it often enough myself. It's a way of telling the "9mm sucks! Git you a .45!" and ".40 is the only round that's true manstopper!" fucktards to shut the fuck up without saying shut the fuck. In general any center fire handgun cartridge using a modern hollow point bullet will perform about the same as any other. In other words, they're all pretty good...assuming you put your shots where they count.

The 'suck' comes from comparing pistol round performance to rifle round performance.  To me this is apples and oranges, but for the sake of argument lets compare the two.

The "one shot stop" mentality has largely been beaten out of the professional firearms community. While one shot stops with handguns do happen (George Zimmerman stopped Trayvon Martin's violent attack with a single 9mm JHP), no firearms instructor will tell you to shoot once and then wait. They'll tell to shoot until the threat stops. They'll give examples of instances of an attacker not being stopped until after soaking up round after round after round.

And you know what? They'll tell you to do the same with a rifle. Ask any hunter and he'll be able to tell about tracking a deer for miles after hitting it with a .270 or .30-06. Ask some combat vets if they're willing to talk about their experiences and you'll hear stories of enemy soldiers and combatants taking rifle hits and still being in the fight.

There are a lot of reasons for this. The most common is poor shot placement. If you don't put rounds in just the right place you're just putting holes in meat. Even when shots are placed well that doesn't gaurantee the thing or person shot will be DRT. A fatal shot may take minutes to actually kill, minutes in which they may still be able to hurt you in the case of a violent encounter.

Other factors could include drugs or just sheer will to live. There's not much you can do about those aside from doing what you can to stop the attacker as quickly as possible. That means destroying the cardiovascular system and/or the central nervous system. Again, we're back to shot placement.

And that is why I say, "Pistol rounds don't suck, you do." Either because of poor shooting or unrealistic expectations about what punching holes in the human body will do.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Admiral(ret.) Jeremiah Denton has set sail for the Undiscovered Country.

Fair winds and following seas, Sir.

He spent 8 years as a POW during the Vietnam War. During a forced interview he repeatedly blinked out the word 'torture' in Morse Code while reading the script he was given.

In 1980 he became the first Republican Senator from Alabama since Reconstruction.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On The Range #92: Dry Fire

Ah, dry fire. Ask any firearms instructor or professional shooter what you can do to make yourself a better shooter and you can gaurantee he or she will suggest dry fire. And they are correct.

The problem with dry fire is that like running for fitness it sucks. It's not fun and it's boring. It's pure work and most people hate pure work. But if you want to excell you have to do it.

I'm trying to get out and do more shooting, and on those days I can't I am trying to do some dry fire. Today was one of those days where getting outside on the range was going to be a huge pain so I decided dry fire it is.

Here's the routine I worked using my CED7000 shot timer:

Draw and Fire
At the start signal, draw and fire one dry shot on the target. Reset.
20 repititions freestyle
20 repititions strong hand only

Fire weak hand only
Start with gun in weak hand at 45 degree angle. At start signal, come up and fire one dry shot on the target. Reset.
20 repititions

Shooting from ready position
Start with gun in ready position. At start signal press out and fire one dry shot on target. Reset.
20 repititions

Multiple targets
Start with gun in holster. At start signal, engage one target to the left, then one to the right. For the second shot I did a firm press on the dead trigger while maintaining sight alignment. On the transition I worked on moving my eyes to the target and then bringing the sights to my eyes to avoid overswinging the target.
20 repititions

I want to try and get in the habit of doing this at keast once a week. That will give me something like 60 good draws and 100 good trigger presses.

Prominent antigun California state Senator Leland Tee arrested by FBI for gun trafficking.


Schadenfruede, I haz it!

Mike Mashall of AL.com spews unmitigated bull manure.

I won't call Mike Marshall a lying sack of donkey dung, but I will fisk his recent editorial regarding legislation that would allow law abiding Alabama citizens to carry a handgun in their vehicle without permit.  

First, a couple of points.  Alabama is an open carry state; however, a handgun is considered to be 'concealed' if carried in a vehicle under the current law.  Carry permits are issued by the Sheriff in each county.  The state sets a minimum cost for each permit, but the sheriff may tack on a higher price tag in order to cover administrative cost related to the permitting system.  Many sheriff's have used this as a way to boost revenue and are against changing the current law because it might dry up the gravy train.  

So here is the editorial regarding the bill and my fisking of this idiocy.  Original will be in italics, I'll be in bold.

Kill that gun bill before it kills some of us by Mike Marshall

Last week the state Senate passed pro-gun legislation that would imperil law enforcement officers and contains a bewildering amendment no one has been able to interpret.
The heart of the bill would make it legal for car drivers and passengers to keep loaded firearms within easy reach, even those who are mentally unstable or have long criminal records.

Law enforcement officers would face no greater danger than they do today.  A criminal is going to carry a gun no matter what the law says if he wants to.  I agree about the amendment, but we'll get to that later.  If you are a criminal it is illegal for you to possess a gun.  This law doesn't change that, sorry Mike.  Ditto if you've been adjudicated mentally defective.  

Right now, state law requires that firearms inside a vehicle be kept unloaded and secured in a compartment unless the gun owner has been issued a concealed-carry permit.
The bill to change that was co-sponsored by all of South Alabama's Republican state senators: Bill Hightower of Mobile, Trip Pittman of Montrose and Rusty Glover of Semmes.
Our senators supported the bill despite staunch opposition from Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, Mobile Police Chief Jim Barber, Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack and both of the candidates who are opposing Mack in the Republican primary for the sheriff's office.

Thanks for the list of people who want to keep bilking the public of their hard earned cash in these trying economic times and for those who oppose law abiding citizens having guns.

Our law enforcement experts don't want routine traffic stops to become a greater risk than they already are.

They won't be.  Criminals are already carrying guns and the current law does not one thing to stop them.

But that did not stop the Senate from sending the bill to the House last week by a vote of 20-7. That's how afraid Alabama politicians are of the gun lobby.

Good, the Senate is responding to the will of the people and not falling for the misrepresentations and outright lies of the antigun crowd.

And those 20 senators dared not vote against the bill even after Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, added a mysterious amendment requiring that revenue streams (presumably including concealed-carry permit revenues) created by existing law be uninterrupted by the new bill. When asked what impact that amendment would have, Williams referred a reporter to Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, the bill's gun-happy author. Beason said this week he does not know what impact the change would have: "You'll have to ask him (Williams)."
Lawyers who have looked at the amendment just scratch their heads.

The change in law is a good one, and voting against it would have pissed off the people who put them in office.  As to the amendment it doesn't make any sense to me either and is probably one of those that will have to be addressed later.  Frankly, it seems like a sop to those who want to keep sucking on the tit of the public's wallet.

Here's what we do know about the bill:
  • That it will provide drivers prone to road rage ready access to a loaded handgun.
  • That it will enable mentally incapacitated people to legally keep loaded guns in their cars. (Right now, they have to go through the concealed pistol permit screening process.)              
  • That it will prevent police from stopping juveniles openly possessing loaded firearms in a car.
  • That it will be a gangbanger's dream come true.  A convicted felon will be able to have a gun close by as long as another person without a criminal record purports to be the owner. As Sheriff Mack put it: "Five convicted felons are sitting in a car with someone who still has a clean record. Guess who will claim ownership of any firearms in that car?"

  • Red herring.  Violent people will be violent.  Those who would use a gun to kill someone aren't going to stop just because the law says they can't.  
  • If they'd be stopped from getting a permit to carry because of their mental health, they can't legally be in possession of a gun so it's a moot point.
  • I must assume that juvenile in this context refers to a subset of adults 18 or older.  You must be 18 in order to own a handgun (you can't buy one until 21, but at 18 you can own and carry a handgun openly or concealed with a permit if you are not prohibited from firearms by law).  In other words the law would prevent law enforcement from harassing adults for carrying a gun.
  • Really?  That's the kind of twisted logic I expect to see from the antigun crowd.  Under current law this same bong smoke induced scenario is also possible.  The only difference is that the non-felon would have to have a permit....and since he's a legal gun owner he can have one for a few bucks.  So how does this proposed law change the situation?   It doesn't.  

AL.com's Mobile editorial board is a defender of the right to bear arms but this latest gun bill takes that right to a dangerous extreme. Let's not strip some Alabamians of their right to life and liberty in favor of giving mental patients and gangbangers access to loaded firearms when they're on the road.

"I'm a gun owner, but..."  Sorry, Mike.  We've heard that one before.  Gangbangers and the mentally ill who have guns have them in violation of the law.  This change  in law will only matter to those who can legally have guns.  The nightmare scenarios you are dreaming up are already in existence.  Criminals and nut cases are out there right now with guns.  All this law will do is allow a law abiding citizen to have a loaded gun in his car to protect himself from those criminals and nut cases you pretend to be so worried about without having to go beg the Sheriff of his county for permission to do so...after paying a small fee, of course, and waiting around for weeks.  A right delayed is a right denied.    

We urge our House members to make sure this halfcocked bill never sees the light of day in the short time left this legislative session.

This bill is well thought out (aside from that one pesky amendment, but what do yo expect from politicians?).  It addresses an issue that only affects legal gun owners and does so in a manner that removes an undue burden placed upon them by the current law.   

Current law does not one thing to stop felons and mental patients from carrying guns in their cars.  It does not one thing to keep me, a legal gun owner, safe from these criminals and mental patients.  Changing the law, though, might just give a legal gun owner a better chance at overcoming a criminal or mental patient on the attack.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Robert's Picks


The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (excellent)

A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon (good)

Priest-Kings of Gor by John Norman (good)

When Diplomacy Fails... by Michael Z. Williamson (good)


Men In Black III (very good)

The Last Stand (good)

Fire With Fire (good)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Five guns someone will never own.


I can agree with two. The Double tap and Rhino are gimmicky and I can see no more use for either than I can for a gold plated Deagle.

The quoted statement on shotguns is just plain stupid, right up there with, "A shotgun, 'cause you don't need to aim it!"

JD Kinman's comment on Facebook about Colt being solidly in the NE makes them more commie than any AK he has ever handled.

Mandatory Glock and/or 1911 hate. I'd actually be curious to more details about his objection to GLOCKs considering his experience.

And yes, lists like this are silly and that what his point in making it but the whys behind his prejudices are what make me think.

I personally don't see myself ever buying another bolt action rifle. Semiautos can do anything they can that I would need them to do. Doubtful I would buy a lever gun except I just had the money burning a hole in my pocket or if I got into cowboy action.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Some neat shooting inspired gifts from Lucky Shot

.308 Bullet Necklace

The necklace is a nice little gift for the shooting lady in your life, or yourself if you are the necklace wearing type.  I was most impressed with the .50 Cal bottle opener. It works great and is a nice conversation piece when hanging out and having a few beers with friends.  The construction is solid and it looks like it will hold up well. I've dropped the thing more than once without putting a dent or scratch in it. Watch your toes!

I also have a .308 bottle opener keychain for popping caps on the go!

If you're looking for some nifty gifts for a shooter these would make a nice treat. Check out Lucky Shot.

All of the above items were provided for review by Don at Lucky Shot. Tell them I sent you.

Robert's Picks


Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (very good)

One Lonely Night by Mickey Spillane (good)

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (very good)

The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan (excellent)

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Adapt and Overcome by Peter Grant (good)

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (excellent)

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (excellent)

Busy busy.

I barely have time to do the things I have to do, let alone those I want to do.  About the only thing I have time for lately is reading.  Tonight I'm going to shoot an IDPA match, the first in almost a year. I need to get to the range regularly again so that I can brush up my own skills and get ready to teach some NRA Basic Pistol courses this year.

And maybe, just maybe, I will have some interesting things to blog about.  This space has been pretty dead. I may start doing some short cigar reviews for those of you interested in that sort of thing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Robert's Picks


The Last Lion, Volume III: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender Of The Realm by William Manchester and Paul Reid (excellent)

Glock:  The Rise Of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett (good)

Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter (very good)

Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker (good)


Riddick (good)

Bullet To The Head

The Gunfighter (good)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Robert's Picks


With The Lightnings by David Drake

Starship: Mutiny by Mike Resnick

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (very good)

Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman (good)

Outlaw of Gor by John Norman (good)

Kushiel's Justice by Jaqueline Carey (excellent)

Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey (,excellent)


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (good)

Oblivion (very good)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy John Moses Browning Day!

The inventor of the 1911 and .45 ACP cartridge was born on this day in 1855.

Other notable Browning inventions are the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle), the Browning Hi Power pistol, and the M2 .50 BMG which is still in use by US Armed Forces to this day.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Defensive Gun Use Survey.

I am looking to collect some data regarding Defensive Gun Use for an article I want to write.  I have a series of questions that I would like to ask as many people who have had a DGU as possible.  The focus is going to be the aftermath of the DGU and to keep things relevant I'm looking for incidents that have occurred in the last ten years.

If you would be interested in taking part in the survey please email me at Taptraining84@gmail.com and I will send the questions. I want to keep the respondents anonymous so I'm not looking for any identifying information except which state the incident took place in.

Thank you for any help.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Robert's Picks


Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (very good)

Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey (very good)

Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey (very good)

Quantum Mortis:  A Man Apart by Vox Day and Steve Rzasa (good)

I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A Heinlein (good)


Extreme Prejudice (very good)

Olympus Has Fallen (sucked)

Looper (meh)

Ted (good)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

And now for something completely different.

The gun control advocates like to paint gun owners as a bunch of white racists who want to kill Bambi with AR-47s loaded loaded with banana clips full of hundreds of rounds of .50 that are capable of shooting down Air Force One on the fly.

In reality gun owners are a hell of lot more diverse and accepting than you might think.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Robert's Picks


Countdown:  The Liberators by Tom Kratman (good)

The Last Lion, Volume I:  Winston Spencer Churchill:  Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by William Manchester (excellent)

A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin (very good)

A Feast For Crows by George R R Martin (very good)

The Last Lion, Volume II:  Winston Spencer Churchill:  Alone, 1932-1940 by William Manchester (excellent)

Muscle for the Wing by Daniel Woodrell

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (excellent)


Broken City (good)

Gunga Din (good)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rotating the carry gun.

I've been considering buying another 1911.  I am thinking either a Colt Rail Gun or a S&W E-series.  I've really liked having a light on my Glock 17 and I'd like that option on any new carry gun.

Anyway, I decided that until I can scrape the cash together I'd start carrying my RIA again to get back in the habit of carrying and using a 1911.

My DeSantis IWB is starting to show its age so I've ordered a Galco Summer Comfort to replace it. I've also ordered six new Chip McCormick mags and 150 rounds of Hornady Critical Duty 230 gr. JHP.

I'll probably order a new recoil spring soon. Probably wouldn't hurt to replace the main spring as well.  Oh, and training ammo of course!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New boomstick!

A few weeks ago I finally got around to buying my first new shotgun. I've had a couple before but they were cheap hand me downs.

Anyway, I was in one of the local outdoor stores looking at subcompact 9mm pistols and I stumbled across a Mossberg 930 JM Pro.  The 'JM' stands for Jerry Miculek. He teamed with Mossberg and the result was one hell of a autoloading shotgun.

So far I am really enjoying it!

I picked up some Hornady Critical Duty 12 gauge '00' buck and it really likes the stuff. Recoil is pleasant, which I expect from an autoloader. I can do head shots with the Hornady easily from distances that you could expect to find in your home.  This thing was put together with 3-gun in mind but I'm more intetested in defensive uses.

I'm thinking of putting a red dot on it, maybe my Lucid HD7 when I upgrade my rifle to an Aimpoint.  Another possibility are the rifle sights you find on some of the 590s.

I also need to add a light. Not sure how I am going to handle that yet.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Robert's Picks


Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold (good)

Beginnings:  Worlds of Honor #6 by David Weber (good)

Warbound (audio book) by Larry Correia (excellent)

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (good)

Under A Graveyard Sky by John Ringo (excellent)

Under The Bright Lights by Daniel Woodrell (good)


Wrath of the Titans (good)

The Thing (2011) (good)

In Time (good)

Star Trek:  Into Darkness (very good)

Thursday, September 26, 2013


That word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Calling oneself a 'gunfighter' when one has never been in 'a gunfight' is the ultimate act of hubris for one who carries a defensive arm. You are not a gunfighter, you are an armed citizen. Being an armed citizen who trains to defend yourself DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GUNFIGHTER.

Fighting with guns makes you a gunfighter.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fun on Facebook with the anti open carry crowd.

In a thread on Facebook I took a lot of flak for defending open carriers. My points were pretty much the same as those made in my previous post.

One person in particular, someone named Greg Hamilton, jumped right in with the ad hominem. I got fed up with him when he started posting about his fantasies to violently attack open carriers when he sees them and how he wished we still lived in the day where he could 'physically counsel' people.  My final post to him was that I was glad we no longer lived in that day and people with the attitude that they should be able to violently attack someone simply because they don't like them is why I and many others carry guns.

He repeatedly called open carriers assholes. I defended them saying simply peacefully doing something he did not like, but that otherwise harmed him not at all, did not make one an asshole.  I then compared it to wearing a kilt in public to start a dialogue about male cancers, and that just because some twit called me a fag for wearing a 'skirt' and tried to get me thrown out of a business would not make me the asshole.

That's when this other moron jumped in:

The kind of pantshitting I see from those agaist OC because of their fear of someone 'ruining it for the rest of us' reminds me of the 'I'm a gun owner, but' crowd who love their hunting rifles and shotguns but think those conceal carriers and AR owners are just trouble makers looking for a fight.

It's sad and pathetic.