Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Got a sling.

No, not the kind you throw rocks with.

I've been on the look out for a single point sling for my M&P15 for a while. I actually bought one but had already purchased a (more expensive) sling attachment point that it would not work with. I ended up selling the sling on eBay for a loss. Oh, the joys of buying online.

Having a little extra money this week I decided to swing into the Birmingham areas newest gun shop, Hoover Tactical Firearms. I've been in there a few times and they have some really nice stuff. Anyway, I figure if you have the word 'tactical' in your store name then you must carry single point slings.

Sure enough, I was right. I walked out with this one from Condor. It was only $30, cheaper than the ones I was looking at online, and was exactly what I was looking for in a sling.

I also picked up a PMAG, cause you can never have enough of those things. As I was checking out I noticed they also sell Wilson Combat 1911 magazines, and they're cheaper than I can get them online as well. That place is fast becoming my favorite gun shop.

I finally got a sling!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sad story, and absent from the American media.

An Afghan soldier has shot and killed a member of the US army and wounded two Italian troops at a base in western Afghanistan.

The soldier died of his wounds on Tuesday after the shooting during a supply operation in Bala Murghab in Badghis province at about 1130am (0700GMT), security officials said.

"An Isaf service member from the United States died following a shooting today in western Afghanistan," Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said in a statement.

"Isaf is working with its Afghan partners to investigate the incident.

"The soldier who opened fire was also wounded during the response from Isaf soldiers and the Afghan army who were at the scene. He was arrested immediately and is now under observation in the camp hospital."

The pair of Italian soldiers suffered only minor injuries and have returned to duty, an Italian military spokesman said.

Motive unclear

An Isaf spokesman said it was not clear whether the incident occured by accident or with intent.

The Afghan soldier is from an area north of Kabul, the capital, and is thought to have mental problems.

In November, an Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers in the south of the country.

The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Barack Obama, the US president, has committed to increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on training local security forces.

Italy is one of more than 40 Nato countries with soldiers in Afghanistan to fight with Afghan forces against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Nato has been in Afghanistan following the US and UK's invasion of the country in 2001, to remove the Taliban, accused of harbouring al-Qaeda operatives, from power.

A letter to the editor that I wish I would have written.

Frank W. James has posted a 'letter to the editor' he wrote in response to a question he recieved in an email from a local paper regarding airline security.

Saving the world ain't easy.

After accomplishing glorious feats for the human race and bringing about the Golden Age The Savior of Mankind is taking a(nother) vacation.

Mayors Against Guns has a plan.

I think MAIG's goal is quite clear and always has been... guns should be illegal. Sure, you've got the pandering exception of 'sporting guns,' another made up term with no clear definition that if accepted as the standard can easily be redefined down to BB guns.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wonderful.

I just love having a Commander In Chief who approaches the problem of an evil government brutally suppressing it's citizens' liberties the same way some moronic parents approach disciplining a misbehaving child, by asking that they "please don't do that anymore."

How about a good slap instead? How about being that bigger guy in the school hallway who takes that asshole who preys on the smallest kids he can find and stuff his ass in a locker for once?

In other news...

Security at airports is just as effective at stopping terrorists from boarding planes as ever, that is to say a complete fucking disaster.

And of course the solution is more ineffective 'security.' I intend to continue not flying. I love to fly, but the security measures that are in place, and that continue to be added to, don't work and never will; therefore, they're not worth the trouble of putting up with. If it weren't for a bad detonator and a pissed off Dutchman (who damned well better never pay a bar tab in the US) we would once again be mourning our loss because some soul less bastard with daddy issues thinks he'll be rewarded for his murder of random strangers.

My rule for a few years has been "If my gun is unwelcome, then so am I." I see no reason to change it. Driving is a more comfortable way to travel anyway.

Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets!

Obama's new executive order annoys me to no end. I don't mind INTERPOL operating in the US. They're cops and, hopefully, tend to go after bad guys. But if they're operating here they need to follow our rules. They do not need immunity to go after criminals.

INTERPOL has the potential to be a great organization, but it also has the potential to become a very bad one (If Wiki can be trusted it was for a time controlled by the Nazis). Everyone wants to see the bad guys go down and I fully support any effort to do that so long as it doesn't infringe upon individuals' liberty. Removing INTERPOL from scrutiny and oversight by US authorities allows for a lot of potential abuse of liberty.

I'd like to believe in the goodness of this organization, but it's current and former Secretary Generals are not men I'd place my trust in, the latter being a man who was forced to resign after being charged as a criminal in his home country. Forgive me if I find it all to easy to see INTERPOL agents used to further the UN's anti-gun agenda. It's a slippery slope I'd just as soon stay the he'll away from, considering I see the US as already having far too many overly burdensome 'law enforcement' organizations (BATFE...cough...cough).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jonesing.

I just finished up Larry Correia's first book, Monster Hunter International.

Let me just say that it was a great ride. The gun details, the action, the humor, everything was great. It was a real treat and now I find myself eagerly awaiting the sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta. It looks like I'll be waiting until Fall 2010.

Man disarms goblin and foils attack.

A robber was shot Saturday in Florence after one of his intended victims wrestled his gun away from him, the TimesDaily in Florence reports.

Two men had been approached by a man wearing a bandanna over his face, the newspaper reports. Police were interviewing a man who was treated for a gunshot wound on Saturday.


Good job on the part of the victim who would not be, though I'd say this should wake one up to the fact that carrying a weapon oneself might be a good idea.

Friday, December 25, 2009

On The Range #6: Thumb Break Method

I'm fairly new to carbine handling, and I'm kind of learning things as I go. I'm looking into taking some classes, but that could be months down the road and I'm not going to wait around in the meantime.

Just for the record, I own and shoot an Smith&Wesson M&P15t. I've mounted a vertical foregrip and an offset flashlight mount. Reading a reveiw of Magpul's AFG I came across the "thumb break method" in the comments section. It is supposed to be a more natural forward grip than the typical verticle grip. Unaware of what this was I asked for some details and got this article along with a few pictures to demonstrate:





It was clear that I was 'doing it wrong':



So, always willing to try something new, I moved my vertical grip as far forward as I could and did a little shooting this morning just to see how it felt.



I did find this to be a more comfortable way to use the vertical foregrip. However, my flashlight got in the way. With gloves off I didn't really have any problems, but with gloves on it was difficult to use this grip. My solution was to turn my flashlight mount upside down and push the flashlight all the way forward in the mount so that it is as far out of the way as possible.



I'm going to take it out tomorrow and do some more shooting to see how this helps. So far it seems to offer a better grip, but we'll see. Hopefully I'll get to do a lot more shooting tomorrow at varying distances as well.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Working on Christmas Eve sucks, but...

I get paid for a full day no matter when I complete the job, and I'm able to horde my vacation days until I want to use them.

Besides, I still have two three day weekends coming back to back starting this weekend, and there is ove 3 pounds of filet mignon marinating at home for a gunnut get together this weekend.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bad is good.

Sometimes that which is considered 'bad' is actually good.

HT Uncle

Monday, December 21, 2009

On The Range #5: The Bill Drill

Yesterday I did a little shooting. This was the first time I used a shot timer.

For this bit of shooting I did the "Bill Drill" as described here.

The goal of the drill as described is to engage the target with six rounds at 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. I have also read that the goal of the Bill Drill is to put six rounds in the 'A' zone on an IPSC target in 2 seconds or less. I'm no where near that good, and I'm practicing with IDPA targets.

I did the drill according to the IDPA Beginners' Handbook, except rather than the Limited Vickers Count I used the regular Vickers Count in order to see how I performed at each distance so that I can work on improvements as I go.

I used targets I made myself based upon the specifications in the IDPA rulebook.

My scores were as follows (bear in mind this is the first time I have ever done this drill):

7 yards: 7.99 seconds

10 yards: 8.45 seconds

15 yards: 11.12 seconds

20 yards: 16.19 seconds

25 yards: 14.01 seconds.

In each case I had at least one shot outside of the -0(chest) zone. I plan on doing this drill until I can put all six rounds in the -0(chest) zone on the target in under 2 seconds. I'm not sure what my goals should be for the other distances, but we'll see.

I think the next time I do target practice I'm going to devote a good deal of time to the "Bill Drill" at 7 yards. I think it's time I developed a comprehensive practice for myself that incorporates all of the skills I want to work on.

And I thought the Catholics didn't like the Commies.

A priest in Britain is under fire Monday for advising his congregation to shoplift in tough economic times, the Daily Mail reports.


The priest needs to hang with the thieves.

Pisses me off too.

Nothing gets my back up like being told to behave with propriety, to sit down and shut up, as it's not thaaaaaat bad.... Not yet, anyway.

Y'know who makes that argument? The people in charge. They don't give a flip about right or wrong, they just want quiet.


Seen in comments here.

HT to Tam and Uncle

I got my first shot timer!

Have you hugged your iPhone today? If you're a competitive shooter you should.

Last week I took advantage of the free SureFire iPhone AP. It's free to anyone who can download and it's great! I used it yesterday while shooting the 'Bill Drill' (On The Range post following later today).

I got my first shot timer!

Have you hugged your iPhone today? If you're a competitive shooter you should

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Two of my favorite things.

I'm going to make a nice hot breakfast and then get my rear outside for some training with my pistol and carbine.

Might be attending a birthday party later and hanging out with the new girl.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tonight and tomorrow.

Tonight I'm sort of watching the Cowboys game and having a few drinks to celebrate my birthday. The original plan was to go see some stri...I mean exotic dancers, however an Alabama law requires that nipples be covered with pasties and that's just a waste of my time. So.

Tomorrow, after sleeping in, I'm going to do dome shooting and test out the Surefire Shot Timer Ap I downloaded on my iPhone. Hopefully an 'On The Range' post will be forth coming.

Get back in the kitchen.

POULTNEY, Vt. — Green Mountain College student has filed a lawsuit over the lack of single-sex bathrooms in the her co-ed residence hall.

Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Weiler filed a civil complaint last week against the Department of Public Safety, which enforces building and plumbing codes she claims were violated.

All seven of the school's residence halls are co-ed. According to the lawsuit, Weiler and others are uncomfortable with the flimsy curtains on the shower doors and men using the toilets without closing the door.

Weiler's father, Ron Weiler, told The Burlington Free Press that school officials agreed to label the bathroom on her floor "female" but males continue to use it. A college spokesman declined to comment.


Seperate is inherently unequal. I've been saying for years that the key to bringing about equality between the sexes is the end of seperate restrooms. But, hey, I'm one of those radical feminists.

And that's why I also carry pepper spray.

Last night I went out to a bar with some friends. I was celebrating my birthday which passed on the 15th. Knowing that I had every intention of becoming completely sauced I left my carry gun in a safe place and carried my Fox Labs pepper spray.

It was a fun night, even if I did spend a good deal of it getting harassed by a woman who could barely speak English. She dragged me onto the dance floor once and bought me a drink (she was ALSO celebrating her birthday). She was a nice woman though, and I wasn't really bothered by it. All in good fun.

As the night wound down I went to the other side of of the bar to say goodnight to the owner, who I know from frequent attendance in the past. I had to wait around for him to calm down and eject this big (twice my weight but a bit shorter), belligerently drunk redneck type who was mad because he'd been cut off and was being sent home.

My friend, the bartender/owner, arranged a ride for this guy and out he went. I said goodnight to my friend and headed to my buddy's truck outside. He was parked on the other side of the road so I walked across and as I did I see Mr. Pissed-off Drunk 'Neck standing at the edge of the road.

Being in pleasantly buzzing good mood as I passed I said, "Have a goodnight."

He immediately turned to me glaring and slurred, "You got sompin' t' say?"

As I continue to walk toward my friends truck, about twenty feet away, I replied, "Just said, 'have a goodnight.'"

He started to follow me mumbling and glaring. I kept my eyes on him as I made my way to my friends truck and I heard him say, "You got sompin' t' say? You tryin' start somin'? Lookin' fer a fight?"

I kept my eyes on him and reached into my pocket for my pepper spray as I rounded the corner of my friends truck bed. The guy kept closing the distance and mumbling about wanting a fight. I said, "Man, I just said 'have a goodnight.' We're all here to have a good time and I don't want any trouble so you need to step off from me."

Not wanting to turn my back on the guy to get in when I reached the passenger side door I turned and faced Mr. Asshole fully as he rounded the truck bed heading toward me. I started yelling at him to stay away from me but he just kept coming looking bigger and meaner with every step. When he was within six feet of me I raised the can of Fox Labs and sprayed him full in the face. He got a good long burst of it and turned immediately around and headed away from me and the truck not saying a word or looking back.

I got in my friend's truck and told him to drive as I dialed 911. When the operator answered I asked to be connected with the local PD. The connection went through quickly and I explained to the man on the phone what had happened and where I was. He got my name and number and said they'd send a unit to the bar.

My friend and I went to a local all night fast food place to meet some other friends. I had caught a little backwash from the pepper spray so I used one of the Sudecon decontamination wipes I had bought with the spray to get a little relief. I had contacts in and those actually gave my eyes a good deal of protection, but my face was burning.

Anyway, after two calls from the local PD I explained that I didn't really feel the need to file a report. They hadn't found the guy, and I was just happy to have gotten safely away. I said basically I called it in to cover my ass and to let them know about the drunk idiot looking for a fight. I was told, "Sorry this happened, have a good night."

And that was that.

After I got I jumped in the shower, washed my face and hands really well and then pulled out my contacts. The pain that instantly hit me was horrible. I never want to get a face full of Fox Labs like that idiot did!

And now I need a can of pepper spray.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A friend's rant about the rise of gay-dom.

First off, I have nothing against gay people in general. Just main stream gay news. This morning on the radio they said that we now live in gay times, and gays are on the rise. That is fine, well and good, but who really gives a shit if these people are gay or not?

This is your new, typical boy meets girl: boy fucks girl minutes after learning the proper use for a penis and vagina. Boy gets girl pregnant, and out of some misguided sense of honor boy marries girl (IE his parents said, "You are getting fucking married.")

Boy divorces girl minutes after the birth of Junior. The now unwed young mother takes her child everywhere; the nail and hair salon, the womens bathroom, to her girlfriends' houses to talk about boys, etc. They play dress up and fix each others hair and he paints her nails. With no male influence in his life he becomes GAY! No wonder we live in the age of the fag.


Now, I don't necessarily see it going down like this every time, but I'll be damned if it ain't plausible. Obviously the quick counter point is that plenty of boys grow up to be heterosexual men with no father at home.

But that don't make it any less funny!

Got a vampire problem?

Normally I'd recommend MHI (from Larry Corriea's Monster Hunter International), but in Indiana they've got it covered.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who needs guns?

Certainly not any self respecting drug cartel executioner.

Idiot parents.

If you own guns you should probably not hide a loaded one behind the frickin' Christmas tree for your kid to find while shaking presents.

And seriously, why the hell doesn't your 12 year old know enough about guns to keep from shooting himself in the leg? I mean, damn, I had my own .22 that I kept in my bedroom, secured with a gun lock (my idea!), and the ammo in a seperate place (again, my idea!). I just don't get it. Was I that much smarter, or did my grandfather manage to beat enough common sense in me to do some good before he nose dived into a bottle?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's my birthday!

And I'm not doing much of anything. Most of my plans are for this weekend when I won't have to be at work early the next morning.

I'm 25 today. A whole quarter of a century old.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Strick gun control works so well!

China, a country with extremely stick gun control laws, along with no protection from unreasonable seach and seizure, would never, ever have something like THIS happen.

It's unpossible.

H/T Sebastian and SayUncle

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Breaking the four rules.

Caleb has a post up about it being sometimes okay to break the four rules. I believe sayuncle also has a post about the issue.

My take on the issue is that it is okay to break the four rules, but only when you absolutely have to. Just like it is okay to shot someone, but only when you absolutely have to.

At first Caleb's post struck me as defending bad gunhandling, but he said in comments that is not the case. He just thinks there are times when following the four rules to the letter is impossible. I agree.

Holiday cheer...heh.

By way of the BayouRenaissanceMan:

Stingray, one half of the Atomicnerds, has done an excellent job of describing why he "loves" this time of year. I completely agree with him.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Graduating from medical school does not make one an expert on guns.

Or math, for that matter. As seen here:

She is quite bad at math. In her own article, she puts forward the statistic showing about 1/3 of Americans own guns. Let’s just assume she’s right. That amounts to 100 million gun owners in the United States. If we include every single gun-related death, including those involving drug dealers shooting other drug dealers, suicides, hunting accidents, self-defense by a police officer or armed citizen…every death caused by someone with a firearm, we get somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 per year. Let’s add another 20,000 to make the math easier for this slow person. 50,000 deaths out of 100,000,000 amounts to 0.0005 deaths per gun owner, and that is adding 2/3 more deaths than reality (which is a dubious statistic anyway, since the majority of deaths related to firearms are caused by criminals who illegally have and use guns).

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Go read.

Remember that machine gun shooting?

Yeah, so it wasn't a machine gun after all. It was a semi-auto pistol that looked like an uzi. But that doesn't matter because:

At first, police thought the weapon was an Uzi submachine gun, which caused news of the shooting to spread widely online. The gun was later identified as a TEC-9, also known as a DC-9 -- a semi-automatic "assault pistol" that can be converted by owners into an automatic weapon. It looks like a miniature submachine gun, and police described it Sunday as about a foot and a half long. It is not on the legal handgun roster maintained by Maryland State Police.


Note that this gun was not legal to own in Maryland even if the shooter had aquired it legally. Also note that if the gun was really easily 'converted by owners into an automatic weapon' the person who had it would also be facing federal felony charges. I didn't see that mentioned anywhere in the article.

The police spokesman ask how a 19 year old gets a semi-auto pistol. Well, if it's illegal for him to buy it, what does that leave??????

By the way, I'm a gun nut, but what the hell is an 'assault pistol'? I mean, an 'assault rifle' is one which looks like a military rifle. Are we going for the same thing here or is it called and assault pistol just because it's so ugly it's assaulting to the senses?

H/T Say Uncle

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7, 1941

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Spicy Fried Chicken! Yum!

On The Range #4: 72 Round Practice for 1911

I hadn't shot since my NRA class a while back that was the subject of my last On The Range post. I was really feeling the need to get some practice in. However, ammo prices being the way they are I wanted to get the most out of what I've got and I thought I'd share it.

I shoot a 1911 with an 8 round capacity fully loaded (technically 9 rounds with 2 of my magazine, but I typically don't carry them in the gun because of the protruding end of the magazine). I decided on 72 rounds as the ideal low round live fire practice. That gives me one mag for warm up and 8 for my practice.

After my warm up mag I shot two magazines stong hand hold and then two magazines week hand only. I used the StressFire(TM) Punch technique described in The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by Massod Ayoob for the one handed shooting. I found it actually works pretty damned well and I'll keep practicing it.

The next two magazines I did straight up two handed shooting in the modern ISO stance. I've switched to a thumbs down grip because it just seems to work better for me (espeically wearing gloves...it was cold today!).

With my last two mags I practiced Mozambique Drills, doing a total of five. I'm actually getting better at this, and I'm going to keep at it.

If you've been keeping up with the rounds you'll see i should have one left over. I did, and I used that to attempt a headshot at around 20 yards. I rushed it and missed. Center mass at distances for me!

Machine gun shooting?

BALTIMORE — One man was shot in the face and another was severely beaten when a fight erupted early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a downtown Baltimore hotel, police said.

Officers were called to the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel around 3:15 a.m., said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Shortly after police arrived, they found an Uzi submachine gun in a room where the party was held.

Police said they have a "person of interest" in custody but did not say who that was. Investigators were still interviewing about a dozen witnesses Sunday morning.

The man who was shot was in serious condition, and the man who was beaten was in critical condition. Both 18-year-olds were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The second man was beaten so severely that officers initially reported he had been shot, Guglielmi said.

Another man who had facial lacerations initially had been described as critically injured, though Guglielmi said the wounds turned out to be superficial.

None of the victims' names was released.

A man who answered the telephone at the hotel said he could not comment on the shooting.



Call me a skeptic, but I doubts this was a real "Uzi submachine gun." I really wish I could get an up close and personal look at the damned thing.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Good times.

I'm going to watch the SEC Championship game today at a friend's house. It should be an excellent game as it is a match up between the #1 Florida Gators and the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This game is the REAL NCAA National Championship no matter what happens later.

I'm an Auburn University fan...so I'll be pulling for the Gators! If Alabama pulls it off and wins I'll be pulling for them in the BCS Championship game, cause I got to support the SEC.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Heh.

One of pdb's recent posts on property rights ended, "Remember folks, this land is my land, that land is your land, stay the hell off my land, and I won’t have to bury you in your land."

Too true.

Harry Brown

I really, really want to see this movie!

"The Consitution says promote the general welfare, not provide welfare."

We need more people like Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.

Another reason to hate homeowners' associations.

Taking a non-issue, like flying an American flag from a friggin' flag pole, as it should be, and claiming it is aesthically distasteful is about the quickest way to bring down the condemnation of every honorable person alive. Even more so when the gentleman flying the flag is a veteran of three wars and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

What is this douchebaggery?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finally!

I have finally bought myself a copy of Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. I've wanted to get my hands on a copy since I first heard about it but a variety of things put it on hold, the biggest being the local book dealers inability to stock them. I finally broke down and ordered a copy from Amazon.com. I'll be jumping in soon for what should be a great ride.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoroughly Annoyed.

I attempted to listen to tonights live broadcast of Gun Nuts Radio, 'attempted' being the operative word. For some inexplicable reason the Blogtalk radio website wouldn't open and I could not find an error on my end.

Oh, well. I guess I'll be listening to the podcast as soon as it is available.

'Executed' versus 'Murdered'

Here is an excellent post on the difference.