Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On The Range #26: Winchester 230gr. testing and Dot Torture

I finally managed to pick up a box of Winchester 230 gr. JHP yesterday. Shooting today I found that they reliably fed in my RIA Tactical and group as well as target ammo. This will be my carry ammo from now until I find something better, and I'm in no hurry to find something new.

I only purchased one fifty round box, and since twenty five rounds is what I carry about with me only half the box was available for testing. I shot a variety of drills and performed as I expected.

After shooting the 25 JHPs I switched to Federal FMJ and shot Dot Torture. I'm still not there yet, but I scored my second highest so far with this pistol, 35/50. My highest score has been 40/50, which I hope to beat soon.

I'm still really enjoying my new carry gun, and I've been very pleased with it so far. I still need to pick up another holster or two for it, and then do some formal training with it but so far no real complaints.

I will say the ambi safety sometimes gets annoying but I'd rather have it than not.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Mini-14 for sale...at WalMart!

On my way to hunt for a holster this morning I stopped by the local WalMart to pick up some ammo. While waiting for a sales person with a key to the ammo cabinet I took at look the rifle and shotgun selection since I'm in the market for a Bambi killer.

Anyway, the last rifle on the rack was a Ruger Mini-14, the most Fudd friendly 'assault rifle' out there. I guess Walmart has seen the light and wants to get some of that EBR money but is still skittish about scaring the 'white people.'. I wish them luck.

Monster Hunter: Vendetta

On sale now.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fun, fun.

I got to work on the roof of a ten story building today. It was a new experience for me. The view off the roof was nice.

The view on the roof kind of sucked. It was a total rat's nest.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


From Fred, at Guns&Coffee, we learn of the second generation version of the Magpul AFG (Angled Foregrip).

When I still owned an EBR I was very happy with the AFG and until something better comes along I highly recommend them. Hopefully it won't be too long into the future before I am using one again myself.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I refuse...

To speak like a pirate today.  So, ha!

Besides, ninjas kick pirate ass!

She's a witch!!!


You know what?  Go back far enough in my archives and you'll see that for a while I dabbled in 'witchcraft.'  You can not tell me this won't be used to burn O'Donnell, at least politically.  Wow, CNN, way to jump on the bigot bandwagon.  Funny how we only need to understand other religions and be respectful when those religions are killing innocent people in the name of Allah. 

Have we given up too much freedom?

Alan, of SnarkyBytes, says yes.

I say yes.

...we’re going to have to accept a few thousand deaths from terrorists for freedom from government busybodies.

There is NO amount of faux security that will stop the next attack. In the mean time the little despots in the government are having their way with us.
Agreed. The fact is we have traded something for nothing, and that is never a wise move, especially when the something is your very freedom and way of life.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New hat.

I've been looking for a new hat since my solid black one disappeared months ago, and I think I've found it.  I have a couple of hats that I really like, but I just don't like wearing them all the time.  I think this will suit me just right, especially paired with this and this.

Not exactly original as I saw it in the Magpul outtakes video here.  Since I'm still broke this may or may not get purchased next paycheck...after an eye exam and contacts.

I'd like to join this hunting club.


ACR on full auto.


I was really hyped about the ACR.  I still think it's a cool concept, and I'd love to have one in 6.8spc.  Maybe the price will come down one day, and maybe they'll start selling them in something besides 5.56mm.

H/T Guns&Coffee

1,000 Posts

For a blog that's been around since 2005 that's not that many, but it is a landmark for me personally. I started My Tumultuous Adventure in 2005 when I moved into my first apartment when I was 20 years old. Life changed a lot that year, and it's changed a lot since.

MTA was born as an AOL Journal. It replaced another AOL journal that I'd had for a while that I lost access to as a result of my move.

Things have changed a lot for me since then, and I went through a couple years of light posting.

Then I discovered gun blogs, and I wanted to be a part of that. My posting frequency increased and so did my focus. I like what it's become, and I hope it keeps getting better.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Robert's Picks


On Basilisk Station by David Weber (excellent)

For the Honor of the Queen by David Weber (excellent)

The Short Victorious War by David Weber (excellent)


Crossfire Trail (excellent)

Last Stand On Saber River

Kick-Ass (most excellent)


Dexter: Season 4 (good)


Was just that.  It far exceeded my expectations and will go in the 'buy it' category.  I hadn't read any reviews of it and the shear number of guns was a surprise. 

I hope if I ever have a daughter she is just like Hit-Girl. 

I was also more than impressed with the soundtrack.  I may have to pick that up as well as the dvd.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gun School.

I dearly want to take the Basic Pistol course offered by Shootrite Firearms Academy on November 20th.  Shootrite is the closest reputable gun school in my area, and I've wanted to attend one of their courses for a while.  This seems like the perfect opportunity.

I've taken an NRA First Steps course offered by another local trainer and I enjoyed it and felt I learned a lot.  I was actually scheduled to take a couple more of their courses but financial difficulties kind of ruined that.  They offer a course on self defense and the law that includes a long lecture by a local attorney and I will definitely take that at some point, however I think Shootrite is the better choice for my actual gun training needs.

I do a lot, relatively speaking, of training on my own, but it's nothing like actually taking a course with an instructor and getting feedback on where you are screwing up and where you are doing right.

Anyway, the Shootrite course will cost me about about $500 total (the course itself is $200).  If I actually get to attend, and if I enjoy it, and IF I can get the money together in time I may attempt to take the Defensive Handgun course they're offering in December.  That would cost me about a $1,000 with all the expenses that will be involved ($400 for the course, then ammo, gas, lodging, food, etc.).

The Defensive Handgun course is probably not going to happen just because of the expense, but there will be other opportunities in the future.  Basic Pistol is a pretty good bet, and as it's a one day course it won't be too much of a hardship.

I really want to get some more formal training.  I have no doubts that it will help me on my way to becoming the shottist that I want to be.

On The Range #25: Press outs and Dot Torture.

It's been almost three weeks since the last time I went shooting, and it showed today. 

Another blogger mentioned press-outs recently.  I was familiar with the term but not any particular training regimen.  Following her links I decided it was something I should work on myself.  I did a fair amount of dry firing, then headed outside for some live fire exercises.  I shot 25 rounds worth of press-outs.  I think it is a good exercise and one I need to do more of, especially when I am dry firing. 

I did another 25 rounds of various drills before moving on to Dot Torture.  Today was one of my worst days for Dot Torture.  I scored 29 out of 50.  I'm not really sure why I did so badly.  I think I must have been rushing it, but even when I slowed down I seemed to shoot more poorly than usual.

I'm also out of .45 ACP ammo except for the 25 rounds I keep loaded up for carry.  I'm going to have to purchase more at the first opportunity.  I want to keep to a regimen of at least 50 rounds a week.  That's not a lot, but if I could afford to shoot more I would.  A .22 trainer would seem to be a good idea, but at present is not in the budget.


The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

For the first time since the Vietnam War the Congressional Medal of Honor will be awarded to a living recipient.  His name is Salvatore Giunta, of the United States Army.  

Ironically, and typically of the men who win this award, he does not consider himself a hero.  That is, however, exactly what he is. 

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Yeah, I remember.

I remember that there is still a hole in the ground in New York, and that Osama is still out there.

I am not satisfied with our governments response to the attack after nine years.  It started out right with the invasion of Afghanistan with the stated goal of capturing Osama and destroying Al-Qaeda.  It started to go wrong just days later with the PATRIOT Act.  It went further wrong with the creation of the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, both institutions with unrealistic stated goals but the hope of giving the illusion of security and doing something by making American's less free.

Osama slipped away, and evaded or was allowed to evade death or capture.  Afghanistan bogged down, the death toll mounted, and we began to hear, "Iraq, Iraq, Iraq."

I will not debate the rightness of removing Saddam from power.  He was an evil man and it was the correct thing to remove him from this green earth.  I debate the necessity of an invasion when an assassination would have accomplished our goal and gave warning to the next comer.  And the next, and the next, if necessary.

I think the military did the best it could in both Iraq and Afghanistan given what it had to work with.  I think our goals in both nations have been unrealistic.  Our goal, in both instances, post invasion, should have been to leave shattered ruin or gain conquered territory.  Instead we tried to rebuild Japan and Germany.  Pre-9/11 Afghanistan and Iraq were nothing like Pre-WWII Germany and Japan.  We should have been thinking in terms of post Spanish American War if we needed a historical model to follow.

I can't help but feel that we are going to leave tasks we started uncompleted.  I think those actually doing the doing did the best they could, but I think politics all too often got in the way.  As did political correctness.

In the end, I'm left with this:

Osama is still on the loose, still free, and the fact that he is a hunted man doesn't make me feel any better about it.  There is still a hole in the ground where the world's tallest building should stand, and that is inexcusable and a clear sign that our house is NOT in order.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alabama executes a retarded man.

ATMORE, Ala. — Alabama has executed 50-year-old Holly Wood, accused of shooting his former girlfriend to death as she slept in 1993.

Wood was accused of breaking into the home in Troy of his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Ruby Gosha, and shooting her in the head with a shotgun while she was sleeping.

His attorneys claimed he had an IQ of 70 or less and that his trial lawyers wrongly failed to tell the jury about his mental limitations. Prosecutors said he was not as mentally disabled as claimed, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.
I don't care if your IQ is 7, 70, or 170, if you break into an ex-girlfriends house and shoot her in the head with a shotgun while she sleeps you are a rabid fucking dog that needs to be put down.  There is no excuse for this behavior.  It is intolerable, and being a fucking retard doesn't suddenly make it okay to kill someone in cold blood.

Just give them what they want.

Just give the criminals what they want and you'll be fine. 

"His killers likely didn't target him personally, but they selected a worker who would be carrying the small amount of money they felt was worth a human life," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said during a press conference last week.

Yep, just give them what they want.

I feel for the people who work for Domino's who won't/can't risk carrying a firearm.  There are other jobs out there, and that one just isn't worth your life. 

And do I really need to point out how callous these motherfucking criminals can be?  These fucking goblins robbed this guy, stabbed him to death, and then ate the pizza they stole from him...with his blood on their clothes. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Good for a laugh.

Ask a beautiful woman-How to fire a handgun

It's funny, and I'm sure it made more than few gun owers go, "WHAT THE FUCK?!"*

The DEA agent in the video worries me, and makes me wonder if Esquire is just being super clever, or if the DEA really is that fucking retarded** when it comes to guns.

*If you find "What the fuck" more offensive than "WTF" then, well, just get the fuck over it. 
**If you find the word "retarded" offensive then, well, you're retarded.

H/T to Everyday, No Days Off via Robb Allen of Sharp as a Marble via SayUncle

Monday, September 6, 2010

Burning books.

I've always found burning books to be stupid and annoying. 

That said, it is a form of free speech and just as valid a protest as burning a flag.  Do I like it?  No. 

And you know what?  If it puts US troops in danger, tough.  They're fighting for our freedom, remember?  If we have to curtail our freedoms, even if those freedoms are repugnant to some of us, to protect them then we might as well give it all up.

Bear in mind, I doubt anyone is telling local Afghan leaders if people keep burning US flags and citizens in effigy that some soldier is going to bust a couple of caps in their ass so they better cool it. 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Invaded by rodents...

Various packages of poisonous green pellets have been spread around, but the obvious rodent infestation, which took about a week for me to notice, is driving me nuts.  I'm actually looking forward to the smell of decaying flesh that should come next.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Beautiful day.

I had to work, but I was outside for most of the day and the weather was great. 

Today is also the start of college football.  I didn't watch any games.  I don't have the ability at home, and I didn't feel like going anywhere else though I was invited.  I watched the first disc of Dexter:  Season 4 instead.

I'm enjoying a few drinks and a cigar on this cool evening.  I'm glad the weather is getting colder.  Unfortunately it's coinciding with my seasonal allergies.  Fun.  My sinuses have been fucked for a week now with no sign of let up.

This post is kind of rambling.  I guess I'm kind of feeling that way right now.  I don't really want to be alone, don't really want to be around anyone else...that I could be around.  There are a few people, but that's not possible. 

Tomorrow is my last day of work then I'll be off for two days.  Dumb luck has left me off for Labor day.  Not sure if I'll do anything.  Maybe shoot some guns. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A newspaper worth paying for.

FULTONDALE — Fultondale police said a man attempting to steal copper from Nx Level Fitness’s air conditioning unit was thwarted Sunday night when an employee held him at gunpoint.

According to Mitch Ross, owner of Nx Level Fitness, his employee, Chad Bearden, was at the gym around midnight when he noticed a truck parked at the north side of the building. When Bearden investigated further, he found William Whitmer, a former member of Nx Level Fitness, apparently attempting to cut copper out of the business’s air conditioning unit.

“The man had a right to protect his property,” said Fultondale Police Detective David Smith. “We applaud him. He probably saved their AC system.”
 It's a nice local story.  

You're going to have to work on those language skills.

Maybe my company should take page out of the .gov's book and hire some Ebonics speakers. My first customer lives on, according to the work order, Asten Drive. Inputting this address in both the Garmin and in Google maps failed to find any results. I called the customer and asked her to confirm the address. "It's #### Asten Drive." "Asten or AsPen." "AsTen. A.S.P.E.N.""Thanks."

Ebonics is not a language or a dialect anymore than redneck or drunken slurring is. It's laziness, pure and simple.