Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Larry Corriea has a predominantly white day.

I wish I could have joined him, but sadly even if I was a close friend who actually deserved an invitation I would have dangerously over-whitened the gathering even more than it already was

Sometimes things just don't work out.

I've been seeing a lot of that lately, things not working out.  I've seen plenty of it in my life, and I'm seeing it in quite a few other peoples lives as well. 

It sucks for everyone.  I think the best you can do is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep breathing.  You've got to roll with the punches and keep on going.

Misery doesn't love company, in my opinion.  I like people to be happy, and I want to join them.  Happiness loves company.

I can only keep working toward my goals, and hope people do the same.  If I work hard enough at least I'll always be able to say I did the best I can.  I'm honest enough to know my best might not get me exactly I want, but I do know it will get me the best I can get.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Obviously compensating for the size of her penis...

A 68 year old woman shoots an intruder.

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Decatur police today arrested an 18-year-old they believe was shot by a 68-year-old woman who fired at an intruder.
 And from the comments:

Making 18 year old robbers run away screaming from 68 year old women; Samuel Colt, you are a god among men.

Why would you need a gun at....

...a kids birthday party.

I'm rarely without my gun.  Why?  Because bad things can happen anytime, anywhere.  I carry at kids birthday parties.  I carry when watching the game at a friends house.  I carry at the bar when I'm not drinking.  I carry when I grocery shop.  If I was a church goer, I'd carry there.

There are people who will fucking kill you if they have the chance.  Yes, YOU!  It does happen, and it can happen to you.  I'm going to do everything I can to make sure it doesn't ever happen to me.

H/T Robb Allen of Sharp as a Marble

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Robert's Picks

Books:

Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker (excellent)

The Victim (Badge of Honor) by W.E.B. Griffin

TV/Movies:

Magnum, P.I.: Season 6 (good)

JAG: Season 5 (excellent)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Regarding the EPA attempt to ban lead ammo, part II.

I guess maybe the thought of having all that lead turned in at high velocity may have had an impact? 

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition filed by environmental activists seeking to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle, saying such regulation is beyond the agency's authority.
Should I give the EPA the benefit of the doubt that their decision would have been the same had gun owners not responded by generally saying, "Please, please give us an excuse"?  

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On The Range #24: Ammo Testing and Dot Torture

I walked out onto my front porch a couple of hours ago and it felt great outside.  In fact, it felt better outside than it did inside.  I decided to take advantage of it and test some ammo I picked up yesterday as a possible carry ammo.

The ammo was Gold Dot 45 Auto GDHP Short Barrel Hollow Point.  I don't get the short barreled part.  Apparently the stuff is supposed to be perform well out of a 2" barrel.  I was shooting it through a 5", mainly because it was the only 230 gr. JHP I could find.  

The RIA manual specifically states that their 1911 is designed for ball ammo.  Well, so does every other 1911 manual I've seen.  I wanted to try some JHP anyway.  I had twenty rounds.  I would have liked to have tested more but at $1.50/round I had to make do with a single box. 

I had a failure to feed on the first magazine while loading the gun.  I unloaded and reloaded.  No problem that time.  Maybe being a little snappier racking the slide would solve that problem.  It seemed to, anyway.

Out at the range I had a single FTF in 20 rounds.  When I fired the first round out of my first magazine (factory mag, identical to the Novak mag) the second failed to feed.  A firm tap on the back of the slide loaded the round and I did not have any more problems.

I did all my shooting with the Gold Dots at 7 yards.

I had loaded 8+1 and fired them all onto a eight inch target.  My shots tended low and left.  Ha.  Stop jerking the trigger.  I taped the target and fired a second full mag.  I tightened up the group a bit but still low, left.  STOP JERKING THE TRIGGER!

The last magazine held three rounds.  I loaded from slide lock and the first round fed with the use of the slide release.  I honestly expected another FTF.  I shot a Mozambique with those last three rounds. 


Low, left.  Stop jerking the fucking trigger.

My verdict on the Gold Dots is 'no go.'  Maybe if I shoot some more of them and have no problems I'd go with them.  I'd really like to run fifty or a hundred rounds of Winchester 230 gr. JHP through this gun.  I'd also like to pick up some of these, and if they stay this price I might.

Anyway, after those 20 rounds I was going to call it quits.  That was the plan, but it felt so nice outside and 20 rounds is never enough.  I went inside, grabbed a Dot Torture target and a box of target ammo.  Fifty rounds later I had shot a 40 out of 50.  Better than my first time.  Most of the shots I screwed up I rushed.  So I need to slow down and use this to practice my trigger control.


I'm weakest on double taps and reloads.  I really need some more formal training.  

I've also decided the Jak slide is not for me.  It's not very comfortable and it won't ride where I want it too.  Hopefully I'll be able to return it.  I don't know what I'll replace it with.  For now I'll probably just carry in my Don Hume IWB clip holster.

Fall.

It's coming.  I can already feel it in the air.  The mornings are crisp and the evenings are cool.  I'm sleeping with the A/C off and the window open.  I love being able to walk outside and stand there and not become covered in sweat.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

On The Range #23: New Pistol

Yesterday I traded my RIA GI1911 and some cash for a RIA Tactical 1911.  The Tactical model has some improvements over the GI that I was looking for in my next pistol.  Chief among these is that the sights are much better than those on the tactical model.  I like that a lot.  Other features are a beavertail grip safety, ambi thumb safety, and a commander hammer. 


The only change I've made is to install some thin diamond pattern wood grips.  I had to do a little bit of trimming to make them work with the thumb safety which is something I'll have to keep in mind when I order some of these, though looking at the website it probably won't be an issue.

Shooting the pistol for the first time was a treat.  I wasn't sure how much time I'd have to shoot this morning so I opted for Dot Torture.  My overall score was 32/50, which is not as well as I was shooting with the GI but I think I was rushing a bit.  We'll see next week at the latest.


I have some Gold Dot 230 gr. JHP ammo I'm going to try some time soon.  I'm not sure how it will perform in this particular 1911 and so until I find a reliable JHP I'll be carrying the RIA with 230 gr. ball ammo.

I experienced one failure while shooting.  I had a round FTF.  It was the last round in my 8 round Novak magazine, the same failure I experienced with the GI 1911.  I'm going to keep the Novak mag in my training/practice rotation but I think I'll be replacing all of my magazines with Wilson Combat mags ASAP.

I may make some other changes to this pistol as time goes on.  So far it functions very well, and as long as it continues to do so I will keep things as they are unless I learn of problems with particular parts or experience problems myself.

The only thing I plan to change for sure are the sights.  I'd like to have night sights added to my pistol.  I've used them on my Kimber Ultra Raptor and I really like that extra visibility at night.  It's been said if you can't see you matte black sights then you can't see your target clearly enough to shoot.  I vehemently disagree based on my own personal experiences.

I think I'll enjoy this pistol a lot.  Time will tell for sure.  I've paired it with a Galco Jak Slide.  I don't think this holster will last long.  It's the not the most comfortable and I really prefer an IWB holster.  A Galco Summer Comfort or a Don Hume PCCH are probably in my future.  Or a Versa Max if I can ever afford one of the damned things.

*Thanks to Fred at Guns&Coffee for the picture background inspiration.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Newest Aquisition.


RIA Tactical

I've already changed out the grips.  They work fine after a little bit of trimming for the ambi safety. 

Shooting tomorrow.

Britain, want to be 'Great' again?

Then take note.  This is how you handle a crazed shooter:

A man involved in a dispute with other family members over property and belongings opened fire in a rural central Virginia neighborhood, killing two people and wounding four others before police fatally shot him, authorities said.

Good job to the Louisa County Sheriff's Department.  You do honor to your profession, unlike your brethren across the pond.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In need of trigger time.

I've been overly stressed lately about a lot of things.  I'm really looking forward to my Monday and Tuesday off.  I'm not sure what I'll do but I know I'll spend a good bit of time on the range.  I want to do some more Dot Torture at the very least. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stuff they say.

They say time heals all wounds.  That ain't true.  Some stay with you.  You learn to live with them.  You learn to bury the pain beneath necessity.  In the end, they're still there.  And if you bother to remember them they hurt like hell. 

Good song.

Courtesy of RobertaX we get this sweet tune.  Now that my kind of song.  Definitely NSFW.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Impatient.

That about sums up my feelings since Tuesday, especially.  Where the fuck is my settlement check?  No, seriously, I wants it NOW!!!

Ugh, oh well.  I guess I'll just have to wait. 

I think I'll be buying another RIA 1911.  The 'tactical' model comes with a beavertail grip safety and decent sights.  Oh, and a Mosin Nagant with ammo. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On The Range #22: Dot Torture

This morning I decided to do some Dot Torture with my RIA 1911.  I followed the instructions from Pistol-Training.com and did the drill at 3 yards.  I did better than I ever have before, but still not perfect. 


I scored 42 out of 50.  Given, this is at three yards with a GI 1911 but it's still tough.  Hopefully I can quickly get a perfect score.  When I do I'll push out to seven yards.  When I'm shooting it perfect then, ten yards.  At that point I might start putting time limits on myself.  We'll see when I get there.


I'm really enjoying shooting and carrying the RIA.  I shot fifty rounds of Winchester ball ammo doing Dot Torture, and I had one failure to feed.  It was the last round in the Novak magazine.  I'm thinking magazine, not gun, but we'll see as time goes on.

Assuming I keep it, that is.  I may trade it toward a new pistol.  The RIA I looked at with the beavertail grip safety and good sights is tempting at the price it's being offered.  Throw in some good magazines and grips and it could be a nice carry gun.

Monday, August 16, 2010

On The Range #21

Today my friend Logan came over for some shooting.  He had some new rifles that I really wanted to try, and it's always nice to have a partner to shoot with.  We did quite a bit of pistol shooting, and I gave him some advice on improving his pistol marksmanship, mostly improving his grip and his stance.

Logan has a Springfield Government Loaded 1911, but he carries a Glock 30.  I shot the Glock, and as I've said before I can shoot them well.  It actually had a really nice trigger on it.  I shot the Springfield as well and enjoyed that quite a bit.

I did not shoot the Kimber today, but shot exclusively with the RIA 1911A1.  Cheap it may be, but it shoots and functions great.  I can't argue with it, and I've not really been able to find anyone who has owned one who hates it or has had problems with it. 

I did have one issue with it, but I know without a doubt it was a magazine issue.  The magazine was promptly smashed with a hammer.

I'm seriously thinking of purchasing another RIA 1911.  I looked at one with a beavertail and good sights.  For $350 I don't think I'll get a better deal.  If it comes down to RIA or Remington, I'm probably going to go RIA.  That's assuming I don't find something I like used that I can get a good deal on.

Anyway, back to today.

Logan has both an M1A and a Moison Nagant.  I shot both, and loved both.  I expected shooting the Nagant to be worse than it was.  Compared the 7mm Magnum I used to own this Nagant is nothing.  I believe it is an M38 carbine.  It did not have a bayonet and was stamped with a hammer and sickle and '1942.' 

The Moison Nagant was fun and I will definitely be adding one to the collection soon.  I think with a little practice this will be an easier 100 yard iron sight rifle for me, and hopefully beyond that. 

The M1A was great fun too.  Loading and shooting was pretty easy since I had owned a Mini-14 in the past.  I really liked shooting it as well, except I'm not too hot on the sights.  Maybe I just don't know how to use them correctly, but I feel like I shot better with the Nagant sights.  This is another gun that will be getting added to my collection, but not any time soon.

I had a lot of fun shooting today.  I enjoyed myself quite a bit, and it was nice to have a shooting partner with some kick ass guns that I'd never shot before.

My new favorite Youtube video.



And for all of you who got here looking for thumb break method stuff there are some pretty good examples of it in the video.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Right and Wrong via Tam

Check it out.

I love that second video!

The Expendables.

Saw this last night.  I was really looking forward to this movie.  I expected it to either be funny with ridiculous gun play and action like Shoot 'Em Up or over the top action movie with pretty realistic (for Hollywood) gun play like The A-Team.

What I got was a movie made of so much suck and fail I would have left the theater if I hadn't rode there with someone else.  This movie was nothing more than Stallone screaming for two hours, "I'm relevant!  No, really, I am!!"  It was Cobra meets Rambo with all the good things about Rambo missing*.  The only good scenes were the one with the Governator and the few with Mickey Rourke.  Oh, and the ones Jason Statham did all by himself. 

This movie would've been great if they'd have kicked Stallone off the set, hired a decent weapons technical adviser and took his fucking advice, and let Dolph hang the fucking pirate.  Instead it was just fucking stupid, and proves once again that Stallone if a fucking retard who should have stuck to doing tiny penis porn.  At least he was actually equipped in that department.

*Need I point out that there was nothing good about that abortion of a movie Cobra?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I may buy this gun.

Yeah, yeah.  So much for being responsible.  Well, I'll be kind of responsible.  I'll trade one towards it if I buy it.


Remington R1

I like them for what they are, an inexpensive 1911 in the GI style...with real sights.

Let me 'splain.  I've owned three 1911s.  A full size Kimber Custom II, a Kimber Ultra Raptor (3" barrel and reduced grip length), and a RIA 1911-A1.  I like them all.  The Custom II was nice, but I wanted something smaller since I was in better shape and wearing clothing that showed that off a bit.  So I bought the Raptor.  It's a great gun.  I've carried it for well over a year now and I still enjoy carrying and shooting it.  But.

Yes, there is a but.  I can't shoot as well with it as I can with a 5" barreled 1911.  There is a definite and obvious difference in my shooting, and I honestly don't like it.  I can carry and conceal a full size.  Why not?

I considered, and wanted, and still kind of want, a commander sized 1911 (full size grip with 4" or 4.25" barrel).  However, the more I though about the more I realized a 5" barrel would be better.  I thought this would be the best of both worlds, but it's not.  We'll return to that later.

With a commander I lose .75" to 1" off the barrel and still have to contend with concealing a full size frame.  Why not keep that extra inch on the barrel, get that infinitesimal bit of benefit out of it since I have to deal with a full size frame anyway. 

Now, remember I mentioned the best of both worlds?  There is such a thing, and it looks like this.  If I could afford that I assure you there would be a lot less bitching and depression on this blog.  One day I'll have a full custom 1911 built, hopefully by my buddy Logan.  But not yet.

For now I'm going to go with the R1.  I'm going to trade my RIA 1911-A1 towards the cost.  I'd keep the RIA, but those GI sights are absolutely atrocious.  I can shoot with them, but they piss me off.  I'd also like the option of changing out the sights (night sights!) and you can do that with the RIA without machining the slide.

I can afford the R1, and it will do the job I need it too.  No, it's not the best 1911 it could be, but it also won't sit in a safe because I don't want it to get scratched or because I'm afraid it'll rust away in some evidence locker if I ever have to use it.  It's a fucking tool, and I'm going to wear it out if I can.

That said, I'm going to personalize it a bit.  I want a beavertail grip safety.  The GI grip safety works, but I prefer the beavertail a whole lot more.  I don't ever worry about getting bit with the beavertail.

I'm also going to get a Wilson thumb safety.  There's a bit more to it than the stock safety on the R1, and it's not quite the full wide safety you see on some 1911s.  Hopefully one of the shops around here has them in stock.  If not I'll order them direct from Wilson.  I'm sure I'll pick up a couple of Wilson magazines as well.  Hopefully I'll be sticking it in one of these, just like my Raptor.

And eventually...Night Sights!


Oh, and I reserve the right to change my mind again.  But i don't think I will this time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good vs. Bad

So this last week I'm having a hell of a time staying positive.  I've had some good news.  Things are starting to look up for the most part, but there has been bad news too.  Well, not all of the 'bad' news is really bad, but it's news I don't particularly want either. 

I'm not where I want to be right now, in a lot of ways.  I'm working to get there. 

I'm feeling more depressed than I have in a long time.  I think it's combination of working constantly, and hard, and still be broke all the time.  As a result of that I've decided to be responsible with the money I'm going to be getting from my accident.  The vast majority will go to bills.  I'm going to spend a little on gun related stuff, but not much.

Another thing that is bugging me is that in the romance department I'm meeting lots of people, and I'm having some fun, but I'm not really meeting anyone that clicks with me.  That bothers me a lot.  It's always been something that bothered me.  I've met a couple of women I was really into, but my interest in one drove her away and I never even bothered to try with the other cause she was way to caught up in drama with her ex/current/ex/current/ex-boyfriend.  I've been that rebound guy before and even though there was a lot there it just didn't work in the end.

Fuck it.  I'll figure it out.  Someone will come along or they won't.  I'll work for a more secure financial future and maybe the economy and fate will cooperate. 

I'll survive.  Always do.

Public Education: Brought to you in part by starving children.

I do so love political cannibalism.



Cry hippies.  Cry.  You have no more money to pay for your dreams, now your dreams begin to consume themselves.

Cue the evil laugh.

All your nuggets are belong to us.

Courtesy of JayG comes the story of Melodi Dushane.  A shining example of stupid, Melodi decided to start punching people and break a window when she discovered McDonald's doesn't serve chicken nuggets for breakfast. 

Jay sees this story, and Melodi's fame as a result, as a sign of societal collapse.  I think he needn't have looked any further than her name.

If a parent can't be bothered to at least spell their own child's name correctly why should we expect that they would have raised children who would have become well adjusted adults?

Fan page fail.

Being a fan of one of modern literature's greatest works:  good.

Not being able to correctly spell the title of said work:   FAIL.

Seriously, we're paying $26 billion dollars for this?

Without the courtesy of a reach-around.

Not working today.  Feel pretty much like distilled ass.  Spent most of my night either on the couch or in bathroom.  Things seem to be setting themselves right but there is no way I'd make it through a day working in the heat.  I hate it.  I haven't called out of work due to sickness in just over two years.  Damn it.

I wouldn't feel so bad about it if I'd have at least spent yesterday getting hammered and needed to sleep off a hangover...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

But it's for the children!

I wish I could get away with writing bad checks and never be held accountable for it.

For the children, of course.  Why, if don't get a new gun every month I won't be able to bring myself to work and pay my property taxes.  What of the children who need that money for their desperately broke schools!!

Remember that accident I was in?

Just got a call from the truck driver's insurance adjuster.  For my lost wages they are going to pay be $100 a day for the three days I was out.  In order to get me to sign a settlement so I don't sue them for any more money they're going to give me another $700.  So:

I'M GETTIN' $1,000!  I'M GETTIN' $1,000!  I'M GETTIN' $1,000! 

Too short.

Lately my weekends have seemed way too short.  At least Friday is payday.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Well, duh.

In an interview with website Big Think, Stephen Hawking warned that the long-term future of the planet is in outer space.
"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet," he said.
"I see great dangers for the human race," Hawking said. "There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 was one of these. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future."
"But I'm an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space," he said.

I've always felt pretty much the same.  The easiest way to see that humanity survives not just the next hundred or thousand but hundred thousand years is going to lie in colonizing space.  

Sunday, August 8, 2010

On The Range #20: El Presidente and Dot Torture

Last week my range time was taken up by trying the El Presidente drill for the first time, and then Dot Torture.

According to Pistol-Training.com, "The classic standard was to perform the drill in under ten seconds with all A-zone hits. Any run with less than 12 A-zone hits was a failure."  Well, I failed.  I did the drill twice, first with a time of 15.26 seconds with half my shots in the A-zone, and then with a time of 24.28 seconds with 8 hits in the A-zone. 

I set up my targets a little farther apart from each other than is called for and did my shooting at ten yards rather than 10 meters.







Dot Torture just proves to me that I have terrible trigger control.  I did the drill at seven yards and my results were pathetic.  I'm going to move into 3 yards and master it from there.  Seven yards was getting ahead of myself and I should have known it. 


Tired.

I stayed up late last night to watch the UFC fight with friends. It was also my friend John's birthday/housewarming party.

My friend Logan and his lady were there. Logan just got home from Colorado where he went to gunsmith school. He impressed John's stepdad by switching the mag release on his M&P compact from the left to the right in two minutes. Simple, sure, but also his first paying job (under protest, Logan saw it as a quick favor).

I'm going to have Logan build a couple of guns/show me how to build a couple of guns. Probably an AR15 and AR10.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Does cake count as a tip? I think yes.

My last customer yesterday sent me on my way with a sandwich, a bag of chips, and a big slice of chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting sprinkled with M&Ms and mini Reese Cups. I had the sandwich and chips on the ride home (it was almost 8PM), and am eating the cake for breakfast...Oh. My. God. If the woman wasn't married I'd be back at her door proposing shortly.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stuff that has made me happy lately.

My good friend Logan has returned from Colorado where he attended gunsmithing school.  I'm looking forward to doing some shooting with him and his lady.

I went shooting Tuesday and had a lot of fun even if the heat was killer.  I did and El Presidente drill for the first time.  I like it.  I'll do it more.  I'll have more on this when I actually do my On The Range post.

Oreos.  It's the simple things, after all.

Stuff that has pissed me off lately.

Rich liberals trying to get out of reaping what they've sown.*

Government rewarding people's poor decisions in order to buy votes.

Someone getting appointed to the Supreme Court when everyone knows damned well she'll only do the job correctly when it suits her political ends.**




*I hate using blanket terms like 'liberal' and 'conservative' but this is the best I could come up with.
**Just for the record I don't think there is a single sitting justice who actually deserves to be there. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

That's hot.

I came inside to get something to drink and take a little break from the heat.  I was pretty much drenched in sweat and thirsty so I got the bottle of gatorade I'd put in the freezer before going out and decided to sit for a bit.  Checked the blogs while enjoying the cool and glanced up at my window unit A/C.  The temperature on it read 83*F...inside.  And it feels cool.  That's when I decided to see how hot it is outside:
 I'm going to do one last drill outside then I'm done.  I won't have burned through a hundred rounds like I prefer, but I won't be dead either.

To protect and serve.

Your job is to kill the enemy.

ISAF spokesman, German Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Blotz said the COIN guidance communicates how U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus expects all forces under his command to conduct themselves as they work shoulder to shoulder with their Afghan partners to defeat insurgency.

"Its release is a signal, both to our forces and the Afghan people, that our top priority, our first duty, is to protect and serve the Afghan people," he added.

If the Afghan people need someone to protect and serve, then we should be sending police officers rather than infantry.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tomorrow.

Hopefully I'll be putting about a 100 rounds of .45 ACP downrange. 

Steak on the grill.

A New York Strip to be exact.  Sam Adams Imperial White in the fridge.  Steak fries soon to be in the fryer. 

Yeah, it's going to be a good night.

Not good enough.

As a result of findings during a review commissioned by Gen. David Petraeus, it has been made clear that troops are allowed to request airstrikes and artillery strikes against insurgents hiding in dilapidated buildings or other abandoned structures. Commanders conducting the review said they found some junior commanders had misinterpreted the rules to mean they weren't allowed to fire on such places.
As I said, not good enough.  If the enemy is holed up in a school packed with innocent school children we should be calling in air strikes and artillery to destroy the enemy.  The school and children are collateral damage.  That is war:  killing the enemy by the most expedient and least risky means.  That is war.

You want to save the children and stop the bad guys in the most safe way for civilians?  Annex the fucking country and send the FBI.  You know, the guys who are trained to stop bad guys without wiping out civilians?*

If you insist on fighting a war in such a way as to make people view you as the friendly police officer on the corner, who is just there to help, you will lose.


*I said trained.  I didn't say they're not perfectly capable of wiping out unarmed civilians anyway.