Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween party tonight.

There will be much drinking of alcohol and other forms of debauchery. 

I'm going as Jayne, cunning hat and all.  Hopefully there will be pictures to share.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sweet and Sour Chicken.

I made Sweet and Sour Chicken tonight.  The sauce was store bought (and not great, but manageable) but everything else I made myself.  And it was pretty damned good too.  I paired it with Sam Adams Imperial Stout.

On The Range #31: Rifle Shooting

I got off work early today and rather than burn through more of my supply of .45 ACP I decided to do a little rifle work. 

First up was the Mosin Nagant.  I put 25 rounds through the Mosin, shooting five groups of five.  I shot three groups at 25 yards.  I managed some pretty good groups with a couple of fliers, but I think I can do better with more practice. 

I moved back to 50 yards and shot two more groups.  These were pretty pathetic.  The first had three shots grouped tight but off the paper.  The second was pretty scattered all over a 6" circle.  Hopefully I'll be able to improve that as well. 

I think my goal for the Mosin is going to be to keep all my shots in an 8" circle at 100 yards, and I've got a long way to go if I'm going to get there.

After I finished with the Mosin I decided to shoot some more with my Ruger 10/22.  My main goal here was to fix my zero with my iron sights, which I did.  I put around 80 rounds of .22LR down range, and shooting from between 25 and 30 yards I was able to keep my shots fairly tightly grouped, but not tight enough. 

I need more rifle practice, and I'm definitely going to take a NRA Basic Rifle class at some point in the near future (I hope).

Rolling, rolling, rolling...

I'm spending a lot of time on the road at work lately. So far in two days of work I've had to make the 45 minute trip to my office and the turn around and drive an hour and a half in the opposite direction, back past my home, to get to my first customer.

Hurray for out of the way jobs that require non-standard equipment!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Robert's Picks


I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter (good)

In Enemy Hands by David Weber (good)

Kinda thin, I know.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quote of the Day: Common Sense Gun Control

JayG shows us what 'common sense gun control' gets you:

You would need a minimum of an FID card to possess that pen in the people's Republic of MA. A. Stinkin'. Pen. Because it is made out of an actual piece of brass - a component used in the manufacture of firearm ammunition - it requires a permit (fee: $100, plus whatever the cost of the required Basic Firearms Safety Course) to own. A. Pen.

Gear Review: Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs

I've been considering buying some electronic earmuffs for a while. I wanted something that would amplify sounds I want to hear, like conversation, but cut off gunshots. So I picked up some Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs:

Academy Sports and Outdoors was selling these for what seemed to be a fair price so I picked some up last week (here is the Cabela's page for them). I wore them for my last shooting session and I will admit to being impressed.

They are adjustable and fit well, even though I was wearing both sunglasses and a hat. They come with a jack for plugging in an iPod or similar device if you're into that.

They work well for amplifying ambient sounds but block out 'impact' noises such as gunshots. All I heard from my 1911 was a good thump that was felt as much as heard, but I could carry on a conversation with a soft spoken person between stings of fire. They have an on/off knob which also adjusts volume and they come with an automatic cutoff switch which activates after four hours of continuous use. They came with 2 'AAA' batteries. Battery life is supposed to be around 350 hours.

They are fairly comfortable. I don't think I'll enjoy them all that much in the summer, but that probably applies to all ear muffs.

I did notice that while you'll have no problem hearing sounds, knowing which direction they're coming from can be a problem. Everything you hear seems to be coming from forward. I guess this could be a result of the microphones being being on the front and facing forward. Not really an issue, IMHO, but it may be to some.

All in all, I like them. I like what they do, I liked the price, and I actually like the way they look too. If I notice anything important about them in the future I'll be sure to share that as well.

Friday, October 22, 2010

On The Range #30: This and That

I picked up some electronic ear muffs today.  They're made by Impact Sport.  Wore them on the range today and I'm pleased with them so far.  I'll do a full review next.

Anyway, the shooting went well today.  I started off shooting a couple of Bill Drills at 7 yards (I believe the drill is intended to be done at 10, but walk before you run and all that noise).  I actually managed to get all my shots where they were supposed to be. 

And look!  I got video! 

Mainly I wanted to do a little self assessment, see what I'm doing, maybe catch some things I need to work on.  I've never seen myself draw before, and I wanted to see that as well.  Constructive criticism is more than welcome. 

After the Bill Drills I did some shooting on the move.  No video of that, but maybe later on.  I went forward, backward, side to side.  I know most people think moving forward is stupid, and I tend to agree, but why not?

Next I shot Dot Torture.  I scored even better than last time, with 47/50.  I came close, but I dropped one shot and I think I got a little rattles after than and dropped two more.  Oh, well.  Live and and learn. 

After Dot Torture I did a F.A.S.T.  I did better than last time even though I dropped two shots.  I'd rather have all hits.  I dropped the first 3X5 shot again, and then dropped one out of the 8" circle.  Not proud of that, but time was 17.99 after penalties.  I got video of this too.

I enjoyed myself.  I don't think I look too terrible on the videos, but then again I don't know enough to really be able to give myself a good critical review. 

"Muslims who saved Jews from the Nazis."

That was the tag line that caught my attention on the CNN main page.  Interesting story, really.  Praiseworthy as well.

With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.
Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.

Unfortunately, those aren't the kinds of Muslims that I'm worried about.  Nor are most people.  It's the ones who will blow themselves up in crowds, kill those who disagree with them, and cut off the heads of any Westerner they get their hands on that worry me.

And while this story is one of great compassion I still find myself more moved by the Nazi who risked his life to save Jews from the Nazis.

Both of these stories bring home to me one of the most important lessons I ever learned, and one that some people still need to learn.  That is that people are individuals, and should be treated according to their individual actions.

You CAN buy RPGs without a background check!

Not long ago antigun bigot Joan Peterson commented that you can buy grenades and RPGs at gun shows without background checks.  Quickly thereafter the gun blogs exploded with laughter.

Weer'd Beard reminds us that you can, in fact, buy RPGs without a background check

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I've been whipsawing back and forth about whether or not I think I'll be able to take a course a Shootrite Firearms Academy.  I've decided at this point I'm going to go for the 1 Day Basic Handgun if there is room in the class for me.  It's a $200 class, and I think the ammo will only run me another $110.

It'll suck, but I can make the four hour round trip the day of the class.  It'll be no worse than going to Six Flags in Atlanta for a day.

I have my concerns about whether or not I should take my car on such a long trip.  I still worry about it and don't entirely trust it.  I wouldn't want to get stranded, but what's life without risk?  I'll be sure to change the oil, give it a good once over, and hopefully put a couple of new tires on it before I go. 

Being pessimisstic fuel will cost me between $60 and $70 for the whole trip.  Throw in another $30 to $40 for food and drinks and we'll call it $120 for random expenses.

I'll use a vacation day so I'm not losing too much money being away from work. 


I should be able to swing that.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quote of the Day: Government Health Care.

Posted on facebook by an old friend from high school who recently became a Lieutenant in the US Army:

Government provided healthcare is not that me
 I'm guessing he's been on the receiving end recently. 

On The Range #29: 100 Rounds

I started to just do Dot Torture today when I decided to go shooting after breakfast, but I needed more than that.  I had a little over 100 rounds of .45 so I decided I'd put the whole box of Winchester I had down range.

I started my shooting off with a Bill Drill at 7 yards.  I failed epically with a time of 9.32 seconds and three of six shots dropped low, left.

After that I set aside 56 rounds for Dot Torture and F.A.S.T.

With what I had left I shot a lot of Mozambiques, did some shooting on the move, and practiced reloads.  I experienced quite a few failures today.  A failure to extract resulting in a double feed, and I have one magazine with which my gun will not lock back on when it's empty.  I had this happen at least once with the other mags, but with this particular one it won't lock back AT ALL.  I'm wondering if my gun is particularly dirty, or something like that.  The magazines are all Wilson Combat.

Dot Torture went very well today.  I forced myself to slow down and focus hard on the fundamentals.  This resulted in a 45/50 score, my best so far with the RIA Tactical.

After Dot Torture I did my first F.A.S.T. drill.  It was interesting, to say the least.  I think I'll be adding it to my weekly 'must do' list with Dot Torture.  I scored 23.11 seconds on the F.A.S.T., 2 seconds of which were a result of a miss on the 3X5 box.

Pay day is Friday, so hopefully I'll be picking up some more ammo and doing some more shooting next Monday.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bushmaster ACR: Only $3K and it comes with it very own felony!

The Bushmaster ACR has been recalled.  It is apparently suffering from a malfunction that can cause it to fire full auto.  Oops.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My hat has arrived!

I arrived home to find a package in the mailbox containing my new hat from Gadsden and Culpeper American Heritage Shoppe.

I can't wait to wear it out and about.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Unexpected three day weekend.

I had an unexpected three day weekend.  I didn't get routed today because of a lack of jobs being scheduled.  Probably could have got some work but decided to just enjoy the day since I was so busy the for my normal two days off. 

My contacts came in today, which was surprising since I only ordered them yesterday.  I was happy about that though.  I also finally got some new dvds from Netflix.  Just finished up a NCIS disc and now I'm moving on the NCIS: Los Angelos. 

Tried a new beer tonight:  Sierra Nevada Tumbler.  It's an 'Autumn Brown Ale.'  Not bad.  Would be better with a good cigar. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goodbye glasses.

I went to the eye doctor today to get an exam and order some contact lenses.  I've been  using my glasses since before I was laid off from my prior job, and they're an old prescription to boot.  The good doc said my eyes have gotten a little worse since the last time I was in there but that that's normal and it should be steadying out soon.  He said I'm a little young for lasik, but that it's something I could look into in the next couple of years. 

One of the best parts of going to the eye doctor for contacts is free samples.  The doc gave me a pair to try out, and they should easily last until my order comes in. 

And just for the record, I use the WalMart Vision Center.  I have vision insurance but it turns out that it sucks ass and isn't worth having so I just paid the cash since it was easier.  If I'd used my insurance I would have had to drive across town to a doctor for an exam and then went to a different place to order glasses or contacts.  Fuck that noise. 

I wonder if I could have done that in Britain?

On the Range #28: Dot Torture Again

This 'weekend' has been kind of busy for me.  I've had a lot to do, but I really needed to get in a little shooting so I did Dot Torture today.  Not a great day, but not a terrible one either.  I scored one point lower than the last time with a 34/50.  This is the fifth time I've done Dot Torture with my RIA Tactical.  I still like doing the drill, and it's definitely forcing me to practice those fundamentals and to slow down. 

I was using Federal 230 gr. FMJ RN (I have no idea what the RN stands for) instead of my usual Winchester white box.  I also shot this ammo the last time I did Dot Torture.

I experienced one FTF on the last round out of my #1 magazine.  I did a tap, rack, bang and cleared it right up, but then the slide failed to lock back.  I couldn't get that to happen again, so maybe it was just a fluke.  I'll keep an eye on that magazine in the future though and it won't be in the gun while I'm carrying.

Quote of the day: Louis L'Amour

"Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content."

I don't like feeling like this...

Five times.  C., S., S., J., A.  I've felt that something.  And in the end I'm left feeling cheated by life, or that I wasn't good enough, or that I'm destined to be unfulfilled.  Something about them, from the first moment I laid eyes on them, there was something there, for me at least. 

With the dawning realization that 'nothing will come of this,' I'm left with an undeniable emptiness that I can't shake, I can't fill, and I can't walk away from.  Is this fate?  Is this a result of my own foolishness?  Is this a result of my own stubborness?

Am I demanding too much?  Should I learn to be happy with less than what really makes me happy? 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In light of 10-10.

I have some time to kill before getting to my first customer this morning so I filled up the tank of my work van and I'm sitting in a Walmart parking lot letting the engine idle. Tonight I may burn some tires covered in old motor oil.

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Halloween costume and a new hat.

For the big annual Halloween party I attend I'm going as Jayne from Firefly.  I have the hat, and I just ordered a Blue Sun shirt.  I'm also growing a goatee, cause that's how I roll.  We take our drunken, debauched Halloween parties seriously around these parts.

I also ordered my everyday hat.  Hopefully both the t-shirt and hat will be here next week and I'll have pictures.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A very good point.

Obama ain't sinking the economy.

It's been sunk for a long time.  Some of the left over pockets of air are all used up now, and a few of us are starting to realize it and blaming the Captain who was given a ship long done in.

However, he is a God damned liar when he claims to be fixing it, or that he is capable of fixing it.  The only thing he can do is get the fuck out of the way.  But he wouldn't be Captain anymore if he did that.  And earned his right to be Captain, now didn't he?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Free bacon in Texas.

The Texas Agricultural Commissioner is encouraging a feral hog slaughter for the month of October.  Wish I could be there.

H/T SayUncle

$250 bonuses are always good.

I was surprised with one of those yesterday. I've also had to go into the office twice already this week. Tomorrow is my load out day so I'll be back again. It kind of sucks considering I should only be in there once a week.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Firearms training stream of consciousness.

Addressing no one and no thing in particular, but just reacting to everything I've been reading the past couple of days:

I'm getting the impression lately that while a lot of people seem to think free enterprise always does something better than government this doesn't apply to firearms training and/or tactics.  Hmm.  As with all things, I think you get what you pay for. 

My personal experience with firearms training is the tiniest bit in the Boy Scouts which was mainly just learning range commands with no effort whatsoever given to actually teaching anyone how to shoot, and a half day NRA Basic Pistol course.  I didn't learn much that common sense doesn't tell you from the Scouts, but I learned a hell of a lot from the NRA instructor and my shooting improved.  Now I plan on taking more handgun courses, and if I see the same result I will continue to do so when I can afford it.

The 'tactical carbine' tends to get sneered at, especially when it comes to firearms training.  "You'll never use that in real life!"  Funny, when I still owned an AR it was my go to defensive weapon at home.  I put a light on it because if I'm at home it's usually dark.  I practiced shooting it from cramped, uncomfortable positions because that's what I have in the home.  I took a look at some carbine courses and saw people doing things that I did, only better.  That bare bones pistol class taught me a lot, so...

But then I sold my AR.  I'll get another one, and I'll probably take some carbine classes.  I just want to be able to shoot one of the damn things better than I can.  Considering I'll probably be keeping it for self defense in the home it might not be a bad idea to practice doing some non static range type stuff.  Just a thought.

And I'd like to think I've got enough common sense and zest for life to GTFO if I were taking a course offered by someone where they wanted me to do something unsafe or stupid.  I mean, hell, I've put my foot down at every job I've had when it came to doing something unsafe and stupid, and I was getting paid then.

"You're just playing!"  No shit.  What the hell do you think you're doing with your pistol when you punch holes in paper? Hell, it's all playing until it ain't.  Training isn't doing, no matter where you are doing it.   

I don't want to be HSLD, I just want to be able to handle my guns competently and confidently.  I don't particularly want to be tacticool (but I do really like my Oakley gloves...'spensive, but more comfortable than anything I've ever bought at Lowe's).  I have NO desire what so ever to join the military, and no need to pretend I'm one of them:  I hate running, I have ethical issues with that little oath you have to swear, and the idea of taking orders from a President Bush or President Obama frankly scares the shit out of me.  I'm a loner, always have been.  I'm just little ol' me, and I want to have little ol' me skills. 

That said, there is a lot of shady shit out there.  You're an idiot if you pay an idiot to show you how to be a bigger idiot.  And no amount of training compares to the real thing.  Of course, the right kind of training is kind of a good idea.  I've got the not shooting myself in the foot part down.  Is it a bad thing if I want to take that a little farther. 

I've been thinking about getting together with a buddy of mine and doing some stuff with airsoft pistols.  I've got a pretty good chunk of land, and we could probably set up a few surprises for each other.  I've always thought the best training you could have was to learn to deal with the unexpected calmly and decisively.  The airsoft things would seem to be a good way to do that, especially if I could get a decent group of people involved and figure out a way to make things random.

Anyway, enough random thoughts. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fallen, but never forgotten.

President Obama on Wednesday will bestow the nation’s highest military honor for valor on a soldier who died after saving the lives of 22 men in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt Robert Miller was the youngest member of his squad. The 24 year-old Green Beret was on his second tour to Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed while moving through Kunar Province near the Pakistan border on January 25, 2008.

On a mission to find high-value enemy insurgents, Miller’s team of eight elite American soldiers and 15 Afghan troops were moving along a rocky, snow covered trail when the first shots rang out. Miller's captain was injured almost immediately.

As the squad took cover Robert realized they were badly outnumbered from above. Rather than retreat to safer ground he ran directly at the enemy, killing numerous militants and providing his men with the cover they needed to escape.

I can't even imagine doing what this man did to save his allies. This is literally the stuff of legends.

Good man doing something.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
-Edmund Burke

FRESNO, Calif. – An 8-year-old girl who was abducted by a stranger while playing outside a Fresno home escaped from her captor Tuesday morning after a driver recognized the suspect's vehicle and cut it off, police said.

Bad things happened to this little girl just the same, but chances are good that she would be dead if this man had not intervened when he did.

Good thing this didn't go down in Mass., or the guy would have probably been arrested for saving the girl's life.

You might be a mall ninja if...

"If you own anything made by H&K, you’re a mall ninja, no maybe about it."

More here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ouote of the day.

When the only thing you have left to bring to the table is raw, naked, unprovoked violence, you have officially lost the debate, not only because it is patently obvious that your position is too weak to permit opposing voices, but also because some people will not go gently into that good night. If the ecoterrorist cultists want to start killing people rather that “just” destroying people’s property, I can guarantee that it will eventually prove to be an outstanding way to reduce their own carbon footprint… to zero.

From Walls of the City, regarding this:

On The Range #27: Shooting the Mosin Nagant

I recently picked up a Mosin-Nagant rifle, which fires the 7.62X54R cartridge. I believe it is an M38 carbine manufactured in 1941. I don't know a lot about these rifles and this is the first I've ever had in my hands.

I shot it once before when it belonged to a friend of mine. I enjoyed shooting it and was impressed with it accuracy. I'm not the best rifle shot, but I did okay at short range with this rifle.

I took it out today and did a little more shooting. I didn't have a lot of time or I would have shot more. As it was, I only shot about ten rounds, two five rounds groups, at relatively short distances. I think around 20 and 30 yards. That really not enough to get a feel for it but my 100 yard range is being blocked by a broken down tractor at the moment.

The trigger is pretty nasty, but manageable. The recoil is not for the faint of heart, but not really all that bad if you know how to correctly hold a rifle.

I enjoy shooting the rifle but I must confess to a fear of bolt action rifles that probably doesn't make much sense. I always wonder about a bolt failure that results in it flying back into my eye. Probably completely irrational but it's there just the same, but it's there especially when I'm shooting such an aged firearm. /shrug

I want to shoot this rifle more, and at longer distances. I need to know if I can safely hunt with it this season. I dearly want to get some venison in my freezer this winter.

Since I'm using dirty ammo I made sure I thoroughly cleaned the rifle after I finished shooting it. I don't want it going to hell through neglect on my part.

I predict I will have a lot of fun with this particular gun.

"Awareness" months.

I'm getting a little sick of awareness months. We're all aware, trust me. If you can't raise money it's not because people aren't aware, it's because they don't give a damn. I want to save the ta-tas as much as the next person. I've had family members die from cancer, from heart disease, and from a variety of other ailments. I'm not unaware of them, and I doubt most other people.

It's gone so far beyond 'awareness' that I am day in and day out saturated with someone begging for money for something else. You know what? Give me something for something. You want to fight breast cancer? Talk to your local strip club owner and do an amateur night where all the ladies who want to raise money for breast cancer awareness can come and show their breasts for tips. You can give a quarter of the tips to the club owner for the use of his/her facility and donate all the rest.

If you want to do something, DO something. Don't expect me to think you really give a damn if all you can be bothered to do it plaster pink somewhere at no real cost to yourself. At the very fucking least buy one of those oh so clever stickers or t-shirts that panders to the male love of tits.

Bloody Mexican Pirates...

It seems Texas is having a little issue with Mexican pirates:

Search teams continued to scour the U.S. side of Falcon Lake on Monday for the body of David Michael Hartley, 30, whose wife told police he was shot in the head Thursday after they were ambushed by two boatloads of armed men. Authorities say Hartley was shot while he and his wife, Tiffany, were riding their watercraft on the Mexican side of the lake. Tiffany Hartley, 29, managed to escape the gunfire and return to the shore on the American side of the lake.

Officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) say Hartley's apparent death marked the fifth incident since April 30 in which U.S. residents ventured into Mexican waters and encountered pirates on Falcon Lake. Prior to last week, the most recent occurred on Aug. 31, when authorities say pirates aboard a small boat with "Game Wardin" written on its side, in duct-tape lettering, tried to intercept a Texas fisherman. The fisherman, aware of warnings about pirates on the lake and recognizing the misspelling of the word "warden," managed to outrun the Mexican vessel to safety, officials said.

Doesn't Texas have a navy? Would it be asking too much to get Stingray a commission, a bass boat, and a Ma Deuce to handle this shit?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Just finished Monster Hunter: Vendetta.

It is a great book. I really enjoyed it. It was even better than Monster Hunter International. I can't wait until more of Larry Correia's work is published.

Expect lots of guns, lots of monsters, and lots of things getting much needed killin'.

Gun Control 101

By Borepatch. Good stuff. Go read it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gnomes in the Ghetto.

I wonder if there are any of these in (H)Ensley?  I'll keep my eye out next time I'm down there.  Maybe should put Monster Hunter International on speed dial?

I got another gun...

A friend of mine was saving up the money to buy my Kimber Ultra Raptor.  He's a bit on the small side so he can't carry the full size stuff as well as I can.  I was saving up money to buy his Mosin Nagant.  A light bulb went off and I told him the Nagant, with ammo, would get him halfway there and I'd let him have the pistol on credit for the other half. 

Yeah, I gave him a good deal, but I really fell in love the Mosin the first time I shot it.  Now I've got a can full of dirty ammo and a new rifle to play with. 

The overall gun inventory numbers have remained the same, but I'm happier with another long gun.  Hopefully Monday I'll be getting it out to 100 yards to see what I can do with it.