Monday, January 31, 2011

Sig .22 1911

This is a nice looking .22 caliber 1911!

I've been looking at a lot of these the last year or so and this one is the one I like the best at first glance.  That price seems fair and I’d be a little more likely to pick up one from Sig that a few of the other manufacturers putting them out. I know Sig’s rep, I don’t know the rep of the others (except maybe Browning).  Unlike the Browning offering this looks like it's a full size version.  When I first heard about the Browning I was excited, and then I saw that it was tiny and about twice as costly as every other .22 caliber 1911 clone out there.

I think a .22 1911 would make a GREAT training tool, and save me a ton of money.  This one I will definitely be keeping my eyes on.  It may, in fact, become my '1911 for 2011.'

H/t SayUncle

Makes my inner mall ninja smile.

Armor deploy-able from a backpack.  That pretty much defines 'tacticool.'

H/t Everyday, No Days Off

Robert's Picks


Watch On The Rhine (Die Wacht am Rhein) by John Ringo and Tom Kratman (very good)

God Save The Child by Robert B. Parker (good)


The Wild Bunch (good)

The American (excellent)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Violante Placido.

I think I'm in love.

See her in The American.

Bushmaster .308 AR-10 Style Rifles

This could be interesting, and the MSRP is reasonable.  I like the idea of an AR-10 style rifle.  .308 just appeals to me so much more than 5.56X45.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bitter and Mean.

Those two words describe me fairly accurately this last little while.  I have no real explanation why.  I feel like I'm not living up to my own expectations, and I guess I'm not.  Not trying hard enough, not putting forth enough effort, not taking care of myself the way I need to be. 

I'm not sleeping well.  I've had one good night's sleep in month.  The rest have been less than restful.  Bad dreams, barking dogs, feeling sick, staying up late for a lot of stupid reasons. 

Work is a major stress-er right now.  I can do well when the work it there.  Put it's sporadically there.  That's more than a bit annoying.  It's frustrating to not be able to predict what I'll be able to bring home from one pay check to the next. 

Tax return.

Filed.  My return will be less than $500.  That's because I have very little withheld.  While the idea of a big check of fun money is a nice idea, it's really not that big of a deal to me.  I'll use what I get back to pay my property taxes, and I'll be happy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sig take on the AR-10


I'd love to get my hands on the carbine version (the marksmen version is sweet too!).

H/t Guns&Coffee

OH MY GOD!!!11

So a kid checks out a Tank Girl graphic novel from his school library.  The book was there by mistake, but it's national 'news':

"I saw lots of people killing people and lots of kissing," McHenry said.

Clearly, he knows what those two actions were and recognized them, so I doubt he will grow up to be a serial killer.  His mother, on the other hand,

McHenry's mother, Michelle, described the images in the book saying: "There was guns to heads, girls with girls, alcohol, sexual things that are just really, really bad."

Her, I worry about. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's your state's gun?

Utah is working to make the 1911 the official Utah State Gun

That's just cool.  And it makes a lot of sense considering John M. Browning (PBUH) was a Utah native.

H/t hellinahandbasket

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I thought the NAACP was against the 2nd Amendment?

Yet, they want the NRA's support to help a black man who killed a white man in self defense, and was then wrongly convicted of murder. 

From what little I've read about the case there seems to be a serious miscarriage of justice and John McNeil should be freed. 

I truly hope this man gets the justice he deserves, but I swear that if comes as a result of us rallying behind him I will throw it in the face of the NAACP the next time they support a gun control bill or accuse us of racism.

Speaking of Magpul Dynamics...

Here's the trailer for the 'coming soon' Art of the Precision Rifle:

H/t Guns & Coffee

On The Range #39

After missing out on shooting last week I managed to get myself outside today.  I had 200 rounds to shoot today instead of my usual 100 so my shooting was a bit more extensive. 

I finished watching the Magpul Dynamics Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVDs this morning and worked a lot of the things I saw there into my shooting today. 

I did a lot of shooting from a variety of positions I don't typically shoot from, like supine, kneeling, and prone, that were demonstrated in the DVD set.  I also worked on shooting with movement, and general gun handling and fundamental skills throughout.

I really, really want to take some Magpul Dynamics courses now. 

My shooting was great today until I got to my last 50 rounds and shot Dot Torture.  I scored a 21/50, my worst score at 7 yards yet.  It was ridiculous, but I blame myself.  I was rushing through it instead of taking my time and the result was a terrible score. 

For me, Dot Torture is all about fundamentals and working through everything slowly.  It's more about getting the motions right than the speed.  Speed I can work on doing other drills.  Dot Torture is my way of focusing strictly on sight picture and trigger control.  I lost that focus today and a piss poor score was the result. 

Lesson learned.

I also did the vast majority of my shooting wearing gloves.  I've found that when it comes to shooting a 1911 gloves can be a problem.  For some reason it's way to easy not to get a good grip and make sure the grip safety is being squeezed.  I'm thinking about looking into getting a more prominently raised grip safety to see if that fixes this problem.  It's not a huge problem, but if it's one I can fix that easily and not have to worry about, I will. 

I had two failures to extract out of the 200 rounds. That's a total of four in 1,480 rounds fired.  I'm going to start cleaning my 1911 more often after shooting, or at least make sure the extractor is good and clean after each shooting session to see if that has any effect.

All in all, good day on the range. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

The War On Cops...No, really!

Yes, indeed.  There is apparently a war on police officers
Authorities are worried a recent wave of police officer shootings may not be a coincidence.

In just 24 hours, at least 11 cops were shot around the country.
I guess there must be some evidence that all of these people were acting together.
While all the shootings don’t appear to be connected, Roberts says they have one thing in common.

"We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority," he told the station.
Wait.  Wait.  You're telling me there is some kind of super criminal out there that wants to thwart authority?  Thwart authority by, say, I don't know, breaking the law?  Who'd a thunk it?

There's still something I don't get...where does Sarah Palin fit into all this?  I mean, people are getting shot, so clearly she must be involved.

Obviously, it's Sarah Palin's fault.

The police station shooting in Detroit, I mean:
DETROIT -- A relative of the gunman who was fatally shot after wounding four officers at a Detroit police station was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in a double-homicide case, the city's police chief said.

Chief Ralph Godbee identified the shooter as 38-year-old Lamar D. Moore of Detroit, but said he couldn't speculate about a motive in Sunday's shooting at the 6th precinct.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The fading tradition of the handwritten word.

I have always been an admirer of the handwritten word as a form of personal correspondence.  Opening an email or seeing a new post on your Facebook wall will just never compare to receiving a handwritten letter, note, or postcard. 

Writing, sadly, has all but faded away into the past.  Post cards, while still widely available, are probably one of the most forms of personal correspondence out there.  You see them in tourist shops the world over.  Most people who buy them only buy them for souvenirs, rather than to use them as a means of communication with friends and family. 

In the age of instant communication, when friends and loved ones are just a phone call, text, or instant message away, why would you bother taking the time to buy, write a quick note upon, and mail a post card?

This is why:

Many years from now, I'll be able to take this piece of cardboard out of the place I keep such things, read the message on it, and know that a friend took the time and effort to send it to me.  It's such a small thing, yet it means a lot to me.  You can't hold a text message in your hand years later.  It's likely you don't have emails from years in the past either.  And when is the last time you looked at Facebook posts from last month, let alone last year?

I'm not opposed to the new ways.  I like my smart phone, my blog, and email.  But they're nothing like a handwritten journal or diary, a long letter on fine paper, or a simple post card. 

Thank you, Kris. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

A writing goal.

Handwriting has been on my mind quite a bit today for reasons that will be made clear in a future post.  I love handwriting.  Most of my fiction writing has been done by hand.  I enjoy it, though I don't have beautiful handwriting like some people.  My printing is not bad when I set my mind to it, but I'd much prefer to have neat cursive writing.

Cursive writing is a skill that I learned in elementary school, and promptly forgot in high school when I was told, "If I can't read it, you're grade will be a you really want to risk it?"  I didn't think my cursive was bad, and I never had a teacher tell me it was illegible, but I wasn't going to risk it.  I think the teachers were wrong for not requiring legible cursive from all students, but I wonder how much control they had over the matter.  Probably not much.

Anyway, I've decided I want to regain my lost skill of cursive writing, and surpass it.

Robert's Picks


War of Honor by David Weber (very good)


The Town (very good)


Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro (excellent)


The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whiskey

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chili with beans.

It's what was for dinner, liberally sprinkled with shredded cheddar and a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. 

Sorry, no pictures this time.  I was starving and quickly devoured it.  I do believe it came out tastier, though.  And it pairs very well with New Castle Brown Ale.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I am TJIC.

Borepatch comes to the support of TJIC, and brings us this:

This is supposed to discourage violence?

The author of TJICistan has had both his first and second amendment rights trampled...because he dared exercise them.

ARLINGTON (CBS) – A blog threatening members of Congress in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting has prompted Arlington police to temporarily suspend the firearms license of an Arlington man.

It was the headline “1 down and 534 to go” that caught the attention. “One” refers to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in the rampage, while 534 refers to the other members of the U.S. House and Senate.

I started following the blog after reading the post in question.  Frankly, I agree with his reasoning.  I'm not going to start actively attacking members of the government, but I'm not going to cry about it if someone else does either.  I have no sympathy for ANY member of the government who is killed by someone with a grievance.  First, it's a part of the job they're just going to have to accept, and second, when you're a member of a group that is systematically eliminating more and more of my freedom with every action you take you become a clear and present danger to my welfare as a human being.

All that said, he never advocated violence.  He just chose not to pretend that a member of Congress, any member of Congress, has got it coming for any number of actions.  Anyone reading more than just one of his post would have clearly understood that he did not think violence would solve our current problems and was not justified because of the cost involved, but also that there are time when violence against the government IS justified.

This is a stunning and frighting abuse of power that has happened in Massachusetts.  I can only hope that he has the will to fight this to the ends it should be taken.  It's about time the the petty tyrants running Massachusetts were put in their place, and it would be a grave example to all the others out there.

This can not stand unchallenged.

H/t JayG

Friday, January 14, 2011

Quote of the Day: Compensating

Out quote of the day, possibly quote of the year, comes from Larry Correia:

Lefties love to use Freudian BS as if I have a gun only to compensate for the size of my equipment...Nope, I carry a gun because I can’t throw a 230 grain lead projectile at 850 feet per second with my dick.


Monday, January 10, 2011



On The Range #38: Snowpocalypse!

Well, as I'm sure everyone knows, Alabama was snowed on last night.  Freezing rain left it nice and compacted.  Being that Monday is my typical shooting day I figured I take advantage of the rare opportunity and go shooting in the snow.

It was fun.  And for whatever reason my shooting was very spot on today.  I shot 100 rounds, the first fifty of which I mixed up shooting Mozambique Drills and double and triple taps.  99% of my shots were going just where I wanted them to go.

I managed to get a picture of brass ejecting here.  Speaking of ejection, I had a failure to eject.  That is, I believe, a total of 3 in 1,300+ rounds with the RIA.  I didn't have any issues with the slide locking back.  I am absolutely convinced that particular problem is strictly related to magazines, and I'll be going with Chip McCormick magazines in the future.
I used my next 50 rounds for Dot Torture, of course.

I surprised myself by scoring 44/50.  That's my best score so far at seven yards, and only 6 shots off perfect.  Pretty cool.  

I ended my range time by taking a few pictures of the brass where it had landed in the snow.  

Make that 400 and 1!

 From Fox News:

An interplanetary trip to Mars could take as little as 10 months, but returning would be virtually impossible -- making the voyage a form of self-imposed exile from Earth unlike anything else in human history.

What would inspire someone to volunteer? We've just found out.

A special edition of the Journal of Cosmology details exactly how a privately-funded, one-way mission to Mars could depart as soon as 20 years from now -- and it prompted more than 400 readers to volunteer as colonists.

I would jump at the opportunity.  Yes, even a one way trip.  My opinion has always been that humanities future lay "out there."  I believe that our continued existence demands it.  And the only way to get there is to go.

I also like that this idea is for a privately funded expedition, and screw NASA.

A modest proposal.

In light of the recent capture of the man dubbed the Twilight Rapist and the horror perpetrated by him upon his many victims I think it is important that we as a society move forward with Common Sense Penis Control. 

First, I propose that federal legislation be passed by Congress mandating that all men, except those with a valid Penis Use Permit (PUP), be required to use chemical castration.  This is a reversible treatment and only common sense, and the burden is slight compared to the number of rapes it will no doubt prevent.

Whenever a man wishes to use his penis he can apply for a PUP.  The requirements will be simple and common sense, including, but not limited too:  finger printing, criminal background check, completion of a 16 hour Penis Use Safety Course by a certified Penis Use Safety Instructor (at the PUP applicant's expense, of course), and a $300 PUP fee.

The PUP will be valid for one year, after which the applicant must reapply. 

When granted a PUP the permit holder will be required to carry his permit at all times.  If approached by a law enforcement officer he will be required to disclose that he is in possession of a non-chemically castrated penis for which he has a valid permit, and must submit to temporary chemical castration if the officer feels it necessary for his or her safety in the course of the encounter.

Further, in order to ensure that the PUP is not abused by its holder, all those granted a PUP will be required to wear a male chastity belt while outside of their homes.  Since a PUP will only be valid for one partner, this partner will hold the combination to the PUP holder's chastity belt.  The combination should also be available to the PUP holder's chief law enforcement authority and physician.

This is simply a common sense proposal that will not place any undue burden on the penis owning public and will result in a dramatic decrease in penis related crime!  Join me in contacting our Representatives in Congress and demanding these common sense measures for Common Sense Penis Control!

Quote of the Day

This comes to us from Straight Forward in a Crooked World:

The First Amendment is the singer on stage in front of everyone whose voice can not be ignored, while the Second Amendment is the individual in front of the stage making sure no one kills the performance. 

Yes, indeed.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This is my 1911.

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Happy 1-9-11.

Friday, January 7, 2011

I'm a sucker.

Every once in a while, when I'm well into my cups, I dwell on love lost.

I've loved two women.  Two.  No doubts about it.  Lost both to my own insecurity, stupidity, and...whatever.

The second helped me forget the first, and I keep hoping I'll meet the third to help me forget the second, and the first again.

But here is the part that bothers me, and kind of scares the hell out of me.  Either of those two, I'd still take in a second and damn the consequences.  I still love them both.  I believe I always will.  I don't think it'll ever be with ever, but when I sit here, all by myself, I can't help but wonder...

Deep breath.  And move on.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Why not?

I was standing in the shower last night and made the sudden decision to give up the caffeinated sugary drinks.  That of course that for most of today I had a splitting headache as my body was craving the caffeine.  I guess it's the healthy thing to do, and that's part of the reason I'm doing, but another reason is that I spend way too much money on that crap.

That means more money for good beer and liquor. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Must be a media fabrication.

Kindle App for Windows Phone 7 has finally released the WP7 Kindle App.  Not having Kindle on my phone has been one of the things I've hated since picking up my Samsung Focus.  Now I can finally finish King of the Kyber Rifles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Now if only someone would make a shot timer app for the WP7...


Uncle just picked one up in 9mm.  They're nice guns.  I've only had hands on with a compact .40, and I didn't shoot it, but I liked it.  I've considered a full size version in .45 ACP as a future purchase. 

The M&P also happens to be the pistol being used by Tavis Haley and Chris Costa in the Magpul Dynamics Art of the Dynamic Handgun DVD

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Impulse control.

I've never been very good at controlling my spendy impulse.  I like things.  Guns, gadgets, ammo, clothing, FOOD!!!11, cigars, alcohol, etc.

Well, damn it, I'm broke.  I've been broke for as long as I can remember and I'm sick of it.  I want to get unbroke.  I've said that plenty of times before and pissed away the opportunities I've had to unfuck myself financially.

I'm working on stopping that now.  One day at time.  Today is day four of not doing anything stupid.

I've got a stack of books that need reading.  I've got plenty of food until next paycheck.  And I've got a bit of cash for this and that during the work week.

There are big things I want to do this year.  I wanted to do them last year and failed.  I'm ashamed of that because I've no one to blame but myself.  I am going to do them this year.  I will have a new vehicle, I will buy at least an AR carbine and a 1911 for 2011.

This is not a New Year's resolution.  I don't do those.  This is getting my act together so that I can do the things I want to do.  This is putting long term goals ahead of short term goals.  This is being a responsible adult.

One day at a time.

Monday, January 3, 2011

On The Range #37

I just finished putting my weekly 100 rounds down range.  As usual, I enjoyed it immensely and just wish I could afford a 1,000 rounds to shoot every week.

I did a little bit of everything this week with my first fifty rounds.  I did some shooting at various distances, ranging from 3 to 25 yards.  I did a little shooting from the ground, and I did some press outs.

I practiced my reloads throughout as that is one of my weak spots.  I think I'm starting to smooth them out a bit but I still have a long way to go.

Finally, I shot Dot Torture.  This week again saw a small improvement with me scoring 31/50.

 I've improved my score by four points, or shots, every time I've shot it at 7 yards since I started.  At this rate I should be shooting perfect (or near enough) within the next couple of months.  Maybe I can do it a little quicker but I'm in no rush. 

Then I'll move to ten yards.  I think when I do I'll start doing all of my other range practice at ten yards as well.  Right now I do the vast majority of my shooting at 7 yards. 

I have now put well over a thousand rounds through my RIA Tactical 1911.  I've been very happy with it for the most part and I've had only two malfunctions that I can't attribute to magazine issues.  Magazines have been the sore point for me, though.  I believe sometime soon I'll be doing a post-1,000 round review of my pistol and I'll go into more detail at that time.

1911 for 2011: Decisions, decisions.

I've previously blogged about the firearms I'd like to pick up for 2011, specifically another 1911.  In that post I mentioned the STI Spartan and Ranger II as possibilities.  Well, I've found another possibility.  Affordable and purdy too:

Springfield Armory "Range Officer"

It's being marketed as an affordable 1911 set up for competition.  I like the looks of it, and the price isn't bad either.