Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Internet down.

I'm having some issues with my AT&T DSL account.  I'm set up for auto payments but they have not been taken.  This is not the first time this has happened.  I may be ending my relationship with AT&T.

Analysis of the Guerena raid.

Confederate Yankee has it.

At this point I sincerely hope that every person involved with executing this raid is being investigated for murder.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Some never came back.

Saturday and Sunday I had a great time shooting a variety of firearms.  It was all about having fun.

Everyone of those weapons types, and quite possibly some of the very ones I handled, saw service in every military action of the United States since World War I.  These weapons were carried into battle by young men to fight for their nation.  The rifles, carbines, machine guns, and pistols in large part made it back.

Many of those men did not.  Today is their Day.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

On The Range #50: Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot 2011 (Day 2)

Today once again started out with a tasty breakfast provided by Lucky Gunner, after which we headed out to the range location so that those of us who had signed up could take the free pistol course being offered by Tom Givens of RangeMaster. 

The course started out with a two hour 'classroom' portion that started with the requisite safety brief.  Mr. Givens does not do the course with a cold range in mind.  Guns are expected to work.at all times.  I really liked that.

Tom Givens is a man who can easily rub a sensitive person the wrong.  He's been there and done that, and will not tolerate a fool.  I like that too, but I'll admit he rubbed me the wrong way at first.  That did change, however.

After getting off.to a bit.of a bumpy start due.to range instructions being hard to hear and shooters unfamiliar with their pistols things went well. 

There were around thirty shooters, but only room for fourteen shooters on the firing line.  This led to some difficulties in my opinion and put our instructors under some added stress.  They handled it well though.

Our main focus was on fundamentals, and Tom went above and beyond to point out how poor a weapon a pistol is in comparison to long guns and the importance of shot placement.

Something we worked on extensively that I had honestly never focused on before was follow through and resetting the trigger for follow up shots. 

Since we were shooting in two I shared my target with OldNFO.  I could not have asked for a better partner.  He made sure I was hearing range instructions (which I had trouble with) and gave me good critical feedback on my shooting.  he even made point of approaching me later and telling me I did good.  It meant a lot coming from someone of his experience, and later when I noticed our targets were being thrown away I snagged ours.  It was a perfect target except for one flier that was my fault.

After the class ended we had delicious BBQ lunch courtesy of Lucky Gunner.  We learned that he shotgun class which was supposed toome next had been canceled and instead we were being offered an extra hour and a half of handgun training.

I made the decision to skip out on shooting the Kriss guns in order to get the extra training.  I was glad I did.

Less than half the original class took advantage of the extra training.  This meant we were all on the firing line almost non-stop.  The instructors were clearly more relaxed and in my opinion more personable with the smaller class.  I got helpful feedback from all of the instructors during this second portion.

We focused on the same fundamentals but added in multiple shots and speed.  I won't say it was the most fun I had, but it was very good training that I will be able to use in my own practice at home which was the instructors' stated goal.

It was a good day and I would definitely take a RangeMaster course again.

After the wrap up I said some goodbyes and headed home.  It was a great weekend.  More to follow on the non-shooting aspects of the event to come in later posts.

Heading out for Day 2.

I'm about to check out of my hotel and then head over for breakfast and the beginning of Day 2 of the Lucky Gunner blogger shoot.  I'm going to be heading back to Birmingham after today's fun.  I've had a great time so far and I'm sure today will be no different!

After breakfast I'll be taking the free pistol training course that Lucky Gunner has set up for us with RangeMaster, and then hopefully I'll be shooting a few more full autos and getting to check out some of the offerings from Kriss

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Oleg Volk at work.

Couldn't resist snapping this as I walked back from taking a look at the damage down range.

On The Range #49: Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot 2011 (Day 1)

Today started off with breakfast provided by Lucky Gunner.  I sat around and talked to a few of the bloggers while we ate and waited to head out to the range.

The first day of the blogger shoot consisted of getting us into a private machine gun shoot/reenactment called Bullet Fest.  The reenactors ranged from Civil War artillerymen (with artillery!) to the WWII era Item Company/501 Parachute Infantry Regiment/101st Airborne Division (Recreated) and the LAH 1st SS Panzer Division (Recreated).

On the far left of the firing line was the Civil War artillery.  You not only here these pieces being fired, you feel them.  Most of the bloggers set up next to the artillery, and by the end of the day cannon fire that had me jumping out of my shoes just faded into the general background racket.

It is impossible for me to describe the noise of cannons, MG-42s, the Ma Duece (which sadly I did not get to shoot), the 1919 Browning Machine Gun, and a variety of other full auto military small arms going off all day long.  What I can tell you is that it was wonderful, beautiful music.

The first few guns I shot today were not, in fact, full autos, but they were guns I had never handled before.  The very first was the venerable M1 Carbine, courtesy of Tom from MyGunCulture.  Shooting the Carbine is great fun.  It's like shooting a 10/22 that flings .30 slugs around.  I'd really like to pick up one of these sweet little guns.   

Tom  is a great gentleman and insisted that I shoot both the Carbine and his M1 Garand when I told him that I'd never had the opportunity to shoot either.  I really enjoyed both.  The Garand has a surprisingly mild recoil, especially considering that it is chambered in God's Own Caliber*.  I will most definitely have to get my hands on one from the CMP ASAP.

After playing around with the Carbine and Garand (which I managed to do without getting bit!) I decided I wanted to put some rounds through my 1911.  I found it to function perfectly except when I used one of my friend Logan's factory SA mags.  I had two stove pipes with this particular magazine in 200 rounds of shooting.  I sat it aside and had almost no problems in the next hundred rounds (had a couple of FTFs but I think both were a result of worn out mags and a very dirty gun).

Tom and I made our way separately down to the full auto stuff.  The first full auto gun I shot today was the M16.  I found it to be very controllable once I got a feel for what it does.  The second time I shot it later in the day I was able to do a full mag dump and keep my rounds on the same target (although it was a pretty large target).  Shooting this gun was just too cool. 

Next up I shot a S&W M-76.  The M-76 is nothing but a very nice clone of the Swedish K.  It was manufactured during the Vietnam War in order to meet a military demand after the Swedish government, which opposed the war, blocked its import to the US.

The recoil of the M-76 is reminiscent of shooting a paintball gun.  The recoil is almost non-existent and it is easily controllable.  But boy does that magazine go fast.  These guns are a lot of fun, and I would love to have one.

After the M-76 I got in line to shoot the BAR.  I had to wait through a ceasefire before I got to the end of the line, but it was worth it.  I could have happily shot this gun all day.  It was heavy (around 22 pounds), and I shot it standing rather than using the bi-pod, but all that weight makes it an easily controllable rifle as you rain .30-06 downrange.   I would have hated to carry it around a battlefield, but then again I wouldn't mind having one if I had to be in the middle of a battle.

The last full auto I shot today was the HK G3.  I hated it.  It was too damned light and the stock was too short.  It was uncomfortable as hell to shoot and the recoil was absolute murder.  It was the only gun that almost got away from me, and the only one I DID NOT enjoy shooting.  I'd take a BAR over it any day of the week.

Today was the most fun I've had in a long time.  I got to shoot guns all day for free.  When I needed ammo Lucky Gunner Ammo Girls were at the firing line with a menu for me to select off of, and they would quickly bring back whatever I ordered.  Those girls worked their butts off and made an already wonderful experience even better.  I think one of my favorite parts of the shoot came at the end of the day when the ammo girls were taking their turns shooting the full auto guns.  The smiles and excited laughs were a thing to behold. 

Oh, did I mention I got to do all this for free?  Thanks again to all the people at Lucky Gunner, and especially the beautiful Angela DeGloma, for putting this whole thing together.  Hold it again next year I will be there!

*.30-06

Today was awesome!

Machine gun are fun.  A LOT of fun. 

I just want to say a quick thank you to Lucky Gunner for what has been a wonderful experience so far. 

A very special thank you also goes out to all the lovely Ammo Girls.  Ya'll made a great experience even better!

Machine guns!

M16. S&W M-76. BAR.

Waiting in line to shoot the Ma Duece. 

Got buzzed by a sheriff department Huey.

So far...

I have yet to shoot any full auto yet but I've shot an M1 carbine and an M1 Garand.  I've also put about 120 rounds down range with my 1911.

Must have a Garand!

Today is the day!

Not long from now I'll be meeting up with all the other bloggers for breakfast courtesy of Lucky Gunner and then we'll all be headed out to the range.  I'm looking forward to a fun filled day of shooting and getting to know as many of the other bloggers as I can.

While I'm very excited to be going to shoot machine guns Tom from My Gun Culture has offered me the opportunity to shoot an M1 Garand and an M1 Carbine.  That alone will have made the trip worth it.

My computer situation is such that I won't be doing a lot of extensive blogging from the range but hopefully I'll be posting some updates via my smart phone.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shook a lot of hands.

I met a lot of people tonight.  The private room Lucky Gunner had set aside for us at the restuarant was packed when I arrived and people continued to show up as the night went on.

I met more people than I can remember right off the top of my head.  Hopefully I'll be able to do a decent job of getting faces matched to blogs tomorrow. 

I have arrived.

Checked into my room at the Econolodge just a little bit ago. 

First impression, they weren't kidding about the 'econo' part.  The room is tiny, but it's not important. 

The drive up was nice.  Today was a very pretty day for a road trip. 

I'll be at Angelo's Brick Oven at or just after 7PM for the dinner/meet-up.  I'll be looking forward to meeting whoever is there.

I'm off to see the wizard.

The wonderful wizard of free ammo.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

This could be handy.

One of the most annoying parts of shooting is having to reload magazines.  In comes this.  Having 8 mags loaded up and ready to go in one easily carried belt pouch would be very nice for a day on the range, whether for fun or training purposes.

I may have to pick one of these up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Disappointed.

I watched the series finale of Stargate Universe tonight.  Clearly the ratings must have not been there, but I think something great could have been done with the show. 

Oh, well.  It's not the first time a show I really enjoyed was canceled (Star Trek Enterprise comes to mind, though that suffered from an idiotic story arc during one season).

I've really enjoyed the Stargate television shows.  Except for the last couple of season SG-1 was excellent.  Atlantis was very good until they brought back the fucking replicators. 

I'm kind of sad to see the last series come to such and abrupt and unsatisfying ending.  The last show would have made a great season finale, but not a series finale.

So, yeah, feeling a bit disappointed.     

Words have meanings.

There is a difference between prejudice and and racism. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On The Range #48

I got off work a little early, and it was a nice sun shinny day, so I decided to put a few rounds down range.


I only had a hundred rounds of .45 ACP to play with so I kept it simple.  I shot mostly Mozambique Drills from a variety of positions and with reloads thrown in for good measure.  I also shot Dot Torture, scoring 32/50.  I think I've hit a plateau with Dot Torture.

I experienced one failure; my slide not locking back on an empty mag.  I think that was a result of the gun being really dirty (I cleaned it after) but I'm keeping track of that magazine just the same.  

In ten more days I'll be heading to the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot.  There is a get together I'll be going to Friday night.  The main event seems to be scheduled for Saturday.  Sunday I've signed up for the pistol training course that is being offered.  I'm really looking forward to the whole event, meeting some of the bloggers I read every day, and of course shooting some machine guns with free ammo!

Want Want Want Want!!!

The SigSaur 1911-22.  A full size 1911 in .22LR.  This is exactly what I need, made by a reputable company.  Unlike the Browning FAIL-version, it isn't scaled down in size and it's very affordable with a $420 MSRP.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Now those cops in Indiana have a convient excuse for kicking in your door.

In ruling handed down today by the US Supreme Court, the Court ruled 8-1 that if a cop thinks he smells week, and knocks on your door and thinks he hears sounds that could be consistent with you destroying evidence, he can then kick in your door:

In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court today ruled that Kentucky police were okay to kick in the door of an apartment that smelled of pot and was suspected of harboring a drug suspect.

The police did not have a warrant to enter the apartment, and it turns out the suspect who they were chasing was not in the apartment. But once inside the police found marijuana and cocaine in plain view and arrested one of the inhabitants.

The Kentucky Supreme Court held that the search was illegal.  But the Supremes reversed, holding that the police could enter the apartment without a warrant, because after they knocked on the door and announced their presence they heard  noises inside that sounded as if  drug-related evidence was about to be destroyed.

Just another logical extention of police powers in the War On (Some) Drugs.  Logical, that is, if you live in a police state.

Once again, I believe this is the third time I've asked this recently, you wonder how people can be hostile and distrustful of the police? 

This case is nothing more than allowing something that has long been in practice.  I figure it only went this far because you had enough members of the Kentucky Supreme Court willing, for whatever reason, to call it what it was. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

Todays quote of the day comes to us from Mike W.'s post about the Indiana Supreme Court losing their ever loving minds:

Unlawful entry is unlawful entry.  Period.  What this ruling says is that there's one rule of law for cops to abide by while they're committing a crime and an entirely different set for the rest of us.  Bullshit.  A thug with a badge is still just a thug.  My rights, particularly my rights to defend my home, do no disappear because of what that thug happens to be wearing and they do not disappear because of what moronic judge rules.
Once again, you wonder how people can be distrustful and hostile towards the police? 

If there is a single freedom loving cop in Indiana he'll drive to the home of the Indiana Supreme Court Justice and kick the bastards door in the middle of the night. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Well, that's nice.

I'm working six day weeks for the next little bit.  In five days I've already done the amount of work I'd do in six with a normal workload...and I've still got a day to go!

Oh, and I get paid by the job so that's a good thing.

And you wonder how people can be distrustful and hostile towards the police?

In North Dakota videoing police in public gets you arrested:

On May 6th I began shooting film for a new video project about unwarranted raids in Wahpeton nd, I was standing on a public street filming a notorious officer (Dustin Hill) who commonly practices unwarranted searches and seizures. He asked if I ‘needed something’ I responded by telling him ‘no, I’m just filming a story about unwarranted raids in wahpeton’ . He immediately placed me under arrest for interfering with a police investigation, or hindering as he also coined it. There was no investigation going on, he was simply talking to a citizen on public property. I was taken into an interview room where I remained cuffed for roughly an hour, I was questioned by an officer without ever being read my miranda rights while he harrassed and grilled me.

On the whole, the vast majority of my encounters with LEO have been positive, even pleasant.  However, it took only one instance of being the victim of an illegal search and seizure to push me right into camp of distrust and (non-physical or violent) hostility towards LEOs.

I can't defend myself against the police except by taking civil action, which is expensive.  I let the incident that involved me go, which was stupid, but I was afraid of further harassment (it was small town cops in a small town I worked in at the time, and still frequent).

You want me to trust LEOs and other government officials?  Make a it felony, with mandatory prison sentences upon conviction, for a government official at any level to in any way violate the Constitution of the United States or the State within which they reside AND work. 

That'll be a start.

Personally, I think LEO are rather useless at the patrol level.  Below detectives we don't need them.  They are only useful in two instances; first, in societies in which citizens cannot legally defend themselves (and even then, they're pretty damned useless), and second, for capriciously enforcing malum prohibitum laws and regulations that could be just as well enforced with a fine delivered by mail rather that the threat of a gun toting enforcer.   

H/t Instapundit

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

Comes from Tam:

If you want to be compassionate, go be compassionate. I know that's usually what I do when I'm feeling compassionate, not expect some entity called "the government" to go be compassionate for me. Mailing a check to the government to help the poor because you're feeling compassionate is like handing the local crackhead a twenty to fetch you a pizza because you're feeling hungry.

RTWT.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quote of the Day: Apathy Edition

Via Sipsey Street Irregulars we learn of this gem from Ze'ev Jabotinski (speaking to the Jews of Warsaw circa 1939):

I state with shame that the people behave now as if they were already doomed. I have not found anything like it, neither in history nor in novels. Never did I read of such acquiescence with fate. It is as if twelve million educated people were put in a carriage and the carriage was being pushed towards an abyss. How do such people behave? One is crying, one is smoking a cigarette, some are reading newspapers, someone is singing - but in vain will you look for one who will stand up, take the reins into his hands and move the carriage somewhere else. This is the mood. As if some big enemy came and chloroformed their minds. I come to you now to make an experiment. The last experiment. I cry to you: Put an end to this situation! Try to stop the carriage, try to jump out of it, try to put some obstacle in its way, don't go like sheep to the wolf.

Apathy is, in my opinion, the single greatest threat to freedom that we face.  They instill apathy, whether intentionally or not, in our public school system.  In elementary school we are taught that to be 'good' we must do as we're told without ever questioning authority.  In high school we are taught that we must behave like adults, which meant doing as we were told without ever questioning authority.    

Random things.

Due to the recent spat of tornadoes work has been really busy.  I'm going to be working 6 on 1 off for the next couple of weeks.  Combine that with it being allergy season and I'm worn out by the end of the day.

I'm annoyed that I'm making excellent money right now, but that the last month trying to get enough work in a day to make ends meet has been like pulling teeth, especially since I need all the spare cash I can get for the LuckyGunner bloggershoot at the end of the month.

I'm trying to work my way back into the dating scene.  There is no telling how that will go.  I'll be sure to share any head-desk experiences. 

In the last two days I've met both a former Special Forces helicopter pilot and a chief of police of a small town.  Both were interesting. 

I've been reading A LOT lately.  It's about the only thing I can do that doesn't cost me money since I have a pile of books to read, both print and electronic. 

I think something on my car is about to break, and it'll probably be something that will cost a new gun or so to get fixed.  This is typical of my life (things seem to be coming together...a sure sign they are about to fall completely apart).

I'm thinking about making some changes to the blog.  Nothing spectacular though. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Robert's Picks

Books:

The Investigators by W.E.B. Griffin (excellent)

Better To Beg Forgiveness... by Michael Z. Williamson (good)

Final Justice by W.E.B. Griffin (excellent)

Torch of Freedom by David Weber (excellent)

TV and Movies:

Life:  Seasons 1&2 (magnificent show...sadly shit-canned due to the writer's strike)

Ninja Assassin 

Surrogates

Edge of Darkness (good)

Nights In Rodanthe (good, but frickin' SAD)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ammo Review: Remington Golden Saber 230gr. JHP

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from AmmoForSale.com offering me the opportunity to do a product review for them.  I eagerly accepted and last week the brown truck of happiness dropped off a box containing 2 boxes (50 rounds) of Remington Golder Saber 230gr. JHPs.


The first thing I did was to shot four five shot groups at 3" targets from 7 yards.


These were not the best groups, but that's more me than the ammo.  Just to prove this I shot a single 5-shot group at 7/8" target pasty at 7 yards.  The result was this:


That's about a 1.5" spread.  I'm sure a more skilled shooter could get even better out of my gun and this ammo.  I did some speed drills, just to make sure the ammo would run in my gun reliably during rapid fire.  I had no issues.  All 50 rounds fed, fired, and ejected reliably every time.  

I shot my last 7 rounds at 25 yards.  I'm not the best shot at 25 yards, but the Golden Sabers did their part.  


Two to the head.


Five to the chest.

I would be perfectly comfortable using Remington Golden Sabers as my carry ammo.  Every round fed reliably in my RIA 1911.  Accuracy is as good as I can expect from my own skill level.  I really like the fact that this is a 230gr. JHP.  With .45 ACP the heaviest possible bullet is important to me.

Thank you to AmmoForSale.com for the opportunity to review this great ammunition.  You can take a look at their full line of .45 ACP offerings here.  I'm also adding a link to their site to my sidebar. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Putting my tin foil hat on...

Am I the only one that thinks Pakistani Intelligence got all the use they could out of Osama and decided it was worth it to give him up for brownie points with the US?  I mean, he was in Pakistan in a military city.  He wasn't exactly the most inconspicuous of individuals.  I have no trouble seeing Pakistani Intelligence passing messages that said, in sum, "We can help you find him, but he can't be captured alive."

Yeah, I'm that cynical.  Obama certainly needs the boost to his numbers.  It would have been the smart move for Pakistan.  The costs of giving him up has to be less than the costs of being found to have been harboring him. 

Of course, this is all speculation.  I know nothing.  The title of the post clearly tells you what to expect here.

Osama No Longa.

Osama bin Laden is dead.  Good fucking riddance.

Some will, and have, asked, "Does it really matter, other than for political grandstanding?" 

In short, yes it does.  He needed killin'.  I don't like the fact that President Obama will take credit for it, and he will.  I don't like that it may help him politically.  I do like that the fucker is dead though.  It makes me smile, the same way I did when Saddam got his neck stretched. 

It's a small thing in the great scheme of things, and it doesn't change that our country is still in a very fucked up place, but it's something we can smile about even if it's a smile in the face of the grim reaper.

Quote of the Day: Fixing People

From Kevin Baker's post Victims of Communism Day:

Rummel estimates that the total number of people murdered by their own governments during the 20th Century is on the close order of 262 million, but the single biggest chunk of that truly frightening number is directly due to one pernicious idea:  That we can make people better.

RTWT.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

According to the National Weather Service there were 13 tornadoes in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

Photos of the aftermath are here.

Edited to add:

Donations can be made to Hands On Birmingham or The American Red Cross is also taking donations.  There are a LOT of local efforts going on.  Information on those can be found here.