Thursday, June 30, 2011

You CAN'T buy full auto assualt weapons at gun shows without a background check.

If you could, I'd have one.  I'm not even sure if you can buy one at a gun show if you are not a licensed gun dealer. 

I turned on the news this morning and a commercial was on.  If you haven't seen the Mayors Against Illegal Guns commercial then that's probably a good thing, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure.  The commercial uses a voice over of a terrorist instructing other terrorist on how to obtain 'full auto assault weapons,' asserting you can do so without paperwork or a background check at guns shows.  It's ignorance on the part of the terrorist, and I hope some of his compatriots try and get themselves arrested (it's a crime to try, morons, let alone to do it).  The commercial then urges you to contact your congress critter and demand they close the 'gun show loop hole.' 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is lying in this commercial.  They are purporting this terrorist's ignorant assertions as fact.

And seriously, I should give up my freedom because a terrorist might take advantage of it to do me or my nation harm?  If I'm going to give up my freedom, why not just roll over for the terrorist all together?

Mayors Against Illegal Guns:  Helping Terrorists Spread Terror.

Hey, doesn't helping terrorists constitute 'giving aid and comfort'?

Oh, and another thing, if these assholes, who are often criminals themselves, are against illegal guns then why are they making such a stink about what they claim to be perfectly legal sales???

On The Range #54: Rifle and Pistol

This past Tuesday, one of my days off, I woke up at 4:30AM.  I don't get up that early one work days, but I was wide awake.  I had some breakfast and decided I'd annoy the neighbors by doing some shooting with my Mosin Nagant at 7:30 in the morning. 

Hey, I live out in the country for a reason!

I enjoy shooting the Mosin, but I have to admit to irrational (?) fear of it suffering some catstrophic failure while I'm shooting.  It was manufactured in 1942 in the USSR, so forgive me if the quality control makes me a little nervous!

That said, I've had no problems with my Mosin, and I love shooting it. 

Rifle is not my strong suit, so I did all of my shooting at 50 yards, off hand, with the iron sights.  I'm working on a little spot for a 100 yard range, but that's for the future.

I put 25 rounds down range.  Not a whole lot, but that damn thing gets HOT!  Most of my shots seemed to be going left.  I shoot the last five rounds holding on the right edge of the target and everything went in generally in the center of the left side of my target.  I need to set up a decent rest so I can see if it's me or the sights. 

Next up I put 100 rounds through the 1911.  I didn't do anything fancy with the first 50, just worked on the trigger reset and 'sight picture, BANG!, sight picture.'  I felt good about it.
Still jerking the trigger some.  

One thing I noticed from slowing down is that I shift my point of aim to the largest hole I've made after about 10-15 rounds.  I think I may start using some 3" targets I have instead of shooting at the 8", maybe that will help me focus a little better.  

Also, I think I'm going to start shaking things up a bit.  Instead of just static shooting I'll start mixing it up with down loaded mags for practicing reloads and doing a lot more draws.  

My next fifty rounds I used to shoot Dot Torture.  I scored 33/50.  I've been shooting pretty consistently in the 30s for a while now.  I'm just going to keep at it.

It was a good day on the range.  I just wish I'd had more .45 ACP to shoot!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Alea iacta est.

Something changed today.  A course was shifted, or should I say corrected?  The future is going to be an exciting, wonderful, terrifying place.  Choices have been made, plans have been set.  I have crossed the Rubicon.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Saying a lot with a little.

Saw this over a JayG's, had to share it:

Quote of the Day: Liberty

(T)he most important change which extensive government control produces is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.  This is necessarily a slow affair, a process which extends not over a few years but perhaps over one or two generations.  The important point is that the political ideals of a people and its attitude toward authority are as much the effect as the cause of the political institutions under which it lives.  This means, among other things, that even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit.  The consequences can of course be averted if that spirit reasserts itself in time and the people not only throw out the party which has been leading them further and further in dangerous direction but also recognize the nature of the danger and resolutely change their course. -F.A. Hayek 

 If only people would wake up to the fact that both parties in the United States must be thrown out and and understand why, we might get somewhere.  Sadly, I can't see this happening, anymore than Hayek saw it happening in Britain in the 1956.  In the US every couple of years people fall prey to their lack of attention span and throw out one party only to put back in the one they threw out before the last.  It is insanity on a massive scale and I see no hope of a cure. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Where is my Continental Congress?

We are not voting our way out of this.  I think we can all agree that the TSA is an abomination and should be destroyed, root and stem, but how to do it?  Congress isn't going to do it, they created it.  The President isn't going to do it because it is an expansion of Executive Power.  The Courts aren't going to do it, because the judges owe their position to the President and the Congress and have their own political hobby horses to focus on.

So, here is a thought experiment:  

So what about shooting the bastards? you might ask.  I wouldn't cry if people started taking pot shots at every TSA employee they see, and while I'd feel bad about the collateral damage of the inevitable innocents ending up dead those sorts of things happen during a war.  That's one of the reasons wars suck so much.  But going to war means being nice and talking about things won't work, and the alternative to not going to war is intolerable.

And war it would be.  You're not going to attack one branch of government power and expect the rest to just sit idly by.  They'll use your attack to justify more breaches of the Constitution, more limits on inalienable rights.  And they'll use people and organizations you like to come after you.

If you start killing TSA agents, you better be willing to kill people like LawDog and MattG right along with them, because those are the types of guys who are going to come to arrest you for murder.  That's their job, and whether your action fits the philosophical definitions of murder or not, it sure as hell fits the legal one.  As much as I respect those two fine gentlemen I don't think they'd be willing to let gunning down the TSA slide, especially when the inevitable innocents get hurt along with the real targets.

Assuming you're willing to go that far, and that you are successful enough to still be around next you'll be contending with the military.  To them you'll be just more terrorist to kill, Oath Keepers be damned.  The vast majority will follow orders and keep collecting their pay checks, even if they are sympathetic.  Kevin is right when he says they'll follow orders if they think not doing so will lead to chaos, and chaos is what the vast majority of revolutions lead to (at least until the strongman takes control).

Maybe you'll get lucky.  Maybe you'll even get enough military breakaways to make a real nasty fight of it.  Probably not enough for outright victory, but enough to secure some territory.

Then what?  Who is in charge when the fighting stops, or a stalemate is reached?  The most successful general?  Or will it be a bunch of factions fighting each other for control?

See, that's where I always come up short in this particular thought experiment.  I'm optimistic enough to see that making a fight of it might just have a slim chance of taking control away from the ones currently in charge, but who the hell does that control get turned over to, assuming the one/s who led the fight is willing to give it back and give up being a dictator?

That ends the though experiment.

When colonial leaders realized they were being individually ignored by the Parliament and King in England they decided to send delegates to a Continental Congress.  Not everyone participated.  Not everyone agreed about what needed to be down or how it should be done.  Most wanted to remain citizens of the Crown, but they also wanted to be treated 'fairly.'

There was a unified government of sorts whose decisions were respected in place before any fighting actually started.  We don't have that now.  Our state governments are so tied to the federal government as to make them almost indistinguishable.  Even at the local level the people in charge are nothing but petty tyrants seeking to expand their power and who guard their realms with the viciousness that we'd like to pretend we'd guard our rights with if they'd just step over THIS line.

With the rise of technology we've lost one of the key advantages the colonies had, time and distance.  While we can communicate with each other seemingly instantaneously we do so with the full knowledge that nothing we say is hidden, or at least kept from those we seek to do away with, long enough for us to organize, set plans, and start to act.

While we all agree that we have a problem, we've none of us set up any kind of major organization, completely independent of the current government to voice our concerns and seek a redress, or make the decision to tell us to fight when those redresses are not forthcoming.

Some people like to claim that the Tea Party is such an organization.  It's not.  If it ever was it was quickly undermined by the Republican Party.  "Hey, you've got some great ideas.  That's exactly what the Republican Party should be, what its principles demand it MUST be.  You should totally take all this money from us and run as a Republican, then you can fix it from the inside.  Hey, you got elected!  Great!  Now vote for this bill.  I know you don't really like it, but it cuts 1/1000th of a percent of the money we'll have to borrow, and that's a start!  Besides, after all that money we spent on getting you elected you owe us this one little favor.  We're all Republicans after all, we're in this together!"

Yeah, fuck the Tea Party.  Sell outs one and all.  You can't fix the system.  It is, like Frodo's Ring, all together evil.  Yes, evil.  And it should be completely and totally destroyed, even the parts of it you like.

So where is my Continental Congress?  Why aren't people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann starting an independent organization to petition the federal government?  Why do they keep seeking power within it?  Why aren't they calling for delegates for an independent Congress elected by organization members from within each state?  Hell, it could all be done online.  Charge $20 for a membership, and $200 to vote in the delegate elections.  Let them actually petition the US government, and not become members of it.  Give them a mandate, with a firm deadline, to tell us whether such a petition will have any real success (it won't).  And when/if such petition fails have the mandate also instruct the delegates to seek alternative measure of redress.  There will be the one we all know about but don't mention, and then there are other ones like petitioning the UN, EU, etc. that no one takes seriously but that are all perfectly legal and legitimate under US law.

Hell, that last paragraph seems like a good damned idea without the politicians involved.  Anyone want to try it?  I don't mean starting a revolution, but starting a multi-state organization independent of all political parties seeking a redress of grievances, starting with getting rid of the TSA?    


I've tried a couple of new ones recently. 

First up is Samuel Adam's Wee Heavy.  I like my thick, dark beers, and this one was a pleasure.

Next up is Flying Dog Raging Bitch.  This one has been in the news recently.  It's not bad.  I like a good pale ale, but I prefer the Gonzo Imperial Porter.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Not getting it.

A jewelry store owner is Wisconsin says he will not allow concealed carry in his store, and is bothered by the fact that gun rights advocates are threatening a boycott:

"We're getting phone calls saying we're not going to come to your store supporting you because you're against gun rights,” Eulberg told “We're not against gun rights. My contention is if a bad guy is in my store and you're a good Samaritan in my store and you see the bad guy whipping out the gun, we already have security procedures in place to protect ourselves."
 Hey, it's not about YOU dumbass.  You don't want CCW in your place of business, fine.  But don't cry when carriers make it clear they will not patronize your store and why.  Oh, and bigoted much?

To reach customers on both sides of the law, Eulberg told he’s considering allowing open carry during half of his business hours.

Hmm.  "To reach customers on both sides sides of the law, Eulberg told he's considering allowing black to shop in his store during half his business hours."

There, fixed it for you asshole.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Robert's Picks


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (good)

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (excellent)

Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker (good)


Beer For My Horses

The Horse Soldiers (good)

The Searchers (very good)


Drive Angry (very good)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New holster for review.

This is a Trojan Tactical 'Scabbard' holster.  The proprietor of Trojan Tactical contacted me about doing a review if he'd send me one to test out.  I, of course, said yes.

Initial impressions are positive.  I even like the color.  It rides high and tight, and after putting it on your hardly notice it's there.  Retention is very good, and the draw is smooth.

A more comprehensive review will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  I want to wear it for a while, and get out to the range with it.

Led Zepplin tribute.

That does not suck. 

I'll be in my bunk.

Ballistic Effects.

A video.

The .50 cal is as impressive as always.  Oh, and cars aren't cover.

Almost there.

With Wisconsin on the brink of having a CCW bill signed into law by its governor, 49 of 50 states will have some form of legal civilian concealed carry. 

The vast majority of those states are 'shall issue,' meaning they'll give a permit/license to carry to anyone that legally owns a firearm. 

We are winning.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On The Range #53: IMI Baby Eagle .40

My friend Jeremy came over to shoot and brought his IMI Baby Eagle .40.  It's not a bad little gun.  The .40 makes it a little snappy, and I am not a fan of SA/DA, but it was a very shootable pistol.  I could put .40 on target with it as accurately as I could .45 with my RIA 1911.

My biggest complaint about the gun would be the safety/de-cocker.  I hate those damned things and the position makes it a pain to flick of in a hurry.  Other than that it's a nice little gun.  It functioned great.  We put almost a hundred rounds through it with no problems.

Jeremy does not shoot often, and I think this was the second time he has shot a pistol.  I advised him on better grip and stance, and pestered him about the keeping his finger off the trigger (he kept wanting to put it behind the trigger, I finally got him to keep it on the frame).  Nothing more time on the range wouldn't cure, or a decent intro training course. 

It was a good time on the range...even if he is a ginger.

Monday, June 20, 2011

"Don't be there."

It's one of the most common pieces of self defense advice I hear, "Don't be there."  Don't be in high crime areas.  Don't go where you don't feel safe.  Don't go to bars.  Don't go to clubs.  Don't go to the movies.  Don't go to WalMart.  Don't go to the pharmacy.  Don't go to the mall.  Don't stop for gas.

The list could go on and on ad infinitum. 

"Don't be there" is on of the most useless pieces of self defense advice I've ever heard.  There is no where that is safe.  Not school.  Not the park where you take your kids or your dog.  Not even your own home.

Here is some useful self defense advice:

  • Be aware that while it is extremely unlikely you will be the victim of a crime that no matter where you are it can happen, no matter how safe you feel.  
  • Be prepared (by knowing it can happen, by thinking about it, and by training) to defend yourself with all necessary force, up to and including deadly force, from an attacker.

Do those things and live your life by doing the things that you want, where you want.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Just give them what they want.

And die. 

Long Island police are on the hunt for a gunman who allegedly shot four dead at a pharmacy Sunday morning in what police say looked like a robbery gone wrong.

Thanks, but no thanks.  I'd rather take my chances fighting back.  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quote of the Day: Trust, But Verify

Words of wisdom from a Certified Shooting Instructor shared with us by Tom from My Gun Culture:
“Hollowpoints is a ferocious man stopper because they’s designed with sharp petals. As the bullet flies through the air, the petals come out like whirling fan blades of death over an inch wide. It flies through the air like that and tears up everything in it’s path. Ain’t no man livin’ through that.”
I generally believe that you believe what you're telling me if it's new to me information and you have a plausible claim to knowing what you're talking about.  If what you're saying make sense to me, I may even believe it's probably true.  I'm still going to check it out, or bounce it off a couple of other people who know what they're talking about.  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quote of the Day: Public Servants

From The View From North Central Idaho:

As a public servant, you have no "right" whatsoever to a particular salary, or to a particular job, etc.  If we decide we must lower your pay or dismiss you altogether, your proper response would be something like; "I understand.  Thank you for the opportunity to have served you."  At that point you are free to go your own way and prove your worth in the marketplace as you see fit.  May you live long and prosper.

I want one.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Birmingham news, via Tennesse.

Over at SayUncle's was a post about the Birmingham PD getting sued in Federal court for illegally seizing firearms:

The lawsuit seeks to de­clare the "safe keeping" pol­icy unconstitutional where: no offense has been com­mitted involving the use or threat of use of the gun; no charges were filed relating to the use or threat of use of the seized gun; there had been no underlying criminal conduct, complaint or charge relating to the im­proper use of the seized guns; the owner of the the seized gun is not under probation, crimi­nal indictment or subject of a protection order.

The lawsuit also asks a judge to order the city to make an inventory of seized guns taken for "safe keep­ing" and direct the city to commence forfeiture pro­ceedings or return the guns to the licensed owners where no offense has been committed or charged involving the use or threat of use of the gun, or the owner is not under proba­tion, criminal indictment or subject of a protection or­der.

It's an interesting case, and one that I hope Birmingham looses.

On The Range # 52: New Shooter

My friend has been at me to take her shooting for a while.  We finally got around to it today. 

Unfortunately I'm not the best set up for taking new shooters to the range.  The only pistol I have is my carry 1911.  I'm looking into picking up one of the 1911 .22s soon so hopefully that will fix things in the future.

We started out with the safety brief and the four rules.  Then we worked on grip and did a little dry firing before getting outside to do some live fire shooting. 

Outside I showed her how to load the magazines, and then how to load the pistol.  She had a little trouble racking the slide at first but with a little practice was managing it just fine.  We worked on her stance and continued to work on grip, sight alignment, and trigger control.  Shooting the .45 can be hell on a new shooter and I explained to her the reasons for that.  Still, she was game, and her shooting was not bad at all for someone who has never shot before. 

Aside from having to be reminded to keep her finger off the trigger (new shooter, first experience with guns, so it's expected) she did very well.  She made sure to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction at all times and listened to what I had to say, asked questions, and was willing to try.  You can't ask for more than that.

Hopefully it won't be too long before I can get my hands on a dedicated .22 trainer.  Then I can get her back on the range for a longer session with a more comfortable gun to shoot.

She had fun, and learned something new.  That's what it's all about.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jesus fucking Christ on a pogo stick.

I really, trully hate the EPA.

WASHINGTON – To better protect children, pets and wildlife, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is moving to ban the sale to residential consumers of the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products. The agency is also requiring that all newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers be enclosed in bait stations that render the pesticide inaccessible to children and pets. Wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA’s actions.
“These changes are essential to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Today’s action will help keep our children and pets safe from these poisons.”
Thank you EPA.  Now I'll be overrun by mice and rats.  See, out here in the country they're more populous than women named Lucretia with 8 babies in line at the welfare office.  And because Lucretia is too busy burning her lip on her crack pipe to keep little D'Shuan from eating the green candy under the sink I have to lean to live in harmony with disease ridden shit factories.

Stop helping, EPA.  Please.

This episode of hate brought to us by Tam.

Quote of the Day: Propaganda.

Jonah Goldberg on the 'Gay Girl in Damascus':

McMaster's fake-but-accurate lesbian was perfectly pitched to Western liberals desperate to alleviate the pain of cognitive dissonance.


Of course she was a hero. Of course she didn't exist.

H/t Instapundit

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gun broken.

I've been hanging out at a bar for the last three hours and my pistol has not jumped out of its holster and started spraying death at all the hipsters.  Must be broken.

Tam serves up the funny.

Go see.

Stupid people doing stupid things.

Okay, dude, why couldn't you just shoot yourself?

An 11-year-old Ohio girl was allegedly shot by her neighbor after he became upset with a group of children playing on the front yard of his home, Fox 8 reports.

Charles DuBose, 55, was arrested after police said he shot the girl, Ivhan`e Merritt, at 10:40 p.m. Friday outside his home in Cleveland.
And would someone please, please slap the shit out of that child's mother?  First for giving her kid a name the pronunciation of I can't even guess, and second for letting her 11-year old run around outside at 10:40 at night.  

Friday, June 10, 2011

New review.

Hopefully coming soon.  I was contacted yesterday by a local holster maker who offered to send me one for review.  He does kydex holsters which I've actually wanted to try out for a while so I'm looking forward to doing some T&E and writing up a review.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The coolest kid in school.

Right here.

On The Range #51: Practice

Training is not worth a damn bit of good if you don't practice what you've learned.  Tuesday is one of my days off so I took myself outside, set up a target, and got to it.  My first 50 rounds I just focused on shooting as quickly as I could keep all my shots on an 8" target, making sure to use follow through and trigger reset.

The results weren't half bad!

I'm still trending low and left, which is a sure sign I'm jerking the trigger and maybe tightening my fingers.  I can work on that by tightening up my grip and paying more attention to what my trigger finger is doing.  

I made a run at Dot Torture buy my shooting was so bad I stopped before I was halfway finished.  I went back to working on follow through and reset.  

Hopefully I can get myself a shot timer before too long and work on some more drills, multiply targets, etc.  At least I'll be able to get an idea of how fast I can go before the wheel's start coming off and set myself some goals in that direction. 

This little trip finally bumped me over the 3,000 round mark in my RIA 1911.  It's been a bumpy ride, but I'm pleased.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I, Gun Nut.

Jennifer has asked how we all became gunnies, and I'm obliged to share my story.

I've been shooting for almost as long as I can remember.  The first time was in Alabama, oddly enough.  I was here with my grandfather* visiting his side of the family.  I was three, maybe four, and we went out shooting not too far from where I live right now.  I only remember shooting one gun.  It was a shotgun.  My uncle put it in my hands (no, he never got any smarter) and told me to shoot.  I did, and ended up on my ass.

I don't remember that it scared me, or that it hurt me, but I didn't want to shoot a shotgun for a long, long time. 

When I was little older my grandfather bought my brother and me each a .22 single shot rifle.  I don't remember the brand or any of the specifics, I just remember that there was a waiting period to get them (California).  I know we shot them at our property in the mountains in California, but I don't have any specific memories of it.

I remember a couple of time in California shooting hunting rifles.  Once was with an uncle whose name escapes me (he was either my grandmother's brother, or brother in law) on our property in the Sierra Nevadas.  Another was shooting my Uncle Johnnie's rifle at his place in California.

The next distinct memory I have of shooting was the year before my grandfather moved us to Alabama.  It was right around where I'm sitting right now.  I think my grandfather had just purchased the property, and it was thick with brush and the mosquitoes were vicious in the humid Alabama weather.

I recall two pistols, both revolvers.  One was a .22, and the other was a .357.  My brother and I got to shoot both.  I liked it, but the bugs were so distracting it was not a very pleasant adventure.

Once we moved to Alabama I still didn't shoot a whole lot.  Guns were a part of our household, but my grandfather kept them put away.  Probably to keep my sisters from messing with them.   There was a couple hours of shooting our single shot .22s the one year I was in the Boy Scouts. 

Things changed when my grandfather bought a Ruger 10/22.  It lived in my bedroom.  I shot it constantly for months.  Then, honestly, I got bored with it.  I asked for bigger rifles, but he never seemed interested in letting me have more than that .22.  I made the most of it, and enjoyed it when the mood struck me. 

As I got into my later teens I acquired, by way of my grandfather, a 20 gauge shotgun.  I didn't shoot it a whole lot.  My grandfather lost a leg in a car accident and I became defacto burglar/robber slayer in the household.  Never had to ventilate anyone, but I came close one night wearing nothing but my boxers!  I became a lot more appreciative of the shotgun as a weapon after that night.  It made a grown man damn near cry he was so scared, and I was just a kid in my underwear.  Talk about your equalizer.  Never saw that stupid thief again.

We had a 6" barreled Rossi .357 my grandfather had taken as repayment for a loan.  I shot it a lot in my last few years of high school.  I was not bad either, for an untrained shooter.  I had a lot of fun with it.

I still wasn't a Gun Nut, though.  Shooting was fun and all, but it wasn't a part of me.  It didn't make up who Robert was.  The idea of having a gun for personal defense was just something you had, but you didn't really do anything with it but let it sit in a drawer. 

When I got my first apartment I bought an H&K USP .45 from a friend.  I shot it once or twice, but it mostly sat in my nightstand drawer.   

Sometime not long after that, about five years ago, I read Unintended Consequences by John Ross.  It had been sitting on my bookshelf for years, unread.  I liked the story, but it was hardly the best story I'd ever read.  It read like part history book at first, which I liked being a history major. 

To be honest though, it was my first real look at the gun culture.  It was more than a little radical, but I liked that.  I still like that.  The one thing it does excellently is chronical the loss of gun rights into the 1990's.  Things were getting better by the time I got started, but they still had a ways to go and I saw how close we'd come to losing everything. 

And it changed my life.

I went from looking at guns as being fun and useful, to being one of the most important keys of my freedom.  I applied for my CCW not long after finishing it, and I bought a Ruger Mini-14 and a handful of 20-round magazines right about the time the Assault Weapons Ban disappeared.

I started shooting regularly, and carrying everywhere I went.  I started reading gun magazines, and then gun forums, and then gun blogs.  Before long I was turning what had been just a personal life blog into a gun blog.
There was a  definite transformation after reading that book.  I talked about guns and the 2nd Amendment.  I started to realize that just owning a gun wasn't enough, that being proficient with it was just as important.  I've taken friends shooting, been the stimulus whether they admit it or not for a lot of their own firearms purchases.  I've taken more than a couple of dates shooting.

I've shot every type of modern firearm I'm aware of, except one:  the lever action rifle.  I've shot revolvers, bolt action rifles, semi auto rifles and pistols, machine guns. 

Over the last five years I've become a true member of the gun culture.  I've owned quite a few guns since then:  8 pistols, 2 shotguns, and 6 rifles.  The last couple of years have been pretty rough though.  Most of my collection has dwindled, but at the same time I've concentrated on what I have and become a better shooter.

I've found that I love the 1911 pistol in .45 ACP.  The last three pistols I've purchased have been 1911s.

I'm giving serious thought to building my own AR to replace the one I had to sell.

I want an M1 Garand because I think I'll need it one day.

I've taken training courses.  I try to shoot at least a hundred rounds a week.  I've developed a passion for shooting that I never knew was within me.  If I could spend everyday on the range I would.

I won't give it up, either.  Not as long as I'm breathing.

So there it is.  Kind of rambling.  Not really a straight line.  Just like life.  But that's how it happened, in a nutshell.    

*I was raised by my maternal grandparents until I was five.  Then I was raised by just my grandfather.  I've never know my biological father or paternal grandparents, not even their names.  Thanks, Mom!

Damned near perfect.

Here's the target I shared with OldNFO during the RangeMaster class at the blog shoot.  That flyer at the top was mine.  We were doing 'support hand only' shooting and after reset on my first shot I leaned in a little more vigorously and when I did squeezed off the next shoot a little quicker than intended.  Kind of embarrassing but at least it hit the damn target!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rand Paul on the Patriot Act

Say 'NO' to the Police State:

Most Americans would agree that requiring third-party judicial oversight is what protects all of us from living in a police state, where those doing the arresting are answerable only to themselves. I filibustered the Patriot Act to fight for the Second Amendment and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. In all likelihood, my stance is not well understood nor a smart move if one's goal is simply to seek re-election, but I sincerely believe, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, that those who trade their liberty for security may wind up with neither.

New look.

I like it.  It's better than the green on black.

Wiley Clapp Colt Commander

At the Lucky Gunner shoot John Richardson walked up to me during Day One and handed me one of these bad boys.  I'd actually wanted to shoot one since the first time I saw it.  He handed me two magazines and gestured toward the range.  You don't have to tell me twice! 

I only shot the 16 (or was it 14?) rounds, but my impression of this pistol is definitely positive.  The checkering on the front strap is fierce.  I could see how that could be mean to your hands shooting all day, but after having my hands slip on my non-checkered 1911 all weekend I think it's worth the trade off. 

It was a fun gun to shoot, and the first commander size 1911 I've shot.  I like the gold bead front sight, and while it was hard to tell with the number of shooters all shooting at the same things I'm positive the gun shoots better than I do. 

The only thing I saw on it I would change would be the trigger.  I prefer the three hole trigger.  Admittedly, this is an aesthetics issue, not a function one. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

Actually, anyone surprised by this should give serious consideration to suicide:

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., admitted Monday in a stunning press conference that he sent a lewd photo to a woman over Twitter, after claiming for days that he was hacked. Saying he is "deeply ashamed," he also said he's had explicit exchanges with six women over the last three years, some of which occurred after he got married in 2010.
No shit, Tony.  We all knew this already.  You're a lying scumbag politician.  And you'll get away with it.  

This just proves to me more and more that there is no reforming our government.  There is no fixing it.  There is only the hope that one can survive it.

June 6, 1944

The men in this photo, and many others like them, landed on Evil's doorstep.  They then proceeded to kick it's ass all the way to Berlin and Victory in Europe.

Unintended Consequences.

Homeowners in Florida turn the tables on the bank:

Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.

It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn't owe a dime on their home.

The couple said they paid cash for the house.

The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn't owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.

That's just too funny not to share.

H/t The Packetman

Robert's Picks


High Profile by Robert B. Parker (good)

Family Honor by Robert B. Parker (good)

The Traffickers by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (good)

Sunset Express by Robert Crais (good)

Perish Twice by Robert B. Parker (good)

Mission of Honor by David Weber (excellent, and the next in the series should be even better)


I Am Number Four (would have made a good tv show, sucked as a movie)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

This is a group of what look like high school cheerleaders washing cars in the McDonald's parking lot where I'm having lunch.  I wonder if I should tell them they could be potentially turning off potential newcomers to their sport?  Or that wearing bathing suit tops and shorty shorts stands to alienate about half their potential customers?  Then again, since its in the 90s and washing cars tends to get you wet maybe all the cheese cake is just incidental?

Quote of the Day: Drama drama drama!

Comes from Tam, in comments here:

The gun blogosphere never fails to amaze me in its frothing hatred of capitalism.

LuckyGunner bribed me with free ammo to mention them on my blog the same way I bribed Kroger with money to give me a dozen eggs today.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot: People I met.

I'm listing all the people I spoke to more than once, rather than just those I was formally introduced to.  Here goes:

The first person I met after arriving Friday was Angela of Lucky Gunner.  I should just say here that I met just about everyone with Lucky Gunner, but since Angela is the one I had the most contact with see is the one I remember.  Sorry guys!

Next I met The Packet Man.  A very nice gentleman.

OldNFO was the next I met.  He took a moment to introduce himself at the friday night gather.  Later, on Sunday, he was my target partner at the RangeMaster course, which was a pleasure.

Friday night I also met Gene from the Calguns Foundation, and Tom from My Gun Culture.

That night I also met John Richardson of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money and his wife.

Saturday morning I met Kevin Baker from The Smallest Minority, and was just a bit stunned when he looked across the table and said, "I've read you."

Over the course of the weekend I also met Sean from An NC Gun Blog, Tom from Fill Yer Hands, Jennifer and her other half, a maker of fine holsters, Tam, Dave Liddy of The Cancer Ward, Ryan Finn of The Truth About Guns, and MJ Mollenhour.  MJ is the an author and each of us was given a copy of his first novel, Arcturus.

Along with Lucky Gunner I'd also like to thank the co-sponsors who helped make this great event what it was:  RangeMaster, Technoframes, Sellier and Bellot, and Magtech

Now, I've probably forgotten a few people, and I do apologize for that if you are one of them.

Angela from Lucky Gunner on the ammo girls.

Seeing all the hubbub, and after writing my own post on the matter I thought I'd go right to the source about the ammo girls and sent an email about it to Angela from Lucky Gunner:

I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you what a great time I had at the blogger shoot!  It was a lot of fun, and if their is another in the future I would love to attend.  Thank you so much for putting together this event!

Another thing I wanted to ask you about is something that has come up in the blogs, specifically the blogs of a couple of the female gun bloggers.  The ammo girls, specifically the way they were dressed, seems to have ruffled a few feathers. Here. And here.  It looked like all the female employees of Lucky Gunner were wearing athletic clothing which I though I appropriate, but I'm a guy and hardly objective when attractive young women are involved. 

How did you feel about the ammo girls?  About the way they were dressed?  About how you were dressed?  Was it a requirement, or a choice?  Have you been contacted by any of the female bloggers about this?  Did any of them bring it up at the event?  Any plans to do anything differently in the future if it has been brought up?

Her reply, 

Hi Robert,

Glad to have you this weekend too, and I’m glad you had a good time!

Yes, I have been reading up on the controversial ammo girl posts and have to say I am quite surprised at the reaction.  I did not feel that any of the girls were dressed inappropriately or revealing too much skin… I myself thought some of the people in jeans and cargo pants were crazy to be dressed so warmly in 95 degree weather! J  I definitely did not foresee such a controversial issue arising from it.

Another funny thing about the ammo girls is that it was my idea- a woman thought of it!  I am an athlete and run many marathons- that skort I was wearing is one that I wear during my races and I just don’t think of it as being revealing.  I think of it as being functional and this weekend it served as being cool and comfortable- it was a Nike brand after all.   

The other girls were all my friends from college who agreed to do me a favor and work where needed at the event- some of them were former shooters and others hadn’t ever shot a gun.  They were excited to be able to be part of the experience, they all had a good time, and they all walked away wanting to get their carry permits and buy a glock!  Point being, they are all 24- 25 years old, intelligent, young professional women with college degrees who happen to be attractive, in shape, and comfortable wearing what you saw this weekend… not giggling, teenage, bimbo cheerleaders like I have read many people refer to them as.

So in short…

·         I thought the ammo girls did a great job- they were around to help where needed and left you alone if you didn’t need anything or want their assistance.  I never saw anyone acting inappropriately towards the ammo girls and I never saw the ammo girls acting inappropriately toward any of the bloggers either.  We also had a number of young, fit, attractive men in khaki shorts and polo’s who were in the ammo trucks sweating and maneuvering ammo- everyone was just helping out where they could.  It just happens that our company is on the younger side and so are my friends, we didn’t scout out modeling companies or anything! J
·         I only told my friends it would be hot, that I recommended wearing tennis shoes, and that I would provide them with a polo- they choose what they wore on the bottoms.  All the polo’s were bought in advance in size medium which ended up running big hence the ties in the back of the shirts.
·         I have not been contacted by any female bloggers and no one at the event brought up the ammo girl issue as a concern at the event.
·         In the future, I’m not exactly sure what we will do I’ll have to think about it some more.  All I can say is that the results as evidenced in those posts were not what I expected to come from the idea and that the blogosphere is a tough crowd… it’s hard to make everyone happy.  I need to get some tougher skin! J

Anyway, please don’t post this in reference to me or Lucky Gunner directly- I’d like for the company and our employees to stay out of the posts as much as possible.

Thank you and we hope to have you back next year!

There you have it.  The ladies dressed themselves (except for the polos Angela provided them with), and were volunteers who had fun and came away from it wanting to be gunnies.  And some of you compared them to the Sniper Babes and made other insulting comments about a bunch of college educated, average women.  You should be ashamed of yourselves, and I hope your behavior doesn't turn them away from the gun culture.

Edited to add:  I'm an idiot.  I did not read Angela's email very carefully and posted it against  her wishes.  I honestly didn't realize that until today, and I'm afraid taking it down would be pointless at this time. 

Angela,  I offer you my apologies and I hope there have been no negative consequences as a result of my lack of critical reading skills.

Photos from the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot.

If you see a photo of yourself, feel free to snag it.