Sunday, July 31, 2011

Typical.

After over a month of being slow worked has picked up significantly.  I've had a really good week so far (one day left in the pay period before I can officially declare it a good week).  So I should have expected to have something go wrong.

It looks like the starter on my car is going out again.  I replaced it at the beginning of '09, but after dinner with my lady tonight the damned car wouldn't start.  Wouldn't even turn over.  I had been there before.  My friend showed up and wacked it with a hammer and we managed to get it started.  It even started twice after I got home, but I don't trust it.  I'll probably be picking up a new one tomorrow. 

Luckily, I saved my receipt and it has one of those limited lifetime warranties.  I should be getting another one for free. 

Hopefully this is just a minor scene in my tumultuous adventure.  

Sorry, been busy.

You see, I've reached my debt ceiling so I'm having to pick up extra work to make up for it.  On top of that I spent all of my free time for about two days reading Monster Hunter Alpha which I think is Larry Correia's best work to date.  It was freaking awesome. 

Tomorrow is my day off, so hopefully more for you here Monday.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Quote of the Day: Oleg Volk

In a post about the negative consequences of using the legislature to enforce religious values:

One of the quickest path to being disliked is forcing your religious values on others by law.
RTWT.

Did Atlas shrug in Birmingham, Alabama?

Maybe. 

The coal mines in Alabama get attacked by a lot of people for a lot of reasons (mostly because they're not 'pretty').  I usually ask these people where they think their electricity comes from.

H/t Instapundit

Some thoughts.

I've got a few unrelated questions bouncing around in my head after reading a post at JayG's and then at Tam's:

1.  If once a criminal, always a criminal, why aren't we actively advocating for mandatory life sentences for all criminal convictions?  Yes, that's taking it to the extreme.  But really, if someone is too dangerous to living in the apartment next door to me or working in my nieces' daycare, then shouldn't he/she still be in prison?  My opinion is that if you're safe enough to walk down the street then you're then you're safe enough to live next door or work with me.  After all, I'm not going to know you're a convict if your walking down the street.  I'll only know you're a bad person if you try to harm me or someone else in my sight.  Should we not require convicts to wear some kind of identifier?  Maybe an orange arm band?

2.  In a society were all arms are banned, the armed is king.  We know this to be a fact, because we've seen it.  One man with a gun committed the massacre in Norway.  As soon as he was confronted by another man with a gun he surrendered.  Does this not argue in favor of arming everyone?  I would think so.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

When you need help RIGHT NOW...

The police are only an hour and a half away:

Police arrived at an island massacre about an hour and a half after a gunman first opened fire, slowed because they didn't have quick access to a helicopter and then couldn't find a boat to make their way to the scene just several hundred yards offshore.

When I was in the Boy Scouts our Scoutmaster carried a gun when he had a bunch of other people's kids to look after.  I don't know exactly what it was, just a revolver of some sort.  Most of the assistants carried as well.   I can remember, as a kid, being comforted by that.
 
The assailant surrendered when police finally reached him, but 82 people died before that.

This man didn't intend to die for whatever beliefs he held.  He chose a soft target so that he could kill as many people as possible, and then he surrendered as soon as someone capable of resisting him showed up.  

It is a tragedy that any society, and ours is as guilty of it as any other, believes that in order to be peaceful you must be incapable of violence.

Those least capable or willing to use violence are those that will see violence used against them.  To protect yourself against violence you must be willing and able to deliver the most stunning and vicious violence that is required to protect yourself and those around you.  Any society in which self defense in the most violent manner is seen as the most honorable of actions rather than a crude necessity to be relegated to a small group of 'only ones', in my opinion, will see more peaceful years than any that chooses the path of non-violence and violence prevention in the form of prior restraint.      

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I used to be very pro-law enforcement.

Not so much any more.  Things like this:



have sadly led me to remove LEOs from the 'ally' column and put them, for now, into the 'enemy of my enemy' column.  I can't trust them.  I'd like to, but I can't.  There are plenty of good ones out there, but far too many bad ones.

A couple of good ones share their opinions here and here.

The only thing that I'll add to what they say is that I think too little scorn is being heaped upon this douche nozzle's partner.  At the very least he should have restrained his partner, both as a friend and a brother officer (but maybe he wants to get rid of this guy too?).  Frankly, he should have placed his partner under arrest for his actions and immediately contacted his departments IA people.  Maybe that's expecting too much, but when we're talking about the one class of people your average citizen is legally barred from defending themselves against, is it really?

As I've asked a few times in the past, you wonder how people can be mistrustful of and hostile towards the police?

H/t Weer'd Beard for the video link.

What the cool kids are doing.



I think it is fare to say that Rob Pincus knows his shit.  On the other hand, I was damn sure he was going to shoot himself a couple of times while watching this.  I guess I'm just not tacticool enough to appreciate the necessity one might have to hold a large weight overheard while shooting one handed and then pointing the gun at one's leg while using the holster to rack the slide with only one hand.

I can understand how essential it is to be able to hang upside down from the railing of the second level of the mall to engage the BGs on the first level.  And I can totally see how being able to leap up onto a table in the middle of the food court would help you get a clear line of fire over the heads of all those people you're about to save.

I'm sure there is a perfectly rational explanation for this video, and that I just don't get it, man, because I just don't know what it means to be totally dedicated to shooting from every possible position or scenario and that if I tried it I would see the inherit training benefits of shooting from the 'inverted monkey.' 

H/t Everyday, No Days Off

Edited to Add:

At Everyday, No Days Off Rob Pincus commented:

Thanks for checking out the vid guys. As noted, it was a fun day at the range, not a recommended training regimen.
Lighten up.
:-)
-Rob

That's kind of what I figured, but it tickled my funny bone so I rolled with it.

On The Range #55: Carry Ammo

One of the things I think it is important to do is rotate your carry ammo.  A phenomenon I've noticed over the years is bullet set back.  This usually happens when you're frequently unloading carry ammo to load target ammo for range practice and then reloading it back after.

Aside from that, I just think it's a good idea to keep relatively fresh ammo in the gun.  Sure, there is plenty of perfectly functional surplus ammo out there, and I'm happy to shoot up all of it I can, but sometimes you want just a bit more confidence that what you've got the gun gassed up with is going to go BANG! when you most need it too.

My preferred carry ammo for my 1911 is Hornady TAP 230gr. JHP+P.  I've shot a lot of it and I've found it to function very well, to have very manageable recoil, and generally easy to come by.

Unfortunately, my last attempt to buy some came up short when I couldn't find any locally.  I'm not opposed to trying something new so I picked up a couple of boxes of Winchester PDX1 230gr. Bonded JHPs to shoot and carry around for a while.

First thing up I shot off the old Hornady carry ammo.  I shot with it the same I do with target ammo even though the stuff is +P.  That a good thing, IMHO.  I like the stuff, and I'll probably be stoking up next chance I get.

After that I moved on to the Winchester.  I found it to group as well as I can, and it functioned without an issue in my RIA 1911 (I had a FTF the last round on one mag with the Hornady).  Since I didn't have a whole bunch to shoot I didn't do anything fancy.  I shot a slow group to see how well I could make it perform, and then I did some draws from the holster.  I shot a perfect Mozambique, and then some old two liters filled with water just for fun.

I like it.  I'll be happy to have it as my carry ammo for a while. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh, snap!

Like, people from Alabama are SO totally stupid!

Aww, I bet that was just a bit embarrassing. 

Quote of the Day: Head. Desk.

Today's quote comes from an idiotic piece by Laura Ingraham, deriding the popularity of the messenger bag among males:

Why does a man even need a purse? A man should carry around exactly two items: a wallet and a phone. If you routinely tote anything more than that, you just might be a woman. With coin purses, brushes, makeup, tissues, and other female products, we ladies need the extra space. A man can survive with a lot less.

I routinely carry more than a wallet and phone in just my pockets.  But I'm a woman?  Or lacking in masculinity?  Please.  I guess Scotsmen are pussies because they were skirts, right?

I mean, really, a bag with a shoulder strap magically changes my penis into a vagina? 

H/t to Labrat of the Atomic Nerds, who has a much more intelligent review of the article than I'm capable of producing.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Me too.

Tango Juliet and I share a fascination with the movie Ronin.

Maybe he needed new seat covers for his car?

New Zealand Teen Clubs Seals:

A New Zealand teen Monday confessed to clubbing 23 fur seals -- including newborn pups -- to death with a galvanized steel pole on a beach in an attack which shocked the nation, The Marlborough Express reported.

I wonder if I can get a baby seal leather holster?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Oh, the irony.

TSA thug groped by woman:

A Colorado woman was arrested Thursday after she groped a female TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, MyFoxPhoenix.com reports.

I laughed and I laughed.  Somehow I doubt the TSA agent in question failed to see the irony in this event. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Quote of the Day: Theodore Rex

This quite of the day comes from Edmund Morris' Theodore Rex, the second volume of his biography of Theodore Roosevelt.  The setting is early in the Rough Rider's presidency, just after he's been awarded an honory degree by Harvard:

The President's behavior after receiving his honorary LL.D. was so archetypal as to imprint itself on the eyes and ears of many observers.  Dr. Eliot escorted him to a guest suite to change, and watched with fascination as he tore off his coat and vest and slammed a large pistol on the dresser.  Eliot asked if it was his habit to carry firearms.  "Yes, when I am going into public places."

If I've got to have a fucking Progressive for a President, why can't it be Teddy?  At least he had panache!

Also, I wonder if he had his Mass. LTC and if Harvard knows a sitting US President violated their campus carry policy? 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wiped.

It's been a long day after not nearly enough sleep last night.  It was at least a productive day at work, and I'll be picking someone special up from the airport tomorrow evening and then enjoying a nice three day weekend. 

Hopefully sometime this weekend I'll get out to the range and do some pistol shooting.  I've got two hundred rounds of .45 FMJ to shoot and some Winchester Bonded PDX1 JHPs to test out.  My usual carry ammo is Hornady TAP 230gr. JHP+P but I couldn't find any last time I was looking and I like to try something new from time to time.  It's time to put what's been riding in the gun down range and get some fresh stuff in there.

I've also got to find the time to get a couple of new tires for the car.  I'm running on a doughnut because I decided to put it off far too long already (and in my defense, someone who'd been borrowing the car frequently was SUPPOSED to take care of that to return the favor but keeps 'forgetting').

I'm also thinking of putting up a review of the Grey Ghost Lightweight Assault Pack I picked up (someone blogged about it, and I've love to link them but for the life of me I can't remember who it was).  I keep a backpack with a few items I might need with me at all times and this is filling the role quite nicely.  I'm going to take it with me on the next hike I take to see how it carries on the trail.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mosin Nagant at 100 yards.

My first time shooting it at 100 yards.
Since I wasn't working I figured I'd do something productive and work on my rifle skills.  I shoot 15 rounds at 50 yards, and then 10 at 100 yards.  Not great shooting, I admit, I was happy with it considering I've never done much rifle work.

No work today.

Gone shooting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I just don't care.

Apparently a secret ammo cabal is trying to corner the online marketing and sale of ammo.  Apparently they seem to be doing this by using the SEO loophole by running completely legal businesses.

So a company, that wants to sell me a product, is using every legal means at it's disposal to do so?  How....sleazy?  Wrong?  Immoral?  I couldn't tell you.

For the record, I buy all my ammo from WalMart (oh, look, another evil capitalist fat cat cabal!), Academy Sports and Outdoors, or one of three local gun stores (Hoover Tactical Firearms, Southeastern Guns, and Fortner Firearms).  Luckygunner and all the others would have to offer me free shipping on small purchases to compete.

Quote of the Day: Lethal Force

From SayUncle:

Once someone presents a weapon and threatens you, there is disparity of force. Act accordingly. Attack brutally and unrelentingly until the threat stops or runs away.

That mirrors my thoughts on the matter exactly.  YMMV.

Internet is back!

The technician from AT&T was out here bright and early to repair the phone line so I'm back up and running. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

No internet.

Because, apparently , "I need a line technician to repair the line that a tree feel on and broke," translates in Hindi to, "I need a polite East African man to come trouble shoot my modem because I'm fucking retarded and don't know what I'm talking about."

If actual field technicians did rotating shifts in call centers I predict we'd see huge increases in efficiency. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

You know you're a gun nut when...

When you realize you hold your drill like this.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Gun Giveaway Contest

By way of the Weapon Blog we have a list of all the gun giveaways this month.  Hit the link and check them out.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Final Mission.

I'll admit it.  I'm sad that today is that of the last manned space flight made by the United States, and I'm glad that I was at home to watch it live on TV.   

We can't afford a shuttle program anymore.  Blame entitlement spending.  It was a luxury, and a damned expensive one.  Sure, plenty of cool stuff came out of it, but a private program based on competition probably would have done it just as well, cheaper.

Hopefully private enterprise will take over, but that's only going to happen if the US government gets the hell out of the way.  Those private programs are just getting started, and if government will let them operate as a business we might just see something spectacular.    

Best concise explanation of the Gunwalker Scandal I've so far seen.

Larry Correia has it:

If you’ve not heard about this, that’s understandable, because even though it is bigger than Watergate, it has been getting zilch coverage outside of a few media outlets. Basically, the BATF knowingly allowed criminals to purchase guns in the US to transport over the border to arm Mexican drug cartels. Not one gun. Not a dozen guns. Thousands of guns.

Go RTWT, if you haven't already.

And buy his book!

TSA: Not just perverts, but thieves as well.

 Bad enough they want to sexually assault you, but they want to steal your stuff too.

I know of at least one blogger who was a victim of TSA thievery.  I have no doubt it happens a lot more than the TSA would like anyone to think.

Once again this organization is proving itself to be not only useless but a growing nuisance. 

Quote of the Day: The Price of Liberty

Today's quote comes from the ever quotable Tam:

The price of the Bill of Rights is that people are going to say things you don't like. The price of the Bill of Rights means that sometimes people are going to get shot accidentally or on purpose. The price of the Bill of Rights is that sometimes the guilty are going to walk.

RTWT.

No.

Kindly fuck off, Mr. President.

"As you know, the President directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve Americans' safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

"That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we expect to have some more specific announcements in the near future."

...

Whatever direction the White House takes, the president emphasized that something has to be done, "None of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television."

As gun laws have become less and less restrictive in this country crime has gone down.  Keep your laws off my guns, assholes.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Equal Protection.

If there is a law that forbids a certain activity to one group of people, but not to another, for arbitrary reasons, does this not violate the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment?

The example that got me thinking of this are those that forbid texting while driving while exempt law enforcement.  While I'm sure LEOs get some advanced training for operating motor vehicles, I kind of doubt any of it covers driving with your frickin' eyes and one hand occupied by a personal electronic device.

Just a thought.  I'm sure the courts won't agree with me. After all, LEOs are the "only ones."

What knife for zombie?

A Ka-Bar, of course!  Specifically the Ka-Bar ZK-War Sword Knife.

 I've wanted one of these since I first saw it, so when I had a little extra cash it was at the top of the list.

Goes good with the 1911, me thinks.

All in all, not a bad knife on first impression.  And it came with a second little knife.  Two knives for the the price of one, you can't beat that.  Both are sharp as hell, which is a must.  

I will admit, the scabbard seems a bit chincy, what with the huge pouch on it.  I did a little experimenting and found that two pmags will fit in that pouch.  That's got to be worth a few tacticool points, at least.  It also has a spot for a patch on it.  I think I know just what patch to stick there.

The knife also came with a second set of grips that are black.  I think I will probably change the green ones out for those.  As cool as the green looks I've never been much of a fan of high visibility.  Then again, I may just let cool win out! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mandatory Casey Anthony Post.

Clearly, that bitch is crazy.  I think we can all agree to that.  But you know what?

I'd totally hit it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Robert's Picks

Books:

Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson

Movies:

Lone Wolf and Cub:  Sword of Vengence (excellent)

Lone Wolf and Cub 2:  Baby Cart at the River Styx (excellent)

Battle:  Los Angeles (excellent)

Sucker Punch

Monday, July 4, 2011

Quote of the Day: Freedom

I thought I'd quote SayUncle for the Fourth of July:

This weekend, as you’re traveling across a state or county line to buy fireworks so you can take them home and violate local ordinances regarding setting off fireworks, keep an eye out for the occasional DWI checkpoint. Oh, and make certain to buckle up. After all, you’re celebrating your freedom.
Enjoy your day.  Enjoy what you have, because it is a lot more than others have.  Just remember that the fight for freedom never ends, and the greatest threat to our freedom isn't a bunch of goat fuckers in Afghanistan or even the nuclear physicists in Iran.  The greatest threat, or threats rather, to our freedom stride the halls of the various legislatures across our great nation.  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Monster Hunter Alpha.

You know you want it, why not pre-order it and help Larry Correia out?

Trojan Tactical 'Scabbard' Review

As you know, I recently received a Scabbard holster for T&E from Trojan Tactical.  Trojan Tactical makes a variety of kydex holsters for many of the popular handguns out there, both IWB and OWB, and also for those pistols that carry mounted lights.


The Scabbard is an OWB holster that attaches with belt loops, and is available in three different colors (OD Green, Coyote Tan, or Black).  It is a very well put together holster, very reminiscent of the kydex rigs by Raven Concealment.



This holster rides high and tight and is very comfortable.  I started carrying my 1911 in it the day it arrived, and I've hardly noticed it since the first time I put it on.  Retention is excellent, and the design of the holster is such that you can get a firm grip on the pistol to making drawing quick and smooth.  This is definite plus for a concealed carry holster.

Still holding firm after nearly two weeks of multiple daily draws from the holster.

I also like the fact that this is a belt loop holster rather than a paddle holster.  I carried a paddle holster for a while and the retention grip on the pistol was so tight that I more than once pulled the entire holster out of my pants when on a draw.  That's not going to happen with the Scabbard.  

The holster conceals well.  I had no trouble concealing it under a loose button front shirt (Hawaiian or similar), or a vest.  A polo or t-shirt is a little more difficult for me as I carry a full size pistol, but not impossible. 

Range time using the Scabbard was great.  I was able to get a perfect grip on my pistol for every draw and get it out and on target quickly.  Re-holstering is as easy with the Scabbard as with any high quality leather holster I've used in the past.

This is a holster I would be happy to have bought, and I am in fact planning on buying a second along with a matching magazine holder.  The workmanship is top notch, and I'm also a fan of the fact that Trojan Tactical is a local business.  If you're looking for a high quality kydex holster for your duty or concealed carry pistol I highly recommend those by Trojan Tactical. 

Trojan Tactical holsters can be ordered directly from the Trojan Tactical online store, or if you're in the Birmingham, AL area they're available in Hoover Tactical Firearms in Hoover, AL.