Sunday, December 30, 2012

Defensive Gun Use: AR-15

In the comments to this video someone actually said, "I dont care one life has been sabe With this gun and hundres have died? Doesnt make any dense no one needs a gun that powerful"...ignoring or ignorant (considering the spelling I'm going with ignorant) of the fact that these types of guns are rarely used in crimes and that violent crime demonstrably goes down when there are fewer restrictions on the private ownership of arms.

The person that made that comment would rather that a young man and his little sister be dead or otherwise victimized than that they were able to defend themselves with a evil black rifle.  That is sickening.

H/t OldNFO

Thursday, December 27, 2012

David Gregory must be arrested and prosecuted.

If David Gregory is not arrested and prosecuted fir his crime then we have irrefutable proof that the Rule of Law no longer exists in the USA.

If he is not arrested and prosecuted for going on television and breaking the law after being told by the police his actions were illegal it is then clear that the law only applies to those the government wishes it apply to.

I will not argue the stupidity of said law. For there to be Rule of Law the law must be applied to all equally.

If there it no Rule of Law no moral or ethical arguement can be made against those refusing to comply with any other laws, especially those laws forbidding the use of force against the government and its ifficials.

If David Gregory is not arrested and prosecuted then any attenpt to enforce thus law against anyone else could be met with force both ethically and morally, though not legally. But if Rule of Law is out 'legal' becomes useless except to those in power.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

My AR.

It's coming along well.  I'm liking the Lucid HD7 red dot so far.  I've got some changes planned for the future, including replacing the Lucid with an Aimpoint.  I also want take off the front sight gas block and replace it with a low profile gas block and then install a free float Troy Alpha Rail.  I can get one in FDE to go along with the general theme I have going.


Red dot came in yesterday.  I got it mounted and played with it a bit last night, and then got it zeroed today.  Last night I co-witnessed it with my backup irons and then tested to make sure that was correct zero out to 50 yards.  Held up just fine.

I'm looking forward to more shooting with it, especially at the carbine course I'm taking in early January.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Still waiting for my red dot.

December 21, 201207:15:00 PMBirmingham AL USDeparture Scan
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December 1, 2012---USShipment has left seller facility and is in transit to carrier

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A letter to the pols.

Here is a letter I'll be sending out tomorrow and over the next couple of days to various members of the government:

What happened in Newtown, CT is, and always will remain, a tragedy.  The horrific murders of school children blasted across millions of television screens across the nation and the world will not be forgotten.  Nor should they. 
Now, people everywhere are asking how this happened, and what can be done to prevent it happening again.  The kneejerk, emotional reaction that I am hearing everywhere is that this could have been prevented with stricter gun control laws, and that it was easy access to guns that was the cause of this sad episode in American history. 
Nothing, not one thing that anyone can do now will bring those children and school faculty back to their families and friends.  Rash action brought on by a desire to do something, anything, to attempt to prevent this in the future will be no help to anyone in the coming days, weeks, and months. 
Unfortunately, it seems quite apparent that various members of the mass media and government officials of all levels see in this tragedy an opportunity to further their agenda to restrict law abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights by pushing for a new Assault Weapons Ban and limits on the ammunition capacity of firearms, among others.
Gun control would not have prevented this tragedy.  In fact, it safe to say that gun control failed Sandy Hook Elementary.  Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, including an Assault Weapons Ban.  The murderer, denied the purchase of a firearm, was forced to steal his mother’s legally purchased and AWB compliant firearms which he then used to murder her and every other victim that day.  Guns are prohibited on school property and yet he just walked right in to commit his crimes because such restrictions only serve to bar the law abiding.  Why would someone intent on murdering children follow any law regarding firearms? 
Gun control advocates will still insist that stricter law on law abiding citizens would have made it harder for this disgusting monster to carry out his attacks.  I will concede to the point of saying, “Maybe,” but I’d ask you to look at the simple fact that nations will much stricter gun laws than the United States still suffer from gun crimes.  Just look at Mexico! 
Great Britain has a near total ban on the private ownership of firearms and yet, on an island no less, has seen gun crime rates sky rocket.  In fact, Great Britain, with much stricter gun control laws has a violent crime rate higher than that of the United States where we have loosened our restrictions on arms and seen violent crime drop every year since 1992.
For a decade the United States had a federal AWB and restrictions on gun magazine capacity.  There was no measurable effect on violent crime and it did nothing to prevent the Columbine Massacre.  Violent crime in the United States was falling before it became law and has continued to fall since its sun setting in 2004.  That’s 8 years with a massive proliferation of what were defined as assault weapons (the AR-15 type rifle is the most popular rifle in America) and magazines holding more than ten rounds and yet violent crime is still falling.
Even a total ban on firearms, including confiscation of existing guns in private hands, would not prevent murderous madmen from carrying out vicious attacks.  On the same day as the attack in Newtown a madman in China injured 22 school children in a knife attack, and it’s not the first time.  The worse mass murder of children in the United States was the Bath School Disaster in 1927.  In a time when machine guns could be purchased at the hardware store with no background checks or questions asked 38 children were murdered by a madman not with a gun, but with bombs.  And have we forgotten September 11, 2001?  The terrorists on that day were armed with box cutters, yet used them and our own complacency about airplane hijackings to murder thousands.
Can anyone honestly say it would have been better if the murderer in Newtown had used gasoline bombs?  Would there be calls for restrictions on the amount of gasoline a person could purchase at one time?  Background checks every time you pull up to the pump?  Of course not.  The idea is ludicrous, and so is the idea of placing further restrictions on gun owners that will only affect the law abiding.
I agree that something must be done to protect our school children.  I believe it’s time we took a hard look at the way we deal with violence in our schools.  The best place I can see to start is by following the advice of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and admitting that the enemy is denial.  What we are doing and have done is not working.  It’s time to try something new, and Lt. Col. Grossman offers it in his Five Ds, as presented in the article “Active shooters in schools:  The enemy is denial” on
1. Denial — Denial is the enemy and it has no survival value, said Grossman.
2. Deter — Put police officers in schools, because with just one officer assigned to a school, the probability of a mass murder in that school drops to almost zero
3. Detect — We’re talking about plain old fashioned police work here. The ultimate achievement for law enforcement is the crime that didn’t happen, so giving teachers and administrators regular access to cops is paramount.
4. Delay — Various simple mechanisms can be used by teachers and cops to put time and distance between the killers and the kids.
a. Ensure that the school/classroom have just a single point of entry. Simply locking the back door helps create a hard target.
b. Conduct your active shooter drills within (and in partnership with) the schools in your city so teachers know how to respond, and know what it looks like when you do your response.

5. Destroy — Police officers and agencies should consider the following:
a. Carry off duty. No one would tell a firefighter who has a fire extinguisher in his trunk that he’s crazy or paranoid.
b. Equip every cop in America with a patrol rifle. One chief of police, upon getting rifles for all his officers once said, “If an active killer strikes in my town, the response time will be measured in feet per second.”
c. Put smoke grenades in the trunk of every cop car in America. Any infantryman who needs to attack across open terrain or perform a rescue under fire deploys a smoke grenade. A fire extinguisher will do a decent job in some cases, but a smoke grenade is designed to perform the function.
d. Have a “go-to-war bag” filled with lots of loaded magazines and supplies for tactical combat casualty care.
e. Use helicopters. Somewhere in your county you probably have one or more of the following: medevac, media, private, national guard, coast guard rotors.
f. Employ the crew-served, continuous-feed, weapon you already have available to you (a firehouse) by integrating the fire service into your active shooter training. It is virtually impossible for a killer to put well-placed shots on target while also being blasted with water at 300 pounds per square inch.
g. Armed citizens can help.  Think United 93. Whatever your personal take on gun control, it is all but certain that a killer set on killing is more likely to attack a target where the citizens are unarmed, rather than one where they are likely to encounter an armed citizen response.

In addition we should look at what other countries have done to protect their schools.  In our conceit as a first world nation I feel we sometimes fail to realize that sometimes the people outside our borders have good ideas.  In both Israel and the Philippines school children are protected by people who are both armed and trained to use those arms. 
Banning guns, or certain types of guns, will not prevent future tragedies.  The only sure way of stopping a madman from doing harm is to physically incapacitate him before or at the start of his malicious actions.  The quickest, easiest, and safest (to you and to those you’d protect) method for doing so is to use a gun.  Making it harder for good people to do just that, setting up barriers to where and when they can do it, and reinstating restrictions that had no effect in the past will only make it more likely that madmen will not be prevented from wrecking havoc.
I thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  I hope it makes my position on the matter clear and I hope you will contact me if you have any questions regarding what I have had to say.


I'm gong to start at the top and work at my way down.  No one will be safe.  Feel free to copy any or all of it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Racist, right winger condemns gun control as "dogmatic, self-righteous ignorance."

In National Review.

H/t The Smallest Minority

Quote of the Day

Today's quote of the day comes from a quote at The Smallest Minority:

Have no doubt: Had [name redacted because fuck him] driven his mother's stolen car in bloody zig zags through the school yard, no one would be screaming for the head of the chairman of the AAA, no one would be accosting car owners at lunch or on their facebook walls demanding that they justify their car ownership in the face such tragedy.

Please go read the whole thing.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

Damn it.

I ordered a red dot sight for my AR on Amazon last month.  The shipping status was "in transit from carrier to shipper facility" from Dec. 1 to Dec. 14.  That alone will be getting the vendor who sold it to me a bad review.  They listed it as in transit in order to hide the fact that they didn't have it and had to order it themselves.*  I realize when I purchased it it said that shipping could take a few weeks.  I was fine with that.  I just needed it by the first of January.  However, listing it as "in transit" for 13 day was just dishonest and offends me.

On top of that when it arrived in the main USPS facility in Birmingham it was sorted to the wrong post office.  Instead of Gardendale, AL it went to Pinson, AL.  That's just a few miles away, but it pisses me off.  I would have had it today otherwise.

I'm going to give the USPS a break for that.  They typically get my deliveries to my door quickly and at a reasonable price.  I prefer UPS but they can be extremely expensive and slow for small items.  I won't use FedEx unless I have no other choice as the morons have got themselves lost twice trying to find my home which is literally one turn off the interstate coming out of Birmingham, AL.

I hope to have it tomorrow early enough to get it mounted and dialed in.  Then I'm going to test the battery life (it runs on AAAs).  On January 6th I'm taking Intro to Performance Carbine with Frank Proctor of Way of the Gun.  This will be my second course with Frank, and I hope it will go as well as the first.  I plan to have a review of the red dot up soon after that, as well as a review of the course.

*That's a supposition on my part, but I believe a correct one.

A mass shooting that was aborted.

The Clackamas mall shooter was confronted by an armed citizen and then promptly blew his brains out.  

Of course, this will largely be ignored by the mass media.  Instead of attacking proponents of gun control for wanting to make it more illegaler to murder school children and demanding to know why they won't push for armed defenders at schools they'll instead push the gun control agenda.

H/t The Minuteman

Friday, December 14, 2012

The mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut.

I'd really like to not say anything other than this is a horrible, sickening crime and I can't even begin to understand how much it has hurt so many people so terribly.

Unfortunately, I can't just leave it at that because...well, Sebastian said it best:

As gun owners, if we could just experience the grief and sorrow along with the rest of the country, instead of having it intruded upon by that impending feeling of doom about what the media, the politicians, and the people in society who don’t much care for civilian gun ownership are going to do to our lives, liberty and often times livelihood? If we could go through something like this without worrying how much we’re going to be the scapegoats? I know that’s the thought that’s been crossing my mind as this entire horror story is playing out in the media. I don’t want to think about or deal with politics right now, but that’s precisely what I have to start getting ready for if I don’t want to risk that America, and the politicians who claim to represent her, in their rashest and most impulsive worst instincts, pass a knee jerk law that will overnight turn many Americans into instant felons. There are times I believe we all deserve a break from politics. This is one of them, but we will never get it.

Nothing, not one damned thing that any person on this planet can do now, after the fact, will do anything to change the fact that a madman went into a school and murdered 20 children and six adults.  Nor will banning guns, or a certain type of gun, prevent it from happening again.  Madmen do not need guns in order to murder children.  I wish it were as simple as banning a particular item in order to prevent the murders of children, but it's not.  People who wish it were that easy are simply not living in reality.

Inevitably, in fact already, people are blaming the method of the murders, rather than the murderer for this heinous act.  I have, like millions of other people across these United States, owned firearms capable of firing 10+ rounds before reloading for almost two decades.  I have never once committed a single act of violence against another human being with any of them.

To quote one of my favorite authors, Michael Z. Williamson:

Most violent criminals are black, but suggest "black people control" and you're (properly) called a bigot.  Most (70%) are Democrats, but call for Democrat control and people will (properly) look at you like you're an idiot.  But if ONE PERSON with a gun commits a crime, it's perfectly okay to suggest registering, psych-testing, or otherwise hassling 94 million gun owners who didn't kill anyone.

Banning guns, or certain types of guns, will not prevent future tragedies.  The only sure way of stopping a madman from doing harm is to physically incapacitate him before or at the start of his malicious actions.  The quickest, easiest, and safest (to you and those you'd protect) method of physically incapacitating a madman is to shoot him, preferably multiple times, with some form of firearm.  Making it harder for good people to do just that, setting up barriers to where and when they can do that, will only make it more likely that madmen will NOT be prevented from wreaking havoc rather than the reverse.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Robert's Picks


The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (good)

Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt (excellent)

Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber (good)


The Hunter (very good)

Lockdown (good)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New sharp, pointy thing!

I was recently made aware the Cold Steel makes a machete in the form of a Roman Gladius.  Of course, I had to have one!

I shall call it Elfbane!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quote of the Day

I do find the allegation that, in the absence of handguns, Kasandra would still be alive to be absolutely ludicrous, because everybody knows that without a handgun, there would be no way for an enraged 6'2", 228-lb. NFL linebacker to harm a 22-year-old woman. 

Fuck you Bob Costas.

I hope 'ugly reality' intrudes upon you in the form of a meth head with a crowbar some time in the near future.  That might give you a little perspective into reality.

On The Range #80: IDPA Classifier Match

Sunday I shot my first official IDPA Classifier.  The classifier consists of three stages and incorporates all the actions you may encounter in an IDPA match.  Here is a video of a random classifier:

Because of the number of shooters the range where I shot (Brock's Gap Training Center in Hoover, AL) set up each stage in three different bay.

Going into this I figured I would probably shoot Marksman, but I surprised myself and shot Sharpshooter (barely)!  My final score was 152.18 with 61 points down.  I also shot 10/31 based strictly on accuracy.

Here's how each stage broke down:

Stage 1 43.83-10/31
Stage 2 34.39-7/31
Stage 3 74.06-16/31

My weakest stage was the one that incorporated tactical reloads/reloads with retention and shooting at distance.  All of my reloads in stage 3 where reloads with retention.  I've been practicing the tactical reload but I defaulted to a reload with retention.  I think if I work on the tac reload I could do better.

I was the 2/3 in Stock Service Pistol/Sharpshooter.  I'm really looking forward to shooting more IDPA matches.  Unfortunately my days off recently changed from Thursday and Friday to Monday and Tuesday (with Sunday off as well temporarily).  Any match I shoot in the next couple of months will mean burning a vacation day and I don't have many left.

If things go well at work I should be able to get that Thursday and Friday, or maybe Friday and Saturday, off.  No guarantees (and things could be going better...I like incentive based pay, but the metrics are such that everything is stacked against you).  I've got two weeks vacation time coming at the end of April '13 so hopefully I'll be able to shoot a match at least every other month if nothing else.

For now, I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I am an IDPA Sharpshooter and celebrate with tasty Bulliet Bourbon and a La Gloria Cubana Serie R maduro.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A message to the 'fastest growing demographic' in the gun culture.

From a member of the largest demographic in the gun culture.

This is not for you.  It's for heterosexual males who think the idea of a sexy woman who know's her way around both provocative clothing and guns is hot.  It's a visual representation of fantasy.  It gives some of us guys a little hope that we might luck out like the guy who is engaged to her.

Monday, November 26, 2012

How to buy a gun...if you're single.

Mad Ogre has a video up over at his place where he gives advice on how to buy a gun without risking the ire of your wife.  It's very interesting to me, as a single guy, the level of cloak and dagger bullshit you married guys go through.

Here's how you buy a gun if you're a single guy:

1.  Go to gun buying place.

2. Buy gun.

3. Take gun home.

Done.  That's it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Robert's Picks


Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (very good)

Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia (very good)

Uprising USA by George Hill (very good)


Faster (good)

Atlas Shrugged Part I (very good)

Skyfall (good)


Raising Arizona 

Zulu (excellent)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On The Range #79: Way of the Gun Intro to Performance Pistol

Over the last year or so I've been seeing and hearing about a new gun school in Alabama.  I've been very interested in getting more firearms training but costs/availability of instructors in my general area has been a big problem.  After doing a little looking the new place seemed to fit the bill and I decided to get my feet wet.  This past Saturday I attended a pistol course at Mossbranch Shooting Range in Anniston, AL offered by Frank Proctor, owner and lead instructor for Way of the Gun.

Before I get into the actual course I want to talk a little about Frank Proctor and his philosophy for Way of the Gun.  Frank is a US Army veteran with almost 20 years of service, over a decade of which was in SOF.  He's trained numerous DOD personnel in a variety of combat disciplines and served his country in the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2007 he jumped into competitive shooting and now holds the rank of Grand Master in limited division (USPSA) and Master/SSP in IDPA.

Frank's training is performance oriented.  "Whether in competition or combat, the guy who scores the most points fastest wins."  His training focuses on shooting fast and accurate.

My personal opinion of Frank is that he is a competent and efficient trainer, and a tremendously experienced and capable shooter.  He's approachable and easy to communicate with, has a great sense of humor, and lacks the off putting ego that seems to be a hallmark of a lot of trainers out there.

So, to the course.

The course was to begin at 8:30AM and end at 4:30PM.  Required equipment was pistol, belt holster, two magazine holders, three magazines, ear and eye pro, 1000 rounds of ammunition, snacks, water, etc.

As we arrived Frank introduced himself and handed us all a swag bag.  I can't fault the man for knowing the necessity of marketing and branding when it comes to a successful firearms training business.  People want flash and dash and Frank will give it to them with a shrug and a laugh.

 I'm a sucker for this stuff, but Frank has much more to offer!

We started the day promptly at around 8:30 with a safety brief and short synopsis of what we could expect for the day.  The safety brief was short and sweet as you were expected to have safe gun handling skills before signing up for the course:  Don't break the four rules.  If you AD/ND you're done.*

We started out slow with demonstrations of grip and stance and detailed explanations of what you were trying to accomplish and why.  Frank put a lot of things in terms of math and explained the nuts and bolts.  I really liked this because I'm a detail person.  Don't just tell me to do it, tell me why I'm doing it.  It helps it sink in.

We moved into some dry fire practice and Frank moved up and down the line giving individual instruction and correction where necessary.  Afterwards we moved on to live fire.

Most of our live fire shooting was done in strings of three to five shots at 8.5x11 targets on USPSA cardboard targets.  The goal was to shoot as fast and accurately as possible.  We'd start out by firing a baseline and then pushing it, and then dialing back when things went off the rails.

We progress from there to adding index cards in order to work on shooting multiple targets of various size with the paper sheet size target at center mass and an index card at head and pelvic area.  We would shoot three as fast as possible at the center mass target and then transition to the index cards and have to slow down a bit.  I'm happy to say I was pretty good at this!

Next came steel.  I love/hate steel.  It gives instant feedback but occasionally shoots back.  Let me say there is nothing like shooting fast and accurate on steel.  We did this shooting from 7, 10, and 15 yards to learn how fast we could accurately engage the targets at varying distance.

It was around this point we took a lunch break.  When we came back we started working reloads, malfunction clearance, and movement.  Frank taught us a reload drill that I really like and will be incorporating into my at home practice:  You load the gun, do a tactical reload with an empty mag so you have a round chambered on an empty.  From ready, fire, speed reload and fire, come back to ready, go to a kneeling ready position to retrieve the empty mag, stand and perform a tac reload with the empty mag.  Rinse, repeat.  I may even add in a little shooting from kneeling.

Movement is the area I had the most trouble with.  Moving straight forward is easy and I can fire fast and accurately this way.  And while we didn't cover it IDPA has taught me I can do this retreating as well.  Moving side to side was a bit of struggle.  Frank teaches a method of keeping your upper body oriented in targets' direction.  It makes perfect sense and works well from what I've seen but it's going to take some practice for me to be able to do it smooth.

Towards the end of the day Frank began setting up various scenarios for us to shoot with steel targets.  This was a lot of fun and got progressively more difficult as we went.  There was even some team shooting and head to head competition.  There were a a number of shooters both faster and more accurate than me so I could have done better but I still enjoyed it.

In the end I fired over 800 rounds that day.  This is the most I've ever fired in a single day before and I learned some things about my Glock.  First, it can take it.  The gun hadn't been cleaned before the course so this was well over 1000 rounds with no cleaning or lubrication.  I shot with my TLR-1 attached and aside from a lot of carbon buildup it survived in good working order.  My DSG Alpha holster and mag pouch also came through with no issues and my TheBeltMan leather gun belt carried them all day comfortably.  I had no failures with the Glock that weren't self-induced (riding the slide stop, of course).

I feel like I came out of this course with a new understanding of what it takes to be a fast and accurate shooter and how I can go about getting faster without losing accuracy.  The course pushed me to my limits and by the end of the day I was ready to throw in the towel but I really feel like I came out of it for the better.  I would definitely recommend Frank Proctor and Way of the Gun to others interested in furthering their shooting skills and I'm planning on taking more of Frank's courses in the future.

All that said their were two things Frank taught that gave me pause.  I'm willing to keep an open mind so I'm going to try them out for a while and see how they work for me.  One of these was using the slide stop to release the slide instead of racking the slide.  His reasoning is that it's faster and more efficient.  I tend to agree and used that method most of the day with no issues as did everyone else.  What gives me pause about it is that we all, including Frank, were shooting Glocks and Glock is very adamant that it is a SLIDE STOP and not a SLIDE RELEASE nor is it designed to be used as one (yet they make it so grippy).

The other was Frank's method for racking the slide.  He teaches using the web of the hand between thumb and forefinger to grasp the slide forward of the ejection port to run the slide.  I've tried it and can do it, but it gets tricky when your hands start to get sweaty.  I'm also a bit nervous about getting my hand that far forward.  I can see that going wrong if you ever get in too much of a hurry.

*A note here that I think goes to Frank's character.  He said he would give any person who has an AD/ND a prorated refund of their course fee.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A couple of pictures.

Tonight's dinner.  

Preparations for tomorrow's trip to gun school.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Holster: Concealment Solutions Black Mamba

Since putting the TLR-1 on my Glock 17 I've been wearing it in my DSG Alpha holster which is an OWB model.  I prefer to carry IWB and so I've been looking for something that would hold my pistol with the light mounted.  The pickings are rather slim.

I was considering a CompTac CTac holster.  Follow the link and look at that thing.  Doesn't look like it would be very comfortable to me.

"Guns are supposed to be comforting, not comfortable," they say.

"Screw that," I say.  My Galco Royal Guard is comfortable, my DSG Alpha is comfortable, and my Don Hume leather OWB is comfortable.

There is no reason you can't carry a full size pistol or revolver comfortably.  It's all a matter of finding the right holster and then dressing around it.

Anyway, I was more interested in something like the CompTac Minotaur but they don't offer a model that will accommodate a weapon mounted light.  Maybe they do as a custom model but I decided to shop around.

Enter Concealment Solutions.  Looking around the website I saw that the Black Mamba is offered for guns with weapon mounted lights or lasers.  Well, that just so happens to be exactly what I was looking for.

The damned thing looked huge and I wasn't sure how comfortable it would be but I figured I'd take my chances.  I opted for the combat edition (combat cut) because I've never been bothered by the grip of my gun when carrying with the Royal Guard and I prefer being able to get an easy, solid grip.

It arrived Tuesday and I wore it a bit that evening.  I was impressed with the metal clips.  They are very secure and hold the holster in place during rapid draws.  The holster works great in conjunction with my leather gun belt and while it is indeed a large holster it is extremely comfortable.

Let me say that again:  It is extremely comfortable.

More wear is going to be necessary before I make the final call but this may well be the most comfortable holster I've every worn.  Wearing it (which I did today) is like not wearing a holster at all. The leather against your body feels, for lack of a better word, great.  

It also conceals wonderfully which surprised me just a bit.  It's definitely a pleasant surprise, though.


I'm glad I did some shopping around and found this holster.  Since I prefer carrying IWB this will likely become my primary holster.  I'm sure I'll remove the light from time to time and go with the Royal Guard in some situations (like when wearing a suit) but this thing is going to get a lot of wear.

My experience buying from Concealment Solutions was very positive.  I ordered the holster on Nov. 6 and had it in my hands by Nov. 13.  I likely would have had it sooner if not for the holiday weekend.  If you're in the market for a new holster I recommend taking a look at what Concealment Solutions has to offer.

Friday, November 9, 2012

On The Range #78: Dot Torture

I was in need of some trigger time today so I decided to shoot Dot Torture.  It had been a while so I wasn't too sure of how well I'd perform.  I took my time and worked off my shot timer, shooting at 3 yards.

Things went well!  50/50!

I really do enjoy this drill.  It makes you work on everything and if you don't have time for a lot of fancy stuff you could do worse than shooting this regularly to work on your marksmanship and gun handling.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Yesterday one of my customers was having a phone conversation that I overheard.  I'm in one of those professions where I get ignored so I don't consider it eavesdropping when people carry on conversations right in front of me.

Anyway she was going on and on about how glad she was Mitt Romney lost the election because, I shit you not, "Girl!  He the Antichrist!  He a Mormon, they Antichrist!"

Makes you really want to reconsider universal suffrage, doesn't it?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


We see that, how unexpectedly, the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama also lost to Obama.  We also see that gay marriage and pot won, and that stupid comments about rape (fueled by antiabortion sentiment) will cost you Senate seats.

So we can expect the GOP to lay of the 'bortion, gays, and the weed, right?



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

At least one good thing happened today.

1000 rounds of 9mm!

I recently made my largest single purchase of ammo from (I've used them a few times and always been very happy with the results so check them out).  I'm taking a course offered by Way of the Gun on the 17th and it calls for 1,000 rounds of ammo.  It's a one day class so we'll see how that goes.  

I'm very excited to take this training.  The course is Intro to Performance Pistol and the instructor Frank Proctor gives all indications of knowing what he is about, he's local, and affordable.  I'm hoping things go well because this has the potential to be a great way for me to refine and increase my skill level.  Expect to hear a lot more after the 17th.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Kevin has Bill Whittle's latest video up at The Smallest Minority.  I attempted to comment but Disqus seems to dislike me.

In essence Mr. Whittle says vote for Romney because he might undo some of the damage Obama has done. I say the Republican Party will do with Obamacare what Obama did with the Republican's PATRIOT Act.  They'll leverage it to their own ends.  So no.  No more.

I will take my chances on the local and state level but on the national level I will vote for third parties or against incumbents every time.

My comment at Kevin's would have been this:

"Maybe America needs to take a nose dive into totalitarianism to wake it up.  The Republican Party is irreparably broken.  That is the reality conservatives need to learn to deal with."

The advance of technology virtually gaurantees that quality of life will continue to get better.  I think that's probably one of our biggest problems as a society.  As long as we have enough food to eat, enough tv watch, enough new gadgets to play with, hell even enough guns to shoot at paper targets and to protect ourselves from small time criminals (as opposed to the big ones, like governments) people aren't going to be willing to do much of anything to risk that comfort.  

The only way to get rid of Romney in 2016 if he turns out to be the turd we all know him to be will be to vote Democrat.  I'd rather do what little I can to get a third party in there.  Maybe it is a fart in the wind, but so is a vote for either major party at this point in history.  Both will throw the occasional bone to whichever part of their base makes the most noise, but they'll both work to increase government interference in and control over your life.

If Romney wins this election it will be without my vote, and mark my words, win or not Mitt Romney will be the new, lowered bar for what it means to be a Conservative in America.  

I will take my chances trying to force a third option in 2016.  It probably won't work because the Republicans and Democrats both have lifetimes invested in keeping things just as they are, but it's better than pretending that this time he means it when he says he won't hit me ever again.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On The Range #77: Zeroing Ruger 10/22 Tech Sights

I had a Ruger 10/22 that my grandfather bought for me when I was 12 or 13.  It was used hard for years.  When I moved out on my own it stayed with my grandfather.  At some point, and I'm not pointing any fingers at a certain sibling, the rear sight was broken off and the wood stock was broken.

After my grandfather died I again took possession of the rifle.  It stayed stored away for years with no efforts on my part to get it back into shooting shape since I'd purchased another.  Anyway, long story short the newer 10/22 went away.

I've recently been getting the Ruger back up to snuff.  I started by replacing the stock with a Hogue Overmolded stock.  I love it.

Next I picked up some Tech Sights on Amazon.  This past Monday I installed those.  Again, love.

Today I had the opportunity to get outside and do a little zeroing.  Since I don't really know what I'm going to be doing with this gun yet I went with a 10 yard zero for now.  I'll probably re-zero at 20-25 yards at some point in the near future as I'd really like to do an Appleseed with this rifle.

The three shots on the thumbnail dot were my last three.  Like I said, only 10 yards so nothing special and I'll probably re-zero soon.  Still fun though.

When zeroing with these sights you're going to want to have a couple of things with you.  The front sight requires the AR front sight adjustments tool (you could get by with something else but I found it helpful).  You'll also want something to push in the detent on the rear sight.  I thought I might get buy with a .223 round but that did not work and I ended up using a 1/16" punch.  

Next I'm going to add a sling and I think I'll have my Ruger where I want it for the time being, and hopefully be off to an Appleseed Event at some point in the next year or so.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gun Porn: G17 with TLR-1

Let there be light!

I mentioned a while back that I'd be getting a rail mounted light for my Glock after my experience shooting in the dark with a handheld light.  Well, there it is above.  A Streamlight TLR-1 (got it on Amazon).  The light is super bright and easy to operate.  Mounting and dismounting is quick and easy which is a plus since this is my IDPA gun as well as my carry gun and the light has to come off for IDPA matches.  

I also picked up another DSG Alpha holster that can accommodate the Glock with mounted light and a DSG single mag holder.  I prefer to carry the double mag holder but there are times I'd like something a little easier to conceal and a little more comfortable.  

I'll have to get out on the range soon.  Later this week I'm going to have some night sights installed and I'm not opposed to adding some Crimson Trace Laser Gripes as well.  I'm thinking of buying another G17 (maybe a 19) before I do that though.  The laser gripes also can't be used in IDPA and it would be nice to have a dedicated carry gun and then a dedicated competition gun.  Work is slowing down though so we'll have to see about that.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Robert's Picks


Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (very good)

Promised Land by Robert B. Parker


Underworld:  Awakening

Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows (good)

Sunset (good)

Prometheus (good)

End of Watch (excellent)

Bad Lieutenant:  Port of Call New Orleans (very good)


Ambi safeties suck.

I'd always been told that ambi safeties sucked and were prone to breakage.  I never put much faith in that since I've owned two 1911s with ambi safeties and never had and issue with those safeties.  This led to me going with an ambi safety on my AR since I shoot long guns left handed.

Anyway, if you've been reading this blog with any regularity you know that didn't go well.  The left side selector popped off at some point and I never found it.  I removed the right side and I've been using it on the left.  Well, now I can pop it off with one finger.  

I was mulling over putting the dedicated right hand selector back in when I thought to myself, "What company makes lefty ARs?"  

When I first wanted to purchase an AR years ago I looked long and hard for a Stag Arms left handed AR.  I never could locate one locally and no one seemed interest in ordering one for me.  So I went with a S&W M&P-15T and a right handed safety.  Never got around to putting an ambi on that one before I was forced to sale it.  

Well, it occurred to me that if anyone can supply me with a dedicated lefty safety selector it would be Stag so I hoped over to their website.  They don't sell it an an individual part (and neither Brownell's or MidwayUSA carry them) but I can get one in a lower parts kit.  

So I ordered one Saturday night.  Hopefully it will be arriving soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On The Range #76: Shooting Steel

One of the things I've really enjoyed about shooting IDPA has been the steel targets.  I got my first taste of shooting steel when I took an NRA First Steps Pistol class and had the opportunity to shoot a Texas Star.

Anyway, I've been wanting to pick up some steel targets for shooting at home for a while.  I've got a few bookmarked online but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Anyway, I picked up one of the cheap versions I've seen at both Academy Sports and WalMart.  According to the box it can handle any pistol round and rifle up to .30-06.

Took it out and shot it for the first time this afternoon.  It handled 9mm fine.  Not a dent.  Cheap Russian .223?

I shot one round at the target and inspected it and saw no more damage than done by the 9mm so I moved back further, around 30 yards, and went at it.  After I finished up I went to look at the target again and found that it was chewed to pieces.  Oh, well.  Lesson learned.  At least the top is still good to go.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Question for Glock shooters.

Ok, so I've been shooting my G17 Gen4 since March.  I'm just over 1,500 rounds.  I've had three malfs that were somewhere between stovepipes and double feeds.  Here's what happens:

Slide locks back, I remove old magazine and insert a new one.  I'm very aggressive with my reloads so I slam it in there pretty hard.  Most times this causes the slide to release without me racking or hitting the slide lock.  Most times this happens everything goes well but three times I've had the gun fail to go completely into battery.  A smack on the back of the slide doesn't work.  The only way to fix it is to strip the mag, rack the assed up round free, and reinsert a new mag and rack the slide.

So, the question is, how can I make the slide stay locked until I manually rack it?  I don't like that I'm starting to expect it to go forward when I insert a mag.  It causes a noticeable delay when it doesn't happen that way. I also want to avoid future malfs if possible.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Something I find highly annoying.

Last week I ordered a pair of Taclite 8" boots from 5.11 Tactical.  The package arrived yesterday and so far I'm very pleased with them.

Anyway, included in the box was an offer for a free pair of socks.  Awesome!

So I'm sitting here on my lunch break filling out the coupon for the socks and I get to the part where it ask for my profession.  The options are:

  • LEO
  • MIL
  • PSC (I'm guessing 'private security company')
  • FIRE
  • EMS

Here's the annoying part:  Except for 'MIL' all of those professions are civilian professions.  I have a lot of respect for all of the the professions listed but it peeves the hell out of me that people think police, firefighters, etc aren't civilian professions.

Anyway, I wrote that across that part of the coupon/offer card/whatever so hopefully someone pays attention.

Hillary takes responsibility for getting people killed.


But not really.   See, to take responsibility for something you accept the consequences of it. Is she going to resign? No.  Will she be held liable in civil court? Doubt it.

So it's just more empty words and outright lies from a career politician.

No cover up? Fog of war? I didn't think this administration believed we're at war.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

On The Range #75: Saturday IDPA

I burned a vacation day so that I could have this Saturday off and shoot in the local IDPA match.  It was a lot of fun.  There were six stages total and they all had a number of challenges.  My favorite stage was a scenario in which you are startled while pumping gas by a commotion behind you.  Here's some video:

You turn and engage one target with three rounds while 'hearing' someone scream that they are being kidnapped.  You have to retrieve spare mags from the back of your vehicle before coming around to the driver's side where you engage another target.  As you come towards the driver's door you see a 'car' that a BG is trying to force a hostage into.  You have to shoot out the tires (steel plates) and then take out the hostage taker with two shoots to the head.  As you are about to get into one vehicle there is another BG right outside the passenger side door, and then once inside you have to  engage two more before you can 'get away.'  Fun stage.

This match made me really wish I was off regularly on weekends.  I finished 26th of 48 overall and 2nd of 10 in SSP/Unclassified.  I'm hoping to shoot Marksman when I shoot a classifier.  I out shot one of the three Marksman class shooters in SSP so hopefully I'm on track for that.

The Glock ran perfectly through the whole match.  I've got over 1,400 rounds through it since I bought it in March and the only issues I've had have been self induced or with steel ammo (two failures to feed).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Strike Back.

Aired in the US on Cinemax but done by Sky in the UK.  This show is great.  They've got some excellent technical advisers.  The gun stuff in season 1 has been excellent as far as I can tell.

There is enough skin to live up to Skin-emax's reputation and the violence is, as far as I can tell, very realistic and gritty.  Highly recommended.

Win Stuff.

Aaron has your monthly roundup here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Question for you rifle shooters.

I'm thinking of putting a different trigger in my AR. I'm looking for smooth take up and crisp break.  And not so damn heavy, 5-6#s.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Congrats to SpaceX!

Congrats on another successful launch!  Hopefully there will be many more to come!

Friday, October 5, 2012

My new Mossberg 590.

Ain't it pretty:

Now, if you're thinking that looks more like a water heater than a 12 ga. shotgun you'd be right.  Took all damned day and five trips to Lowe's but I got the old one out and the new one in.  A sizable chunk of my paycheck is gone but at least I'll have a hot shower at home tonight.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thoughts on cold showers.

First off, while far from pleasant they're not intolerable.

Having a heater in the bathroom helps.  I installed that thing to make winter mornings more bearable but it has also come in handy lately.  Nothing like hot air to make cold water just a bit more tolerable.

A glass of bourbon makes the experience a little easier to deal with.  Being a little tossed makes just not give a damn and since alcohol tends to make you feel hot anyway the cold is easier to ignore.

Friday, September 28, 2012

On The Range #74: IDPA Flashlight Match

I shot IDPA last night.  It was fun.  The stages were large and complicated because we were shooting the same stages as the club's Tactical Carbine Championship match that is this weekend.

The first stage I shot involved engaging a target from within an old mail jeep with 6 rounds and then engaging multiple targets on the run from various cover.  There was so much going on that I ended up with a couple of procedurals for shooting targets out of sequence and for leaving cover with an empty gun.

All of the stages were complicated.  Two were shot completely in the dark.


I'm lucky enough that I can shoot any time I want on my own property. I think I'm going to spend a couple of evenings over the next month to shoot a few strings of fire in the late evenings using a flashlight.  I'm also going to install some night sights as soon as possible.  Even with a flashlight picking up the front sight can be difficult and I want to make it as easy as possible.

I'm thinking of picking up a light to throw on my rail as well and upgrading my holster.  Maybe some CT laser grips too.  Being blind scares the shit out of me and last night moving around all those barriers and having to work to find targets that I'd already seen on the walk through was a hell of an eye opener.  Then finding them and struggling to find the front sight because my grip is all wrong because I've also got a handheld flashlight?  Hell, no!

IDPA may be just a game but it's a hell of a better place to learn these lessons than in the middle of a gun fight!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Update on Murphy's latest visit

I managed to get the supply line to my water heater disconnected and capped.  It took a couple of trips back and forth to Lowe's but I managed it.  Now I've got cold water anyway.

An examination of the tank tells me it's time for a new one so next Friday (payday) I'm going to pick one up. I may do it Thursday.  We'll see.  I'll manage the installation somehow.  I'm no plumber but it doesn't look to complicated.  Again, we'll see.

So, this will be two major appliances I've replaced in one month.  Not cool.  But that's life.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mr. Murphy visited.

Something is busted on my hot water heater.  There's a very bad leak on the supply line right as it goes into the tank.  Hopefully it's the connection and and not the tank itself.  Fuck me, I'm not a damned plumber.

Got to get it fixed ASAP because I've got no water until I do.  I swear if I build a house there will be fucking disconnects EVERYWHERE.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Two unrelated things you should check out.

I've been wearing a belt I got from The Belt Man for about a month now.  Love it.  My only complaint was the long turn around but that's pretty typical with fine leather goods and it was worth the wait.  It's been holding my Glock 17 and double mag holder with no issues.  Looks good too.

This past Friday night I went with a friend to see End of Watch.  Very gritty cop movie.  I highly recommend it.  In a nutshell two LAPD officers get inadvertently tangled up with the cartels and it gets bad.  The characters were very believable as real, imperfect human beings.

Friday, September 21, 2012

An offer I couldn't refuse.

I'm not a big charity person.  I don't donate a lot of money.  I hate it when kids stand outside WalMart begging for change for their baseball team.  Bake some damn cookies or something! 

Anyway, that said, I've wanted to kick a little cash into someones Kilted To Kick Cancer fund.  I wasn't sure who to give to.  My donation isn't going to be huge but the I'm actually feeling comfortable enough financially where rather than just wanting too, I'll actually do it.  So, who's fund to drop it in? 

Well, Evyl Robot got my attention and my cash.  The lovely Jennifer in a vinyl catsuit?  Yes, Please!  Go donate to make this happen!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The way it goes.

Picked up a little net book from my sister today.  She needed cash and I've been looking for something for browsing and blogging that I can take anywhere.  The price was right so I snapped it up.  Spent most of this evening removing the bloatware from it so I can get a little better performance.

In other news, I think my freezer has shit the bed.  Well, that's the way it goes.  I'll see how it looks tomorrow and if it's well and truly dead I'll look into a new refrigerator or maybe just a stand alone freezer.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

No, RECOIL, no.

I used to be a fan of RECOIL magazine, but they done fucked up.  No more cash for you, RECOIL!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

On The Range #73: Browning Buck Mark

Yesterday I took the new pistol out shooting for the first time.  It was kind of a nasty day so I only shot about 50 rounds of CCI Stingers.  So far I'm very impressed. 

First 5 shots @7 yards, improvised rest

I can easily lay one shot on top of the other with the Buck Mark.  It was really fun to be shooting that precisely.  My point of aim was the center red diamond so the sights definitely needed some adjustment.  Once I was able to pit one of those red diamonds I moved to off hand shooting.

~30 rounds off hand, 3" target @7yds

I started my offhand shooting slow but got progressively faster.  I shot some strong hand and weak hand (that's where those high flyers came from).  I've got to be very careful with my trigger work.  I think I'm anticipating recoil a bit considering the high, left trend.  It's a new trigger to learn and I haven't got it down just yet.

I want to get out and run some other ammo types through it.  I've got half an ammo can full of .22.  I want to run some of the plated stuff through it to see how it handles the cheaper brands.  I'm going to save my unplated until I pick up a .22 revolver. 

The Buck Mark is a lot of fun.  It's great for some simple plinking and I'm going to pick up some cheap .22 steel targets for it soon.  It will also be great for some new shooters I'm planning to get on the range soon.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Damn it.

Ordered a new stock for my Rugerr 10/22.  Unfortunately it was for a heavy barrel model.  I'm kind of pissed because I got it on Amazon and that was NOT in the title for the item.  You had to search in the details.  Oh, well.  It'll be getting shipped back tomorrow.

Searched around for a replacement and couldn't find one on Amazon that was cheap enough and qualified for prime so I ordered one from Midway USA.  I wanted a desert tan color like the one I ordered in the wrong size but neither Midway, Amazon, or Browell's has them in stock.  Boo.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A short one.

Shot an IDPA match last Thursday.  I had a lot of fun, but didn't do as well as I have in the past.  I wanted to see how fast I could go before the wheels came off and I shot the last stage without a light (the Thursday matches where I shoot are flashlight matches in the winter months). 

I'm going to try and get out one evening in the next couple of weeks and fun some drills with a flashlight to prepare for the next Thursday match.  Hopefully I'll do better.  I may take a training course in September if I can find the time so hopefully that will benefit me as well.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong: A name that will be remembered thousands of years from now.

Not many figures in human history have accomplished something so extraordinary that they are virtually guaranteed a kind of immortality in that their name will never be forgotten.  I think we can safely say that Neil Armstrong is one of those figures.  With one small step he accomplished something that dwarfs the accomplishments of Alexander of Macedonia, rivals the last stand of the 300 at Thermopylae, and makes the Great Wall look like the constructions of child in a sand box.

Fair winds and following seas on your journey into the undiscovered country, Sir.  You will be missed and you will never be forgotten.