Monday, April 30, 2012

On The Range #65

Took the AR out for a little while today.  My main goal was to work on some reloads so I only fired about thirty rounds.  Like I said, nothing fancy.

I picked up a little leg rig that I attached a couple of AR mag holders to and a pistol mag holder.  That gives me 60 rounds on top of the 30 in the gun.  I kind of like it.  Since I'm a lefty with the long gun I wear it on the right.  The only problem with that is that I lose access to my right front pocket because I have to wear it forward in order to also ear my pistol.  Not really an issue.

To give myself something to do beside just burn ammo I reminded myself what my height over bore is (about 3") and did a little shooting from prone and kneeling.  I shoot from 5 yards to 50 yards.  50 yards is about as far as I can get out, but hopefully in the near future some 100 yard shooting will be possible.

RECOIL.

There is a new gun rag out called RECOIL.  I read about somewhere on these vast interwebs and decided I'd pick up a copy next time I was in the magdaseen buying place, and yesterday I bought issue #2. 

I like it.  It's set up more on the model of a man's fashion magazine than your typical gun magazine.  Very high quality.  Lot's of advertisement for gunny stuff.  Obviously geared towards men but not as heavy on the cheesecake as most gun mag adverts, IMHO. 

This issue had an interview with Travis Haley, a look at different 3-gun setups, a look at some Daniel Defense ARs, and a knife and flashlight comparison that I liked.

Oh, and it came with a zombie foldout target, and a pretty big one at that!

If they got someone to do a monthly cigar and liquor review (a single page article for each, I think) it would damned near be the perfect magazine.

Friday, April 27, 2012

"If you're going to shoot, shoot."

Don't pull it if you're not going to use it. 

Time and again we are told that when it comes to self defense it is the defensive mindset that matters most.  If you're not willing to shoot someone don't pull a gun on them because they damned well might be willing to shoot you.

A gun is not a magic talisman that will make the bad man stop.  A gun is just a tool, and if you don't know how to use it or use it incorrectly someone will get hurt.  The linked story is the perfect example of that.

The comments make interesting reading.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Robert's Picks

All of this down time has allowed me to do quite a bit of reading.

Books:

Dead Or Alive by Tom Clancy (good)

March Upcountry by John Ringo and David Weber (very good)

Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper (very good)

Melancholy Baby by Robert B. Parker (good)

Movies:

Sharpe's Justice (good)

Killer Elite (good)


Sharpe's Waterloo (good)

Windprints (good)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tab clearing.

'Cause everyone else is doing it.

  • When have UN observers not been a joke?  I mean, really, the UN is like one of those mega churches in that 90% of the people there are just showing up to be seen, 9% are there to make money off of suckers, and 1% actually believe in the mission.  

  • Does no one teach SS agents that you negotiate price before doing the deed?  Seriously, you find out the price, you agree or don't, you put the cash in a convenient place for her to pick it up on her way out the door, and then you fuck her.  It's that simple.  I don't mind they wanted to get laid.  I wouldn't even mind paying for it considering the job.  But don't fucking argue with your hooker in the hallway, asshole!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ugh.

I only slept a couple of hours last night.  I've been up since about 2 AM after hitting the sack after 11 PM.  I have not slept a full night in three weeks now and it's beginning to get old.  I can function just fine on 6 hours, but getting any less than that and I end up in that need sleep/can't sleep fog that comes with a slight headache. 

I'm going to take a hot shower and then try for a nap. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Or not released.

Still on the workers' comp train.  I don't like it.  I was supposed to be fully back in action by the 27th (personally I felt I could do my job last week but they said no).  Now they're telling me that I have to wait until my last follow up on May 11th.  That's NOT right, so I'll have to call the doc and get him to give me a work release form as of the 27th. 

Oh, work offered to let me come answer phones for $8/hr.  Yeah, right, are you mental?  When I pointed out my workers' comp pay was more than that, and that I'd much rather stick to that if I had that option I got a lot of, "Well...um...I don't know...have to call...um...let you know..."  I didn't hear anything so I just called the workers' comp lady who told me I'm still covered.  Bastards. 

The doctor said I could do as much as I can stand to do, and didn't not give me any pain medication.  I can stand to do a lot.  I cut the grass in the front yard yesterday.  I'll probably do most of the rest today.  Might do a little shooting as well, just depends on how I feel. 

You idiot.

You gods be damned motherfucking idiot:
A Virginia teacher was arrested Wednesday after allegedly lining up his students during class and firing multiple blank shots from a gun at them.

Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, of Kingsport, Va., was charged with 12 felony counts of  brandishing a firearm on school property, the Kingsport Times News reported.

The charges are Class 6 felonies, according to the newspaper, and each count is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $2,500 fine. 
Why, oh why, would a teacher think he could get away with this?  And it wasn't just spur of the moment idiocy, which I can usually forgive.  He planned this out!  How does one make it 60 years being that stupid?

Oh, and here is just one more success of gun bans at schools.  The system worked!

Monday, April 16, 2012

On The Range #64: Winchester Ranger +P+ 127 gr. 9mm JHP

One of the podcasts I listen to is the ProArms Podcast featuring Massad Ayoob.  Since I just started listening to this particular podcast I've been listening to old episodes, one of which was about defensive ammo selection.  As I was planning on purchasing a 9mm I paid attention when that particular ammo came up, and the one that seemed to be the most highly recommended was Winchester Ranger +P+ 127gr. JHP.

Once I'd purchased my Glock I knew I'd need to pick up some self defense ammo.  I looked at what all the gun  and sporting goods stores had to offer, but $25-$30 seemed a bit much for twenty rounds.  I mean, that's about what I was paying for self defense ammo for my 1911, and beside that it wasn't what had been recommended to me.

So I did what I always do in this situation...I went online! 

And found SGAmmo, who carried what I wanted, for a fraction of the price of other self defense ammo.  

The Winchester Ranger series of ammo is "Law Enforcement Only," which means...um....nothing really.  It's manufactured for and marketed to law enforcement, but a non law enforcement officer can buy it all day long.  There's no law against it and Winchester doesn't make any effort to restrict it's sale.  It's kind of like buying military surplus rifle ammo.  How many of you have a case of green tip 5.56 sitting in the ammo can? 

And if it's good enough for them to protect me with, then it's good enough for me to protect me with.  So I bought 150 rounds for less than half of what anything marketed to the non-LEO population would have cost.  I wanted 100 rounds to test fire, and then enough for a fully topped off gun and a spare magazine.

I admit I was a little nervous about shooting +P+ ammo.  I've never done that before, and while I know my gun can handle it I was worried it might be a bit too much for me.  It didn't take me long to realize my worries were a waste of time.

Shooting this ammo was not noticeably different from shooting regular 9mm ball.  There recoil felt the same to me and I shot as well with it as I have with any other 9mm ammo.  All 100 rounds fed and ejected reliably.  I had no problems at all while shooting except for the slide not locking back on an empty mag (caused by my grip, which I'm working on).

The first thing I did was to shoot Dot Torture, and scored 42/50 @ 3 yards.


After Dot Torture I mainly just played about around to see if I could induce any failures.  Rapid fire or slow fire everything went fine.  I shot a few groups at varying distance out to 20 yards.  I didn't have a ruler for exact measurements, but out to 20 yards groups where under 5" shot offhand. 

I'm relying on expansion and penetration tests on this ammo from other people, but they're people who know what they're talking about, and since it performs just fine for me I'll be carrying this stuff.  The price is such that I can afford to rotate my carry ammo often which has been a concern in the past. 

My experience so far with this ammo has been positive, as was my experience with SGAmmo.com.  If you're looking for 9mm ammo for self defense you should check this stuff out.

BAG Day.

As much as  would have liked to have picked up another gun this weekend for Buy A Gun Day, but I just bought Glock 17 last month and I'm riding the workers' comp train at the moment.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Released.

The doctor released me to go back to work this morning. I have a last follow up in May, but I'm good to go.  Now it's up to the bosses to decide whether a two week restriction about lifting more than 30lbs is an issue (it shouldn't be).

I celebrated by going shooting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Situational awareness fail.

Zimmerman to be charged.

According to Fox News, the special prosecutor will be announcing charges soon.

I have to ask why the the evidence was not put before a grand jury.  To me it makes the charges look politically motivated.  I'm interested whether Zimmerman will plea out, or if he'll go to trial.  If the evidence is so slim the prosecutor was afraid to put it before a grand jury I would think he would choose to go to trial, but that's an expensive proposition.

ETA:  So, the special prosecutor bringing the charges is up for re-election in November.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quote of the Day: Daphne

A comment to this post on here blog:

The white people denouncing Derbyshire are hypocrites.

They don’t live in black neighborhoods, send their children to predominately black schools, go to the amusement park/museum/beach on black pride day, drive through the ghetto ever, etc. etc. etc.

They avoid poor blacks and large crowds of black folks just like everybody else who’s not black. It’s not safe and they damn well know it.

The words racist and racism have lost all meaning when you can’t tell the truth about reality for fear of having your reputation ruined.

I might not like it, but it's true.  I get to see a very large number of people in their homes.  I spend a lot of time working in the Birmingham, AL metro area.  I go into the most dangerous, crime ridden neighborhoods in Birmingham.  I've worked one street over from where people have been murdered the night before on more than one occasion.  I've worked in crack houses.  I've worked in homes where the customer used illegal drugs of one sort or another the entire time I was there.  I've see enough marijuana sitting on someone's bedroom dresser, right out where all the kids in the house can see or access it, to put the adults in the house in prison for at least a decade.  I've seen children's bedrooms with the sheet rock ceilings rotting away and falling onto the beds they sleep in.  I've been in homes where there was so much trash strewn on the floors that you couldn't see the carpet or old hardwood.  I've seen rat shit and cockroaches all over kitchens and bedrooms.

I've seen all this and more.  I'll tell you this, there are some nasty fucking white people out there and there are some nasty fucking hispanics, but they've got nothing on the American black population.  When you have government paid for housing, government paid for food, cable tv, internet service, and a smartphone you can't claim 'poverty' as the reason your white carpet is so dirty it's black, that there are rooms full of dirty laundry, that your house is infested with pests, or that the dishes haven't been done in months.  It's not a racial issue, it's a cultural one.  Black America has largely given up it's dignity for a government check.     

Don't believe me?  Think I'm a racist?  Read Shelby Steele and Thomas Sowell.  They're two black men who didn't give up their dignity, and they see it just as plainly as I do.   

You want to see where America is heading if it stays on the same path?  Go visit a few predominately black neighborhoods (rural or urban...urban is worse, but it's bad in the rural areas too).  That's where we're headed.

Black Americans were the first victims of the welfare state and as such they are currently suffering the more advanced effects of that particular social malady.  They won't be the last.  

Monday, April 9, 2012

Quote of the Day: People

(P)eople's natural impulses are to favor themselves over others and to disregard the harm they create in trying to satisfy their own desires in the easiest way.  If most people do not behave this way with complete shamelessness in most things, it is because they have been through a long process of becoming civilized--and because this process is buttressed by law enforcement.
-Thomas Sowell

Yep, pretty much. 

Robert's Picks

Books:

Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter (good)

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (excellent)

Shrink Rap by Robert B. Parker (good)

The Vision Of The Anointed by Thomas Sowell (excellent)

Movies:

Sharpe's Mission (good)

Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides

Angel Heart (good)

Sharpe's Revenge (good)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Bucket List.

Here is a list of all the things I plan on doing in my life.  This will be updated as I add or delete things.  Bold items will be those I've completed, and those in progress will be in italics.  Anything with a strike threw has been deleted or at least put on hold pending a better legal and social environment for that particular activity.

  1.  Australia
  2.  Train at Gunsite Academy
  3.  Read all the works of Robert A. Heinlein
  4.  Meet one of my favorite authors.
  5.  Write a novel.
  6.  Shoot in a sanctioned IDPA match.
  7.  Shoot Master class in two IDPA divisions.
  8.  Take a professional driving course (racing, defensive/offensive, etc.)
  9.  Take a cruise on a US Naval vessel.
10.  Shoot a 3-Gun match.
11.  Have a 1911 custom built.
12.  Japan.
13.  Drink Guinness at Guinness in Ireland.
14.  Get married to a woman I love.
15.  Have children.
16.  Become an expert at rope bondage.
17.  Open carry a pistol in public.
18.  Shoot a machine gun.
19.  Space.
20.  Go skydiving.
21.  Walk on a glacier.
22.  Walk in the Hindu Kush.
23.  Africa.
24.  Learn to SCUBA dive.
25.  Gamble in Las Vegas.
26.  Go on safari.
27.  See the Declaration of Independence with my own eyes.
28.  Name a star after myself.
29.  Make love in a forest.
30.  Purchase a hand forged, functional katana.
31.  Drive a Ferrari in Miami...and Oahu.
32.  Fly in a Blackhawk helicopter.
33.  Repel from a skyscraper.
34.  Shoot the FAST drill in under 5 seconds.
35.  Hunt, kill, and eat North American big game.
36.  Learn another language, preferably Spanish.
37.  Get more tattoos.
38.  Become a Life Member of the NRA.
39.  Hike the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain to Clingman's Dome.
40.  India.
41.  Legally carry a firearm, either openly or concealed, in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston.
42.  Take a boat ride up the Mekong River.
43.  Visit at least two Battleships, preferably the Alabama and the Texas.  I'd love to see the California, since I was born there, but she was scrapped.  Why does that not surprise me?
44.  Make love on the ocean.
45.  Alaska.
46.  Take a riverboat ride on the Mississippi.
47.  Shoot a flintlock rifle and pistol.
48.  Visit a Voodoo shop in New Orleans.
49.  Learn Krav Maga.
50.  Wear a suit everyday for a week.
51.  Learn to fence.
52.  Travel by train a distance requiring a sleeper cabin.
53.  Make love on a train.
54.  Construct a small home theater for an old school movie night.  The women will dress like Kristin (in her pretty pink dress).  The men will wear suits.  The movies will be black and white.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Shooting in the 'ham.

Stopped by ye olde Irish pub for a pint last night and on the way out was talking to the bouncer I know with another friend.  Turns out he shot someone a couple of weeks back.

It was 5AM and he was just getting off work (I saw the video).  He's in his car about to pull away to head home when a van stops in front of him, backs up (at this point he grabs his .45 out of the glove box), and out of the van pops one of Jessie Jackson's by blows. He makes a big arc around the bouncers car until he is about ten feet from the driver's door and then dashes in and opens the car door with a gun in hand only to find himself, soliciting for the boy's choir no doubt, with a gun point right back at him.  The bouncer fumbled a bit with the safety and didn't hit the robber center mass.  As Mr. Choir Boy fled he shot at this guy I know, who returned fire and hit his attacker twice in the thigh.

About 100 yards away at a McDonald's four cops are having some coffee.  They hear the shots and turn their radios on.  Not long after our friend the Choir Boy stumbles in and is promptly arrested (did I mention his friends in the van left him when the shooting started?).  He's been charged with Robbery in the 1st and attempted murder.  The bouncer is back bouncing.

A couple of things.

First, I made the dick move of thinking and saying I probably wouldn't have had that issue with the safety (it was a 1911).  Thinking on it now that may be true, but I don't know it would be.  A revolver or Glock type action would have better served in that situation.

Second, my bouncer acquaintance fired five times and made two hits at what looked like the ten to twenty foot range.

Third, it was a cross racial shooting.  The robber was black and our bouncer is a very dark complected white guy.  That's a non-issue here because of the video.

Fourth, this was a success of of Alabama's 'stand your ground law' in my opinion because of the way it went down.

Fifth, the robber was shot twice and managed to make it at least 100 yards before being arrested.  Hits count.  Hits center mass count a bit more.  The SOB was lucky.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DVDs for sale (face to face only)

I've got a bunch of dvds I don't watch anymore so I'm going to be selling them.  Sorry, but at this time I'm only prepared to do face to face sales.  I'm mainly putting this up so people can have a convenient place to see what I've got before I take them to 2nd and Charles.

All dvds will be $3 each unless otherwise noted (or 5 for $12, that's one free).  All tv series will be $10 per season (multiple season purchases will have a discount).

TV series:

Battlesstar Galactica (remake) seasons 1, 2 (2.0, 2.45)~$15 for both


Miami Vice seasons 1 and 2~$15 for both


Boston Legal season 1


SeaQuest DSV season 1

Movies:

Reservoir Dogs
Family Guy:  Blue Harvest
Cold Mountain
Closer
Chicago
Fun With Dick And Jane
Devil In The Flesh
Detonator
Defiance
Darkman Trilogy $9
The Crime of Father Amaro
Ballistic:  Ecks vs Sever
Army of Darkness
Arlington Road
Analyze This
Analyze That
16 Blocks
3-Way
Get Shorty
Be Cool
Carlito's Way
Carlito's War: Rise to Power
Flight of the Phoenix (original)
Flight of the Phoenix (remake)
The Exorcist
Evil Dead II
Battlestar Galactic mini series (original)
Battlestar Galactic mini series (remake)
Star Trek II:  The Wrath of KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNN!!
Star Trek IV:  The Undiscovered Country
High Crimes
Gotti
Garden State
From Hell
Intolerable Cruelty
Invasion USA
Jarhead
Jason goes to Hell
Just Cause
Kama Sutra
King of New York
Donnie Brasco
Earthsea
Dungeons&Dragons
Once Upon A Time In America
Once Upon A Time In The West
Nude For Satan
Next of Kin
Mystic River
Mystery, Alaska
The Mexican
Lolita (Jeremy Irons version)
Unfaithful
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Wonderland
The Sinful Nuns of  St. Valentine
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Scarlet Diva
Summer of Sam
Outsider
Pauly Shore is Dead
Paycheck
Pi
Rain Man
Requiem for a Dream

Just a note, if it sounds like a porn title it's probably an Italian horror (but I repeat myself).

Now I want another Glock.

One of the things I like about the S&W M&P was that I could get one in Flat Dark Earth (tacticool for 'brown'), but it was more expensive and no one ever had it in stock.  So, here comes Glock with the G17 in FDE.  And I want one.

And I'll hear none of this whining about how the color.  It doesn't make a damned bit of difference, except as a personal preference.  I like having something a little different, and it is different.  Most people will have black Glocks just like most have black AR-15s.  If I want to personalize mine just a bit what the hell does it matter to anyone as long as it still works?

My back hurts.

It's been a week since my accident.  It has not been a very good week as I can't really do anything but sit around, constantly shifting position trying to keep the pain to a tolerable level. 

If I'm home it's generally not too bad, but if I have to go out for anything or be on my feet for any length of time it gets really uncomfortable.

I am getting a lot of reading done, but not being able to do anything physical started getting to me after a couple of days and being home alone all the time started bothering me. The friend who brought me home from the hospital has been helping me out a lot and keeping me company when she can. I'm going to owe her big. Another friend is helping with the yard work. The grass has got completely out of hand.

I wake up every day pretty early in pain. I can't seem to sleep much as a result.  I'm napping a lot because of that.

Things could be a lot worse, but that does not make the current level of suck any more plesant.

Monday, April 2, 2012

I don't like bullpups, but...

The IWI Tavor interest me.  Of course, if the MSRP is what people are guessing it will be I will probably never buy one.