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. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Miguel offers the answer to getting more women into competitive shooting.

Give them the royal treatment.

I think the men would appreciate it too. 

A message from another reality.

In another reality's 1969 President Nixon read this prepared statement to the nation.  I'm glad that wasn't my reality.

All my life I've known men went to the moon and came back.  Until I read that I honestly never considered that they did not know that when they went. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

On The Range #72

This past Friday I found a little time to do a little pistol shooting.  I shot Dot Torture and scored 45/50 at 3 yards.

Shot the FAST Drill  and ended up with 11.26 (had a one second penalty for a miss).  Still not fast.

Shot some Bill Drills and Mozambiques for time at 7 yards.  Averaged 6.16 seconds on the Bill Drills and 4.49 on the Mozambiques, all from concealment.  My average draw to first shot was 2.5 seconds.  I'd like to improve on all of those, of course. 

I'm just under 1,200 rounds with the Glock 17 (1,195 to be exact) and I've only had one stoppage that wasn't self induced (I have a habit of riding the slide stop, I've just about got it kicked though).  The stoppage occurred during my last IDPA match and was a FTF.  I was shooting cheap steel cased ammo, but it's nothing the gun doesn't eat all the time.  My last hundred rounds was the same stuff with not a hiccup.

I also wanted to see what I was looking like when I stepped out in range.  I shot a few rounds at 25 and then 50 yards.  At 25 I can keep my hit on target, 50 was a different story.  Everything seemed to go high.  I'm going to have to do that a few more times to get an idea of where I need to hold to get the rounds where I want them.   

I'm pretty sure I have an IDPA match this Thursday so hopefully I'll have more to report soon.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Proof that 'crazy' doesn't have a political party.

When pro-gay marriage advocates attack, brought to you by CNN.

Fucking guy was nuts, just like most people who start shooting random people they disagree with.  

H/t Tam

Parental stupidity is the greatest danger to children.

Take this story for instance.  An 8 year old finds his parents' shotgun, grabs it, and goes running into the kitchen yelling "gun, gun, gun!"  It's too heavy and he drops it.  Shotguns are not drop safe and as a result it discharged.  The boys little sister gets a pellet through the ear (rather than the brain pan, thank Freyja!)

The parents claim the gun was stored in a locked closet.  Obviously not.  That's strike one.  They didn't teach their kids that there are guns in the house and severe punishment will follow touching them.  Strike two.  They haven't taught their children the basic elements of gun safety.  Strike three.

When I was five years old I'd already been shooting.  My grandfather kept a couple of loaded guns around the the house.  For a while a shotgun was propped up beside the front door of our house.

I never touched a gun without permission.  Do you know why?  Because I was terrified of getting whipped with a leather belt.  I can't really say I comprehended the danger of the gun (it had never been demonstrated to me the way the danger of a circular saw had...I saw what they could do frequently and was a little afraid of them) but I knew bad things would happen if I messed with it.

This incident didn't happen because someone had a gun in the house.  It happened because parents left a dangerous object within reach of a child and gave that child no guidance as to how to deal with the situation.  This kid could have just as easily set the house on fire playing with matches or poured his sister a glass of drain cleaner to drink. 

I think keeping a gun unloaded is useless for a self defense tool so I'm not about to advocate that.  However, if it's 'locked up,' confirm that on a regular basis, and don't lock it somewhere you have to go regularly or you'll get lazy with the lock.  A good way to safely store a loaded shotgun in a closet out of reach of children is to get a couple of these and hang it above the closet door.  Most people won't even see it and children won't be able to reach it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Much needed break.

The last couple of weeks at work have been insane, and the next few weeks will be as well.  It's a good thing the pay will be as well.  You'll put up with a lot of BS for the right $ amount.

Yesterday was my day off and so a friend brought over some steaks for me to throw on the grill and we had a few drinks.  She is working her ass off too and since we both had the same day off she said, "I'll buy it if you cook it."  You can't beat a deal like that, especially when you know the girl is buying filet mignon.

I'm off today too, and it just happens to be payday.  The bills are all paid, I've paid off another credit card (good riddance!!!), and I've still got some change rattling around in my pocket so I'm thinking after breakfast I might go hunt down some ammo and maybe a few more magazines for both rifle and pistol.  You can never have enough.

I need to cut some grass, but it's too damned wet so I guess that will have to wait.  I'm SO disappointed.  


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Robert's Picks


Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

The Road to Kalamata by Mike Hoare (good)

Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor


Red Tails (very good)

Safe House

The Dark Knight Rises (very good)

Act of Valor (excellent)

Haywire (good)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Today was day four of my work week and I finished it well over forty hours on the clock and having done about a third again as much work as I typically do in five days.  The good news is I have an assistant for the near future who is basically my go-fer and crawl space worker.  Bad news is I don't really have time for much at home except food and sleep. 

That said, tomorrow is my Friday so hopefully things will get a little more updated around here.  Tomorrow should see a Robert's Picks posts. 

Anyway, if things keep up like this for a few more weeks I see paid off credit cards and either and Aimpoint or Browning Buckmark .22 in my future. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

More on the guns article in B-Metro magazine.

I got an email from the author a few days after I posted about his article.  He wanted to say thanks and point me to his own blog where he talks a little bit more about the issue, including Gun Free Zones.  Worth checking out if you're interested.