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.

Finally!

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
December 21, 2012---Tampa FL USDeparture Scan
December 20, 201209:18:00 PMTampa FL USDeparture Scan
December 17, 201201:28:00 PMPinson AL USShipment forwarded to a different delivery address
December 17, 201208:10:00 AMUSPossible delay in delivery due to arrival at incorrect carrier facility
December 17, 201208:09:00 AMPinson AL USArrival Scan
December 16, 201212:23:00 AMBirmingham AL USDeparture Scan
December 16, 2012---Birmingham AL USDeparture Scan
December 15, 201212:02:00 AMOpa Locka FL USDeparture Scan
December 15, 2012---Opa Locka FL USDeparture Scan
December 14, 201206:38:00 PMPort Saint Lucie FL USDeparture Scan
December 14, 201211:41:00 AMPort Saint Lucie FL USShipment received by carrier
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 PoliceOne.com:
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.

            Sincerely,


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

Books:

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (good)

Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt (excellent)

Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber (good)

Books:

The Hunter (very good)

Lockdown (good)

Avenger 

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.