Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The worst and the best moments of your life.

The worst moments of your life will be those in which you feel truly alone.  That is, not literally alone, but to be severed from everyone, even someone sharing your bed.

The best will be when you find yourself perfectly in sync with another person.

I'm 28. Relatively young. I've experienced the first once, and the second countless times.

That perfect sync isn't a once in a lifetime thing, but it isn't all that easy to find either. I've got forty to fifty years left if I'm lucky.  I hope to experience it at least once more before this ride is over.

Damn, I'm a maudlin bastard at times.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Close call for Mas Ayoob.

The helicopter he was riding in crashed landed in a Florida swamp.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Update on Amazon Vendor "Acme Approved"

First, Amazon immediately refunded my money and offered to let me purchase the item again with free 1 day shipping.  I did so and from Acme Approved because I'm willing to allow a second chance.

Not long after placing the order I received an email from Acme Approved.  They apologized for the mistake and said they were refunding the price of the replacement item and sending it to me free of charge.

That, my friends, is how you make repeat customer!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

Just heard from a friend that at a fun show in NC an LEO managed to shoot himself and a bystander while fiddling with an attendees handgun.

Will link to a news article if/when I find one.


Story here.

Those injured are not identified in the story. May not be the cop who was shot in the hand.

Also, "it went off?" Barring a very unlikey mechanical failure what happened was some mouth breather depressed the trigger.

Update 2:

The last article I read said that it was a shotgun that discharged when the case was unzipped so it could be shown to a LEO.

Funny how these stories evolve.  I got my original info second hand from someone who was there. Then the linked info, and finally the latest from

Update 3:

Deputy duscharged the shotgun while attempting to unload it. Injured two.

Taurus looking to acquire Freedom Group.

So says The Firearm Blog.

That would be one hell of a feather in their cap. It also might allow them to get some of their other firearms made in the US, thus avoiding the idiotic sporting purposes import requirement.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Not happy with Amazon vendor "ACME APPROVED"

Back on the 12th I ordered this:  Triple Stacker Open Top M4 Mag Pouch.

Today, AFTER the shipment had been delayed, I received this:  Condor Tactical 3-Fold Mag Recovery Pouch

Since this was sold by a vendor I can't just return it for refund or replacement.  I had to contact Amazon Customer Service.  I hope they can do something to resolve this issue ASAP because I'm more that slightly annoyed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Obama's Executive Orders.

They don't actually do anything that I can see, and in a lot of ways mirror the NRA's call to action.

Obama punted to Congress. He's been seen to do something so he passed the buck.

I must say though, being surrounded by children in an adult situation? Fruedian slip on his part?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Robert's Picks


Covert Warriors by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

The Lotus Eaters by Tom Kratman (very good)

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold (good)


Savages (good)


Valhalla Rising

Monday, January 14, 2013

Murder in the city.

My the city, as Uncle is so found of saying.

Last week, about ten miles from my home, a man took a handgun and shot his wife.  Then he shot his daughter.  The daughter was able to take the gun away from him and then ran to a neighbor's home for help.

I was sitting at the Post Office when I noticed every police vehicle in town (including a couple of unmarked vehicles I was not aware they had) went rushing past.  I wondered at the time what the hell was going on but didn't get the details until later.

When police arrived they found that the man had stabbed himself, or was stabbing himself, multiple times with a knife in an attempt to suicide.  He resisted, but was arrested.

The next day his wife had died from her injuries, he was in critical condition, and the daughter in stable condition.

This was a horrible crime and the motivation is unclear.  Some have suggested a head injury from a recent accident, but I'm skeptical.  The details of his recent past raise some questions but I don't have enough data to speculate.  He was the pastor of one of the largest churches in the city, though he'd rarely been in attendance due to health reasons.  He was abruptly transferred a few months ago from another church with no explanation given (possibly to put him closer to the hospitals in Birmingham, but who knows?)

Now, the man used a gun.  When that gun was taken out of the equation he used a knife, proving that someone bent on mayhem will use whatever tool is available.

I'm going to try to keep up with the details of the case as he goes on trial for murder and attempted murder.  I'd like to know what, if anything, drove him to this.  

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Need 30 round AR mags?

Michael Z. Williamson provided a link on FB to a place you can find 30 round steel AR mags in stock.  The shipping estimate is three weeks but that's better than anything else I've seen.  If you're in need follow the link.  I ordered five (in addition to the back order I placed with Brownells for 10 of their aluminum mags and 3 Glock 17 round mags).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On The Range #81: Way of the Gun Intro to Performance Carbine

This past Sunday I attended my first rifle/carbine training course in Anniston, AL.  The course, titled Intro to Performance Carbine, was put on by Frank Proctor of Way of the Gun.

  My favorite kind of classroom.

As a result of the latest run on ammunition there were only five students in attendance.  This gave each of us a lot more one on one time with Frank as he led us through the day's training.

The course was in many respects a facsimile of the Intro to Performance Pistol course I took a few months back, though very much more tailored to the carbine.  All of the fundamentals of shooting were the same, as one might expect.  

Frank's philosophy is that whether shooting for competition or shooting to defend yourself the person who scores the most points fastest wins, therefore the focus of the course was on fast and accurate shooting.  Frank pushed us to operate our carbines as fast as we were able to make accurate hits.  

We worked a number of drills that were new to me.  I plan to incorporate a couple into my practice at home (including the reload drill I learned in the pistol course).  

One of the drills was the VTAC 1-5 Drill:

As I said before the small class size gave each of us a lot of one on one time with Frank.  I found this very helpful as he gave me some tips to improve my shooting with the carbine and pointed out some bad habits I'd picked up.

About to make some steel sing!

Probably the best shooter in the class is in the photo above.  His speed and accuracy were really amazing, especially since the rifle he was using was brand new and only zeroed that day.  He's a competitive pistol shooter and you could really see that skill cross over onto the carbine.  

At $180 I feel like I got my money's worth out of this course.  The instruction and atmosphere was great.  Frank is a really excellent shooter who wants to pass on what he's learned to others.  He has a very positive, approachable attitude and has no problem leaving his ego out of it.  As much as he's there to teach he's also willing to learn from others as well.  

We finished up the day doing some shooting at steel targets set up at 60, 100, and 140 yards (roughly).  I was able to hit the reduced size IPSC tagets at all distances, but struggled with smaller stuff past 100 yards.  Still, it was nice hitting anything even at that range.  

I took the opportunity to test a few pieces of gear I've picked up.  I have a Condor MA1 Tactical MOLLE Drop Leg Platform - OD Green
 set up to hold rifle mags that I used for a while.  I've used it before and while I like the idea I'm just not a fan of having things on my legs.  It's not comfortable and just feels like it's weighing me down.  I also used a BladeTech belt mount single mag holder.  I found this a MUCH better method for quickly retrieving a mag and much more comfortable.

My Lucid HD7 red dot held up fairly well.  Under 50 yards it's great, and it works at distance well.  The battery held up all day with no need to replace it.  I'm pretty impressed with the batter life.  The sight has an auto off after being on for two hours which works like a charm.  The only issue I had with it was one of my own making.  After almost six hundred rounds it had come loose from the rail.  I figure this was result of me not having it tight enough.  That's something I'll be sure to keep a check on.

My AR held up very well.  I had zero malfunctions related to the gun, and one related to a magazine.  The magazine issue was a result of overloading my PMag.  PMags will hold 31 rounds but they will usually not lock into the mag well with the bolt forward.  Other than this, no issues.

I'd recently started using Slipstream Weapon Lubricant
 on my AR.  My gun stayed slick all day even though I was shooting dirty Monarch brand steel case ammo.  I did a thorough cleaning, including bolt dis-assembly  and relubed with the Slipstream.  This stuff will be going on my Glock and 1911 for further testing.

I hope to get some more training from Frank Proctor in the future, and I recommend him to anyone who is looking to get some formal instruction without breaking the bank.  I feel like I learned quite a bit that will help my on the past to becoming a better shooter.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

How do you say it? FAL.

Fusil Automatique Léger.  Commonly referred to by it's abbreviation, FAL.  

I've always said the letters.  I've heard others call it a 'Fal.'  I'm curious, how do you say it, "F.A.L." or "Fal"?