Friday, November 30, 2007

The Religion of Peace?

From the Houston Chronicle:

By Mohamed Osman

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied today in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."
Holy Guacamole Batman.

On a positive note, the article mentions quite a few Muslim organizations denouncing the Sudanese government for blowing this all out of proportion.

January Carbine Release

From the Civilian Marksmanship Program:
Inspection & Repair and grading of M1 carbines is progressing faster than planned. In addition to the January 7, 2008 scheduled sale of carbines manufactured by Winchester, CMP will also accept mail orders for carbines manufactured by Quality Hardware and Rockola. For operational reasons, we have set a limit of one carbine per customer for each of these manufacturers until further notice. A small quantity of these carbines will be available at both CMP stores beginning January 9, 2008, while quantities last.
For more information, go to the M1 Carbine Sales Page.

Concealed Carry Permit Process in Delaware

Talk about jumping through hoops.

Rob over at Delaware Stuff has posted a brief history of his quest to obtain a permit.

So far he has spent $368.00 in fees, that is not including his firearm and concealment equipment. I guess the Second Amendment could be hard for poor folk in Delaware to afford.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stay Safe

The holiday thieving season is upon us, and the goblins seem to really be out in force this year. In North Texas, we have two crews working parking lots and stealing purses from lone women. One woman, a teacher, was beaten so bad she is still in serious condition, another was dragged and another just bruised. Several others have been robbed and a woman on a bicycle was robbed and beaten for her Ipod. We have had a nighttime robbery of a pawn shop, and a daytime takeover type robbery of a "Rent-a-Center". It is a mess out there.

This time of year it is very important to keep on top of things and to stay aware of your surroundings. Choose your parking space at the mall carefully. If you are a woman alone, don't even think about parking next to that SUV or van with the blacked out windows. Even better, try not to be a woman alone when you go shopping.

Syd of Front Sight, Press, posted a commentary by Jim Higginbotham that is deserving of a read.

1. Stay alert. If you are not “paranoid” you may not be paying attention.

2. Be armed at all times. Being “Armed” means knowing how to reflexively use your weapon also. As Jeff Cooper says: “You are no more armed because you have a pistol than you are a musician because you own a piano.”

3. As my esteemed colleague, Tom Givens points out, there are no “safe” places. Murderers and social predators travel freely.

4. Don’t stereotype. All young males are not thugs and all old frail men are not harmless (nor women for that matter).

5. Don’t give up!!!!!! Handguns are not the “hammer of Thor”. If you get shot, then do something to keep from getting shot again! Then worry about getting the bullet hole fixed.

6. Make sure your bullets will go through car doors if possible.

7. Learn to shoot on the move!
Just some more food for thought on staying safe.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gun Guy Challenge

Bill Miller is probably my most quoted reporter from the Star Telegram, he covers crime and does so without the usual hysterics of many reporters.

A Fort Worth pawn shop was broken into during an overnight burglary. The thieves stole several firearms, and Mr. Miller quoted the police in his headline.

It appears that he received a few comments about the "assault type rifle" comment. When you read the article, you will see that he did a pretty good job of reporting on this incident, and I think the comments were not really justified.

Well, to get to the point, Mr. Miller has posted the following on the Star Telegram Crime Time Blog:

In the world of Internet journalism, we have found that some terms or words have the potential to draw an avalanche of "clicks."

Pit bull tends to do that; so does Dallas Cowboys.

"Britney" is also big.

But what about Kalashnikov?

Well, the other name for the AK-47 rifle (shown with its namesake designer Mikhail Kalashnikov at right) may not cause as much wear and tear on the mouse as Ms. Spears.

Still, there's something about those two words; put them together in a headline and you can rattle the attention of gun aficionados everywhere.

It might happen today with the recent report of semiautomatic long arms stolen overnight from an east-side pawn shop.

But some of these readers are quick to note that the term "assault weapon" is frequently misused by the media.

It's clear that the gun guys (are there any gals among them?) know their subject.

They can launch into all kinds of discussions, about calibers, barrel lengths, military applications, personal defense ...

So, gun guys (and gals) here's your chance: give us your most lucid definition of assault weapon in the Crime Time comments section.

Together we can make a difference.
So go on, head over and give Bill a hand with defining assault weapon or rifle.

Bill Miller has a good writing style and, as I mentioned before, is not one of the antis posing as a reporter. Recently he reported on a security guard who shot two robbers with an SKS. In that report he referred to the SKS as a carbine, the proper terminology for that firearm.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pink Guns Make the News

From Lubbock Online:

By Henri Brickey

This ain't your grandpa's pistol.

It's little. It's pink. And stores are selling out of them.

Two months after opening its Lubbock store, Gander Mountain is having a hard time keeping the pink 9 mm Taurus pistol on the shelves.

"It has been really popular," said HT Crenshaw, who works at Gander Mountain's hunting and firearms department in Lubbock. "We don't even have any more in the store right now."

Don't worry. There are other pink pistols in stock. There's even a pink rifle. And a pink shotgun.

The Pink Tarus

Ashley Mathews stated:

"There are a lot of women who don't get into shooting sports because they don't want to be perceived as being unfeminine," Mathews said. "If it helps young women or girls eliminate their hesitation to get involved in shooting sports, then that's a wonderful thing."
Yes Ma'am, it is a wonderful thing.

More From the Anti's, Anti Hunters That Is

From the High Country News:

By Robert Rowley

It started over the long Labor Day weekend and went on from dawn to dusk -- the constant report of gunfire echoing against the Organ Mountains here in southern New Mexico. Another dove-hunting season had descended upon us, and all lovers of wildlife could do was wait for it to end while so-called hunters blasted into smithereens as many birds as their permits allowed --15 per day, 30 in possession at any one time. As I listened to the barrage of gunshots, I must admit I wondered about the mental stability of those shooters.
Mr. Rowley continues on to call for a complete ban on all dove hunting in New Mexico.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of hunting dove with my father and his friends. Dad give me my first gun when I was 7 years old. It was an over/under .22/.410. Jay Boone gave me a hunters safety course, and we hunted on Mr. Boone's river bottom land. Hunting with the men was a time of bonding and learning. Learning not just how to properly lead a dove, and the effective range of a .410, but also of responsibility. Policing your trash, properly handling the meat and burying the offal are just a beginning of the responsibilities taught to a young hunter by an ethical teacher. A young hunter quickly learns that actions have consequences, when they take the shot, the bird or animal is going to die. A good shot provides a quick death to the target. The young hunter learns that it is his responsibility to ensure he has a good shot before taking it, he learns patience.

Responsibility, patience and ethics are all attributes of a properly educated young hunter. These are qualities we should be striving to install in all of our youth. Hunting is one effective tool in building character, and dove hunting is an inexpensive and easy beginning for young hunters.

So Mr. Rowley, forget about your ban on dove hunting. Outside of the tradition of hunting enjoyed by many families, there are the economic factors to consider. For the local economy, dove hunting is a very large tourist industry bringing in the big bucks to the local communities. On the state level, license fees are a major portion of the moneys spent on habitat protection and reclamation. It is hunters that carry the largest financial load of wildlife conservation and without this money, where will you turn for funds? So give it a rest, maybe get some therapy to help you get over your "rabbit" incident, and leave the hunters alone.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Concealed Carry Application

Syd, from "Front Sight, Press", has it.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

The JR Seal of Approval

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I don't get anything for mentioning this, I just really like their product and how they do business.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Big Brother is Watching

When is enough, enough? At what point will we stand up and tell our civil servants and police departments that no, they can not keep track of our every movement, that free citizens should not be under 24 hour surveillance.

First we have the somewhat irritating stop light and speed cams. Technology that is supposedly to be used to improve traffic safety, but in reality is just a means of revenue generation that has absolutely no effect on safety.

Next we have video monitoring of our public areas. Dallas has the Central Business District Video Surveillance Project. Initially, this project consisted of 34 cameras located in the central business district of Dallas, near the West End. In March there were 40, and who knows how many there are now. The current goal is 150 cameras.

Both of these types of surveillance are well known and have been accepted in the communities where they are established. The minority of folks who speak out about them are ignored as even more money is poured into these projects.

Here is something that you may not know about, the Remington ELSAG Mobile Plate Hunter 900. Sounds like something out of Robo Cop.

Here are a few of the "Unique Capabilities" of the Mobile System:

  • License Plate Reading (LPR) system operates independently of officer on board (in the background) - enhancing officer safety by keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the scene.

  • Works at patrol and highway speeds - oncoming differential speeds of in excess of 120MPH and passing speeds in excess of 75MPH+ (truly mobile-to-mobile). LPR translates the read plate data into a digital image, checks versus an onboard hot list, and returns an alarm back to the operator in milliseconds for appropriate interdiction.

  • Cameras are able to read up to 4 lanes of traffic with a single vehicle. Efficient High Speed cameras allow officers to read 8-10,000 plates in just one shift with just a single vehicle mount.
  • Let that sink in for a second. One cruiser can scan, identify and document 8-10,000 vehicles per shift, across four lanes of traffic, at highway speeds. Would it bother you to know that this system is already deployed in 24 states and by the federal .gov?

    Here is a quote from Arizona DPS Director Roger Vanderpool:

    "Working with the MPH-900 is like fishing with dynamite…its tremendous."

    Now it seems that cameras on traffic lights, light poles and police cruisers are not enough. Big Brother needs even more tools in the surveillance box to keep track of us.

    Enter the unmanned aircraft.

    From Click2Houston:

    By Stephen Dean

    It seems HPD got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, playing with new toys.
    WALLER COUNTY, Texas -- Houston police started testing unmanned aircraft and the event was shrouded in secrecy, but it was captured on tape by Local 2 Investigates.

    Neighbors in rural Waller County said they thought a top-secret military venture was under way among the farmland and ranches, some 70 miles northwest of Houston. KPRC Local 2 Investigates had four hidden cameras aimed at a row of mysterious black trucks. Satellite dishes and a swirling radar added to the neighbors' suspense.

    Then, cameras were rolling as an unmanned aircraft was launched into the sky and operated by remote control.
    That's what we need, more "eyes in the sky" to keep track of us. The helicopters and aircraft that are currently owned by HPD must not be enough. The article goes into potential uses of the aircraft, and to HPD's reaction to being caught. One part of the story that should get more attention, is an outright lie told by HPD to Channel 2.
    Houston police contacted KPRC from the test site, claiming the entire airspace was restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Police even threatened action from the FAA if the Local 2 helicopter remained in the area. However, KPRC reported it had already checked with the FAA on numerous occasions and found no flight restrictions around the site, a point conceded by Montalvo.
    For more, go on and read the article.

    Remember, while out and about, smile you're on candid camera.

    H/T to The War on Guns for the drone article.

    Thoughts From a Hillary Supporter

    Found on Vote for Hillary:

    I was going to pull a couple of quotes from this drivel, but just could not bring myself to do so.

    H/T to Sondra for the link.

    I sincerely hope that the "Vote for Hillary" web site is a farce, but doubt it. It seems that the author of the site actually desires the .gov to orchestrate every facet of her life. What a shame.

    Saturday, November 24, 2007

    Thompson touts gun rights, blasts rivals

    From Yahoo News:

    By Jim Davenport

    LADSON, S.C. - White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down an aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show Saturday "a day in paradise," and criticized his leading Republican opponents for past positions on gun control and abortion.

    Talking to reporters after the gun show visit, Thompson singled out former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    Giuliani "never met a gun-control bill he didn't like until he started to run for president and now I understand he very much approves of the Supreme Court taking jurisdiction of this Washington, D.C., case which most Second Amendment advocates think will establish that the Second Amendment means what it says and grants individual rights to people to possess firearms," Thompson said. "So, ah, maybe he's changed his mind about that, but his record is clear otherwise."
    I do not know anyone who is buying Giuliani's "new" stand on gun control. His past actions speak much louder than his words ever can. Good on Fred for continuing to point that little fact out. I guess Rudy feels that if he keeps repeating something enough, we will start to believe him.
    A Giuliani campaign spokesman was quick to reply by e-mail to Thompson's criticism: "Mayor Giuliani is a strong supporter of the second amendment and believes our focus should be on making sure criminals are the ones who can't get guns. It's the same tough-on-crime approach Rudy took in bringing historic crime reductions to New York City, and we'll match that experience against Fred Thompson's record of chasing moonshiners any day of the week."
    Fred also had words for Mitt Romney and his "new" stand on abortion:
    "Until about two years ago, when he decided he was going to run for president, Governor Romney was the most adamant pro-choice advocate that I've ever seen," Thompson said. "You know, pull it up on the YouTube sometime of his debates and when he was running for governor and see the fervor with which he held his pro-choice beliefs. Now he's entitled to change his mind, but I don't think that he ought to be casting aspersions on anybody in terms of pro-choice — pro-life, pro-choice — issues," Thompson said.
    Mitt Romney, another "front runner" "Republican" taking his talking points straight from the talking heads. I would have a bit more respect for these guys if they would be honest with us. Romney is another East Coast Gun Grabber, one who actually signed an "Assault Weapon Ban" into law. Romney is a smart man, with a very large bank roll, and good advisers. He is going to do all that he can to help us forget his prior stands on abortion, gun rights, gay marriage, and the fact that he was the Governor of Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the Union.

    You know, the only thing that allows Giuliani and Romney look even half way conservative is the fact that we are comparing them to what the Democrats have to offer. During earlier elections, either one of these guys would have made decent Democrat candidates. Personally, I think Rudy made a mistake not running on the Dem ticket. I honestly believe that if Rudy had ran as a Dem, he would have this election pretty much sown up.

    My favorite candidate pretty much has no chance if things continue as they are. Duncan Hunter couldn't get press coverage if he single handedly wiped out a terrorist cell as they were about to destroy downtown San Diego. The press are just not interested in him.

    This leaves me with Fred Thompson, a strong supporter of individual and states rights. He is not interested in amending the Constitution, and I believe that he will not be raising our taxes. I am fairly positive he won't be signing any more bloated transportation or prescription drug plan bills, and he understands that there are millions of Muslims out to kill us. He has not lived his life planning and scheming to become president, and I honestly believe that he is running because he feels he must, not because he wants to. It has taken me awhile to make up my mind, but it is time.

    Fred Thompson is the candidate I am supporting for president.

    Rule Number 2

    Rule #2 - Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target.

    Granted, the firearm that Fred is holding has been verified empty and tie-wrapped by the gun show organizers, but a rule is a rule. Safe firearm handling needs to become a matter of habit. You can tell the shooters on a construction site, they are the ones who have their fingers along the frame of the battery drills.

    This image was taken this morning at a gun show in South Carolina. The article is here

    It Has Been Awhile...

    ... since I've posted an Oleg Volk image:

    H/T to Syd

    Thursday, November 22, 2007

    Live Blogging the Turkey

    1000 hours:

    41°F, 15 mph winds. The pit is not quite up to temperature yet, but it is time to but the bird on the rack.

    1130 hours:

    43°F, 14 mph winds. The first turn.

    Proper temperature control is important, but some folks go overboard.

    1240 hours:

    What is the worst possible weather change that could happen? Why sleet of course. 41°F, 13 mph winds, and light sleet.

    1300 hours:

    42°F, 14 mph winds (the wind is much less than the forecast stated) and the sleet has stopped.

    The second turn.

    When dinner was done, the live blogging took a back seat to the eating.

    The guest of honor:

    The spread:

    And the snow. It actually snowed during dinner, huge flakes. I did a poor job of capturing the image, but you can see the flakes.

    Last but not least, the Cowboys won.

    The model was a bit squirmy, but you get the idea of who her mommy was rooting for.

    I sincerely hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did. I am off, there is a pumpkin pie, a fresh pot of coffee and a bottle of White Port calling my name.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    A Busy Week

    It has been busy-busy at Casa JR.

    Worked a long day on Saturday, and prepared the yard for Winter on Sunday. Having to work late on Saturday put me a bit behind on all the little jobs I need to get done before dinner tomorrow.

    Speaking of dinner tomorrow, I'll be cooking the turkey in my pit. I was going to smoke it, but the weather report calls for 25mph+ winds and cold all day. Hard to maintain 200°F in those conditions, so I am going to roast it. That is the nice thing about the pit, smoking or roasting is determined by the amount of coals and changing from one to the other is easy.

    For the wine, I am offering a veritable smorgasbord. We will start with a
    Beaujolais Nouveau, just because. With dinner I have a Pinot Noir, an Old Vine Zinfandel, and a White Meritage style wine. For dessert, I have not yet decided on a White Port or an Ice Wine. I take care of the turkey and the wine, V and eldest daughter take care of everything else. It seems to work out well.

    We are also having a guest from Japan at dinner this year. The company I work for is Japanese owned, and the owner sent a senior executive over from Japan to "help" us become more profitable. He is the senior manager at the facility. I was pleasantly surprised when he accepted my invitation to dinner, and have been scouring the internet to learn about Japanese dining etiquette to help make him comfortable in Casa JR. Between that, and chores, and trying to keep up on DC v Heller, my blogging has slipped at bit. My apologies.

    Hopefully I will get our guest out to the gun show this weekend, followed up with a range trip or three. Now that will be quite the new shooter report.

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Rule Number Four

    While looking through news articles on the FBI's Bullet Lead Analysis problem, and the possibility that quite a few goblins are going to get a free pass due to some faulty statistics by the FBI, I found a surprising number of articles that involved "stray bullets".


    HUDSON, Fla. -- A stray bullet penetrated a Hudson mobile home and wounded an 11-year-old girl over the weekend, according to police...

    ...Authorities said a group of adults was shooting at chickens about 40 yards away from the girl's mobile home when a bullet entered the mobile home and hit her.
    From WBAY-TV:

    On Saturday, an Oshkosh teenager came dangerously close to being hit by a hunter's stray bullet. The incident happened on a public hunting ground near Shiocton; the difference between life and death was less than a foot...

    ...Jay blink says Saturday morning he was out hunting with his father and uncle when he decided to go back to the car.

    Jay says he was sitting in the front seat of the car playing a game on his cell phone when he heard a frightening sound.

    "Next thing I know, I hear a bang and the window had gone," he said.

    Blink says he immediately jumped out of the car and saw a deer crossing a nearby road, but the person who fired the shot was nowhere to be found.

    "I was confused on why the person shot across the road. I was scared," he said.

    Blink says after he came to his senses, he realized just how close he came to being the target of the bullet. It was so close he has the scar to show for it.

    "I had put my arm up to pull back down the sleeve and that's when the pop and everything happened," he said.

    The bullet had apparently grazed his arm while it was in the air.
    From The Monroe Times:

    MONROE -- No one was injured when a bullet believed to be fired by a hunter crashed through a window and lodged in a wall around 10:15 a.m. Sunday at a residence at W8022 Smock Valley Road.

    The homeowner was home at the time of the incident.
    From The Daily Post:

    A POLICE marksman put a bullet through an office window while trying to shoot an escaped bull.

    North Wales police are investigating how the stray bullet smashed through an upstairs office window of AGS Securities in Mold, while staff were in a meeting next door.
    These are not articles involving gang bangers or shoot outs, each of these incidents involves an aimed shot by an individual who was sure of his target.

    Rule #4 -Be sure of your target and what is behind it - Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict. Never shoot at sounds or at a target you can not positively identify.

    "...and what is behind it". This is very important, as you can see from these recent news articles. There are so many resources available to hunters today, that not knowing the lay of the land and the location of nearby housing developments is inexcusable. You will spend time sighting in your scope, washing your cammies in your "special" soap, and learning all you can about your hunt. Spend a few moments on Google Earth, and ask locals about fields of fire and residences.

    Each and every one of these incidences involved an individual who took the shot, confident of a hit. Each shot missed and put others in danger.

    This is why Rule #4 is just as important as the other three.

    Sunday, November 18, 2007

    A Shot At The 2nd Amendment

    Investors Business Daily weighs in on District of Columbia v. Heller.

    Bill Of Rights: What does "the right to keep and bear arms" really mean? If the Supreme Court reviews the overturning of the draconian gun-control law in effect in the District of Columbia, we may finally have an answer...

    ...Governments have powers. It is individuals who have rights. The Bill of Rights was an enumeration of those individual rights to be protected from the intrusion of an oppressive government, whether it be freedom of speech, freedom of religion or the right to bear arms.

    Based on its track record thus far, we feel — and hope — the Roberts court will agree and settle the matter once and for all.
    The first paragraph of this editorial is poorly written. We know and understand what "the right to keep an bear arms" really means. The answer we are hoping to get from SCOTUS should go a long way towards limiting the .gov's infringement upon that right.

    Go and read the whole thing. It is interesting to see an investment daily taking an official pro 2A stand in it's editorial pages.

    A Quick Reminder

    Tomorrow is National Ammo Day.

    Everyone who shoots needs ammo, so even if you bought a months supply last week, go ahead and pick up another 100 rounds tomorrow. It's not like you won't use it.

    Friday, November 16, 2007

    The Beaujolais Nouveau is Here!

    It's like a taste of Spring just before Winter starts taking hold.

    Being Neighborly, Texas Style.

    Yesterday afternoon, a man in his 70's from Pasadena TX shot and killed two burglars as they were leaving a neighbors house.

    From the Houston Chronicle:

    By Ruth Rendon

    A Pasadena homeowner this afternoon fatally shot two men he believed were burglarizing his neighbor's house, police said.

    About 2 p.m., the homeowner in the Village Grove East subdivision heard noises he thought sounded like broken glass, said Capt. A.H. "Bud" Corbett, with the Pasadena Police Department. The man determined the noise was coming from next door...

    ...The man then called police to inform them he thought his neighbor's house was being burglarized.

    The man then saw two men coming through a gate in the backyard of the neighbor's house.

    "He confronted them with a shotgun," Corbett said, and asked them to stop. They did not and he fired two shots, striking each man once, Corbett said.

    One man was found dead about two houses from where the reported burglary occurred. The other was found dead across the street, Corbett said.

    Police are interviewing the homeowner.
    This incident occurred yesterday. Thanks to a reader, Kevin, we can listen in to the actual 911 call. Kevin pointed me to a report on KHOU 11 that includes the call in it's entirety. Listen closely and you can hear the 911 operators comments to the police dispatcher during the pauses. Also, the page auto reloads about half way through the call. Just restart the video and drag the pointer to the appropriate spot.

    Mr. Horn is going before the Grand Jury in Houston, I'm putting the odds at about 50/50 that he will be no billed.

    Sure would be nice if these reporters would report on the more vital aspects of stories like this, you know, details such as make and model of the shotgun, ammo used, distance to the goblin, stuff like that.

    Evening at the Range

    Last night's IDPA match (put on by Cross Timbers IDPA) was a low light match. The first two stages were shot in the dark using flashlights. The second two stages were shot in low light with flashlights optional.

    It has been quite awhile since I shot a firearm in the dark, probably since I was a teenager. I was looking forward shooting this match, and seeing how effective I am in the dark. I have a cheapie "tactical" light that I bought on sale at Bass Pro Shops for $19.00. It is brighter than a 2AA cell mini mag light, but not as bright as some of the high dollar lights at the match.

    You are probably wondering how my Kimber ran. I think that last night's match was somewhere around a 60 round match, and I had zero failure to feed problems. Zero. I did end up with one failure though, just not the ftf that I have been having. The second course of fire consisted of shooting six rounds at the first target with a downloaded magazine from behind cover. Reload from slide lock, shoot six more rounds at target #2 then one round at a popper, also from behind cover. This stage included the use of a flashlight, and the reload had to be completed in the dark (with the flashlight off). First six rounds, no problem. Fumble around a bit getting my light turned off, reload and release slide. Chit, slide does not return to battery. Tap-rack... slide still not in battery. Drop magazine, pull slide to the rear, shake gun, listen to rounds hit the floor. Release slide, insert mag #3, chamber a round, hear empty casing hit the floor, and finish up the course of fire. On a positive note, I did nail the popper with my one shot. The malfunction got cleared on autopilot, I am happy with my reaction to the failure, but the failure itself irks me. I think that the empty casing from the last round on target #1 was not ejected and remained in the chamber. This was the second failure to eject in three outings. Both failures occurred with the last round of the magazine. With both failures the slide was locked back and the case remained in the chamber.

    I am getting lots of work on my malfunction drills.

    Lessons learned about night shooting:

    1. Dry fire and daytime training help, but are no substitute. Turn your flashlight on behind cover, and you are pretty much blinded. I need to do my dry fire practice in the dark, from behind cover and moving. One grip does not work for all situations.

    2. Shining a bright flashlight through smoke is kind of like turning your brights on in the fog, another reason why position of the flashlight is so important.

    3. Muzzle flash was not as distracting as expected. Even during the last course of fire when I used the HST +P's just to see how much flash they put out, I could easily get back on target. Using the 230 grain +P's did get everyone's attention though.

    My performance at this match was significantly better than last time. I received no procedural penalties, and except for the failure, was happy with the evening.

    Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, Fits Has a Couple Questions For You

    One of the main reasons I enjoy reading "Shooting the Messenger" is Fits's take no prisoners, tell it like it is, no BS commentary on pretty much anything that strikes his fancy.

    In "Cops in Philadelphia Targets of Gunmen", Fits takes it to Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson for his failure to live in the same reality as the rest of us.

    Thursday, November 15, 2007

    Deny Sullivan's Confirmation

    David Codrea of "The War on Guns, and Ryan Horsley of "Red's Trading Post" have pointed out several good reasons to oppose Michael J. Sullivan's confirmation as head of the ATF.

    David recommends that we Sink Sullivan Now .

    And Ryan points out that it is - URGENT: Contact Senators to Deny Sullivan's Confirmation.

    It is very important that we do what we can to express our displeasure at this nomination. Michael Sullivan is a virulent gun grabber who would do his best to force Massachusetts style firearms laws upon the rest of us. Read what David and Ryan have to say, follow the links they provide that prove what type of man Sullivan really is, and if you he would be a disaster as permanent head of the ATF, then voice your opinion to your Senators.

    Update: 45Superman of "Armed and Safe" joins in with Help put the brakes on Sullivan confirmation.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    I don’t carry a gun…

    Syd, of "Front Sight, Press", has penned a few observations on being armed in I don’t carry a gun…

    It is worth the read.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    Jesse Jackson, Where Are You?

    Jesse Jackson, the defender of the downtrodden and the Black Knight in the fight against guns sure seems to spend a lot of time protesting law abiding and legal gun shops. He and his pal Pfleger even went so far at to get arrested for protesting outside of Chuck’s Gun Shop in south suburban Riverdale Illinois. He will do anything to get those evil guns off of the streets.

    Well... I guess almost anything.

    It seems a rapper with the stage name T.I. was arrested for the attempted illegal purchase of three machine guns, two silencers and a pistol. I really do not know who the heck T.I. is, but he must be pretty big in the rap music business. He is out on $3,000,000 bail, and under house arrest until the trial. For the full story you can go to E Online and read the article "T.I. Raps on Gun Rap" by Josh Grossberg

    So Jesse, where the heck are you? Why are you not outside this rappers house with your Rainbow Coalition protesting him and his illegal attempt to purchase machine guns? What do you think he was going to do with these guns? He owns a domain called, don't you think that to have cred on the street, you have to prove that you will use the firepower that you have? Who do you think he was going to shoot, white suburban housewives? I don't think so.

    What little rap music I have actually listened to (I did used to have teenage daughters you know) demeaned women and promoted violence against both cops and blacks. So Jesse, what does protesting gun dealers and manufacturers accomplish? Why do you not speak out against the rappers that actually promote violence in the "hood"?

    Oh, you are correct. The gun dealers and manufactures may call the police on you, but they won't put a bullet in you. Can't say that for the rappers.

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    Bowling Against Bullets

    I kid you not
    The clip art above is from a promo flier for Bowling Against Bullets (.pdf), an anti-bullet event being held at Lucky Strike Lanes on Nov. 30.
    A bowling alley is one of the last places I would have thought to support an event such as this. If you click on the link in the quote, you will find that Red Bull and Cadillac are also supporting this anti gun (well, bullet) event.

    The only event that I would support that combines bullets and bowling pins is one like this:

    My ammo stores have gotten a bit low, maybe I should have a fundraiser. Nah, fundraisers are too much work, blegging for bullets may be more like it.

    Speaking of bullets, don't forget that National Ammo Day is just around the corner.

    Bowling against bullets....pffffttttttt

    Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Veteran's Day

    Thank You!

    It is a special person who will take up arms to support their country and protect their way of life. Thank you, all of you, who have stepped up, taken that oath, and done your part for us.

    This Submarine Sailor appreciates you, what you have done, and what you continue to do.

    Eternal Father, Strong to Save

    Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    O Lord of hosts, to you we turn
    To give us grace we cannot earn.
    Our soldiers guard our way of life;
    Be with them all in times of strife.
    Let courage flow from your command;
    We pray for those who fight on land.

    Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
    To all Marines, both night and day,
    The courage, honor, strength, and skill
    Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
    Be thou the shield forevermore
    From every peril to the Corps

    Lord, guard and guide all those who fly
    Through the great spaces in the sky.
    Be with them always in the air,
    In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
    Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
    For those in peril in the air!

    Almighty God, whose arm is strong,
    protect us e'er from doing wrong.
    We pray to always do what’s right,
    for justice only be our fight.
    Let peace now reign across our land,
    brought to us by your gracious hand.

    Hymn and image found on Winds of Change.

    Afternoon at the Theatre

    We did not make it out to the range today, V had something different in mind.

    One of my favorite Broadway shows is Man of La Mancha. V knows it is a favorite of mine as I pretty much know the words to all the songs by heart, and am often singing one or another of them as I work around the house. Don Quixote de la Mancha is... well for lack of a better word, a role model of mine.

    Well guess what, it is playing at Bass Hall. Casa Mañana is producing a series of shows, Broadway at the Bass, and Man of La Mancha is one of them. V had gotten us tickets for today's matinee, in the orchestra section, seven rows from the stage.

    The show was outstanding. The cast and crew did a great job on this performance, and we had a wonderful afternoon.

    Bass Hall and Casa Mañana are Fort Worth treasures to be cherished.

    Owner's Manual Silliness

    I was looking around for an owners manual for a .22 revolver when I found this:

  • Place a gun lock on your firearm when storing it.

  • Never place a gun lock on a loaded firearm.

  • Locking your firearm might result in your death due to slow
  • The firearm manufacturers have a heck of a time trying to write an owners manual in such a way as to minimize their liability. I do not envy them much, but that right there is just plain silly.
    I don't want to die, so I found a better use for a gun lock. One that may even slow the goblins a bit instead of me.

    What is your best use of a gun lock?

    An Interesting Read

    Any judgement that begins with

    This is a quirky case involving a criminal forfeiture. It presents the government’s understandable desire to disrupt the use of guns and drugs and the equally understandable desire of a strong-willed, elderly woman to preserve the legitimate legacy of her deceased, but much loved husband.
    is bound to be an interesting read.

    The United States of America vs Ricky and Wanda McCollum does not disappoint.

    Saturday, November 10, 2007

    News from The Sight M1911, Volume 270

    Syd, of "Front Sight, Press", is back in action in a big way.

    News from The Sight M1911, Volume 270 is a good place to start, a necessary resource for all of us "People of the Gun".

    A Nice Surprise

    Earlier this week Xavier posted this Youtube video of an outstanding shot using iron sights.

    That type of shooting is similar to what we do in our long range .22 silhouette matches. We knock down steel rams at 200 meters using single shoot .22 rifles and iron sights.

    Did you notice the cross sticks that the shooter was using in this video? My birthday was yesterday, and V (with a little help from friends) made a set of cross sticks for my present.

    That was a very nice surprise.

    Another Sweepstakes for a Good Cause

    Last year I mentioned a sweepstakes for a good cause. It was a pistol raffle put on by Louder Than Words that benefited The Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That raffle raised $16,000 for this worthy cause.

    Well, it is time to do it again.

    About Isabella

    Donate $10.00 and you could win this custom gun, knife and holster package worth $10,000.

    More Photos Here

    Louder Than Words has donated the custom prize package. LTW is a collaboration of some of the country's finest craftsmen in custom guns, knives, and holsters, who donate their work to charity.

    Once again, All proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Click to Enter

    This is LTW project #5. To learn more about the history of this project, and what all has gone into the fine firearm, click here.

    Friday, November 09, 2007

    All the Cool Kids are Doing It

    cash advance

    I like Alan's better

    A Call For Self-Reliance

    Civis Proeliator of Oscar Poppa has reprinted a favorite Jeff Cooper essay, Cooper VS. Terrorism, from 1975. Jeff Cooper says what I have been attempting to say, so much better than I.
    Your best protector is you!

    Still we hear, over and over again, that we should not be armed, that we should not resist, that we should rely on the police for our personal safety—that our best answer to violence is to give up. Such drivel demands a stronger stomach than mine.

    One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that “violence begets violence.” I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure—and in some cases I have—that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.

    Your best protector is you! The obvious way to eradicate crime is to eradicate criminals, but neither the lawgivers nor the constabulary seem inclined to do this. The man who elects to prey upon society deserves no consideration from society. If he survives his act of violence, he rates a fair trial—but only to be sure that there has been no mistake about his identity. If he is killed in the act, there can be little doubt about whose act it was.
    Head on over and read the whole essay, it is even more applicable today than it was in 1975.

    So How Are These Victim Disarmament Zones Working Out?


    RICHMOND, Calif. -- Officers from five police agencies searched Thursday for a gunman who shot a Contra Costa College student police cadet three times at close range...

    ...The victim was a student and campus police cadet. He was not a sworn officer and was not armed, but he was wearing a uniform, Gagan said.

    Richmond police Detective Sgt. Mitch Peixoto said the victim had been driving a campus police golf cart when he came upon a man involved in a car theft. When the cadet pulled up alongside the man, police said the gunman shot him three times at close range.
    Take one enthusiastic kid; give him a uniform, a golf cart and a pep talk before sending him out into the dark to face the goblins alone. He did not stand a chance. Do I think college police cadets should be carrying a sidearm? If they are going to be on patrol alone, attempting to stop thieves and other goblins, then yes they should be allowed a sidearm. To tell you the truth though, I really do not think a cadet should be on patrol alone in the first place.

    The Contra Costa Times seems to have a more in depth report on this incident:
    The uniformed aide saw a man shortly before 1 p.m. who resembled someone sought in connection with a stolen car recovered earlier by the Contra Costa Community College District police, police said.

    As the suspicious man ran, the 19-year-old aide radioed for a district police officer. The aide, driving a motorized cart, chased the man off the San Pablo campus's northern border on to Shane Drive, where his quarry turned and fired several rounds from a handgun.

    "As the aide approached the individual, the individual shot him at point-blank range," Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said. "Then he fled into the neighborhood."
    This report also details the police response:
    Meanwhile, about 50 police officers from five local agencies, including a SWAT team, three police dog handlers and several helicopters, combed through Richmond's Hilltop/Fairmede neighborhood looking for the shooter.
    And that of students:
    "This is pretty intense," said student Mary Gonzalez, glancing uneasily at a helicopter hovering above campus. "I heard that whoever was shot was hurt, and some guy with a gun could be running around here."

    She wondered out loud if the gunman was hiding among a pack of students walking down the hill.
    The student and faculty of the college and of a nearby elementary school were told to "shelter in place".

    This is the perfect example of why 'gun free school zones' is such a bad idea. A goblin is on the loose, and all we can tell our kids is "shelter in place"? Yes there was a large police response, but if that goblin was amongst the college students, I would hope that the students would be allowed the means to protect themselves. To force them, at the point of a gun, to be disarmed is immoral and unjust.

    Thanks to Tony3dogs for the heads up on this story.

    Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Evening at The Range

    Well, it is official. I am a new guy at IDPA. This was my third defensive pistol match, the first indoors. There were pretty close to 30 shooters, and it was fun. I really need to work on getting my head into what is going on if I want to do better at these matches. Tonight I failed the "follows instructions when told" test. One of the stages included three strings. The first string was to shoot two targets, three shots each over cover. The magazine was downloaded to 6 rounds so you had to reload at slide lock then move to a taller cover. Shoot two targets, three rounds each from cover, then perform a tactical reload. Up to this point I am doing okay, perform my tactical reload (a reload with the slide forward and a round still in the chamber) and move to cover #3. This string was set up to shoot over cover, strong hand only, three rounds each at two targets and not shoot the no-shoot target. Not quite the way I shot it. I used both hands for the first shot, magazine fell loose, but not out. Secured magazine, chambered a round, fired two shots then had a failure to feed. The slide just had not returned all the way to battery. Fixed problem from behind cover then fired my final three rounds to finish the stage. Those last three rounds were a triple tap to beat all triple taps. I did good, all on target, even received comments on my speed. Only problem is that they were on the wrong target. That one stage pretty much blew the whole match for me score wise.

    So, as you can see, the Kimber is not yet 100%, and I am not much good at IDPA (yet). It was a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and I am going to improve. As for the Kimber, I have an idea or two to try out before sending it off to Arizona.

    One more thing:

    Last night I wore one of my Hawaiian print silk shirts to the match. This is a usual cover for going shopping or out to the mall. Clearing the firearm was not a problem, I had practiced that enough to keep from getting fouled in the shirt. Clearing the reload magazine on the other hand... I do not usually carry spare magazines, so have not practiced from one of these shirts. It is quite the lonely feeling, standing there at slide lock, empty magazine on the floor, and full magazine tangled up in your shirt tail. Something else I have learned that I need to work on.

    Woman awarded $3 million in Galleria civil suit

    I am not posting this to discuss the tort system, or the amount of money that can be awarded in damages in a civil lawsuit. I am posting this to illustrate the need to be aware of your surroundings and take at least some responsibility for your safety.

    First the story.

    From the Houston Chronicle:

    By Dale Lezon

    A Harris County jury Thursday awarded a woman abducted at the Galleria and sexually assaulted more than $3 million in her civil suit against the luxury shopping center's owner and the firm that provides its security.

    "No amount of money will bring back her sense of security, but she hopes this will prevent other attacks from happening again," said David Matthews, the woman's attorney, "It's a wake-up call to the Galleria that you need to enhance your security. When you know there's a pattern of crime in the parking garages you must warn employees and customers."

    The victim, a hairstylist at the mall who was 19 at the time of the attack, sued the Galleria's parent company, HG Shopping Center, L.P, and its security provider, IPC International Corp., after she was abducted in one of the shopping center's parking garages and sexually assaulted in August 2003...

    ...The suit stated that the shopping center and the security company did not warn employees that a predator had attacked other women in the mall's parking garages that summer.
    I agree that the mall and it's security provider were more than negligent in not informing employees and customers that a serial predator was using the Galleria parking lots as a hunting ground. I also hope that security is improved because of this lawsuit, better security in our malls is a good thing. What I do not agree with is that "this will prevent other attacks from happening again". Depending upon others to prevent attacks from happening to you is a false hope, and could cost you dearly.

    These attacks were at the Galleria, an upscale mall. Not some strip mall on the edge of welfare town. Security is already quite good compared to other malls, can't have the rich getting robbed in the parking lots and all that. Yet still this goblin was successful in his hunt on more than one occasion.

    I guess the moral of this story is that even in the nicest, most upscale places, bad things can happen. It is getting close to the holiday season, the season when our family and loved ones head out to the malls. It is also the time of year when goblins are at their worst. Keep alert and do your best to not become a victim, and if a goblin decides that your best is not good enough, stop him dead.

    Analysis of a Mugging

    Xavier has posted his Analysis of a Mugging. It contains some good food for thought. When you look at the images of the mugging in progress, you see how well prepared the muggers are, and how ill prepared the victim and witnesses are.

    Working on the Kimber

    The last couple of times I went out to the range, I had issues with my sidearm. During a Defensive Pistol Match I encountered a failure to feed, and then a failure to extract during practice. Two failures out of 300 rounds may not sound like much, but that is unacceptable for a pistol that I carry every day. It is also a deviation from the normal reliability that I have become accustomed to with this pistol.

    Last night I think I may have found the problem. The lower edge of the barrel's feed ramp does not exactly match up with the upper edge of the feed ramp cut into the frame. A small burr had formed along the top of the frame's feed ramp. I used a buffing pad to take the burr off, and then polished the feed ramp with a bit of 30 micron diamond lapping compound on a Q Tip.

    There is an IDPA match this evening at the Winchester Gallery, I figure that is as good a time as any to shake it out and see if I have fixed the problem.

    If not, I'll be sending the Kimber off to Don Williams to get his Basic Street Package done.

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    An Interesting Question

    In his Sunday Commentary, Ken Taylor of The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth has asked an interesting question. Is a woman president constitutional?

    I am fairly certain that Ken's argument may be spot on, but will not hold water in a modern court. It does make for an interesting read though.

    National Report ATF Abuse Day is Tomorrow!!

    Ryan Horsley of Reds Trading Post fame is asking that we contact the US Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and our legislators to express our concern over the abuses against legitimate firearms dealers by the ATF.

    Since 1994, 80% of all firearms dealers have been forced out of business. That means that close to 200,000 small businesses are out of business. A percentage of this number are folks who could not compete with the internet and the big box stores, but a majority of these folks were legitimate business people, forced out of business by the ATF.

    This practice has to stop.

    Please take a moment out of your busy day tomorrow to send a couple notes expressing your concern over the ATF's agenda of shutting down the firearms industry, the continued waste of tax money, or their development of a gun registration system.

    Update: For more information, or ideas on what to mention in your correspondence, head on over to Red's.

    Speech by President Sarkozy Before Congress

    It is a shame that the President of France understands what makes The United States of America great better than most of our legislators.

    From The New York Sun:

    A small portion of the speech given by President Sarkozy to the United States Congress.

    From the very beginning, the American dream meant putting into practice the dreams of the Old World.

    From the very beginning, the American dream meant proving to all mankind that freedom, justice, human rights and democracy were no utopia but were rather the most realistic policy there is and the most likely to improve the fate of each and every person.

    America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who—with their hands, their intelligence and their heart—built the greatest nation in the world: "Come, and everything will be given to you." She said: "Come, and the only limits to what you'll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent." America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance.

    Here, both the humblest and most illustrious citizens alike know that nothing is owed to them and that everything has to be earned. That's what constitutes the moral value of America. America did not teach men the idea of freedom; she taught them how to practice it. And she fought for this freedom whenever she felt it to be threatened somewhere in the world. It was by watching America grow that men and women understood that freedom was possible.

    What made America great was her ability to transform her own dream into hope for all mankind.
    You really should head on over and read the whole thing. It is one of the better speeches in recent history.

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    The Pistol is Done

    The last time I mentioned the latest Louder Than Words fundraiser, the pistol was not yet 100%.

    That is no longer the case.

    LTW #4 (4TC1s) has arrived! And it is one handsome firearm.

    You know what is pretty cool? A chance at owning this fine pistol, and the excellent package that comes with it, goes for only $10.00. That's right, for just $10.00 you have the opportunity to own a pistol that has been built by some of the very best in the industry. Stan Chen, Chuck Rogers, Don Williams, Ned Christiansen, and the shop of Yost-Bonitz Custom are just a few of the folks who have worked on this project.

    What do you get with this package? Heck, the list would be shorter to mention what you do not get. The package includes leather, spare parts, extra magazines finished to match the pistol, ammo, more ammo, a knife by Chris Reeve, some more leather, training, optics and one hell of a fine pistol.

    For the history of this project, go here. For more images of the finished pistol, go here.

    To purchase a ticket, or find out more about the raffle and the beneficiaries, click on the picture:

    Click Here to Enter

    A great firearm package, for a good cause. What are you waiting for?

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Why We Practice

    Many times in past posts I have mentioned that as firearm owners, we are responsible for the safe and efficient handling of our firearms. I may have to change that statement from now on to read "safe and effective".

    Do you own a firearm for the defense of yourself and/or your family? Do you keep this firearm in your home, on your belt, in your car or under the counter at your job?

    If you do, then take the next logical step and practice with your firearm. Draw it and shoot it, or pick it up off of a table and shoot it, or pull it out of your glove box and shoot it. Become proficient in the safe and effective handling of your firearm.

    A firearm is not a talisman, it will not ward against evil or drive away goblins all on it's own.

    A recent example from The Dallas Morning News:

    By Tanya Eiserer

    Victim's weapon failed

    A White Rock-area convenience store clerk who was slain during an apparent robbery last Saturday night was also armed with a gun, police said Friday.

    Police now believe that the slain clerk, Abate Z. Hailu, 43, saw that the two men were armed as they came into the Fina Food Mart on Garland Road shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

    The clerk pointed the gun at them, said Lt. Craig Miller, a homicide supervisor.

    "There was a malfunction with the weapon, and obviously Mr. Hailu was not able to use the weapon" because the safety was still on, Lt. Miller said.

    The two robbery suspects then fired their weapons at Mr. Hailu, who died at the scene...
    Show of hands, who agrees with the report that "The victims weapon failed", or that "There was a malfunction with the weapon"?

    No one? Good. The firearm did not fail, the store clerk failed. The clerk did not know how to effectively use his firearm, and it cost him his life. This also leads into the choice of firearm. A double action revolver or pistol with no manual safety would have served this individual better in this instance. But that would still not make up for a lack of basic familiarity with the firearm.

    If you have made the decision to provide for your own safety, good on you. Now take the next step and become proficient with your firearm.

    Roses are Red...

    Found on The Packing Rat

    Roses are red.
    Violets are blue.
    Petals so soft.
    Bullets blast through.

    H/T to Breda

    Sunday, November 04, 2007

    Day at the Range

    Today was "Shooting the Postal Match" day at the range. USCitizen of Traction Control is hosting this months postal match. What better way to shoot a match, than to shoot it with the host?

    It is a beautiful day for shooting. Sunny and cool with a slight breeze. This time we went to the range that USCitizen has a membership, and it is quite nice. Not a range with a set firing line and back stops, just a nice spot on the river to shoot with a gate. Each member has a key to the lock on the gate. To shoot the postal match I brought the Kimber, and I brought my Grandpa's Model 94 and the AR for shooting fun.

    Grandpa's Model 94 was the only firearm that did not fail me today.

    While shooting the second target for the postal match, the Kimber had a failure to extract. Bloody gun just left the empty case in the chamber. This gun has not failed in forever, now twice in two outings I have a failure. I don't know. The extractor is still nice and sharp, no visible wear. The gun is only about 1/6th of the way through what I thought was it's normal life cycle.

    After the Kimber failed me, I found that my Ruger Mk 1 does not like Remington Golden Bullet ammo. Failures to feed almost every round. Good thing I carry several types of .22 in the 'ol range bag. The Ruger liked the CCI Mini Mags and ran them flawlessly. Shot branches of dead trees in the river. If I missed, I got a splash.

    Shot the '94 at targets in the river. Made a tennis ball bounce, chopped off a branch at water level, and just had a good time shooting the gun that my Grandfather carried on the range or in the truck for quite awhile.

    Started bouncing tennis balls out of the water with the AR. Between doing other things, I shot two magazines through the AR. Making a tennis ball jump is a lot of fun. During the first magazine that USCitizen put through the AR, it jambed. No, jamb is not quite the right word, it seized up. While extracting a round, it seized with the bolt mid stroke. That bolt would not budge. Could not even separate the receivers because I could not drift out the pins. The pins usually pop out pretty easily. So the AR was done for the day.

    Three out of four firearms gave me trouble. As you can imagine, I am not a happy camper about that particular issue.

    But, it was still a good day of shooting. This range is in a native pecan tree grove along a river. A guy to the right of us was shooting a 9mm automatic short rifle. I did not get a close enough look to determine what it was. Past him was a group with a .50 BMG and off to our left was a full auto AK. As we were leaving, a couple of guys with their children had started setting up for an afternoon of fun with guns. On top of all that, USCitizen brought along his Desert Eagle in .50 AE. Now that was fun to shoot. Throwing 1/2" chunks of metal down range is downright enjoyable. The recoil was manageable, but I did not attempt any double taps. The Desert Eagle was one of the firearms on my list of "firearms I want to shoot", and I appreciate the opportunity to do so today.

    As for the AR, I was able to break it down and get it apart when I got home to my tools. It turns out that a blown primer had got itself stuck between the bolt and the receiver, jambing the bolt in place. The ammo I was using was the Adcom M855 that I like so much.

    One last thing, before heading out to the range, I put a pot of chili on, it's just about done.

    A day of shooting followed by eating chili with friends and an evening with my beautiful V. I am one lucky man.

    Saturday, November 03, 2007

    Annual gun drive

    Robb is... well you just have to go over and check it out yourself.

    Friday, November 02, 2007

    Give Them What They Want..... Not on Your Life

    You see it on a regular basis, some police officer on TV, or commentary in the news paper informing us that the best way to stay safe during an "encounter" with a violent goblin is to "just give them what they want." Any long term reader of this blog knows how I feel about that particular bit of advice.

    I am in good company.

    Fits Comments on this very subject in his post commenting on a recent news article:

    Where does one even begin to dispute such irrational nonsense...

    But of course if attacked I will "take the law into my own hands." The Founders identified that as an inalienable right, and I have far more expertise and practice in defending myself than any law enforcement officer alive. To date, you see, none have ever defended me, while I on the other hand, have, so this designates ME as the qualified expert and not they.

    So do we all. Each and every manjack. Our very own first and last line of defense.

    But of course the police say otherwise. In SPITE of evidence to the contrary. Why?

    Can't go letting joe blow think that he can do the same job as the hired help.

    Then again, you COULD just take their advice and surrender.

    Be good enough to tell us in advance where to send the flowers.
    Marko has penned an excellent essay that puts to rest the myth that capitulating to goblins ensures your safety.

    I'll just grab a quick excerpt:

    There are people in this world to whom you're not a human being. They don't want to be respected by you. They don't care about you--they're not even really aware of you. They only care about the food you represent, the money that's in your pocket. You're not a person to them, but an obstacle. You're just in the way of the reward, like a wrapper around a candy bar, and these people are willing to discard you just like that wrapper in order to get what they want.
    An earlier article from Finn Aagaard's biography mentions the social responsibility of resisting criminal activity.

    My pistol is my family's shield, my guarantee that upon my life I will let no evil touch them. When a malefactor demands, Your dignity and your money, or your life!" my pistol introduces a very sobering third alternative: No - if you persist in this criminal endeavor, it is your life that will be at hazard."

    Many people will suggest that the contents of your wallet are not worth jeopardizing your life for, just hand it over to the thug and move on. By doing so you are encouraging crime - success ensures the robber will seek another victim. I consider it to be a citizen's duty (a hard word to the me generation) to resist attempted violent crime by all means at his disposal, even at considerable risk to himself...
    It is not the duty of law enforcement to protect society from the goblins. For the most part, it is the duty of law enforcement to identify said goblins after the fact, and isolate them from society. If you look at the number of violent crimes that go unsolved, and the number of violent offenders that are back on the streets after a short stint behind bars, you can see that law enforcement has it's hands full. The failure to isolate goblins from society is a political one, not to be placed at the feet of our LEO's, but as they chase after a goblin for the 5th or 6th time, who is keeping an eye out for your well being? No one but you and yours.

    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    What Happens When You Break Three Rules at One Time?

    Like Mama used to say, "It's all fun and games until..."

    From The Wichita Eagle:

    By Stan Finger

    It looks so easy on those old movies and television shows, but an 18-year-old man found out the hard way that twirling a revolver may not be a smart thing to do.
    Understatement of the day.
    Police said the gun went off as the man was twirling it in his south Wichita apartment early Thursday morning, and the bullet struck him in the leg.
    It has been awhile since I've mentioned the "Four Rules of Firearms Safety", and this article offers a great excuse to do so.
    1. All firearms are loaded - There are no exceptions, period. Know this rule and live it. Handle all firearms accordingly. If the gentleman in the above article treated that revolver as if it were loaded, do you think he would have been twirling it around like a toy?
    2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy - If you are not willing to see a bullet hole in it, do not allow a firearm's muzzle to point at it. Another obvious violation by our current individual of ineptitude.
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target - Practice this until it becomes second nature. If this rule were followed 100% of the time, there would be no negligent discharges. I guess this one really required no comment.
    4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it - Be aware of your surroundings whether on a range, in the woods, or in a potentially lethal conflict. Never shoot at sounds or at a target you can not positively identify.

    Tragedies could be avoided if everyone involved with firearms followed these rules all the time.

    Fr. Frog lists these rules and other firearm safety procedures here. It is very well put together and even old hands at the firing range would be advised to look it over.

    Folks, if you own a firearm, it is your responsibility to handle that firearm safely. You have the responsibility to become proficient in the safe handling of your firearm, and in insuring that anyone who may have access to that firearm are also capable of handling it safely.

    Our erstwhile gunslinger in the above news report learned the importance of gun safety the hard way, but it could have been much worse.

    Self Defense, It's Catching On.

    It seems folks are getting serious about providing for their own defense from goblins.

    From the Miami Herald:

    By Tim Chapman and David Ovalle

    For the second time in two days in South Florida, victims have opened fire on armed robbers. And both gunmen ended up dead.
    If that isn't a cure for recidivism, I don't know what is.

    It is That Time of The Year Once Again

    The days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling from the trees and the Trick or Treaters have come and gone. This can mean only one thing...

    National Ammo Day is just around the corner.

    As Kim mentioned last year:

    What if, on just one day of the year, every gun owner in the United States went out and bought a hundred rounds of ammunition?

    Given that there are as many as seventy-five million gun owners in the United States, the net result would be that 7.5 billion rounds of ammunition would go into public circulation, in one day.

    Now not every gun owner is going to do this. Heck, of the 75 million gun owners, only about 6% (4 million-odd) belong to a Second Amendment-supporting organization like Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Sisters, RKBA, and of course the NRA. Not everyone is going to get the word, either, especially as you will hear not a peep about this in the established gun media, let alone in the so-called “mainstream” media.

    But what if just 15% of all gun owners bought themselves a hundred rounds of ammo on the same day? That would be over a billion rounds of ammunition going into circulation—and that’s what I’m aiming for.
    So put it on your calendar, make a list of what you need, and buy some ammo on November the 19th.

    For more information, head on over here.