Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I got into handloading long ago as an exercise in tuning loads for my rifles then got into bulk reloading for competition for me and the Mrs. Everyone has their own motivation but Deer Passion hits the nail on the head. Unfortunately, supplies are drying up lately, especially primers and bullets. Blame Just in Time manufacturing. Nobody in the industry anticipated the rush on ammo would be so large with the election of the most anti-gun president and congress in history. So, they were pretty much caught with their pants down and are running 24/7 to try and catch up. As a result, supplies needed to manufacture ammo is being gobbled up by the big name manufacturers and the second tier supply is not seeing as much. Add to that, the fact that when supplies do come in, they move very quickly!!

Lego Rant

So, does anyone remember when Lego's were just a collection of blocks of different sizes and colors? Now the only way Lego's come are in kits with pre-shaped parts and decals and Lego men. (I've yet to see a Lego Woman) I'll admit, I have quite the collection of the newer Lego's, specifically helicopters, but what happened to the day when kids got to use their imagination to create? Now, they just follow the picture instructions and get what's on the cover of the box.

UPDATE: Well, Hsoi went and did it here. Yup, don't forget the Technic line of Lego's as well. That really stretches the boundaries of what is Lego and what is just another model kit. When I was growing up I had a suitcase full of blocks that was my Lego kit. The excitement of when the Power Pack came out that was essentially a big gray block with holes in it to stick wheels and a cord on it to the battery pack and switch. That was huge. Now the animation is built into most models.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

NC Shooting

So, some guy with a history of violent behavior shoots up a rehab center. According to first reports he has been trying to get in touch with his ex wife for the last week through their son, her mother and grandmother.
While it is a tragedy that he went on this rampage, it is pretty clear even from the initial reports that he was troubled and trying to reach out for help. It is a shame he was unable to get help before feeling the need to go on this rampage.

Gun Fit Explained

So, to follow up on my previous post about guns not fitting, I'll add a little explanation. Others have been through it before and do a great job such as Brigid. We also have a much more in depth explanation up at the KRTraining website. I'll throw in my two cents worth as well.

The main issue with gun fit is almost always problems reaching the trigger properly. With the gun properly centered in your hand, the barrel should line up with the soft tissue web in between your thumb and index finger and the long bones of your forearm. It should all make a nice straight line to help you control and direct recoil properly. With your hand gripping the gun in this position, you should be able to put your trigger finger on the trigger it should make a right angle with the trigger so when you press it, the trigger moves straight back and you are not pressing the trigger and gun to one side or the other. Along with this fit, your trigger finger needs to have space between it and the frame and grip of the gun so that when you press the trigger you are not applying pressure to the side of the gun pushing it off target when you shoot. If your hands are too big for the gun, you can often compensate for fit by curling your trigger finger to make sure that you are applying pressure to the trigger straight back or using more finger instead of the first pad to press the trigger. Again, so that the motion is in line with the barrel and not pushing the gun off to one side or the other. One common issue with the longer finger and big hands is that if the shooter is not familiar with gun fit and the geometry of their finger and the trigger, they end up using too much finger and pull the gun off to the side and off target instead of making sure the pull is straight back.

The more typical problem is when the gun is too large for the hand. With the gun gripped properly, you cannot get your finger far enough forward and still bend it so that it makes a right angle with the trigger. This is REAL common with double action and DA/SA guns. The trigger pull is so long that you end up with the tip of the finger on the side of the trigger and putting pressure on it not only pulls it back but also pushes the the gun off to the side when you try to shoot. If the gun is just marginally too large, you may be able to get your finger on the trigger properly, but your finger drags on the frame and puts pressure on the side of the gun when you shoot. Again leading to misses off to the side.

There are still two other considerations here. One is reaching the controls. Trying to get to the mag release, slide stop (IT IS NOT A SLIDE RELEASE), and any thumb safety or de-cocker the gun may be equipped with. While 1911's are easy to setup for a shooter with small hands to get on the trigger properly, there is still an issue with reaching the slide stop and being able to engage it to lock the slide open. This may be cured with an extended slide stop and the mag release can be pressed with the left thumb as you are taking your hand off the gun reaching for a replacement mag. (seen it done this way with some regularity very quickly by the better half)

The second consideration is the abilit of the shooter to manually operate the slide. A big part of this is technique. (This is often where a male instructor suffers from BFS and takes the gun away form a female shooter and does this for them) Many people are shown to pull the slide and push the frame out in front of them. This is a weak way of doing it using the forearms to do the work. By turning the shooter and keeping the gun pointed downrange, you move the gun in closer to the chest and by gripping the slide in a clamshell with the off hand, you can push with the long muscles in the chest and arms to make use of the stronger muscles. Also using a snap of a motion ratehr than gently trying to push the slide back will often give an advantage to getting the slide all the way back.

With the right technique, people can overcome some fit problems but there are some physical limitations that flat out require a different gun or modification to an existing gun and people need to recognize and understand these if they really want to get better with their shooting. We had a coule examples this weekend where shooters were having problems and simply changing out the gun to one that fit made a huge improvement to their performance.

Go forth and shoot well!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Gun Fit Rant

OK, to tired to really do this justice but I'll try while I wind down. Long day today. Defensive Pistol Skills and Beyond the Basics classes today. Two great groups of students and a beautiful day.
Anyway, the rant is gun fit. Shooting is an equipment intensive activity. Having a gun that fits can make the difference between it being impossible, hard and easy to shoot well. It is always interesting to what students will show up for class with in the way of guns and how they fit or don't fit. When a person has small hands, there are few choices. S&W has the M&P with changeable back straps as does Springfield with the new XDm. However, even those choices are not always adequate. There are also those who have hands larger than average that cannot find a grip large enough to properly fit their hand. For small hands there is always a single stack 1911 with a short trigger. However, that is not the first choice for most people. Shooters are always amazed at the difference it makes when they canot seem to get their shots into the center of the target and we switch their gun out for one of our loaners and their shooting magically improves greatly. Unfortunately, this is usually a result of lack of or flat out bad advice from the gun shop where they bought their gun coupled with their lack of sufficient knowlege of gun fit and choice when they're shopping.
More on other topics after a bit of sleep

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blood in the Streets HYPE

Eugene Volokh hits the nail on the head with this one. With the media making all the hype about CHL's shooting people over traffic accidents or parking spaces, the truth comes out from the fed.gov that it is NOT in fact honest law abiding citizens that are instantly made crazy by possesing a gun but repeat violent felons that are doing the killing.

Can't wait for the Dateline/CNN/PMSNBC coverage to start. Won't hold my breath though.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why am I worried?

OK, so the MSM is parroting the line that violence is on the rise along the border and eating up the "reports" from VPC and their ilk about the main source of guns fueling the Mexican violence comes from the US. They are now pushing that the Dem's in majority control of Congress are saying that more gun control is not the answer and they are saying it rather loudly. Why am I worried that this is distraction/misdirection and they really are working on a back door deal to put legislation in place and as soon as they have a chance to sneak it into a big bill that no one will read, they will get it passed?

You know those hairs on the back of your neck that we often ignore? My are standing at attention for some reason and I don't like it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Random Aircraft Sightings

So, this little beauty is a Piaggio P180 Avanti II that showed up at the airport this morning. Twin TurboProp Pusher with three lifting surfaces that make this a serious hotrod of the air. Just what you would expect from the son of Enzo Ferrari. 41K service Ceiling and 0.7Mach out of a prop driven business aircraft!! With a bathroom with hot and cold water, on board broadband connectivity and too many other options to mention. Just too sexy for those of us who admire such. Just one of the random beauties that grace our humble airport on occasion.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why I Teach

Today reminded me why I like to teach shooting classes. We had two basic level intro classes back to back. 50/50 mix of men and women, more than 50% had never shot before. People were learning about shooting and paying attention to the details. Good trigger control and sight alignment. Basically drilling the center out of the targets for the most part. some of them got a bit excited and after a couple shots started jerking the trigger. After stopping them and taking a breather they went right back to drilling the center of the target. So, the students really had the skills developing and just needed to focus and they were doing great. LOTS of big smiles and happy new shooters. Great big wonderful day at the range.

Range WIN

So, long day, left at 06:30 and jsut got home 20:00. Had two basic intro classes today, more about them later. In between classes I was able to get a little trigger time myself. John, another instructor and I shot a qual course that we are planning for graduates of Defensive Pistol Skills to flesh it out and see if time and score constraints are reasonable.

In addition, I ran a few rounds through the M4gery to test out a new muzzle brake. I had used a Holland Quick Discharge and while it basically eliminates recoil completely, problem is to do this it redirects so much gas that it causes a major shock wave that really disturbs the other shooters on the line and especially students. During a match one shooter at a time it is not a problem, during a class this is very bad for the students. So, I had been cooking up a design for a smaller brake that would cut down on recoil some but not blow that other folks on the line away. So, I took a 0.750 dia, two chamber brake and added a shroud around it to redirect gasses to the front so the shock wave goes down range with the muzzle blast the god intended. Well, I have to say it cuts recoil some but not as much as the Holland, However, the noise for the shooter and those on the line is much better. There is still a loud report but it is directed away from the shooter. Very pleasant to shoot. I think I still need to make a few tweeks but think I have a winner.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Just Breathe

In October or November of last year, I began to get sick. Fatigue, mostly, and a bit of nasal congestion. I fought it off until Thanksgiving, when it broke out into a full-blown head/chest cold for a few days. After that I got better, except for a little lingering fatigue and persistant cough… until the week before Christmas, when I got raging sick again. I rarely go to the doctor for a cold, because I know that antibiotics do nothing for viral infections… fluids and rest are the only remedies necessary, other than a good immune system. This time, though, the symptoms were more severe and I was having trouble breathing. I went, and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, and prescribed antibiotics. They didn’t work. Back to the doctor… and again… and again, each time given a different antibiotic. By now all of my head/chest cold symptoms had passed, but I was still very fatigued and having trouble breathing.

By mid-January I couldn’t stay awake for more than 15-20 minutes without pretty strong stimulus, and hubby (a former EMT) had put me on oxygen a couple times to ease my breathing (I probably should have gone to hospital, but hubby was afraid it would freak me out). Finally, my doctor sent me to a pulmonary specialist for a chest x-ray and pulmonary function test. The specialist sent the diagnosis to my regular doctor, who gave me the report: emphysema.

Allow me to digress a moment. My immediate ancestors are generally long-lived and tend to drop dead rather suddenly or after very brief illness. That is, except my maternal grandfather, who was a lifelong smoker and died of emphysema. Emphysema is a slow, progressive, degenerative disease. Grandpa passed when I was in junior high, and I never knew him when he wasn’t gasping for breath. In his last years, he started taking oxygen, until he was on it continuously, and still he gasped, fought, struggled for each breath he took, until the last. My parents both smoked when I was little, but both quit when I was around 7 years old. I’ve never smoked, and I avoid second-hand smoke as much as I can. Mom will be 70 next year, and her lungs are fine. So I’ve always assumed that when my time came, it would be quick. Now, when I looked at myself in the mirror, I not only saw my grandpa’s ears, I saw him gasping for breath. I saw myself gasping for breath, struggling for years until my life consisted only of prolonging that life, one breath at a time.

I was devastated. And terrified.

In the midst of this, I lost two of my mentors within 2 weeks… a lady who was a lifelong friend of the family, and the professor who got me into grad school and pointed me toward my current career. I felt surrounded by death.

I shared the full extent of my anguish and fear with only my husband and a couple of my close friends. To give it voice was to make it stronger, and it was already crushing me. (I couldn’t even tell my parents… it would have devastated my mother as well.)

My doctor put me on medications… steroids and bronchodilators, and antihistamines to keep my allergies from exacerbating the condition. I finally went back to work the last week of January. At first I was just glad to be vertical again, but it felt so surreal, going on with life as if my whole future hadn’t just been turned upside down. Eventually, though, I managed to regain some perspective. I started reading up about emphysema, and found out that in young non-smokers, the primary cause is deficiency of an enzyme, alpha-1-antitrypsin. So when I went back to my doctor for a follow-up, I asked him about it. He confessed that it was beyond the realm of his expertise, and he referred me to the pulmonary specialist. My appointment was yesterday.

The PS asked me for a complete history of the illness, dug up my results from the previous pulmonary function test, performed another short breathing test (since I’ve been on meds for a month), and pronounced that I have ASTHMA. I told him I was so relieved, that my regular doc had said I had emphysema. PS looked back at the report and said that no, he had written that I had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), without differential between asthma and emphysema. My response to the medications, and the results of the quick breathing test that he had just done indicated asthma. He said emphatically, “You don’t have emphysema.”

After two months of torment, of dreading my entire future, I have been given a reprieve. I have asthma. About 1/3 of cases are adult onset. I’ll have to take medications to control it, and I’ll need to explore what triggers it, so as to avoid those triggers. I’ll live with it the rest of my life, but I will live… and breathe… at least, until I die.

It feels good to take in a lungful of air, to heave a big ol’ sigh of relief, to look forward in thanfulness instead of fear.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Of People Lost and Regrets

So, I was poking around in archives looking for a picture of me with my first real gun. A Remington Nylon 66, and I came across some pictures that brought back a flood of memories. Maybe where I get some of my fondness for guns. That would be my Dad from years gone by with his rifle. I couldn't help but feel a connection and a loss. He passed before I really got deeply into the shooting sports and teaching. Funny but it seems that we had just begun to develop a much better relationship, than when I was growing up, when he was taken from this earth. All that "I know everything and you old folks are wrong" crap that I have now lived to regret has come back. We were supposed to take a Stearman up for a jaunt the weekend before I had a serious crash on my bike and he was diagnosed with cancer. The weather didn't cooperate so we canceled our flight and he was gone before I healed enough for us to reschedule.

I'll also share an OH $#!T moment. Many years ago in a previous job I was at a customer site with a few other engineers on a particularly intense install and in going to get something out of my toolbox, found the tool I needed was missing. I gathered up the engineers and said, "Damn it, if you are going to use tools out of someone's toolbox, put them back where you found them!" I had to clamp my hand over my mouth. All of the sudden, I had become my dad. I could hear the lecture from him like it was yesterday with me standing there having just taken something apart with his tools and left things scattered all over the garage.

Some Days Suck more than Others.....

It's no secret, I work in a wind tunnel. Things were going so well..........

So, it is the last work day before a holiday. The last run of a test and things go horribly wrong as they will at this time of day. So imagine an object that ships in a 6'X2'X1' box. Then imagine us packaging it with all its accessories into a 1.5'X1.5'X1' box. Things do not do well when they go through a B-29 Propeller spinning 900 RPM. Is it wrong that the jingle for the ad for Salad Shooter is going through my head right now?

Sorry, no pictures outside the facility. These are the times that fry mens souls.


Senator Grassley of Iowa wants AIG execs to do the honorable thing. Two words, Mr. Grassley: You first. And take the rest of the Congresscritters with you.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Great Primer Shortage of '09

Talk to the Dad in Law last night, The local shooting supply house got a shipment of 300,000 primers in last week. He needed small pistol primers and went in to pick some up. The shop owner told him he sold 150,000 of the primers IN THE FIRST DAY! That's a run. A week later, he is sold out completely.

Buy em while you can folks because if they can't ban guns, they are going to make ammo non existent before the war.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Better Faster Syndrome

Do you suffer from BFS? It is all too common and is treatable. I used to suffer from it and still occasionally have brief popups of it but not anywhere near as much as I used to.

The most common form that still rears its ugly head is in male firearms instructors teaching female students. Be it, husband-wife, father-daughter, boyfriend-girlfriend or professional instructor-student. The "Here little missy, let me get that for you" is unfortunately all to common still. And it is so very wrong then and now!

As an instructor, you are doing your students a disservice as well as showing disrespect for them when you do this. Your job as an instructor is to help the student learn and develop the skills, attitude and confidence to perform a series of functions. If they are learning firearms for self defense, you are not going to be there to do things for them when they are in need so why do it for them in the first place. You should help them through any tasks they are having trouble with but you should make sure they are able to do the task at hand and succeed at it. This last part is very important, if they do not succeed, you have not successfully taught them the skill and they have not developed the self confidence that they can do it when they need to. Even if they need to go home and practice these skills more to gain proficiency, they need to know how to do it properly for themselves before they leave your care and guidance.

There are times that for safety, you need to take control of the gun and get the student back into a safe condition. BUT, it is very important that you explain what happened, why you intervened and what the student needs to do to correct their behavior to complete the skill safely and correctly. Get back on the horse.

It took firearms training to teach this lesson to me and it has transferred into my mild mannered alter ego as well. In my "day" job, I work with professionals from multiple industries as well as under graduate and grad students. There are things the students need to learn to prepare them for life in the real world. However, there are times when for life safety or regulatory reasons, they need to just step back out of the way and let those qualified/certified to accomplish the task at hand do the work. Still, I need to get them pointed in a particular direction and then make sure they can complete the task at hand that is something they can do. With customers, they may know their realm of their product but when it comes to our expertise, that is why they came to us in the first place, so we have to take over. But, we also need to educate them about what it is we do and why we do it so they can understand what is happening and so they can better understand what their widget is doing and why. If they leave with a hand full of data and no understanding of it, we have failed in our job.

In days gone by, I would have quickly become frustrated with the time it was taking the students to do something and I would have just stepped in and done it myself. Not so much any more. Now I will make the time to let them do their thing. Unless for priority or scheduling reasons, I am directed to step in and do it for them.

As a line officer in the fire department, there were often times I felt like jumping in and taking over for the troops on the line. But my job was to stand back and watch for safety issues, communicate, coordinate and direct and make sure they have all the resources they needed to safely do their job. There are times when you just have to trust that the people you have in the position are up to the task and even if they do not do it your way, if they get it done safely and the end result is correct, let them do their job. It's the same with teaching students. Your way may not work for everyone. If you show them your way and with some modification, they can accomplish the same thing safely, let them do it their way.

It all comes back to training. Did they receive proper training that would let them accomplish the task safely and completely. If they had a good instructor, they did and they have the self confidence to know that they can complete the task at hand. That is when you have done your job as an instructor well.

I think this syndrome can be traced back to misplaced chivalry. There was a more civilized time when men did things for women out of respect and reverence. This has been lost as society has pushed for the more sensitive male and it has been perverted with the male superiority complex better known as testosterone poisoning. It happens all the time in more than just teaching but this is where I see it and experienced it most.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Oil Filter FAIL

So, yesterday I was teaching a reloading class. I got up and left the house insanely early so I had time to pick up a couple items and get things set up for class.

"If directions ot your house include 'turn off the paved road', you might be a redneck"

I'm a redneck. Anyway, I just got out onto the paved road and lost oil pressure. Stopped. got out the flashlight and with all the mud dripping off the truck (Did I mention it has rained here the last few days?) started looking underneath. The oil filter was dripping oil and this means when the engine was running it was pumping oil out.

Called the Mrs, she came and we transferred gear, secured my truck, took her back home and blasted off to class late. Unfortunately, I felt like the rushed disorganization carried over into class. The students said they were happy and got good information but I didn't feel satisfied myself. The students are what class is about so if they are happy and satisfied, that is good. I just wish I was happier about my performance.

Stopped by NAPA on the way home and got another oil filter and oil and made the repairs on the side of the road so I could drive it home. BLEH.

So begins another week.

The Devil and the Details

Details are important in my line of work. Attention to detail can mean the difference between publishable results and a colossal waste of time and resources. And I’m fairly good at my job. Even in my personal life, I pay decent attention to details (or at least, I think I do). But there is one facet of my life in which I have no grasp of details at all, and it’s the part where you’d think details are most important – situational awareness.

I would make a terrible eyewitness.

That’s not to say that I walk around in Condition White. It’s just that when it comes to my personal safety, I see the forest rather than the trees. I’m pretty sure a neurologist or a psychologist would say that my brain is actually taking in and processing all of the details… they just don’t pass through my conscious mind. When I perceive a threat, sometimes I can’t even say exactly what it is that tips me off. And truthfully, if a particular situation causes my hackles to rise, it doesn’t much matter to me why. And I’m certainly not going to hang around long enough to figure it out.

Even if I can say, “There was a guy who really made me feel uncomfortable,” chances are I’m not going to be able to describe him. It won’t be the color of his shirt or the length of his hair or the shape of his tattoos that ratchets me up to Condition Orange, so those details are totally inconsequential to my survival and they don’t factor into my sizeup of the situation.

Unfortunately, “he creeped me out” isn’t the kind of description that will help the LEOs catch a predator.

On the other hand, I’ve missed out on a lot of adventures (and possibly some misadventures), because there are some places that I just won’t go, some risks that I just won’t take. And when the hair stands up on the back of my head, I don’t question it or hesitate… I remove myself from the situation. Period. Hubby is understanding of that, and when I say “I don’t want to be here”, he doesn’t stop to ask why. There is time enough for that later... much later, like after we're home. And if I can’t say exactly what set off my alarm bells, he accepts that, too. On at least one occasion, my gut feeling has gotten us out of a potentially dangerous situation, but even if I’m just totally paranoid, even if he doesn’t see any threat at all, he respects and trusts my instincts.

In the final analysis, if I reach the end of my life without becoming a victim or having to fight for my life or the life of my loved ones, then the details won’t matter… I won’t ever have to give them as part of a statement.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ranting Rant

So I have been told this really is a blog of rants. Well, this is my way of venting about stuff that just needs to be said. Just FYI

Dish Network and the loss of Technical Support

Sat TV Rant
So, our local TV station has recently gone all digital. We had an HD flat panel that has a digital receiver but one of our older TV's is analog and is fed by the sat receiver. The sat receiver has a provision for hooking up an antenna and receiving digital broadcasts over the local airwaves.

So, yesterday evening I hooked up the antenna to the input on the sat receiver and had it scan for local digital channels. It found the local channels and was able to play them on the analog TV fine but the program guide showed "Digital Service no information available" since this is an over air broadcast and not a digital signal from the satellite that is expected. Imagine my surprise this morning when I turned on the sat receiver and TV and got the message, signal not found and the program guide was populated with show info as if this was a satellite channel. After going through a couple level of "Service Techs" at Dish Network I am waiting for a technical report to go upstream to some other place for review. The conclusion from their end was this is not an issue with their box it must be a problem with my antenna, cable or the broadcast signal from the TV station. Did I mention that the antenna cable is split and also hooks up to the HD flat panel? Well it still gets the local digital signal just fine.

The "techs" had me disconnecting cables and tried to explain that not all TV stations broadcast full time in digital. Even after I explained multiple times that our local station was only available digital. They no longer had an analog signal and I could get this signal just fine on the TV but not through their box. I can also still get the digital signal through their box for another local channel that isn't available on the satellite. So, the digital tuner in their box IS working, the digital signal IS getting from the TV station to our antenna through our cable to the splitter and their box and the signal is actually digital and our other TV is seeing it. This is a software or purpose full blocking within their box.

All the frustration was from the fact that the technical support is not a technician, they are a call center with a computer in front the of the call screeners that they read instructions off of based on key words phrases or error message numbers off the box. It took an hour plus to get the call center to bump me up to a "sr tech" and for this "sr tech" to decide to bump the call info to another tech center.

This loss of technical service just sucks. I used to be in technical service for semiconductor process equipment and I can guarantee that had we put in a call center with computer screen based phone troubleshooting our customers would have tossed our tools out on the loading dock. Unfortunately, the general public doesn't have the options other than the two satellite providers. Already been on the other system for a few years at our previous place. They weren't much better.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


OK, If the Hopolophobes want to ban more guns because of the shootings that happened in the last days, they first need to ban scissors.


The guy had the gall to attack a cop after murdering an 8yo boy with scissors.

Sorry but the absurdity of it all just has to be pointed out over and over again. Banning THINGS does not change the evil that is in some peoples hearts.

Main Stream Media are a bunch of twits

Today's news is just a bit overwhelming. Shooting rampage in Alabama with 10 dead, shooting rampage in Germany with 11 dead, Church shooter had "Arsenal" at home.
The definition of arsenal is now
The arsenal in accused gunman Terry Sedlacek's room included two 12-gauge shotguns, a rifle and a box of 550 .22-caliber bullets, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

DAMN, my truck qualifies as an arsenal most days.

From Alabama,
"He sprayed bullets through the town," and "where he got out of his car and fired at police with his automatic weapon" and "One of the spots sprayed with bullets was a hardware store "

I am in no way trying to diminish the suffering of those who are victimized by these shootings. These are all violent and cowardly acts by mentally deficient individuals. A person has to be screwed up in the head to commit any such acts and I am willing to bet that once the investigations continue there will be signs indicating these people were a danger to themselves or others.

Just as I am also sure these will no doubt lead to calls for more gun control. While gun control is rather strict in Germany, there is no way a 17 year old former student could have legally had a gun and murder is already illegal so making these despicable acts more illegal is not going to help matters or prevent them or acts like them in the least bit. But, there are people who will try to further restrict our rights in the name of them feeling safer.

Rant Off.
Rant back on

"Myers, the grieving sheriff's deputy, made an appeal Wednesday to tighten the country's laws on the ownership of automatic weapons."

If in fact this was an automatic weapon and not a semiautomatic being mischaracterized, there are already numerous laws making access to them very controlled. Again, no more regulation of them would have prevented this. I grieve for the deputy and his loss as I also grieve for the families of all those lost in this senseless tragedy. I really do see this as THE EVENT!

Update 2
MSM is headlining gunman with machine gun, Alabama trooper giving press breifing identified the guns as an SKS and Bushmaster with high capacity magazines taped together as well as a shotgun and that he fired "At least 100 round". More hysteria top promotoe the coming ban.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Castle ROCKS

Just finished watching Castle. "DVR's are great aren't they? Being a Serenity / Firefly fan this was a much anticipated show. Add in a really well written script and a few cameo appearances, not to mention Homer Simpson, and you have a great show. I have to say we shall be watching for how this plays out. The pilot rocked and we can only hope they keep the show up at this level.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Chuck gives the finger

The Mrs and I are sitting here watching Chuck when Sarah and Casey get into trouble and a british agent Cole is with Chuck and decides to go in and rescue them. He pulls out two guns and is loading them and basically fondling them. Chuck comments "two guns huh? you really are a badass." and Cole replies, no, one is for you. He hands Chuck the gun and the Mrs immediately says, "Hey look he indexed his finger." Fortunately my mouth was not full at the time. Gotta love it!!

Well being hollywierd and all, of course Chuck adn Cole are on their way in to save the day and Chuck gets hung up in the window and drops his gun.

Wait for it..........

And the gun goes off as it hits the floor! DAMN, and I was really enjoying this.

Range Safety Rant

Range Safety, Etiquette, and General Firearms Safety

So, out of a range trip, how much time do you spend actually lining up the sights and pressing the trigger? Five percent maybe? So how do you handle your gun the other 95% of the time? That is what differentiates shooters from a person with a gun!

I don't care if you can shoot a 1000yd group that you can cover with you hand or can shoot 2 shots into 20 targets in 5 seconds and get perfect hits on each target, if you step away from the bench and point your muzzle at another person YOU ARE A GOOBER. The rules for gun safety apply all the time and unfortunately, common sense has become all to uncommon.

You do not handle your gun to change mags so you can top off the mag in your gun while standing around behind the firing line. While you may keep you finger off the trigger and have the gun pointed at the dirt near your feet and the gun is being used on the range so it is loaded, you still do not do this. If people are down range of you, even if you are on the firing line, you do not handle your gun. Even if it is "unloaded"!

You know what kind of gun most people are shot with accidentally? An UNLOADED one. Famous last words of "It's OK, it's unloaded" are all too often followed by a very load bang. Just as you should know what condition your gun is in at all times. If you "unloaded it, you should be sure that you cleared the chamber as well as dropped the mag. While that is common sense, it happens all the time and again leads to the gun going bang when it shouldn't.

If you got a new gun and want to show off how big your caliber is, do it on the line or at a safety area for handling guns. Don't just whip it out in the parking lot or behind the line thinking "it's OK, it's unloaded"! IT IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT OK!


No, I wasn't shot at class this weekend and no, no one else was. I did get to see a couple of muzzles and corrected improper/unsafe behavior. Hopefully lessons learned and I will never have to worry about these people again.

And a note for instructors and other range goers, DO NOT PANIC when something like this occurs. If you scream, jump, run or otherwise do something to startle the offending armed person, they may very well jerk the trigger in panic. Calmly, approach the problem quickly and get the gun into a safe position and walk the offending gun holder to a safe area and explain the error of their ways and that you do not appreciate seeing the muzzle of their gun. You may add that "If you show me yours, I'll show you mine" does apply in this situation and you would have been perfectly justified in pulling your loaded gun and taking aim at them while diving for cover. If they do not take the correction well, invite them to leave the range or leave yourself. It is not worth your life to spend more time on the range with them.