Monday, December 13, 2010

I don't care who you are that's funny (football)

Before the craziness started with the Florida Gators football coaching bruhaha, someone pointed me at this hilarious review of the 2010 Texas football season. (5-7 Texas had a worse season even than 7-5 so far Florida). My hat is off to whichever Longhorn fans put this together, you guys are great for seeing the humor in a horrible season. Especially the bright spot win over then-#5 Nebraska and the dig at Bo Pelini. So, despite the pain of a bad season, enjoy the 2010 Texas football season in MS Paint, compliments of the members at
[Here is the original if you want to see the whole thing]

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New G23 (and it's always something, isn't it?)

So over the weekend I finally got the Gen 4, RTF Glock 23 in 40SW that I've been wanting to get for almost a year. (BTW you're missing a great deal if you're buying a new Glock without using the GSSF buying program - GSSF members can buy one Glock a year at LEO prices, which around here is $422 out the door).

Went to the gun show the same day, and bought a Lone Wolf G23 barrel to drop in. Good to go with my cast boolit reloads, right? Just like my 9mm G19 a year ago? Not so fast my friend, it's always something.

The "something" in this case was an excessive number of FTF, and also occasional slide not able to push the round in the chamber all the way into battery problems with my reloads, using Glock factory mags and the Lone Wolf barrel. A friend of mine had a similar problem a ways back, and said polishing his chamber fixed it up right nice. The chamber was just a bit tight or the like.

So I called Lone Wolf Distributors today, and also did some internet searching on the problem. Wolf said don't polish or ream out the chamber yourself, you'll void the warranty. Send the barrel back to them with $35 and 3-4 dummy rounds that are problems, and they'll enlarge the chamber to fit the dummy rounds. I also emailed their customer service, and got a very informative reply:

I suspect you have a reloading problem. This is easy to verify. Remove the barrel from the slide. Drop a factory round into the chamber. If the factory round fits slightly lower than the top of the barrel hood you are looking good to go. If the factory round does not sit slightly below the top of the barrel hood you will need to return the barrel to LWD and we will fix it right away.

The problem is most likely caused by an expanded or swelled case head that has not been fully resized. Ammunition that is fired from an original Glock factory barrel produces (very) expanded case heads. This expansion occurs because of the large chamber used in Glock factory barrels. Many reloaders think they are full length resizing their brass but this simply is not true. The sizer die has a beveled area located at the entrance of the die mouth. This beveled area helps guide the straight walled cartridge into the die. The case rim is held with a shell holder. The area of the cartridge that is between this beveled area and the shell holder never gets resized completely.

If you drop your reload into a LWD barrel and the case head (rim) sits above the barrel hood this is a good indication your brass is bulged and not resized correctly. Here is 2 ways to fix this problem:

1 Run your loads through a case gauge before shooting. Many reloaders currently use Dillon or Midway stainless case gauges however these manufactures are known to have liberal tolerances. If your Dillon or Midway case gauge works with the LWD chamber you are good to go. If not, we recommend you use the EGW case gauge. The EGW is known to run tighter tolerances. Once the reload is fired from the LWD barrel you should not have a feed problem again.

2 You can return your barrel to Lone Wolf and include 4 or 5 dummy rounds of your reloads (no powder or primer) and we will open up the chamber to accommodate your loaded round.

*If you are reloading 40 S&W or 10mm we recommend you use the Redding GRX push through die to remove 100% of the case budge.

Hmm, the problem may well be insufficiently sized brass, a tight chamber, or both.

Looking around at Midway and Brownells, these Redding GRX dies are between $35 and $65 (oddly enough, they are much cheaper at Brownells!)

So I got home, and started doing some measurements and dummy round experiments.
1) First off, the breech end of the Glock chamber measured (calipers) an inner diameter of 0.432"-0.434". The Lone Wolf chamber measured 0.425"-0.428" depending on how I held the calipers.

2) I made up about 8 dummy rounds, 4 from brass that was not shot in a Glock, and 4 brass whose primer had that Glock rectangular firing pin strike. Loaded them all up in the G23 with the Glock stock barrel and the LW barrel. No jams in either, with all rounds from both sets of dummy rounds working just fine when cycling the slide by hand. Measuring the bases of the sized brass dummy rounds, they were all 0.422" - 0.424". FWIW I measured some factory ammo and the bases of those rounds were all smack on 0.422", not one bit over on any of them.

3) All of the dummy rounds appeared to headspace properly, just below the lip of the chamber. I also dropped some factory rounds into both barrels to check.

I then went back and got about 10 rounds bearing the Glock-fired mark, and measured them. Most were 0.422"-0.424", but I found one that was swollen to 0.425 and which stayed that size even after being resized. Loaded up that case into a dummy round and tried it. Aha! Got a jam just like I was getting at my range session, FTF or go into battery. Round hung up in the mouth of the chamber.

This makes me think my main problem must be occasional pieces of Glock-swollen brass that won't completely resize. It's not all of them, just the pieces of range pickup I get that were shot in an especially generously-sized Glock chamber, or maybe that went through an earlier generation Glock 40cal with a less well-supported chamber.

I could spend $35 + postage and hope Lone Wolf makes the barrel a little looser. I'm inclined though to spend about $35 + postage for this push-through die and hopefully fix the problem at it's root. This could explain why I sometimes get rounds kind of stuck in my XDs also.

Decisions decisions. $30-$35 for a push-through die, $58 (!?!) for a carbide push-through die.

Midsouth for $29.50

Sinclair/Brownell's for $34

or a carbide one from Midsouth for $58

Or, how about just taking the guts out of the Lee Factory Crimp Die, and using the "pusher ram" from my cast bullet sizing kit to bottom-push brass through that? LIKE THIS

Holy moly, we may be on to something here. I tried the thing the YouTube guy did on some of my 40 brass, and wow! It does indeed seem to have "de-Glockified" the brass. I had one Glocked piece of brass that had been 0.425" even after resizing. Ran it through the stripped-out FCD though and it came out at 0.423"

I think I'll have to run a box or two of some loaded rounds through this thing, and then see if they shoot more reliably out of the G23 with the Wolf barrel. Fingers crossed that this will fix the problem!!

[UPDATE 12-4-10]
I was able to get out today and put about 100 rounds of the de-Glocked 175LFP rounds through the G23/LW barrel. The good news is it ran much better. The bad news is that it didn't run perfectly. Still had one or two FTFs (including a failure to go completely into battery, but it was easily nudged into place) and one stovepipe. That last perhaps due to loading them to only 4.5 grains of W231 instead of 5.1. But, on balance, much much better than last week. Good enough to shoot in an IDPA match, I'd say.

Next mini-project: load up a bunch of jacketed 40 bullets and shoot them through the Glock barrel, to see how well that works.

[UPDATE 12-5-10] The factory Glock barrel works well, no issues of any kind with about 100 jacketed handloads.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Post-Election Thoughts

George Hill has the best and most succinct take I've yet heard on Tuesday's good start to flushing out the big government moocher class: "Sometimes you have to flush twice to get the big pieces to go down".

For now I'll enjoy the little ones going down the drain, like Suzanne Kosmas and Alan Grayson. Hopefully the bigger ones in two more years.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shotshell Reloading

It's good to be home again and to be able to hang out in my shop. This weekend, shotshell reloading. Remington black compression formed hulls (Target Club?), 31.0 grains of HS-6, WAA12F114 wad and 10 balls of 0.311" buck. I chrono'd this load at about 1280 fps when loaded in STS hulls, which should be and appear to be equivalent.

The reloading bench setup for shotshells.

Hulls resized, primed, powder charge added, and wad seated. 10 balls of 0.311" buck placed by hand, now ready to crimp.

Crimp started.

Crimp finished.

Finished buckshot shotshells, ready for the range.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Juan Williams and NPR

By now surely everyone's heard of Juan Williams being fired by NPR for speaking his mind on another network. So saying muslims in costume on a plane makes him uncomfortable is "unacceptable" to NPR?

Hey NPR, why do I have the feeling if he'd said the same thing about Tea Pary people or NRA members, that you would have been just fine with it?

DE-FUND NPR! Let the granola eaters pay for this propaganda organ all by themselves.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MAG-40 Class in Live Oak, FL

Just got back last night from MAG-40 class in Live Oak, FL. Terrific time, great people and a great experience. I joined ACLDN this morning as a result of attending. Still absorbing all of the material.

Update 10-21-10: Class photo

Update 10-22-10: Link to Bryan's MAG40 class site

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Homemade Buckshot

10 balls of 0.31" buckshot, 45 grains per ball. Chrono'd at 1280 fps.
Remington Nitro27 hulls, 32 grains of HS-6 under a WAA12F114 wad.

Like it. That's about about a 10" circle at 15 yards.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What pushed YOU over the edge today?

Me? Two stories read back to back.

Here's a sampling of typical liberals who showed their love for this country two years ago by putting chocolate carter in the white house. (H/T Tam's blog)

Why liberals need to be drowned as kids before they reach voting age

Followed right away by news that the .mil is increasingly comprised of members unlike the criminally worthless liberals who put obama into office Atlas needs to shrug.

...But members of the military are increasingly based in and recruited from rural and small-town areas of the South and mountainous West ...

Gates said the trend also affected training and recruitment of new officers. Alabama, with only 5 million people, has 10 Army reserve officer training programs in its colleges and universities. By comparison, the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with 12 million people, has only four programs and the Chicago metro area, with 9 million people, has three.

"There is a risk over time of developing a cadre of military leaders that politically, culturally and geographically have less and less in common with the people they have sworn to defend," he said.

Gee, ya think?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Simple and reliable

The Remington 870. This 12 gauge one is a former police gun, with 18" cylinder bore barrel, 4+1 capacity, and takes 3" magnum shells. Light, points handily, and for me has been rock solid reliable. This is what I'd pick up if I had to check out a bump in the night.

Picked it up this afternoon and put a few shells through it at my club.
Love it, even without any other accessories. I think the 870 is sort of the Glock of pump scatterguns. If you like utility, you'll love 'em.

Having one of these in my hands brought back some 20 year old memories from my Navy days. On my boat, the topside sentry carried one of these and the topside PO had a 1911 .45.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Uh oh

Just when the financial Hindenburg talk had died down for a little while ...

The problem (via Bayou Renaissance Man): entitlement spending on its own eats up every dollar of tax receipts, before anything else gets paid.

19.6%: Social Security
16.1%: Unemployment/Welfare
12.8%: Medicare
8.2%: Medicaid/SCHIP

56.7% - right now, here, today.

100% - 42% = 58%, or basically the portion of the budget that encompasses entitlements.

Entitlements consume, for all intents and purposes, every dollar of tax receipts in the here and now. Not tomorrow, not as growth in medical spending occurs, not in the future.

Right here, right now, today.
What President Obama told you is that The Federal Government has no plan to deal with this, not now and not in the future. It cannot even meet its own entitlement spending from the taxes it collects, leaving the entirety of the rest of the government, including national defense, to be put on the credit card.

You were told, today, that our government is insolvent.

Not "might become" insolvent if we don't change our ways.

The United States is insolvent, right here, right now, today, and The President announced it for all who cared to listen worldwide on national television...
It is mathematically impossible to solve this problem without dramatically cutting back on entitlement spending - by something approximating one third to one half.

That isn't going to happen (voluntarily) either.

So as an investor you are reduced to one - and only one - question:

How long will the "bubble view" of both Treasuries and Equites hold up - that is, for how long will people buy both stocks (at ridiculous bubble-spending levels where the government is providing 12% of GDP's gross amount via deficit borrowing) and bonds (funding said 12% of GDP) before those very same people have sink into their skulls The Admission The President of The United States just made on National Television: WE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT TODAY AND STRUCTURALLY NEVER WILL, BECAUSE HE DOES NOT HAVE THE DISCRETION TO DECREASE SPENDING IN THE PROGRAMS THAT CONSUME ALL OF PRESENT TAX REVENUES.

That's it folks. That's the only question to ask as a long-term investor.

For how long does the mass-delusion last?

Nothing else matters, because when (not if) that delusion ends the valuations of both stocks and bonds are going to collapse.

Not "dip", not "recede", not "sell off."


Original article.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Damned Straight

Couldn't agree more...

Reagan was the “wrong kind of people” too…

I’m getting just a little bit more than fed up with some of the Republican establishment at this point in the game.

It goes far deeper than the standard “RINO” (Republican In Name only) thing. A lot of “R’s”, both elected, and ensconced int eh party heirarchy, are among the “ruling class” mentality. Even George Bush (hell! Both of ‘em) succumbed to the “let’s play nice and be all bi-partisan” allure, the seductive stench that fills the Washington office spaces.

You have no idea how it sickened me to see George Bush pal around with Teddy Kennedy over the “No Child Left Behind” intrusion of Washington into education. I wouldn’t have gotten that close to Ted Kennedy without holy water and a wooden stake.

And now us people have the effrontery to make noises that sound suspiciously like a revolution when you’re listening from the Washington halls of power, when Tea Parties and other conservatives start wanting to have a say in who they send to congress. Hell, some of those people haven’t PAID THEIR DUES! They haven’t kissed up to the right places that need kissing, and they haven’t hobnobbed among the perfumed elite for the requisite amount, and some of them probably don’t even belong to the right clubs.

And they aren’t ready to play “bi-partisan”, to sell out the principles of personal freedom and responsibility, of sound fiscal policy, of smaller government, in exchange for a federally funded bridge with their name on it, and for heaven’s sake, if you won’t sell out for a bridge with your name on it, you must be some kind of libertarian-leaning right-wing whacko.

And that’s who I want to elect.

I want small government. I don’t want government looking at the size of my toilet tank, and I resent paying somebody to sit in an office and write rules about my light bulbs. I don’t want my government paying people to stay home and procreate. I get tired of a government who is mainly concerned with ME only so far as it seizes a huge chunk of my paycheck every year, and then watches to make sure that I don’t own a gun with too short a barrel.

And I am tired of a republican establishment that is no more than the dimmocrat establishment fifteen years ago in its policies.

It’s time of government by the people, and that means people like me. And the dues **I** paid won’t get me into the club either.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another 223?

A little window shopping pulls up a nice Armalite choice, the A4 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle).

$840 at Bud's.
Thinking about adding a longer distance precision shooting setup in 223. I really like the 16" carbine I have, but ... just feel the desire for a 20" barrel in more of a rifle setup.

Not sure if a varminting setup is exactly what I want though. Threaded barrel would be nice for the flash hider or even possibly a can later on.

Well, maybe not that exactly. It looks great up to the part where I get to one or two specs...
1:9" barrel twist - ok, but can't go heavier than 69 grain bullets.
two stage trigger - check, that's great.
Accuracy - 1.5-2 MOA. Not so good there, my carbine setup already exceeds that.
Maybe a high precision varminter is what I want after all.

Armalite M15A4(T) with 20" national match barrel, match trigger, 1 MOA.

Then again, is there $300-$400 worth of difference going from 1.5-2 MOA down to 1 MOA?

How about the 22" Remington R15 VTR varminter? ($940 Bud's)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dove World Outreach Center to burn korans

As usual, the LSM are reporting "news" but the real story isn't what's being reported.

The real story is NOT that sumdood in Gainesville is burning some korans.

The real story is ...
1) if islam really is the religion of peace and all that jazz, why would anyone need to worry about violence in reaction to a legitimate exercise of first amendment rights?
2) why is it that the people who seem most upset about this exercise of said rights, the same set who applaud "performance art" of people burning or showing disrespect for the U.S. flag or Christian religious symbols?
3) the "up-yours-America" mosque at the site of the 9/11 attacks is an ok expression of freedom, but burning a koran is not? Riiiiiight.

I don't want to or plan to burn any korans. I'd just as soon ignore this Gainesville church and let it slip out of the news all the quicker. But seeing as how just saying you're going to burn a koran brings all the roaches out of the woodwork, I'm tempted to organize our own little koran roast. It seems to piss off all the usual scumbags and they obviously need to learn to have a big mug of STFU whenever someone says or does something THAT DOESN'T HURT ANYONE ELSE that they don't like.

And for the love of pete, can we finally quit spouting this BS about islam being the religion of peace? Wake me up when Gainesville preacher guy starts stoning women and beheading people on homemade videos, then he'll start catching up to islam.

Monday, September 6, 2010

First 12 gauge shotshell reloads, ready to test

Yesterday I finally had time to cast up some slugs and buckshot, and got the first batch of 12 gauge slugs loaded up on the Lee LoadAll2.

Remington STS Premier hulls
CCI#209 primers
25 grains of Herco
WAA12 wad
Lyman 525 grain sabot 12 gauge slug cast from pure lead

Lyman #5 says this ought to go about 1250 fps. The loads David made up for me (actually I'm re-using the Rem. STS hulls he loaded up for me) were a bit hotter at 30 grains Herco and I chrono'd them at almost 1500 fps (Correction- 1350 fps!) if I recall correctly. These ought to be fine, and 525 grains at 1250 fps is still a whopping amount of whup-ass.

Hope to get out today to test these.

These slugs chrono'd at 1140 fps (SD = 10 fps), Lyman #5 says should be 1250.
For giggles I loaded up three of the gold Remington Nitro 27 hulls with the same load. says they're the same as the STS Premier hulls, and their internal construction appears to be exactly the same as the STS hulls.

But, the Nitro 27 loaded slugs came out at only 950 fps. Something's obviously different. And, I did a double check by shooting a couple of David's slug loads that previously came in at 1350 fps - yesterday they came in right at 1350 fps, still.
Thursday 9/9/10

Reloading Curmudgeon on shotgun shell hulls
Thursday 9/9/10 Part II

Ok, going to try loading up some STS hulls with buckshot next.
Putting about 1/8" spacer on top of WAA12F114 wad, and then 9 pellets of 0.31" buckshot in an STS or Nitro27 hull. load is 30.5 to 32 grains of HS-6 with nine #00 buck pellets and a WAA12F114 wad. Should be good for 1300/1350 fps at 8700/9500 psi.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Signs of Progress

That's my new Lee single stage shotshell reloading press. I have everything needed now except shotgun powder and primers. (Actually, I have some Unique powder left around and could use that if I have to.) Well, I also need to fire up the melting pots behind the press there and cast up some slugs and buckshot. Sunday, Sunday.

There was (is?) more to shotshell reloading than meets the eye initially, but not much more. I was once told that shotshell reloading is easier and more forgiving than metallic cartridge reloading, and I'm beginning to believe that.

Can't wait to test this baby out!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thought for the Day Friday 8-27-2010


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Rudyard Kipling, 1910

Friday, August 13, 2010

Update on Gun Show Poser-Loser...

Looks like there could be more to the story.
This guy may not just be a poser loser, but actually a convicted felon who's pretended to be an Army Captain for nefarious purposes in the past.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Epic Beard Guy- "Bring Amb Lamps" meme

I just today learned of Epic Beard Guy on (the "Bring Amb Lamps" thread).
The original video:

and the most hilarious mashup from the video of coolio getting his butt kicked:

Oh my, I thought laughing Coke up your nose was just an expression. That's some funny stuff right there.

And some commentary:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Just because it's stupid and painful doesn't mean people won't do it...

Excellent case of a poser exposed at a gun show.

So, I went to a gun show today with a friend of mine. We were in the mood for some deals, and in general just wanted to go play with some guns. :righton: When we get there we immediately notice an individual in ACU's. Since this is on Aug 7th, a Saturday, this came to us as being odd. So, my friend and I both being active duty NCO's start to eye ball this guy and notice his badges and awards. Before I list his extensive record let me describe this individual first. 30-40 yr old white male, approx 300 lbs, Blonde high and tight hair cut and a goofy overall appearance. He was wearing glasses on the back of his head, a belt on the outside of his ACU top full of gadgets and a radio with a hand mic wrapped around him self and clipped on his uniform.

I wanted a closer look at this guy so I told my buddy I would be right back and conducted some good ole fashion recon. He was at the polaris dealer talking to the sales rep about buying 4 quads "for his guys." I jumped in the conversation

Me: Jokingly "4! Can I have one!"
He chuckled and I asked him what unit he was in.

Him:"10th Special Forces."

Me: "Really? What are you guys doing up here?"

Him: "Oh Im just helping out some friends of mine"

I took note of all his uniform bits and pieces and walked away. He went about his business and I later confronted him again and asked him if I could talk to him outside. He and I walked out to the back of the gun show and I began to ask him a series of questions that only an individual with his experience would know. He failed miserably and I then decided to level with him. I produced my ID and asked for his. He told me it was in his car so I said lets go get it. Of course he did not have one and I began to lay into him. I yelled at him for a good 30 minutes and made him remove all the items he had never earned on his uniform. I called him plenty of names and said that he was wearing a uniform that my friends have died in, and that he didn't even deserve to touch one.

This guy began to apologize and back pedal, and asked me not to "tell on him." I began to tear into him and lower his self esteem even more hoping that he attempts suicide tonight.

All in all this is everything he lied about and what he was wearing:

Special Forces Qualification
Ranger Qualification
Airborne Qualification
Combat Infantryman Badge with 2 stars
Senior Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Military Police Badge

Where to start with what's wrong with this? What in the world was this guy thinking he'd accomplish with this? Why would this loser think he would not be found out? You might be able to get by with a little posing, but c'mon, if you're going to claim Special Forces, Ranger, Air Assault, Paratrooper, etc badges, don't you think you ought to at least get under 300 pounds first? Piling on is generally lame, but how can you not in a case like this?

Seeing as how one of his costume items was a Military Police badge, Walter Mitty here may be facing some criminal charges in the near future...

(I saw this originally on View From the Porch)

GPDO from seems to have the best way to handle punishing this guy:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thought for the Evening

That Trappist ale is certainly "darned fine".
Oh yes, a glass of Chimay (the 75cl bottle) and not having to go to work tomorrow.

Life is good.

Recognizing and Dealing with Threats (on the street)

From Xavier Thoughts (nurse tactical guy), don't remember how I got to this thread but it looks like good, thought-provoking stuff to me.

Standing on the X
There are reasons why a grammar school dropout who cannot multiply 26 by 4 is able to outwit and victimize a person who is of demonstrably higher intelligence and social proficiency.

First, the criminal does this for a living. They are not as dumb as many think they are. If you fail to respect their level of skill, you will be unprepared to deal with them. They are not dumb. They just attended a different "school" and studied a different "curriculum"

Recognizing Threats
To recognize threats, one has to understand how the criminal mind works. The criminal is a predator. He (or she) sees the world as having two types of people.....Other predators and prey. Many honest gun owners like to think of themselves as "sheepdogs" but to the criminal, the sheepdog is simply another brand of predator. Like other beasts, it is a matter of survival for the criminal to prey on those weaker than themselves. To select the wrong victim is to become prey. If you want to survive in the criminal's world, you must be seen as a superior predator. Once you understand the criminal's thought processes, most attacks can be avoided simply by removing oneself from the victim selection process. There are several steps to victimization.

The criminal, once he has observed a potential victim, will send out some test runs to determine if the person is indeed prey, or predator. These tests may be asking for a match, the time, or change. The initial tests all have one thing in common. They violate boundaries, and determine if the selected person will allow their space and generosity to be violated. The predator is mimicking a common panhandler to get in close, test the waters and position himself for attack. All of these persons are easily recognized by their inappropriate behavior and boundary violations. Like the fish who fails to recognize the moray eel on the reef, the person who fumbles for change with a predator has sealed their fate. The ruses are many and varied.

Surviving a Gunfight
1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap-life is expensive.
3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
4. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
5. Always cheat, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

Blah blah blah.
These witticisms do hold seeds of truth, but they are intended to be entertaining, not informative, and they ignore several important truths.

Over the years firearms instructors have relied on cute little quips like these when a student asks how best to survive a gunfight. Without the experience needed to truly teach this subject (and very few have extensive first hand experience) the quips are accepted as truth in an atmosphere of mutual ignorance. These witticisms do hold seeds of truth, but they are intended to be entertaining, not informative, and they ignore several important truths.

Defensive firearms training has long been based on police training. The law enforcement base gives firearms training the credibility it needs for the marketplace. In truth, civilian self defense and law enforcement training could not be more different. Civilians do not have a need to apprehend criminals and stop crime. Civilians need only to avoid crime and survive another day with minimum injury and legal entanglements. This simple fact is often foreign to law enforcement oriented instructors. I'm going to revise some of these gunfighting witticisms, basing them on my own limited, but actual experience.

Rule #1 Don't Get Shot! When people get shot, they get hurt. When people get hurt, their survivability dwindles. With each bullet that enters their body, their ability to survive another minute evaporates. Not getting shot is the crux of the matter. The witticisms seem to accept the idea that a gunfight is unavoidable. In fact, the opposite is true. Many conflicts that end in death are avoidable.
Corollary #1 Don't get into gunfights!
Corollary #2 If you are getting shot at, make it to where you are NOT getting shot at.

Movement is another great friend of a target. Perhaps one in ten shooters can consistently hit a laterally moving target. Being able to return accurate fire while on the move is important. Even a little lateral movement can negate most shooter's abilities. If you are able to return effective fire under these conditions, you will persevere.

If you are unable to return fire while moving, seek effective cover quickly.

and, When Being a Good Guy Isn't Enough (To Prevail)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bahhhston, you are WRONG!

Watched "The Departed" last night with the Mrs. Watching it reminded me yet again of Good God how I despise Massachusetts and Boston. Then this morning catching up with GunPundit's blog I saw this billboard that stood on my last nerve. It's not so much the billboard, I mean, we let the Brady bunch spend their money (back when they used to have some, har har) on hysterical I-95 billboards warning that Florida residents are a bunch of trigger-happy hicks. Whichever bunch of liberal assholes that put up this board are certainly entitled to do so, however mind-effed they are.

No, what just pushed me over the edge is that way too many people in Massachusetts think the billboard above makes sense!?! They seem to feel this way about gun shows, but support a federal imperial .gov that DOES have the same policy about our border with Mexico? (H/T to GunPundit for pointing this out) Must go along with the same worthlessness that makes them vote in the likes of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry year after year. Massachusetts, you are WRONG, un-eff yourselves for God's sake!

Gah. The northeast drives me nuts the way Glenn Beck does to liberals.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New TNFI, LLC website

I finally couldn't take googlepages sucky sucky interface. Fortunately, I found something better, that's still free!

TNFI's new website as of 7-29-10


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Computer Suck

I'm again about at wit's end dealing with this Windows XP. I read somewhere that Firefox can cause stability problems, so I even put Opera on to try. No luck, Windows Explorer still gets hung up. Shit.

Next few days, we're nuking this thing's brain and putting in Windows7 which I hear should fix it. Was it Einstein who said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? I still remember the hoopala over Windows 95. Fifteen frickin' years later here we still are...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fed Execs

Obama admin USDA officials, the NAACP, and Zimbawe

Let me see if I have this right: the NAACP (self)-righteously denounces racism in the Tea Party. The US Attorney General refuses to prosecute black-on-white civil rights cases involving the threat of violence. Yesterday the infamous Shirley Sherrod talking to an NAACP audience video surfaces.

The picture shows how this $hit turned out the last time they tried it. Zimbawe went from being the bread-basket of Africa to one of its many basket cases. And the few people trying to hold on to what's theirs need FALs to have even a hope of surviving against their own .gov mobs.

Thanks liberals. YES YOU DID!

On the plus side, maybe now I have the excuse I need to get a chest rig or two.

Monday, July 19, 2010

My New Motto

From COMSUBPAC's emblem, of all places:

How appropriate for me, as I do spend a lot of my time thinking of deep thoughts, don't I? (So says my better half) And I was even under COMSUBPAC's command for 6 months back in 1992!

day 1

Just starting.