Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gaston Glock, 81, marries Kathrin Tschikof, 31

Gaston Glock marries.

Congrats to the newlyweds. Some good commentary going on over at wethearmed.com but onesmack4u wins the internets with:

The Umbrella and the Beaver

A 90-year-old man said to his doctor, "I've
never felt better. I have
an 18-year-old bride who is pregnant with my
child. What do you think
about that?
The doctor considered his question for a minute
and then said, "I have
an elderly friend who is a hunter and never
misses a season. One day
when he was going out in a bit of a hurry, he
accidentally picked up his
umbrella instead of his gun. When he got to the
creek, he saw a beaver
sitting beside the stream. He raised his
and went, 'bang, bang' and the beaver fell dead.
What do you think of

The 90-year-old said, "I'd say somebody else
shot that beaver."

The doctor replied, "My point exactly

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trigger Reset reminder

Mike from Portland visited this weekend and gave me some training tips, perhaps the most important being "trigger reset". I thought I knew about "trigger reset" from handguns, but the same exact principle applies to long guns, perhaps even more. Trying my AK clone, Mike had that gun making noises I'd never known it could make. "Click!" "Bang" "Click!" "Bang". The click is the hammer catching when you hold the trigger back, and the bolt carrier catches on that recess in the trigger sear. Only let the trigger forward enough until you hear the click, then you're right on the edge of the "hair trigger" which makes then next trigger break much more predictable and consistent. Trying it Mike's way, I saw my "AK group" size at 50 yards shrink in half.

I shall have to work on making this method of trigger pulling my new standard way... use the trigger reset!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Falling in line

It's easier than making a real blog post.

Only 42% evil? I must be doing something wrong.

Get your site rated.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Double Posting on CCW, Personal Safety, etc

#1- Staying Safe is More Mindset than Equipment
H/T to Bayou Renaissance Man

I had an interesting discussion with a friend the other day. He had several questions about defensive hardware - firearms, ammunition, perimeter alarm systems, etc. - that were technically valid, but missed the point. I had to remind him that one's personal security is, first and foremost, a matter of mindset. If one is alert to one's surroundings, and determined not to be a passive, acquiescing victim to violence, one is much less likely to find oneself in a difficult situation in the first place; and, if that should happen, one's much more likely to successfully ward off a criminal assault. The tools involved, while important and necessary, are actually secondary to mindset and attitude.

He was a bit dubious about this, and challenged me to illustrate my point with an actual incident. I did so willingly - with several incidents, in fact. This one, however, tickled his fancy, and he asked me to share it on my blog. It dates back to May 1993, when this column was published in the Chicago Tribune.

#2 - (for Police) Dealing with Citizens Legally Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Mainstream Media and Obama Akbar

Chris Muirfield nails it perfectly in the top panel of the strip. A religous ecstasy explains the northeast and liberal's Obama mania indeed.

Chris Muirfield nails it perfectly.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hacker Lore

Got some great hacker-lore references from Borepatch's blog. If you're an IT geek, this is a black-hole that will suck you in for hours. VAX? I *remember* working on one of those!

Hacker Lore and Jargon

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Plant Accident and douchebags on tv

Speaking as a former USN (Chief) Engineer Officer-qualified nuclear operator, forget about getting any reliable news reports on the Japanese nuclear power plant problems from the mainstream media (looking at you, CNN, HLN, Fox, MSNBC, etc)

And especially forget anything that douchebag Michio Kaku says. He is a theoretical physicist utterly unqualified to opine on nuclear power, radiation safety, or the health effects of ionizing radiation. When he says as he did yesterday that the situation is about to go "beyond Chernobyl", he's full of shit. Chernobyl = prompt criticality with steam and hydrogen explosions INSIDE THE CORE, in a building with NO CONTAINMENT, and a large, intense graphite FIRE IN THE CORE which stirred up the core remnants and threw them high into the atmosphere. In Japan, the situation is that units 4-6 were already shutdown for maintenance. Units 1-3 have had hydrogen explosions OUTSIDE OF THE CORE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CONTAINMENT. The containment buildings are intact or partially intact (unit #2 is suspected of having a breach). Yes, there has been some core damage, that is, melting of fuel. However, the fuel is still inside the reactor vessels, which are still inside the containment buildings. A leak of fission products ain't great, but it in no way approaches the magnitude of Chernobyl accident. The release of radioactivity isn't as large as Chernobyl, and the prospects for controlling the situation are much better.

Kaku isn't stupid, he's just a publicity whore who likes media attention and knows that to the media and to the public, "theoretical physicist" is someone who Knows Stuff. Bullshit! If you want to know about radiation safety or health effects of radiation exposure, ask a Health Physicist or a Medical Physicist. If you want to know about Reactor Safety, ask a qualified nuclear operator. Kaku knows he's speaking way beyond his training and qualifications, but thinks you the public are too ignorant to know that. There are quite a few 19 year old sailors in the Navy who know a lot more about radiation safety than this Kaku assclown.

Here's the real deal on the Fukushima accident situation from the NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute), a reliable source of information.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Central Florida Tactical Conference this weekend

I just got back from two full days of excellent training at the Central Florida Tactical Conference. 7am-5pm both days of self-defense class and exercise training. I must have drank a flat of Gatoraid being outside in the sun all day but it was awesome. Good times, good people, and good learning. And I've first-hand experienced several new (to me) instructors from whom I will get training at my next opportunity.
Shannon Smith
Andy Stanford
Massad Ayoob (not new to me since I took his MAG-40 class last year)

Tip for the day- Managing Unknown Contacts. Our session with Andy Stanford on this was flat-out awesome.

Also totally enjoyed Phil Peplinski's empty hand class, Shannon Smith's fast & accurate pistol shooting class, John Strayer's revolver class, and Massad Ayoob's class on psycho-physiological changes during life-threatening encounters.

Me at the revolver class:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Detail-stripping a Glock

Got my first taste of detail-stripping a Glock yesterday at the GSSF Glock Match. Heady stuff, taking the slide completely apart for a thorough cleaning. No other way to get the firing pin channel clean.

Until you can get to the Glock armorer's course, there's Glockparts.com.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Are you curable?

Thanks to JPFO

Curable or Incurable?
(an introduction by Kirby Ferris)

There is a way to test the sanity of your family, friends, and neighbors. You simply observe their reaction to this essay written by Marko Kloos (pronounced “close”).

If they “get it”, they are “curable”, or were mentally healthy in the first place. They may deserve the freedom that has been delivered to them on the blood of our forefathers.

A while back I sent this essay to eight friends. Two of them actually mocked the essay. Sadly, those two people are “incurable”. Their common sense, their very self respect as human beings, has been bred out of them by our perverse, victim factory culture. (I’ve dropped them both from my life.)

Are you “curable”, or “incurable”. See whether you agree or disagree with Marko’s essay.

(This essay first appeared in print in the Dillon Blue Press in 2007. Ted Nugent later misattributed the essay in his book “Ted, White and Blue”. Ted made right with Marko, and the paperback version of Ted’s book gives credit where credit is due.)

Why the Gun is Civilization.
By Marko Kloos

Reproduced by permission of the author.

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

IDPA Classifier

With my new shot timer, I did the IDPA Classifier this morning with a friend. And reshooting the stage where I would have had a procedural or three otherwise, I shot a 125 time using my Glock 23. If I can take 5 seconds off of that, (maybe I'll practice it with my G19 next time!) that's an Expert SSP time!

(I'd need to trim 18 seconds off of that to get Expert ESP, though).

Monday, January 17, 2011

Left-wing Haters

Most of the lefties I know have the unusual sense to STFU about recent events. However, if you know a lefty who just has to get in your face about right-wing hate being the problem, read them the Riot Act. (Michelle Malkin - The Progressive Climate of Hate.)

Page after page after page of examples of liberals arrested for attacking people on the right.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

facepalm time - Catholic church

Sometimes, I see or hear something and my reaction is simply "you know, that really pisses me off". This is one of those things. This too.

Gun control: Church firmly, quietly opposes firearms for civilians

from uscatholic.org

The Catholic Church's position on gun control is not easy to find; there are dozens of speeches and talks and a few documents that call for much tighter regulation of the global arms trade, but what about private gun ownership?

The answer is resoundingly clear: Firearms in the hands of civilians should be strictly limited and eventually completely eliminated.

WTF, seriously!? Always trying to find the silver lining, at least I can stop worrying over whether leaving my old parish was a good thing or not.

Memo to US Bishops: Hey dipshits, there are places already that are just like what you assholes want, where only the government has the guns. They're not utopias, though, they're called prisons, and they're hellholes where the strong prey on the weak.
Assholes. I'm so glad you're no longer getting even one dime of my hard-earned $.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Caleb's 100 round handgun practice routine

This looks good! I've been thinking I need structure to my practice sessions on the action range, and this plus my new PACT Club Timer I hope will help. I'm going to be practicing the Classifier, too!

Time is money, so they say – that truism applies across the board for everyone, even shooters. As most shooters don’t get paid to do this full time, they’re constantly trying to find a way to get the most out of their range time and practice sessions. With that in mind, here’s a 100 round practice session that will work on the fundamentals of marksmanship, speed, and accuracy. This can be practiced at any range that allows you to draw from the holster, and if the range doesn’t allow holster draws simply substitute a press-out from ready for the draw stroke. Here’s Caleb’s 100 round training session, all shots at 10 yards unless otherwise noted:

* FAST Drill – three reps (no more than 3 reps of FAST per day!) (18 rounds, 7 yards)
* 5 rounds in 2.5 minutes (2 reps) at a 3×5 index card – 10 rounds (must hit with all)
* 5 rounds in 20 seconds at a 3×5 index card – 10 rounds total (must hit with all)
* 5 rounds in 10 seconds at a 3×5 index card – 10 rounds total (must hit with all)
* Bill Drill, 2 reps (12 rounds)
* Draw, fire two, reload from slide lock, fire 2 (5 reps) total of 20 rounds
* Draw and fire two at 25 yards (or max range allowed) 5 reps (10 rounds)
* 5 shot group at 25 yards (2 reps)

That’s a total of 100 rounds of practice. Would you be better off with more practice time? Certainly, but by using this method you can practice the fundamentals of action and defensive shooting, from draw, reloading, tight accuracy, and shooting groups. In his book, Brian Enos talks about how you cannot shoot groups and shoot for accuracy enough, especially if you play games like Bianchi Cup. While the standard of accuracy is much looser in a game like IDPA, if you cross over to USPSA you may find yourself shooting an 8 inch plate at 20 yards. Believe me, you’ll have want to practiced at 25 yards when that shot comes.
There's even brass in the air

My favorite shooting sport is Bianchi Cup, with a close second going to Steel Challenge. I firmly believe that if you shoot Bianchi Cup well, it will make you better at every single other shooting game out there, because let’s be honest – if you can shoot an 8 inch circle at 50 yards, you can certainly shoot the same size circle at 4 yards in a great big hurry.

The other thing to remember about the drills above is that it’s important to push yourself. If all you do is take your time and shoot everything clean, you’re not pushing your speed, and you’re not growing out of your box to become a better shooter. For example, I know that from the holster when using a revolver, I can reliably draw to a -0 hit on an IDPA target at 10 yards in 1.4 seconds. Every time. I could just keep doing that…or I could try to push myself to 1.2 seconds, or 1.1 seconds even. Remember, when you’re practicing, push yourself! On your 3rd run through the FAST, for example, say “this one is for all the marbles” and go for it.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to practice, 100 rounds a week, especially when paired with lots of dry fire, will make you a better shooter. Make the most of the time you have – and get to the range!

The Tucson shootings and Sarah Palin

Obviously it's Sarah Palin's fault. She had a bullseye map of Gifford's district, just like DailyKos did, right? She said Giffords was dead to her, right? (Oops, that was DailyKos). The shooter was obviously motivated by hate talk radio, right? Except he wasn't anything other than a confused dirtbag, according to people who knew him. The same people who said that if he was political, he was a raging LEFTwing nutjob, the kind that reads DailyKos and sees the DailyKos bullseye maps of Gifford's district.

But there's no media bias, sure right.

This tragic event has led to a new physics discovery - Planck time (10^-43 sec) does not have the significance it was once thought to have.