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


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.