Still pushing right even when I DO have a good finger placement. Odd. Targets I think I shoot good end up being the worst, and targets I think are meh turn out decent.
This was last week:
And I went a little different with this target this week. Pairs at the five target areas. Load a magazine with 10 rounds, two two two two and two to a different target:
But the results were similar. Even though I am placing the finger tip better it looks like I am pushing the hits to the right. Noticed it last week, and it happened this week. So I concentrated on that for the second half of the second session and the hits shifted toward the center of each. Hard to tell by looking at it, but take my word. The concentration was "dangit, finger placement is right, be SURE you are pressing straight back."
Baby steps. Marginal improvements. But still, the correct direction.
The trick, I think, is making all these minor improvements, then hammering em home until that is the instinctive way to shoot. Move and shoot, split times, press outs, poppers, no shoots... something other than .22... Soon. I hope.
Oh, stop being naïve. The point of this is to whitewash the whole thing. Before the election they will announce how they got through the inquiry in record time and found not even the slightest irregularity. Vote Hillary!
There are lots of verboten items at my work. Federal contracting company doing computer services of various kinds. In Maryland.
So, the usual. Firearms, explosives, ammunition, tasers.
But also... knives 'including pocket knives'. NO WEAPONS! Among other things.
They even did a sweep in the kitchen areas looking for the knives folks use to cut up office birthday cakes. A buncha blunt scissor hoplophobic kindergarten teachers, they.
And many folks ignore the rule. A full size leatherman is useful if you actually have to open up a computer and do, you know, actual work on it. Because that's your job.
That's not my job, but there are plenty of things I use at least a blade for. Cutting plastic, for mostly. For that I use a mini-Leatherman. Sub 2 inch blade. And I don't wave it around in the faces of the busybodies and they don't go out of their way to check to see if I have one. It's definitely not a weapon. If I was angry enough that I needed to go all violent and self-defensy, I'd not turn to a tiny penknife blade, as my hands would be a better practical item for that.
I tell this story because I forgot to pocket my mini-Leatherman the other day and didn't realize it until I got to work. Been a while since I did that. I felt kinda nekkid without it.
One of the nice things about my current shooting instructor is he is also my gunsmith. A gunsmith that if he had his druthers would just do custom 1911s.
"So he is an 1911 true believer? The one true pistol, designed by John Moses Browning, pbuh?"
Oh sure he really likes 1911s, But he trains me on Glock SIRTs, And shoots whatever. Only recently has he started carrying a 1911 again when out and about, and that is to help advertise his gunsmithing business.
When training, I also get exposed to other gizmos. Slide cockers, red dots on the frame, red dots on the slide, different iron sights, some tritium some fiber optic... whatever the latest thing is, he wants to play with. Then, if it is no good or conveys no advantage, he discards them, and I don't have to pay to find out on my own.
So what does he like and keeps for the advantage? Well, a few things on race guns that aren't in my wheelhouse at this time. But a flat trigger and a plain extra wide notch black rear sight, so you have some gap on both side of the front sight in your sight picture. Those seem to have stuck around. And I kinda like both.
Never would have guessed that. I'd have guessed I'd want to stick with 3 dots. So... yay?
The main article to the Lee Enfield said there was more felt recoil in the carbine because the barrel was shorter. "the .303 round produced excessive recoil due to the shorter barrel." This made me furrow my brow.
The article specific to the carbine said it was because the rifle was lighter. THAT made me feel better and nod my head. Also, the butt pad had less surface area. Ouchie.
Also, the Brits were on about a .276 caliber service cartridge like I have pondered about alternative caliber selection in the past. Neato! I learned something new today. Reportedly too hot.
A dream of blog fodder. Woke up thinking "that'd make a great post!"
It's a truism.
The most dangerous time you will have with your pistol, assuming you aren't a clod, is the going in and out of your holster.
Solution. Ban holsters!
Ok, that's not right. This dream post is only half right. Yes, you are probably most likely to have an unwanted loud event with holster work compared to any other operation, but getting rid of holsters is a non-starter for all the other great thing a holster brings to the safety table.
A question for people old enough to remember 1968.
Before the Democrat Convention in Chicago, did you know something bad was coming down the pipe? Or was it a surprise? Did you turn on the TV and say "Wow, them cops are really laying into thos long-hairs. Didn't think this would happen..."
You can tell that this was an early effort for the Coen Brothers. 1984. They are still learning the movie makin biz.
I like the Coen Brothers, and wanted to see this because I hadn't.
But, there were firearms. Without looking, ima guess there was a pearl handled Iver Johnson breaktop in .38 S&W and a Browning Hi-Power and a flash shot of some S&W modern snubbie. The breaktop was so prominent in the production it deserve an actual credit before the title of the movie. And to be paid scale.
The bad guy used a scoped hunting rifle, but it was dark
You know how I said I have no hankering to get another boomstick?
I thought of something.
I kinda wanna make another upper. Make an upper. Do all that 'gunsmith' work. Something with a magnifying optic and an SLR-like forend. Low profile gas block. Longish barrel. Rifle length vis carbine length.
I'm new at this, so my big worry is "Oooh, I should got the gas tube that was half and inch longer" and whatnot. End up having to buy more and more parts. And I'd have to relearn all that info I core dumped ages ago about head space and twist rates. I better take it slow. One part at a time. This may take a while.
But that's the goal. Do a good job making a rifle from scratch. Buy nothing superfluous. NO RETURNED MERCH!
Nation's Gun Show is in town this weekend, but there is too much on my plate. Plus, it's too hot. Maybe in the fall.
Now I am locking too much with my elbows as an isosceles triangle. No good. It hurts after a while, and that's even without recoil. And I lose some finer control. Another bad habit to work on breaking.
The Assistant Gunbsmiff wasn't there. He was competing at Regionals Shooting contest! So good for him.
And if all went as planned, I am at the range today to shoot more .22 without locking my elbows. More on that later.
I started blogging 9 years ago today. Blog were new and hip and popular and there were SO many active gun blogs. Blog that didn't spark my interest to expand my gun knowledge, but did, indeed, fan the flames.
So few blogs today.
But then I had to think of a niche to carve out for myself. Luckily, I was new to guns, and the blogs already out there were all old hats to this subject. I could journalize my fumblings.
Now. Reflecting back:
I am a better shooter, yes. But not that much better. I don't have the natural talent that some of those whiz bang Race Gun people have, out of the box. But that's ok.
I have TWO CCW licenses.
My home state has had ups and downs. Back in 2007 you had a duty to retreat in your own home. Not anymore. Back in 2007 the AR10 offerings were sparse but you could buy an M1A with as many 20 round magazines as you want, and as many AR15s as you want. Now you can get one of the many decent AR10s out there, but not AR15s, M1As or 11+ round magazines.
Back in 2007, the 2nd Amendment could be successfully argued to be some sort of collective right of the National Guard's. Not anymore.
I bought too many guns. If I could get in a time machine and go back and tell New Jovian Thunderbolt what to concentrate on... what to look for... what is a waste of time... what is fun but uneeded... what is perfect for him... that would be great.
And you should see all times my SUV went out ending folks, too. Only people that drive cars are responsible for crashes. SUV owners get off Scot free because it's always the dang truck that slays on the motorways.
In the confusing hoi polloi of a shooting type situation, where a CCW person is trying to do the right thing, how does one communicate, instantly, with scene arriving law enforcement if there are still shots flying?
The article doesn't know, and neither do I.
"Make yourself scarce."
You might not be able to avoid involvement. Can't or won't, depending.
He just wants sensible gun safety reforms. No one is coming for your guns.
Michael Moore, hero of Flint, calls for the banning of all semi-auto guns, large capacity ammo magazines, and war.
'War' aside... after he has all the semi-autos, what does the mag ban get him? What is his value-add getting rid of them?
I guess the Ruger Scout, and similar, bolt action rifles can take 20 rounders. And Mike would consider that large capacity. Maybe he anticipates killers going to that kind of bolty after everyone has surrendered their Garands, and 1911s, and Glocks, and whatnot.
(The 'war' part, is he assume all returning vets are like Corporal Flashback and are ready to snap because 'Nam.)
Back to pitch forks and machetes when the Revolution comes, eh, Mike?
Hillary Clinton has seen Hamilton, on Broadway, three times. She cries every time.
Well, she, and her staff, and her security have. She is never really alone.
Do you know how much those tickets cost? Must be nice to be that rich offa money she didn't earn.
Unless someone gave her those tickets. "Just remember who got you into the show, huh?" If she did purchase them herself it's not like she handled the filthy lucre. She might even be surprised how US currency looks a bit different compared to what it did in the 90s. The Ten is peach colored?
What are you talking about? Are you stuck on stupid or something? Hordes of good guys with guns and one bomb throwing robut kept his kills down to only 5. Stopped him butt cold. Can you imagine if it were British cops, with no guns, trying to stop that sniper? How many dead people that would be? He'd have run out of ammo before a SWAT team could respond.
Oh, does The Gun Guy want someone like me do the stopping? Is that the fallacy he is chasing? Well, I can't be everywhere at once, nor should I try to be.
As an aside, this Gun Guy thinks Oswald would have learned to shoot in the Marine Corps with a Springfield 03. Post WWII, I doubt that the Marines still used them. Even in boot camp.
And that one of the least important thing the Gun Guy gets wrong.
Since I did the live fire training back in... May? I've been quite busy on weekends. And then I had to schedule a session around the Gunsmith/Trainer's other events. So... finally.
Shake the cobwebs off.
He just worked on one thing for me. Getting me faster by getting me more relax. The simulation for most of half hour was red and green plates. Shoot the green, not the red. 1 and 1, 2 and 2, up to 20 and 20.
When I am rushing I tense up. This wrack the pistol around. Plus when I hurry while tense it is as if I am trying to PUNCH that plate with a fist. Like I pushing the 'bullets' out of the barrel with my arm strength. Like I throwing a basketball during a free throw. It's like a flinch, in a way.
Trying to work that out of me. That bad habit.
When I am relaxed I can clear twenty plates in 10 or 11 seconds. (Sam does this in 5 or 6.) When I am not relaxed I miss more and it takes 20 seconds.
There was some progress. Eventually you get fatigued and you have to slow down and concentrate on the fundamentals because you arms and finger are tired from all the shooting. And MORE fatigued if you shot a lot of that all tensed up.
Ended the session, tired, with a few rounds of simulated pepper poppers. Using what I learned I still got 51 in however many seconds. I have to ask that next time. But my personal best, ever, is 52. Something musta stuck.
Thanks to Tam for turning me onto this Fever Tree Tonic. I've likes Tonic, straight even, ever since the 1970s. And I have never had malaria, so it must be working. Also, I use Plymouth Gin. This is damn hell gin & tonic season, dontcha think?
I am a boy scout rule follower type, firmly believing in the rule of law even when others flaunt it.
After this week? Not so much. I may be more rambunctious and break more rules. Bend others. Especially when there is no way to prove I did anything.
"But what about this blog admission T-Bolt?!"
"What about it? Did I run a red light at 3AM last night or last week? Or ever? I wouldn't do that where there are red light cameras. Prove I was even out! Public urination? You got evidence of that? I admit to no wrong doing."
Yeah, I say that, but there are still limits, built in. I'd never betray my country, for example. There is still hope at the back of my mind that the Rule of Law can be restored and traitors can be found strung up, hanged from lamp posts.
"Anything else T-Bolt?" Well, I won't harm a body. Or mess with their stuff. That's a moral issue as much as a legal one.
But I feel salty.
Yes, there are people that think they are better than me. They are right in that there is a lesser group, and a greater group, but they have their ranking 180 degrees off. I didn't require Public Servants to kiss my feet before now, but, boy howdy, the reqs have now changed.
Here's one thing you can do without running any 3AM stoplights. Jury nullification. Unless it's high government mucky muck in the defendant's chair then they want the jury to apply that law stuff to a regular person that they wouldn't apply to themselves. Refuse to cooperate until it's just the one set of laws for all.
In 1968, around the time I was conceived, MLK was shot. Dad worked at the phone company, and rumor that rioters were done burning downtown and were coming up Wisconsin and Connecticut a Avenues to burn down the nicer neighborhoods freaked him right out.
My grandparents lived in Bethesda off of Wisconsin. Mom and Dad lived in Silver Spring off of Connecticut. Dad worked at the phone company in Friendship Heights in DC off Wisconsin.
So, dad went to Montgomery Wards and got the single shot 20 gauge to defend hearth and home.
I always thought that was my grandfather's gun, and much older, but... there you go.
And not the best defensive firearm, admittedly, but better than harsh language.
That said. THIS, what we have now, is not 1968. Not even close. But it will probably get Trump elected.
Obviously, it's early. You can barely trust the details. But that shooting... Gives me the heebie jeebies.
Because, as it is now, the guy looks like a good guy shot by an excitable cop that done f-ed up. He may have had a CCW. He probably worked for a school system that could very well have done a background check on him too. He sound like the proverbial boy scout. Sure a furtive gesture and a miscommunication could have happened to spark this. And the cop could very well not even be consciously racist or want black people to come to harm and have a minimum of prejudice onboard in his head.
If it had been me in that seat... Ima a good guy. A proverbial boy scout.
I suspect my chances would have been better. Because of my race. And that's why I have heebie jeebies. Both "that could have been me!" and "I live in a world where my chances would have been better."
The sentiment that "If you do handgun competitions, that is too much game and will get you killed in real life so don't ever do that!"
I never understood that worry.
Yeah, the whole when to reload and how, &c. and what have you might cement habits not ideal in every 'tactical' situation. I can see that part of the argument.
But so what?
What will competing get me, even, hypothetically, I was using the most impractical gamer racegun and caliber and holster on the planet that was nothing like my CCW gun? I will get, if I am successful:
a good trigger press.
drawing quickly and smoothly
hit that target, it's a bad guy, but don't hit that similar target, it's the good guy!
If I improved those three things, even with all the rules lawyer gamer bs tacked on, I am WAY ahead of where I am right now. And I can work on those three things for 30 years and still not be satisfied with how well I do, even if I was world class. But it is a worthy goal to strive for.
Very important. And real gunsmiths are covered by HUGE policies. Because the product they service can end up causing huge damages.
Worrying about that? Will leave a body awake nights.
"OH CRAP DID I FORGET THAT ONE SAFETY CHECK?!"
Even then, folks can and do sue over something that everybody knows is not the smith's fault. Lost a finger because you used pistol powder in your .30-06 reloads? Sue the gunsmith that worked on the gun 3 years and 447 rounds ago. The smith is probably gonna be fine, but that insurance will be needed to cover the legal shenanigans costs.
So, I like sushi, but don't always have the time to go to the local sushi bar.
Fine, the local grocery collective stocks it. Heck, so does my gas station.
But sometimes I forget to get the little complimentary wooden chopsticks. Not wanting to eat with my fingers like a Neanderthal, I figure washable permanent implements would be good. Just the pair, as it's just for me.
If you are a super-hop kinda person, they got you covered. I dial back a bit from the 90 IBU jobs, as I grow older and mellower. But the 70 IBU Big Eye IPA was well done. Enough I'd like to try some of their other offerings.
Gay bashers? News to me. Especially considering all those gay people I've run into at range trips and blog events and whatnot. I didn't see or hear about any bashing or anything approaching bashing at any of them.
Writers for the Advocate must go to different ranges than I do, I guess. Bound to be a few firearms enthusiasts that are less enthused with the Gay community. But bashers?
Who bashes folks that you KNOW has the same gun you do in their own holster? Odd, that.
And poof! A professional army that took a century to develope and hordes of Pals that volunteered together to pitch in went up in greasy smoke and a pink mist, leaving a generational hole in Britain. (Speaking of generational warfare.)
Even that has been old fuddy-duddy at the Metrocon Fortnightly noted the anniversary.
Thanks to Keegan's Faces of Battle, this event was a big deal in my college history days in the late 80s. That was a textbook. History of War. They no longer offer it at my alma mater. At the time I had a lot of trouble getting my head around the extent of the carnage. 57,000, with 19,000 KIA. First day. Started a few days before our Independence Day. It ended a few days before our Thanksgiving Day. A half million dead, then. For what we our about to receive, Lord, may we be truly thankful, amen.
Oh, but the great gains that were made! Must have been ground gains the size of my back yard!
The French fought in the battle after bleeding for months in Verdun. The Germans, too. Obviously. But we always talk about the Brits, here, for some reason. I guess we could read their accounts better. And, again, the other combatants were more concerned with their own big battles that the Brits were not a part of. They were only halfway through that 10 month battle.
The war had been going on for 2 years at this point. Just a month shy, actually. Call it 23 months. Then this.
Did it make an impression on folks? Well, I only saw some black and white pictures of the thing and it made an impression on me.
"You never select a shotgun as your primary anti-zombie firearm. It's great for onesy twosey, but zombies travel in hordes. The reload time is onerous, and the ammo, while effective, is heavy and bulky and short ranged."
Big Mistake for Her
If Ginsberg had let Scalia put the words "strict scrutiny" in Heller and Hillary said "Gun control is just not going to be a priority for my administration," Hillary would have been elected President.
People I Hit F5 on all day, hoping for more content...
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.