Monday, February 19, 2018

Mental Health

When Newtown happened my State representatives were all about gun control.  They actually responded back then, when written to.  Or someone in their office.  They don't respond anymore.  I guess I am filed away by the "this guy is a crank" filter.  Though I didn't present as a crank.

In my correspondence then I suggest concentrating on mental health would be more effective than yet more firearms restrictions on people that don't commit the atrocities.  I noted it's a harder problem to solve, but that's why they are elected to be leaders on.

My entreaties then fell on deaf ears.

I am glad we are hear noises about mental health issues from other quarters today.  I know they didn't get the idea from me.  The president doesn't take my counsel, and I am not the originator of the "hey, let's focus more on the mentally troubled" idea.  It still is a good thing.

But not just making folks pariahs and prohibited person because of mental health reasons.  FIXING trouble people so the mass murder option gets left off the "Thing to do today" list.  This latter is really the only effective way forward.  Mental health carrot, not mental health stick.  (Well, maybe the stick for some crazies.  I only half joke when I note there'd be lots less mayhem if Democrats were prohibited persons.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I hate it when Assange is right about something

Would Democrats like to make identifying as a Democrat a class of prohibited person?

Let's put that another way

"Are we a nation that loves its gun more more than its kids?"

Well future president Martin O'Malley, you could rephrase that as, "Are we a nation that values freedom as much as our very lives?"

And the answer to that is, 'Yes.'

I've been thinking

Aren't plastic bags organic?  Compostable too, with a big enough time window.

Saturday, February 17, 2018




Who used to have school shootings, and now doesn't anymore?

What did they do to make that happen?

I've gotten this compromise before

Rob Allen said everyone should have 1 AR, another Marine commenter on his post said 3. Compromise what the Marines tell you, and you get 2.


I am a little bit jealous of this Japanese craftsman's life.

But there are so many Japanese craftsmen to be jealous of. I am on a bit of a horology kick right now, anyway. Check this guy out, too.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Range day

50 feet.  56 rounds of AE 230gr .45.

I had homework from the last training day.

"Slow work with the .45, with a distant large target I can't see the holes from.  Just work on the feel, not note the performance until done.  The feel part will work on the flinch.  Plus added bonus, less chance of prairie doggin' between rounds."

That's why the black target:

On the first target, not shown, I was still flinchy.  Low and right.  First two mags.  Then settled for two mags, then I wanted to use fresh paper and got the above.

I called that flier.  Couldn't see it, but knew when it happened.

The others were just good trigger work and relaxed.  Concentrate on making the trigger go good while looking at that front sight and... lots of good surprises.

Here is something new I did.  You know how you have front sight wobble?  It's gonna move some.  Bulls eye shooters have a saying "embrace the wobble".  Let it happen.  Well, I noticed the wobble was almost ideal.  Just hovering randomly over the yellow dot.  So I wondered what would happen if I tride to MAKE it wobble?  In a tight little 4 inch circle on the target.  The better shots are from my last two magazine when I was doing this trick on myself.

I don't think the wobble helps, but I think trying to make it wobble makes my mind forget about messing up the trigger pull and it gets better.

Homework accomplished, though.  Got my mojo back a bit.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Give him a chance

So  High School Football coach used his body as a shield to protect his student and died.

Even before the blood congealed, Progs were blaming You and Me for the deaths of all those kids and that we must 'DO SOMETHING'.

Shepherd Smith and Senator Nelson thought confiscating guns of all the people on the Secret Terror Watchlist would be the berries.  As if the shooter was on the Watchlist or something.  So, they want to do nothing effective.

How about this for doing something:  Give future football coaches something to go against a rabid monster that is a bit more substantial than their sternum?  Pass reciprocity, let CCW people carry on campus, stop pretending schools can be made safe by wishing it, stop rendering future victims harmless.

That would curb the killings.  Not making up a new class of prohibited persons the killers aren't. 

Nuthin in my head

Do I want to blog about Ruth Bader Ginsburg wanting to see an Equal Rights Amendment again?  Just retire already, you old bat.  Tell me, where is it ensconced in the Constitution giving males a leg up on females? 

Do I want to talk about QC issues in the firearm industry?  Tam has that covered pretty good.  I love that bit about the Walmart effect.  I don't like shopping in that store, myself.  Even the 'good' ones.  We have some pretty grody Walmarts near me.  One good thing I can say about Walmart?   They are reliable. 

How bout 13 bucks per round sales to the Army?  All because cheap lead and steel with a copper jacket doesn't do the trick anymore.

15 cents a round 9mm?

Stupid dry spell.  I need to hit the range.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day


The Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast thing is going around elsewhere.  It's the current Gloce vs. 1911 argument. 

You got the Mark Wahlberg Sniper Navy SEAL Mall-Cop wannabe saying that.  Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast. 

And you got the Ritalin Addled Twitchy Race Gun Gamers saying:  NO!  FAST IS FAST!  GAKGAKGAKGAKGAKGAK!!!!

And plenty of folks much less annoying with honest differences of opinion on how to shoot better coming down on either side of that divide. 

What am I?  I'm a n00b.  It says NEW Jovian Thunderbolt up there.  I don't shoot terrists with a sniper rifle or participate in umpteen bajillion IDPA competitions.  I just shoot a bit, at the range and in the simulator and have my gunsmith training me, and measuring my speed and accuracy.  I'm a bit of a slowhead, but I have learned stuff.  

But my personal experience...   Is sorta different.  I'd says I am modified first group.  Just "Smooth is Fast."  Forget that Slow part. 

If I have a string of shot and try to go FAST I also tend to tense up, and that makes my form jerky and accuracy falls off, and I try to go EVER FASTER to make up for my misses so I miss more and.... 

When I am relaxed and have a SMOOTH string my accuracy goes up.  And.  Even though it felt slower than the fast run, my time is invaribly better.  It feels like voodoo magic.  I swear. 

Now I am not purposely trying to go SLOW.  I am trying to go SMOOTH.  And the result, after much practice, is FAST.  Your mileage may vary, but it is what works for me right now.  I am always open to improvements.  But a smooth run with no misses feels slower, but isn't, than a fast run with no misses for me at this point of Shooty Vision Quest.

Ever watched someone that was really good at something do that thing?  They often look relaxed.  Like what they do is easy.  Not tensed up.  It's smooth and competent.   You can always bear down and go faster and flail about.  It will at least feel faster when you are doing it.  Might not be faster.  Proof is in the timer.

(I didn't want to blog this because I didn't want to get all contentious and junk.  Just describe something topical and how it works for me.  I am running on E on blog fodder, too, and this was just hanging there.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Maryland passed a huge crack down in gun control in 2013. Murders ramped up. Record year in Baltimore, 2017.