Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cleaning out the Garage ...

The Rat's Nest that formerly housed Autos occasionally will undergo shifts in strata.
Shovels may be used. HazMat suits usually aren't required. Ephemera of previous centuries are sometimes uncovered. Discovered this week ...

You may be a shooter if'n ya recognize this face

Precision Shooting. March 96.

Used to have a subscription.
For those who haven't read this fine rag, the subhead says it all.
Dealing exclusively with the topic of extreme rifle accuracy. Each edition held something interesting.
Dave Brennan edited with an old school manner that contributed to the uniqueness of this publication.

So ... anyone want this? Perfect Condition. Includes exclusive interview of cover photo subject.
Tell ya what ... the first $5 contribution to the Benevolent Societie of Range Rat Health & Welfare gets it. Just leave a mailing address.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Sniper" Detectors .. Listenin' to the street

Coming soon to Middle America.
ShotSpotter, hooked up to the cloud, installed in such free-fire zones as Omaha, NE, will pinpoint "snipers". Brought to you by the Military/Industrial/Homeland Security Complex's usual suspects ...

We never forget who we're working for

Add ShotSpotter gizmos to yer LE shopping list now!

I'd love to see the user interface ... on a hot August weekend in Ghetto USA

Drones are already available with a federally subsidized grant.
Cameras proliferate. Now add microphones.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Today is day 2 of Rod Blagojevitch's sentencing. I don't remember another case that warranted more than one day. Rod ... to the end, remains an extraordinary poltroon.

Illinoisans elected, then reelected, Rod. Based on his "reformer" platform.
Round these parts, reform usually refers to reforming whose pockets are being lined.

Over the years, a recurring thought would cross my mind.
Are We Really This Stupid?
Sadly, I think prob'ly so.
Cuz, the thought that invisible hands (cough, cellinni, etc.), manipulating a state election,
to emplace a useful tool, who turned out to be too dumb to learn the game, is scary and just too crazy.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Ever since my public humiliation, my pocketknife's sad state of disrepair was a daily burr. I reacquainted myself to the workshop and cut some wood.

Brazilian Cherry; Jatoba wood. Wax finish; Imperial Sizing Wax
 It's nice to have something custom made close at hand.
Repair was more cathartic than a range run. The wood came from the clearance table at the local Woodcraft store.  Hoping it ain't on the verboten list. Wanted a wax finish. Imperial Sizing Die Wax is marketed as a high end resizing lubricant. I often use it for my rifle cases. I little bit goes a long way.
The wood soaks it up. Wiping off the excess buffs the wood to a satin finish.

Monday, October 24, 2011

On assignment and jonesing for a range run

To both my regular readers; Family medical issues have led to my dearth of posting. The patriarch of the family i had married into has needed 24/7 care til other arraingements are in place. i was available with nothing more important on my plate.

My JobsPhone has kept me from total blogosphere withdrawl. But posting is just too troublesome using a 3" touchscreen. Or mebbe it's pure unadulterated laziness. You tell me.

With the land o lincoln experiencing late October balminess, combined with being cooped up in a self-contained segretated population, a geriatric warehouse, if ya will, the need for some large caliber outdoor recreation is becoming physically palpable.

- Posted on the run using BlogPress via the 21st century magic

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Avarice List

Just posted to the list ...
Sub-head; "Nice to have"
Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.


American Rifleman article planted the seed.
Took a quick surf to the manufacturers site. Lo and Behold!
Why in the world settle for one $13,500 rifle when a $3,000 dual mount is offered?

This setup? $30,000 out the door.
 I mean, ya might as well double down, right?

Oh, oh, oh ... I'll need one of these too!
OOW 1918 A3; MSRP $4,000

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whip it ou ... wait ... wait a minute ... where?

Og asks ... the blogoshere responds.

I've gotta problem with pocketknives.
I lose 'em.

When I read the post challenge by Og, I reached into pocket, fumbled and grrrrr.
Dammit. Again.
Over the years, I've misplaced dozens.
Had been carrying a small Gerber folder. It's around here somewhere.

When this happens ... I pickup one of my backups. Slip it into front pocket and carry on.

Missing it's scales, old SOG Stingray pressed back into service.
My rule now-a-days, no more than $20-$30 for an everyday pocketknife.
They just go missin' on me too often.

Friday, September 16, 2011

GardenSerf Run 'n Gun

h/t gardenSERF

Go to gardenSERF's for the written explanation of this excercise.

gardenSERF's Run 'n Gun drill

Gonna have to chat to the range master on this one.
ISRA range has got the 300 yards.
Never seen anything like this run out there though.
Would be shooty awesomeness

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Og runnin' gun-less near shooting range

 h/t Neanderpundit

Og found himself working within sight of a range, sounds like.
I gigged him (i kid) for not having a "truck gun".
Truth be told, I aint got one neither.
Got a carbine or two that might fill the bill.
Just don't carry 'em aboard the pick-em-up regular like.

Even in the Peoples Republic of Illinois, legal transport isn't hard to abide by.
As long as firearm is unloaded, fully enclosed in a case,
FOID if IL resident, or eligble to possess or acquire firearms in their
state of residence, transport is legal.

IL State Police have a pdf/brochure available here

Illinois State Police brochure

All that being said, I understand that there's a ton o' reasons I or Og may not want to risk transport on a continual basis. Theft is the major concern for me.

Legal Transport of Firearms in the Peoples Republic of ILL

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bullsh#t on Gun Control

Thanks with a h/t to LAD

I'm sure this has been around awhile and Circa '08; viewed by many ...
it may be new to those without deluxe cable.
A classic.
Part 1 of 3

Always worth a replay.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Targeting Targets

h/t Oleg Volk Studio

Oleg presents a new target with a rational for its appearance.
Visit his site for a downloadable pdf.
"VCA" Violent Criminal Actor Target
Seem to recall that Germany outlawed "humanoid targets ...
leading to double-headed ipsc targets.
Anyone know the truthiness of that? Or urban legend?

Deutschland legal?

I've collected target graphics for some time.
To compliment Olegs new one, a review of a few classics ...

FBI target ... "The suit" Reworked for cover of "Print" annual

Old School Thug
The full thug target with crotch area is always popular for a range date.  Shots to the genitals are always fun for some gals. Not sure why.

The crazy Magpull folks
Zombie matches ... of course require zombie targets.

Nothing beats a simple bulls eye for basic handgun work.
Lee made a diagnostic version to point out shooter errors based on where you're hitting.

This target gives the shooter a precise point of aim.

SigArms factory test target, artists reproduction

 Speedwell is a large supplier of all kinds of targets.

Calm hostage with boogerhook'n bad guy
I could do this all day. There's thousands of printed targets available out there.
Next time, I'll have to break it down into sub-groups ...

you gots yer political targets, yer photo realistic targets, of course yer hi-viz targets, yer exploding targets ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saturday Practice League

Another Saturday. Another round of practice.
Midwest Rod & Reel 'ait & Tackle
Good size crowd.
Twenty guys maybe?

Shot my Colt LW Commander. Serpa CQB holster. Hand rolled reloads, 200 gr Rainier FMJ RN over 4.5 grains of Titegroup.

Ol' Jack ran variations on two scenarios. Here's an example of Stage 1.

Stage 1; artists rendering
Shooter stands ready, facing targets, at position "A", approximately 5 yards from target 1. Engage targets 1, 2 and 3 with two hits each. Mandatory reload anywhere during stage. Keeping muzzle pointed downrange move to position "B". Engage target 4 with two hits. Move to position "C" to engage targets 5 and 6 with two hits each.

Stage 1, position A; 3D temporal reality

Stage 1, position B; JR gettin' it done
Jack varied how we ran this stage each time. Second run, shooter had to backpedal while engaging targets 1-3. Targets 4-6 same as before. Third run, shooter started with back to targets,  turn 180º, engaging targets 1-3, strong hand only, 1 body shot, 1 head shot. Targets 4-6 same as before.

As usual, my times were abysmal. About double what most of the guys got.
I did manage to shoot one stage clean. Progress! The biggest lesson is that I ain't the deadeye tacticool combat shootin' hombre my massive, yet fragile ego would like to believe.

Interesting note; Just last week, I wrote about phone app shot timers. As guys were waiting and watchin', phones were drawn, apps were downloaded and tested as other guys shot. Carteach0 writes about his experience with phone apps here. I sense a meme.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday Range Run; There's an app for that!

Spent a couple hours on the pistol range last Friday. As always, it was an interesting outing.
Been trying to get at least one range run a month this summer. I know ...'tis pitiful. That's actually an increase from years past.
Wanted to run some FAST drills ... to get a baseline of where I'm at. I mean, I know I'm slow. But how slow? 
courtesy of

When shooting at a club match, there's all kinds of perks you don't get when practicing solo. Like a Safety Officer, running a timer. A FAST drill without a timer is ... meaningless. 

I ain't gots me a timer. What to do? Wait. I've got an iphone. I KNOW there's a gotta be shot timer app, right? Sure enough ... there's a handful. Surefire has one fo' free!
So downloading and installing app went on the list for range run prep. That went off without a hitch. Cool. Print out copies of FAST target. Done. Collect guns, ammo, range pass, etc., etc., and we're off.

Range was fairly busy. There was still plenty of room available. As I was carrying gear to the line, there was one guy shooting near the sign-in shack. At the far end of the line, a foursome of older teens, under adult supervision, taking up four lanes. They appeared to be having a lot of fun. Watching them from a distance, gun handling habits appeared to be up to par, muzzles kept pointed downrange, actions open when on bench, etc. Good to see.
Pic confirms my refurbed Nikon Coolpix no longer focusses. !@$!#

The "Barrister o' the Berms" showed up. After some warm up targets, it was time to see if the shot timer actually worked. Since this was an informal test, I strayed from the FAST drill just a bit. We were already set up with targets at 10 yards. We left the targets there rather than call the range cold and pull the targets to the specified 7 yards. Drawing from the holster is allowed, as long as all other safety rules are being observed. However shooters unfamiliar with IPSC, or IDPA, tend to get a bit nervous. As a range courtesy, we elected to just pick the handgun up from the bench at the buzzer. We also shot a total of 5 shots/string vs. the usual 6. We did include the reload after 2 shots.

Looks slick ... but does it work?
Operation of the app is simple and straight forward. Hit the START button. You can adjust the mic sensitivity on the fly. This allows you to filter out unwanted shots from down the line.

Adjust settings, enter email address, etc.
The settings screen allows you to enter your email address. The app can send each strings results to your mailbox. You can tweak the start delay option, from 1 to 3 seconds, for solo training or enable the Par Time mode and try to beat the clock. Adjustments can be made to filter out unwanted shots, calibrate microphone, etc. Further instructions can be found at the "Help" screen.

Displays the elapsed time and the split time for every shot fired

Bo'b shot the FAST drill while I ran the timer. The first drill, I was picking up shots from all the shooters on the line. I was able to adjust the sensitivity easily to pick up only Bo'b's shots. We each ran the drill a half dozen times or so. After each string, I hit the "email results" button. Wasn't sure this was working til later.

emailed results!
One bug I quickly noticed, the app added a shot at the beginning of each string. It consistently added shot1 at 0.10 secs. Once added this at 0.29 secs. Not sure if this is a sensitivity issue, software bug or what. Further range runs will tell.
All in all, I liked shootin' with this app available. While it won't replace a dedicated timer, it fills the niche for a shooter that doesn't own one. After one use, I'd give it a B+. As a free app, I've got no complaints. The mysterious added shot is the only thing keeping it from being an A+. I'll keep ya posted on further use of this cool app. SureFire is offering the ShotTimer application free for a limited time ... if you don't have a dedicated timer, and have an iphone, grab it now!

On future drills, I'll adhere to the FAST drill parameters more accurately. To answer the question of "How slow am I?" ... umm ... 10+ seconds being the floor for Novice ... well ... whats below novice? Doofus?

Full disclosure: SureFire LLC provided zero remuneration or consideration for this blog post. Just thought I'd share my results of using this app. YMMV.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Great Britian, 6000% increase in sales ...

Of aluminum bats that is.

Seem that when one kind of defensive weapon is outlawed, the peasantry and other assorted serfs and peons default to arming themselves with the next level of weaponry. Self defense is a God given natural right. All God's creatures share this right. Even if your elected officials tell you they'll take care of that.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Grant don't get it

H't Revolver Liberation Alliance.

Grant Cunningham has a backlog of gunsmithing work, so deep (2 years!), he's not taking any new orders. In this economy, that's admirable as well as enviable. I guess that's what happens when you've built your reputation on quality work. His blog is a must read.

Grant confesses that he doesn't understand zombies. Read it here.
How about "just becuz". I've heard zombie match participants rave enthusiastically about "high shot count" matches. It's a "politically neutral" humanoid target. At least until the zombies organize, and start a political action committee.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shoot a zombie this week

h/t Caleb/GNM & Cheaper Than Dirt
You have until Sunday August 7 to enter this E-Postal Match

ZOMG! Zombie! With a knife!
Download the target!
Read the rules!
Make a range run and have some fun!

Click on the pic caption above to go to the CTD site for all the above.

E-mail it all to,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

If you see something, say something ...

h/t HuffPo

Banging the Fear Drum ... Daryl Johnson, former DHS Apparatchik, Finds Full Employment in Fear-mongering.

Think Progress article

Domestic Terrorism Analyst ... Lets define terms, shall we?
Domestic; Easy enough, eh? Shall we just call it America? That's the Fatherland in Homeland, right?

Terrorism; Now it gets sticky. What is terrorism? What does Wiki say?
There is no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition of terrorism.[1][2] Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).

So ... "those violent acts, perpetrated for political, religious, or ideological goals, intended to create fear and deliberately target civilians ... Sound ok?

Now ... who is creating fear? Maybe this vid will help.

Precursor to criminal activity?
Writing notes? Taking pictures?
Who is targeting civilians?  

Who's political goals are enhanced by this report?
One more Prime Rib dinner may be this guys greatest danger

This is perfect Orwellian Double-Speak. Like the PATRIOT Act ... The oligarchy fears you. An armed populace is dangerous and hard to control.

I'm seeing ASSWIPES* everywhere. Talk about precursors of crime!

*Assorted Self-appointed Security Whores In Positions Escaping Scrutiny

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First zombie apocalypse shotgun, Which one?

Buddy called.
He was giving me the match schedule update. Thanks!
Shared that he was chatting up the salesman at the gun shop, expressing his needs regarding long guns.
Specifically, his first long gun.
Seems that the salesman pulled out some Kel Tec's to peruse.

I may have found my "motorcycle gun! Kel Tec SU16A, .223 cal., folding stock
Chatting about a shotgun, led to the presentation of a box magazine fed shotgun from the shelf.
Was told the mag could hold 30 rounds.
There's not many to choose from in that configuration. Wonder if this was one?

Or maybe a Saiga?

Saiga 12 gauge, box magazine fed
 Not box mag fed, I'm not sure this Kel Tec shotgun is even in the retail stores yet.

14 rounds; 7 in each tube(s)

I dunno. That's all tacti-cool 'n stuff. However, bull-pups take some getting used to.
I would consider all detachable mag smoothbores to be "special use" guns. Given the proper scenario, say manning a road block, they might make sense. But all these are relatively new designs.

Some would argue for a single shot or double barrel. An easy to learn Manual of arms. Simple, sturdy, old-as-dirt design.
NEF Pardner Single shot
The argument against these are lack of follow up shots.  Another "special use" gun.

My first 12 guage was a Mossburg M590. Simple pump action. The Remington 870 is another popular option. Both are refinements of designs that have been around for multiple decades.
Top: Remington 870 Bottom: Mossburg 590
Bud had to hang up before we could finish the conversation.
If'n I was ax'ed ... I'd steer Bud towards a proven, time tested platform, like the Mossburg or Remington.

Regarding the choice for a first rifle?
That's a topic worth any number of posts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Like Tam says, it's summer. It's warm out. Hittin' the century mark on the old Ace Hardware thermometer in the garage/woodshop/reloading bench. No reloading til things cool off a bit.
last week

Time to cover the press ... can still get a couple hours of woodwork done. I could've bought the official vinyl/lockable zipper dealy.

RL 550B Cover; $23.95

The bench. A vision of order and cleanliness.

 But a repurposed t-shirt serves. Too grungy to wear, too cool to throw out. It'll keep the sawdust off. How green is that!? I re-used, recycled and repurposed with 1 t-shirt.
I mean how many carbon credits is that worth?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tune in ... Turn on ... Drop out.

The title was a mantra of the hippies. Where have all the hippies gone?

Finally tuned into Mr. Codrea's new "radio" show. Hooked up to the link for Monday Show (heart you internetz!). Lead in sounded excellent. The show has high production values. Yay. Nothin' worse than trying to listen to something that sounds like it's being broadcast from the bottom of a garbage can. No ... this sounds good.

Dave starts with introductions of the topics at hand, and it all sounds good.
I'm a lissenin' ... thinking this is gonna be soooo cool.

Dave gets to the end of his first segment. His final tease is; "Coming up later in the show, Stewart Rhodes of Oathkeepers, is going to tell us why disobeying orders can be the patriotic thing to do." This is The War on Guns, notes from the resistance, join the resistance..."

As God is my witness ... The very first commercial, after the musical bumper of Johnny Cash singing "No, I won't back down ..."

No ... HE won't back down

"Attention Parents ... if your son is 11 to 17 years old, and exhibits oppositional or defiant behavior patterns,  we will offer you our best selling child behavior program, "The Total Transformation" for free! As part of a national market research project. By sending in your results, you'll get our $300 program for free! Call Now! Repeat 800 number 3x for effect!

Total Transformation ... Totalitarian ... In a good way!

My subconcious, it tripped. I mean there it was just chugging along, then one foot tangled with t'other, and BLAM! Face-plant on the cee-ment.

I had to stop the feed and rewind (heart you internetz!).
The juxtaposition! It's delicious!

My subconcious makes excuses for it's clumsiness. How can programming thoroughly espousing resistance, carry advertizing for "programs" freely promoting  to wipe resistance out in your progeny?!

I dunno. Mebbe, like the "age of consent" 11-17 years olds haven't reached the legal age of bellicosity.

Still like the show.
Subconcious last seen stumblin' around the ratsnest, somewhere around here.