Sunday, January 23, 2011

No Show

Like the sign said ... I could go either way.

Contacted Range Pard'ner. He responded that he was iffy.
I know. The pic doesn't look bad. Actual conditions was ice under a thin coat of snow.
Even though my range bag was hastily packed aboard and i was already on the road, i backtracked.
I could live without the hour commute on unsalted roads. I wussed out.

 Vowed that I'd make up for the missed range run with some solid dry firing excercises and clean out me range bag.

Saved the gas. Saved the ammo. Saved the range fee. All good.
However, the perishable hand/eye skills that make up the skillset to run a match continue to deteriorite.

Oh. The trigger finger seems ok. Just a touch of pain in spots. Slight sprain?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tunisia and trigger finger troubles

John Robb at Global Guerrillas takes the chaotic mess called Tunisia, that I just posted on, points out the threads running through it, then takes those threads and weaves it into tapestry of logic and clarity.

Gonna try and get off the politics for now.
S'posed to make a practice match in the a&m.

Trigger fingers actin' up. Never had this happen before.
The PIP joint and Proximal phalanx of right hand index finger,
present a sharp pain when going through range of motion.
Woke up with this condition, didn't go to sleep with it.
Almost feels like a sprain, or ???

Now that I've laid the groundwork for crappy scores ...
I won't worry that it's been 2 months since a range run.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

And then ...

There is Tunisa.
I mean WTF?

It was like the citizenry, enmasse, snorked, and snorked, and spat out a huge green guvm'nt loogie.
They just aimed for the gutter and horked it out. Guvm'nt gone.
Not that there wasn't some discomfort

Reminded me of other "end-games" ... like  East Germany.

Ok ... I'll admit it ... a lil daydream ... i saw a huge rotunda, steps of a most capital nature,
paperwork strewn about, whilst civil throngs walked aimlessly through empty offices and hallways.

The game is being played on a rapidly evolving field ... 
Censored Tunisian Blogger Leaves Detainment, Enters Parliament ??

Seems like worldwide, ever'bodys got a thirst for a sip of that cool, clear freedom.

I can almost taste it myself.

Y'know ... I tried ..

I was thinking I'd start this lil gunblog. And just talk about shootin'. More as a notebook to record (hopeful) progress as I dipped my toe in the IDPA pool during senior swim time.

I didn't wanna go the full 'tard Politico here. I thought I could neatly bifurcate the subject. Leave the political circus and serious issues aside. Just concentrate on hardware, and training techniques for the "sport".

But I can't.
The news-cycle keeps circling around to mayhem in which gun(s) are an "evil-force multplier"
Knee-jerk reactions, teeth-gnashing, navel-gazing, and gen-u-wine hysteria ensue widely. 
The TJIC Affair is (I believe) a genuine ill-concieved, ill-timed, over-reaching, example.

As i carefully glue this poster in place, i wonder,
What kind of America are my sons about to inherit?
Are we free to express our mind?  Mmmmmmm ... not always it seems.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"physical feminist art project"

Where else but the Sarah Conner Charm School!

A tribe of women that have formed a curriculum and catechism around (fictional??) Sarah Conner.

It's over the top and earnest at the same time. I heart it.

How'd I miss this one?

From the Chicago Tribune

Cops: Officer slain in plot to steal his gun collection

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WILLIAMS,-Bernard-140cap.jpgThe teenager charged with slaying off-duty Chicago Police Officer David Blake took his house key and intended to steal his extensive collection of guns from his residence, Police Superintendent Jody Weis said this morning.

Blake was shot to death last month in his SUV on a secluded street on the Southwest Side.
Bernard Williams, 18, of the 2500 block of West 81st Place, was  charged with first-degree murder Wednesday night. He also was charged with one count of armed robbery.
Williams was ordered held without bail today.
In court today, Williams wore a light-colored jumpsuit and bright turquoise gym shoes and spoke only to identify himself to Judge James Brown.

Prosecutors said Williams' older sister dated Blake and that the teen hatched a plan to rob the SWAT officer after seeing a safe full of weapons at an October party at Blake's home.
Earlier, officials said Blake and Williams knew each other and Williams may have stayed over at Blake's residence for a short period of time, police said, but they denied published reports that the two had lived together.
Williams never got the chance to steal the guns, because when he arrived at Blake's residence police were already there, Weis said. Police, who knew of Blake's weapons collection, had gone to the residence for the express purpose of making sure the guns were secure, Weis said. Police would not detail the extent of Blake's collection.
Police believe Williams was a member of the Gangster Disciples, said Sgt. Shawn McGavock.
Blake was off-duty when he was found dead inside the vehicle in the 2900 block of West Seipp Street in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the evening of Nov. 22.
Weis said the two met to discuss perhaps later watching a football game together and perhaps about Williams coming to stay with Blake again.
The location was chosen by Williams, police believe, because it was secluded, McGavock said.
Detectives identified Williams as a suspect after pouring through Blake's computer and phone records, Weis said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis outlines the department's efforts to arrest and charge Bernard Williams, 18, with the Nov. 22 murder of off-duty police officer David Blake. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

A cigarette was dangling from Blake's mouth when the body was discovered. The SUV's windows were up, suggesting the shots were fired from inside, several sources have said. His wallet and weapon were also recovered.Blake, a SWAT officer, was with the police department for 15 years. He had also been a member of the Chicago Enforcers, the department's football team. Blake was one of six Chicago police officers to die violently in the city in 2010
Rest in Peace Officer Blake.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Frontsite vid

I especially like the mildly inspiring, western-y, background soundtrack!

Thanks and a tip 'o the hat to Stormbringer