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.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday practice league

a target rich environment
So ... for the first time in months, I made it to Midwest's Saturday Session.
About 20 other shooters.

The skillz atrophy was readily apparent. Dropped 5 on my first string.

There were some interesting drills.
One of Jacks favorites ... the car-jacking scenario. Shooter must reach into vehicle seat to retrieve weapon.

With a group this size, there's alot of shoot 'n wait. Took us about 3 hours to run everybody through 5 drills. Some weeks, we go almost 150 rounds. Yesterdays went closer to half that.
Celebrity shooters got nothing to worry about from me. Felt like I'd just gotten warmed up.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Babes with Bullets

Closer to home, Chicago Trib has a story featuring the Oak Park Sportsmen's Club.
Actually, it's the venerable John Kass bringing it on in his column.

Wow. Non-criminal use of Firearms!

One of the organizers, Deb Ferns is quoted "What we want is for women to get involved."

John writes, "They were serious women, taxpaying women, law-abiding moms and sisters and daughters and friends. And they're the women who have the audacity to believe that the Constitution applies to them, too, even in Illinois."

This is high profile, positive stuff. Thank you Mr. Kass.
I can almost feel the choke-hold loosening.

Wall Street Journal; Gun Rights Activist

It's not often that "Gun Rights" are mentioned in the WSJ.
This mornings edition was one of those times.

The short vid mentions a few hot button issues, "State Sovereignty" being one.
Gary Marbut brings the suit to the courts.
It's worth a watch.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

WRSA has it all

I started my cruise through my bloggy aggregater this morning.
Western Rifle Shooters Association has already done a yeomans job.

He must o' turned the Quality Filter turned up to 11.


I realize that I've got nothing to add.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Congratulations Cheeseheads

ChiTrib story here.
Today's the day.

Once Wisconsin's Gov. Walker signs the law, Illinois will be the last bastion of gun-free safety.

Just for historical amusement ... Illinois once had it's own Governor Walker. And YES! He was also a guest of the penal system!

... he received over a million dollars in fraudulent loans for his business and repairs on his yacht, the Governor's Lady ...  ILL RULES!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rahm moves to legalize Chi-Town Shooting Ranges

Story at the Chicago Tribune here

My theory is similar to the first commentor's at the Trib site.
Why fight a losing battle in court, when you can snarl real progress with regulation red tape.

It's still nice to know that the ISRA lawsuits are starting to sting.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Celebrate Independence Day

'round these parts the fireworks began a couple days ago.
Not the township sponsored displays, but the sporadic, private launchin' of innumerable bottle-rockets, firecrackers, m80's and what-not. It'll reach a crescendo about sunset tomorrow.
The. BEST. when I was 10.
O 'course, here in the Land of Lincoln, that's illegal. To protect the children. Oh you can have yer sparklers, and yer smokebombs. But nothing that goes BOOM! I'm glad to see that for the most part, the law enforcement community turns a blind eye to these infractions. Maybe they have to ... far too many scofflaws. Hmmmm ... there's a thought. Massive disregard for law.

I grew out of firecrackers as I grew older. Now-a-days, when I feel the need for BOOM, I head to the range.
BOOM-shacka-lacka Maximus
Irregardless, all the above is an off-topic rambling preamble to the titled topic "Independence".
Definition from The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (Unabridged Edition) 1967

in•de•pend•ence (in/di/pen/dəns), n. 1. state or quality of being independent. 2. freedom from subjection, or from the influence of others. 3. exemption from external control or support. 4. archaic. a competency.

Interesting that the Wikipedia entry speaks only of the nation/state mode:
Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory

As I go through the events of the weekend, I'll be mulling over the state of my independence.
I hope you're able to thoughtfully celebrate any independence in your life.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chicago Trib covers "Fast and Furious" story ...

Oh wait. Not that Fast and Furious.

The JackAss-ification of the Nation continues apace.

Range Run Report, June Afternoon

Temps in the 80's. 100% sunshine. What's not to like?
I was surprised to see a large ... I mean very large tent still set up behind the pistol range. This puppy took up almost the entire parking area. Range Officer told me they were still squaring away the range after last weeks open house. He estimated attendance near 1,000 folks.

Pic from '05 Open House. Maybe 1/3 the size as this years cover

My friend, the Barrister of the Berm, rolled in and we proceeded to the sign-in shack.
Next to the shack was a Norman Rockwell-ish scene of Grandpa and Grandson taking a S&W M29 out for some fun. Out of 50 lanes, two (2!) were occupied. This was gonna be good. Plenty o' elbow room. This is why I try to make range runs in the middle of the week.
Target at 10 yards for some sort'a close work.

I had brought a S&W M36 to play with. @#$%@ autofocus fail.

Bo'B brought his SIG SAUER X-CHANGE Kit with the ability to switch out slide and barrel, from 9mm to .22lr ... a sweet set-up. The shooting commenced and was truly unremarkable. Meaning that everything worked as it was supposed to.  No surprises, no malf's, (well 1 failure to extract with the Sig). The Barrister of the Berm, who's a new-ish shooter, hadn't shot a snubbie before, so he took a turn at it.
No scootin', no runnin', no watermelons allowed ... just the basics.
After a leisurely hour and a half of working on basics, we headed over to the 100 meter range.

Oddly shaped bench in foreground is for handicapped accessibility
ISRA range has 100 YARDS and 100 METER ranges. We picked the 100m since there was only 1 other shooter there. As we set up, I half-jokingly remarked that I want my boys to spread my ashes here after I'm gone. Really. I love this place. On a Wednesday afternoon in June, we had, for all practical purposes, a private range. About an hours drive from Mordor on the Lake.
Meanwhile, an hours drive away ... no fun

Bo'B and I took turns firing the M1A from a sandbag on the bench. After my recent case separation snafu's, I just wanted to confirm the rifle was running right. So ... I brought some new, store bought ammo, as well as reloads. Again, I'm happy to report that the session was unremarkable. Factory ammo worked flawlessly. Reloaded ammo was some old stuff that I just wanted to burn off. Some of the soft point tips were slightly deformed from storing bullet point down (D'oh!). Didn't expect great accuracy from these, and that's exactly what I got.

We took our time at a sedate pace. Barrel stayed cool. Conversation was shared. Current events were discussed between shooters turns. Iced tea was poured, and cancer sticks burned.

Bottom line on the whole outing? Sometimes it's not about the guns. Sometimes it's not about how small the 5-shot group is on the target. Sometimes its about just relaxing, having fun and socializing.