2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Today I was called a Gundamentalist.
I think it was meant to be insulting or belittling. The more I think about it, the more I find it charming.
Mmmm... I dunno. Fundamentalist-anything really doesn't have good connotations associated with it.
Buuuut, turning an insult into a compliment is rarely a bad thing.
I think I would rather be called that then be called a firearms fanatic.
Presumably, a Gundamentalist is one that subscribes to the Gundamentals? That's, what? Cooper's Four Rules, the revered sainthood of John Moses Browning, and abstinence from such perversions as point shooting? Major sacraments to include baptism in Hoppes No. 9and anointing with CLP, I suppose.
I find the term gundamentalist offensive. I prefer to be called a "gun toting lunatic", but "heavily armed nutjob" is also acceptable.
Gundamentalist...I like it.
A friend told me a while back that all I do is shoot and read about guns on the internet. I told him that I have knowledge and a skill set that is, if nothing else, tons of fun but just may also be needed to save my life someday. He only has memories of television and video games. If that makes me a gundamentalist or gun nut or whatever, so be it. I just prefer "prepared citizen".
well, what do you expect when all I have to cling too are my guns and religion....jeez...
Who says that gun owners don't have a sense of humor. From now on just call me a gundamentalist!!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Many people forget that the Poles fought bravely, abet briefly, during the initial Blitzkried of WW2. Facing insurmountable odds against a well armed, modern German Wermacht, the Poles used horse Cavalry in one of its last modern engagements as a last ditch effort not to be conquered. They did not succeed. Polish soldiers that escaped and Polish refugees made up the fourth largest component of the allied forces in Europe during the war. Polish partisans (often overshadowed in history books and the movies by their French counterparts) played an important role in keeping Germany occupied in Eastern Europe during the war. Over 6 million Polish civilians died during the war, many of Jewish decent as part of Hilter's "final solution". Over all, more Poles died in the war as a percentage of their country's population during the war than any other country. After the war as a Soviet satellite the Poles served their communist overlords with distinction and were a constant threat to the West as the name "Warsaw Pact" bore out. The Renaissance of democracy in Eastern Europe could easily of be argued to have been successfully launched in Poland with the Solidarity movement causing the Polish government, and the Soviets in turn, to make many concessions that struck the match of freedom for millions of people in Europe eventually. Today the Polish Tantal AK is a well respected and much sought after modified model of the AK-74 and is considered one of the best quality rifles available.
Now, I came across this video of a "Polish plate rack" in action at a steel plate match. This thing looks like it would be a beyatch! My scores would surely suffer! I am pretty sure that the Poles did not develop this device. Anyway, I thought it was a good reason to give a brief history lesson on one of the great "forgotten" cultures of Europe. Enjoy the vid!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This is kind of what I have in mind....
For those of you that do not live in a "temperate" climate where you have distinct seasons, this may be lost on you. But those of us who live where the weather gets cold usually have more concealment options once we stop wearing shorts and t-shirts and start wearing jeans, sweatshirts and jackets daily.
My "hot" weather carry on the left (Kel-Tec P-3AT) and my "cold" on the right (S&W M&P40c with a full sized 15 round mag as a spare - grip adapter attached). Anyone who has followed this blog will have seen a wide array of pistols have been gone through to come down to this final (or current?) paring.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Last March I told you about the Guns & Ammo Complete Book Of The AK47. Now they have provided a counterpart to that guide with the Guns & Ammo Book Of The AR-15. Available at your local retailer and listed at $8.99, it is available until 2/23/10 per the front cover. This mag is a great read for any owner or potential owner of an AR based rifle and provides a lot of information concerning AR related topics. Among topics covered are the following:
- A guide for new AR owners.
- Review of a Larry Vickers AR training course.
- Piston driven AR's.
- AR Accuracy secrets.
- The US Army's designated marksman program.
- AR's for hunting.
- Ammo choices for your AR.
- Hand loading the .223/5.56 round.
- Optics for the AR.
- Calibers beyond the .223/5.56 for the AR.
- Reviews of the Daniel Defense M-4 and Saber M-4.
- And much more!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Late this summer I got wind of a new "reality" series coming to Showtime called Lock 'n Loaded that followed the activity in a gun shop via concealed cameras. Sounded like a pretty good idea. I was kind of wondering what type of pro/anti spin might be put on it, but figuring that since the folks working in the gun shop would have to sign releases for it to be made that it would have a fighting chance.
At the time I didn't subscribe to Showtime, I am more of a HBO type guy. I went ahead and ordered Showtime and set my DVR to record each of the 6 episodes. Its now going on week 4 of the series. I've canceled Showtime. This show really didn't do anything for me. I am not the only one who it apparently didn't impress, I have read several reviews on line that pan the show for various reasons.
Number one, they stole the name of the show from R. Lee Ermey's series on The History Channel. Shame on you for that first and foremost!
The entire thing seemed too set up for my tastes to be a "reality" based show. First off the star of the show, Josh, is apparently an aspiring actor and was the one who sought to have the show produced by Showtime to get his career started. Understandable, but does it really make it a reality show when one of the participants may be trying to get a specific response from unknowing participants and then passing that off as reality. In the second episode he actually pulls a stun gun out from behind the counter and urges a customer to use it on his buddy. Can you believe that? I am sure liability insurance on a gun store is high enough without prompting your customers to use your wares on each other. And about the shop....well, I hate to pass judgement since I personally have never stepped foot inside the place, but it doesn't seem to be the most elaborate place that they could have chosen to shoot a show about a gun shop. Maybe the cameras don't do it justice. One of my favorite shop in Columbus is just a small place with good people working there. The section that they concentrate on is the counter Josh is constantly at and has two glass cases and what appears to be an 8 or 10 foot rack against the wall that is sometimes full and sometimes not of long guns.
The other customer he interacts with all seem to have a niche to fall in so he can experience the wide variety of people in our society that enjoy shooting. He's got men, women, old, young, black, white, Hispanic and just about every mix of each in every way possible. Some of the ways he interacts with them are humorous, some not so much. Is calling a customer "gangsta" really the image the pro-gun community want to portray? Especially in a store that is about 10 miles from Columbine H.S. in Colorado?
Some people might like this show. As for me, I have better ways to spend the extra cash that it cost to have Showtime piped onto the TV (ammo!) I wish Josh the host the best in his acting career because he does have some presence on the screen and I could see him doing TV for a living at some point. I just don't think he chose the right vehicle to try and make his big break into the limelight. For anyone who regularly subscribes to Showtime I suggest you watch the show and make up your own mind. As for me, I will quietly wait unit the next season of True Blood on HBO makes it way onto cable before I start regularly adhering to the TV again.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Until then, shoot often and shoot safe!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sometimes we forget the basics and need to be reminded to put the horse in front of the cart...so may I offer a reading from the book of Ogre..
The biggest mistake novice pistoleros make is a simple matter of forgetting the basic fundamental skills. For some reason, they can tell you what it takes to shoot, but when they draw the weapon, it all goes out the window. For me, the biggest reason I enjoy handgun shooting is that it is more of a challenge. What makes it challenging is that handgunning is a whole person event. You can't half-ass a pistol shot. It takes a combination of body and mind and an almost zen-like “one-ness” with your handgun to make those pistol shots consistent. And it all starts from the ground up.
The Stance, is something continually harped on by martial artists... placement of your feet, your balance on your feet... there is a reason serious martial artists harp on this so much. Everything is build off that foundation. For handgunning, it is the same. We are not tensing up to throw round-house kicks, but we are getting ready to take some recoil and to possibly make movement. But since we are not about to Chuck Norris anything, our feet should be shoulder width apart, nice and comfortable, knees unlocked and just slightly bent, and our weight just a bit forward... on the balls of the feet not the heels.
Going along with the stance is a huge debate in the Gunner's Community about Weaver vs Isosceles... the correct answer is the same answer as “Mary Anne or Ginger?” The answer is “Both”. We should learn to use both and to transition seamlessly between the two. Which one we use and when all depends on the situation. If I am in an Interview Position, where I am talking to someone who I am not clear on the identity or Intent of the person – I stand with my weapon side away from that person. This puts me into the Weaver position. Should I be facing a potential threat and I'm wearing armor – I want as much of that armor facing the threat as possible so I'll be set up for an Isosceles position. And you can't say “I only use Weaver and nothing else” Well, that's just stupid because in real life, target engagements do not happen in static positions like they do on the range. Say, I'm facing a target and it starts moving from my left to my right – and I track that target with my weapon, I am swinging through Weaver into Isosceles. Say that target goes from straight in front of my Weaver position and breaks to my left – then I bring my right foot forward and I am no into the Isosceles again. So train with both, because in reality, you will need both.
Get a grip: It's almost scary when I hand a person at the gun counter a pistol and I watch them take up their grip on the gun... it's really easy to spot the Ignorant and the Novice and the Braggarts and who is an experienced shooter. Women make the biggest mistakes in the grip department. The Ladies will often grab the grip very low, putting all fingers on the grip under the trigger guard, leaving almost an inch or more between their hand and the beavertail or base area of the pistol. This is the “I've never shot a gun before in my life” grip. I especially find it amusing when the guy gripping the pistol like that has made claims to being Super Secret Squirrels in the military. Uh huh. The other common problem grip is the Revolver Grip. This is where the Support Hand's Thumb goes across the top of the firing hand, behind the pistol. This might be okay with a Revolver, and maybe that's how you've done it all your life. But now days when you do that, you run the risk of the slide hitting your thumb and causing you some sudden discomfort and or lacerations. The grip should start out with the firing hand with the pistol inline with the bone of the forearm. This grip should be up as high on the gun as possible, to put the bore axis as low as possible. The support hand then wraps around the firing hand fingers, anchoring the pistol in a vice, with both thumbs together and if possible, pointing forward. The trigger finger is up along the frame of he pistol when the pistol is not aimed at the target. A good grip is critical because because a handgun does two things during firing. One is the recoil is going to make the gun kick back and up. Torque is going to want to make the gun twist. You can Recoil from the mass of the bullet and the pressure of the charge sending that bullet out of the gun and down range. You get torque because the barrel has rifling in it to impart spin on the bullet. A good grip controls Torque and Recoil and minimizes their disturbance.
The Sight Picture. Often I ask the students what they are looking at and what their sight picture looks like. I get some strange answers. First off, the Sight Alignment, how you should align the sights. Take a look at this simple Paintbrush rendering of a sight picture.
The Trigger: Triggers get a lot of abuse... They get jerked and slapped and crushed just beaten on all the time. You can do everything right, and ruin the shot with even a slight case of trigger abuse. When you pull the trigger, do so with a steady pressure until the trigger breaks and the weapon is fired. To do this right, in a way that is consistent, it requires practice in large quantities. That means Dry-Fire Practice. So get some snap-caps and get to work. If you are using a pistol with a round barrel, balance a coin on it. You should be able to dry-fire the weapon without the coin falling. I like to use a laser to practice this as well. If you have a laser mounted to the weapon in the guide rod or the grip or wherever – great. You can activate the laser and dry-fire with it. The laser will clearly show you what you are doing wrong. If you do not have a laser, you can buy a cheap laser pointer for a couple of bucks. Many of these are the diameter of a pen. You can put the laser pointer in the barrel. It doesn't have to line up with the sights. You are not aiming with it. But it will still show you what is happening. The laser should not move when you dry-fire the gun. Now, it's important to practice dry-firing just as you would with live ammo. Important to note – Do not Dry-Fire any Rim-Fire type firearm without the use of a Snap-Cap. Most of the time with the laser, you will see the dot jump to the right. This is sometimes caused by a bad placement of the finger on the trigger. Use the Pad of the trigger finger, not the knuckle. The pull should be straight in line with the trigger's arc of motion. Some triggers have Over Travel. This means the trigger breaks and fires before the trigger has moved all the way back... this allows the trigger to jump that last distance and smack the back-wall of the pull and this could throw the shot off. Over Travel can sometimes be remedied by the user, or sometimes it needs a Gun Smith to sort it. The trigger can be gritty, or heavy, or it could stack. Stacking is where the trigger pull gets heavier just before it breaks. There is a lot that can be wrong with the trigger pull's qualities... but almost all of them can be overcome with lots of dry-firing practice. Okay, now that you have the trigger pulled back, and the weapon is fired – keep the finger on the trigger. Almost all Novice shooters instantly at the firing – take their finger off the trigger completely. Then they start all over again. This isn't good. This leads to Trigger Abuse. Don't beat your trigger. When you break the shot, keep your finger on the trigger. If you have a rifle, pistol, revolver, shotgun... take a moment there at the back wall. This is a part of Follow Through. Don't let up off the trigger until the Front Sight is back on the target. Let the trigger forward slowly. You will feel the trigger reach a point before it's all the way forward where it clicks. That's the reset. As soon as it resets, start pulling it back again for your second shot and then so on.
Training Scars: There are tons of Training Scars out there, too many to deal with. But I'm going to talk about two of them. A Training Scar is any Bad Habit you have picked up that needs to be worked out. If you have Training Scars, the best thing to do is to get with a serious Firearms Trainer to work with you. Your shooting buddy doesn't qualify. In fact, that could be one of the reasons you have Training Scars. Find a real Trainer who can watch you and see what you are doing wrong so he can help you do what is right. Anticipation can be fun and can sweeten the moment. Like when your lover comes out wearing some sort of sexy candy wrapper (what you tear off before consuming) that is some excellent anticipation. For those to young to know what I mean, think about Christmas Morning before Mom lets you open those presents. Or if your Extreme-Muslim – that moment just before HAhkmed pushes that button to detonate that vest you made for him. Those are examples of Anticipation. In shooting, Anticipation is a bad thing. Don't anticipate Recoil. This leads to an instant before firing where you actually push the gun. Even just slightly... this can throw your shot off. Anticipation's Best Friend is Flinch. Flinching is bad, because you can do all kinds of jacked up things including actually closing your eyes just before firing. Look, it's a simple as this... you can't hit the target if your not even looking at the thing. You are also legally liable for every round that you launch... so it would be in your best interest to keep your bloody eyes open, okay? Now, if you have Flinch it's going to take a lot of training to get it out of you. The best way to get rid of flinch is to take your shooting back to Square One. Get out the old .22 pistol or even an Air Gun. (Airsoft isn't accurate enough to really see what you are doing) Start shooting those low recoil guns, use the laser, and dry fire a lot to work out any sign of Flinching.