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)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I wanna know...what's your main CCW or range weapon?

What do you carry most often or, if you don't have a CCW license, shoot most often at the range and why? No particular reason why I want to know, just one of those things that I find interesting to learn from other people.

As most of you know from previous posts, I have a G23 and a Ruger LCP that I use for CCW currently. Although I really like the Glock, the Ruger is my main CCW weapon due exclusively to its size and weight. The G23 rides fine in the Adams Holster (review to come soon) that I have for it, the texture rubs me a bit roughly in the flanks when I carry it, but the pistol shoots fantastic otherwise and the .40 S&W is a potent round. the Ruger on thye other hand literally disappears on my when I wear it and only a trained observer would notice it most of the time. I carry more frequently than I would if I only had the G23 and that is a GOOD thing to me. The .380 the LCP shoots is much weaker, and the Hornady Critical Defense ammo I utilize in it goes a long way to help it along, but its no substitute for a 155 or 165 .40 JHP round.

So, what are you carrying?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Its never minor surgery when it happens to you...

Hey, back from vacation in the Orlando area of Central Florida down by the Everglades, that will be ironic in a moment..

Interesting title, eh? Its true though, ever notice how anyone else having minor dental surgery or a bunion removed is such a trivial affair until it happens to you? Then every facet of the procedure is 100 feet tall in your world and every minute detail is a paramount event to observe and comment on. The same can be said of our observation of TV and Movies. We always seem to point out that which is out of place on our favorite show of our own expert ice. On ER everybody always talked about how their doctor and nurse friends would riddle it for their procedural errors. Police dramas are often cited as unrealistic due to their lack of almost any reality in crime scene procedures. Hell, there is even something in law now called the "CSI effect" where juries have been swayed by the evidence that ISN'T presented to them...if the crew of CSI could get several valid DNA results in 3 hours on the show the local PD should be able to get them to...fail!

Well, with me, and a lot of you too I suspect..guns and weaponry are my thing I seem to notice. More so than the "100 round magazine" and the lack of proper technique its the other things that catch my eye the most. The things that you would have to be "in the gun culture" to notice. My wife has got me watching this show now on the A&E network called The Glades, its a pretty good show about an abrasive detective in the Florida Everglades (see I told you irony was afoot)who has a knack for solving crimes. Weapon wise, the guy carries a S&W pattern pistol (4506?) in a small of the back holster which is kind of cool but you never see him have to mess with it while sitting down or riding in a vehicle which seems a little unrealistic, but that is not the meat of this post.
On tonight's show there is a spree of shooting victims during a hurricane. What makes it interesting is when they inspect the 2nd victim who was shot in the head through the glass of his limousine the main character, Jim, digs an perfectly shaped bullet out of the headrest and the following dialog (more or less) takes place between him the and Carlos, the local medical examiner:

Jim: What type of round did you take out of the first victim?

Carlos: 9mm hollow point, what type is that?

Jim: a 9mm hollow point, what are the chances of the same weapon being used twice in the same day..

Carlos: we got a spree killing...

This is where the gun folks start to chuckle a bit. A 9mm using a hollow point bullet is one of the most common rounds carried and used for both self defense and law enforcement use in the country. Add to the fact that Florida has one of the largest concentrations of CCW holders in the nation and you just implicated a couple of thousand people withing a 30 minute drive of your location most likely.

But again, thats just me noticing.....
Anyway The Glades is on A&E Sunday nights at 10pm EST, give it a look, pretty good in my book.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The zombies are comming...

RUN AWAY!!!!!!

Actually, no, they're not coming...still a cool video. It was a trailer for the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. which takes place around the radioactive ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the former Soviet Union. Speaking of which, I guess we can start fearing and loathing the Russians again now that this spy ring thing is all in the open...thank God, Tom Clancy now has his bread & butter back.

Anyway, I've touched on before about the zombie craze and wanted to point out a couple of books that I have recently come across. For zombie die hards these will stand out to you like sore thumbs, but for the general public they are worth noting if zombie fiction even mildly interests you. They are both by author Max Brooks who is seemingly doing quite well for himself right now writing about the undead.

The first is the aptly named The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead. It is written in the same manner as many of the military survival manuals that I have read in the past. It sets the ground rules that his following books will follow as to the manner of the zombies encountered, tactics in dealing with them and the like. Pretty good idea there. I am about halfway through it right now and while it is a bit of a dry read (it is a manual after all) the subject matter makes it fairly enjoyable. It also helps that I know where this info leads in his next book...

The survival guide lays the footwork for his next book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars in which the author takes the position of a UN researcher that interviews and records several eye witnesses to the zombie apocalypse that nearly wipes out the human race. I have not read this book yet but am going to buy it to take in on my vacation which starts next week. I have read reviews and it is considered an excellent read by most and is even in the development phase for a major motion picture release.

The premise of the war against the zombies reminds me again of the excellent film Fido that I previously talked about where the chief of security for the Zomcom Corporation was a hero of the "zombie wars"..good flick, go check it out if you haven't already..

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wow, they have made some stupid guns in Hollywood before…but come on…


This is a publicity still from the upcoming (2011?) movie The Green Lantern staring Seth Rogan, showing academy award winning actor Christopher Waltz (SS Colonel Hans Landa from Inglorious Bastards fame) holding what appears to be a conjoined semi-auto pistol of some type vaguely resembling two Desert Eagles side-by-side.  Sure its a prop pistol, and sure everyone needs to have at least one Desert Eagle in their film in order to be an action film in the Hollywierd by-laws and such, but come on lets take a look at what’s wrong here.

  • Obviously no slide on either pistol as the entire front most portion of the pistols are a single piece of material. Maybe they are .22’s and the only piece on the upper portion that reciprocates is the rear portion…maybe. 
  • The pistol only appears to have one grip on centerline not lined up with either barrel so maybe it has some freaky dual feeding ramp out of a single magazine….or maybe it was just fabricated from some prop guy who knows nothing of firearm design or function.
  • There do not appear to be any sites on the pistol, but I guess this is OK when all you need to do is use “Hollywood aiming techniques”.
  • A tea cup grip, seriously?

Yeah, I know its just make believe and all that and 99.5% of the audience would never see this stuff, but it does ruin it for me a bit.  Its like somebody watching a movie with SCUBA diving in it that was certified in the real stuff and going “there is no way that would ever work”.  Us “gun folk” always take this stuff a bit seriously I know, but Hollywood could at least try and make sure that something would/could possibly work before they just go ahead and make it up in the first place..

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

.40 vs. 9mm

July 4th Trivia...this is just sad

Check out this video of Jay Leno quizzing people on the street about basic Independence Day trivia at about a 3rd grade level...

sad...just plain sad..

At about 4:19 in the video you see something that is very telling...Dad and Mom have no clue, then their son has no clue, finally Grandpa comes in and saves the day. Mom and Dad are about my age (late 30's early 40's), their kid is in his teens and the Grandpa is 60-something. What does this say about our education system? It tells me sometime around 1970 or so we lost sight of what a public education is for. Its not for forcing social agendas into the populace but for educating our youth to become productive members of society. I will admit that I grew up in this system but through good parenting and perhaps some social advantages I was able to grasp the basics of literacy, mathematics and social and physical sciences to where I can contribute to society.

Maybe this is why so many of my fellow countrymen are willing to give away our personal freedoms to the government for a promise of a piece of cheese at the end of the maze. They have forgotten what we fought for independence for in the first place.

God help us all..