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)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Making good better....

Alright, the term "leaving well enough alone" is normally not spoken when talking about me and my guns....the CETME is proof enough of that!

Tomorrow I am taking the Regent 1911 to a gunsmith to have a few "extras" added. Actually, nothing radical at all. Having a Wilson "drop in" beavertail safety, trigger, sear and hammer put on. "Drop in" is a relative term, I tried to install them myself and it was a mess. The hammer would not cat h on the regular sear, hence the Wilson sear....and it fits it so tight that the hammer would not fall. The hammer would not even fit through the opening in the frame...it's not that big of a deal but it would be nice to have. I will let a professional do it for me right!

Also, I have a 10-8 improved GI rear sight that has a wider notch than the nearly non-existent one on there now. That should greatly enhance aiming!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A great video review of the Regent R-100 1911

Great video, he apparently got a slightly different version that I got (Series 70, wood grips) but otherwise the same. Much better than my video, IMHO.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Changes coming to the Buckeye State Oct 1st….

Thanks to the passage of Ohio SB17 into law, starting October 1st there will be a few major changes to the way I and my fellow Buckeyes that have a CCW can exercise our rights to legally carry and protect ourselves with firearms.

Change #1: Restaurant/Bar carry.  Previously (including right now) CCW holders have been prevented from carrying firearms into establishments that serve alcohol on the premises.  Ohio was one of only a few states that allowed CCW that had this limitation.  To me this meant that I could not go to an Applebee’s or Ruby Tuesday restaurant while carrying without first having to disarm and lock the weapon in my vehicle.  Now, carrying into such an establishment or a bar is allowable as long as the CCW holder is not under the influence of alcohol or consumes while there.  That part is common sense, so is the part that is not written that states common sense means that people carrying guns around other individuals consuming alcohol should act prudently at all times to avoid conflict if possible between the two entities. 

Change #2: Vehicle Carry.  Currently, the law states that a weapon in the possession of a CCW holder must either be locked up in an approved container with a latching mechanism or  “in a holster on the person’s person”.   The requirements for carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle by a CCW holder now remove these two stipulations from the law.  This means that you could theoretically carry a loaded handgun in your lap and be within the law.  While this may be the case, I think the best practice is still to use a holster or bag to carry the handgun in that secures any errant movement of the weapon and also provides adequate coverage of the trigger guard.  There was a case a month ago of a fellow that found this out the hard way in Tennessee. 

Now this is just my take on the major changes in regards to carrying that are in this bill, you should not take this as gospel of what you can or cannot do without reading the law yourself.  It is available for your review here. 

And remember, the law does not go into effect until Oct 1st!!

And this fits I guess…

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Posse shoot Fall 2011

Had the semi-annual gathering of graying shooters and young bucks this past Thursday and Friday.  A good deal of shooting not only the targets but also the bull was accomplished.  Did not take quite as many pics this past shoot as last time, but got a few vids and some pics up in a YouTube video I put on FaceBook early this morning...

As for my experience with my boom sticks this time round...

CETME:  Bummed, although I got 90% of the inadvertent kinks out of it after getting it hosed adding the brass deflector, it still is not where I want it to be.  The entire cycling is very touchy when loading and working by hand that you absolutely cannot ride the bolt forward even the tiniest bit.  Also, its very touchy with mags.   I got a couple of the G3's to work and labeled them.  If the weather would have been more accommodating I would have gone through most of them and picked out the good ones.  As it was, I am glad to just have the 2, thats 2 more than I had when I started.  I did not get to check accuracy that much but it seems to put them in the same place every time.  Also, recoil was a bitch, harsher than I remember it being last time I shot it, due to the welding incident, I don't know.

AR: Ran like a charm, did some controlled pair training with myself and my friend Kurt on it and it went pretty well.  I set two "zombie" reactive targets up at 25 yards and the size of the target made them appear to be about 50 - 75 yards away.  Stand in a ready position and have someone else tell you "right" or "left" and you engage that target with 2 quick controlled shots, acquiring the target each time you pull the trigger.  Fairly easy to do with a red dot or holo sight  (Like my EOTech).  I think the Slipstream ST-1 treatment is paying off. 

M-1 Garand: Did not shoot it as much as last time, which was all well with me.  Still cool to have out and show folks and to get that "ping!" at the end of the clip.

Regent R-100 1911:  This thing just eats about any type of ammo, brass, steel, HP, FMJ...it just shoots.  My friend Mark (who is big into 1911's and has some really nice ones) was impressed by it for the price, which says a lot.  If I concentrate I can tell that the barrel is capable of some good accuracy, but the minimal sights on it give it that good od' GI 1911 "minute of barn door" accuracy.  Going to take it to a smith to have a beavertail hammer, sear, and commander style hammer installed (pistol is still causing a red welt in the webbing of my hand) as well as have a wider rear sight installed. 

Glock 19 Gen3: Nothing to report, ran like a champ of course and the XS big dot put them where I wanted them.

S&W 22A: I have not written about this pistol much.  I got it a couple of years ago, its a .22 target/plinking pistol that I have used to shoot steel a bit with.  It is outstanding.  While not as nearly popular as the Ruger Mark II or III, its still a fine target gun.  When I do my part I can shoot with holes touching on the target with this gun.  Very happy with it.

Ruger LC9:  Biggest happy moment of the day.  I almost didn't shoot it but brought it out at the end just to run rounds through it as it is one of my carry weapons.  Simply put, there were amazing feats of marksmanship and accuracy displayed on Friday with it.  I know, I can't believe it either.  I think I had an epiphany of sorts when I stopped trying to stage the trigger before the break in it and just pulled right throug it.  We had a few spinner type targets out at about 10 yards and some orange shooting clays as well just sat out amongst them.  I was hitting those small targets 7 or 8 times out of 10 with those small sights on it by just simply giving it a good stance and trigger pull.  I was very happy.  Been carrying it everyday since, except for Sunday when I was out with the family for a bit.

My Coleman Tent: Bought for backyard sleepovers for my daughter, it had its first "real" night set up in the woods and did admirably, or so I am told.  The "Marks' were not only nice enough to set it up for me but also "break it in as well" LOL!

Once again it was a great time to get together with some of my fellow Americans and veterans and exercise that 2nd Amendment right we are all so endeared to have given to us by our founders!

Playing around with the layout a bit..

Bear with me while I monkey around....if you don't like it I will change it back...

Anyone else in the mood for The Doors?

I have been listening to 60’s rock lately, don’t know why.  A lot of good tunes there if you get some of the politics out of the way first, some of them were damn hippies but they could make some good tunes when they weren’t stoned, well…maybe when they were stoned I guess…  The Doors used to be one of my favorite groups growing up, their sone “The End” is engrained into the film Apocalypse Now fittingly at The End.  Its in this setting that the moody melody and somewhat maddening lyrics help play out the assassination  (or was it suicide) of Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) by Captain Williard (Martin Sheen).  The film is a cinematic masterpiece (despite its message) in my book and the story of the production and filming is what Hollywood legends are made of.  An example, future stare Laurence Fishburne lied about his age on his acting resume and was cast at the age of 14, he was 17 (the actual age of his character) when filming was finally set…and the “air strike” at the end of the film was actually the real demolition of the set (required by the Philippine government) done after the movie was filmed, it was not intended to be viewed as part of the film but as a separate piece.

And an interesting fact about The Doors? Jim Morrison’s dad was a US Navy Admiral!

Dragon M3 improved M2 .50 MG…..twice the fun in just one gun…

So there is this company called Central Wisconsin Armory with these guys who figured “you know what, we could probably take a M2 and double the firing rate…man, that would sound cool”….and it does!!

The company claims the weapon is 11% shorter and 22% lighter than a standard M2.   The overall maximum range is shortened a bit by a shorter barrel but the effective range stays at 2,000 meters.   The company claims its intent is to deliver more kinetic energy to a target with the same weapon system, which would be very helpful in say trying to stop a VBIED headed toward a checkpoint at a FOB.

Some specs from the company’s website…

Length w/ barrel 56"
Weight Gun 57 lbs.
Weight Barrel 12 lbs.
Caliber 12.7x99mm (50BMG)
Rate of Fire 900 Rounds/Minute
Barrel 36" Fluted/Stellite Lined/Threaded
Flash Hider 360 degree occluded
Feed Right Hand/Left Hand
Safety Sliding Detent/Quick Throw

While there have been other variants of the M2 that have had a higher rate volume of fire  than the standard M2 as well (the rate of fire on the M2 was limited on purpose to allow for longer sustained fire), this is  a good attempt by a company today to revisit this concept and apply it to our operations now.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Alive Day Gary!!

They see me rollin', they hatin'

Today is my friend Gary's 8th anniversary of his "alive day" while serving in Iraq.  From his FaceBook page:

"8 years ago today I survived my attack in Iraq. HOOOAAHHH it's a great day to be alive! Never take life for granted and live it to the fullest because you never know when it's going to be the last!"
Gary and I met while we were both stationed at Ft. Knox after 9/11 while serving in Operation Noble Eagle.  He worked in the Battalion S3 (Operations) shop while I worked in the S1 (Admin).  He was the owner of "Boggsnet" in the barracks where we all basically stole internet access from him since he was the one person on our floor not too cheap to pay for it.  He later went on to volunteer to by a LNO (Liaison Officer) for the Ohio National Guard to help bring back lessons learned from units overseas to units here by actually participating in operations with deployed units already in theater.

For those who don't know, an alive day is when you celebrate an event that could have taken your life, but didn't.  Gary's occurred while, ironically, on his was to his R&R leave while attached to the 4th ID from the Ohio National Guard.  His vehicle was hit by an IED planted in a curb in a median of a highway and took out the vehicle he was in (it was not an armored HMVVW as you can see from the pics).  The blast cost Gary his left eye, left some "souvenir" fragments in his arm and also caused a case of TBI (traumatic brain injury).

Thanks to the docs he got an artificial eye and thanks to the military he got a medical retirement.  So yes, the IED did take a soldier out of the war, don't worry about him though...it will take more than some Iraqi turd pusher with some explosives to put him down for good!
Gary eventually found his way after some hard times and is now a motivational speaker and works with a group that champions wounded veterans.  His story has been told by the likes of 60 Minutes and USA Today to point out the challenges our wounded veterans face after returning home.  He lives down in Florida works making sure other veterans are afforded the care and services they rightfully deserve.

Happy Alive Day Gary!!

Some dick head planted an IED here...notice the beautiful Iraqi countryside...
Thankfully, Gary wasn't signed for the truck...they did try to charge him for his body armor and weapon though...

Gary lounging around at the expense of the taxpayer...he especially enjoyed the sponge baths from his special friend "Nick the Nurse", or so I have heard...

Gary "at work" with Jessica Alba...she agreed to have his baby, or so I have heard...

And our Deadliest Warrior is.....SPETZNAZ!

Alright, this was a runaway from the start.....Spetnaz by a large margin on who you would think would win if all of the "winners" from the first season of Deadliest Warrior were put up against one another....

Alright, not to take away from them, but you do know a lot of the videos you see of them throwing hatchets at each other and doing acrobatic stuff with guns is staged right, you know for propaganda?  The Ruskies were good at producing numbers that looked good on paper but did not always pan out in reality...some of their large fleets they had during the Cold War...rust buckets....  Some of their large armies...poorly trained conscripts.  Sure the Spetznaz are elite and obviously you think they are the best...but I still got to root personally for the Spartans...

And for all my readers from South Philly who voted for the Mafia..."How 'ya doin'?"  Enjoy the Schuykill punch....


We made it, thanks everybody....

Not a lot, I know, but something, when you get to 100,000 you don't say a "tenth million" but at 250,000 you can say a quarter million...next milestone.....500K