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)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Regent R100 1911-A1 .45 Pistol…Turkish Delight

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OK, so I'm a sucker. Sold my Kimber to a friend this winter looking to get a good, decent first pistol. He took to the 1911 like a rabid dog to a pork chop so I felt compelled to make him a deal on it. Thought I would be happy with just my Glocks to keep me company. Not that Glocks don't make me happy, but the more and more I dwelled on it, I really just missed having a 1911 in the safe.

First off, lets get this out of the way….Let me tell you what the Regent R100 1911 is probably NOT…

  • It’s probably NOT the pistol you will see gracing the cover of every gun rag next month….
  • It’s probably NOT the pistol that Nutnfancy or Hikock45 will be profiling on YouTube anytime soon…
  • It’s probably NOT going to be on the list of “must have” pistols on anyone’s web site…
  • It’s probably NOT the pistol everyone is going to be raving about on the gun boards….

Probably NOT….but maybe it could be….

John Moses Browning’s 1911 is THE American pistol. Forget the Colt .45 or Navy Revolver, the 1911 is more iconic in many ways than those will ever be. This is especially true since the 1911 has lived its entire lifetime in they age of photography where its use by good and bad guys has caught the public's attention. Even to a non-gun type person they would recognize the general shape and outline of the pistol and reply "a .45" if asked what it was. When you think of the pistol that our nation has relied upon, you think of the 1911.

The basis appeal of the 1911 is based on the powerful .45 ACP cartridge that it launches and the reliability that most people take for granted with it. The single stack design of the pistol along with the grip angle make a very comfortable pistol for most people to hold. Its relative thin profile makes it easy to carry for a full size metal pistol weighing close to 40 ounces. Its not without is issues, it does have its reputation for being a pistol that tinkering is needed in order to run smoothly, it is heavy (but that may be useful when you run out of ammo and have to use it as a club), its single action design with the “cocked and locked” carry is intimidating to some shooters and the single stack design does mean you must reload often. Despite these shortcomings, the 1911 remains one of the most popular pistols to own and shoot 100 years after its adoption.

The 1911 design surrounds us....and that is not a bad thing.

As most people are aware, the 1911 was adopted to replace the .38 cartridge which was found to be lacking after US involvement in the Philippines at the turn of the century. Stories of Moro warriors charging after being hit multiple times with the .38 round (hardball ammo mind you...hmmmm, sounds familiar to stories told of the 9mm in round nose configuration) abounded and the Army decided that a bigger round would be needed. The 1911 design was an improvement of earlier Browning designs and won the pistol competition over other competing models hands down. Its also rumored that the Army, ripe with officers from the Calvary (which was one of the first “elite” type of units in the Army), that it also wanted a round capable of humanely dispatching a lame horse in the field if need be, something the .38 was questionable I guess. Its first baptism of fire was with the American Punative Expeditionary Force excursion into Mexico to track down Pancho Villa after his attacks on Columbus, Texas in 1916. The pistol got rave reviews by the troops which was not lost on the Expedition's commander, one General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing.

The US' entry in WW1 was directly responsible for the Mexican expeditions return to the US and redeployment overseas and the experience with the 1911 in the dusty and difficult terrain of Mexico was not forgotten by Pershing. He directed that every man in the US Expeditionary Force in Europe would be issued one as a sidearm. Think about it, trench warfare in close combat with an enemy...your primary weapon is a 44" bolt action rifle with 5 rounds..a 7 shot, semi-auto pistol in .45 seems pretty hand to have around. In fact, the demand was so high for them that Smith & Wesson was called on to provide revolvers chambered in .45 ACP (issued with "moon clips" to function with the rimless cartridge) to help make up the difference in manufacturing shortage. The pistol was revised in 1924 with the "-A1" designation to include a shortened trigger, relief cuts in the frame just aft of the trigger, an arched mainspring housing and some other minor changes not noticed by the casual observer.

Unless you live under a rock, work for the Brady Campaign or didn't read my previous two paragraphs, you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of the adoption of John M. Browning's pistol as the Model 1911 .45 ACP by the US Army. As such there seems to be a resurgence of interest in the "classic" 1911 design recently and less of the "bells and whistles" models so often encountered with options and features absent on the original design. Remington, Ruger, Springfield, Para and others all produce a "GI" style gun that many desire to have. I mean after all, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and other smaller conflicts were all fought by this country with a standard 1911/1911-A1 style pistol so why the big need to change it, right?

The basic and humble 1911-A1 even saved Private Ryan...

So, a basic 1911 was what I was in the mood for this time. I have had a few 1911’s that had some bells and whistles added to them and for the most part they are not needed. Forward serrations, beavertail grips, fiber optic sights, tactical rails, extended safeties or any of the other common customizations found on 1911’s don’t have diddly squat to do with launching that round at its target at the intended range that the pistol was designed for. Simple and basic (and cheap!) was what I was going for on this 1911!

I started to look at 1911’s with a goal of spending less that $500 on a base pistol and accessories. I had a trade in I was willing to part with so my out of pocket would be less than that, but for the sake of principal for this endeavor I wanted the $500 limit. This price limit automatically cut out some of the common “bargain” 1911 choices such as the Springfield GI or Taurus 1911’s. I was strongly considering tracking down an ATI Commander sized 1911 after reading a lot of good posts about them on the We The Armed forums and had actually started shopping for one when another budget gun caught my eye. In one of the gun mags that frequents my house I found an add for an attractive black and stainless 1911 from a company I had never heard from, Regent. Some web research told me that the company was under the umbrella of Umarex, a company known for its AIRSOFT products. Yeah, that’s right, airsoft. The pistol itself if manufactured in Turkey, which is OK in my book since my experience with the Stoeger Cougar 8000 a few years ago. Turks can make some good guns, or at least they have the ability to do so when they want to. Long story short, the lack of ATI’s in stock, a sub $500 price tag and some decent curiosity on my part meant the Regent R100 1911 followed me home one afternoon….

So lets talk about it already, shall we?

The Regent R100 1911 is a 1911-A1 style single action, recoil operated, semi-automatic pistol firing a .45 ACP cartridge fed via a singly stack magazine system. It utilizes a short recoil operating system in which the barrel and slide travel to the rear as a group for a short distance until chamber pressure is dropped enough for the barrel to unlock from the slide via a barrel link to complete the unloading, ejecting, cocking, stripping, chambering and locking process for the next shot. OK, we all pretty much know that....

Appearance

The pistol itself is very attractive. The black finish and steel barrel work well with black Hogue grips (which are a hyped bonus apparently) and the understated "Regent" etched on the side of the frame to present a very business like, yet attractive, appearance. Being only a slightly modified version of the 1911-A1 design you will not find fancy slide serrations (or any on the front), a rail on the dust cover under the barrel, a beveled magazine well, beavertail safety (more on this later), or any checkering anywhere on the pistol that it shouldn't be normally. You do get a lowered (but not flared) ejection port that does not seem to beat ejected brass up so reloading with this pistol is an option. The extractor is the traditional internal design and also traditional is the short guide rod assembly in the mainspring. I do not think a full length rod offers any major drawbacks to a 1911 or makes it more complex really (unless you are talking one of those Springfield 2 piece jobs that requires a separate tool to take down) but the truth is the simple short rod works just as well, as two world wars and countless other confrontations attest to. It has a traditional grip safety and hammer, although the hammer is slightly flared for better purchase if thumbed back manually, which almost never the case with this pistol per the accepted manual of arms.

Manufacture

The fit of the pistol is pretty damn good. I had heard and seen pics of the incredible slide to frame fit of the budget ATI 1911's and if my pistol is any indication of Regents products, the R100 is slightly below, or at, this high level of workmanship. The pistol fits fairly tight together (despite what the clerk at the store tried to show me compared to another - more expensive - 1911 he was trying to get me to buy, certainly a tighter fit than any of my Glocks! The only exception was the grip safety which rattles considerably. The barrel is hammer forged as is also the slide. The barrel does not have a integral feel ramp but it does appear to be slightly throated and polished. The frame is investment cast and internal components appear to me almost exclusively made by MIM (Metal Injected Molding). I was going to explain these two processes in this post, but have decided to put them off for a entire separate post all together. Needless to say, in my opinion both investment casting and MIM parts should be "good enough" for most shooters needs.

The finish on the other hand may be an issue in the future. I have put maybe slightly over 300 rounds through this pistol and the black finish on the underside of the slide where it meets the frame shows some significant wear already. The rest of the slide seems well enough, but its not like I have been pulling this in and out of holsters or tossing it around in the back of a truck or anything. I know that is somewhat normal, but it still bears notice and observation in the future.

Controls and sights

The controls are straight from a 1911, standard trigger, magazine release, slide stop and safety. I must admit that while I see the point in extended controls, these work just fine for me. Matter of fact I like the standard safety with its smallish appearance. In my mind its less likely to be knocked to the "off/fire" position while on the belt or be pushed to the "on/safe" position while firing like some of the larger "paddle" designs may be. Also, if you are a Southpaw this 1911 only has the safety on the left side for right handed shooters, as per the original design (don't you know you are supposed to train yourselves to shoot right handed!). The trigger is the GI "short" style which is a bit different for me, but it can be "easily" replaced if need be (probably won't though). The standard slide stop is good enough for a defensive pistol. I have gotten into the habit of using an over the top "C" grip to rack my slide whenever I load, so having the ability to easily let it fly forward with an extended lever is not a huge issue for me. For those IDPA types that like that, again, its easily replaced. The magazine release is nothing new for a 1911 or worth much of note for reviewing, but again an extended one could be added if wished.

All controls worked correctly and positively in my testing of this pistol.

The sights lie above the vestigial bumps on my P-3AT and well below a 3 dot arrangement on any other pistol I have owned. My former Kimber had simple black black sights, but they were also superior to these. These are classic GI sights, small and unobtrusive. The sights on this pistol are a real chore for my aging eyes to use. The rear sight is a very small notch and the front ramp is equally as small. The ramp must be carefully lined up in the rear for a proper picture and takes some concentration. The rear sight is dovetailed using a GI style cut and the front sight is pinned in place. This makes upgrading them somewhat tricky as most 1911 sights available are cut for a a different sized rear and also a dovetailed front. There are options available though. Most appealing to me (too keep the basic premise for this pistol) is an enhanced GI style sight available for around $30 that utilizes the same basic rear sight but with a slightly wider and deeper notch to make aligning the front sight easier and a serrated surface to keep glare down. The front sight I will just apply some orange sight paint to make it easier to pick up.

Safeties

The 1911 has a "traditional" external safety (it started the tradition by the way), grip safety and also an internal "series" 80 firing pin safety that prevents the firing pin from being allowed to fully go forward to contact the primer in the round until the trigger if fully pulled toward the rear. I don't particularity care for them, while necessary by design in a Glock, the 1911 should never be carried with a round in the chamber without the pistol already having the manual safety engaged and grip safety engaged until ready to fire. In addition, as the Ruger SR1911 touts in its literature, a lightweight firing pin and heavy firing pin spring provide enough protection against accidental discharges if the pistol is dropped chambered from normal heights.

There are no magazine disconnects, witness holes, loaded chamber indicators or key lock safeties on the pistol. An chain lock is provided with the pistol where applicable by law.

Magazine

The magazine that comes with it is a "ACT-Mag" magazine, steel and of good quality. I had no trouble loading or shooting with it. I also bought a couple of Kimber 8 round mags and had no issues with them either. I will note again that the magazine well on the R100 is not beveled and inserting mags will take a bit of concentration to get used to. You could either have it beveled or add one of those grip extension mag wells to it if you wish.

Shooting impressions

Ah, shooting a 1911, nothing really compares in my book. The one thing that stands out in my book about shooting this pistol is that the trigger...well, it sucks compared to my other guns. It is just heavy and gritty and makes me work for each round down range to go where I want it. Its not like I expected much out of a GI style gun (and really, it was better than some other old 1911's that I have shot) but it is a noticeable distraction to shooting it. Not making excuses, but I think a better trigger (and shooter!) would show what this pistol is really capable of in terms of accuracy from the barrel. Hopefully, the trigger will smooth out if not lighten up with continued use as the metal parts wear against and smooth each other out. If not I could replace some parts (ugh) or send it out for a custom trigger job (another ugh). Or I could just accept it for what it is and shoot it as I adjust to it (no so ugh).

I seem to keep hitting low and to the left with it, which is supposedly a sign that I am anticipating the shot and "pushing" the trigger right before let off. I don't know, I think maybe the trigger has a bit to do with this as well. Either way, if I continue to hit low (an I am using a GI center hold on the target as I was taught) I can fix that my lightly filing down the front sight until my groups come up. Filing the front sight? Yep, GI weapons (1911, M1, M1 carbine) used to be purposely issues with high front sights that a soldier would file down to me their particular rifles trajectory and their sight picture. With today's plastic and already painted dot sights this fact has been lost on most people. Either way, I have some more range work to do with this pistol before its ready to be a "on standby" defensive piece, for now its a range toy.

Recoil is what you expect from an all steel and alloy 1911 and .45 combo, noticeable but not harsh. Too much for you? Stick to 9mm..

Some people experience "slide bite" with the 1911 (or any other semi auto pistol with an exposed hammer) when they grip it too high causing skin to be pinched (bitten) between the hammer and the slide upon recoil. I did not experience this but the rear of the grip safety and hammer did start to rub on the "meat" of my hand and did cause some discomfort. Yeah, I know, cry you a river and grow the hell up. That's the nice thing about middle age, you start to get to the point where you can cry and get away with it as well as have some of the resources to actually change that shit. A beavertail safety and hammer will probably find their way onto the pistol. Wilson makes a value lined supposedly "drop in" grip safety and hammer that can be installed without any additional machining to the pistol, we will see.

Pics and Vids


The “out of the box experience”…yeah, boxes sit on shelf for the most part, but custom cut foam is a nice touch and shows the company takes the time to cover the little things….throw a bushing wrench in there for future guns guys..

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The pistol has classic 1911-A1 styling, and I love that…the grips are Hogue rubber grips which is a much hyped “feature” of the pistol…they are nice, about $20 and not all that special, classic wood grips would be nice though…I have put these on 1911’s before, they work and they are better than the crappy plastic panels you might expect on a bargain pistol…

The R100 uses the standard non-extended recoil rod which has been good enough for 2 world wars, Korea, Vietnam and bunch of other real world actions to prove it works.


The business end of the R100, no front serrations (not missed), no rail under the dust cover (not missed) and no fancy front sight (missed!)

Plain old simple trigger, serrations on the front of the face of it help your finger get traction on the heavy pull that lies behind it…

Basic 1911 grip safety but the hammer is slightly flared…I have not gotten “bitten” between the hammer and the safety, but the hammer does bear down on the “meat” between my thumb and forefinger..this may be the one thing I change on the gun…and that tiny rear sight….

Looking for a beveled magazine well in a sub $500 1911…take a look elsewhere..

The ejection port is lowered but not flared like on some other 1911’s..ejected brass do not appear to be worse for wear despite this…

Can you see those really small sights on the rear of the slide there…you can?, that’s funny, I have a really hard time with it…but that slide to frame fit is pretty damn impressive..

Both the stock magazine (on the right) or the Kimber 8 round mag (on the left) have run flawlessly through six boxes of ammo.


The Simple and understated engraving on the slide is much appreciated after the Billboard sized stamping on the Taurus I used to have….

A few vids from yours truly...





Overall Impressions

So, to break it down lets take a look at the Good, the bad and the ugly on this pistol…

The Good…

  • Affordable price
  • Quality construction across most of the pistol, good slide to frame fit, investment cast frame seems solid.
  • Has functioned without error in its first 300 rounds.
  • Simple design, and simple is good (would even be better without the series 80 safety)
  • Hogue grips are a nice addition..
  • Pistol appears to be capable of better accuracy, even with the trigger pull, than I can demonstrate with it..
  • Hammer forged barrel
  • Magazine is of good quality
  • Standard GI safety (some may differ on this, but I think the more likely NOT to be flipped on by the shooter the better)

The Bad…

  • Sloppy fit on the grip safety
  • The sights are hard on my eyes
  • Untested company in terms of it firearms…long term durability is a question mark…
  • I doubt the necessity in real life of the series 80 safety
  • Some people may be turned off by MIM internals.
  • Not biting, but the hammer is rubbing my hand, possibly fixable with a drop in hammer and beavertail safety (around $70)
  • Only 1 mag shipped with pistol, and no bushing wrench.

The Ugly…

  • Finish appears to be subject, wear marks already heavy on rails
  • Trigger pull needs some work


Final Thoughts

If I was to rate this pistol against other 1911's available I would have to give it a "B" or maybe a "7.5/10" or "4 stars". Its a solid pistol and performer so far for me. Yes, its got some short coming in my book, but again, given the price its a pretty solid value for the money. Regent claims it gives you a solid starting point to build a custom pistol from and this is true. But after you factor in the costs of parts and such you may add to get it to a custom pistol config how much have you really saved (considering parts cost, labor, how much your time is worth, ect). As is, its a good solid pistol, but there are some others that can be had at or lower than what it retails for as well. Like I said in the beginning, its not the pistol people will be talking about...but it COULD Be. Maybe if Regent could offer a few bells and whistles at the same price point (they are offering a R200 model with a config more like a Taurus PT1911 but at a higher price point) like maybe that commander style hammer and grip safety (like ATI does) and just drop that series 80 safety I think a lot more people might take a look at it.

As it is, its a good looking, reliable and solid budget 1911, just one that does not have a whole lot to separate it from the pack. But it could.....

More resources:

Regent Arms on the Web


R100 review from The Firearms Channel.com

Regent R100 video.

Regent R100 disassemble video.

Gunblast reviews the R100.

Your acronym of the day: B.O.H.I.C.A.


BOHICA

BOHICA (also spelled "B.O.H.I.C.A" and Bohica") is an acronym that stands for "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again". It is used colloquially to indicate that an adverse situation is about to repeat itself, and that acquiescence is the wisest course of action. It is commonly understood as a reference to being sodomized. An alternative etymology relates the expression to the days of sail and avoiding being struck by the boom, which would swing around the mast due to shifts in wind or the vessel's course. The term grew to regular use amongst the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Although it originated in the US Military forces, its usage has spread to civilian environments and used to describe unavoidable, unpleasant situations that have inconvenienced one before, and are about to yet again.

BOHICA is one of those acronyms (like SNAFU, TARFU and FUBAR ~ thanks Steven Speilberg for having every mall ninja in America saying that!) that is commonly used in the military to express a generally fatalist view on life and service in general. Generally, it is usually expressed with some indication of whether or not lubrication will be in effect this time around...

Use it in a sentence...hmmmm...let's see...oh yeah, from deployment upon finding out during our morning briefing that I would have mess hall headcount yet again this week..."Damn sir..I feel like I got BOHICA tattooed on my ass". I always had a way with words around officers....now that I think of it that probably explains a lot of the BOHICA situations I was in...and my career path. Now that I think about it I probably shouldn't of told that female Colonel type that my section was getting ready to "rock out with our c0#ks out" either....

And about that pic up there...thank God for ACU velcro...you can get a tab or patch for just about any occasion made up and wear it and just tear it off at the first sign of "upper management"...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Big hunk o' steel

A friend let me borrow this to shoot....it's a S&W 686 .357 magnum from sometime between 1992 -1994 based on the sights and wood grip...it's a hand cannon of the first degree...



Something about the heft, feel and look of a fine piece of quality steel just makes me smile. Makes me really regret selling my Ruger Security-Six..


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LCP Vs. P-3AT: Another view from The Box O' Truth

A little over 2 years ago I did a post on the LCP vs. the P-3AT. Little did I know that that post would be viewed thousands of times and become one of the most popular posts on this blog. For those of you keeping up with my shooting life, I had a P-3AT, sold it to a friend and bought another friend's LCP, stuck a laser on it, sold it to a guy from work this year for his wife and have recently taken back up with a P-3AT. What can I say, life (and guns) changes pretty quick around these parts.

My opinion of the two pistols still hasn't changed much, I like both and consider both adequate for a up close and personal defensive pistol. Using the proper ammo (such as Hornady's Critical Defense line) in either of the pistols should not make the carrier feel under gunned, as long as he knows the limitations that these smaller pistols present. Personally, I have come to the conclusion that lasers and fancy sights on a pistol like this is of little value, as they are designed for very close combat indeed. That's not to say a nice pair of sights wouldn't be wasted, I have been able to get very good groups from the LCP at 3 yards or so using the basic sights on it. A little dab of bright paint on the front "bump" of either will go a long way to improving your ability to pick up a fairly usable sight picture on them.

Anyway, this post isn't about my thoughts on the subject per se.

Over at The Box O' Truth they have done their own side-by-side comparison of the LCP and P-3AT. I don't talk about the Box much on here (or ever now that I think of it), but they are in my bookmarks/favorites list for a reason. They do "real world" penetration testing and the like that is valuable info to use in blog fodder research.

They pretty much come to the same middle of the road conclusion I do about these pistols, either works fine enough for what it is. The Ruger is a bit more polished and the slide lock back (manually only, not on an empty mag) is nice for administrative chores, but both do the exact same function when called into action. This should be no surprise since the LCP is basically a direct copy of the P-3AT, but its nice to have another set of thoughts on the subject matter.

Thought some of you that ended up here looking for my comparison of the two would like a link to theirs. Nicely written (a lot shorter than my prose) with plenty of pics. Worth the read.

You say tomato (to-may-to)...I say tomato (to-mah-to)

It's about time....

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So his son said looters broke into his home and took his medicine and put him into a coma...



So how does it feel to have bad men come into your safe zone and take your family member?



Sucks, doesn't it?



See why us Americans are pissed off they let him out to begin with....time to end this circus that began over Lockerbie....



And while we're ending stuff...would somebody please find and shoot Gadaffi....



Can't say I am totally thrilled by the folks taking over Libya, but that asshat has to be dealt with...looks like something like 50,000 missing prisoners may give enough people incentive to make that happen....





Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cracker Barrel is helping the Wounded Warrior Project…World's Longest Front Porch

Join Cracker Barrel in supporting Wounded Warrior Project™ by helping us create the World's Longest Front Porch

This is pretty simple folks, go eat at Cracker Barrel, take a pic of yourself on their front porch, upload it and a $1 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project up to $35K….come on, go get some biscuits and gravy and do you wounded brothers and sisters a favor!

Here’s my entry…

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Old fashioned shirt

Picked up at the range today.... Lol




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“ I will guard everything within the limits of my post, and quit my post only when properly relieved”

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Every solder will recognize this as their 1st General Order that they are taught in basic training.  All of the general orders are a throwback to when the grand Army of the Republic would move from camp to camp and have to post sentries to alert the main force if and when an enemy was present.  There used to be more than three of them and I believe the USMC still has more than three to learn.  For the Army folks, the orders have been reduced to just the three (to be honest I believe the first one in the title above is actually broken down into two separate orders for Marines where the comma separates the sentence).  They have been altered so that they are pertinent not only to sentry duty but also to all duties in your military life. 

1st General Order

""I will guard everything within the limits of my post, and quit my post only when properly relieved.”  Your  post is whatever you are assigned to do, you maintain and protect it.  That is from a checkpoint leading into the Green Zone in Baghdad, patrolling in your Stryker in Afghanistan to sitting at your desk in the admin section of your unit at Ft. Carson.  You don’t leave until the mission is completed and when told to do so. 

2nd General Order

“I will obey my special orders and perform my duties in a military manner”   Special orders is everything you are told to do in detail outside of your general orders.  Your special order may be to guard the entry to your LOGPAC site and only allow US and Coalition vehicles with proper clearance to pass.  Performing it in a military manner means to obey all laws under the UCMJ and regulations as posted, to include the proper conduct or yourself in a professional manner.

3rd General Order

“I will report violations of my special order, emergencies and anything not covered under my instructions to the commander of the relief.”  If you come into a situation that you do not know what to do based upon the commanders intent and your special orders you let someone know so that the situation can be rectified.

All soldiers learn these orders their first few days at basic or suffer the consequences.  I remember waaaaay back in the 80’s going through Infantry OSUT at Ft. Benning and forgetting them!  It was a hot and humid Georgia day in the early fall.  We had been at a range all day for something or another and had marched there both way…5 or 6 miles one way it seems.   We had finally gotten back in time to eat dinner chow and the only thing I could think of was getting some cold water or maybe kool aid in my mouth…serious cottonmouth at this point in the day.  I had completed my pull ups to get into the chow line and was standing there with everyone else in the “parade rest, attention, step forward as the guy in front of you moves, stop, come to attention and back to parade rest” routine when one of my drills walked past asking questions from our “blue book” that we used to learn stuff like this.  “whats the effective range or your rifle”….”what’s the prepatory command in the command “Parade Rest””.  He came up to me and asked “Whats your 3rd general order?”….and I froze.  Maybe it was the cottonmouth or just being caught off guard while thinking about that ice cold water…but I froze, big mistake.  “I’M TALKING TO YOU PIVOT (derogatory term for private, because all we did was pivot in place to commands) WHAT IN THE HELL IS YOUR 3RD GENERAL ORDER?!?!?”  And I blurted out….”I WILL GUARD EVERYTHING…..” And then I saw it coming……

I only caught a glimpse of the big black meat paw headed towards my head…WHAP!!!!  Full force contact to the side of my head…my helmet line flew off and landed somewhere off to my right….”WHAT THE HELL DID YOU SAY!! ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR GENERAL ORDERS?!?!!?”  Oh shit, I was in the hurt locker now….and then 2 more drills showed up…yeah, the deep dark hurt locker…I tried to talk my way out of it…wrong move..

“Drill Sergeant I know my general orders!” I said….mistake.  “OH WELL THEN YOU JUST DECIDED TO SWITCH THEM THEN!!!  HEY SENIOR DRILL SERGEANT WE GOT US A THINKER HERE” ……hell was open for business and everything was on sale now..

Needless to say after 15 or 20 minutes of probably providing some stress relief for this guy while he worked through his faltering marriage, subpar NCOER for drinking and overseas orders for Iceland or some shit I finally got off the ground and was allowed into the mess hall dripping from head to toe in sweat.  Yeah, that was a good day.

The reason I bring this subject up is that guarding things is one area that the US Army does well.  To be more specific, the 3rd US Infantry (not to be confused with the 3rd Infantry Division) does it well.  The 3rd US Infantry is the unit assigned to duties, both functional and ceremonial in the nations capital.  Their ceremonial duties include parades and rendering of honors for both US and Foreign dignitaries.  Their functional duties include the actual defense of the nations capital.  Somewhere in between is the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  While largely a ceremonial duty – nobody is really going to steal the tomb – the symbolic gesture of standing watch on a fellow soldier that was not able to be claimed by his family means much to the military community in this country.  The men and women that make up the detail (yes, I did say women) guard this tomb 24/7 every day of the year, regardless of weather.  The attention to detail and skill required to wear the badge of a tomb guard mean that only a very few select individuals get to have the honor of walking those hallowed 21 steps across the front of the tomb.   The picture above was taken on August 27th, 2011 as the Washington area was bearing some of the brunt of Hurricane Irene and much of it was shut down.  This is not the first time that the guards have walked during adverse area….2 feet of snow on the ground…the guard will walk through the deep snow as his comrades work to clear a path for him.  High wind or thunderstorms…the guards will walk with their M14 rifles tipped with metal bayonets.   In very rare circumstances they will be allowed to seek refuge in a small guard shack adjacent to the tomb, but they never cease to have a visual surveillance on their post.

And for those that think all they are are toy soldiers for display, don’t cross into their turf….or talk or laugh….or…

Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”

Heard this classic tune on XM’s Boneyard the other day from the classic metal band Iron Maiden…classic

Play this loud…..

For those unfamiliar with the song it’s a tribute to the English Poet Laureate Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, which is based on events that occurred during the Crimean War.  The Crimean what?  Yeah, me too.  They don’t teach too much history about European conflicts that didn’t involve US Doughboys in trenches or Paratroopers dropping  onto the Normandy peninsula.   The Crimean war was fought between Russia and a coalition of Western European armies along with the Ottoman Empire (basically Turkey) between 1853 – 1856.  The Ottoman Empire was in decline and Russia was pressing to both annex and control Ottoman territory to include the holy lands.  England and France wouldn’t have it and they started a shooting war…that’s about all you really need to know to enjoy the song, and that is a bit in excess anyway.

The song itself concerns the suicidal charge of a light brigade of British cavalry consisting of Dragoons, Lancers and Hussars.  What, what and what? Yeah, me neither…I think they all wore funny hats with feathers in them.  Regardless, light cavalry were the special operators of their day…able to quickly move around the battlefield to exploit a weakness in the enemy lines, roll up his flank, block his advance or generally wreak havoc upon infantry troops with their speed and mobility.   In this particular instance all of that was wasted.  Through a series of communication and tactical blunders 600 men were ordered to ride into a low area surrounded by Russian artillery and cavalry forces.  This was a mistake….a big mistake.  You never actually want to be in a low area surrounded by enemy forces that can rain hell upon you…this is especially true in that era where “air superiority” could only possibly refer to your position from the latrine in relation to the prevailing wind.  Check out this pic…..

light brigade map

See that Kill Zone?, bad shit happens there….and that is where the Light Brigade was….

Now I am no tactician by any means, I left that stuff to the West Pointers…but to me to be in what is commonly called a “kill zone” or “kill box” is probably a bad thing when you got Russians, Ruskies and Commies-to-be  trying to kill you.  Bacically, the Brits got their asses handed to them, but they did manage to recover historically in typical British fashion.  The blind obedience to orders and stoic action in the face of overwhelming odds is a study in British military character upon itself.  It should be noted that those cavalry troopers actually reaching the Russians at the end of the valley were able to push they off their positions for a short period after some fierce fighting but were pushed back themselves by Russian reinforcements.

What the song celebrates is the do or die mentality of those troopers that boldly charged into the valley of death knowing their probable outcome but going anyway

“You take my life but I’ll take yours too,

You fire musket but I’ll run you through”

Yep, those are some pretty bad assed fatalist lyrics to start a song with….

I think people can identify with the lyrics no matter where you are from.  Every nation has a “Charge of the Light Brigade”.  The French have Dien Ben Phu, Americans we have the Alamo, Japanese have basically the entire ending of WW2, ect….

Back to the music, cool song all the way around.  Despite their reputation in some circles, Iron Maiden is not a satanic group.  They are actually more of “thinking man’s metal” group than anything.  Listen to their song subjects and lyrics.  You deal with subjects as far apart as war (“the Trooper”, “Aces High”) to Greek Mythology (“flight of Iccarus”).  They are often overlooked by radio and the press despite selling over 80 million discs and records and winning a grammy.  Oh yeah, that Grammy was won a couple of years ago…they are still out there doing their thing (abeit with a different lineup) almost 30 years after this sone was released!

When I was a young teen my parents sent my brothers and I to stay with my Great Aunt Elinor (who just passed away) for a week in the summer.  Elinor was of a different era and different tastes.  For quite a few years she had been the head of a ladies group that supported the National Symphony and had been honored by The Kennedy Center for her efforts and contributions.  Heavy metal was definitly not on her personal “playlist”.  Even so, we went shopping and she bought me the Iron Maiden album “Piece of Mind”, which is where The Trooper” came from.  I don’t know who must have been more bewilldered, Aunt Elinor wondering what I was thinking listening to this album with “Eddie” on the cover in a straight jacket….or the Russian artillerymen seeing over 600 Brits riding at a gallop into the muzzles of their cannon.  Probably Elinor…..

Iron_Maiden_-_Piece_Of_Mind

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Uncle Rog visits

Had a surprise visit by my wife's Uncle Roger all the way from Salt Lake City this morning. He is one of my favorite in-laws even if we don't get to see him that much. He is out East on his yearly visit in conjunction with his 1st Infantry Division reunion he attends, this year it was in Buffalo.

If I ever make it to Utah to meet any of the WTA crew in their natural habitat it will probably be related to a visit to see Roger.

Roger served in the 2/18th Infantry in the "Big Red One" back in 1966 - 1967 in Vietnam. He was awarded a purple heart for injuries sustained by enemy fire but maybe the most significant injury didn't occur until after the war in 2009. Roger came down with a form of cancer he believes was related to exposure to agent orange back in the war.

One thing Roger emphasized was how important it was for all veterans to register with the VA "just in case" something pops up service related years after the fact. Sage advice...

He so expresses some concern for the waning membership in our veteran organizations. I have been looking on and off for a American Legion or VFW to join...maybe I need to start looking a bit harder...



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Friday, August 26, 2011

Slipstream...defusing bombs?!?!



Yes, its true...indirectly but still....

I don't hide the fact that I like Slipstream lube and am casual web friends with the guys that own the company. I don't get compensated from Crusader to pimping it on here but that's cool, if I don't get paid to say its awesome sauce then it must be true, right?

Anyway, Joe has always been open for sending this stuff to the troops and I have been involved in a couple of drives to get it them myself. Hell, still have the link from my less than spectacular last drive on the right hand column. Now, fresh off of the WTA boards is a testimonial from a troop in A'stan that is using it for, of all things, maintaining his EOD robot that is used to defuse roadside bombs in lieu of putting a warm body in harms way...how about that!

Hey guys, I have a few words to say about Slipstream.

I am an EOD technician currently working in Helmand, Afghanistan. I work with Nightcrawler actually.

Gundoc sent me a few bottles of Slipstream oil and a bottle of the Slipstream grease. After Slipstreaming every weapon and knife I could get my hands on, I decided to see what other field applications Slipstream has.

So one day as I was cleaning the gunk buildup from one of our bomb disposal robots' arm, I decided that a new lubrication was in order. I promptly cleaned then greased every moving mechanism of the robot arm. I have to say it was a wise choice. Not only does the arm become less gunkified,(technical term) it moves smoother and overheats less. A properly working and smooth running arm is, obviously very important when you are disabling IEDs. My favorite part is that it somehow doesn't get covered in dirt like everything else out here.

Here is a picture of it in action (editors note - pic below)

Once again thanks to Gundoc for sending me a wonderful product. This is another reason why I am purchasing a custom build Crusader Weaponry rifle with the full Slipstream treatment.

P.S.
I keep a running tally of things I have Slipstreamed in Afghanistan;
5 different M4's, 3 different M9's, 1 M240B machinegun, 1 M203 Grenade launcher opening grip, 1 "Ma Deuce" 50cal machine gun, Multiple folding knives and 2 different bomb disposal robots. Currently working with one of the Marines into letting me grease his constantly jamming MK19



That is one hell of a testimonial. You can always help out the cause yourself by purchasing a bottle for the troops when you go and buy another for yourself.

Everything is better with lube....

And another one gone...

My mom sent me info last night about my Great Aunt Elinor's obituary that was in the Washington Post...I found it along with this obit as well....

Retired Col. Charles P. Murray Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 89



Really kind of sad, our nations heroes from the Greatest Generation are passing away quicker and quicker and no major media outlet takes the time to at least give casual mention to the ones that may deserve it the most. Sure, there were a lot of MOH winners that made it home from WWII...a lot more people involved as well as a lot more chances to do so, but still I would think that the passing of a MOH winner would warrant more notice. Then again, maybe I am just a bit more biased towards veterans than the average media member.

RIP Colonel. Say hi to Elinor for me if you run into her...

Video of our valiant troops at the front….digging a slit trench…

More commonly called a “shitter”, this is a tedious, yet important job for any unit staying in one place in the field.  Its not glamorous but a full suit of body armor cannot protect your from dysentery if field sanitation is neglected.is ties

This ties in with my “infamous” post on tactical crapping I did a while back.

Got this from my FB friend Erik, who was with the 82nd Airborne at the time he took this video.  Man, that must suck…get recruited as an elite paratrooper and find yourself digging a trench for others to crap in….each generation in the military has its reality moment, this was one of theirs I would guess….

Some good new from Ruger..

They got my rifle back on the 19th…I was worried for a moment.  Thanks to the USPS for letting me know that it was delivered with a confirmation as per my expectations when I paid for it…NOT!!

Anyway, they got my rifle, now lets just see how much this costs me…

rugergotmyrifle

Without our 2nd Amendment....

....this is what Camp Perry would look like every July.....



NSA...National Slingshot Association anyone...

Actually those guys are pretty good, doubt I could hit crap at that distance with a sligshot...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Got a favor to ask my readers….

Could you head on over to YouTube and give a watch to my friend Erik’s tribute video he did for his unit’s 2007 – 2008 tour of duty in Afghanistan.  I just got an Afghan Campaign Medal for being in the “right” place when some bad shit went down….Erik and his buds seriously earned it by humping that place all over and taking it to the Talibastards.  Consider it a tribute gesture in light of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 coming up….some of the guys in the video are gone…”angeled” as the common saying in CASOP goes….

9/11…10 years…wow….

I’ll put the vid here but click on the YouTube link in it to go over to the actual site itself please. 

Best of the best of the best…..or just who do you like the best from season 1 of Deadliest Warrior

Wow, folks really like the Fudd vs. Mall Ninja post….its getting more traffic than anything else in recent memory.  Got me wondering if people have really watched Deadliest Warrior or just like the post itself.  Anyway, just curious to see who you think would win a battle royale between all of the season one winners.  To somewhat limit the unfair advantage of firearms against ancient weapons let just assume all of this happens in a empty warehouse where the majority of hand held weapons could be employed out to their maximum range..

..let the best warrior win…..poll is up for a month!

More on the G34 from Top Shot

There was some copious Glock bashing on the Top Shot FaceBook page today about their choice of the G34 for competition and Glocks in general...for example...

"HI PRICED TOY!! THAT JUST HAS A BIG NAME! THERE A JOKE TO LIGHT MOSTLY PLASTIC AND NO STEEL"

"Glocks are overated and cheaply made, I know of several issues with them and have never liked the way they feel or shoot, in Indiana's USPSA shoots, maybe 1 person uses a Glock, they are being replaced in a lot of PD's by Springfield XD's or S&W M&P."

"Glock sucks..........SIG SAUER all the way..........."

"Plastic garbage, that's what I think of the Glock 34."

Where does all that hate come from? Come on folks, there's a difference between speaking your honest opinion and blatantly bashing a firearm on unwarranted merits. "Plastic Garbage"? really? Is that why many of the biggest Police Departments in the country still continue to use them? Sig and S&W DO make great pistols, but that is not what the show was about. It was about using a Glock...why choose Glock? Why not, it is one of the most highly recognizable names in the industry and has a well established base here in the US. What do you think people are going to pay more attention to on the show...shooters using a well respected and know pistol like a Glock...or shooting targets with a 1919 Ortgies 7.65mm? I thought so...

Now there are a lot of folks on the same page as me defending them. No Glocks are not perfection as they claim...I think ergonomically and aesthetically they leave something to be desired..but functionally I have have very, very few issues with them going bang after thousands of rounds through mine.

Here is the vid from the show that I got the still from yesterday...


Does a zombie bite really turn you into a zombie?

We turn to the MythPunchers to find out....



Yeah, I guess it does....

Quote Mad Ogre....

"My Zombie Plan isn't how to Survive it, it's how to Win it."

Jesse Stone..your opinions please

Anybody seen the Jesse Stone movies? I understand the premise is much like the glades, lawman uproots into another town and all...

It's got Tom Selleck and a 1911 on the cover so might just give it a look...








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Carteach0 is giving away a free Laserlyte for a LCP...

I have referenced Carteach0's blog before, he may not be the most prolific of blog writers but when he does post something it is usually worth my time to read it. Want some good reading, search for his article about shooting buckshot out of rifled barrels...good stuff...oh yeah...and who else can you find that has actually tested firing "pocket pistols" from an actual pocket? "Nuff said...teacher in life, teacher on the 'net..

Anyway, he has gotten a free Laserlyte for a Ruger LCP to give away, courtesy of Laserlyte. Its too late for me, I sold mine and have a P-3AT now...but it you have a LCP follow the link below to get the details...

Ruger LCP owners..... take note!


And just in case you are too lazy to read his excellent buckshot through a rifled barrel...he even has a vid!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1911 vs. Glock disassembly...not as bad as it sounds...

Taking a pistol apart is so easy even a caveman can do it!!


This is for Mark, who commenting on my tinkering post this morning concerning the detail strip of a 1911..grabbed a couple of pics from the internet and headed back over to help him out...

His comment:

"Holy cow. I was thinking about a 1911 as my first handgun but after seeing that... Pretty sure I'd lose/break something the first time I broke it down."


Its not that bad....maybe I made it out to be worse than it is...without those series 80 style safety parts it wouldn't be nearly as hard to get the frame pieces back together...just grabbed some pics to compare the 1911 vs. the Glock (I use Glocks as baseline pistols here so much since I have more experience with them than any other pistol and I have written about them a lot on here)...

Field Stripping: This is the most basic form of dissasembly for a pistol and is usually outlined in the owners manual. The knowledge of how to field strip your pistol for cleaning and maintenance is one of the most basic pieces of knowledge a gun owner should possess about their weapon. For most shooters, field stripping a pistol is about as far as they will ever need to go in the disassembly of their pistol.

As you can see from the following pic, the 1911 has a few more parts than the Glock, but is not that hard to field strip by any means...it will take a bit longer but it is well within the average gun owner's abilities.

1911, 8 total pieces to worry about including the slide and frame....not bad at all

The Glock, 5 pieces including slide, frame and magazine (per the manufacturer), very simple and quick to disassemble.

Full Detail Disassemble: This is a much more detailed disassembly of the pistol and takes longer than field stripping. This would be done in order to replace a worn or broken part, customize parts in a pistol or for very thorough cleaning of a pistol. Generally, most people never go this far. On a 1911 you need some type of screwdriver to remove the grip panels and a brass punch and hammer, depending on how "stiff" your frame pins may be. For a Glock, a simple punch will suffice, Glock even makes one called the Glock tool just for this purpose.

A basic 1911 will have 58 parts, with the "Series 80" or "Swartz" safety systems adding a few pieces to that count. A Glock has 37. Yes, its simpler and easier to take apart and put back together. Most parts on a Glock are arranged in such a manner that they naturally fit somewhere in the design and just need the pins to hold them in their final position. In the 1911 the parts need some minor fitting when you put them back together and a more attention to detail to make sure that they are put back together correctly.

1911 in full naked glory...yeah, a lot of little pieces...use an old egg carton to keep track of them!

The Glock fully torn down...so easy even a caveman can do it! (or a Huey!)

So yes, the 1911 IS harder to take apart and put back together compared to a Glock. But don't let my writing dissuade anyone from owning one. For crying out loud, if an idiot like me can do it so can you!!

**And it goes without saying that just because you can fully disassemble your pistol does NOT mean that you are a gunsmith of any sorts...any attempts to modify your pistol after a full disassemble is likely to get you into trouble at some point, one way or another. Leave working on dangerous machines to the pros folks!

Yet more Salient Glockery....

Ok, just posted about this Glock a few hours ago (written last night), a definitely out of the ordinary pistol. Stopped by the grocery store and what did I see staring at me from the magazine rack? You guessed it.....



Wow, maybe this thing has the potential to obtain mall ninja like proportions a la the Spas-12.....

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G-Nome


Talked about the Monster Hunter Series the other day and saw this on EDNDO today...


Laughed my ass off....

In Monster Hunter: Vendetta, Owen Pitt gets some pint sized help from a gnome who goes by the name "G-Nome"...in the MHI universe, gnomes have been heavily influenced by gansta rap and the like...this is very appropriate right here!!

Top Shot custom Glock...Salient Arms International...

Saw a blurb yesterday that Top Shot was going to be using a G34 for one of its elimination challenges tonight. Watched the part of the show that the challenge took place with the Glock...it was not your typical G34 by any means...


I was like "WTH?" so I looked up "Salient Arms"...found a guy posting on a Calguns forum that had bought one...check it out...all yours for around $2,400 including the base G34 itself...


This thing is maxed out to the..well, max! Just look at it, you can barely tell its a Glock anymore, the slide looks like its had a severe once over with a dremmel and saw...nice piece...

Man, compare that against my G34 that comes in at around $900 including LEO/.MIL discount, Sevigny sights, tungsten guide rod, custom back plate, grip panels, competition holster, and extra mags....makes it look kind of puny now, don't it? But then again, with the extra $1500 I could almost buy another 3 or 4 Glocks!! (or one fairly nice 1911!!)


Tinkering

Took my 1911 apart down to the frame (detail strip) last night, just for the hell of it. I think if you own a 1911 you need to do this at least once just to say you have. It may not be much but I think you can get a better understanding of the design by seeing how the parts interact that are hidden from view. Tell you what though, I Really think the "series 80" safety is not needed in the design, thanks lawyers!

After taking the 1911 apart you can appreciate the simplicity of the Glock design when putting all the bits and pieces back together. Please no Glock vs. 1911 flame wars!



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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Had a dream last night...



I was back in Kuwait or somewhere over there...I was back in the military and was sitting in a truck. I had on body armor my nothing else on....just my birthday suit and IBA....just like everyone else in my dream...and I mean EVERYBODY, GI Joes and GI Janes alike. That was weird. Instead of an M16 or M4 I was carrying some type of compressed air gun that shot needles with paint balls attached to the end. Apparently both the enemy and us used them and when you were shot you simply walked off the battlefield and went home.

Instead of hummers and tactical trucks we drove around in those tram cars that you ride to and from the parking lot at amusement parks and such. I remember eating but can't recall what my dream put in my stomach, it was something pink I think. Oh, and officers wore their rank tattooed on their ass.
strange dream because nothing out of the normal ever happens in Kuwait...

We were headed into "battle" in the tram cars in the middle of the desert (just like the Kuwait I remember) when I woke up....

Now that was weird....aside from wearing nothing at all everything else was different from my last deployment.

Can't wait for tonight....

Football season is just ahead, Go Bucks!

Shot timer app for your phone...free

So, I was on the WTA boards and found a thread on shot timer software for your smart phone. A shot timer? Yeah, you know those boxes that they hold up behind your head in competition that record every time you shoot...a shot timer. Well, Surefire (the same folks that make great flashlights and tactical lights) has one for free for the iPhone called simply ShotTimer.



Its basic and apparently works. With the sensitivity at 100% you can test it by either clapping or speaking into the mike. The buzzer can be set to go off at a random time after you hit the start button so you can use it to time yourself also. The buzzer does not seem to be too loud but I bet with a pair of noise canceling earmuffs that pass low level sound through a microphone it will be fine.

**Update, found another great post by Carteach0 on this same subject posted Sunday night!

ShotTimer for the iPhone is available via the app store on your iPhone.

Crossed a bridge the other night….

…between my wife and my CCW license.

p3at

Went to the Bratwurst Festival in her hometown of Bucyrus, Ohio last Friday night after taking off early from work. Bucyrus is not exactly a high crime town, but being that robbery and burglary seem to be on the rise there (due to high unemployment and an increasing drug problem – probably brought on partially due to the economy) and the fact that street fairs attract people that carry cash I thought it wise to carry that night. I knew we wouldn’t be going into any bars or anywhere else I probably wouldn’t be able to carry legally (at least for now until September 30 when new laws go into effect in Ohio) . I grabbed my little Kel-Tec .380 in a pocket holster and stuck it in the front pocket of my cargo shorts. It is almost indistinguishable from my iPhone I normally carry in that pocket due to its size and weight. I carried the entire evening without anyone noticing or even really having to adjust it in my pocket holster or anything. I would occasionally just give a pat on the outside of my pocket just to confirm it was still there. We ended up leaving the town about 9pm to drive back home to Lewis Center (I live just North of Columbus, OH).

Dui_checkpoint_t230On the way home we encountered a DUI sobriety check point. When I saw it my first reaction was to tell my wife to turn and take another route to which she was like “you don’t think they have another on the other road, what are you worried about?…”. Well, what I was worried about happened about 30 seconds later. We pulled up to the stop, the officer leaned into the window, greeted my wife looked at me with my hands on the dash and my drivers license and CCW in my hands and I said “Officer, I am required to inform you that I have a CCW and that I am armed at this moment, what are your instructions?”. The wife shot me “the look”. You know the one. The one where boners go to die look, the one that screams “oh, we WILL talk about this”. The officer was actually really cool about it. He told me to keep my hands where I could see them, obviously knew my wife had not been drinking and told us to drive safe and motioned us forward. Definitely NOT the treatment we would of gotten in North Canton….

Of course a conversation started from that point for a few minutes about why I had a gun and whatnot. It was not as bad a conversation as I saw coming in my mind, or she let me off easy and didn’t unleash her fury. The next morning she asked me what I did with the gun to which I replied that I locked it in the safe, of course. She said something to the effect that “well you know chances are the time you need it you won’t actually have it on you”. That really got me thinking. I love my wife and really depend on her. To let her get that entire situation dropped on her was not right, I need to correct that. Also, with he logic it makes more sense for me to be open about my carrying habits. After September 30 I will be able to legally carry in Ohio to restaurants that serve alcohol and other places and will probably carry much more than I do now due to that fact. Also, now that we have breeched that subject I think maybe I will look into some type of a gun safe in our bedroom to keep one closer than locked up in the basement while we are sleeping. My “hood” is not bad when it comes to crime, other than some teens steeling beer out of garages apparently and some minor vandalism, but you never know. Why do criminals target nice neighborhoods? Because that’s where the nicest stuff is at!

Now, its not like my wife didn’t know I had a license or that I sometimes carried. I just didn’t tell her I was carrying that night so it caught her by surprise, which didn’t surprise me because I never tell her when I am carrying to begin with. I know, that’s not right, I should be telling her every time we go out that I am armed. Its kind of complex why I do not, but lets just say that for several reasons she is not a “gun girl” and you will probably not see her at the range with me at any point in the future. I keep stuff about my hobby and CCW to myself or tell her just what I think she needs to know at the time. After this weekend, that is going to change. Now if we go out as a family and I am carrying I will let her know just so she isn’t caught off guard again.

My wife reads this blog occasionally and is actually one of my biggest supporters. Sorry honey, I have not been up front with you about this before. In the future when I carry you will know. The fact that you know I am carrying will not affect my decision to do so, but I hope you realize that I take it seriously enough to do it for the safety of us and our kid and that when I do carry I do it safely, responsibly and correctly according to the laws of Ohio.