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, October 29, 2012

Last nights The Walking Dead recap....where the F#%K was the security?!?!

OK, its been long enough when this posts so I shouldn't be spoiling the show for anybody (got a lot of crap on FaceBook tonight for commenting on the show and spoiling it for others).  In tonight's episode we are introduced to the character of  "The Governor".  A guy in charge of another group of survivors living in a town called Woodbury somewhere in Georgia.   On the surface he seems to be a protecting leader of his people, but after finding Michonne and Andrea and "escorting" them to his town for questioning you begin to sense something is sinister with him.  In short, at the end he and his group (to include now one armed Merle from Season 1) ambush and kill a small convoy of National Guard troops they discover through a downed UH-1 pilot (which it is shown at the end the Governor kills and beheads) and loot weapons.

My question is this....where the hell was the security?!?!?

In the Army you never sit around without somebody pulling security.  Even in garrison you always have a phone or some other post manned 24/7 (CQ duty) "just in case" something happens.  In the field you normally never have less than 25-50% of your people pulling security on the rest, depending on the activity and expected enemy contact.  Hell, you are supposed to even bring a pal to "watch your back" (not back side) while taking a bravo mike in a cat hole.  But what do we see here in the show, nada, nothing, nil.   In the show the Governor drives right up to the gate where these troops are apparently lounging in and around their trucks, talks to and then shoots the corporal(?) in charge, and its then shown that his followers have moved into open positions (spaced way too close together) and shoot the troops who barely react other than to fall over.   That shit was way wrong....

Check this out....

See how those Marines are pulling both on and off vehicle security while at a halt.  Any halt more than a few minutes (and that with 360 degree observation maintained) should result in a security halt where vehicles face out or in mutually supporting positions, in defilade or "hull down" positions against direct fire preferably.  Dismount elements should be dispatched as needed to provide additional coverage and observation of dead space or likely avenues of approach.

Security...its so damn basic of a concept its drilled into every infantryman while in training at Ft. Benning when doing patrolling that anytime you stop you drop to a knee, go prone, get behind a tree or at least get behind your ruck and face out and observe and protect the group.  Every single TA (training aid) or field reference card about operations has security somewhere on it.

You would think at least ONE person working on the show would have some military experience that they would notice this and make it look at least somewhat believable.  But then again, this is the show that now uses CGI for weapons affects to, so what should I really expect.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mad Ogre overview of the Remington 870 Magpul

George does a good 5 minute overview of the new Remington Magpul edition of their popular 870 model 12 gauge shotgun.  I don't see it listed on their website, but it appears from the video that this is an actual Remington box and packaging.  Not surprised, my green framed 1911-R1 was never listed either.  Maybe its a dealer exclusive or something they offer.  Anyway, if you want one Ogre says they have 3 at his show, get a hold of him if you want one that bad.

Usually, I hop on Magpul stuff like a starving dog on a pork chop, but this 870 furniture just has not grabbed my fancy.  I dunno, maybe I just need to pick it up and try it and see how that grip on the stock feels to me and then decide.  I like some of the stuff on it like the XS sights and the adjustable LOP and also the fact that they throw in a copy of Magpuls The Art of the Dynamic Shotgun to boot.

Anyway, here's the video for your viewing pleasure.  As is the norm, George does a real good job of covering all the bases on this build.

If you thought GO1 was strict, check out the Norks...

As a point of reference for the uninformed, General Order Number 1, or GO1 for short, is a set of restrictions imposed upon service members involved in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and also previously in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, as well as any other contingency operation location in CENTCOM (Kuwait, Djibouti, ect).  It bans, among a host of other activities, the possession or consumption of alcohol by US personnel.  This is in start contrast to some past conflict (Vietnam) where there was actually at times a beer issue for R&R purposes! This is not to say consumption of said alcohol did not happen (wink wink), nor that it did not occur at times with a blind eye by leadership.  But, by regulation the violation of said GO1 could mean some serious repercussions on the offender, to include loss of pay, rank and even a discharge in some cases.  However, at no time was a violation of the non-drinking restriction a death penalty offense.

Not so in North Korea...(click to link to article).

F you Hans Brix.....
I actually had to read this twice to make sure I was reading what I was processing in my brain.  A general officer in North Korea was executed by a mortar for drinking during a mandatory 100 day mourning period following the death of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il.  Yep, that's right, not a firing squad (which apparently has been used frequently too), but by mortar squad!

Literally the last thing that may have gone through General Yong-Chol's head before he died...
A mortar is a large caliber artillery piece that fires indirectly, that is instead of aiming straight at a target, it fires so that the round arcs and impacts from the top down and not the front.  Its normally manned by a crew of 3-5 soldiers and is fired as part of a battery under the supervision of a Fire Direction Control (FDC) section. Usually, the fire direction is more accurate that this...

Mortars can fire a high explosive, smoke, illumination or other rounds against both mounted and unmounted troops, fortifications and other structures.  Due to its indirect, arcing flight pattern it can often hit targets on the defilade (reverse slope) of an geographic or other obstruction.  Mortarmen (11C in the Army and 0341 in the Marines) often use the moniker "High Angle Hell" when describing their profession.

The common US M252 81mm mortar.  The red and white stakes are aiming stakes use to deflect and elevate the tube from a known point to shift fires to where needed and then bring the tube back to a know point again. 
Mortars are usually "man portable" in medium calibers and thus are used as the infantryman's own internal artillery assets in most units. Due to some cross training and personnel shortages in the guard,  I myself have gotten to work with them and even drop a few rounds over the years.  I have to say that while there is a lot of work that goes into getting those set up, sighted in and working, once the rounds go downrange to the target its all good!

Here "The Gunny" gets a quick lesson on the M252's operation from some Marines...good info here.

Well, back now to the Norks.

After "Dear Leader's" demise, his son Kim Jong-un - who looks like he is a distant Korean cousin of Honey Boo Boo's mama - decreed that there would be a 100 day mandatory mourning period for his father where people would be required to cry and prostrate (no, that's not the internal man organ, look it up) themselves in front of his funeral procession...or else.  And no, I am not making that up.  I don't drink or do drugs to come up with messed up leadership like that.  Apparently, this "no fun" rule was also a good excuse for some good 'ol fashioned communist style purgin' and killin' under some (most likely) bogus charges. For the normal Nork living in their government apartment or shack trying to suck down a little rice and some spoiled cabbage it meant being sent to labor camps to work for "the people".  For bigger fish - like our General below - it meant a bit harsher sentence...like death.  Now, normally the Norks and other Chicom types are pretty practical about this sort of thing.  They have your monkey trial in the morning and then take you out back and put a AK up to your head and its all over.  They then send a bill to your family for the bullet along with notification that you have been killed (at least in China and probably Norkland as well).  For some reason this guy must of really pissed off "Honey Boom Boom" there and got himself sentenced to the best seat in an impact area in order to follow little bitch boy's orders to execute him with "no trace of him behind, down to his hair,".  Ouch.

General Kim Yong-Chol circled, dude, you should have so stayed in that 12 step program...
Don't feel sorry for the poor shlub that had to stand there and get blasted though.  General Kim Yong-Chol was responsible for the sinking of South Korean corvette by a submarine (ship, not the hot rod) in 2010, the ROKS Cheonan, with the deaths of 47 South Korean sailors (46 on the ship and one diver during recovery efforts).   So I guess in a manner of speaking, what goes around comes on down....from the end of a mortar tube in the case.  Boy, karma is truly a bitch...probably an 82mm Chicom manufactured bitch in this case!

Only the Norks!!

And this is how you create an impact area....just imaging all of the talking in Norkanese and you can almost feel like you were really there!  Oh yeah, starve your population and subvert their freedoms as well also helps...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ted Turner is an asshole...

It's good that US soldiers are committing suicide?....just do us a favor and do it yourself Ted....

This is what the long term affects of sleeping with Hanoi Jane will do to you...

Happy Thanksgiving Day...Ottoisms, Grenada and Heartbreak Ridge...

Can anyone guess what country's flag this is?  Well, look at the post title, its Grenada.  

I know, Thanksgiving isn't for another month up in, but down in the tiny Caribbean Isle of Grenada, its celebrated as a national holiday today.  Thankgiving for what?  Well, wait a minute and I'll tell you...

Grenada is a beautiful island that is part of the British Commonwealth in the South of the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela.  Its chief economic export are spices and its main economic driver is tourism.  Its a beautiful place to visit, just ask my friend Otto.

I've talked aout my friend Otto before.  He was one of the "older guys" when I got in the guard. He was one of the guys that I could talk and joke with in the field and at the armory.  Otto does march to his own beat though...I bet to this day he still has quite a large collection of Hawaiian shirts that he wears whether in style or not and has more personal knowledge about C&R rifles and bayonets than anyone I have ever met.  He once paid for a trip to Israel to jump with the Israeli Airborne and then came back and wore this garish full color jump wing thing on his BDU's until he was forced to remove it.  I remember once he cashed in an entire paycheck at annual training for Susan B. Anthony dollar coins...I shit you not.  That was the same day he and I were riding with our friend Bob up the Michigan peninsula in Bob's Pinto-of-death and Otto made a remark about how durable Zippo lighters were....and then flicked his top open only to come off, bounce off the dash and out the open window.

Go to Otto's for lunch and this is whats on the grill....not bad at all actually.
Its good to have a friend like Otto,you never know what he might say next....I am calling these jewels of insight "Ottoisms"....
On being able to simply go out on his porch and take a deer at his leisure on his property..."I'm not a hunter, I'm an eater"

On his vacations to the Caribbean island of Grenada..."If you liked the invasion you'll love the vacation!"

Otto is an 82nd Airborne veteran of the invasion of Grenada which happened 29 years ago today (October 25, 1983).  Elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, USMC 22nd MAU and a sprinkling of SOCOM units (160th SOAR, SFOD-D ("Delta"), SEAL Teams 4 & 6, various other attached SF Guys) invaded the island to secure and rescue US citizens at St. George's Medical School on the island after a coup turned bloody within the island's government.

St. Geroge's campus...hmmm..tropical location, plenty of "Ganja" I'm sure...I wonder why these students didn't got to school in the state to become doctors...
After the island had gained independence from direct control from England, the country went through roughly a decade of strife to get to the point where this coup took place.  Not to compound matters, but the Cubans and others were on the island building a new 9,000 foot runway at the same time...the same length many heavy bombers might use...hmmmm.  So with all of this going on and Ronald Reagan in office, you know the big green beast was going to get let loose....

To much of the public this little "day trip" the military took down South is largely forgotten.  At the time it was a big deal.

This was the first major military operation that we had undertaken since Vietnam (to include the failed Iranian rescue mission which paled in size and scope to this) and it went well....as well as any operation that pits one of the worlds largest military forces (us) against one of the smallest (theirs)...hell, we even went against some Cubans as well for a bit of international pizzaz...

"Hey Cuban comrades...mind if we "drop in" for a bit?...."

The biggest victory in the conflict was it showed American resolve in the region during a time that the communists were looking to expand their socialist reach in the hemisphere. It also provided a "feel good moment" for the American people who had only seen the military in recent memory as a force leaving Vietnam under less than favorable conditions, rocked internally by the remnants of a draftee Army that did not want to be there, and most recently had been seen being taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries (Marine embassy guards..not saying they weren't motivated volunteers...they did dole out a heap of pain before they were overwhelmed I have been told...that last line was for elements of the military as a whole that were left after the end of the draftee army in the 70's) which resulted in an aborted rescue mission that left American helicopters and charred corpses in the deserts of Iran. Hell, on October 24th 1983 a large portion of the American public actually thought what they saw in the Movie Stripes was an actual representation of the Army at the time.

"Operation Urgent Fury" changed all of that...

The American public and the world saw a US Military capable of projecting its power over the horizon, yes we went up against a numerically inferior force, but a force that was entrenched and did resist.  Sure, we pissed off a few allies by doing this action, the Brits were "not amused" at us on one of their commonwealth properties, but hey, wasn't like they were in control and we helped them out in their Falklands Islands war a year earlier. There were some shortcomings revealed as a result of the operation and lessons learned that were addressed and rectified by the time we went into Panama to oust strongman Noriega 6 years later (Operation Just Cause).  It showed we would not allow another Cold War bomber base withing striking distance of the US mainland.  It showed that an all volunteer force was viable for the military and that our overall capacity to provide protection to the country was solid.
Rangers  2/505th PIR Troopers..Operation Urgent Fury...notice the mostly older equipment still in use at the time...well it wasn't THAT old at the time, this was scarcely 8 years after Vietnam...also notice the always fashionable "ragtop" covers being used...
***10/26 Update thanks to Otto!  "I do note that the last pic you show of the guys with the PRC77 are actually 82ND from the 2/505 and not Rangers as attributed.  The dead giveaway is the Kevlar helmet one guy is wearing.  Only the 82nd had them at the time and the Batt is identified by the rag head gear on the helmets.  2/505 was the only one doing that.  Their Bn. XO was a British major on an exchange program and it was Brit policy to do that." He should know! Thanks Buddy!

What most people remember about the invasion unfortunately is a 1986 Clint Eastwood film called Heartbreak Ridge.  Its about an old grizzled marine gunnery sergeant who takes over a platoon of so called "recon" marines and whips them into shape just in time for Urgent Fury.  I think it way overemphasizes the role of the marines in the invasion, but whatever...go devil dogs.  Its got about every military cliche in it to include Eastwood as a tough as nails NCO with a heart of gold for his marines, the 2nd Lieutenant that can't do anything right, the screw up that comes around, the supply systems mired in bureaucratic red tape and the overall theme that a maverick is someone looked up to in the military.  Ironically, the name of the movie is based on a battle in Korea that Eastwood's character was supposed to be in...that the Army fought.  The screenwriters found this out and had to change the script to describe how Eastwood and his Sergeant Major buddy had been in the Army first and then gone over to the Marines...LOL.  Overall, its a fairly enjoyable movie it you turn your brain off a bit and forget some of the stupid stuff they do (one recon marine is afraid to jump out of a helo like its his first time), but hey that's Hollyweird for you.  The saddest part of the movie is that I bet if I show it to the average under 30 adult in this country right now, they will have no idea that the invasion was a real event.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cleanliness is next to gunliness....

If you pay attention to shooting oriented materials on the web (and obviously you do!) you have probably come across a thread or two on or forum or maybe a video or article about gun maintenance.  Cleaning a firearm may not be the most glamorous thing to do with a pistol or rifle, but just like any party, you need to stay around and clean up after to make it a good one.

How often and how much do I clean mine you may ask?  Well, that's a hard question to give an answer to that covers all of my various firearms, but in general I give the following adivice....

Clean as needed, and is practical, as often as you can.  

WTH does that mean?  Well lets break it down by parts....

"Clean as needed..."  Despite was I was taught as a young private, weapons do not necessarily have to be cleaned after each use.  Especially some weapons made specifically for use in battle (and whose basic designs many of us own as civilians) were designed to go for some prolonged time without maintenance and still function to some minimal level.  Take that infamous Glock 21 torture test I have posted before.  That pistol went years with abuse with not formal cleaning other than being dunked in salt water with barely any issues.  The AK pattern rifle is another example of a platform that has multiple examples of it being run dirty for weeks, months or even years with very minimal cleaning (famous story about fighters in Afghanistan using knotted shoelaces with motor oil being pulled through the barrel as their only maintenance)  Even 1911's and AR's - both which have reputations for being "prima donna" weapons that need to be meticulously cared for - will both function without maintenance for quite a bit before any issues may be experienced.  I think it is sufficient to say that a quick wipe down of the exterior to remove any powder residue, a quick brushing of the bolt and chamber and a quick bore snake through a barrel is enough of a minimum allowable maintenance schedule for most modern weapons to keep operational without doing a detailed cleaning.  This is not to say weapons don't require or need a good detail cleaning every once in a while, its just not an imperative to do so after every trip to the range. 

However, some weapons may, based on other factors, need to be cleaned right away.  Take my M44 Mosin-Nagant carbine for example.  I, like most people, get my ammo as surplus Eastern Bloc military ammo that uses corrosive primers that disperse salts along the chamber and barrel while firing.  these salts will react with moisture and start to promote rusting if left on bare metals surfaces for more than a few hours. With many of the M44 variants using non-chromed lined barrels this presents a necessity to clean the rifle as soon as practical following shooting to remove these salts.  I don't necessarily do what some people recommend and shoot Windex down my barrel on the range (the ammonia "myth" as I call it does not hold water in my opinion) but do sometimes run a quick patch soaked in water down it for the trip home, and try and clean it the same day if at all possible.  

"...and is practical..."  Obviously, cleaning your firearm as a civilian in the safety and comfort of your home is a far thing from cleaning your primary weapons system as a soldier or marine (or any other service member for that fact) in the field under combat conditions.   While most of us "civvies" have ample time and resources to clean our weapons at whim, military members don't always have that luxury.   During a firefight you are not going to take your weapon down and clean it just because "gee, it looks kind of dirty in there". Part of the reason I think the military tries to drill an anally retentive mindset when cleaning your weapon into your head is the realization that when in combat you will not always have the adequate opportunity to do so.  When that time comes they want each and every weapon utilized to be as clean as possible.  Of course, nothing ever happens like in the movies where guys draw their rifles and head directly to the front lines.  During pre-deployment/mobilization training you clean your weapon multiple times, used or not.  Still, even in the field a quick "wipe down" of your weapon can be accomplished with minimal time or disruption to your mission.  I used to carry a piece of old brown t-shirt material tied through my sling swivel on my M-16 to give the bolt and chamber a quick wipe whenever I ate (when others were pulling security) and kept a bottle of CLP in the buttstock to squirt some lube.  I rarely ever had issues with my rifles, even with blanks and I credit this simple practice.
me and my cleaning rag (indicated by arrow)

"...as often as you can".  Means just what says, just because you don't necessarily think your weapons doesn't need a cleaning doesn't mean you shouldn't clean it.  Like I stated above, the military has an anal retentive approach to weapons maintenance for a reason, the same reason you should.  While I feel comfortable that my G19 does not to be white glove clean (and probably never will be that clean!) to run reliably, if I choose to stick it into my Adam's Holster and  head out the door with it, I feel better knowing its clean when I do.   Now I am not saying to clean them just for the sake of doing so.  If you have cleaned it sufficiently once, that's good enough until the next time you take it out to bark at the range.  Personally, I take mine out of the safe at least once a month, fired or not and just wipe down the exterior to remove any dust and check to see if the weapon needs to be lubricated since its last inspection. 

Some Stuff I like to use.
A bit of free advertising to some of the products I like to use and have on my bench or in my cleaning kits.  I am not saying you need to have all of this stuff, or any of it for that matter, but they have worked for me in the past, and present. 

MPro7 cleaner. Came across this stuff a few years ago and it really does seem to do a good job breaking down carbon build up and getting crud off of the metal parts of my weapons.  

Hoppe's 9.  'Nuff said..and its like aftershave for gun nuts to boot!

Break Free CLP.  Good old military Cleaner, Lubricant and Protectant. Its not as good as any dedicated product to any of those, but its a good "one stop" solution that isn't cost prohibited and is good enough for the military, so it should be part of your cleaning kit too, especially if that kit is your "partisan" or "field" kit where space is limited, the small bottles you can pick up for a buck at the check out counter of your LGS are invaluable.

Crusader Slipstream and Slipstream Styx Lubricants.  One of the most overlooked area of weapons maintenance is lubrication.  While cleaners can clean, a dry weapon causes friction, which causes heat, which causes metal fatigue which can cause failure.  Proper lubrication will prevent this, and Slipstream has proven itself to me to be the best out there.  I use grease on my rails and oil on the other parts that move in non-linear paths (link pin on a 1911 barrel for example).  If you are in a maritime environment, their Styx lubricants are designed with protection against moisture threats as well. 

Hoppe's Bore Snake.  This product is a really good take on an old idea.  There is no reason that you shouldn't be carrying one of these in your "field kit" for doing maintenance in the field.  Run a few drops of bore cleaner on the section below the bristles, run it through a few times and then put oil on the fatter sections towards the end of it and run through a few more...instant bore maintenance.  Oh, I still have metal rods on the bench for certain tasks, but for a "quick and dirty" clean, these do nicely. 
Otis cleaning kit for .223/9mm.  I got a kit a friend who was overseas with me that got issued one.  This small, compact kit is in my "rifleman's bag" or range box every time I take my AR out shooting.  Its got a pull through cable thats paired with a bore brushes and a unique patch that can be used for both .223 and 9mm barrels depending on how its folded on the jag.  Also has a few short rod sections that can be attached to various brushes and scraping tools for getting carbon out of the tiniest crevices. 

GI nylon weapons cleaning brush.  Issued to the US miltiary, I pick these up surplus at places for a buck or so a piece in most cases.  You can find them online for $2 - $5 for one, but much better deals can be found elsewhere at gun shows and your LGS. One will last quite a while as the bristles on the (actual GI) surplus models are well made, stiff nylon.     One of the cheapest items to acquire, yet still gives a huge return in a cost vs. benefit ratio. 

Remington Squeeg-E Universal Gun Cleaning Kit  A recent addition to the bench, this system uses the now familiar pull through style cleaning method but with polymer "squeeg-e" heads to wipe down the residue left behind by cleaning with such efficiency that a couple of trips down the barrel does what a handful of cloth patches used to accomplish.  I have tried it on several of my guns and find that the system does a fairly decent job.  Look for a more detailed review in the next few weeks. 

Silicon Gun Cloths.  Never used them until I got one in the above kit, now I have several bought at Wally World.  They do wonders on external surfaces that need to be wiped down and leave a silicon protectant that helps prevent rust.  What's not to like?

Old T-shirt material (Rags). For some reason, using old brown Army undershirts for rags just makes sense and works well for me.  I have tried various types of shop rags and paper products, but the t shirt material just seems superior in so many ways.  Best part is that when dirty I soak them in a solution of water and Lestoil and then wash and dry them and they work good as new.  I have had the same bag of rags going on more than 5 years now and I am always adding more. 

So there you go, cleaning in a nutshell...yeah a big nutshell but still a nutshell.  I expect that if you are reading this you already knew how to clean your own guns, but now you get a glimpse of how I do it.  If you have any products that you use or methods I may not be aware of I would love to hear about it here on or my Facebook page for the blog.

Friday, October 19, 2012

More time with the Ruger LCR

Had a eye doctors appointment in Delaware (Ohio) yesterday that took me right by The Powder Room in Powell with enough time to put a quick box downrange.  I have been packing the Ruger LCR as my primary most often as of late so that's what I had with me to shoot.  This pistol continues to impress me the more I shoot it.  It has impressed me so much, as a matter of fact, that I sold my LC9 to a friend in order to pay for some other stuff I had on tap.  The LC9 is a great gun for CCW, however the LCR just seems to be more natural for me to carry.

I didn't have the mind to take some pics of my targets this time, but I was satisfied as all of the shots I took would of ended up in an area that would be center of the thorax on most people when bringing the gun up from a low ready as if drawing from concealment.  The issue I had previously "locking up" the action while trying to capture the trigger reset (like on my G19) has been resolved just by repetitive dry fire exercises to teach my finger to allow the trigger to fully extend after each shot.  Accuracy at my normal practice range has not suffered due to this.  My defensive arms and practice are designed around a philosophy that whomever I am most likely to have to draw down on will be close to me (3 - 7 yards) because they need to be that close to convey their threat of bodily harm to me and also to take from me whatever they may be after, if robbery is the case.

Shooting .38 Spl. rounds of normal pressure has become somewhat routine with this gun, and follow up shots are not too difficult to manage.  The cushioned grips (either the standard or boot grip) certainly do help in this matter.  Shooting +P rounds (such as the Remington 125gr Golden Saber rounds I use for carry) does produce a noticeable increase in recoil but with a proper grip its still not hard to manage, even with a snubby weighing in at just a tad over a pound fully loaded.  The more I look into it, the more I am convinced that with the loss of velocity most .357 rounds experience out of short barrels, that using .38+P with a snubby seems to be a very good compromise between over all "stopping power" and recoil management.

That weight, just like the LCP, is what makes it so easy to carry on one's person.  Thus far, my primary means of carrying it has been in an Uncle Mikes pocket holster (size 2).  With the boot grip installed it slips easily in and out and rides rather nicely in most of my pants (although in some of my lighter weight khakis this summer it did seem to print a bit more) and only occasionally became burdensome to have on me.  What I need though is a decent IWB holster that will allow me to utilize the more comfortable (and controllable) standard cushioned grip and also reduce the time it may require to present the gun from concealment.  Note that while sitting with a pistol in a pocket (especially front) that draw times are drastically increased.  Unfortunately the unique design of the trigger guard on the LCR prevents me from having too many options for a holster specifically molded to the gun.  I have decided that the Triple K holster sold through the Ruger store online seems to be my best option and I now have one on order.

Even Ruger stamped...nice touch
Also, while the painting of the front ramp of the LCR was a good step in the right direction for this pistol,  it can be modified better for a defensive firearm...
Paint is good...
I am also going to order a XS Express front dot sight for the LCR as well.  I have used XS sights on a few of my firearms and find them to be easy to install and easy to use effectively.  They work so well that the XS is even an option available from Ruger right from the factory on some LCR models.  This should help significantly in acquiring the front sight post on the LCR when shooting.

...this is better
So after a few "hardware" modifications, the only thing left will be to continue to improve the "software" mods for this gun, which means more range time and training for me.  I would say that the biggest weakness the LCR has right now is that like most snubbies, it is still limited to 5 rounds.  This is not a major concern for me as carrying additional rounds on stripper clips or speed loaders is relatively easy. If I can get to where I can efficiently load this weapon with either as fast as I can see (some) people do on YouTube and such (eg. Masaad Ayoob) I will feel very comfortable carrying the potential of 10 rounds of .38+P around with me indeed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

There it is...true colors coming through

From last nights debate...
"What I'm trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally," Obama said during the debate at Hofstra University. "Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."
Well, isn't that special!! Another "assault weapons ban".  I guess we didn't learn from the first one that banning these types of weapons from the citizenry does not drastically reduce the number of violent firearm related crime in this country.   Regardless of how the election ends I expect a sharp increase in the sales of certain firearms between now and the end of the month and continuing until January if Romney wins as people worry about the possibility of last minute lame duck policy being pushed through.   If you look at the last AWB it banned a lot of items that we now take for granted as being able to legally purchase and own.  Its reinstatement would be a blow to the 2nd Amendment and the cause of personal freedom at large.

Now, I am not telling you to vote one way or another based solely on one aspect of a candidates program..a savvy and intelligent citizenry should take all portions of a candidates platform into consideration as well as their past history.  But for those voters that may hinge on this particular issue I think this is a pretty good indicator of what box at the ballet machine you should be checking.   

And no, I do not overlook that the AWB that was passed by Romney in Massachusetts in my consideration either.  It was basically a copycat of the 1994 Federal AWB in naming specific manufacturers and models, large capacity magazines and other items that mean nothing to a criminal buying a weapon illegally.  But I do consider which candidate is my best choice in this particular issue and which one the majority of pro-gun groups support...and that is Romney.   Maybe I am just choosing the candidate of least damage in my opinion....its sometimes like somthing  I saw on FaceBook yesterday...you're going to have to eat a turd sandwich...would you like that on white or rye?

Oh, and by the way...for anyone that may care to check it, I called this 3 years ago on this very blog...link here....
 If he is elected to a 2nd term we can surely anticipate massive legislation aimed at cementing his "legacy" as a progressive liberal (I don't necessarily totally subscribe to the notion that he is a socialist) that would most likely target the 2nd Amendment.
Not that I (or anyone) needed a crystal ball to call that even that far back, but just to point out how easy it is to read some of these guys (and gals!) we elect.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Walking...Mist?

On Sunday night I was watching part of a movie called The Mist based on a Stephen King story (and a pretty good adaption I might add) after the season 3 premier of The Walking Dead when I noticed something that caught my eye.  As I turned the channel to the movie I saw Lori Holden (Andrea) and Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) from The Walking Dead handling a pistol asking if anyone knew how to use it.  At first I thought that somehow web episodes of TWD were being shown on the channel showing back stories to the main plot line and then I realized that both actors had been in this movie before joining the ensemble of TWD.

No big revelation of course, just kind of cool.

Andrea and Dale in happier times...you know...before he got an appendectomy from a zombie and all...

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's the Time of the Season...Season 3 that is of The Walking Dead

Season 3 of AMC's acclaimed horror-drama The Walking Dead premiered last nigh (tonight as I write this).....just a few thougths....#1....WIN!

Where Season 2 opened at what I (and many) thought was a sluggish pace after the initial zombie herd (which comes into play in season 3), season 3 opens a bit quicker in the pace with the survivors having lived on the run apparently for several months constantly on the move.  They learned about herds real quickly at the end of season 2! They stop after having to leave a house they just cleared because more zeds show up and you learn as they look over a map (military topographical I might add) that the zombies have gone to moving in herds across the country and multiple herds joining up could mean that they get surrounded.

Luckily, while hunting Rick and Daryl find this...a prison

Yeah a prison.  Remember in season 1 when Rick goes back to his station house/jail with the man and his son (which I expected to pop back into the story line but never did...I liked them) that had its own power and gas supply, had some arms and ammo, plenty of gates and fences?  Me too, I wondered why the hell would you leave that place in a zed apocalypse.  Places designed to keep people in also tend to also keep people...and zombies...out.  Rick decides to claim it as their own and take the yard so that they could have some security.  Great idea, matter of fact one of the best that he has had.  The remainder of the show splits time 90/10  between Rick and his group attempting to take the prison and the other story line with Michonne (the black girl with the ninja sword and chained zombies) and Andrea.  They will all meet up later I am sure...I know a bit about the comic book (oh sorry..."graphic novel") story line the show is based on but not enough to spoil the series for me.
For those that were wondering what was up with those two dead guys....she isn't a necrophile

Some more thoughts about the first show...

Time...the story line conveniently picks up several months after we last saw the group  (Lori is shown very pregnant at this point), which allows them to add in material and items conveniently (please also reference the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire).  I am not against this practice, just seems very "convenient" at times..."oh lookie, they have an AK now along with an AR with a EOTech and...oh my...SILENCED pistols!" One is a Ruger silenced with a Maglite flashlight!  Got a laugh tonight when a friend pointed that out!  Maybe in that time they had we didn't see they found a machine shop and made it work....I've heard of weapon mounted lights but geez....

Melee weapons....wow, its like a video game now where everyone has their own melee weapon and primary...like they were going to make a video game or something out of the show (wink wink).  More importantly they are using them...there is no need to go all bang-bang on a few slow walkers when you can simply bash them in the gourd silently and move on...please reference Michonne and her big sword.   I was so happy when they got the bright idea (actually Rick did this in the 2nd season when him and Shane (RIP) went to that that school to let their prisoner go) to bait zeds to a fence than then jab them in the head through the openings in the chain link...now you're using your heads!
Glen says "screw this running in the open being walker bait shit! Gonna take him out Moe Howard style!"
Personally, my favorite zed melee weapon for me would still be the war hammer....put a 12" spike on top of it and it would be a perfect zombie dispatcher!!  You got both a hammer and a spike to cave in their brains and a long enough reach to keep them away from you.  Put that spike on top and even if you didn't hit their brain, the hammer head and reverse spike would keep the zombie from running down the shaft at you...so you could effectively pin one against a tree or something while you comrade brains it for you.

The Prison.  Like I said before, good idea.  Even an old National Guard armory or county lock up would provide more security than holing up in some house with multiple windows at ground level designed to easily open up and stuff (like maybe a farmhouse Herschel...you dipshit). While Rick claims that the prison would have medical supplies, weapons and other stuff they needed (as if the staff there would not of tried to procure that stuff when they realized the end of the world was happening).  "T-Dog" points out at one point that they killed a "civilian" when entering the place ( a woman in neither guard nor inmate garb) so the inside might be contaminated by walkers from the outside.  Hmmm, guess he doesn't know that not everyone that works in a prison is a guard or inmate trustee.  There are plenty of "civilians" in the administrative areas as secretaries and such.  Still, I see his point but don't buy into it too much.   They show walkers locked into cells.  That had to suck..starving to death after your guards ran away or were eaten and then turning into a zed (since the virus or whatever is apparently in the water or air).  Still, taking the prison seems to be a good move on their part...I just think they were doing too much too soon.  Capture a portion..make sure its secure and move on.  Oh, and BTW to the writers, nice job with the carabiners and chains to secure the fences...I like that.   Oh yeah, at the end of the show we find out the group has some new non-walker playmates now too!

Marksmanship.  As last season, this group of folks are incredibly accurate with weapons while making 100 yard head shots using pistols and rifles from the tops of towers and stuff....even when not using the sights!! Man, I got to get to that training school!!
Carol got her marksmanship training from the Iraqi Police training academy...before each shot she closes her eyes and says "Insh'Allah" before sending a round downrange (and at the feet of Rick!)
Other characters.  I have already gone over Michonne a bit, but there are a few other major characters to be introduced this season apparently...and a reintroduction of....MERLE (now with Evil Dead style arm!!)

A few months ago I was down on the entire zed craze, I rebounded a bit since then and with what looks to be a fairly good season ahead I am setting my DVR for this season!

Oh yeah, to tie into the title...great "old" song!!  By zombies!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

NY Court allows shooting victim to sue Hi-Point and distributor.

A NY court has ruled that a victim of a 2003 shooting can sue Ohio based gun manufacture Hi-Point Firearms and its distributor, MKS Supply, Inc. for selling the firearm used in the attack because the company  conspired to engage in a practice of  "intentionally supplying handguns to irresponsible dealers because they profited from sales to the criminal gun market."

Story from The Washington Post here..

Reading it, I see where there is some concern where the dealer, Charles Brown, was selling large numbers of these firearms to the buyer for cash.  It looks even more suspicious now that Brown is  the president of MKS Supply.  However, despite the spin the media may make on the events, how are we to know if Brown did not think that the buyer was buying these in bulk to resell at gun shows which is a legitimate practice in many places.  You may engages in the selling of firearms as these shows as a private seller as long as it does not constitute your main source of income, in which case you would need to apply for a FFL.  Furthermore, to imply that the manufacturer, Hi-Point, had any knowledge of the intended use of their product my the eventual buyer is preposterous.   This would set the precedence that if you were struck and killed by a drunk driver your family should sue the auto maker because they knowingly sold automobiles into a society that allows the consumption of alcohol. 

Look, Hi-Point will not win any awards for style or aesthetics anytime soon.  And I also doubt you will see them on the hip of any law enforcement or military organization.   But as I have pointed out before, they do fulfill a niche in the industry.   They provide low-cost firearms for people that otherwise may not be afforded the ability to defend themselves.  Unfortunately, its this low cost that also attracts their use as "throw away guns" to certain criminal elements.   Their products may be blocky, but generally they work when needed.  The "Anti's" have often gone after the proverbial "Saturday Night Special" variety of firearms, and the inclusion of a caliber requirement  to avoid their import has even kept some legitimate firearms out of this country (the Glock G25 in .380 ACP cannot get enough "points" to be imported here because of its caliber).  However, I think that without a low cost alternative to what would otherwise be a $500+ purchase in other cases, we are economically denying parts of our population the right to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. 

I don't see this case going far in court, but its still a concern for all citizens concerned about the 2nd Amendment. 

Here is a review that I did on the Hi-Point C-9 pistol (the one mentioned in the article) from way back in June of 2008.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pick the "Battle Rifle Round" of the last part of the 20th Century

I recently "upgraded" my launching platform for .308 ammo and took a second to pull a couple of other rounds out of the ammo locker to look at side-by-side..

From left to right they are the NATO 5.56x45, Russian 7.62x39 and the NATO 7.62x51 (.308).

All three of these rounds share a common developmental origin of being developed after WW2 based on the experiences that the parent countries had experienced.  There was a study done after WW2 by the US that showed that most soldiers only engaged targets that they though they would be able to hit, usually under 300 yards or so.  I believe this is the same study that also showed a vast number of soldiers never fired their weapon in combat that LTC Dave Grossman quotes in his book On Killing too.  I am also sure that the Russian's experience in viscous urban combat also compelled their thought process on developing a new round.

Basically, all of the worlds major military powers started to "downsize" their ammo.  In the case of the US, really, really downsize it eventually with the 5.56mm cartridge.  The Russians eventually followed suit as well and even went a bit smaller with the 5.45 round for the AK-74, but for most the 7.62x39 is still synonymous with the AK.  In reality, the .308 (which I will use interchangeably from this point on with 7.62x51 - 3 fewer characters to type) development started after WWI as the US sought out a cartridge much more easily suited for a semi automatic rifle than the .30-06 currently in use.   However, the insistence of US brass to keep the .30-06 in use (because we had millions of rounds stockpiled) and the genius of one John C. Garand kept the .308 off the scene for a few decades.   In the case of the .308 and 7.62x39, what you have is basically a chopped down full size .30 rifle round.  The 5.56 came out of left field and was a round the Air Force was interested in using for base security but eventually found its way onto the front lines of combat for both the Army and Marine Corps.  The close in lethality of the round has been proven but its known as being a bit "wimpy" at extended ranges.  Basically, the majority of major conflicts in the last half of the 20th century were fought by these 3 rounds.

So when it comes down to it, which one is your favorite?  Vote in this months poll, open until Halloween.