Archive for November, 2009

Head Up

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 by Jay

I’m sure many of you have heard, but if not, 4 police officers were killed in Washington state today.

There have been more updates, but thats the particular article I want to link to for a reason.

I want you to put yourself in those officers shoes for a minute. Your in uniform, fixing to start your shift, so your lazily kickin’ back, drinking a cup of coffee, joking around, maybe on your department laptop checking email or filling out a report.

Sounds fun? Just relaxin’ and blowing off a little steam before you go on shift?

From the reports I’ve read, that is what killed those officers.

They didn’t have their heads up, weren’t actively involved in their surroundings, and simply weren’t paying attention. Fortunately, one of the officers did get a shot off and shot the shooter through-and-through in the abdomen.

I am very sorry for their families, but this is something we all can learn from, Police, CCW, or not. I’m sure Caleb would agree.

Keep your heads up, stay aware, and always make sure you have a quick way out. When someone starts shooting, or even before the shooting starts, this could save a lot of lives, be it you’ve got a CCW and can return fire, or you can safely get as many people out as possible.

One of the most famous police shoot outs in history, the North Hollywood bank robbery in 1997, started because a pair of patrol officers in a squad car saw the robbers enter the bank with AK47s.

The most important thing, be it CCW or not, is be an expert witness when the police arrive. We all know about firearms. Put that knowledge to good use and help end the situation that much quicker.



Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 by Jay

Most families have a traditional tradition during Thanksgiving. Maybe its Dad getting to carve the turkey, Grampa watching a football game on the television, or Mom in the kitchen for 2 days cooking and getting everything ready for Thanksgiving.

For my family, we’ve always been off of center where Thanksgiving traditions are concerned. For example, we’ve never had turkey on thanksgiving, for as far back as I can remember. Instead of the usual pies and cobblers, we have milkshakes, sundaes, or just a big ole bowl of ice cream. Dressing? Pfff, we had macaroni and cheese. So, our tradition, is being non-traditional.

Another tradition we have is the day of or the day after Thanksgiving, we have a bon fire and go shooting, and shoot well into the night. We roast marshmallows and hot dogs, make smores, and shoot at stuff like empty soda cans, or the more usual paper targets. Whats always fun though, is the night shooting. It’s awesome to actually see the round hit a metal target and fragment, or see a hot shell eject out of a pistol or rifle.

Unfortunately this year, we’ll be having less shooting and more standing by the fire. Ammo prices are up, ammo is hard to find, and even though I’ve got 770 rounds (I bought 2 50 boxes of ammo since my last ammo post), I’m only going to bring about 150 rounds or so. Dad is probably taking 100 rounds of both 9mm and .45. When ammo was cheap and plentiful, we’d shoot about 250-300 rounds of each caliber. Now, like I said, not so much.

Any who, the reason for this post about tradition, is maybe in a year or two when I get more set in my ways (i.e. with a job and disposable income), I’d like to have a Texas bloggers meet up and do an end-of-the-year shindig, with a bonfire and target practice, including some night shooting.

What say you!?!

Wow, just, wow

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2009 by Jay

A friend of mine literally just called me and woke up. He said he had found a site that I seriously wouldn’t believe. When I first read the links he sent me, I was speechless. I couldn’t believe it. Hell, it’s 15 minutes later and I still can’t believe it.

Before I give you the link, you need to understand the back story first.

Officer Trevor Nettleton was shot and killed after being confronted by several robbery suspects in his garage. He had returned home from his shift and was working in the garage when the three gang members entered and confronted him.

Shots were exchanged between Officer Nettleton and the suspects. Despite being fatally wounded, Officer Nettleton was able to wound one of the suspects. The wounded suspect was arrested after seeking medical treatment at a local hospital. Two other suspects were arrested a short time later.

Officer Nettleton was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, two-year-old son, two-month-old daughter, parents, and his brother who is currently serving in Iraq.

The above quote is taken from his Officer Down Memorial Page:

And this is the link:

I had a little trouble understanding it at first, but after the second read, and some link clicking, I realized what they were advocating.

Against whites, they are advocating members of “The National Black Foot Soldier Network” to commit robbery, touting “You can’t steal what belongs to you.” You see, they believe committing robbery against whites is okay because they are taking what should legally belong to them in the first place and calling the robbery a “reparations protest”.

The people they rob, according to them, aren’t victims, but “Reparations Offenders”.

That site is a “tribute to the Ghetto Bragging Rights“. Which, honestly, is more of the same as the first site I was originally linked to, advocating “reparations protests”, and saying if whites would see and understand what “rightfully” belongs to them and give it to them during a “reparations protest”, people wouldn’t get hurt.

And just when you thought there was a bottom to the barrel, there is this:


Taken from here.
Yes, you read that right, slavery reparations. That is what makes it “okay” and “a right” in their thought process: “Reparations isn’t about hand outs. Reparations is about justice. Our ancestors were not just slaves, our ancestors were abused. They were denied the restitution they were owed through a continual abuse of power”.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say, other than, if a “Black Foot Soldier” was killed during a “reparations protest”, they would be calling for the conviction of the shooter, whether “according to the State”, it was legal or not.
I hope that, if anything, reading this will make you spend a little extra time at the range, help show a new shooter the light of home defense, and  take an extra minute out of your day to make sure your home is secure.

Teaching new shooters

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 by Jay

Here is a tip I picked up from a friend of mine for those who teach new shooters, like James at Hell in a Handbasket.

This works right on pistols with flat rear sights, like my Glock and USP.

You unload the pistol, insert an empty magazine, then cock it. Make sure it is unloaded, with no round in the chamber. Place a penny or a dime on the rear sight. Now, grip your pistol naturally. Aim it like you normally would, lining up the front and rear sights. Then pull the trigger. If the coin falls while you pull the trigger, your jerking it. A smooth trigger pull won’t make the coin fall.

LE Shooting stances

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2009 by Jay

As everyone knows, there are many different types of shooting stances for pistols. However, people also love to know what Law Enforcement does as well, especially where firearms are concerned. So, here is a wee little insight. I’m going to be covering and comparing the 2 major stances, the Weaver and the Isosceles.

The main important thing to remember about the Weaver is that your body is slightly twisted towards your target with your off side (your non-dominate side) closer to the target than your dominate side. Your dominate side elbow is straighter (but not locked) than your off side elbow.

Here is an excellent picture of a Weaver stance, borrowed from Women of Caliber:

Now, on to the next shooting stance, the Isosceles stance. The Isosceles is another basic stance. Feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, arms as far out as they will go, but again, not locked.

Another picture from Women of Caliber, illustrating the Isosceles stance:

Now, many different LE agencies say and recommend both stances seemingly equally, but the instruction I went through made a serious point, and here’s what it is.

Your average beat cop wears some kind of body armor. It is usually a Kevlar vest worn under their uniform top. Body armor traditionally offers the most protection in the front. With that being said, the Weaver stance isn’t the best stance for shooting while wearing armor. Why you ask?

Look at the picture above of the Weaver stance. The weakest part of the body armor is exposed, that being the side, while the arm pit area isn’t cover by armor at all.  This obviously means you stand a greater chance of taking a serious hit.

I know your thinking I’m fixing to say that the Isosceles stance is the best stance right? Well, even then, that has some issues. You see, the Isosceles is a great stance for maximizing body armor protection, but the flip side of it is you can’t take a lot of forwards and backwards energy. Your whole body will rock slightly with each shot you take.

So, then what is the best stance?

Well, it’s actually both. The Weaver is great when your taking cover, such as behind a car door (as a vast majority of cops do) or a door frame. Because you off side elbow is more relaxed compared to the Isosceles, it is a lot easier to rest parts of your arm on things, again, such as a car door frame. Your exposed side is protected by your piece of cover, so you still having the protection you need.

On the flip side, the Isosceles is great for shooting when there is no cover available. This stance allows you to quickly move in any direction since your feet are in a neutral position, while maximizing the use of your body armor. If a suspect takes off to your right, left, or away from you, you can quickly pursue them.

Quotes of the day

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2009 by Jay

Was reading through some of my old Academy stuff, and thought this was applicable to everyone:

“When you’re not training, someone else is training to kick your ass.” – from the movie Girlfight.

“It’s better to be prepared when nothing happens than to be unprepared when SHTF.” – Sergeant Johnson

TCLEOSE qual rumor

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 by Jay

Hey gang,

I picked up a rather juicy little tip, and thought I’d share it with yall.

Rumor is going around in some law enforcement circles that TCLEOSE is looking at upping the number of qualifications an officer has to do a year. Currently, the requirements are a minimum of 50 rounds, 5 of which have to be duty ammunition, at ranges from point-blank to a maximum of 15 yards, with at least 20 rounds at or beyond seven yards, including at least one timed reload, yearly.

So instead of just doing it once a year, you have to do it twice a year. I think it’s a step in the right direction, but it still doesn’t fix the problem of most police officers only shoot about once every 4-6 months as it is.

TCLEOSE = Texas Comission on Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Education