Archive for March, 2010

I know, I know

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by Jay

I’m supposed to be blogging daily, but pfff, as you can tell, I’ve been a bad boy and not keeping up with it. Stupid Wal-Mart…

I’ve got a major article in the works, something…a little different from the norm. I’ve got a lot of reading and note taking to do (Thanks GunGeek!), so it’ll be some time before it’ll be posted.

Entrance into the Police Academy is going well, only lacking the drug screen and a copy of my college transcript. I saw a psychologist last Friday for the psychological evaluation for the Academy. He said, (and I quote) “I wish there were more people in law enforcement with your psychological profile. You are a very well round individual, and in all years I’ve been doing this, this the easiest and willingness I’ve wanted to sign off on someone’s TCLEOSE form. Psychologically, you will make an outstanding police officer.” Looks like while I may be into guns, I’m not much of a nut after all.

The psych eval consisted of 3 parts, a 568 question test (the MMPI-2 to be specific), a sentence completion worksheet, and a one on one interview with the psychologist. The MMPI help sets the psychological profile for the applicant (in this case, me), and the sentence completion worksheet and interview basically round out and complete it. Also, the worksheet and interview also serve as a sort of checks and balance system against the MMPI. Since it is a written test, it’s easy to lie on it and try to make yourself better than you appear, even though the MMPI does have a sort of built-in checks system, it’s by no means fool-proof. The sentence completion worksheet basically makes sure you can write a complete sentence and determines what kind of person you are (self-centered, thinking of others, etc). The interview is to help match up the MMPI and make sure you didn’t overly lie on it. During one part of the interview, the psychologist said, now, used to, I’d try to determine if the applicant is mentally fit to carry and use a weapon during the line of duty, however, with the less restrictive gun laws these days, they’ve made my job much easier by making them more accessible to those who can legally purchase one. I quipped with, well sir, I’ve got a pistol in the glovebox of my car right now. He smiled and said see, there ya go.

Anyway, based on my interview, he said my MMPI profile is pretty much spot on with how I am mentally, and that for LE work, it’s an exceptional profile. One thing he did talk about though,which I find interesting, is that a person who are interested in police work has a certain kind of psych profile. Like he said, it’s just the way it works out. People interested in police work tend to be extroverts, be somewhat ego maniacs, less in touch with their feminine side, and not psychological deviant, meaning, they like to stay in the box.

And he said for me, there are somethings that I am in the average on, but that of the most important things that matter, I’m more towards normal human male, which to him, is a good thing. He said that my “ego score” was high, but coupled with my interview and my sentence worksheet, it’s because I am self-confident and have very high self-esteem, not because I have an ego. My “outgoingness” score was on the bottom side of LE average, which, he said is a good thing, meaning I’ll be able to leave people alone when they want to be left alone. My feminine score was far above the LE average, but again, good thing. Why? Because he said it means I’m more willing to respect people I meet, as opposed to taking a macho attitude and looking down on them. It doesn’t mean I’m gay, a metrosexual, cross dresser, or anything of those sorts, it just means I’m in touch with my feminine side. Feminine by MMPI standards means stuff like the arts (music, theater, art), cooking, or taking care of things, like plants or pets. Another thing way above the LE average (which is like 25% – 27%), and just above the normal male average too (which is 50%), was my psychological deviance score (mine was a 52%). That doesn’t mean I’m evil, or a serial killer, it just means I tend to march to the beat of my own drum, as opposed to following what everyone else is doing. This also includes stuff like following the rules. But again, he said this is something in my favor, because following the rules far too closely can be just as harmful breaking all of the rules. He also said it means I’m more willing to go with a by line of “officer discretion” when it comes to stuff like choosing between give a citation and warning, which in addition the whole “feminine respect” aspect, can mean I’ll have more people respect me as a cop than if I just gave out citations all the time, which is better for the community.

I’m going to try to get back to updating more often than I have. I won’t be able to get back to the once a day like I should be doing just yet, but, it’ll be a lot more frequent than it has been.

mmmmm…fresh ammo

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 by Jay

I was working in receiving at Wally World today, and saw this while I was unloading the semi.

I had to take a picture:

So yes, .380 ammo is still being made, and if anyone wants a box, I can pick a box up for you or I’ll send you the address to my store.

It’s fresh off the truck too!

Handgun Wounding Factors

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2010 by Jay

I haz a PDF of the FBI: Handgun Wound Factors and Effective report they released in the late 80s. Even though it’s about as old as I am, it is still a good read for anyone seriously into firearms for self defense. It’s only 19 pages long and can read rather drab, but it’s interesting enough.

If you want a copy, feel free to hit me up. My contact info is on the right ->

If you are reading this going “huh?” or have heard of it but don’t know any of the history behind it, let me explain.

In 1986, there was a shootout in Miami between several FBI agents and 2 suspects. The suspects were armed with a rifle (Mini-14) and a shotgun, while the FBI agents had .357 mag revolvers shooting .38 Spl +P and 9mm pistols. Both suspects were eventually killed, 5 FBI agents were wounded, and 2 FBI agents were killed. One of the suspects was shot 6 times, the other was shot 12 times.

An initial investigation into the shootout came to 2 conclusions (or take-away points). One of the take-aways was that the agents were underpowered compared to the suspects. So, the FBI did research into the matter, and initially adopted the 10mm round as their standard sidearm round. A few years later, after an unsuccessful revision to the 10mm load, Smith & Wesson developed the .40 S&W round, which later was adopted by the FBI.

Anyway, the Handgun Wounding Factors report was one of several reports that came about because of the 1986 Miami shootout. This report, in a nutshell, basically says that the bigger the round you have, the better, and that penetration is the ultimate key factor you should look for when choosing a round to defend yourself with. It dispels a lot of the myths regarding the fabled “knockdown power” and “hydrostatic shock”.

However, one thing I want to take the time to remind everyone about. This is an FBI report, written for law enforcement use. A vast majority of it is applicable to self defense, however, it doesn’t take into account the nuances of CCWing, such as you can’t always carry a 1911 or a full sized Glock everywhere you go.

15 people shot in 6 hours

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2010 by Jay

Sadly, that is actually the case: 15 People shot, 1 killed in Chicago in 6 hours.

And to make things worse, with Chicago’s firearm laws they are, they didn’t have a right to defend themselves.

H/t to SayUncle.

Letters

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2010 by Jay

Check this out: http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/O-CongressionalDelegation20100319.pdf

In a nut shell, it’s a letter from Rick Perry, David Dewhurst, and Joe Straus to the member of Congress, voicing their opinion on why national health care shouldn’t pass. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Sure, it may be all political positioning for the upcoming election, but damn, it makes me proud to know that our state government is more than willing to voice it’s opinion to the fed.

Changing mags?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2010 by Jay

It seems the big thing on most of the gun forums I read is when to change your carry ammo.

Some say 6 months, some say a year.

But that got me thinking about other things as well.

One such thing, is, how often do you change your carry mags, and what do you do with the mag you just changed out?

I swap out the mag in my G23 about once a month. The mag that I just removed I will leave empty for a couple days. After that, it goes at the end of the mag rotation. I’ve got a total of 4 mags. So, generally, each mag gets used about three times a year.

Pistols

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2010 by Jay

As I posted a couple months ago, I’m in the market for a pistol with the following requirements:

  • Comes from a reputable manufacturer
  • 4″ barrel or greater
  • 9mm, .357 Sig (just added to the approved list), .40 S&W, and .45 ACP
  • Double Action Only (Sig’s DAK and H&K’s LEM are okay, but frowned upon)

So, as I spent my time mindlessly searching Al Gore’s World Wide Tubes for the perfect pistol earlier today, I had what alcoholics call a moment of clarity.

I thought to myself, “Self, this sucks!”. I gave up and decided to call a few cop friends to see if I would help me lament over my decision. However, right quick, they shut me up and made me realize how nice I actually have it.

You see, generally, cops are mandated to carry a certain kind/make of pistol, which is what they are issued by their governing body (like city, county, state). Yes, there are circumstances where a department may allow an officer to carry a pistol they own (i.e. 1911 platform pistol), but for the most part, departments don’t allow it.

This means if your department issues Sig P229s in 9mm and your used to .45 Glocks, your shit out of luck. And most of the time, this is determined by the department’s firearms instructor, the chief (or sheriff), and maybe a representative from the local government (like a city councilman). So, as I discovered with this Academy, if the firearms instructor is a fanboy for a certain gun maker (such as Glock), you bet your going to shoot pistols from that gun maker. If you get a new firearms instructor, and they prefer H&K, you bet your going to shoot H&K as soon as the instructor can make it happen.

Now, some departments are nice and will have a selection you can choose from. For instance, my local police department offers the following Glock Models: 17, 19, and 23. Others, like the Sheriff’s Department from a neighboring county, offers their Deputies a choice of Glock 22, Sig P226R in .40, or Sig P229 in 9mm.

So, while I have a nice selection now, in 7 months time, I may be forced to shoot a particular model pistol and have no say in it whatsoever.

I know what some of you may be thinking, “Well Jay, if you trained on a particular pistol/caliber during the Academy, shouldn’t you be able to shoot that pistol/caliber for your duty weapon wherever you end up?” Sadly, that’s not the case. As I said above, I could train on one kind of pistol and caliber for the Academy, but be forced to shoot whatever they give me when I get hired. Besides, the requirements for a pistol differ between the Academys. So you may have one that says DAO and another that says DA/SA or DAO. You may have one that allows .45, but another that won’t allow .45. The list is endless. I’ve read where some are even manufacturer specific, like Glock only or H&K only.

Yes, it may be as wild as, I train on a 9mm Glock for the Academy then have to shoot a DA/SA .45 Sig P220 for the department. Me personally, that’s not a big deal. I’ve shot all manner of calibers and all the different manual of arms out there. But what that really does a disservice to, are the Cadets who don’t have any kind of firearms experience. Their firearms experience may be limited to Academy and that’s it. Imagine being a new shooter, going from a 9mm Glock to a DA/SA P220.

And I believe I settled on a pistol for the Academy. I’m going to get a Sig Sauer P220 DAK. It’s .45, I love Sigs and want to own one, and once I’m out of the Academy, I can send it to Sig and pay them to convert it from DAK to DA/SA. Sure, .45 ammo is expensive compared to .40 and 9mm, but if I can accurately shoot the .45 time and time again, it’ll make shooting the lesser calibers (.40 and 9mm) a lot easier.