Archive for April, 2010

News

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 by Jay

Woke up this morning, stumbled into the kitchen, fixed me a cup of coffee, and proceeded to watch the news, KVUE out of Austin to be correct.

Lets see…

Bias against the Arizona Immigration Bill……check

Bias for Universal Health Care……check

Bias for “us” winning the war on terror……check

Bias against civilians owning firearms……check

Ahhhh, what another wonderful way to start the day…not.

Wonder

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2010 by Jay

 Ever buy a used firearm (i.e. LE trade-in guns, guns from WWII, etc) and wonder about it’s history?

I had the same wonder. I was bored today, so I called Glock with the serial number of my Glock 23, and they told me what police department it was sold to.

I called said police department, and after emailing them a scanned in copy of my reciept, a helpful SGT looked up the info for me. And honestly, I wished I hadn’t.

It was used in 3 officer involved shootings, killing 4 people over those 3 incidents.

The first incident was a traffic stop. The perp pulled his gun on the officer as he approached the vehicle. The officer pulled his service pistol (my Glock), fired several rounds and killed the suspect.

The second incident was a domestic violence call. 2 officers responded to the scene, and as they got out of their separate patrol units and began to approach the house, the husband and his brother came charging out of the house with shotguns. Both officers drew and returned fire. The first officer (using the Glock I own now) shot the husband several times, killing him instantly. The brother sought shelter and continued to fire at the officers. The second officer shot the brother initially, however, it wasn’t incapacitating. The first officer also shot him, however, with more fatal results.

The last incident, a detective was doing follow up on a case and accidently went to the wrong house, which was the home of a drug dealer. The drug dealer shot the detective through the door, hitting him in the shoulder. The dealer opened the door and the detective shot and killed the dealer. The detective survived. However, his service pistol (my Glock) stayed in evidence for a year, before it was returned to the PD, where it was removed from service and placed in reserve. From there, it was sold to the dealer I bought it, which he in turn sold to me.

Free Government Training!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by Jay

I know your sitting there, laughing at that title, but it’s true.

Today, I’m going to link you to free government training through FEMA. Cops, EMTs, Firefighters, etc love to take some and/or all of this training to help pad their resume. Upon completion of the course and final exam, you’ll get a certificate showing you’ve completed the training.

This training covers the NIMS or National Incident Management System. Basically, in the event of an emergency and/or disaster, your local, state, and/or federal agencies will use this system to respond to the emergency or disaster. If you complete IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800, you’ll gain a total of 1.2 hours of CEUs, or Continuing Education Units.

You can find the courses here.

Even if all you do is sit through it and don’t take the final exam, it’s worth it. Parts of it are actually applicable for family emergency use.

I’ve got more links to this kind of stuff if yall are interested…

A thumpin’ good read…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by Jay

I read this book as a freshman in high school (8 years ago…). At first, I thought it was another one of those sappy stories that freshman English teachers tend to make their students read for positive “feel good” morals and other such non-sense, however, I realized it was far from the truth. When we read part of the first chapter aloud in class, I thought ho-hum. I took it home, got bored that night, and decided to keep reading…

…until 11:30 p.m. when Dad found out I wasn’t asleep, just reading under the covers with a book light. I read half the book the first night I had it. When I got to English class, I was stunned to find everyone else had only read maybe a page or two ahead. The teacher didn’t believe that I had gotten that far ahead and asked me questions about stuff that had happened. I answered every question correctly and even corrected a question she had asked wrong. Instead of following along in class, I jumped to the part where I was forced to stop and kept reading from there. When I got home from school, I flopped down on the couch and kept reading until I finished it. More importantly, I started over from the beginning again, and started to read it again! By the time we as a class had finished the book, I’d read it a good 4 or 5 times. I aced the test easy. However, I still had the bug, and wanted to buy it to add to my collection. Alas, I couldn’t find it. Over the course of my summer vacation, I called and called and even book stores like Barnes and Noble, Hastings, and Borders didn’t have it in stock, they couldn’t order it! Finally, I gave up and said I’d buy it from my freshman English teacher. Unfortunately, she had resigned during the summer.

Flash forward a couple of years, freshman year in college, and I happen to stumble upon it at the college’s library. This particular copy had been printed in 1975, and man, it showed its age badly. Nonetheless, I checked it out, and read it twice again before I had to turn it in. Unfortunately, I turned it in, and about a week later one of the library’s cleaning people spilled a full bottle of cleaning solution on a pile of books. Yes, fate would have it, this book was one of the ones destroyed.

It seemed I was not destined to have this book. So, I gave up looking for it, and went about my business. However, last year, while at Half Price Books in San Marcos, I thought to check to see if they had it. My luck being what it is, I couldn’t remember the author’s name. Thankfully, I whipped out my cell phone, hit up the Wikipedia app, and found the author. I looked, found the only copy they had, paid the $7.95 for a 2005 soft cover printing in excellent condition, and proceeded to do a victory lap around the store. The clerk who rang up my sale, said that was the only copy of this book that they’d had in stock for ages. They’d have people always ask about it, but never had it. I told her my story, and she said that she’d heard a lot of similar stories in regards to this book. She said finally, about a week or two before, a broke college student showed up with it in a stack of books and they bought it from him.

I took it home that afternoon, and what do you know, I read it cover to cover in an entire sitting. It’s one of those books that, once you start, you can’t stop. You have to know what happens next. Even though I could tell you the entire story, I still have to read as much as I can in a sitting. When I lent it to Mom to read, she said she’d read a couple of chapters, look up, saw several hours had passed, knew she had stuff to do, but just couldn’t stop reading it.

Anyway, the book is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. It was published in 1959, which explains why it’s so hard to find copies of it.

I won’t post spoilers, so if you do pick up a copy, I won’t ruin it for you. The general story for this book is simple, and was a very real one when you consider it was written in the mid to late 50s. The Cold War goes hot, and the Russians nuke most of American. The story follows one small town in the middle of Florida, and how they cope as best as they can with the disaster, being cut off from the rest of the country by nuclear fallout.

Why do I recommend it? Well, the story is really good and very well written, even by today’s standards. It’s an eye-opening experience of what can happen if the S really Hits The proverbial Fan. No electricity, lack of water, lack of food, roving gangs of highwaymen (a.k.a. looters/robbers), relying on guns for protection of self and property, so forth and so on. Besides, this book is one of the primary reasons the whole “post-apocalyptic” genre was started.

However, there are some things that need to be said first before you decide if you want to read it or not. They aren’t big things by any means, but just a heads up. Do remember this book was written in the 1950s, which means society was a lot different from today. For instance, there is racism against black folk and use of the word “nigger”.  Also, some things happen that will seem rather convenient both for and against the characters. They aren’t plot breaking, however, you may say to yourself when you read it “Oh isn’t that a tad convenient”.  Lastly, expect some change in the way you prepare to deal with the SHTF. I know after I read it, I recommended and implemented changes in the plan my family and I have for the SHTF. The same thing happened after Mom read it.

Overall, I think it is an excellent read, even with the few minor foibles. I’d certainly say it’s worth buying and adding to collection!

Oh not so nice!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by Jay

The place was a bust. Guy admitted he hadn’t had a gun in stock in a year, and when he did, he said it was mostly hunting rifles and “pocket automatics”.

Oh well. Never hurts to check!

Oh nice!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 by Jay

I was driving around trying to find a pizza place at the city in which I work, and happened upon this:

They were closed at the time, but needless to say, I’ll be swingin’ by to check it out at my lunch break!

Crossroads

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 by Jay

I’m stumped, meaning it’s that time again!

As you know, I’m looking at buying a pistol for the Academy, and thought I had my heart set on a particular pistol, a Sig P220R DAK.

However, I ran into a DPS Trooper today at work, and well, I’m waffling. You see, he is issued a Sig P226R in .357 Sig. We had a discussion about it, as gun nuts tend to do when randomly meeting in public, I mean, I honestly think if I met another Texas gun blogger randomly on the street or in a store, we’d spend hours talking and chit chatting’.

Anyway, him and I had a discussion about it, pros and cons, and well, I’m back to square 2. I know I want a Sig for the Academy and I know it’ll have to be in DAK, so at least I’m not back to the very beginning, but other than that, I’m not sure, which is why I’m making this bleg.

I originally wanted to go with the P220 because it’s a single stack .45, and well, as Dad would say, .45s have been putting people graveyard dead since 1911. I believe this is a case where its history speaks for itself.

However, after talking with this Trooper, he shined the light on .357 Sig and got me thinking about my decision. You see, for LE work, .357 Sig is becoming popular and is slowly but surely gaining a bigger and bigger market share of the LE world. Why you ask? Well, simply put, .357 Sig has a lot going for it. It has the ability to punch through automobile glass, car doors, car bodies, barriers such as doors, and still retain enough energy to eliminate the threat on the other side. Something else to consider too, is that on average, a .357 Sig round packs around ~100 ft lbs more energy in a single shot than a regular .45 round, and offers better penetration. Now, when you factor in .45 +P, it shrinks to a dead heat. But, bottleneck rounds (such as the .357 Sig) are inherently more reliable in feeding compared to straight walled rounds like .40 and .45. As an added bonus, if I got a P226 in .357 Sig, to switch to shooting .40 S&W all I’d have to do is swap the barrel. Magazines, springs, etc are compatible between the two. I have 2 pistols already in .40 S&W, so it’s not like I’d have to stock up on .40 S&W ammo.

But, the downside of .357 Sig, is it really hasn’t been proven on the streets like .45 has, which is the big one. The .45 round has a big ole pile of dead perps under it, whereas the .357 Sig may have some, but no where near as large as the .45. Plus, since .357 Sig is still something of a specialty round, it’s harder to come by than regular ammo calibers like .45. I mean again, .45 ACP speaks for itself.

Now that you’ve got that mulling over, consider this, which is P220 vs P226. Operation, DAK trigger pull, etc are all the same, so that’s not a concern. What is, is single stack vs staggered. The P220 is single stack, and can hold 8+1. Yes, I know Sig makes a 10 round mag for them, but they look ugly and are freakin’ expensive. The P226 is staggered, and can hold 12+1. Weight difference is marginal, 30 oz for the P220 and 34 oz for the P226. Everything else (width, length, height) are all the same.

So, any input and/or suggestions are welcomed. I’m interested to see what yall have to say!