Archive for November, 2010

Outlast

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 by Jay

I was reading over at Walls Of The City (link soon to follow as soon as my computer stops being a pain in the rear) about how the Antis are basically getting older and need new blood to keep it going.

Then it hit me. Sooner or later, the Antis will fade away. Here is why.

For us, firearms are apart of our way of life. I am 22, and started shooting at the age of 6. My dad began shooting when he was 10. Same for my grandfather, so forth and so on. I can think of multiple gunbloggers who take their children shooting and/or hunting regularly. As long as we can continue to pass this right, heritage, tradition, whatever you want to call it, down through our families, we will never have to fear fading away, because it is apart of us.

Does being easily passed on help our case? Absolutely, I mean, would you rather get a rifle from your grandfather or a piece of paper stating why guns are bad?

But, more importantly, the ideals of gun ownership are passed on as well, like protecting our rights as gun owners.

While the Brady campaign is clamoring to find its next spokesperson, we already have the means and ways to safely ensure that gun rights are preserved for future generations. All we have to do is outlast them.

Now go take your kid(s) shooting, and introduce them to our fine world.

Duty gun choice

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2010 by Jay

You may remember a while back I got stuck on what I wanted to use for my duty gun, Beretta 92F or Glock 23. Obviously, the Beretta won out. I never posted why, until now.

I did a mini-qualification shoot with both, covering a fairly wide range of shooting, like rapid shots from the holster to slow shots from the low ready position, at distances from 3 feet to 25 yards.

Points ended up not mattering, both scored within a couple points of each other. What ended up mattering was group size and quick recovery.

See, I had to run the qual by myself and without a shot timer. So, I used the microphone on my cell phone to record the sound of the shots. Listening back to it, I gleaned a lot of important data. Same from the paper targets.

The data broke down like this:

Group size. At ranges under 15 yards, I was more accurate with the Glock. At ranges over 15 yards, I was more accurate with the Beretta. Why the difference? The Beretta will have a tendency to be more accurate because it is a full size gun. The Glock is a compact. At under 15 yards, the striker fired Glock easily beats the DA/SA pull, but at the longer distances I think the barrel size comes into play.

Follow up shots. Simply put, Beretta hands down. The metal frame eats up the recoil of the 9mm easy. Not so much with the .40 cal Glock. Listening to the audio, it is a night and day difference, even at close ranges.

One handed weapon manipulation. Again, 9mm in an all metal pistol. It wasn’t as stable as the Glock for accuracy, but follow up shots were stupid quick compared to the Glock.

I know it seems like I am debating accuracy versus follow up shots, but I am not. The difference in accuracy at under 15 yards was minor. All hits were solid hits, the only difference being the hits were a little more spaced out with the Beretta, but still solid hits.

Overall, it was a lot of the little things that lead me going to the Beretta. I think the best duty weapon for me, based on that qual run, would be a polymer framed 9mm, like a Glock 17 or an M&P.

Scenario based training

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 by Jay

Thanks to the generosity of Karl, I will be taking the first time offered Personal Tactics Skills class at KR Training.

One thing that is interesting though, in talking with Karl and Hsoi, is the lack of interest in scenario based training. People simply aren’t interested in it. They want to do the live fire stuff, since ‘gun going bang’ is awesome, while learning gun skills that can help save their life. The problem is, there is a lot that becomes apparent in scenarios that you wouldn’t learn otherwise.

Scenario based training, in my opinion, is just as important as just firearms training. Why? Practical application. It’s all about learning how you will react when the rubber meets the road. Scenarios are a culmination of applying everything you have learned in a controlled environment. If you make a mistake, you learn from it, apply what you learned, and move on. There is a lot more that goes on in a situation than just ‘threat, draw, bang, bang, bang, scan for threats, reload, holster’.

There is always some kind of build up, be it body language, guy acting funny, or what have you. Why is that guy in front of me so jumpy? Why is he wearing a parka in Central Texas in the middle of July? Why is that car circling the parking lot so many times? See, everyone has their own opinion of when they feel threatened and when they would draw. You could show a video of a situation to 10 people, and 95% of the group would have a different time when they would draw and a different time when they would shoot. Do you know what that threshold is for you? Sure, I think everyone can form their own opinion when it would be best for them, but, is it appropriate for that situation? That is where scenarios come in, it allows a person to formulate and refine their force threshold of drawing and/or shooting.

Then, there is always some kind of de-escalation. You shot the guy, the guy is down, now what? Are you going to perform CPR on the guy? Who is going to call 911? How are you going to deal with the police when they arrive? They know they are going to be responding to a situation where one person has been shot/killed, and one person just shot that person, so they know there is at least one gun involved, which is going to get their adrenaline going, plus add in the fact that you just shot someone, so your adrenaline is going, and…see where I am going with this? Do you know how you are going to de-escalate after a situation like that? Sure, there are some basics that everyone should do, like call/have someone call 911, but everyone is different and will react in different ways. Again, this is where scenario based training comes in. You learn how you are going to respond after a situation, mistakes you might make, that kind of stuff.

In the police academy, I went through a total of 25 training scenarios, 10 were force on force with simunitions, 6 were in the use of force simulator trailer, 5 were Domestic Violence, and 4 were Redman. I learned something from each scenario I did, be it something I did or learning something from what my partner did. The same applies to any kind of scenario you go through, you learn what other people do, be it right or wrong, and learn from that. The more you learn, the better you are. If you go through one scenario, and find yourself in similar scenario later on down the road, you know what to do to reach the best outcome. If you made a mistake the first time, you won’t make it again the second time.

And who knows, you may find in a training scenario that a particular holster doesn’t work for you. You may find a certain carry position is better than what you are used to. The only way you might find those things out is by being put ‘in the moment’.

As one instructor told me, “It is better to learn the hard way in training, than to suffer and die on the street.”

storage

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 by Jay

Simple question:

How do you store your ammo?

In the box in a case? Dumped out in an ammo can? Locked up in the safe?

Being broke, I keep mine in the box in an ammo can.

Random Pic

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 by Jay

Just wanted to have this picture saved somewhere on the internetz forever:

Lunch + News

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 by Jay

I had the honor to have lunch with Hsoi today. Thanks bro for buyin’ lunch!

We got our food, ate, started talking, and before we knew it, an hour had gone by. They do say time flies when your having fun!

I qualified this morning with my Beretta 92F pistol. I shot 90 out of 100. I ‘qualified’ to be awarded the sharpshooter badge, but alas, since I am a part timer, I’m not qualified to wear it.

Now I’m just waiting for the call to start working…

ER trip

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by Jay

Had to go to the ER last night. My fever pegged around 103 and stayed there, no matter we did. I also had bad body aches. So, a trip to the ER was the best option.

Got checked in and in a matter of minutes I saw a doctor. He gave me some Tylenol and let it work. About 15 minutes later, a nurse came in and gave me a flu test. It sucked, but not as bad as getting OC’d. About 10 minutes later, the doc said the test was negative and gave me a powerful antibiotic, and diagnosed me as ‘Fever, unknown’ and kicked me out of the door. When I checked out, my fever was around 100 degrees and I had a prescription for more powerful antibiotics.

Anyway, what gets me is their lack of concern for why I got so sick. Once they figured out I didn’t have the flu, it was like they didn’t seem to really care about what caused it. It seemed like flu was out, so let’s give him a broad spectrum antibiotic and kick him out the door.

The whole thing left me with a real unsettling feeling for some reason.