Archive for March, 2011

SIDG – Drills and Instructor Edition

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2011 by Jay

(SIDG – Stuff I don’t Get)

I’ve been dedicating around 45 minutes to an hour each day for some kind of dry fire with my duty pistol. One thing I’ve started doing is working on ‘air’ drills. I’ll tape up targets on the living room walls (gotta love being a bachelor) and run a drill, like the El Presidente, Bill Drill, stuff like that.

Well, I’ve also been watching videos of well known pistol instructors running said drills. The problem is, in every one I’ve seen they hit the slide stop instead of racking the slide on reloads. Yet on their blogs/websites/forums, they advocate racking the slide, because that is not what the slide stop is designed for. So, then why is it okay to use the slide stop just-that-once when your shooting a drill?

The only thing I could rationalize as to why, is they ‘cheat’ the reload by using the slide stop to help lower their times. That, and it may be acceptable in the acronym shooting sports, so they do it during the drills.

Anyone else have any ideas?

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Happy birthday – M1911!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2011 by Jay

Today, one hundred years ago, the Army officially adopted the John Browning designed M1911 pistol for it’s official sidearm. A hundred years later, the M1911 design and .45 ACP cartridge are still very popular designs.

Happy brithday M1911!

Grub!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by Jay

A quick request, if you don’t mind.

Rather than spend all my ammo/gun money on eating out all the time, plus being single, I have to rely on myself to cook. So far, it’s mostly been top ramen, boxed mac and cheese, and homemade burgers, with the occasional bowl of cereal and sandwich. Obviously this isn’t a healthy way to eat, and I’m sure there are tastier ways of stretching my food dollar.

So, I’m looking for recipes to cook for myself. Whether it feeds 2 or 6 I don’t care, as I can just save it and have leftovers. Simple is better as I don’t have much by way of cookware, and I’m not really much of a cook. I have the basic herbs and spices, so no worries there. Just know I don’t have a grill.

Feel free to either leave a comment or email me at my address: jay.txgunner@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Observation

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by Jay

or pulling your head out of your butt and taking a look around!

I’ve been at this department for all of about 6 weeks. I’ve done more than a few reports of all kinds, and been on the scene of more than one accident. My FTO and I have worked a big case (online solicitation of a minor no less) from start to finish, as we are just waiting for grand jury.

But if it’s one thing I noticed that seems to be a common thread in 98% of the cases, it’s a lack of observation.

A lot of thefts start out as simply a suspicious vehicle, an unknown vehicle cruising up and down the road. They might be lost, but they also might be scouting the area, looking for patterns, that kinda stuff. For us, we don’t know if a vehicle is suspicious or not, unless they are pulled over on the side of a road with their lights off (especially at night) or hazards going.

The same thing goes for some of the muggings the city has worked. 99% of the time they had no idea it was coming, while the mugger had spent at least several minutes scouting them out.

Heck, on the scene after most crashes (they don’t call them accident anymore), I hear a lot “Well I wasn’t looking/paying attention/I didn’t see them coming” from one or both parties. And think about it, how many times do you take your eyes off the road while your driving, even if it is just a quick glance here and there?

A great example of being observant, is a story GunGeek tells (sorry if I butcher it GunGeek!). His wife and him had stopped at a Burger King one summer and had gone inside to get something to eat. While he was going to get the food, his wife noticed something odd, a man in a trench coat standing in line to order. Weird for the middle of summer in Texas. Well, she then noticed another man in a trench coat standing near one of the exit doors. She realized something was up, so her and GunGeek got the heck out of there. When they go home and watched the news that night, there was a report of an armed robbery at a Burger King. The 2 men in trench coats had robbed the Burger King they were at.

Being observant is easy to do as well, even though we all need to work on it. It’s simply being aware of your surroundings and whats going on, be it people, cars, items, what have you. For me, I have a tendency to see something weird, then fixate on it. When I do that, I lose focus on everything else. How am I working past that? I force myself to catalogue the weird item in my memory, then keep moving, since there may be more than one weird thing, like what happened to GunGeek and his wife.

Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe out there!

…and I’m still alive!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by Jay

Hey gang,

Finally got high speed internet, and wordpress isn’t giving me any issues.

I love it here. There are some days I wake up and can’t believe I get paid to do this. Every day is something new, and I get to do as little or as much as I want, depending on the call load of course. Some days are lazy days and we sit around and do nothing, other days we go out there and kick ass and take names.

FTO phase is still going well, and I’m scheduled to be cut loose by myself on May 1st.