Monday, March 27, 2017

Great training on sale!

From my friends at Citizens Defense Research, get two people trained for the price of one! Take yourself and a loved one to class for the cost of one person (or be selfish and take the class yourself and use the free chair in another, later class)!
From now until Monday at 11:59PM EST we are a running a BUY ONE GET ONE free sale on the Alliance Ohio iteration of the entire 16 hour block of instruction of our Contextual Handgun: The Armed Parent/Guardian curriculum being held April 1-2.
This offer is only good for the entire 16 hour block of instruction ($450) and only for the Alliance class. Once you signup you can contact us with your order number, and who you would like to have attend the class with you, and we will add them to the roster at no additional cost (We're even covering the additional range fees). If you don't have someone you'd like to come with you, then we will issue a voucher to you to attend an additional class at a later date, free of charge.
This class is for people who have kids, or anyone interested in learning how to manage/protect non-combatives (not necessarily just children) in a violent encounter.
To signup please click the signup button and select the $450 ticket option.
See yah next weekend!
Here are some class reviews that are newer than mine: Primary & Secondary, Beauty Behind the Blast.

Signup link is HERE.

The more work-y sort of range time...

Chrono work in the morning with the M&P M2.0. It's time to start wrapping this up so I can ship the gun off to the mothership for some photography.

I'll be headed to the range tomorrow to do another hundred rounds of assorted blasting, which is fun, and then chrono work, which is meh. I need to go ahead and make sure I have some ammo laid out for the test numbers: three different bullet weights from three different manufacturers is ideal. (And I need enough of each to do a ten-round chrono string and five 5-shot groups at 25 yards.)

Tuesday will be the 25-yard groups and probably a couple runs through the short course of fire just to serve as a benchmark.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The shallow end of the word mines...

Overheard in the Office...

Me: "Oh, my God! The cat just wandered over to my chair, gazed adoringly up at me, floated an air biscuit, and then wandered back off across the room."

RX: "Cats don't really fart all that often. Are you sure you're not smelling natural gas?"

Me: "There is nothing natural about this smell."

Bloggery has occurred at the other blog...

Gasp! Two Sunday Smiths in a month!

Random Musing...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'm tired.

Or rather my car is.

Friday I stopped at the local tire mart and left the Zed Drei there while I walked with my range bag across the street to Indy Arms Company for some pew-pew-pew with the M&P M2.0 review gun.

200 rounds through the M&P and a short wait back at the tire place later, I had a new set of skins on the Zed Drei...for about the price of a good deal on an HK P30. Yikes.

Both rears were pretty well worn on the inboard sides, and a smarter person likely would have replaced them before a 1,200-mile round trip, but I never claimed to be all that bright. Further, the driver's side front had a very slow leak in the "no repair" zone.

Due to the fact that rears wear so much faster on the Zed Drei*, and the fact that I'm a starving artist, I usually only replaced the tires on one end of the car at a time, and that when strictly necessary**. Fortunately, I'd just gotten paid, so now the Z3 has the same brand of front and rear tires, for the first time since probably 2004. No wonder this feels kind of like a big deal to me.

*And since front and rear are different sizes and wear directional tires, there's no rotating the tires, either.
**With the Z3 2.8's wheel sizes, your choices are a few varieties of cheap-ass tires that wear like RugRite carpet and are as sticky as oiled cue balls, or Ultra Super Sport tires. Like the joke backronym goes, "Bring Money With".


I spent Thursday morning at Atlanta Conservation Club with Mike Grasso, working on our Quick & Dirty Course of Fire, intended to be used as a future evaluation tool in gun reviews.

The guns in the picture were the ones we were using as benchmarks, his P226 SAO Legion and my Robar Gen2 Glock 17. It was in the high 30s and windy when we first got there, and I did not cover myself in glory initially, only shooting 248 points on a 300 point course. I tried with frozen fingers and I tried with glove liners, and neither was super satisfactory.

Some of it is that I have a hard time adapting to traditional timed courses of fire, allowing myself to use up all the allotted par time to get the best shots, rather than finishing five seconds early with a couple of nines and eights.

Some of it was that I really need to work on my transitions; I was swinging the gun and my eyes at the same time, rather than leading with my eyes and then bringing the sights to my eye line. Some more time in dry-fire on that will help, plus now that it's warming up I'll be getting more time on the steel plates in the bays at MCF&G.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A quarter done...

Wednesday morning saw me at Indy Arms Company with the Wilson and four boxes of the Winchester 124gr NATO ammunition. I wanted to work on speed on smaller/farther targets. I think, judging from what was happening in longer strings of fire, I have some serious grip issues to work on.

After a hundred rounds at the lower 8" circle at the fifteen yard line and fifty at the 3x5 from seven, I brought it back in to three yards and just worked on trying get good trigger presses on the 2" circles. That dropped shot is annoying.

There were no malfunctions of any kind to report.

This makes 500 rounds fired since the pistol was last cleaned or lubed, with one FTE not charged to the gun at round #29. 1,500 rounds to go.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


So, I'm rolling through Arkansas between Little Rock and Memphis on I-40 eastbound. The cruise control on the Zed Drei is set at 80, a speed that has me passing probably nine vehicles in ten, leaving that tenth vehicle to get pulled over for driving too fast.

I'm passing a couple clumps of vehicles in the right lane and I see another ahead that's far enough that I could probably duck into the right lane for a little bit, but a check of the rear-view mirror shows nobody closing on me. So I stay in the left lane as I slowly overtake the pair; a little Korean hatchback bobbing in the wake of an eighteen wheeler.

As I slowly close the gap, the hatchback decides he's seen enough of this particular truck's ass, and signals left. I'm far enough back, and my rate of overtaking is low enough, that I just turn off the cruise control and pop the high beams twice, indicating that it's cool for him to cut over in front of me.

Suddenly his turn signal cuts off and he lunges back into the right-hand lane. Had he not seen me initially?

I pop the high beams three or four more times, as if to say "No, seriously, it's cool. Come over..." when I glance across the median and see the reason for his abortive pass: Three Arkansas staties have someone pulled over and a fourth is rolling up on the scene. And here I have been frantically flashing my high beams like a prat for something completely unrelated to the presence of the po-po, who all now no doubt think I'm That Driver.

Not gonna lie, I pulled my wallet out and set it on the console, and I was nearly to the outskirts of West Memphis before I stopped expecting a pissed-off ASP Charger to come barrelling up my tailpipe, lights ablaze.

"You're totally not going to believe this, officer, but..."

Still not killed in the streets.

Tuesday morning I was back at it with the Wilson at Indy Arms Co. Because I dropped a couple shots at the 15 yard line at the match, it was time to do more shooting at fifteen yards.

I promptly dropped a couple shots at the fifteen yard line, here, too. Incidentally, the shooting at the 3x5 at five yards and the eight-inch circle at fifteen were both at approximately the same speed. The target says I could have been going a little faster at five, but was going about as fast as I could at fifteen...

There were no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 300 rounds fired since the pistol was last cleaned or lubed, with one FTE not charged to the gun at round #29. 1,700 rounds to go.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The most Australian thing ever...

This dude makes Jackass look like the Teletubbies.

Also: Australian taxpayers saved this man's arm. If that's not an argument against socialized medicine, I don't know what is.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Arrived safely...

That's a piece of a drive.

Last time I drove through Little Rock (on my way to Texas) I detoured via Louisville/Nashville/Memphis, which adds a good hour to the drive. Now, six years later, Illinois will let me CCW through their long as I don't get out of the vehicle with my gat.

So I topped up the tank in Terra Haute on the way down and Charleston, MO on the way back, and set the cruise control at only two or three over while in the Land of Lincoln, so as to avoid any imperial entanglements.

Homeward Bound...

Heading back to Indy after an action-packed weekend.

Oh, and this is a thing that happened.Don't know how I placed overall yet, but apparently way better than I thought I would.