Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is a Tough Month for USPSA: MATT B.

First there was the incident where a competitor shot and killed himself in Vancouver

Now one of USPSA's Champion Shooters has been busted: Majorly!

This is the first time I've heard about this.

I'm shocked.
Feds: Scottsdale Shooting Champ, Gun Maker Matthew Burkett Busted for Meth | Phoenix New Times: Former national shooting champion and Scottsdale gun maker Matthew Burkett continues to blow up his career with legal troubles: This time, the feds say he's on meth. Burkett  was arrested in Arizona this week — and remains in federal detention — for testing positive for methamphetamine three times in the past month, court records show. He confessed to using meth after one of the three tests. As the Phoenix New Times reported last month, Burkett previously was accused of defrauding customers of his company, Predator Tactical.
Other sources:

The Firearms Blog
The Outdoor Hub

I'm not sure that these "other sources" have any more to add to the story, but that's where a quick Internet search found appropriate references.

No, I am not prepared to editorialize on this story.  I doubt I will be prepared in the near future.

Except that I will say this:

Anti-Gun Research

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) has another article for your edification. 
As always, I highly recommend it for your enjoyment ... what you learn is a bonus.

This group is one I privately refer to as "The Good Doctors".  The contributors are smarter than politicians  (which sounds like 'damning with faint praise') and more societally productive. More, they report what they see; not what they think somebody wants to hear.

Since my opinions are usually very much in accord with their writings, I naturally think they're about the smartest people on earth.   I've linked to their articles several times in the past, and I expect I'll be doing so for the foreseeable future, because all of the authors are skillful writers and highly readable.

Read this short except (link below) from the latest article, and if you've not previously been acquainted with their body of work, I'm sure you'll dig into the archives and read more articles.     In fact, if this is your first introduction, I envy you the experience of discovery.  I've been reading their articles for a couple of years and never felt I had a better use for my time.

Well, except for Range Time, of course.
Anti-Gun Research, or, How to Gain Notoriety While Accomplishing Nothing – Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership:
In order to maintain freedom and resist enslavement, free people must be competent with firearms.  The use of guns can never be made risk free or completely safe. Unlike exploding skate boards, guns are necessary to free societies. 
It’s not guns but anti-gun “researchers” that menace the present age.  They turn out the worst type of useless, Pot Boiler studies of injury and death to whine about. We can only hope that anti-gun “researchers” stop wasting everyone’s time and get real jobs.  ....................
 Go, read the whole thing!

No, Nancy, that's not it.

Pelosi: I Am a 'Target' Because I Am a 'Master Legislator,' 'Politically Astute Leader' - Breitbart:

Thursday when asked about criticisms that her leadership contributed to the recent special election losses for the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was a “target” because she is “a master legislator.” 
 Pelosi said, “We believe there’s a real opportunity. Now, it’s not a slam dunk. History is on our side, but it takes strategic, unified and disciplined — to have harmony. It doesn’t mean we have anonymity, but we have unity when it comes to that fight. Should I sing my praises? Well, I am a master legislator. I am a strategic politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do which is essential to our election, sad to say.

I have absolutely nothing to say about that.  Well, nothing I want to put in print, anyway.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Polls are cra-zee! (So are Politicians!)

99% of Americans don't believe polls. That's the result of at least one poll.

I don't believe in polls.  I pay no attention to them except in passing.

Polls can be so misinterpreted that they not only do not add to the "Discussion", but they usually add so many confusing 'facts' (which can usually not be examined by the casual observer), they often provide more controversy than verifiable fact.

Poll: Majority approve of Congress’ handling of shooting - POLITICO:

 Congress received mostly high marks for its response to a shooting last week at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a new poll released Monday, although those surveyed said overall civility in political debate has deteriorated.  (The poll dialogue continues with more statistics, but who cares?)
I offer this ... dissertation ... only to makethe point that when the subject is politics, there is nothing THERE, there!

Can you read the above quote and tell me what it said? (Go to the original version at the link.)

They quoted lots of statistics from POLITICO, but they mean nothing.  If anything, they obfuscated any issue which you and I might have wished to have clarified.

Here's my interpretation of the statement, and I realize that whatever I say, it was probably wrong.

Congress has decided that they did the "right thing", whatever it was, and the politicians in power agree. Most people think that politicians are nice people, and everyone mostly agree
Balderdash!  Nobody likes Congress, or Politicians of any stripe.  This is an entirely self-serving quote which only serves to prove that Congress has no clue, and they're dancing as fast as they can.

("Whatever it was".  we haven't been told, yet, and we probably never will.)

I don't know yet what was the point under discussion, or how Congress reached this conclusion.

Anything that results in 5 public political people being SHOT is not likely to be gladly accepted by The Common Man.  When people get shot, there's something drastically wrong here.  Glossing over the consequences of politics serves no meaningful purpose.

Sweeping it all under the rug doesn't resolve the obvious problems of political dissent becoming radicalized.

I don't have a solution, but I have a lot of questions; none of which have been addressed in this political statement.

The people who have spoken publicly to explain away the issue?

They are all a bunch of morons.

I may be wrong, but I don't think you can address a major political assassination attempt by saying "... they did the "right thing", whatever it was, and the politicians have proven their ability to rise above the worst thing that could have happened and ... just shrug it off

Polls don't mean shit; most folks think there is something rotten in Denmark (to quote a phrase).  You cannot dismiss an assassination attempt with soft words and calm assurances. Unless there is an obvious effort to re-evaluate the current political contretemps, and to resolve the image which the public has of a failed national leadership, this shit will keep going on.

If that doesn't frighten you, nothing will.  Assassination as "just a part of the process"?  Absurd!

And I do not LIKE it when my country .. which I love far more than I love the politicians which have promised to protect us .. is under attack by anonymous mouse people.

.\They cannot even protect themselves ... even though they are surrounded by armed security guards and we are not.  How can we trust them to protect US?

I have no confidence in the incompetent idiots politicians who are replete with smiles, soft words, and $400 haircuts.  Anyone can get elected by promising Bread and Circuses; the Romans proved that a thousand years ago, and the formula remains unchanged and still useful.

Those who have the presence and gilt to be elected are rarely competent to lead.
They're just real good at smiling at the right times, and saying the right things to the right people.
Leadership Skills are not an issue.

That's all I have to say about that.

And people ask me why I'm apolitical.


Recon By Fire: Strategy beats Tactics every time

PawPaw's House: Democrats and Guns, Again:
Once again, Democrats are using the wrong tactics, targeting the wrong people, and causing more harm than good. Tax-the-hell out of guns and ammo and watch gun violence increase in your city. Who would have figured that? Well, anyone with a working brain.
Don't get your panties in a bind, PawPaw.

It's like we use to do back in The Day:

We would fire volleys into a suspected woodline in Viet Nam, hoping to draw fire.  The technique was intended to urge Viet Cong to fire back at us so we could concentrate our return fire  (and artillery) on their position.

It sometimes worked .. usually, it did not.  but it always got their attention.

At Best, they would be eliminated by our "Heavy Guns".
As Usual, they would retreat and end the engagement .. to our mutual benefit, to live and fight another day under circumstances which we could not predict.
At Worst, they would trick us into revealing more about ourselves, determine that they could prevail in open battle, and demolish our forces.

In the Political field of fire, that's what the Democrats are doing.

They're trying to draw your fire so they have a target to work with.  The technique can backfire on you or them depending on variables of which neither of you are aware at the time, but you/they can always refuse the engagement.

Unless both parties are so focused on minor issues that they forget the primary goal; which is NOT to "look good in the videos", but to prevail on the political field.

The best response is to refuse to return fire; they know they have revealed their position, and although they have a pretty good idea where YOU are .. they're not sure.

If they wish to pursue their attack, they reveal more about themselves than they might have wished; then you can plan your riposte at your leisure,

It's more about Strategy than Tactics.

Tactics win Battles; Strategy wins Wars

And if you cannot draw your own conclusions about how this relates to the political field, you should not be commenting on political issues.

There's  another military axiom which may be useful?

He who commits his reserves last ... wins.

It's Stil Chi-Town, and I'm Still Not Jake

You got to ask yourself - 

does the Chicago Sun-Times run the list of random shootings as a daily feature on the Society Page, like Wedding Announcements?
Or does it go on the Legal Page, like traffic accidents and Court News?

The cited piece (below) doesn't even bother to ask why anyone was shot (and sometimes killed).  It reads like a summary on the sports page .. hey, maybe I just answered my own question!   After all, Murder and Mayhem seem to have found their natural milieu in This Toddling Town, and have as many participants as a Cubs game.

11 shot, 2 fatally, in Monday gun violence across Chicago | Chicago Sun-Times
Two men were killed and at least nine other people, including a 68-year-old woman, were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago.
Don't tell me that doesn't look a lot like a bullseye.

Tough Love?

It's not easy to get inside the mind of a man who is so consumed with hate, and I'm not going to try.

I'm just glad I'm not "That Guy".

Trinity College Professor on Congressional Baseball Shooting: 'Let Them F*cking Die' - Breitbart:

A professor at Trinity College wrote that the first responders to last week’s congressional shooting that nearly took Rep. Steve Scalise’s life should have let him and others die because they are white.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seeing barriers when only wide avenues exist.

Jule Golob and Old Fat White Guys

Julie Golob: Barriers to Shooting Competition Too High - The Truth About Guns:
Ms. Golob wants shooting sports to look like . . . CrossFit. “The first rule of shooting competition is to talk about shooting competition,” she opines. Ms. Golob pitched the idea of simple (i.e. easy rules, common equipment) “virtual shooting competitions” around the U.S. to the NSSF audience, imagining a network of ranges connected by the Internet. 
It's impossible to make sense of this press release .. Golob obviously has a vision but she has been Stuck in Stupid because everything she says has obviously been filtered by the press.

Basically, Ms. Golob thinks the current shooting sports associations suck. She wants to bring millions of people into the shooting sports by creating a new shooting sports organization, simplifying, standardizing, marketing and friendly-izing firearms competition.

Of course the goal of USPSA and IPSC has been to attract new shooters; that's how I got sucked into the sport in 1983 and have spend tens of thousands of dollars in ammunition, practice, competition, match fees, new equipment to meet my improvements and (not the least) Travel Expenses!
I wonder if her presentation will inspire someone in the audience to launch her dream league. Or whether the OFWG gestalt of current shooting orgs will continued unopposed. *
* (That quote is from the original TRUTH ABOUT GUNS article; incidently, OFWH stands for "Old Fat White Guys" ... which is a pejorative, and not something which we would expect from Mw. Golob.).

Actually, USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association).  and  IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) were established for exactly that goal.

Irons in the Fire: Someone had a post on 'Things a Range Safety Officer sees'

Everybody who has ever worked as a Range Officer (or Range Safety Officer), either at a Major Match or as a volunteer on (for example) "Hunter Sight-In Days" at his local range, has War Stories which would give you pause when considering the ultimate effect of the Second Amendment.

Specifically, everybody knows that there are some people who just Not Be Allowed To Handle A Gun.

(Sure, it's your right.  Go ahead and buy one.  But if you don't know what you're doing ... get training!)

Here, a minor selection of War Stories, and suggested war stories:

Irons in the Fire: Someone had a post on 'Things a Range Safety Officer sees':
,,, but I can add a couple of things: Walk right in with a semi-auto rifle with a magazine in place, and when asked to remove the mag and lock the bolt back demonstrate that you don't know how.  People will just love watching you demonstrate this. On a very busy day demand that you and a friend want two separate lanes. When told no say "We've been coming here for years, and today you start giving us crap?"   Because everyone likes an argument while the line behind you is building.


I looked it up, and found a couple of links on the internet (of course) which had a few juicy war stories.

One of them is at Redit "Lets Hear Your Range Horror Stories".

Another at The Firing Line forum site.

(Just as an experiment, I searched YouTube for "incompetent people with guns on ranges", and got more hits than were appropriate; mostly in the category of "Idiot Lets Girlfriend Shoot .50 Caliber Pistol And Laughs When It Hurts Her".   Not worthy trying to refine my search.)

Stupid, but interesting.  (No, not the blogger [IRONS] but the people we sometimes meet ... especially at Major Matches.)

Or on Training Sessions.

My FIRST DAY at training "Introduction to USPSA folks, I had 13 people attend.

I had nobody helping me out, to (for example) act as a DEMONSTRATOR so new shooters could see how they should act.   It was a hectic experience, because there no criteria about "experience in competitive shooting" or "familiarity with your firearm".  Anyone who wanted to take the class was accepted.   Many of the people who attended were either unfamiliar with basich firearms safety rules, or with the firearm they were using.

One guy failed to put his pistol on SAFE before holstering.  I told him he had to do that, and he replied: "Oh, this gun doesn't have a safety".

It was a 1911.  He had never bothered to explore what function that little flipper on the left side of his pistol served.   He never came back; good choice.

I've become more selective over the years.

You Can Wear President Trump's face

Swimsuit features President Trump's face:
Admirers of President Trump’s well-known tan can now take a piece of it on their way to get their own tans at the beach.
Visualize Bulging Eyes

Monday, June 19, 2017

I feel ...

It has been a long time since I was able to feel competent in USPSA competition.

Oh, I've got the guns and all the accoutrements.

I just can't see the targets.  Or I can't see the sights.  Usually, I can't see either.

It makes for a TERRIFIC alibi for poor performance, but it don't buy no pastrami at the Deli.

(Sorry, I made that up.)

I'm Thinking ... maybe I should find a competent gunsmith and get him to load my 10mm EDGE with a red-dot sight.

Maybe slide mounted, and one of the designs which allow you to use the original iron sights in case of an emergency.

Well, I'm thinking that an "Emergency" is having to rely on my (insignificant) ability to see the iron signs.

Yeah, that's an emergency, and I've been living with it for the past several years.

What brought me to this "crisis" was Fathers' Day.  My son (The Squid Kid) and I were talking via the cell phone and text thingie today, and he asked me if I was still shooting.  He lost his step-father last year, the man who had a significant role in the upbringing of The Squid Kid, and his complaint was that his stepfather never did anything; he just sat on the couch all day and watched television.

His comment was: "At least you get out and DO something physical now and then."

Well, that was then.  "Now" is that I haven't competed in a match for the last two years (or more .. who counts?), and I'm thinking that I've not only  missed out on a lot of fun and comeraderie, but I'm not getting as much exercise as I use to.

My original plan was to use the new "Pistol-Caliber Carbine" division to hearald my re-entry to competition.  But I've used that excuse for almost a year, and my friends (both of them) are becoming a little dubious about my sincerity.

I'm not so sure about that myself.  Seems like the procedures at the local USPSA club have changed, and I'm not sure even about how to register for a match.

Solution: I should rerume shooting>

Good for me (exercise more frequently), good for us (get to reestablish connections with long-time friends) and good for you (you look better in a match when I show myself to be so inept in comparison!)

I'm selfish.  I don't care as much about your benefits as I care about m own ... and that's not much either.

(1) Need to find a gunsmith who will mount a red-dot scope on the slide of my 10mm STI EDGE;
(2) Need to finance the project; I doubt I can afford to buy a CHEAP red-dot scope; I need both good visual results, but also reliability.  Also, since I'm loving on my Social Security,  my budget is very slender.  I'm paying electricity and stuff, and that consumes a lot of my available cash.
(3) If I'm going this route, I need to start loading more ammunition for my 10m, and I'm not sure that the load I'm using is much of a value to my competitive status.
(4) If I'm planning to mount a scope on the EDGE, why not go full-bore and get a compensated barrel for the Edge.

All of a sudden, I'm talking about a LOT of money spent on a perfectly operating pistol just to advance the optics,.  adding a compensated barrel adds several hundred dollars to the project.

And I'm also talking about buying expended-length magazines, to match my new OPEN GUN stature; I can cram 14 rounds into a 10 mg magazine now .. is there an advantage to be realized if I get "long" (170mm) magazines in 10 mm which fit the gun.

Perhaps there's a lot more of "Thinking This Thing Through in line for me.

In the meantime, I would welcome comments which provide valued advice on the project, as defined.

Jerry The Geek

There Ought To Be A Law which bans Ron Wyden from public office.

Jeff Sessions HEATED response to Ron Wyden on the firing of james comey, trump russia investigation - 

Ron Weyden, the Democratic Senator from the (formerly) Great State of Oregon, chooses to grill Jeff Sessions on ... whatever.

This isn't about Sessions; it's about Weyden.

Decades ago I lived in Portland, Oregon, where Weyden held a relatively minor civil position in city government.

He was ambitious, and one day he knocked on my door to ask me if I would please vote for him in a somewhat more important political position.

I told him that I considered him to be nothing more than a political hack, that I had no respect for him, I would not vote for him as dogcatcher as that would be a disservice to homeless dogs, and that I wished he would leave before the neighbors spotted me talking to him.*
*(Okay, words to that effect; probably not a direct quote but close!)
A moment of silence.

Then Ron said: "Does this mean that I don't have your vote?"

I quietly closed the door.

And Ron got elected, all the way up to U.S. Senate, representing the state of Oregon.  And he did it without my help.  I KNEW I should have campaigned against him, but who knew so many Welfare Moms in Portland would sell their vote to him?

That was when I changed my registration from Democrat to Republican.

So as you watch this video *, please understand that the people in Oregon who do NOT live in Portland and are NOT on the Public Dole do NOT consider Ron Wyden to be the very best possible representative of our people.

And as I watch this video, I am once again embarrassed that this arrogant lame-brained IDIOT is my political representative in the Senate of the United Stages of America.

*(Note the moment, at about 4:20 minutes, when Sessions realized that he was talking to an idiot.)

There ought to be a law.

I wonder if he plays base ball?

No .. never mind.  He's far too effete.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Let the Non-Debate Begin!

The Milwaukee (Wisc.)  Journal Sentinel's position has been well known for years; they're against current "gun control" laws, and think there should be more of them.

Their "Editorial Page Editor", David D. Haynes, has some scathing comments in his screed regarding the blame due to the National Rifle Association

What gun debate? There is no gun debate in Washington, D.C.:
There is zero chance that the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise earlier this week will change anything about the gun debate in Washington, D.C. That’s because there is no gun debate in Washington, D.C. The NRA has won. Not the debate — the gun lobby remains very wrong on the facts. But the group had won the politics — big time.
So apparently Dave's outrage is based on on laws which were enacted due to the urging of the NRA, which has as one of its primary goals to protect our Constitutional rights to "Keep and Bear Arms".

I'm not sure if he is equally adamant in his condemnation of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which shares some of these goals.   Haynes didn't say.

But Haynes is certain that the NRA has goals which he cannot support.  And he purports to speak as an "insider" in the firearms owners' community:

I have been a gun owner all my life. I’ve shot long guns of every kind and a variety of handguns. I have no problem with people owning them for legitimate purposes. I own a half dozen of my own firearms, several of which have been handed down for generations within our family.
But as a gun owner and outdoorsman, I also have no concerns with
expanded background checks or limits on the kinds of firearms an individual can own. Civilians don’t need military-style assault rifles, which are nothing but tools for killing people. Civilians don’t need easier access to silencers or armor-piercing bullets, either, which a bill that was to be debated Wednesday in a House committee would allow. After the shooting, the debate was canceled — for now.
[emphasis added]

Let's ask Dave.