Nineteenth (-ish) Report

Let’s not talk about the Dot Torture Drill, shall we? I ended up in the mid-30’s, my worst Dot Torture ever, and I trashed the target before I took a picture of it.

The reason? My trigger jerk showed up again. I haven’t been dry-firing as of late, so I have no reason to expect good results from my range time, and guess what, that’s what I got.

Fortunately, I was semi-expecting such things, so I brought along my S&W 22A and picked up 300 Mini-Mags at the range (yes, we have them in-stock) and started to isolate on my trigger.

I *really* like a .22 pistol and a red-dot for such things. The recoil on a .22 is almost non-existent, and the red dot allows me to see how my point of aim is moving around during the trigger press.

100 rounds later, this happened at 15 yards, firing rapidly.

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I can dig it.

classifier-244x300Another issue I need to work on is the IDPA Classifier, specifically the third stage. The last time I shot it, it was a disaster, with SIXTY-ONE (count ‘em!, 61!) points down on the third stage.

So I decided to practice just the 1st string of fire in the third stage, which goes as follows:

String #1 Shooter Position 4 – Draw and fire 2 shots each at T1 – T3 in Tactical Priority from either side of the barricade using cover, do a Loaded Chamber Reload and fire 2 shots each at T1 – T3 in Tactical Priority from the opposite side of the barricade using cover. (12 shots)

The last time I shot Stage 3, I shot String #1 in 18.7 seconds. Today, I shot it three times, averaging 19.28 seconds, with the target at 12.5 yards, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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That semi-transperant target is the IDPA target reduced to 50% (because I shot this at 12.5 yards, not 20 yards), and I’m down just 35 points total.

That averages out to 19.28 seconds and 12 points down. Cool.

Why blog?

Third Power is going on semi-hiatus as well. Gunblogging seems to have quite the attrition rate as of late.

I can dig it.

Writing is a passion, and passion ebbs and flows. Me? I think the reason why I’m doing this is to document the societal changes going on right now. I’m utterly convinced that we’re going through a paradigm shift in our society not seen since the first part of last century or the Chartists of the century before that. It’s kinda fun watching society unravel itself, I’m interested in seeing what happens next.

I won a gun

First it was the new CZ, now this. I won A Daniel Defense DDM4V1, courtesy of Friends Of The NRA.

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The DDM4v1, the original Daniel Defense Rifle, is built with a Cold Hammer Forged 16” M4 Profile barrel with a Carbine gas system.  It comes installed with our proprietary front sight base which is precision CNC machined from a solid billet of 4140 steel.  This FSB features a serrated curved design to minimize glare and is salt bath nitride treated minimizing corrosion and wear.  The DDM4 Rail 12.0™ FSP allows the operator to mount a weapon light or aiming device forward of the front sight for optimal ergonomics and a clear line of sight.  Quick disconnect attachment points are integrated to the front and back on both sides of the rail for fully ambidextrous sling attachment.  This rifle also comes with the newly designed, rugged and comfortable Daniel Defense Buttstock and Pistol Grip.

Yay me!

It’s a good gun, but I think I’ll sell it and use my ill-botten gooty to pick up a 1911 for Single Stack and tweak the new CZ for use as a backup for Production.

New Acquisition: Another CZ!

Gosh, what are the odds?

AIM Surplus had these for sale last night, and I got one for myself (with the wife’s permission, of course) as a combination birthday/Father’s Day gift. Good thing I did, because they sold out an hour later after I bought one.

Used CZ75 for sale

Czech manufacture CZ 75 9mm caliber semi-automatic Handgun. Law Enforcement Trade-Ins from Israel… Incredible single/double action “cock and lock” pistols that feature all steel construction and a hammer forged barrel. These short recoil operated, locked breech handguns are in excellent mechanical condition, just some metal finish wear as the pictures show. Include one 15rd magazine.

So now (with a little work) I’ll have a backup to the Production CZ75 I’ve been using, and CZ-USA has Pre-B mags in-stock.

Cool.

After all, the whole point of Jihad is to DIE for Islam…

… and it looks like ISIS picked the right place to do just that: Phoenix is on their “Kill List” of cities.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk.

According to the publication, ISIS urges followers and sympathizers in the U.S. to kill the servicemen. Specific personnel on the list are largely from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy – branches of the country’s military that have conducted massive air strikes against ISIS.

I’m guessing they’ll be targeting Luke AFB, out there on the west side of Phoenix.

So they’ll have to get through the coyotes and chollos of Maryvale, through the rednecks in Glendale, and then, and only then, do they get to test their luck against Air Force security personnel at the gate.

Not to mention that the Sheriff has a tank.

Good luck with that.

I wonder if he shouted out “TWO ALPHA” after it was over…

Talk about a complete and utter failure in the victim selection process

A doctor was leaving home  to compete in a shooting competition held at Magnolia Pistol Range in Byram at approximately 7:45 AM today. He made several trips from the house to his truck carrying what he needed for the competition. Unknown to him, two black males were cruising Ridgewood Road looking for someone to rob. They happened upon him walking to his truck near the intestection Ridgewood and Eastover roads.  They took him captive at gunpoint and forced him drive to an ATM and withdraw a large amount of money

They stopped at Eastover and Pinewood.  They told him to get out of the vehicle.  The good Doc managed to grab a pistol as he exited the truck and began firing.  He shot and killed an Edwin Robinson of Cooper Road.  One person at the scene said “he shot the sh!t out of him”.

Huh. Musta been shooting Open…

It’s just a training issue…

Two unrelated, related items from this week.

  1. Bob Owens’ piece on why Glocks aren’t the guns cops should be using caused a tempest in a pisspot in the online gun community.
    Full Disclosure: Bob called me before he wrote that article and asked me about the benefits of an DA/SA gun versus striker-fired, and I gave hem a recap of what I wrote over here.
    There was the usual outrage from the usual fanboys as to why their particular brand of Austrian engineering is the Best. Gun. Ever., but one comment on Facebook caught my eye (no link, can’t find it) talking about how DA/SA versus striker was a “training issue”.
    Hold that thought.
  2. I had a conversation at work with an unabashed fanboy of Serpa holsters. Any problems with the action of reflexively curling your finger causing negligent discharges as you draw your gun was due, he said, to “training issues”.

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Can the inherit flaws with the Serpa be overcome with training? Yes. Can dealing with a striker-fired gun be overcome with training? Yes. Can getting used to a DA/SA gun be accomplished through training? Yes.

But training time is a finite resource. Should learning how to use your holster without putting a round into your leg be a priority when there are other retention systems out there what work just dandy? Should the hours of practice needed to master the difference between a 8lb first pull and 4lb second pull be a priority over learning sight alignment? Is just learning how to shoot a Glock enough for you, or do you have the need to shoot other guns every once in a while?

That’s the real issue with training.

Quick thoughts on open carry

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Open-carry with a Serpa holster is like wearing a clip-on tie to your best friend’s wedding. You can do better, so do so.

If you want open carry to become the norm, normal people must act normal while carrying openly. People who carry AR-15’s into Jack In The Box are not acting normally.

I miss having open carry. I really do. Even though I carried sans concealment only about once a month at best, there was a pleasant feeling knowing that if I wanted to do it, I could, and would.

I’ve lost weight, and my old open carry belt is too big on me now. Fortunately, I work in a gun store, and replacements are close at hand.

If you can try open carry haven’t, do so soon. You’ll find that all the worries you had about carrying concealed will pop up once again, and just like when you started carrying concealed, no one will care that you have a gun.

The Police Are The “Only Ones Qualified”, Part the Whatever

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I qualified for HR218 last week so I can open-carry at work. I easily made the par times and dropped two shots for the entire qualifier, one when I shot the first part from retention, and one when I went for headshots on Stage 2, because gamer.

To be honest, HR218 is EASY. The course of fire should be a breeze for any “D” class or above USPSA shooter, and it’s a cakewalk compared to the IDPA classifier. I did find out I need to practice shooting from retention more often: I felt awkward shooting from that position, and my aim was HORRID.