FYI - On XXXDay, [Date], the library parking lot is closed in support of the MMA Cage Fight.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"I remain convinced that the carrying of concealed firearms represents a significant risk to the health and welfare of soldiers under this command. I am concerned that by revoking the concealed carry policy memorandum Soldiers may be unaware of their legal limitations and responsibilities concerning carrying concealed weapons."
"The third survival tactic is the most difficult but none-the-less necessary. A shooter enters the classroom and starts shooting at people. Remember, there is nowhere to run or hide.
The strategy begins with the first person who notices the shooter and yells “GUN!” Everyone in the room then throws whatever is available, as hard as they can, at the shooter’s face causing him to flinch, and preventing him from taking aim. Then what’s known as the “throw and go” tactic is implemented."
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Key quote: "House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier."
What on earth is Wyoming going to do with an aircraft carrier?
Back to the bus stop example, which comes from a D.C. police crime report on Feb. 14: A woman was sitting at a bus stop on 11th Street NW about 1:30 a.m. when she was robbed of a laptop, cellphone, books, cash and credit cards.
Was the woman at fault for being out that late, carrying so many valuable items? Can she really expect to sit at a bus stop at any hour and not be targeted by criminals?
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So that little bit made me go searching for what this community had to say about guns. It was about what I expected, given the libertarian exchange. The absolutely hilarious part was, in the first few gun posts I read, the these skeptics, who believe in logic and questioning facts, supported their arguments by linking to none other than Japete (and occasionally MB and Baldr). Seriously. Someone who claims to believe in logic and skepticism is using Japete as a source?? I sat there and laughed for several minutes.
Yes, that's right, she's perfectly fine with having children killed for wearing fur. Just not the super small children.
I'm probably screwed, seeing as I not only wear fur hats and mittens, I make furs into hats and mittens. Heck, I even make animals into furs. Ooops.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
In many states wearing body armor is illegal, so this will also lead to unnecessary confrontations between police and patrons of this garbage wearing it in public.
Um, really? I'm actually not aware of any states were it is illegal for a law abiding citizen to own or wear body armor. In Connecticut, you have to do the sales face to face (except LEOs or military). Under federal law it is illegal for felons to have body armor. In many states, committing a crime while wearing body armor leads to sentencing enhancement. Heck, even in New Jersey it is legal for the
little people citizens to wear body armor.
NJLawman (the author of the above linked blog) either hangs out with a lot of felons or doesn't know the law he's apparently in charge of enforcing.
I'll agree that wearing concealable body armor vests out in the open like a fashion statement is retarded looking, but it isn't criminal, nor would I think it would be probable cause.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Anyway, today I went for my usual three mile run in the morning. I've done this three days a week since we moved in without any trouble. Today, though, I had THREE encounters with loose dogs. THREE. Now, while I have gotten over the fear of dogs I used to have from two unfortunate encounters as a small child, I have never forgotten them. I like dogs, we're getting a puppy very soon, but I also know exactly what dogs are capable of.
Now, as it turns out, none of my encounters today were dangerous. But they very easily could have been, particularly the first one.
The second and third dogs had clearly escaped from someone's control. They both had collars and leashes. I stopped to try to catch them up and return them to their owner, but they were having none of that. I couldn't just start running again, because they were watching me very closely, so I had to walk a fair distance until I was out of their line of sight.
The first dog was even less acceptable. As I'm jogging along, I see a man in the front yard with dog and kid. Okay, I think, no problem. I keep an eye on it though. As I get closer, dog tries to go for a run with me. Man calls dog back. Okay, great. I keep going. Moments later, there are dog paws tromping on my heels and a jerk on my shirt. I stop and wheel around and... I can't even remember this clearly, but it ended up with me getting the dog on its back while keeping all of my stuff out of its mouth. This dog didn't even have a collar on - if the owner hadn't been right there I have absolutely no idea what I would have done with it! He was right there, though, and I held the dog while he got the collar on, and then continued on my way.
Please, people. Control your dogs.
Oh, and I only lost five seconds off of my total run time. If it hadn't been for those dogs, I could have broken my own record!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
It is also nice to cook with what you use.
With that in mind, we figured we'd try a cheap, easy way to stockpile some calories.
The best option we found was to order food from the Church of Latter Day Saints. I'm not Mormon, but they let anyone order. They have a starter kit which has approximately a month worth of calories (2000 calorie diet, one person -- about 60K calories total) for $31, delivered to your door. The food comes packaged in #10 cans with silica gel dessicants inside. I feel confident that it would last for years on the pantry. The #10 cans are a nice size because you can crack one open, transfer it to some glass mason jars in the pantry, and not have an obscene amount of food like you would if you were buying 20 pound sacks of rice or 5 gallon buckets full of wheat. They also provide a nice variety of foods in the starter kit. I don't really need six cans of wheat; I'd prefer to have a mix of wheat, beans, rice, and oats.
We also got a hand grinder from Amazon (link below). It seems to work great thus far. It is easy to just grind up a few cups of whole wheat as needed. I do it while I'm on the phone or watching TV or whatever. We are thinking about an attachment for the kitchen-aid if we need larger quantities but the hand mill works fine for now.
We are pretty optimistic about this setup. Heather already bakes her own bread and pasta from scratch so she can use the flour no problem. We also make a lot of use of basic staples like rice in weekly recipes. The key to food storage is to use what you store and store what you use so this solution works for us.
The calories are cheap and it is convenient to have them delivered to the door. The LDS food is about 2000 calories per dollar spent. In comparison, a 5 lb bag of flour (20 cups) is about 2000 calories and costs about three to five bucks (as well as my time and gas for the trip) at the local Wally World -- that's several times the price per calorie.
If you're wanting to get into storing food that will keep in quantity, you could do a lot worse than this route. For around a hundred bucks you can get the hand grinder as well as two cases of Mormon Starter Pack. That's 2-person-months of calories. Plus, if you use the staple food items on a regular basis you can cut your grocery bill and probably eat healthier because you're cooking from scratch instead of using processed food.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I don't find it funny. Most normal people don't... If you can't admit that this is really weird and stupid then we can't have a reasonable discussion.
Friday, February 3, 2012
The first morning went pretty slowly. There was an emphasis on range commands, safety, and basic weapon manipulation. For example, they had us sling and unsling multiple times. They also gave instruction on how to load and make ready as well as how to dry fire.
At lunch time, they bring everyone back in to the main lecture hall for academics of some sort. The instructors claim that the lectures are mandatory for new students or people who haven't been to FS for awhile, but there's nobody taking attendance. Regardless, DW and I attended all of the lectures. Day 1 was use of deadly force. It was a decent lecture. I think I got better information from the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, and I'm pretty well informed on the topic based on some of my reading, but none of the Front Sight info was wrong or bad.
In the afternoon we did a little bit of shooting and an emphasis on malfunction clearance and after action drills. It was a bit dry but not bad. They also introduce the "three secrets:" Sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control. There may be other things also important for good shooting but I can't argue with their fundamentals. The range day ended with a review of dry fire safety practice.
There were further academics in the evening.
Day 2 we worked on zeroing, with an attendant focus on the fundamentals. The approach was to use extreme sight adjusts to initially overcorrect then dial in. For example, if the first group was 5" right, then they'd have you adjust 6-9" left then adjust a bit back to the right. I actually found it to be an efficient way to dial in sights quickly. I also learned about "natural point of aim," which is probably the #1 thing that has improved my rifle shooting out of the course.
The end of Day 2 also featured "M16 Canyon," a simulation walk through. The idea here was to ensure that the folks taking two day rifle courses could do the simulation course, which seemed good to me. I wrote about it earlier, but in a nutshell, there was a course with shoot/no-shoot targets scattered about. While they rotated folks through the course, the remainder worked on fundamentals on the line as well as shooting positions and malfunctions.
On Day 3, two new skills were introduced: Hostage Rescue and Shooting from Retention. Hostage rescue introduced the idea of compensated head shots at close range. Shooting from retention was used for close-contact type drills. These were done "by the numbers," slow, to maximize safety.
Lunch time's lecture was basic tactics. The lesson learned was Do Not Clear Your House unless you really, really have to. They did present some basic techniques for working corners and opening doors. You then get to practice going through a door with a rubber ducky gun. I did not get the impression that they were encouraging you to clear houses. On the contrary, I got the idea that clearing houses is really hard and that it should only be done in extremis. I think that is a reasonable approach; give people the basic survival skills but don't give them over confidence.
The lunch lecture was about weapons that work and don't work at Front Sight. There were really no surprises. The instructor didn't push the guns that Front Sight seems to have arrangements with (such as XDs). It was basically the "Chicken or Beef" suggestion (Mossberg or Remington for shotties; Polymer or 1911 for pistol; AR or AK or 30-30 lever for practical rifle). They emphasized training over equipment fixes. I couldn't really disagree with any of the info.
Day 4 was primarily practice for the skills test and executing the skills test. The test itself is pretty hard. It includes timed shooting from up close out to 200 yards. I found that there was enough time for a flash sight picture and shot at 25, a deliberate off-hand shot at 50, a nice lengthy off-hand shot or quick drop to kneeling/squatting at 75, time enough for sitting at 150, and time enough for prone at 200 (I may be off on one of the ranges, but that's the gist. Only one person in our class -- someone who had attended multiple times -- scored DG, a handgun were Grads, and the rest of us finished. I came within one shot of "graduating" but missed the mark -- still, I was happy with my performance.
Next review I'll look at some wrap up and final thoughts. I may have been off on some of the details here, as its been awhile since the course, but this was the general flow. I'm definitely happy to answer questions.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
“Open Carry” policies in 49 states permit citizens to carry guns in holsters where they are visible to the public, while “concealed carry” policies also permit citizens to arm themselves in public, but only if the weapon is not visible to others.
Um, really? Because just off the top of my cranium, I can think of four states that ban open carry: Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and now, California.
These people don't even understand the laws they hope to change and/or toughen. I have no idea how anyone takes them seriously. Apparently even a passing understanding of the issue gained from a quick trip to OpenCarry.org was too much to ask.