Why do I carry a pistol?

Because a Gurkha won’t fit in a holster

The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in the Chittaranjan jungles in West Bengal around midnight. Shrestha– who had boarded the train at Ranchi in Jharkhand, the place of his posting–was in seat no. 47 in coach AC3. “They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others. “I am proud to be able to prove that a Gorkha soldier with a khukuri is really a handful. I would have been a meek spectator had I not carried that khukuri,” he said. 

One man with the right amount of training, willpower and equipment. That’s all it takes sometime. 

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Round, round get some rounds, I got some rounds

The round count for the Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun are out, and they’re pretty reasonable. 

Round Counts
Ammo Type Minimum Likely
Rifle 101 165
Pistol 59 108
Birdshot 76 76
00 Buckshot 15 15
Slug 8 8

Figure twice the “Likely” ammo as what you should bring, and that’s not bad at all. Gonna be interesting to see the stage designs this year. Here’s hoping there’s no more @#$! parachute harnesses… 

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Next steps

My shooting goals for next year: 

  1. Compete in at least one match a month. Some of you ready this are saying “Just one?! Slacker!”, but with two small boys in the house and a busy social calendar, that’s about the best I can do. Practical shooting is my hobby, not my life.
  2. In addition to this, go through my practice routine OR shoot the .22 match at Rio each month.
  3. Compete in the Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun (pretty much a given at this point). 
  4. Take a stab at B Class by the end of the year. I shot a 54.79% my last time through a Classifier, so this is a goal within my reach. 
  5. Shoot the Desert Classic again, and if it’s in B Class, so much the better. 
  6. Buy a .45 Auto. It’s America. I should own one. Plus I want to shoot in the Western States Single Stack Classic next year. 

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Think fast, act fast

In about twice the amount of time than what it takes to read this sentence, Jared Loughner fired 32 rounds, wounding 13 people and killing six.

It only took 15 seconds.

What’s that like? Assume you’re at the event with your family, but about 10 yards or so away from the shooter…

One One Thousand
What was that?

Two One Thousand

Three One Thousand
Honey, get the kids and get out of here!

Four One Thousand
Where’s the shooter now?

Five One Thousand
There are people in the way.

Six One Thousand
I’ve got to move to a clearer position.

Seven One Thousand 

You’re in the clear now.

Do you take the shot?

Can we really answer that question without being there?


But we we can be ready to provide an answer if needed. Without a weapon, without training, we have no answers, we are only victims waiting to happen.

The Blessings of the Itty Bitty 9

Sccy CPX-1

Shelley at Gun Nuts Media ain’t a big fan of the new ultracompact single-stack 9mm’s coming on to the marketplace

I can dig it. They do seem like a solution in search of a problem. They’re pushing the boundaries of what could be considered a “pocket pistol”, but don’t offer the control and accuracy of a compact or subcompact 9mm. 


I consider the ultra-compact 9mm to be the “scout rifle” of CCW. No, they are not as concealable as a pocket .380, and no, they are not as powerful as a .45 and no, they are not as accurate as a compact 9mm like a Glock 26 or a Springfield XD-M. 

However, a small single-stack 9mm is 85% of all those guns. Just like a scout rifle is the rifle to have if you can have only one, a single-stack 9mm allows you to carry your gun in the front pocket if you want. It allows you to carry IWB if needed, it gives you 7 rounds or more of 9mm stopping power, which provides more confidence in what you carry.

Small 9mm’s don’t do one thing really well, but an ultracompact 9mm does a whole lot of things fairly well, and they work really well as the CCW gun to have if you can only have one. 

Mission Accomplished?

I may have just made C Class today. 


According to ClassifierCalc.com, a 10.39 with one Charlie in Production on Paper Poppers is good enough for a 54.79. Plugging that into a spreadsheet of my previous results yields this:

Date  Number Club
Percent Entered Classification
01/16/10  99-10 RED MOUNTAIN ACTION PISTOL Y 54.79 ???? 42.67
11/15/10  10AR2 RiO SALADO PRACTICAL PISTOL Y 40.47 11/30/10 C Class
10/23/10  99-56 HOSEMASTERS PRACTICAL PISTOL Y 36.39 11/01/10
08/07/10  09-13 PHOENIX ROD AND GUN CLUB Y 21.91 08/10/10
08/07/10  09-04 PHOENIX ROD AND GUN CLUB F 16.5 08/10/10
11/12/09  09AR2 RIO SALADO PRACTICAL PISTOL Y 24.27 12/10/09
09/20/09  99-10 RED MOUNTAIN ACTION PISTOL Y 35.51 10/05/09
11/06/08  08AR2 RIO SALADO PRACTICAL PISTOL F 19.64 11/11/08

The one issue I have is that the USPSA isn’t showing the 11/15 match on my results page, which was last year’s Rio Desert Classic. If I get that cleared up, I’ve made it into C Class.

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Meet the Cast of Top Shot Season 2

They’ve up the ante for Season Two: There’s some serious shooters here

Ashley Spurlin: Air Force Spec Ops and fellow D Class Production shooter

Athena Lee: A USPSA Ladies Open Champ who’s shot a Rio at couple of times

Brian “Gunny” Zins: Marine firearms instructor and NRA Bullseye Champ

Chris Reed: Sporting Clays Champ and 2009 Total Outdoorsman Champ

Chris Tilley: USPSA National Champion 

Daryl Parker: Marine, Champion rifle shooter

Eric Anderson: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Champion

George Reinas: Air Force sniper 

Jamie Franks: Navy rescue swimmer 

Jay Lim: Olympic-level archer and air pistol shooter 

Jermaine Finks: DHS firearms instructor 

Joe Serafini: Marine rifle competitor, archery hunter 

John Guida: Top-ranked USPSA shooter 

Kyle Frasure: USPSA and Sporting Clays shooter 

Maggie Reese: Gosh, I wonder who Michael Voight will be cheering for… 

Travis Marsh: Olympic-caliber rifle shooter 

Looks like a bunch of solid competitors who are used to competing at a very high level. Should be a great series this year. Half of the competitors are practical pistol shooters. If the USPSA is smart, they’ll pop for a couple of ads on the final show, and if I worked in the marketing departments of Ruger/Sig/S+W, I’d be clamouring for product placement slots throughout the run of the show.

100 rounds

Caleb posted his quick and dirty practice routine, and I thought I’d post mine as well. The difference is, he probably shoots his routine a whole lot more frequently than I shoot mine. 🙂

50 Rounds – Dot Torture Drill 
Hate, hate, HATE this drill, but I love it because it shows just how bad/good I really am. 

24 Rounds – El Presidenté x2
It’s stood the test of time for a reason: It’s a good drill for practicing transitions, target acquisition and reloading under the clock, and it’s a good yardstick to judge my progress over time. 

30 Rounds – Ken Hackathorn Defensive Drill 
All-around defensive practice for (anti-) social situations. 

Ok, so that’s 104 rounds and not 100. I never claimed to be a math major. 🙂

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