Cop’s Life Saved by Citizen

This happened about 10 miles away from where I work.

Estero, Fla. — A passerby shot and killed a person who was fighting with a Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Interstate 75 Monday morning.

Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, a 12-year-veteran, was working an accident at mile marker 126 when the suspect came upon him, causing Bardes to pursue him, according to multiple sources.

Bardes and the suspect exited their vehicles at the Corkscrew Road exit and a fight started, sources said.

The passerby, who had a Concealed Weapons License, exited his vehicle and instructed the suspect to stop beating the deputy, sources said.

After noncompliance from the suspect, the passerby shot the suspect three times, sources said. The suspect later died.

Although Bardes was crying for help, he was not shot, sources said. He was treated and released from Lee Memorial Hospital.

Good shooting, Mr. Concealed Carry Person. I hope you never have to pay for a beer again in your life.

After Action Report – Everglades Glock Range Day

Glock Event Stage

Not that easy of a stage, but people seemed to enjoy it.

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Four shooting areas, all steel, with some strong-side shooting as well.

Cosplayers were out in force.

Cosplayers were out in force.

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Glock 40 MOS. I’m not a Glock guy, but I likey.

I popped down to Louland Gun Range over the weekend to check out the Everglades Glock event put on by, well, Glock and Step By Step Gun Training.

It’s a low-stress, lightweight version of a Glock Shooting Sports Event, but with stages that vary from year to year and some stage movement as well. There were four stages, along with a demo stage where people could pay five bucks to try out the Glock of their choice and a exhibitors area with vendors and a food truck.

This. This is how you do an “Intro To Competition Shooting” event, and you do it right. What made it work?

  1. Glock was the title sponsor, but their footprint on the event was smaller than at a GSSF event. I’m not a Glock owner, but I could be, and Glock did a good job of balancing their presence there with the need to bring in more shooters.
  2. Fun stages that were more than paper targets or plate racks. Shooting steel is fun. Shooting on the move is fun. Shooting steel while moving? Lots of fun. Look, you can go to an indoor range and stand there in one place and then blast away at a target all you want, but just about the only time you can move and shoot is in a pistol bay. Why, then, does Scholastic Steel Challenge and other “Introductory” sports set up static stages? When you played “Cowboys and Indians* ” as a kid, did you stand in one place and shoot your fingers at each other, or did you run all over the neighborhood like a roadrunner on meth?
    I thought so.
    So why, then do The Powers That Be think that standing in one place is a fun thing to do for people who’ve never shot a match before?
  3. Prizes. Even if it’s only one or two guns, it’s enough. I’ve seen people go NUTS for bar stools with Browning’s label on them, imagine what they’ll do for a free Glock 19.
  4. Relaxed atmosphere. No one was screaming “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!!”. No Threepers. None of the usual gun show nut jobs, although one guy had on thigh holster, because Mall Ninja, that’s why. The vast majority of people there were normal-looking and normal-acting. There is a time and a place to get riled up for what you believe in, but that time and place is not when you’re trying to bring new people into the cause.

Kudos to Louland, Everglades Ammo, Step By Step Gun Training and Glock for putting on such a fun event, and I hope others will learn from it and help spread the good word of safe and FUN practical shooting.


* That’s “Nomadic Livestock Management Engineers” and “Oppressed Native Americans” to you more post-modern types.

Match Report: Pistol Match at Louland 10/20/16

I had been trying to get out of the house to shoot a match on the weekend the last three weekends in a row, but time and tide worked against me. However, I realized that if I ducked out of work a bit early (thank goodness I’m salary, not wages), I could shoot the Thursday night match at LouLand and still have my weekends available for honey-dos.

So I did.

This is not a tough match. Lou has an extensive background in USPSA, but, in his own words, he’s tired of putting up with the crap that USPSA throws at him, so the matches are easy to shoot and have a low round count. Most of the stages consist of 3-5 shooting boxes with steel targets, and no table starts, memory stages or awkward shooting positions.

Like I said, not tough.

I shot well, or I should say, as well as I expected to given a three month hiatus. I had one Mike the entire match (I coulda sworn I hit that plate six times and not five) and a dropped shot or three, but other than that, I was happy.

One stage in particular was interesting, Stage Four. It was a very simple stage, but it revealed some things about my fellow shooters.

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It’s a nice little balance between speed and accuracy, and if you swap out the partial targets downrange with 6′ plates and toss in a mandatory reload, it’d make a dandy little drill stage because it combines speed, movement and accuracy all within 12 rounds.

But it was interesting watching how the shooters accustomed to this match handled this stage. There’s one sound lad in particular who is blazingly fast on the trigger and has great food speed, but his accuracy is… suboptimal. He blew through this stage in just under five seconds, but with a bunch of Charlies and a Mike on that close-up target. He shoots this match a lot, and his shooting style was developed in an environment that rewards fast movement and fast shooting, and if you miss, well, that’s what makeup shots are for!

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How he would do at an IPDA or Bianchi Cup match, where accuracy trumps speed? What would that do to how he approaches this match?

If you want to remove the blind spots in your defensive skills, you train with a wide variety of competent trainers. If you want to shoot matches and have them assist your defensive skills, you need to shoot matches that show where you need improvement, not what you’re doing well.

 

This One Time, At Band Camp…

This was posted in a gun group that I belong to on Facebook.

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What’s interesting is that when people commented about him escalating the situation by “yelling out the car window” his response was “I normally do that, but this time, it happened in a school zone.”

Think about that for a second. You can follow the rules 99% of the time, but that one time you don’t, you almost have to shoot someone.

“I do it all the time, but this time, I didn’t” means, well, you DON’T do it ALL the time, you make exceptions.

Was there any reason not to de-escalate here? Was he in fear for his life?

The prosecution doesn’t care about the 99 times you did it right. They will convict you on the one time you did it wrong.

Winter (and Hurricane Matthew) Are Coming.

“When you’re you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse, a hurricane is just another storm”

Yeah, so this might be headed our way.

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Not that worried. We have hurricane shutters if we need them, and we also have a month’s worth of freeze-dried food, bottled water (and a WaterBob as well), flashlights galore and all kinds of other gear.

Unless our home is ripped from its foundation and lifted up into the aether, we should be ok.

The Gun Rights Policy Conference Is Over For This Year

What would a Gun Responsibility Conference look like?

All rights come with responsibilities. All of them. Abuse a right, use it irresponsibly, and society will diminish that role of that right in society. Libel and slander laws exist because people abuse the right of free speech. Trespassing laws exist because people abuse the right of free assembly, and felony assault is just one way that people abuse the right to keep and bear arms.

But it goes beyond that. People have the right of free assembly and free speech, so they stand on street corners and yell at crowds that they’re going to hell.

Legal? Yes. Effective? Probably not, and people that do so tend to be left out the conversation when the rest of society is talking about matters of faith.

It’s important that we understand that rights which happen in a vacuum aren’t really rights that affect society. You want to change the world? Good. Start with your small corner and take a friend who’s never shot a gun before out to the gun range for a day of shooting. That will probably do more to change people’s minds than a thousand open carry events.

To be clear, there were plenty of people at the Gun Rights Policy Conference who made the case for responsible actions promoting gun rights. A speaker from Kansas, the Hon. Phillip B. Journey in particular made it a point that the fight for the right of self-defense is a long game, not a short one, and that we win when we take people shooting.

Shooting is fun. Sanctimonious self-righteousness is not, and the arc of history tends towards fun.

A Glittering Cavalcade Of Gun Rights Celebrities.

And me.

I’ll be getting up at Zero-Dark-Thirty tomorrow in order to drive up to Tampa for the Second Amendment Foundation’s Gun Rights Policy Conference. Scheduled to appear are people like Florida Governor Rick Scott, gun lawyer extraordinaire Alan Gura, Linda Walker from the NRAand John Lott, who literally wrote the book on this sort of thing.

The conference will be live-streamed on Saturday and Sunday, look for a post with the stream up on Ricochet.com tomorrow.

I’ll be the one not wearing pants.

Product Review: Sunjack 14w Charger +1400maH battery

Sunjack 8w + 1400mah battery charger

I was recent sent a Sunjack 14w solar charger with an 8000maH battery for review*. I was looking forward to getting this kit and doing this review because I believe that the modern smartphone is an essential part of starting safe, and a smartphone (and some way to charge it) is an essential part of your “bug out” gear, and I’m pleased to report the charger and battery did not disappoint.

The Sunjack 14w Charger +1400maH battery is a great option for creating power to keep your smartphone up and running without connecting it to the power grid. About the same size as an iPad and weighing about as much as a large paperback book, it differs from cheaper solar chargers in that it charges a battery which then charges your phone.

Charger and battery outdoors

When the SunJack charger first arrived, the battery was half-charged, so I drained completely by recharging my iPhone with it and then plugged it into the charger and left it outdoors for 8 hours. I should note that I live in Florida and it’s the middle of hurricane season, but despite the partly cloudy skies, eight hours was enough to fully charge the battery. The fully-charged battery took two hours to recharge my iPhone 6+ from 10% charge to fully charged. The battery can also be charged up via a wall socket and a (not included) wall charger, and I found it that to be a faster way of recharging it than sticking it out in the sun (albeit one that only works if you have a working wall socket nearby).

chargingIf you’re like me (and I know I am), you rely on a smartphone for so much more than making phone calls. I’ve loaded up mine with useful things like an emergency radio scanner, a ballistics app and an e-book reader, so my phone is pretty much always by my side. I found the SunJack 8w+1400maH battery/charger to work just as expected, and it’s now a “must have” accessory for me if I leave the urban wilderness for something even more untamed. If there’s one thing I’d change about it, I’d ask them to toss in an iPhone Lightning-compatible cable with it along with the micro-USB cable it comes with, because, well, because iPhone, that’s why.

You can pick up the SunJack battery and charger at Amazon or on their website: www.sunjack.com/products/sunjack-14w-8000mah-battery


* Dear FTC, NSA, FDA and TVA: I’m putting in this sentence here because you want me to, but seriously, I say that this was sent to me “for review” right in the first paragraph. Do I have to rub your nose in it, like a puppy that needs to be potty-trained?

Analyzing Your Performance With Video

I had a chance to play around with the Max Michel Shot Coach app this weekend with Jeff Street of Step By Step Gun Training.

I likely. Here’s a demo video made by the Shot Coach app people to show you what it’s like.

For $5, it’s hard to go wrong, especially if you’re in the business of helping others shoot better. While it’s designed for competitive shooting, it works really well with just about any firearms-related activity. The more you know about how to get shots on-target quickly and accurately, the more this app will be of use to you. As for myself, thanks to this app, I found out that while I was lifting my support hand up nice and high when grabbing and clearing my cover garment, I was letting it drop down to waist-level before extending out my pistol, leading to slower first shots.

Whoops.

Check it out for yourself, you may be surprised with how it helps you.

The Beatlemania of Guns.

TriStar p120 accuracy

Not bad for 25 yards.

I gotta be honest: When I was asked to review  the TriStar P120, I did so with all the enthusiasm of a Porsche fan who’s been asked to drive around a kit car for a few days.

“C’mon,” I said, “I’m a CZ fan, not a CZ knockoff fan. You’re asking a gourmet chef to review Burger King.”

And then the pistol was shipped out to me, and I shot it, and you know what?

It’s not bad. Pretty darn good, actually.

For a $500 MSRP, you get an accurate (I managed 1.2″ groups at 25 yards with the thing), reliable (it ate 250 rounds of mixed 9mm ammo from Lucky Gunner with no issues at all) pistol that takes CZ magazines, sights and holsters made for the SP-01.

It ain’t pâté de foie gras, but ain’t chopped liver, either, and the 17+1 rounds in P120, with a rail-mounted light or laser in a small, quick-access gun safe would make a HECK of a home defense

Go check out my full review at Shooting Illustrated.