Fifth Report

“Diligentia – Vis – Celeritas”
“Accuracy – Power – Speed”

– USPSA Motto

Behold, the (almost) perfect Dot Torture Drill. 

091510 Report

Dot Torture Drill: 49 out of 50. 

And the instant I dropped that one shot, I knew it was because I let my concentration slip. Next time, it’ll be perfect. 

El Presidente Scores


CZ75 1 CZ75 2 CZ75 3 P3AT
Target One A 2C D A B D M 2A 2C A B 2D
Target Two 3A D 2A C D 2A 2C 2A C M
Target Three A 2C D 3C D A B C D A C 2D

Time 8.1 8.65 10.09 15.81
A’s 5 3 5 5
B’s 1 1
C’s 4 3 5 8
D’s 3 3 1 3
M’s 1 1
Points 40 20 44 42
Score 4.94 2.31 4.36 2.66
Draw 1.88 1.95 2.09 4.46
Reload 2.51 2.89 3.08 5.85
Avg. Split 0.36 0.35 0.45 0.57

I wanted to get in some more time with my P3AT, and at first blush, my times with the CZ look really bad, as my scores were much lower than last time, including one really awful run there in the middle. 

But. 

Let’s compare where I was back in July versus where I am now. 


07/16/10 09/15/10
Target One 3C M A 2C D
Target Two 2A 2C 3A D
Target Three 2C 2D A 2C D

Time 8.16 8.1
A’s 2 5
B’s
C’s 7 4
D’s 2 3
M’s 1
Points 23 40
Score 2.82 4.94
Draw 1.82 1.88
Reload 2.6 2.51
Avg. Split 0.37 0.36

The times for everything are about the same, however, my accuracy has definitely improved, which was the point of all of this all along.

Cool.

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The Deadline Approaches

My staff entry into the Rio Salado Desert Classic has been accepted. I’m shooting the match. 

If you recall, the reason for this blog is… 

I want to be in C Class for the Rio Desert Classic, which means that I’ll actually need to be ready to go a month before that, as typically, Rio puts on an all-classifier match to accommodate people who want to shoot the classic in a new class or with a new gun. 

My current ranking is 29.77, and I need to be in the top 40 to make C Class. 

I can do it. 

I think.

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The stat that wouldn't die

So, 90% of the guns used by criminals in Mexico that CAN be traced back to the United States ARE traced back to the United States

Or, in other words, 10% aren’t. 

I’d be willing to bet that 90% of the crimes in Mexico committed by Canadians can be traced back to Canada: Therefore, Canada has a rampant crime problem. Oh, and thousands of criminals are streaming across the St. Lawrence, across the U.S. and into Mexico. 

Not me, of course, just more of those “eastern creeps and bums“. 

The stat that wouldn’t die

So, 90% of the guns used by criminals in Mexico that CAN be traced back to the United States ARE traced back to the United States

Or, in other words, 10% aren’t. 

I’d be willing to bet that 90% of the crimes in Mexico committed by Canadians can be traced back to Canada: Therefore, Canada has a rampant crime problem. Oh, and thousands of criminals are streaming across the St. Lawrence, across the U.S. and into Mexico. 

Not me, of course, just more of those “eastern creeps and bums“. 

Train up a child in the way they should go

I remember one of the major network newsmagazine shows did an entire show on kids and guns a few years back. They gave a bunch of eight year olds the standard “If you see a gun, don’t touch, run, and tell a grown-up lecture”, and then later in the day, set up a deactivated gun in an unattended location with a hidden camera on it in order to record the kids reaction. 

And the kids not only touched the gun, some of them picked it up and played with it. Why? Because kids are curious about stuff they’re not used to, that’s why. Their conclusion was simple: If you have guns, you shouldn’t have kids (I wonder if they feel the same way about kids and swimming pools. I digress.).

My kids know not touch a gun or ammunition, but they are also used to guns, in fact, my youngest is a bit bonkers for them, I have GOT to get him an air rifle as soon as I can.Now I’m not saying my sons are impervious to the temptation of reaching for the forbidden fruit, but both of them were playing unsupervised in our master bedroom yesterday, and my unloaded rifle and unloaded shotgun were resting on the bed, waiting to be put away after my three gun match. I snuck in and watched what they were doing, and rather than play with Daddy’s guns, which were sitting there right out in the open, they were playing with our cat. 

That’s good to know. I’m still going to lock everything up, but that’s still good to know. 

Started out bad and ended worse

This happened about a mile away from where I used to live (via Jay). 

After the men started yelling at the woman, her husband attempted to come to her defense and was punched to the ground.

“This guy was punched, he was attacked,” Ramer said.

When one of the intruders threatened the man with a gun, he pulled out his own gun and shot the two men to death, Ramer said. Police said they have documents confirming that the men are gang members. 

A few thoughts… 

  1. Violence at an open-to-all keg party in the middle of a neighborhood infested with latino gangs: Go figure.
    As Michael Bane says, if you want to stay out of trouble, don’t do stupid things with stupid people. 
  2. Kudos to the homeowner for acknowledging the fact that he lives in a dangerous neighbor and keeping a CCW on him even during a party at his own home. 
  3. The bit about the CCW laws and licenses are a smokescreen: I am not a lawyer, but I believe that a homeowner in Arizona has always had the right to carry concealed on their own property, CCW laws or not. 
  4. Mega kudos to the homeowner for acting quickly and decisively under an unbelievable amount of stress, and may God (and his sidearm) protect him from the gang’s wrath. 

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Counter Strike Force

Not you're father's FBILook, I understand the need to make your vocational school more attractive to the younger generation. I also understand that making your offer more appealing and more exciting than it may be.

But maybe putting up a video game character in place of anything even approaching reality might be taking it a bit too far. And yes, that is a real ad.

Technically, there have been Italian supercars in police service, but no, you aren’t going to drive one.

I’m surprised they didn’t have Studly McFbidude over there pose with an H+K MP7 with a red dot sight and a Glock practical tacticles in .357 Sig.

Clothes make the man

Before I worked as a photog, I spent a couple of years behind the counter of a professional-level camera store. We had some of the best shooters in town buy from us, and some others as well. 

One guy I’ll always remember was middle-aged dude who’d come in at the same time each Saturday wearing a photog’s vest and chat cameras with us, a VERY common occurrence in a camera store. He’d talk about shutter delay and X-Sync and motor drive speed and then, after an hour or two, walk out the door back to his car, take off his immaculately clean and pressed photojournalist’s vest and drive off. 

Yep. He’d put on a shooter’s vest just to go into a store to talk about cameras. That was his idea of being a photographer.

He never came into the store during the weekday when all our other pro shooters would come in, and we never did figure out which camera this gentleman actually owned and used, but by gum, he could talk up a storm about every one on our shelves. 

So Tam’s story has a ring of familiarity about it

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