How often have you heard the phrase “The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way to rifle” ?
1. Do you think it’s relevant to civilians?
2. If it is, does it apply to personal security in the home and outside the home?
3. If it applies outside the home, is carrying a rifle in your something you’re ok with, or do you worry about someone breaking into your car and stealing your firearm?
For myself, yes, I think it’s relevant, that’s why I have a Mossberg 500 in my safe room. And yes, it applies outside as well as inside the home, which is why I have an AR in my car wherever I go. I’m still working on what we could carry a long gun in my wife’s SUV and how we can keep it out of sight, but it’s something we’ll be looking at over the course of this year.
Shelley at Gunnuts talks about the obsession we have with the paraphernalia of shooting.
Having the latest and greatest is all well and good. If you’re skilled enough that a CR Speed Belt, which keeps your gear in place time and time again so you don’t have to worry about those 1/10″ differences that may add 1/10 a second to your score then there’s nothing more for you in this post, but if you’re looking to shave two seconds off your time instead of two tenths then you should spend that money on something like ammo rather than buying the CR Speed Belt, the Ghost Holster and a set of CR Speed Versa Pouches.
Although some shooters HATE the comparison, practical shooting has a lot in common with golf. It takes what SHOULD be a simple, easy to repeat task (hitting a ball with a stick/punching holes in paper with a bullet) and makes it very, very difficult. In golf, it’s you and your abilities against the course, ditto with practical shooting. In golf, you can play it safe, take your time and take only the shots you know you can make, or you can rush things, go for shots beyond your skill level, and in doing so, make an utter mess of your round.
Ditto with practical pistol (and don’t I know it…).
And like golf, you can get convinced that your problems don’t originate with you, they start with your equipment. The late-night TV channels are filled with infomercials hawking the latest and greatest gadgets to improve your swing, and when practical shooting reaches the point where it’s on ESPN, (not IF, but WHEN, imo), I’m sure I’ll see something like “Hi, Anthony Sullivan here for the Press ‘N’ Shoot”.
It’s not your trigger jerk, it’s that you don’t have the latest titanium-forged skeletonized trigger on your rig. It’s not your sucky press-out, it’s that your gun doesn’t have the right sights. And it’s not your lack of practice, it’s that the course designer has it in for you.
Every. Single. Time. What a coincidence!
“Know thy enemy, know thyself, and you will be invincible.”
– Sun Tzu
“A good man’s got to know his limitations.”
– Dirty Harry
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.
The round count for the Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun are out, and they’re pretty reasonable.
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…
My shooting goals for next year:
- 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.
- In addition to this, go through my practice routine OR shoot the .22 match at Rio each month.
- Compete in the Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun (pretty much a given at this point).
- 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.
- Shoot the Desert Classic again, and if it’s in B Class, so much the better.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
It turns out there weren’t enough Grandmasters shooting in Production, so my score for the Rio Desert Classic won’t count for classification: I’m still D Class.
But the good news is, I just need a 31 or higher in the next classifier I shoot, which should be pretty easy to do.
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:
|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.