Down By One

Down by one

So a mainstream environmentalist ecological terrorist takes hostages at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel and demands more TV shows about removing the stinking mass of polluting humanity from the face of Mother Gaia and wiping the Earth clean of human civilization. 

And the Maryland State Police Hostage Rescue Team grants him his wish, (in a limited sense), courtesy of a 7.62mm jacketed hollow point round. 

Civilization 1, Malthusian economics 0. 

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A Tale Of Two Families

A Tale of Two Families

Two families ripped apart by violence. Two different outcomes. 

Dawnville, Georgia. (via Robb)

David Hartline, showed up drunk and armed at a birthday party for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.

Hartline, a registered sex offender, was turned away from the party but returned with a handgun and killed Chattanooga resident Edward “Buster” Manz III and Cleveland, Tenn., resident Kenneth Simonson, authorities said. Hartline’s ex-girlfriend Mindy Bullard, who is also Manz’s daughter and Simonson’s ex-wife, was shot but survived.

Hartline died at the scene of at least two gunshot wounds that investigators believe were fired by Manz. At least five children hid in the attic and were unharmed. 

Bad guy dead and the lives of five children and their mother saved because a father and grandfather were prepared and willing to take action and if necessary, (and in this case, sadly, it was), to sacrifice their lives to save the lives of their loved ones. 


Lake Havasu City, Arizona

A multiple shooting at a Lake Havasu City residence late Saturday killed five adults and left one woman in critical condition who was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital.

The shooter, 27-year-old Brian Diez, of Havasu, kidnapped two young children, 13-month old Cole Diez and 4-year-old Kaia Diez, and fled from the scene. Brian Diez was located later in California after taking his own life.

The victims who died at the scene are Deborah Langstaff, 23; Primo Verdone, 24; Russell Nyland, 42; Ashley Nyland, 20. Brock Kelson, 20, died at Havasu Regional Medical Center.

As of press time, Deborah Nyland, 44, survived and was taken to Las Vegas.

Diez and Langstaff had the two children in common during a long-term relationship, but the two have been estranged as of late, according to a police press release.

Diez was arrested earlier this month for violating an order of protection that Langstaff had taken out on him, Harrold said. Both young children were at the residence during the shooting.

Bad guy dead only after taking his own life, five other innocent people killed and two children kidnapped and left without a family, all because a piece of paper wasn’t enough to protect them from an estranged boyfriend with anger management issues. These killings where horrible and heart-wrenching and they didn’t have to happen. 

And that’s the most heart-wrenching part of the story. 

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Is This Worth Your Life?

Is this worth your life?

This happened about 5 miles away from my house. 

Investigators say Selvy was robbed of alcohol scuffled with a man identified as 36-year-old Bobby Baughman.

Police say Baughman struck Selvy in the head with a wrench and Selvy retaliated by retrieving a pistol from his vehicle and fatally shooting Baughman 

The key phrase? 

“retaliated by retrieving a pistol from his vehicle” 

Whoops: Mr. Selvy’s life was not in danger at the point where he used deadly force. Therefore, he is facing second degree murder charges.

Bottom line is, a firearm is to be used only for direct and urgent threats to your life or the life of someone else. Getting attacked with lethal force, (and unless my years of playing “Clue!” were all wasted, a blow to the head with a wrench is considered lethal force), would be considered by most people (your jury may vary) to be reason enough to respond with lethal force. 

But getting conked on the noggin, walking to your car and THEN using lethal force isn’t. 

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Home On The Range

Home on the range

Gail Drake (who is an essential part of practically every major match at Rio) has a great post up on about bringing up a family that shoots. 

My youngest will grow up to be a shooter, without a doubt. My oldest isn’t interested as much in shooting, but he loves camping and fishing. 

And that ain’t bad. 

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Whoever was in charge of telling just how much fun it is to shoot steel plates with a .22 semi-automatic pistol? 


Wow, was that fun. Nothing fancy, just a little practice with my S+W M22A before next month’s .22 match at Rio. Three plates at ten yards, two round on each, but wow, before I knew, it, I had put a hundred round through the little sucker and could have plinked for hours longer. 

Seriously, if you’ve not done it, do it. Most fun I’ve had with a firearm in my hand in a long, long time. 

On a semi-related note, I made a had’jj over to the local Cabelas (it’s over in Glendale, Arizona, which is the back end of beyond for an East Valley guy like myself) and was shocked, shocked to discover they didn’t stock spare magazines for my S+W M22a. 

I’d a bet money otherwise. Genuinely surprised about that. Oh well, shipping costs from MidwayUSA are about the same as what the local sales tax would have been, I just have a wait a bit more. 

And I hate waiting. 


Fourth Report

Fourth Report

“90% of the game is mental, and the other half is physical.” 

– Yogi Berra 

I took a different approach to how I approached the Dot Torture drill this time. Rather than worrying about trigger press and front sight picture, I visualized the result I wanted to see, and then just shot. 

And it made a difference. 


Dot Torture Drill: 46 out of 50. 

And it could have been perfect if I had kept my mind in the game.

Thinking about the end result is far more natural for me than thinking about the process. When I was a shooter (of photos), I began every assignment with a pre-visualization: I saw the photo I wanted in my mid first, the rest was getting it done. Ansel Adams was the master of this; the Zone System is nothing more than a way of defining how you want the final print to appear before you even set up your tripod. 

If I can see it , I can do it, and I’ve known that this is the way that I think since my senior year of High School, when I’d get C’s in Algebra but A+’s in Geo-Trig. However, this is not how I’ve been training up to this point: I’ve been relying on the slow, methodical process of analysis so typical to left-brain thinking. However, I’m a right-brain thinker, and I learn via the creative process. 

Now, the fact is, the actual methodology is pretty much the same: Drills and practice routines are still a part of both disciplines, but how I approach training will change. Instead of relying on a slow progress and analytical thinking, I have to wait (and trust) for the “Eureka!” moments, and then build upon that. 

The first of which was today, when I remembered how I think. 

El Presidente Scores


CZ75 1

CZ75 2

P07 1

Target One

3A C

3A C

3A C

Target Two

3A C

3A C

2A C D

Target Three

3A D

3A C

3A C







































Avg. Split




Not a lot to say here, except that I’m happy that I’m not seeing a lot of swings in my scores. They may be low, but they’re not shifting into the utter horrible on occasion


Iron Shot

Iron Shot

It’s a highly-rated, exciting TV show where acknowledged experts compete in a head-to-head challenge on a playing field that changes with each new competition, but in the end, only one can be the victor. 

Top Shot?

Nope, Iron Chef

The producers on Top Shot (and other shooting shows) could learn a lot from Iron Chef’s success, but number one on the list is how to use expert commentary to make an otherwise obscure procedure approachable to the average viewer. 

For example, even though I’m the cook for my family (and not a bad one at that), I’ll never cook like an contestant on Iron Chef, but I still learn things from watching the show like how to quickly prepare a whole fish or how to improve my knife skills. 

This hasn’t happened with Top Shot (yet). Yes, it’s brought in viewers (quite a lot, in fact), but those viewers haven’t been able to appreciate just how spectacular JJ was on the dueling tree in the last episode of Season One or how hard it is to make a 300 yard shot under time pressure.

Colby hasn’t done this, and more to the point, he can’t do it, he just doesn’t know what technique and skills are involved (Memo to Pilgrim TV: Bring back Iain and have him do it).

Ideally, the resident expert on Top Shot would be like the colour analyst in a sports broadcast: Someone who expands the knowledge of the viewers and makes them want to get more into the game. 

One That’s Spelled L-I-T-E

One that’s spelled L-I-T-E

It’s late at night, and you’ve been at your job for far too long, but things are wrapped up now and you FINALLY get to do what the rest of your coworkers have already done and head home for the evening. 

The sun’s gone down, and night has settled in. You navigate to your car by the glow of the street lamps, and suddenly you hear a noise. Could be a prowling cat, could be someone getting ready to jump you, so you pull out your trusty Surefire G3 to see what’s up and… 

… you realize you left the Surefire at home because it’s just too big for everyday carry.


Flashlights are like firearms: It’s better to have one and not need it than need one and not have it. And just like firearms, a small but adequate light on you at all times is better (day in and day out) than a 500 lumen blaster in the car. 

I’ve carried a flashlight with me at all times for a long time now. First it was a tiny little AAA MagLIte, which was the best option at the time, and when I was a photog, I had a AA MagLite on my belt at all times, right next to the Leatherman and my cell phone. 

I used to carry a Coast LED light, but since I found out (the hard way) that they are not washing-machine safe, I’ve switched to a small but rather bright Pelican LED light. It’s not as bright as a SureFire or even my Coleman LED lights, but it’s so small and light I can carry it everywhere. A light this small is  not going to light up a person a half-mile away, but it will toss out enough light to let me identify people and threats at ranges that I can reasonably engage with my Kel-Tec P3AT or other carry pistol, and that’s all I need it to do. 


This Can’t End Well

This can’t end well

I love the taste of Beretta 92F in the morning! Tastes like a culture that has no clue whatsoever about safe gun handling. 

In 2003, Florian Jenett and Valentin Beinroth placed about 50 handgun replicas in downtown Frankfurt. The guns were made from tinted ice, making them look real at first sight. In 2009 they did a new edition of their Freeze! project but made the guns eatable by using coke, licorice, cherry and food coloring.


I don’t blame the kid, I blame this kid’s parents. A lot.

Via Van Der Leun

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