One of the ‘quaint’ training drills of yore is the Bill Drill.
Back in the dark ages when I was a serious IPSC competitor (once on the gold team and twice on the silver team) Robbie and Brian shot WC pistols and we all got together quite a bit for serious practice sessions. On one of these sessions I suggested a drill to work on front sight tracking during recoil and Robbie being the “funny man” he usually is coined the term “Bill Drill” and it has obviously stuck. Keep in mind this was the early 80s and we were all top level IPSC competitors shooting state of the art race guns/gear for the day. At the time we were all shooting .38 super comp guns out of Safariland holsters (we were all on team Safariland).
What it is:
1 IPSC Item target 7 yds downrange
Start position: Facing target, surrender hand position
Drill: Draw and fire 6 shots
Object: All “A” hits in under 2 seconds, if you get a shot out of the A zone the run doesn’t count
Remember this was top shooters using race gear. I personally can’t do a sub 2 second run with a real carry gun from a honest carry holster, more like 2.6 sec would be the norm. (Bill Wilson, pistol-forum.com)
Seems Mr. Wilson has developed an evolution of the ‘Bill Drill’. As follows:
Bill Drill 2
designed by Bill Wilson
Range: 7 yd
Target: standard IDPA target 8″ -0 zone
Start position: gun in holster, hands at sides
Rounds fired: 15
This is a new version of the classic Bill Drill developed by Bill Wilson with a goal toward working the draw and different numbers of shots on target. Scoring is standard Vickers with a half second penalty per point down.
There are five strings of fire, each for time:
- Draw and fire 1 shot.
- Draw and fire 2 shots.
- Draw and fire 3 shots.
- Draw and fire 4 shots.
- Draw and fire 5 shots.
Bill Wilson suggests a 10-second total score as a goal.
Gotta love the old-timers teaching the young turks a trick or two!
At Gun Nuts Media, I was shocked to see this article headline. Even more so when I read the professional in question was Hilton Yam!
An excerpt from Mr. Yam’s essay:
It is easy to get caught up in the mystique and history of the 1911, but the design is over 100 years old, and we have learned a few things about designing and manufacturing since then. If you enjoy the craftsmanship of a finely built 1911 or you enjoy tinkering on your own, by all means continue to enjoy them. However, if training, shooting, and performance is your primary goal and you lack the resources, time, patience, or knowledge to keep after a 1911, then be realistic and choose something more modern. These days I spend much less time at the workbench fixing my training guns or having to wonder if the latest build or mod will work. I no longer need the 1911 as a crutch, and can now just concentrate on the performance.
Of course, I am not a LEO, SWAT trainer, and team leader like Mr. Yam. I do greatly respect his judgement and expertise. And, perhaps, if I had the finances, I would opt for a carry pistol that was more reliable and less finicky than a 1911?
BUT, the point is moot, as I do not and will not. I will continue to carry my S&W 442 electroless nickel and (weather-permitting) my National Match 5″ 1911. The only hiccups I’ve had with MY 1911 were due to improper maintenance (need of lubrication and lack of cleaning). When reasonably clean and lubed, she runs like a champ! And has for over 15,000 rounds since 1983!
Perhaps old-timers like me are akin to the guys 100 years ago who stuck by their horses or black powder? I’m not a specops guy or even a LEO. I’m just an old crippled guy on disability who doesn’t get out much.
But, plastic guns STILL have no soul.
h/t Gun Nuts Media, Modern Service Weapons
While specifically aimed at Tucson’s gun ordinances, it would apply statewide:
HB 2517, approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee, would change all that.
It says any individual or organization whose membership is “adversely affected” by a law they believe is illegal can sue. Challengers who win are entitled to legal fees and damages up to $100,000.
The legislation also says the court can assess a civil penalty of up to $500,000 against any elected or appointed government official if a judge determines the violation of state pre-emption laws was “knowing and willful.”
And to make sure that resonates with city officials, HB 2517 forbids the city from reimbursing the council member or employee for that penalty. It even says the official has to bear his or her own legal fees.
Of course, while the committee has passed it, there’s still a long road to travel before the Governor signs it into law.
The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.
California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.
This certainly has ramifications for gun holders in “may issue” states such as NY and NJ. (BOTH STORIES
stolen courtesy of Alphecca)
With regard to both stories, it’s about f’n time!
h/t Jeff Soyer
The Tactical Shelf!
(If only I had the money!) it would go along with the gunsafe box spring and gunsafe desk I also don’t have!
Now if they only had one big enough for an M1 Garand and a 1911!?
h/t Theo Spark(FTC – As stated above, I cannot afford such largesse, nor has any been provided for me! I don’t have a POT – if you get my meaning. If I did, I would empty it on you. I’m jus’ sayin’!)
Back-in-the-day, when I was gainfully employed and less disabled, I worked as a fraud investigator for (T)hat (M)ajor (C)redit (C)ard (C)ompany – aka TMCCC for short. I also worked part time at a local firearms emporium for a couple years.
This usually consisted of a couple hours on a weekday afternoon (after TMCCC) and Saturdays, 10 – 5. It was great fun, I learned a lot, and met many nice folks. And a few @$$h013$ !
On Saturdays, a retired car-dealership owner from Colorado would come in, bearing day-old doughnuts, and his custom holster making skills. (I have three! A field holster and IWB holster for N Frame Smiths (Seriously) and an IWB for Browning High-Power!) Later on, like Noon or 1 PM, the store manager would buy a few pizzas for the staff.
And the hangers-on.
The hangers-on were called ‘the GOBs’, which stood for good-old-boys. These consisted of a couple retired cops, a preacher or two, some hunters, a retired fireman, teachers, a prosecutor, a prison psychiatrist, and a few out-of-work gun shop guys. All of whom felt they could offer free advice to customers.
Which was sometimes incorrect and sometimes not welcomed!
But, we at the shop put up with them. Why. Because of the comradery they brought, their knowledge and friendship.
And because they were mostly armed and acted as defacto security guards for free. Well, not free. For donuts and pizza!
And, they were regular customers, sometimes buying outright, sometimes on layaway.
With my crummy car, I don’t get across town as much as I’d like, as a result I don’t get to see the GOBs as much as I’d like.
I miss them.
. . . at least in Oregon
The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man found guilty of illegally carrying a concealed weapon after he argued the campsite where he pitched his tent for the week was his home and provided an exception to the state’s concealed weapon law.
Talk about Stand Your Ground!
(h/t Alphecca, Southern Rockies Nature Blog)
After three previous abortive attempts, Bob and I made it to the desert, yesterday. It was unseasonably warm (81*- sorry Rev. Paul and Gloria!). There was enough breeze to keep the sand flies at bay, but not enough to knock over targets.
That was in part because Bob brought his recently acquired steel targets! That 3″ wide roll of masking tape in my range bag was unnecessary!
And the best part of the trip (as my car – the 2000 Olds Intrigue – is not running very well), Bob took it upon himself to pick me up, drive us to the shooting location, then lunch, then back home. Just one trip one direction was at least an hour, mostly freeway! :-P
I, of course, shot my National Match 1911 and S&W 442 (electroless nickel). Bob shot his Glock 19, 21, and his 10″ bbl SIG 556 SBR! Both with and w/o the can! (He let me shoot them, as well!)
Then, we went up the road to Rock
Ridge* Springs – a famous desert freeway pit stop – for lunch and homemade pie! All-in-all a good day…
EXCEPT, due to my not shooting very often, my skills have deteriorated. I sense more dry practice in my future.
*a Blazing Saddles reference. I always wanna call Rock Springs Rock Ridge!
attn FTC – we bought our own pie. Get your own!
Please call your congresscritter TODAY and ask them NOT to vote in favor of the so-called “Undetectable Gun Ban”!
Not only is reaffirming a ban on guns made entirely of undetectable materials unnecessary (and another infringement on our rights) but they have added measures to stop production of wooden rifle stocks and other materials used in common firearms production!
They are trying to force through yet another gun control measure, this time by amending an unnecessary sunsetting law to include other controls. Because it’s all about CONTROL.
Please contact your Congressman immediately.
*** Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Ask to be connected to your Congressman; or,
*** Click here to find out who represents you.
PS – I called mine (Kyrsten Sinema) and left a detailed message with my concerns. Unfortunately, she is a socialist stooge, so I don’t have much hope in swaying her vote. But, if enough people call…?
PPS – this just in – it PASSED the House!
govtrack.us to follow the bills progress…
h/t National Association for Gun Rights, Free North Carolina
I keep seeing this meme more and more on the Internet, or at least on the blogosphere:
We as a Nation are more divided than ever before.
A Civil War is inevitable.
It’s gonna be those who love Freedom (at least OUR brand of freedom) versus those nanny-statist bastards!
And, I try console myself into thinking, “No, that won’t happen – we are too great a Nation with too much going for us to have it happen!”
But then I see stuff about the sheeple meekly lining up to have their Fourth Amendment rights shorn from them, or demanding ‘the government’ do something to
protect help medicate pay for take care of them.
And something like THIS (a comment on a gun control article in the Washington Post):
Italian Rose10/27/2013 6:12 PM MSTI would settle for a background check for each and every transaction and every gun owner needing to have a complete comprehensive psychiatric examination before the initial purchase and check-up every 3-years thereafter. If you fail the psych test, your a prohibited person and must surrender your guns to law enforcement. Better yet, the psych test is given at police headquarters and if you fail they return home with you and confiscate your guns. Penalties must be increased for a prohibited person having a gun any gun. Police must also have the discretion to conduct Terry Stops and warrant less searches in targeted areas looking for illegal guns. I like Washington DC’s policy if you have a empty shell casing without a firearm id card for that weapon you go to jail for years. Also if you have a permit for a 9mm and you get caught with a empty 380 casing, you go to jail. If this does not significantly reduce the gun violence epidemic in this country, we all know what’s next.
A mandatory psych test given at police headquarters? Warrantless searches and confiscations? Terry ‘stop and frisk’ searches at the ‘discretion of law enforcement?
This ‘Italian Rose’ certainly sounds learned in the basics of criminal law, minus the whole Constitutional protections part. Not unlike The President and the Attorney General.
And here’s the accompanying Gallup Poll results:
When did we become voluntary Pla-Do for the American Stasi? And what should we do about it?
I’ve known and trained with some fine people. Shot socially with others, and heard others speak. Read even more works of other trainers and shooters.
They are (were) all people, and as such all had foibles. They were human.
I could list some of the foibles:
Retain men (and women) for their skills in training you. If you cannot get past an ego or personality (or an error in judgement), go elsewhere.