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Louis Awerbuck RIP

awerbuckAnother fine shooting teacher and gentleman gone.

LOUIS AWERBUCK

Beginning in South Africa, and emigrating to the United States, he was a range officer @ Jeff Cooper’s Gunsite, before striking out on his own with Yavapai Firearms Academy.

No word yet as to what happened.

h/t Tamara Keel, Facebook

“STEAMPUNK Shooter Ready?”

My dear friend Brigid and her ‘partner-in-grime’ (as she puts it) EJ have taken over ePostal Match duties temporarily from Mr. Completely (as he is involved with medical issues – heal quickly, bro!)

In an effort to kick it up a notch, they have designed this month’s target to have a STEAMPUNK theme!

Steampunked – ePostal Match Time

(c) HOTR

(c) HOTR

Please visit the link above for the particulars.  I know some of you are just crazy enough to dress in full regalia to shoot your black powder or pinfire smokewagons.  :-)

If I had such finery, I would!

I’d love to hear about some montebank or ne’er-do-well in a morning coat and topper pull his Velo-Dog pistol from his (or her) waistcoat and commencing to engage the target.

Or, Hell, use your Deagle – whatever works!  :-P

“We must all hang together,

or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  -  Benjamin Franklin

I have addressed this concept previously, with regard to the threepers, Oathkeepers and others fighting amongst themselves.

Don’t you think this is exactly what the Administration, Bloomberg, the Brady Bunch and every other rights-restricting group wants?

I recently received an email with a ‘news release’ attached (in part)…

Dudley Brown and his “National Association for Gun Rights” (NAGR) have built a reputation by attacking every other major gun rights organization and even pro-gun politicians, to the detriment of the gun rights movement. His rhetoric has done more to marginalize Second Amendment activism than all of the slanders from gun prohibition lobbying groups combined.

Now Dudley has spewed his venom toward Alan Gottlieb, a true champion of Second Amendment advocacy with a proven track record of accomplishment. Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

In his latest effort to raise money for his own self-aggrandizement, Dudley Brown has launched a vicious canard against Alan Gottlieb, accusing the veteran gun rights advocate of “Leading the fight for national gun registration.”

Alan Gottlieb has never advocated for gun registration in his life. His legislative efforts have been to prevent that, and Dudley knows it.  (…)

Now I’m a member of the NAGR, and post a link on my blog  I am a Life Member of the NRA, and post a link to them, as well.  I also link to the Second Amendment Foundation, whom I support.

(And I know nothing as to the accuracy of the charges listed in the above release.)

With regard to the NRA, I read with interest (and agreed with) In the MIDDLE of the RIGHT blog.  It seems B (of said blog) complained about being sent unsolicited a POS cap and folding knife, accompanied by a request for a donation.  The materials were manufactured on the PRC (!)

I don’t blame him for being pissed, both at the cheesy effort, and the use of communist-made materials to solicit funds.

NRA - seriously?

Personally, I tire of the emails and snail mails from them trying to sell me crap and solicit additional funds.  I don’t have any extra money to give anyone, but I bet they would save a bundle on postage and tchotchkes and have more money for their political efforts if they would just have a box on their solicitations to check to spend such funds for rights-preserving purposes!

Let’s stop the infighting, backstabbing and unnecessary spending and get on with the task at hand.

Or I fear Dr. Franklin may be right.

“Police Your Brass, And Move Off The Line!”

I fondly remember Col. Cooper telling the story of the grunts in the movie theater, watching some movie wherein a woman produces a semiautomatic and fills some guy with lead.  A guy in the crowd yells, “Okay Lady, police your brass and move off the line!”, to the knowing roar of the crowd.

Policing brass.  The curse of the responsible (and green) shooter.  Many times over the years for me, it meant bending over in the desert picking dusty brass out of the dirt, cactus and gravel, and putting it back into the boxes from whence it came.  Or a Ziplock, or a plastic grocery bag.  Or a jeans pocket.  To be sorted and cleaned later.  Maybe.

I’m disabled.  I’ve a fused right hip (amongst other infirmities).  This makes policing brass problematic at best.  But, when I can, I do it.

Unlike so many others who lay waste to the desert with non-biodegradable target materials and spent brass!

Now comes…

Ammo-Up

Reportedly works well on concrete, desert floors not-so-much…

(That big blue plastic tarp drop cloth still looks pretty good, huh?  :-) )

h/t New Jovian Thunderbolt

FTC – Ammo Up give me nothing!

Men Walking Around With Arms – AND There’s PEACE?

It’s common to see guys with slung SIG SG 550′s walking around the train station as they head off to military training, the range, etc. Nobody pays these guys any mind whatsoever; it’s just part of what’s normal here.

I admit to doing a double-take when I saw a guy with a slung katana picking up some groceries in the main station, but nobody else seemed to care. “Guy with a sword getting a liter of milk and some eggs. Meh.”

Even rather unusual things, like the guy wearing a full-body ghillie suit with a rifle slung on his back buying a cup of coffee from the McDonalds, go completely unremarked-upon by anyone here. It’s amusing to think of Swiss Wookie-suiters being a thing.  (The Arizona Rifleman)

sig sg 550

SIG SG 550

IF ONLY this were AMERICAN culture…

Springtime! For Maintenance! And…

I’ve not posted a gun post in a while.  Many gun rights posts, but not one about equipment, per se.

My duty, service pistol is a 1911 National Match slide over a Vega stainless steel frame, with Bomar sights, a Swenson ambidextrous safety, Micro bushing, all custom hand-fitted by a premier gunsmith and coated with Poly-T by Robbie Barkman (many years ago).

I’ve owned her since 1983, and probably put 15-20K rounds through her.  I change the recoil spring every 2-3000 rounds, and clean/lube her as needed.

But I’ve never done any other spring maintenance!

Do You?

Bob (a former PI boss and gun store boss) sold me her and is Mr. Be Prepared.  An Eagle Scout, he has pretty much all anyone needs in the way of parts and such.  And he has offered to drive to me 40 miles to change out the other springs in my 1911 !

What a guy!

I’m certain she’ll be up for another 20K rounds.\

I only hope I am…

:-)

How A Bill Becomes A Drill, Parts One and Two

Not THIS Bill!

Not THIS Bill!

Courtesy of pistol-training.com

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:

  1. Draw and fire 1 shot.
  2. Draw and fire 2 shots.
  3. Draw and fire 3 shots.
  4. Draw and fire 4 shots.
  5. 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!

(I, of course, usually did the Bill Drill #1 with a 3″  .357.  IF I strived (strove?) for ‘A’ hits – Well, let me explain it this way:  When Robbie was shooting in the same competition (we were NOT in the same class!) by the time I drew, shot, and reholstered, he’d driven home, changed into his jammies, popped some popcorn and was watching Miami Vice…:-)  )

A Pro Walks Away From The 1911

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!

About Hilton Yam

Hilton Yam is the founder of 10-8 Performance, LLC. He is a full time law enforcement officer in Florida with extensive experience working robbery and violent fugitives. He is currently assigned to firearms training and SWAT. He is a team leader as well as the lead instructor for his team, responsible for providing training in firearms, CQB, rappelling, defensive tactics, and team tactics. Hilton is also responsible for RDT&E of equipment. He has carried a 1911 extensively on duty, and has spent a great deal of time examining what makes the guns succeed and fail.

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

FINALLY! Some Good Legal Stuff!

AZ: State Preemption Law to Get Some Teeth

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.

AND…

9th Circuit Affirms Right to Carry Guns in California

From WaPo:

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.

More here and here.

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

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The Tactical Shelf!

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(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’!)
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