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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…:-)  )

APHORISMS

The Art of Manliness (my go-to place for classic wisdom on the Web) recent posted 20 aphorisms, abhored (or ignored) in youth, but appreciated as I got older.  (Sometimes)

An aphorism is a short, pithy statement that conveys a principle or contains a pearl of wisdom. Part of what makes them so powerful is that they can stand on their own without context; as the philologist Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel put it, “An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”

Indeed!

Here is one.  CLICK on it to link to the remaining 19.

be kindI always thought it should end in rewind.  Obviously, I’m old.

“Driving Mr. Guffaw” (an after-action report)

SO…

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!

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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!

Military Lingo

I was never in ‘the service’.  Not for lack of trying, though.  My disability kept me 4-F until the draft was discontinued.

I admire members of the military for their tenacity; their discipline.  Always have, even when many of my generation (Vietnam and post-Korea) protested actively against the military.

Of course, with today’s volunteer military, much of the culture has become ‘cool’.  I find in conversations with many the lingo terms I use are outdated.  “No lie G.I.!”

So I found a crib sheet!

U.S. Military Lingo: The (Almost) Definitive Guide

Examples therein:

Blowed up: Hit by an IED. Example: “I been blowed up six times this year.”

Fitty: The M2 .50 caliber machine gun.  (and how sad is THAT!)

Joe: Soldier. Replacement term for GI.

Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo…

h/t NPR, Ben Brody

Please remember today’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  We lose more WWII Veterans every day.  -  Guffaw 

Integrity Diminishes…on little cat feet.

moral compassThe Art of Manliness does it AGAIN.  This time with an essay about Integrity.

I’m convinced a significant percentage of our adult population never (or rarely) considers the moral and ethical implications of their words and actions.  And we are the worse off because of this.  Most moral compasses have the needle missing.  And we’re passing this lackadaisical attitude to our children.

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part I: Why Small Choices Count

A segment:

It’s not too difficult to discuss this quality in a general way and offer advice on maintaining one’s integrity of the “just do it” variety. But a quick glance at the never-ending news headlines trumpeting the latest scandal and tale of corruption shows that that’s not always the most effective approach. While the foundation of integrity is having a firm moral code of right and wrong, it can also be enormously helpful, even crucial, to understand the psychological and environmental factors that can tempt us to stray from that code. What’s at the root of our decision to sometimes compromise our principles? What kinds of things lead us to be less honest and what kinds of things help us to be more upright? What are some practical ways we can check our temptations to be immoral or unethical? How can we strengthen not only our own integrity, but the integrity of society as well?

You should go and read the whole essay.  And watch for the remaining three follows-up.  Hell, you should be checking out TAOM on a regular basis, regardless!

Lot’sa Folks Been Musin’ About…NSA

…the whole NSA reading everyone’s mail, email, telephone calls, computer use thing.  You know, the one where some guy’s wife researched pressure cookers, and then some guy researched backpacks, then suddenly the whole freakin’ gov’t fell on their heads, because some auto-computer intel program thought they were terrorists!

Because they GOOGLED a couple ‘questionable’ things…

I have an idea…

IF, indeed, the almighty freakin’ government is data-mining us, all of us, under the guise of ‘protecting’ us, based on our accessing or using specific ‘questionable’  or ‘hot button’ terms in our communications, lets give it to them!

Lets pick a specific time to fill the Internet, cell phone calls, texts, ad infinitum – ad nauseum with certain terms, like gun, bomb, pressure cooker, backpack, wiretap, terrorism…

Give them the whole Cloward-Piven strategy back at ‘em!  Overtask the system so they are forced to either drop it or dig deeper to determine that the subject of their investigation is just looking at buying a kitchen pot, not planning on using it for nefarious purposes.

Make them go old-school to work for their intel, as they should be already!  That’ll show ‘em!

See you in the boxcars!

The Low Ready position is only low, it’s not ready.

photo by Oleg Volk

photo by Oleg Volk

My buddy KevinC of Misfires and Lights Strikes postulates the above.

Being ‘old-school’, I was skeptical.  I’ve carried and shot for too many years from The Book of Col. Cooper (low ready, up into Weaver) to be easily convinced.

You should go to the link above and watch the accompanying short video.  My only caveat is I still prefer Weaver over Isosceles, but I do see valid reasons for ‘High Ready’.  This doesn’t mean there are not sometimes reasons to use ‘Low’, or even ‘Sul’!

However, just like the adjustment I made from tap, rack, bang to tap, rack, assess, pistolcraft is continuing to evolve.

Now if these young whippersnappers would just carry a caliber beginning with 4.  Or a shotgun.

Not long after Guffaw was born…

…in Phoenix Arizona  (okay, Avondale)…

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(Actually, I was born 3000 miles away, but this was happening in the Phoenix area shortly thereafter – Guffaw)

I found this photo in Shorpy’s, a terrific place for photos of history.  The clothes, the uniform, the staghorn stocks on the revolver.  The terrific street rod.  Frozen in time.  American Graffiti live!

The photo caption:

Phoenix in 1953. “Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets.” Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment “How to Tame Teenage Drivers.”

Kenny’s Drugs, 1926 Westward Blvd, Avondale, AZ.  I’ve no idea what the street name is today.  Attitude School.  Probably now prohibited by the ACLU. Looks like the wool Arizona Highway Patrol uniform – predecessor to the DPS.  Not in Summer – otherwise too hot to lean on the car.

The only thing missing was the Lucky Strike pack rolled up in a sleeve!

Mannix II

I’ve not been a credit card fraud investigator since January 2009.  And I’ve not been licensed private investigator since September 1986.

Much of what I used to do was classic, old-school.  A 35mm camera with a motor drive and a telephoto lens.  Driving from government building to government building.  Paying for hard copies of reports, photos, assessor and court records.  And what was provided wasn’t always clear.

Now, much of this information is made available online.  Usually for a fee.  The problem with the new found technology is many times one doesn’t know how old it is.  Or how valid it is.  Has the information been updated, but that information isn’t reflected in the database?

Sometimes, you need to go to the place.  And stand in line.  And pay a fee.

However, modern technology is amazing.

After jumping through a few free hoops on line, I can now (as if I’m going to these places, anymore) utilize my Smartphone, scan the document (plat book, fiche reader, computer screen or take a picture) sharpen the image for clarity sake, save it on my phone, AND transmit it wirelessly to my home printer for hard copy purposes.

scanners

SURE, they develop this AFTER I retire…

Where was this technology when I was wearing out tires and shoes?  And paying fees?

Glimmer of Hope

As most of you know, I’m old-school.  (And just old.)

I was (and am) a big fan of Johnny Carson.  Leno, Letterman and the rest don’t hold a cotton to Johnny.  And, over the past 10 years, most of the nighttime guys have been in liberal-lock-step.  Especially Letterman.

And, this annoys me.

But, Leno just came out with THIS statement!

There may be hope for us, yet!

h/t John Lott

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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