Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pistol potential in practice

Keeping with the recent topic of pistol potential - went out and shot this drill cold today...

IPSC Target

100 yards, from the holster, draw fire three rounds
Run to 50 yard line at high port, fire three rounds
Run to 25 yard line at high port, fire three rounds


Circled holes are from the 100, squares from the 50 and triangles from the 25. As you can see it can be done - even the worst shot on the target is still an effective shot.

A good drill to start your session with as it sets the stage for good trigger and sight discipline. Give it a try....

He may have been on to something...

"Corruption, like a cancer ... eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, floppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole of society."
-- John Adams

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Okay, I know for a fact that this story will resonate with most, if not all, of my former teammates as well as most combat arms veterans out there....

"On a recent trip, one of our junior NCO’s was confronted by a Lieutenant Colonel who stopped in mid-jog to assail him for having turned the cuffs of his ACU jacket inward, a common alteration that allows more air to circulate around the arms, increasing the ability of the body to cool itself. However, this alteration, while I don’t believe it is specifically forbidden by the AR’s, is sometimes expressly forbidden by certain units, due to the fact that some Sergeant Major doesn’t feel that it’s a “good look” to be sporting. Also, should the street suddenly burst into flames, the Soldier so attired could suffer burns to parts of the arms that may have been retrieved less well-done than other parts of his corpse had the cuffs been tightly sealed against his wrists.

In any case, the LTC stopped in mid-stride to assail the young NCO, berating him for his wear of the uniform as well as his mustache. This young soldier, who leaves the wire every day, may wear his mustache slightly outside the bounds of AR’s, but it is tolerated operationally based on the commander’s evaluation of the cost/benefit analysis. The LTC demanded that the NCO remove his mustache, apparently on the spot. The Soldier was unable to comply and so the LTC demanded that the NCO present himself to some Sergeant Major at 1400. Having been sent on a mission by a full Colonel that included drawing certain equipment and returning forthwith on a convoy that left Pogadishu at 1300, the NCO regretfully left the wire without sating the bloodlust of the LTC.

The NCO duly informed the Colonel, upon his return, of the confrontation.

“Screw him,” the Colonel replied, “If he wants to call me, I’ll tell him the same thing to his face.”"

Read the rest of this unfortunately commonplace tale HERE

You will cringe and chuckle at the same time....

(h/t to AmMerc and Old Blue at Afghan Quest)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take a moment to enjoy this little gem...

Observe the picture of the "Playmobil Checkpoint" playset click HERE and read the reviews....


(h/t to Feral Irishman)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pistol potential

Here's a quick pistol drill I try to run every time I hit the range...

IPSC Target
50 yards, 7 yards
Full magazine

50 yard line: From the holster, facing up range - turn, draw, fire three rounds
Come to high port / ten gun, run to 7 yard line
7 yard line: Fire three rounds, strong hand only into head - switch to support hand - three rounds head

Calculate your score and record your time. Try to improve your time on each successive run without throwing any shots.

You can of course modify this in countless ways - add a reload while on the move - change the shooting position to kneeling or prone.

This drill is borne from the "get outside your comfort zone" methodology....i.e, most people don't like to shoot support hand and they don't like to shoot beyond 10-15 yards. So much of shooting and tactics boils down to the concept of what I call "gas and brake". The operator must develop to the point where they can seamlessly transition from moving very fast to moving slow and back again as the situation around them changes. So in this particular drill, you are still fast to the gun/fast to the target, but must be more sure of sight picture/sight alignment due to the increased distance involved - then you must explode off the 50 yard line and get to the seven as fast as possible. Now you are faced with a close target, but are dealing with a smaller target (the head) and have the handicap of strong only and support only shooting. The trick, of course, is striking that balance of necessary speed and adequate sight picture.  

And before I get a bunch of comments telling me that it is a waste of time to shoot a pistol past 25 yards, that's rifle work dadgummit!  let me say this - from a training perspective -

1. Distance magnifies shooter discrepancies and therefore is a useful tool. I have seen shooters who have decent groups 15 yards and in, but at 50 their groups start drifting left and off the target. So that little bit of trigger press discrepancy that is negligible on a range will grow exponentially under combat stress. 

2. Any serviceable pistol should be able to hold a mechanical five shot group of 2.5 inches at 25 yards - so, at 50 yards it should be able to stay inside the A box on an IPSC long as the shooter is doing his job.

From the tactical perspective, it really boils down to a matter of percentages - what percentage of your day is spent with a rifle slung across your body? How about wearing a pistol? For most of us the greater number is of course with the latter. A rifle is, with few exceptions, the better weapon to have in a gunfight; lets not belabor that point, but you very likely could find yourself with only a pistol as an engagement unfolds. Don't sell yourself short, train to utilize your weapon's full capability.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Ability To Face Unpleasant Facts

A haunting interview with George Orwell. Notice the intense discomfort displayed by the young woman conducting the interview...

I would also point out this very interesting letter penned to Mr. Orwell in 1949 from one Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) upon reading the novel 1984....

Wrightwood. Cal.
21 October, 1949

Dear Mr. Orwell,

It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that required much reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before being able to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Agreeing with all that the critics have written of it, I need not tell you, yet once more, how fine and how profoundly important the book is. May I speak instead of the thing with which the book deals — the ultimate revolution? The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution — the revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at total subversion of the individual's psychology and physiology — are to be found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded himself as the continuator, the consummator, of Robespierre and Babeuf. The philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a sadism which has been carried to its logical conclusion by going beyond sex and denying it. Whether in actual fact the policy of the boot-on-the-face can go on indefinitely seems doubtful. My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I described in Brave New World. I have had occasion recently to look into the history of animal magnetism and hypnotism, and have been greatly struck by the way in which, for a hundred and fifty years, the world has refused to take serious cognizance of the discoveries of Mesmer, Braid, Esdaile, and the rest.

Partly because of the prevailing materialism and partly because of prevailing respectability, nineteenth-century philosophers and men of science were not willing to investigate the odder facts of psychology for practical men, such as politicians, soldiers and policemen, to apply in the field of government. Thanks to the voluntary ignorance of our fathers, the advent of the ultimate revolution was delayed for five or six generations. Another lucky accident was Freud's inability to hypnotize successfully and his consequent disparagement of hypnotism. This delayed the general application of hypnotism to psychiatry for at least forty years. But now psycho-analysis is being combined with hypnosis; and hypnosis has been made easy and indefinitely extensible through the use of barbiturates, which induce a hypnoid and suggestible state in even the most recalcitrant subjects.

Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.

Thank you once again for the book.

Yours sincerely,

Aldous Huxley

Ultimately, I believe both visionaries were correct, as we are and will, see both aspects of this transformation.....

"Don't let it happen"

(h/t to Liberty and Lead for digging up that gem)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Magpul News...

Interesting bit of news regarding Magpul HERE

.....the game is

(h/t RITR for the info)