Aug. 26th, 2017 08:42 pm
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So I ran this morning. 3.15 miles, just spitting distance beyond 5k. Crappy pace by the standards I try to hold myself to, 12:25 mile average, but I got it done without stopping and I didn't curl up in pain afterward. Little sore from the bouncing but I'm mostly functional after three weeks off and don't seem to have lost too much cardio.

Still not gonna get back on the bike for at least another week, though. Only seems prudent.

Afterward, the girl and I got breakfast from our favorite local bakery and had a picnic in a park before hitting the farmers' market. Then I persuaded her to come with me to the range and work the spotting scope while I put a hundred-yard zero on a rifle. Afterward, we drove around the farm roads looking for birds, but they were mostly off work, save for the usual vultures and a couple of hawks. Got lunch at a local barbecue place that is far better than its squeaky-clean appearance suggests. Came home, cleaned said rifle, and took care of some paperwork management that I'd been putting off for a while.

Not a bad day.


Apr. 18th, 2017 09:34 pm
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Dammit, Hollywood, stop producing movie posters depicting shitty trigger discipline.
tegyrius: (gunstuff deepthoughts)
I have a lot of blogs bookmarked. I check very few of them daily. Hognose's, over at weaponsman.com, is one of the few that's an essential part of my morning routine. Dude's a retired Army Special Forces NCO now living in New Hampshire, homebuilding his own airplane, collecting guns, and writing prolifically (I eagerly await his book on Czech/Czechoslovakian firearms for my own reference). For a gun blog, there is refreshingly little political commentary (though he does seem to have it in for the Veterans' Administration medical system - justifiably so, IMO).

Despite being a lifelong shooter (first learned around age six) - or perhaps because of it - I have a lot of problems with American gun culture. As a body, American gun owners have a lot of attitude and safety problems. These, in turn, drive our overall negative image among people who don't share our proclivities. Put simply, we are our own worst enemies in the political arena.

The safety aspect shapes a lot of my own practices. I've pretty much given up on going to commercial shooting ranges because of the complete lack of training and safety on the line, combined with an absence of oversight and intervention from the so-called "range safety officers." And most shooters have no idea how dangerous they are. The Dunning-Kruger Effect is strong at the range.

Anyway. The reason for this little rant is Hognose's recent post on applying aviation safety concepts to firearms training. There's an aviation saying that the rules are written in blood. Well, in gun culture, we keep making the same damn lethal mistakes without changing the rules. That's unacceptable, folks. If we do not fix our body count ourselves, fixes will be imposed from outside, and they will be both less effective and less palatable than anything we can come up with.

Hognose makes the case more eloquently than I can. It's worth five minutes of your time to read the whole thing.


May. 2nd, 2016 07:42 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff deepthoughts)
Over the years, regular readers will have figured out that I am licensed for concealed carry (since early 2001). I don't typically discuss the specifics of firearm selection or holster placement or tactics and decision processes in public because of the potential for misuse of that information by other parties. So this isn't going to be about those topics - not quite.

I'm also a firm believer that if you are carrying a tool to make people bleed, you should also carry the tools to stop people from bleeding - and have the skills to use them effectively. In 2011, I took the excellent three-day medical course offered by Kerry at Dark Angel Medical (when it was still Magpul Dynamic Shooter Aid). Subsequently, I spent several years going between imperfect solutions for incorporating a minimal gunshot medical kit into my concealed carry rig and hanging far too much crap off my belt. In the process, I amassed a nice collection of tourniquet carriers that will never see use again.

A little over a year ago, a thread on one of my preferred forums led me to what is, for me, the perfect answer. Tactical Medical Solutions offers an ingenious ankle wrap that holds a tourniquet, a chest seal, and a pack of hemostatic gauze (and, as this video shows, the wrap itself can be used as a pressure bandage). I am not a fan of ankle carry for a firearm but it's turned out to be amazing for ancillary equipment that needs to remain low-profile. I've worn it with everything from jeans to a suit without raising comment.


Jul. 11th, 2015 12:50 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff most interesting man)
Just saw the open carry activist asshole movement referred to as Second Amendment cosplay.
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Finally back on a regular running schedule. For the last four weeks, I've gotten three runs a week logged. Not great. I've lost a lot of cardio. Did 3 miles today but 0.25 of that was a walk, so it doesn't really count as a 5k. But it's more than I've accomplished since December.

Also accomplished today: )

Whew. And now it's flake o'clock.


Jun. 22nd, 2013 10:48 pm
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So there's this video making the rounds of the intertubes. I'm not gonna link to it because it creeps me the heck out and I'm afraid it might crawl into the rest of my blog. It's a short clip of a ball python opening a door.

A motherfucking snake. Opening. A motherfucking door.

[livejournal.com profile] elalyr emailed it to me, guaranteeing I won't be sleeping tonight. As I advised her, I think the only possible response is


(What is the sound of double magazine dump from a Saiga 12 for one thousand, Alex. Because the first eight rounds of buckshot might not be enough.)


Jun. 9th, 2013 09:18 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] elalyr and I have been working our way through Top Gear on Netflix. A couple of nights ago, we watched the Winter Olympics special, which was eighteen shades of hilarious. The biathlon event that substituted SUVs for skis got me thinking, though. America loves guns. America loves motor sports. Why haven't we combined the two?

I'm thinking... the obvious answer is to combine rally racing with 3-gun. Picture this...

Shooter begins seated at conference table, pistol in holster, car keys in pocket. Rifle and shotgun are secured in the shooter's vehicle. Upon the start buzzer, the shooter must stand, draw, and engage hostile targets while moving to his vehicle. He drives the first half of the course, stopping at a position overlooking a roadblock. He must exit his vehicle with his rifle, take cover (using vehicle or terrain as appropriate), and engage hostile targets at the roadblock. Upon clearing all targets, he re-enters his vehicle, drives past the roadblock and through the rest of the course, and stops at a final shoot house. He then exits the vehicle with his shotgun and clears the shoot house, engaging hostile targets while on the move. Penalty time is added for misses, hitting no-shoot targets, and leaving the course.

Call it the Wheelman Games. Because Spycraft.


Jan. 21st, 2013 08:47 am
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
After my last post, one commenter expressed the opinion that no one should have a "military-grade assault rifle" and went on to opine that anyone who believes otherwise is insane.

Okay. I'll lay out my insanity.

Trimmed for those who don't care. )


Jan. 15th, 2013 06:52 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
So we have some folks who want to flag any purchase of a thousand rounds of ammo as an indicator of an incipient mass shooting.


Buying a thousand rounds at once means that someone found a good deal online, or that he's planning to take a shooting class (most of those I've attended have had a 500 round/day minimum), or that he trains at a high volume but doesn't own a reloading press, or that he trains at a lower volume but wants to build a backlog to get him through times of ammo shortage like the current one, or that he just got a new collectible gun in a rare caliber and wants a lifetime supply for taking it out to the range once a year. It doesn't mean he's going to go dump a thousand rounds into a mall.

(Also, from a practical perspective, carrying a thousand rounds to a gunfight is stupid unless your gun is a belt-fed support weapon and you have a few friends to help you carry the load. Even with standard-capacity AR-15 mags, you'd be waddling around with roughly 45 pounds of lead and powder.)

Since 2006, I think I've bought ammo at retail prices twice. Both times, I was at a range teaching friends or relatives to shoot and they were having so much fun they went through the several hundred rounds I'd brought to start them off. Except for a couple of small quantities of odd calibers for some of my C&R guns, all my other purchases since then have been online... and in excess of a thousand rounds each. Why? Not pure evil - pure economy. Buying a kiloround at a time at online prices, even with shipping, saves me 25 to 50 percent over retail.


Jan. 13th, 2013 11:59 am
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
One of the "assault weapon" limitations under re-examination is an arbitrary ten-round limit on magazine capacity. The presumption is that this will constrain massacres by forcing the barbarians to reload more.


If a lunatic is going to fire 300 rounds into a crowd of victims, it doesn't matter whether he has to reload 10 times or 30 times in the process. The net effect is the same. He controls the area. He's not facing resistance (notice how few of these mass shootings happen in a place where resistance is likely?). He's not on a clock in which seconds (or fractions of a second) matter. Police response time is likely to be measured in minutes.

A situation in which the need to reload does matter is when a single defender is facing multiple aggressors - and two-legged predators do travel in packs. Guns aren't magic wands. A determined attacker often needs to receive multiple hits before he ceases his attack. Stopping to reload presents a vulnerability which surviving attackers can and will exploit. Thus, magazine capacity limits serve not to deter criminal acts, but to limit the individual citizen's self-defense capabilities.
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
Someone tell me again how gun control isn't a major issue for the Democrats.


Mar. 21st, 2012 07:24 am
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
Here, the Atomic Nerds explain gun culture in familiar terms.

(Discussion seed: this Christian Science Monitor article, of all things.)


Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:19 pm
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Huh. It's a network-ready gun safe. USB, Ethernet, and power passthroughs.

This says "semi-secure location for backup network storage device" to me.


Dec. 13th, 2011 10:23 pm
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Via Wikipedia, it appears that someone in Belgium is developing a new PDW caliber. I want to like it because variety in ammunition is the spice of life, and because its casings are made from recovered .30 Carbine brass... but this really looks like an answer desperately seeking a problem in the ballistic equivalent of the Craigslist hookups section.

"The VBR-B 7.92x24 mm caliber is a new caliber which must offer an answer on the disadvantages linked to the small diameters of the current PDW calibers 4.6 and 5.7 mm and also must offer an answer on the too heavy recoil of 9x19 the calibre for PDW use." Um, dude? Someone who can't handle the recoil of 9x19mm in a PDW-sized platform isn't going to be able to pass the physical fitness standards for service in any First World military. Not to mention the fact that for almost any application I can think of, the PDW and submachine gun concepts themselves are dying in the face of reliable (okay, okay, less unreliable...) 5.56x45mm compact assault rifles running 8" to 11" barrels.

I also find it interesting that ballistic gelatin tests are posted for the civilian FMJ load but not for the "prototype" hollowpoint bullet that a civilian might actually want to use for defense. I'm hard-pressed to care about ball ammunition's terminal performance in any handgun caliber. Show me how this is an improvement over Federal Hydra-Shok (a little long in the tooth now but still a law enforcement and concealed carry standard because of decade-old FBI testing) or CCI/Speer Gold Dot or Cor-Bon DPX when fired from the 4.25" or 5" barrel of a likely service or carry pistol. Heck, show me how, when launched out of a civilian-legal PDW-type shoulder arm, it beats a pistol-caliber carbine in 9x19mm with an equivalent 16" barrel - or a seventy-year-old M1 carbine chambered for the parent brass.

Hmm... 70 grains at 1,500 fps? Congratulations! You've just invented a slight refinement to the 7.62x25mm Tokarev! Someone call Ceska Zbrojovka and tell them to put the vz.52 back into production!


Sep. 26th, 2011 06:16 pm
tegyrius: (gunstuff Will)
Rather, Mare's Leg. Rossi now offers new reproductions in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt.

This is marginally less practical than the M1 Carbine Enforcer - which is not to say I don't want one...


Sep. 15th, 2009 07:37 am
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I was poking through links over breakfast and came across a suggestion from The Munchkin Wrangler: Pirate Action Shooting. This may be even more awesome than the Zoot Shooters idea I linked last month.

But wait! There's already a re-enactment group for the cold steel portion of such shenanigans: the Historical Maritime Combat Association.

Truly, we live in an age of marvels.


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