Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

To anyone who was in The Salt Mines today...

...wondering  why the otherwise apparently middle-age(ish) guy in the corner was giggling like a mad man at his cell today, read this: View From The Porch: Breathtaking lack of self-awareness...

I need one of those t-shirts. My only regret is that there is no way to get it in time for Monday's two-day class.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wait! What?

So, this morning I stumbled out of bed to feed the demanding tomcat, and observed to Mrs. Drang (who was getting ready for an early doctor's appointment) that it was very foggy out. 

I then stumbled back to bed, since it turned out that The Salt Mines did not need me to go and try to bail out the Southeast. 

I woke up to see a snowplow going down the street, clearing a very messy, slushy snow storm.  

I was about to call Mrs. Drang and make sure she could make it back, when the tomcat standing on my chest started demanding that I wake up and feed him again.

It was still foggy out, but why I went to being relieved that I didn't have to go and reason with hurricane season to letting it snow, letting it snow, letting it snow, I don't know...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gun Skool (Pugetopolis Edition) Update

Realized a few days ago that, when I listed local shooting schools in the area (in post The Clue Meter: Gun Skool Thoughts, Part I -- Pugetopolis), I left one out.

Norpoint Shooting Center is far enough north that I forgot about it, but one of the owners was one of my instructors in the FAS Defensive Shotgun Class I took last year. Some co-workers (who have a simply insane commute) have taken multiple classes there and give it two trigger fingers up.

Looking at the course catalog, I may be enticed to make the trek up that way myself...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

On this date...

In 1780, Major Patrick Ferguson had the misfortune to run into the worst possible men, vis a vis the British Army's plans for conquering the South.

Military historians who take an interest in the American Revolution spill a lot of ink (and I sometimes suspect blood) over something called The Myth of the Militia, which explains a lot of opposition to a strong, centralized army based on assumptions drawn from the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the slaughter of the Redcoats as they fled along Battle Road to the perceived safety of Boston.

Neither side in the debate ever seems to ponder the fact that the Over Mountain Boys who wiped out Ferguson's command was barely organized enough to qualify as militia, nor that the bulk of the American forces at Cowpens or Guilford Courthouse were militia in name and fact.

Maybe because the academics having the argument would have to pay attention to the Scots-Irish settlers who won that war, and who historically have made up the bulk of America's fighting men.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

MAG 40 -- Thoughts

So, it's been just over two months since I took MAG40 at Firearms Academy of Seattle. Before I went, I had noticed that there seemed to be few reviews/AARs of the course on the Internet. I wasn’t sure why, perhaps Massad Ayoob discouraged such, lest proprietary information be revealed?

I am now prepared to state that it more likely that the “drinking from a fire hose” nature of the class makes it difficult, to say the least, to distill the lessons into a blog post.

“Drinking from a fire hose”: That’s the way someone, I think it was Ry Jones, described the class when, at dinner after Ray Carter’s funeral, I explained why I was staying in a motel in Centralia rather than make the hour and a half one way drive to FAS every day.


My notes from the classroom portion run over 30 pages, and I am not done1 transcribing/editing them; I have no intention of trying to publish multiple uber-posts of the class, but that's what it would take, because I cannot distill the experience into a single post.

But here's an attempt:
(After the jump. It was kind of long...)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Short Takes

Things I feel like I ought to have something for, but not a lot...
Burlington: How many heard the shooter described as "Hispanic-looking" and thought "Oh, bioy here we go again"?

Now, a 20 year old Turk living in America for years may or may not be a Muslim, or a devout one,at any rate, but I can just picture the meeting where some brasshat vetted the APB and said "Yeah, so what does 'Levantine' mean again? Yeah, that's what I thought, no."

At least the warnings against "backlash" don't seem as severe as usual. Or even the media are getting tired of them.

OTOH, I haven't been watching the press conferences because every time they come  on there's Governor Inslee hinting at gun control to come...

Even if all he had was what looks like a Ruger 10/22. Damned Fudd guns.

BTW, that mall which is said to have been posted, I am told that only the theater there is posted.  Like many states with licensed carry, IF every public entrance  is clearly posted, then you can be asked to leave if caught; if you return armed, or refuse to leave, you can be charge with misdemeanor trespass.
Charlotte: Looks to me like, even if he didn't have a gun in his hand, the police had every reason to believe he was going for one.

And even if they were wrong, burning down the city is not a good way to get your point across. Look what it did for my hometown...

Also, blocking the Interstate is not a good idea, especially when you ar doing it in such a manner as to give motorists reason to believe that you are threatening them with grave bodily harm.

You might then give them reason to believe that their best course of action will be to put it in drive (or maybe "low") and move forward. 
Note that "drive on" is not meant to mean "deliberately run people down." But is they are pounding on your car, yelling threats, throwing rocks, trying to rock it and overturn it, well, they're playing stupid games, they should be prepared to win stupid prizes.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners has determines that the proper response of Los Angeles' Finest to armed suspects should be to... run away.

LAPPL - Los Angeles Police Protective League: Police Commission tells officers to run away, or else
The officers didn’t run away. The Commission, armed with video and their own political agenda broke down the footage frame by frame to determine that in the course of seconds, the first officer whose “position initially provided Officer C with a position of tactical advantage” lost the advantage as the suspect charged him. They wrote, “this advantage rapidly diminished as the Subject continued her advance, leaving him with neither distance nor effective cover as the Subject approached the space between two parked vehicles by which Officer C was located.”

Suspect charging from the front. Vehicles on either side. Where do you “redeploy?” Run backwards. This is absurd and it’s dangerous. What happens if the officer loses his footing with a charging suspect? What happens if the suspect runs into a nearby home or store and confronts its occupants with her weapon? What if the suspect also had a concealed gun? What is created when an officer turns tail and runs away is a large target. It’s called a back. The officer would put their lives in further jeopardy by running away if the suspect had a gun. At this close range, running away would create a self-caused danger to the officers and the public.

Chief Beck, who has absolutely no problem finding fault with officers, agreed with these officers’ actions. The Commission, with a grand total of zero years of experience in law enforcement, overruled the Chief’s decision. The Commissioners created an alternative set of facts that acknowledged that the officer was right to believe his life was in jeopardy but found fault with the officer shooting the knife-wielding suspect because the officer should have run away.
Hmmm, I wonder how the mayor would feel if his protective detail yelled "gun!" and...ran away?

Monday, September 19, 2016

So, about that "off-duty police officer"...

You will no doubt have heard that a case of Sudden Jihad Syndrome was stopped by an off-duty police officer yesterday, in St. Cloud MN.

Turns out the "off-duty police officer" is a reserve policeman who owns an indoor range and gun shop, and shoots in USPSA and 3 Gun competitions. (Man Who Shot Crossroads Mall Terrorist Is USPSA Competitor, 3-Gun Shooter – Bearing Arms)

Here's the web site for his busienss: Tactical Advantage, LLC

So, you know, if you're in the Gopher State, look him up.

UPDATE: When Are Liberal Laws Good? When They Relate to Guns | Power Line points out that he is a reserve police officer who is not scheduled to work for at least two months.