Monthly Archives: October 2011

The revolving door spins again

Another one via “Crime in Charlotte” blog
Robbery with a dangerous weapon? Who does stuff like that?
He got out of prison less than a month ago. I don’t think freedom agrees with him.

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Meanwhile in Rebecca Peters Paradise: International Drug Syndicate edition

Who would have thought it? Drug syndicates smuggle drugs into Australia and use guns to defend their illicit business.
(For the ladies, Bonus Beefcake photo at link. Apparently Detective Sergeants in the Australian Federal Police are snappy dressers.)
So if Australia, which is an island (a REALLY BIG island, but an island none the less) can’t keep drug smugglers from having guns, including machine guns, what good did their gun control laws do?
Well, it disarmed the law abiding, leaving them helpless in the face of armed criminals.

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TigerSwan Final Evaluation

It’s been a week, and now it’s time for me to write my final evaluation of the one day Introductory Pistol class at TigerSwan.
First, some background. I have always been worried that I would spend my hard earned money, get to a shooting class, and find I had paid my money to a charlatan. If you get rooked by a crappy woodworking teacher, the worst that can happen is that you might waste some perfectly good wood while you don’t learn proper techniques. If you pick the wrong firearms instructor you could get shot because they insist on “playing by the Big Boy rules.” I resisted taking just any class, and I didn’t have the money to travel out west to take a class at Gunsite or some other really big name location. When Tam linked to TigerSwan, I saw that they had former members of the unit commonly referred to as Delta Force. Through my historical re-enactment, I just happen to know a former Delta member personally. In response to my email, he vouched for them being who they said they were, and he also said that they could teach well. That was good enough for me.
Two years ago I took the Intro pistol class and was really impressed. My shooting improved dramatically. I could shoot much further, much more accurately than I ever had before. More than that, once I got home, I could see what others were doing wrong and I started to give a little coaching to my friends and saw their sudden improvement in accuracy. It wasn’t rocket science, it was just good fundamentals.
Flash forward to the LuckyGunner machine gun shoot. During the LuckyGunner shoot we were treated to a free class by a well respected trainer. He was good; I can’t take anything away from him. But he was rushed. He didn’t have the time during that busy weekend to do more than give us a taste of what he offered in his classes. The problem, other than the time limitations, was the appalling shooting skills I saw on display. Most of the bloggers weren’t any better than me, and many were really poor shots. I just wanted to take them all to that one day pistol class I took two years prior. So I set up the blogmeet/shooting class.
The class was everything I thought it should be. Everyone improved. I proved to myself that my precision shooting hadn’t deteriorated much, even though I still have trouble with multiple shots. I have a certain satisfaction that 9 more people are running around with better shooting skills. I also know that the moment I say “Hey, let’s take a two or three day class,” I’ll have a bunch of people saving up their pennies to come along with me.
Here’s the bottom line. Get training. Go somewhere reputable. If you are close enough to come to TigerSwan, go there. They are reputable, they are good at instruction, and they are really professional. You will learn how to shoot with little in the way of fuss or fanfare. You will find out what you are really capable of, and it is so much more than you think. And it won’t break your bank. For $340, they’ll teach you the class, give you 500 rounds of ammo and loan you all the gear you need. And when you get home, you’ll shoot better than all your friends.
My roundup of posts from the other bloggers at TigerSwan is HERE.

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TigerSwan Blogshoot Roundup

I thought I would give you a roundup post of all the other bloggers who attended the TigerSwan blogger shoot. We had 10 people attending, 6 bloggers and 4 friends. Here are the posts
Larry, at Last Refuge of a Scoundrel was pleased, though humbled by it all,
But he quickly rallied, and  planned his training going forward.
George, at Newbie Shooter offers his initial impressions
Then he talked about how TigerSwan stressed fundamentals
John of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money discusses what I think is the single most important training method in shooting.
Larry learns one of the essential truths about training
George, the only one of us to have attended Gunsite compares and contrasts them in
Knitebane learned as much about teaching as he did about shooting
George offers his final report card on the experience
And John has a similar view
I couldn’t agree more.
My final evaluation is HERE

Update: A late addition from Arms are the Mark of a Free Man,
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Plenty of Gunwalker T-Shirts available for immediate shipment

I made sure to buy extra Gunwalker T-Shirts so I would have some on hand for late orders. If you order now, I will have the order in the mail in less than 24 hours. Most of the shirts shipped on Thursday of last week arrived on Saturday. That means you are probably about 72 hours from your very own Gunwalker T-Shirt.


This is a photo of David Codrea showing off his Gunwalker T-Shirt at the Second Amendment Foundation’s Gun Rights Policy Conference.

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How to lose friends and negatively influence people

I was here for this incident. I can attest to the fact that the actions of this “trainer” made it unlikely that I will be engaging his services any time soon.

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Some people just have a cavalier attitude towards your personal integrity

Via “Crime in Charlotte” blog we have this clown getting not quite enough prison time for forcible rape.
84 years for a 30 year old makes him a week past dead before he can get out. While I am disgusted with the Supreme Court for having struck down the death penalty for rapists, I think that this sentence is almost harsh enough.
Once again we see that heinous crimes are generally the province of career criminals. It takes a certain mindset to allow a person to treat another person like this. You don’t just wake up one day and say, “hey, I should go out and rape someone today,” any more than murders happen on a whim.
This is why I think that we should be very suspicious of those who claim that you and I are just one fender bender away from a road rage murder. Projection, I call it.

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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Pointing a Gun edition

You  know, this is starting to get old. How many different ways can I say, “Gun Control in other countries is a failure?”
And yet, the gun grabbers can’t seem to stop themselves calling for more and stricter restrictions on our rights. It doesn’t work there, it won’t work here, but they still keep pushing their failed agenda.
You have to wonder what they have planned for us that requires us to be disarmed first.

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No honor among drug dealers either

You would think that the excessive profits from selling drugs would be enough, but for some, the chance to make money without selling anything of value is just too good to pass up.
So these guys showed up looking to make some money selling drugs and instead decided to beat him up and just take the money.

Keep this in mind. The sorts of people who get involved in criminal activity are not the sort of people you should trust. They are already on the wrong side of the law, so what stops them from doing whatever they want to you?
I would also like to note that Suspect 1 was convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Larceny from a Person, Possession Schedule II, Hit and Run, and Resisting an Officer. He went into prison 8-5-2010 and got out 8-7-2011. One year and two days. Maybe he could have used a few more years behind bars.
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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Chased Down, Shot, and Stabbed edition

One of (Formerly Great) Britain’s 30 top 400 meter sprinters found out the hard way that just because guns are banned doesn’t mean that murders won’t use them on you.
Hey (Formerly Great) Britain, how’s that gun control working for you? Maybe you should try locking the criminals up instead of locking up the guns.

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