Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoof-beats in the Darkness!

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
 To every Middlesex village and farm,
— A cry of defiance and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Paul Revere's Ride"

Two-hundred and thirty nine years ago tonight an express rider named Paul Revere raced to Lexington, MA, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British "Redcoats" were on the way to arrest them. Along the way, he "alarmed" the countryside, stopping at each house with the warning. Upon arriving at the house Adams and Hancock were using, a sentry warned him not to make so much noise.

"Noise?" said Revere. "You'll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!"

These are the stories of America that we once all learned and honored. I still feel a shiver when I read Longfellow. The stories are no longer taught, although through groups like Appleseed they are passed along through an oral tradition as old as time.

I greatly fear we have have once again arrived on the eve of April 19, 1775. I hope I'm wrong, but tonight, when you close your eyes, listen for hoof-beats.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wow! Where did the week go???

First up, for all you NRA'ers...

Yes, The Same Poor Bastard Is Buying The Beer!
Cosponsored by IDPA!!!
Meet Joyce Wilson!!! Be in AWE!
6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, 26 April
The Slippery Noodle Inn
Indiana's Oldest Bar!
372 S. Meridian
Downtown Indianapolis
NOTE: The room only accommodates 100 people! Best I could do! Also, if you come AFTER 7PM, you MUST pay a $5 cover charge. If you can't afford this, have some one get me, Marshal,  or Marshal'ette, and we'll come make fun of you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Appleseed Event at NRA!

The Face-off

On one side of the ring, 5 million NRA members, people who give their hard-earned money to an organization dedicated to protecting their rights.

On the other side, one nasty little fascist with a lot of money and his purchased woman mouthpiece (I'm not sure I'm remembering this correctly, but don't we have a word for that type person?).

Imagine if the Koch Brother decided they were going to dedicate their millions on some lame conservative social cause most Americans reject out of you think that the pathetic "newspaper of record" would be giving them the big ole wet kiss? Or would they be saying the same thing I am about Bloomberg's new hobby:

There is something profoundly un-American in one many with money trying to figure out ways to turn the rest of us into felons. Here's what it really is, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


 noun \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

: a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Is So Friggin' Cool!

Figuring out the value of pi using only a pump-action Mossberg and a sheet of aluminum foil. From the Physics arXiv blog
Imagine the following scenario. The end of civilisation has occurred, zombies have taken over the Earth and all access to modern technology has ended. The few survivors suddenly need to know the value of π and, being a mathematician, they turn to you. What do you do? 
If ever you find yourself in this situation, you’ll be glad of the work of Vincent Dumoulin and Félix Thouin at the Université de Montréal in Canada. These guys have worked out how to calculate an approximate value of π using the distribution of pellets from a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun, which they assume would be widely available in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
Read the whole thing, and be ready! (Hat tip to GunFreeZone)

Happy Ides of April!

If you put on your thinking caps, you'll know what I was doing yesterday...pretty much the same thing everybody else in the country was doing, and, yes, ti ducked (I was going to edit this to, "it sucked," but I kinda like it the way it is...)! Perfect miserable, snowy, freezing cold day for it, too. The damned winter will never end.

Couple of relatively interesting datapoints on the AR front. There's Ares Defense's "featureless" AR, a conventionally styled rifle on the AR platform designed to be legal in all 50 states designed to use AR uppers on their proprietary lower/bolt carrier (via

And we mean all AR-15 upper receivers. This is not a bufferless .22 rifle. The SCR will be manufactured in 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington and 7.62x39mm and is compatible with standar AR-15 uppers. 
The SCR uses a modified bolt carrier with an extension that drops into a recoil tube inside the stock, similar to some semi-auto shotguns. The bolt carrier is proprietary but the bolt itself is standard. We will know more about the rifle when it is officially unveiled at the NRA Annual Meeting.

This is a gun I'm looking forward to seeing (and videoing) at NRA. Ares Defense has always been good on technological solutions (their belt-fed AR just so rocks!), so I have high hopes for the gun. I love it when someone sticks a thumb in the eye of brainless state legislatures.

There's a second thumb (via The Firearm Blog) that Troy Industries displayed at SHOT, an AR platform pump action rifle, called — duh! — the PAR. The upper, where the pump system resides, and the lower are proprietary, but it does use AR magazines.

Pump action ARs have been around for a while. I know DPMS made, or at least cataloged, one, and I handled a prototype from a different manufacturer back when the Clinton Ban was still in effect. It's not a bad idea for non-permissive/restricted states, although a better idea is for us to have long-term strategies to retake those states and return them to America.

Speaking of non-permissive environments projects, MPI Stocks tells me the lightweight fiberglass stock for the Browning BLR is almost competed. That should take close to a pound and a half off the gun.

CNN Money has noted what all of us already know...the black rifle bubble is ancient history:
Many rifle manufacturers ramped up production last year in response to the sales spike, said Rommel Dionisio, industry analyst for Wedbush Securities. But demand has since stagnated, he said, and there's now a glut of gun inventory.
SOOOOOOOOOOOO, an excellent time to buy an AR!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Planned "Waco 2 The Sequel" Placed On Hiatus

"Don’t expect the enemy to cooperate in the creation of your dream engagement." 
Rule 47 

Sigh...what could be worse than — FINALLY! —donning full battle rattle, firing up the APCs, putting real bullets in the machine gun magazines, slapping butt and getting all weepy over that endangered, embattled symbol of America, the Desert Tortoise, reveling in the dream of being the very first American Stoßtrupp to to put hot lead downrange in support of the New American Order, and — DARN IT! — before you can turn those First Amendment Zone-be-damned Tea Bagger pussies, political dinosaur ranchers, recidivist cowboys, BS militia poseurs and pathetic Bushie Constitution supporters into mass piles of cooling meat, you get the STAND DOWN!

Rare actual image of endangered Desert Tortoise

And not just your regular "Stand down," but the, "Turn your butts around and run don't walk back to the bases stand down!" And when you get back to the bases you discover to your horror that instead of doing the Will Of The Lightbringer to pluck the plucky Jurassic reptile from the The Big Sleep, it turns out you were apparently sent out to rain death on your  fellow citizen and not a few scrawny cows in support of another under-the-table "green energy" behind-the-Beltway land deal with...wait for it...wait for it...those rollicking Red Chinese and that poster boy for Washington sleaze, Harry Reid!  Cue the Benny Hill theme music!

In the midst of this Clown Show, I have a serious there anyone out there who doubts for one single second that, given the green light, the Feds would have pulled the trigger? On their fellow American citizens? Over a perceived spat between cows and turtles?

Think about that.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some Thoughts on the Ruger GP-100 Match Champion

As you guys know I've had one for a while and have out some rounds through it, but it was only this last week at GUNSITE that, between filming the ultra-slow motion videography for GUN STORIES Season 4, I had a chance to run it.

Also as you know, the Match Champion is a stainless steel 4.2 inch barreled .357 with really nice Hogue wood grips revolver, the newest addition in the venerable GP-100 line. That said, I've always been an S&W guy when it came to revolvers...more specifically, a big bore S&Ws...44 Specials, .44 Magnums, even the occasional 38-40 all rung my chimes. The .357 seemed...puny...although I certainly knew it wasn't. It just wasn't big.

So we're going to film the ICORE Revolver World Championships, a match I've shot in the past with a totally trick Apex Tactical 629 running .44 Specials. Not a gun to take me to the winner's circle (although I suspect that's a matter of skill as opposed to hardware...LOL!), but an absolute blast to shoot.

For this year I thought I'd do something I'd never done before...go Ruger. They're good friends as well as sponsors, and Ken Jorgensen knows revolver as well as any living human. I had a 6-inch GP-100, which I sent off to Cylinder & Slide. Right about when the Match Champion arrived. Synchronicity, I thought. I'd practice with the MC while the 6-inch gun was in the shop.

This week I've been shooting ARMSCOR 158-gr .38 Special FMJs. I did lots of different drills on steel, but what really caught my eye was yesterday at 25 yards. I did a couple of cylinders of warm-up, then decided to roll off a quick 6-shot group. Two inches high and 2 inches right for the Novak-sighted gun at 25 yards, but a 3-inch off-hand DA group, which I'll take every day of the week and even Saturday.

I moved back to 50 on 12 inch plates for a while, then shifted to movement drills at 25, 15 and 10 yards. Very pleased with the gun! Expect to be even more pleased with the C&S 6-inch.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Look! A Shooting Range!

Was at GUNSITE earlier this week doing the ultra-high-speed videography for GUN STORIES WITH JOE MANTEGNA, and I was able to carve out some time with the Ruger GP-100 Match Champion with live ammunition instead of dry-firing. So far, so good. Am actually looking forward the ICORE championships in June.

BTW, spent some time with the Sig Sauer 716 DMR...great rifle, but at 11 pounds without scope or mag, a heavy fellow. The version we have has a Kahles 6-24X and a LaRue quick detach mount, which adds a few more pounds. Good workout...