Thursday, June 27, 2013

DGU of the Day: Homeowner Shoots Intruder

These folks did it exactly right judging by what is being reported:

Edmond homeowner shoots intruder

If you have another person in the house with you, then one of you calls 911 and the other covers the door.  Do not go "clearing" your house like a ninja commando.  It is an unnecessary risk.  If you live in a state that has Castle Doctrine on the books, then you have no duty to retreat.  Light the scumbag up if he or she comes through the door.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DGU of the Day: Customer Shoots Robber While Waiting in Line

If this is not a classic case of a sheep dog protecting others, then I do not know what is:

Customer shoots, kills robber at shoe store

Pretty straightforward.  If there is a particular lesson that can be learned, then it is that if you are CCWing, then you ALWAYS need to do so.  Murphy will come to visit the day you do not.  Always carry your personal defense weapon.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Range Report 6-21-13

It has been a while since I posted a range report.  Actually, it had been a while since I even made it to an actual range.  I had gone shooting with my wife out on her grandparent's land back in May.  With our strange spring, and all of our personal and business travel, I had been hard pressed to make it out to one of the local public ranges.

I took three of my pistols with me: a Ruger SR-22, my EDC M&P 9c and a Kahr PM9.  My goal for this session was just focusing on the basics, but in particular I concentrated on watching the front site come back down on to the target after taking a shot.  The range I was at does not allow for rapid fire of any kind.  So, no controlled pairs for me this time around.

First up, the SR-22:

Focusing on the front site seemed to help tighten up my groups.  The bottom group was the last group I shot.  I started pushing them down a bit for some reason.

Next up was the M&P 9c:

Okay, I have to make a confession, this was my third target of the day.  The second was horrendous.  I was anticipating the recoil of the pistol and after the first two shots I was all over the bottom of the target instead of the center.  As soon as I perceived that I was flinching, I immediately unloaded the gun and practiced dry firing 5-6 times before continuing.  So that brought me to my third target, which is above.  The right side was first.  As you can see, I still had a flier (which I stopped to dry fire for), but this was much better than the target that we will not be seeing.  The left was obviously even better.  I was fairly certain that all my shots were there.  The hole was so ragged that I could not count all ten rounds.  However, I felt like the shots were placed there so I will go with that.

I shot one last group with my M&P on the last target and then went to the Kahr PM9:

The Kahr surprised me!  I had anticipated it being the toughest of all three to shoot.  However, my groups were not too terrible.  I did have two complete misses on the left side (from what I can tell).  However, once I got in the groove, the shots all were fairly tight.  The top group had all shots present.

So, what did I learn from this outing?  First, that dry fire really does improve your skills.  I had taken instruction from the folks at DVC Training and the dry fire drills during live fire practice sessions was one of the things they emphasized when practicing the basics.  I will be doing more dry fire drills at home (I had been slacking).  The second lesson learned was that going several weeks without firing my pistol is not acceptable.  It is always said that marksmanship is a perishable skill.  This is entirely true.  I think that I will start looking at joining an indoor range that is nearby.  If it is more convenient for me to make it over there, then chances are I will go more often.

If you have any suggestions on drills or tips, then please post in the comments below.  I always welcome new thoughts or suggestions to help myself improve.

Monday, June 24, 2013

DGU of the Day: 2 of 4 Home Invaders Shot and Killed When Holding 6 People At Gunpoint

This is a pretty intense DGU story.  Be sure to watch the video as well for a bit more information:

Homeowner shoots, kills intruders

One guy with a pistol took on four guys who were armed with long guns.  Again, we see that there absolutely is a need for standard capacity magazines (what anti-2A folks mistakenly refer to as "high capacity").  You never know how many rounds you will need until after the gunfight is over.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Firearms Training On The Cheap: .22 LR Trainers

The great ammo shortage of 2013 has been hard on all firearms enthusiasts not to mention even some professionals who use firearms in their careers.  .223/5.56 has risen from 25 cents a round back in 2012 to current prices of 70 cents to $1 per round for FMJ!  Other common pistol calibers have double or tripled in price as well.

I did some fuzzy math and decided it might be worth buying a .22 LR trainer rifle.  As most of you know, .22 LR has turned out to be one of the worst offenders in terms of inflation and scarcity.  Fortunately, a lot of folks were prudent and laid in .22 LR prior so they can take advantage of this idea.

I bought a S&W M&P 15-22 which came with one 25 round magazine.  I picked up two more 10 round magazines off of a website.  From what I understand, they are easily converted to the 25 round version.  I will be sure to report on how that goes in the near future.

I have to say that out of the box it is a blast to shoot!  Obviously, the super low recoil has something to do with that and the fact that you do not hear the "ka-ching" of money every time you pull the trigger helps.  I took it to my local range this past weekend and sighted in the iron sights at 25 yards using CCI standard velocity .22 LR ammo.

The idea is to get it setup as close as possible to my 5.56 chambered AR.  I will be chronicling the progression of my .22 LR trainer project and totaling the cost of just the gun itself and any accessories.  Then, at the end of it we can do a real math comparison and see just how much bang for my training buck I really got out of going down this path.  Until next time.

Project .22 LR Trainer Carbine
Rifle + One Mag = $595
2 10 round Mags = $30
Red Dot = ????
Sling = ????
Weapon mounted light = ????
Buttstock = ????
Pistol Grip = ????
Total = $625

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DGU of the Day: Man Saves Girlfriend's Life From Ex-Boyfriend

If ever there was justification for this defensive gun use, then this would probably fit the bill.

Man shot after attacking ex-girlfriend

Note that Allen, the now deceased perpetrator, not only stabbed his ex-girlfriend, but forced his way into another man's home to do so while children were present.  Pretty clear cut case of self defense.  Yet, again, the police statement that they are unsure if any charges will be brought against the homeowner is troubling.  There is no question that this was justified if the reported facts are true.

The lesson to be learned is that if you are forced to defend your life or the life of your loved ones, then do not expect to be treated like a hero.  You will be most likely cuffed and possibly charged with a crime.  That is how the New World Order works in this day and age.

Max Velocity

Recently, I came across Max Velocity's Blog and found myself going back to it almost on a daily basis.  His articles are always a good read and are well thought out and backed by his service to the United States and Britain.  I am never surprised when a naturalized citizen has more intelligence on the current state of our liberty than a born citizen.  People who look for a better life recognize the qualities that make America great.  They also recognize the threats to our freedoms because, generally, the trends have already happened in their country of origin.

I have put his link in the side bar on the main page.  Please go and check him out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

8th Grader Could Face Jail Time For Having His First Amendment Rights Violated

File this one under "Just when you think it can't get anymore ridiculous"....

8th grader who wore NRA shirt faces year in jail--for talking

I had read about this story back in April, but apparently it has taken a turn for the worse.  In what bizarro world do we live in where a) a teacher can harass a student because they personally find something offensive based on their political beliefs and b) a child is charged with "obstruction of an officer" for exercising his First Amendment rights?

Sadly, the idea that the teacher started harassing this student is not surprising.  Our public school system is basically a progressive Indoc (indoctrination) course for our children for everything from how to have safe sex to denying that their is no natural right to keep and bear arms for self defense.  Progressives have been smart in their tactics.  By demonizing even the mere thought or mention of a gun they ingrain in our children's minds that guns are inherently evil.  Of course, this is absurd.  We know that a gun is a tool that is used for good or evil.  The gun itself has no intrinsic moral value.

The "obstruction of the officer" charge is also outrageous.  As the author of the blog post in the Examiner points out, if the officer really was obstructed by the mere speech of the boy, then perhaps the officer is not qualified for the job.  That aside, what is really going on here?  I can only construe it as a way of punishing the child for being pro-NRA.  It was acknowledged that he had not violated school policy and had not made any kind of threat.  Again, we see the demonization of anything even remotely related to firearms, this time by  our elected officials, not to mention a clear disregard for the First Amendment.

As Matt Bracken likes to put it: "Welcome to the USSA, comrades."

DGU of the Day: Delivery Driver Saves His Own Life

This delivery driver saved his own life by carrying his pistol with him while making deliveries:

Delivery driver says he was carrying gun when 5 tried to rob him

There were five guys (burger and fries) waiting for him. What is that noise about limiting magazine capacity again?  This gentleman would have been hard pressed against five attackers without the ridiculous restrictions our overlords are trying to impose on us.  This is why everyone has a right to choose what is best for them when it comes to self defense.  Most politicians live in a fantasy land.  Oh, and they have body guards to cover their behinds.  The unwashed masses do not.

"Police said drivers should not take the law into their own hands but avoid anything dangerous."  These clowns are basically insinuating that had the delivery man been attacked that he should have laid down and took it like a champ.  This is the attitude some police departments (not all) have about your natural right to self defense.  Remember:  The police come to draw the chalk around your dead body.  They do not come to save the day like Batman right before the thugs jump you.

Monday, June 17, 2013

DGU of the Day: Grandma, 72, Fires Revolver to Scare Away Burglar

This criminal picked the wrong grandmother's house to try and rob:

Southern California Grandmother defends her home as burglar tries to break in

The guy is lucky.  Her shot, according to the article, was inches from his head.  Let's hope they throw the book at him.  Maybe his near death experience will be a wake up call to turn his life around.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DGU of the Day: Don't Bring A Stick To A Gunfight

Criminals will turn anything into a weapon:

It may sound comical, but what would have happened if the store owner had not been armed?  I just read a story about a woman who killed a man by stabbing him repeatedly with her stiletto.  Folks, the human body is fragile.  And everyday objects can be used to deadly effect.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Are We Approaching A Critical Mass Of Tyranny?

It is appearing that conspiracy theorists have been vindicated in the past few weeks.  Our lawmakers have been fancying themselves our masters.  Benghazi.  The IRS targeting specific groups to make their lives harder.  Tapping the Associated Press (AP) phone lines.  And now the revelation of the phone record gathering and the NSA's program called PRISM that records every bit of information including private messages, surfing habits, transactions, etc. in the new digital age.

All of these are rightly considered scandals.  Of these, I would like to direct your attention to the latest:  The capabilities of the NSA.  I have a friend who used a phrase attributed to Lincoln:  "Absolute power corrupts absolutely."  And there in lies the rub of the issue:  We are fast becoming a police state where our freedom and right to privacy is quickly being traded for an illusion of security.  And, make no mistake, it is an illusion. No government organization can guarantee our safety.  The Boston Bombing and hundreds of murders daily confirm that (among other violent crime).  I am fond of saying that we are our own first responders because it rings true in most cases.

The NSA revelations combined with the other scandals mentioned begs the question:  Are we fast approaching a tyrannical police state?  Some would argue that we have quietly arrived via a slow burning of the Constitution (i.e. death by a thousand cuts).  I would tend to agree.  The fact that it has come this far and been acknowledged should be evidence enough of our arrival at a new era of statism.

What, then, is the answer?  Use the ballot box.  Vote in primaries for strong conservatives and libertarians.  Mitt Romney was a good man, but was not as conservative as you would be led to believe by his campaign staff.  We need strong leadership to turn this around.  Currently, both parties are woefully inadequate.  Democrats and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) together have ran our country into the ground at a break neck pace for the past 10-15 years.  Ted Cruz is a good model on what the country needs (obviously, I am very conservative).  "Compromise" on the behalf of RINOs working together with Democrats (i.e. giving in to Democratic demands without anything in return) has led us to where we are currently.

If you think that you, Dear Reader, or I are off the hook for the blame, then think again.  Complacency of We The People is partially to blame for where we are at as a nation.  Write your current leaders and hammer them on these issues. Go to demonstrations and show that you are angry!  Frankly, there should be outrage by every single American over these issues especially the NSA's gross intrusion into our personal lives.

We must use every means necessary via the political process to turn this around.  Do not neglect your state legislation either.  In some ways, they are all that stands between you and a tyrannical federal government running unchecked.  Contact your lawmakers, attend rallies and protests and use the ballot box. If we do this, then we increase the chances of future generations not having to use the cartridge box instead.

DGU of the Day: Louisiana homeowner fatally shoots armed home intruder

Two men tried to force their way into another person's home in the early morning hours:

Home Invasion in Louisiana Turns into Rout of the Bad Guys

If you have been following these home invasion stories, then I bet you're picking up on a theme here:  The criminals usually travel in packs.  Guess that AR-15 with 30 rounds is not looking so silly after all, huh?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DGU of the Day: Woman holds burglar at gunpoint until police arrive

Hey all, I am back.  Work has been crazy and the hotel I am staying at lost power Monday night.  Sorry for the delay in getting these out.

Without further ado:

Some folks would say to just shoot the guy and not take chances.  However, if you can resolve the situation without firing a shot, then I call that a win in my book.