Wednesday, September 22, 2010

They're Ugly and Scream Mall Ninja but...

They still make a pretty darn good belt.

The, and they will actually make smaller ones for the ladies needed a sub-30" belt.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My 238 Must Really Love New Hampshire

As it's going back to visit for a third time...

Received my 238 HD back from Sig yesterday. I don't think they even bothered to read the attached letter describing my issues with the gun as they didn't address the clocking extractor. They did replace the front sight, but this time instead of breaking the sight, they scuffed the frame.

Just received my third shipping label.

If only this gun could accumulate frequent flyer miles, actually scratch that if it could I'd use them to take a trip to NH and put my foot up someones ass.

They need to change their slogan to "To New Hampshire and Back Reliability"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

An End to the Caliber Debate?

Officer Down: A Warrior's Sacrifice

Resistance to Gunfire
Mettinger absorbed nine rounds from Borders' .45—six of which hit him in the torso and two more of which literally severed his right foot—without any significant effect on his fighting ability. This would have been remarkable even if Officer Borders had been firing marginally effective rounds, but he was using .45 caliber Gold Dot ammunition, which is considered by many to be the best man-stopper on the market.

Officer Down: The Peter Soulis Incident

The Aftermath
Remarkably, Palmer had taken 22 hits from Soulis' .40-caliber Glock, 17 of which had hit center mass. Despite the fact that the weapon had been loaded with Ranger SXTs considered by many to be one of the best man-stoppers available Palmer lived for more than four minutes after the last shot was fired. His autopsy revealed nothing more than a small amount of alcohol in his bloodstream. Although Soulis could not have known it, Palmer was wanted for murder in a neighboring state.

Harlem man survives being shot 21 times by NYPD

More than 50 bullets were fired, almost all of them by the police. At least 21 of those bullets pierced Alvarez's body.

Luckily for Alvarez — whose criminal record includes at least eight prior arrests — none of the bullets hit his brain, heart or major arteries. His family members say that even though his arms, legs and torso were riddled with ammunition, Alvarez is "doing all right" and talking. It's believed he'll survive. A forensics expert told the New York Daily News' Simone Weichselbaum and Virginia Breen that Alvarez is probably the new holder of a somewhat dubious record.

"I would say more than 20 gunshot wounds is a record," Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a forensic pathologist who specializes in gunshot wounds, told the paper. "Of course, the real issue is where you get shot. One bullet can kill you, but believe it or not, a body can survive a lot of bullet wounds."

NYPD carries 9s right?

That's .45, .40 and 9mm all failing miserably.

Lesson learned: Accuracy speaks louder than bore size.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Getting back into doing classes again...

After a long sabbatical from doing the NRA Basic Pistol Course I'm happy to say that with the upcoming changes in Iowa law that the wife and I are ramping up to start doing classes again as well as teaming up with the director of our IDPA club and doing a more carry related course as well as the basic NRA stuff.

We're still reviewing the course outline for the "carry" class and I need to get a meeting with the local range to see about renting/charging students to use the range for the firing portion of the classes. We have classrooms in two locations, but thus far only one range that is out door and I really don't want to be teaching in three feet of snow when it's 20 below out. Hopefully the indoor club will let me use the range one Saturday a month.

The training website is: , we're still working on our course catalog but as of right now we're going to be offering the NRA Basic Pistol Class, our Basic Carry Class, and eventually something along the lines of an intermediate defensive pistol course and some force on force stuff, but most of that probably won't be till next spring.

Good times, but I must admit I'm tired of reading over Iowa Code and editing course outlines. Thankfully I'll have a nice long weekend shooting in VA next week to help brush up my own skills and learn a thing or two from one of the best.

Monday, September 13, 2010

AAR: Suarez International Force On Force with Steve Collins

This is my wife's review, I did not attend as I am slated for a 2 day course in VA later this month, but next time this comes through town I'm all in.

I promise that I am not masochistic when I say that spending two days getting shot at in the Suarez International Force on Force training was both painful but fun. The instructor of our particular class was Steve Collins who I think should consider adding a bag of Epsom salts to the list of “needed” items for the class. It is at least a needed item after the class to soak your battered, cut, bruised and often bleeding welts and tenderized muscles.

When I told my mother that I was going to a two-day class where people would shoot at me with air-soft guns, attack me, scream at me and try to hit me among other things, here reaction was, “And you PAY for this?” And I must say that it is money well spent.

I won’t pretend I’m not proud that I was the first female to participate in Force on Force directed by Steve Collins. It’s a bit disappointing to find out that more women do not participate in Force on Force. It allows those select few females (like me) to really get a chance to “gunfight” with men (sometimes groups of men) which is more likely to be the case in real life. It was also useful to get the men used to taking shots at a woman. I’ve been told it’s pretty natural for men to avoid shooting women and children. Throughout the class I took the role of a wife, the female distraction, the frightened female, the panicked mother and even the unlikely shooter or assassin. In general, I provided another element to the training that would not have been present if the class were filled only with males. This made me feel pretty good about my gender.

What didn’t make me feel so good was the hand-to-hand combat we did on the first day of class. Being female and naturally weaker than my male counterparts, it was very easy to find myself tossed, feigned-stabbed with dummy knives or chocked out in second. The men I fought were gentler than I would have liked (no matter how crazy that sounds) but it was very clear to me that a full-size man going toe-to-toe with me (especially armed with a knife or club) could potentially do far more damage to me than I could to him without an equalizer of some sorts (i.e. a knife or a gun). Knowing that these things cannot always be available I have determined to get more and better training in hand-to-hand combat that caters specifically to my needs as a smaller and weaker female.

Which brings me to the outstanding and unequaled benefits of participating in Force-on-Force.