Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Carnival of Cordite #78
In the Wrong Place
Portable Practical Range
Before I started going to Cactus League matches regularly, I'd accumulated several target stands and some bowling pins. My friend Jon and I used to head out to a berm in the desert (since swallowed up by city limits, the bastards!) and set up our own informal match. Some gardening stakes fit into the stands and cut cardboard approximated IPSC-style targets stapled to the stakes. Shooting boxes were drawn in the dirt with a stick. Jon taught me the range commands and we took turns as Range/Safety Officer timing each other running through the improvised stage with a stopwatch. This did a great deal to prepare me for the league matches I enjoy every month now.
As a retirement present, Jon gave me a pair of steel tip-over silhouettes and a steel woodchuck. Cardboard and stakes included, the whole kit takes up only a fraction of my truck bed. I brought the portable range out to the Tucson Rifle Club for Kevin Baker's first taste of practical shooting at our BlogShoot in February. If you're only used to standing in one place blasting bulls-eyes or steel turkeys, the movement and rapid multiple target engagement of practical shooting will be a whole new world to you. Kevin caught up and passed me in only a short time.
(Yeah, I know bowling pins and woodchucks aren't "practical" targets!)
Tale from Bane's Uncle
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Funniest Concert Rider in Roll 'n' Roll?
h/t to Keith E.
Ferreting Out the Good Stuff
Indians had iPods! at Attic Downstairs
Second Blogiversary goodness at Baboon Pirates
Familiarity Breeds Competence at Cerebral Misfire. I compromise on this by picking one pistol and competing with it all year, then rotating to another the next year.
ACLU on the Side of Good by Heartless Libertarian. Yeah, that made me curious, too!
Gobs of Gunly Goodness at Michael Bane's Blog...scroll around!
Baretta Law by Jerry the Geek. Something to think about.
Firehand's got a Webley!
The latest Flight of Fantasy by Jay.Mac *Hubba-hubba*
Leatherneck M31's review of Flags of Our Fathers
Buck Henry look-a-like MrCompletely thinks I look like Gabby Hayes. It sucks getting old. In Basic Training, my nickname was Burt, because of a supposed resemblance to Mr. Reynolds. A guy named Hillary once called me BURT, but that was short for "Big Ugly Round Thing." Since then, I've also been compared to G. Gordon Liddy (no beard) and Hank Williams Jr.
Know Your Place by James Rummel. Too true.
Why vote Republican? THAT'S WHY! at the KisPers
LawDog has great seasonal Uses for Chem Lights
Neanderpundit's excellent Learning to Shoot, II, III, and IV
Wyatt Earp recalls The Streetfight at the OK Corral
Much good stuff at Varifrank. Surf around!
Is Tam's snarky sense of humor offending your delicate sensibilities, interfering with your perusal of her fine historical firearms articles? Try The Arm's Room...it's Snark-Free!
Risawn's Friday Ferrets!
GOP & the City (Second Place last week!)
Gone Rick Motel
The Right Place
The Daily Brief
Bravo Zulu's blog is hosed...I wonder if he knows?
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Even Planes Like to Dress Up
Check out the tow tractor!
h/t to Agent Scully.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Not on the Bandwagon
Any NL team playing the Giants
Any AL team playing the Yankees!!
In honor of the Tigers defeating the hated Yankees, I wish them a full seven-game series, at the end of which they should just roll over and lose to a walk-off Pujols home run.
I just hope walking-wounded Al Pujols can survive that long.
Fall Has Fallen
April and November are the only months I can leave the central HVAC off all day, though many sunny days in the winter allow me to bare the screen doors. In another week or three, I'll probably have to dig through the drawers to unbury the rest of my long pants; not that I'll need them for daily use...only if I need to venture outside during hours of darkness, when the Sonoran desert can get a mite chilly.
Now THAT'S Creative!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Caption Contest Winner
The Man from GOP & the City scores Honorable Mention with "What the hell? A copy of Highlights, a box of Kix, and a laptop. This is Foley's limo!"
Thanks for playing!
They Oughtta Hire ME
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Garb for this event was definitely going to be my Coal Creek Armory T-Shirt--heehee, I'm in Arizona where I get to wear a T-Shirt in late October! Actually, it was a little warm for a black T-shirt. Ninety degrees...and a brisk wind early on that could have screwed up the match. Fortunately, that petered out and the later stages were delightfully wind-free.
Feeling a bit froggy (and taking advantage of the awesome weather), Jon and I decided to augment our rifle-pistol and shotgun-pistol menu with a buffet of pistol-caliber carbine goodness after we got through with the manly art of 3-Gun.