Monthly Archives: June 2010
Language is a little coarse, so mind your speakers.
I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care.
and the rebuttal
So Sen. Feinstein, next time you’re in the hospital on the operating room table, would you find the surgeon’s lack of experience “refreshing”? Would you want that surgeon to have read a lot of books, written a lot of papers, maybe headed up a medical school, but never actually attempted the surgery that she was about to perform on you?
I guess we have a different set of standards.
Presently in my 6.8 SPC rifle I’m shooting Silver State Armory’s 6.8 SPC 85 grain Barnes TSX tactical load. Pretty accurate stuff, and has enough oomph behind it to deal with Texas critters be it hogs or deer or whatever.
As it is, I have the rifle zeroed to be dead-on at 100 yards. Some folks (foo.c especially) have been encouraging me to use 1″ high at 100 yards instead. With my .308 rifle that just didn’t look right, at least looking at ballistics calculations and trajectories on paper. As well, when I did my .223/5.56 AR’s I’d want them more in a RIBZ configuration. Well, I’ve been playing with a lot of ballistics and trajectory calculators (and just picked up Ballistic for the iPhone, wicked awesome) and well… at least on paper I can see that for this 6.8 85 grain load that going 1″ high at 100 yards is going to give me the best setup. That I’ll be able to just put the crosshairs on what I want to hit from 0 to 200 yards and that ought to work out just fine for me.
Of course, I start thinking towards handloading for the 6.8, because Barnes’ new 95 grain TTSX was made specifically for 6.8 SPC rifles and the performance data so far on that bullet is highly encouraging (check out the 68forums for details). I’m not ready to handload for this yet, but it will be where I end up. And even here, 1″ high at 100 yards will be a good zero point.
I guess I was so discouraged after that one hunt… it just had me down. But since I took the 6.8 back out, I’ve really found myself with renewed interest and vigor in exploring 6.8 more and more.
I have never seen this before. I have no idea who “Dr. Hook” is. This is one of those things where you’re watching something on YouTube, you look in the “related” links, and then you’re bored so you just keep digging deeper and deeper into the related links.
Next thing you know, you find weird gems like this:
I just put in an order with Silver State Armory. Within 20 minutes after the order was submitted, I received the email saying it was shipped.
That is awesome.
Updated: Well, it’s balanced out by the fact that it’s going ground, there’s a long holiday weekend ahead, and so it won’t be here until well into next week. Heh. No biggie, I’m in no rush for it.
Well… so the McDonald v. Chicago case came out in our favor. I’m pleased.
I haven’t had the opportunity to read the whole ruling yet, so I’m just going on what’s out there.
I think what people are really missing is the Constitutional impact here. Too much focus on “the gun thing”, not enough on the Constitutional impact.
I think this is really just the beginning. There’s a whole new set of interesting things now to come, be it lawsuits or how jurisdictions like Chicago are going to deal with it. I mean, the whole “reasonable restrictions” thing is ripe for silliness, and you know Daley is going to get silly.
It’s also been amusing to watch the hysterics today, be it by the media, Chicago politicians, or just citizens that are pro-bans. All the same old hysterical assertions being brought forth… yet still there’s no blood flowing in the streets. Many of the same old arguments and “data” presented but yet no real data is presented, no actual facts, no looking at the actual studies and facts and data that’s out there (see Howard Nemerov).
Now in light of this, what will be said during Kagan’s hearings? How will she respond? and will she actually take a stand, or find a way to weasel out of it? Either way, it will be telling.
Really, things have just begun.
Trying to get details, but websites are getting slammed.
Updated: NRA’s statement.
I try to be a laid back person, but I know it’s in my DNA to be pretty “type A”. Physically it’s hard for me to relax… physical tension creeps in all the time. One of the most evident places? The shoulders. I can do this to myself, I can do this to other people all the time. Just say “drop your shoulders”… many people think their shoulders are dropped but when you make them go through the motion, they’re always amazed that they were partially shrugged. Tension.
Recently I purchased a bunch of Matt Burkett’s DVD’s. I just finished watching volume 1. One thing Matt was constantly telling the video’s student was to stay relaxed and drop your shoulders. Also, Matt’s discussion of the drawstroke really hit home with me. You see, I know what the proper and ideal drawstroke should be like, but I’ve been going too far. That is, when you get to position 2, I’ve been drawing it up a little higher than it should be in an effort to get the gun higher so it’s in my visual sight plane sooner. I know not to go too high (e.g. in front of the face), but I was still going kinda high and shrugging my shoulders to do so.
After watching the Burkett video and then doing a dry fire session, I see this is bad… or at least, bad for me.
The main thing is, with the shoulders shrugged I’m just not relaxed. I already know that being relaxed is so important (I know this from my empty-hand martial arts practice, but like I said, being “type A” seems to be wired into my DNA), but I was sacrificing some relaxation for picking up the sights sooner. Trouble is, I wasn’t picking up the sights any faster! What I suspect was happening? As I’d push the gun out there would be wobble as my shoulders would change height, or tension which would lead to some jitter. When I keep my shoulders relaxed, the gun in position 2 and 3 may not be as high, but I’m picking the sights up a lot faster because the shoulders are all the way down and as long as I’m not shrugging them up as I present then the gun is staying in a level plane with no wobble or jitter added by the shoulder movement. And get this… I was doing this dry practice with a snub revolver — crappy sights (compared to something better, like the Dawson target and fiber optic front sight).
Stay relaxed. It’s good for many things in life, not just shooting. I’m going to print out a piece of paper to keep by my dry fire area that says “relax, drop the shoulders”. I suspect this will help my performance greatly.
.50 BMG vs. iPhone 4
.50 BMG vs. iPad
.50 BMG vs. retro iMac
(I think the super-slo-mo on that one is awesome).
Vandalism struck the Austin Rifle Club. Details and pictures here.
While not a major act of destruction, ARC has been combatting a lot of problems lately, especially when it comes to rules compliance.
If you have any information about this, please notify ARC or the Travis County Sheriff.