Tuesday, March 30, 2010

High Noon

“I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads."
Say I here: "Bring it on, Jimmy Boy."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Grandson's Henry

So I'm sitting at the table eating lunch when a neighbor walks in. (Yes, just walks in- everyone who knows me just walks in. Dunno why, but no one ever knocks on my door.)
"Hey, whatchyupto?" he asks.
Pointing at my plate, I tell him, "Taking a bath."
"Good- you look like you need one." Good reparte, think I.
He pours himself a cup of coffee and joins me at the table, says, "Got a birthday present for Humphrey I want you to look at, lemme know whatchya think."
We talk about the weather while drinking coffee and finishing my lunch, then wander outside to his car.
There's a big grin on his face as he opens the backseat and pulls out Humphrey's Henry.
Humphrey will be eleven this May and being a typical grandfather, Erv wants to get him something that'll have some meaning for more than just a single year, or day.
And he found this little gem to be the first "real" gun Humphrey owns. It's a Henry .22 lever action, just like the cowboys used to carry. (As usual, click pix to enlargen. [I know 'enlargen' ain't a word, but it works.])
Henrys are made in the good old USofA, someplace on the East Coast- New York, I think, and are a popular rifle. This one, being .22, handles 15 rounds of Long Rifle, 17 Longs and 21 rounds of Shorts- of course, not all at the same time. I dunno if it's possible, or even advisable, to mix-n-match rounds, but imagine it is, but why?
Back to Humphrey's rifle.

The picture doesn't do it justice, but I was duly impressed with the tiger striped American Walnut stock- very impressed. The grain is probably the best I've seen on any rifle. And Henry does brag about its wood.

The front site was nothing to write home about, though. Made of modern day plastic, I wasn't impressed at all. Also, it has a hood, which I've never liked on my Marlins and have removed, though I do understand the reasoning behind having it there. Protect the sight from dings, nicks, scrapes and getting knocked out of adjustment. Still- and this one shows it pretty well- they can get knocked around and bent out of shape, too. (Erv did buy the rifle from a friend of his, so the gun is used. Except for the hood, the rifle is in NIB condition, though. I really doubt more than a box of bullets have gone through it.)

The rear sight is typical flat-topped square notch adjustable for windage with a hammer (OK, kidding: use a hardwood drift pin and light tapping with a hammer in the direction desired.) Finish on the rifle receiver was a beautiful black paint job over aluminum- I don't know if Henry is using aluminum for all their receivers these days, but it looks OK. Not the toughest finish in the world since it's paint or enamel.
One word of caution is in order here, too: there is no "manual" safety on this rifle other than the "half cock" position. Just the way it should be, IMO. Teach them right the first time to not rely on safeties, but on muzzle control.
Once initial inspection and congratulations were given out, I grabbed a couple boxes of 510's and a box of Stingers and we took the rifle to the range behind the house. (Its a short 100 foot range but adequate for most the shooting friends and I tackle.)
As you can see, the Stinger case (silver) is just about 3/32 inch longer than a 510 (common, average size 22LR). I mention this because while we were shooting, I noticed a bit of resistance to the chambering of the Stinger.
So far as the action is concerned, I was again impressed with how silky smooth it was. It's a full 90 degree stroke to load and cock, just like a 'real' lever action rather than the 60 degree throw of some models. Loading the Henry is typical of most tubular fed rimfires: twist the locking tab on the end of the tube, draw out the compression spring insert tube, load the bullets by either dropping them i via the bullet shaped hole (with the tube still partially in), or pull the spring tube all the way out and drop the bullets in the open end, which is my preferred method. Doing that, be careful to not walk off and forget the tube, though.
Once loaded, point the muzzle at the ground downrange and work the lever just like John Wayne did to load the chamber. Again, keep your finger off the trigger till you're ready to shoot- this is a half cock safety, so you'd better be darn sure where the muzzle is when applying it in usual fashion: hold hammer back with thumb while carefully depressing the trigger, let the hammer go forward a bit, release the trigger and slowly lower the hammer to its half-cock. To fire, pull the hammer back to full cock and aim, squeeze off the round, and cycle the action for the next... hmmm, getting long-winded again and rambling...

As mentioned, I'd felt a bit of unusual resistance while cycling the action with Stingers. Actually, got kind of concerned at first because I thought I'd damaged the rifle. But, thankfully, inspection disclosed the problem and all is well.
I extracted the round, noticed some scratching on it and a small chip of the bullet scored away. Sooooo... pull out tube, empty all rounds, re-insert the first and look at things more closely. (You can see the etching on the bullet case.)
The problem was the added length of the Stinger and the case meeting the chamber throat early and, not being malleable as lead, create just a whimper of resistance before going in. It is noticeable, but nothing to worry about, IMO. Just something we should be aware of.
EGADS! That's a small rifle! Comes quick to the shoulder and points right the first time, though the ear muffs did cause a little clank in my ear when the stock hit them. Actually, side by side comparison with my Marlin '94 shows the Henry to be about half an inch longer due to the rear stock wrist (where the hand goes) being nearly an inch longer than the Marlin's. There is definitely a difference in weight, too. The Henry is probably falling in about five pounds, loaded. The Marlin is tipping seven pounds loaded. The wood, though beautiful, is a bit less in substance/size compared to the Marlin, but probably in keeping with most Winchesters I've seen, which also seem kind'a skimpy with their wood.
Handling was a breeze, too- and fun. Talk about F-U-N! Wow. There's something, to me, about actually being part of the working end of a rifle, and having to work the action on the Henry was... well, fun. Not as quick firing as a semi auto, but faster than a bolt and probably on par with a pump.
How well did it shoot? I can't blame the gun for lack of accuracy, that's for sure. Using open sights with my old eyes isn't the best option- which is why all my rifles have scopes- but I think I managed well enough to impress Erv with the group.
The previous owner had obviously sighted the rifle in, or the factory did a marvelous job of bore-sighting. Either way, the group was little over an inch and nothing I'd whine about for a little .22 plinker-small game getter.
I'm certain Humphrey is going to be over-joyed this birthday- he and Gramps may well find themselves at the Shy Wolf Range for some first lessons.
Would I recommend this rifle for an adult? Or even myself? I dunno- verdict isn't in yet. The things I didn't like about the rifle were nit-picky things such as the aluminum receiver and plastic front sight (which I'm sure can probably be changed). Its diminutive size and weight make it a wonderful little gun for a Bug Out Bag or a Get Home Bag. It is certainly a classic First Gun for any youngster. No parent would go wrong getting it, though it probably isn't a gun that will be handed down from generation to generation due to the aluminum receiver. Time will tell.
Dang, I dunno. Marlin makes a really sweet little .22 lever... well, they did till their parent company shut down the North Haven factory.
Bless God, God bless.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I know BS when I hear it...

... and all the crap I'm hearing about "shots being fired through my office window" and the E-mailed threats to members of CONgress are just that. B-S.

Who do they think they're kidding, anyway? Other than the MSM and the die-hard lovers of the Dark Lord, no one is going to believe that crap.

Why do I think this? Simple, when we think about it.

First, only idiots will E-mail someone and tell them they're going to kill them or beat them or make threats endangering the person's family. OK, I take back that they're not being threatened- it's being done by idiots, and we all know the only idiots around are the ones who believe in the Dark Lord. So they're making the "threats" for two reasons: they want to get honest people in trouble and make themselves feel good at the same time while making Patriots look bad.

Another reason we know there are no "bullets being shot through windows" is extremely obvious: any Patriot who shoots through a window isn't going to miss their target and there'd be a body laying on the floor near that window. We aren't going to waste ammunition to send a threat. Sheesh- how stupid does the Glib Commie party think we are? (Obviously, pretty stupid, I guess! :( ) We'll send rocks and bricks through windows first, to get the message across and wait to use the heavy metal for real conflict.
But then, we can rest assured the Commies are going to use this idea to implement martial law soon as they can... so we can expect them to eliminate a low-echelon member of their organization to hurry things along.

And that's enough for today. I'm too busy playing and trying to find things to carry this thought any farther. Besides, I have some heavy metal to send down range.

Bless God, God bless.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Whetting a Blade...

Every now and then (like every day, or very nearly) I visit MD Creekmore's Survival Blog. And why not? He has tons of useful information and lots of readers- some of who have most excellent questions. Such as today.

One reader was asking about the proper way to sharpen a knife.

I made a (probably futile) attempt at answering his question using words. But we all know one picture is worth a thousand words. So here are some pictures, with words, to make another attempt at answering the question.

One thing we all know- or should- is that a dull blade is about as useful as an empty gun. Makes a good Yawara but not much else. Not to mention, being cut by a dull blade hurts a helluva lot more than being cut by a sharp blade. (Of course I speak from experience!)

While I'm talking about MD's site, I should probably mention that he has a contest going on now for a couple DVD's that are definitely worth going after. One is by Gabe Suarez- modern American gunfighter with some unorthodox techniques, for sure, but every one proven in Force on Force training. For one, I highly chop rocks, recommend Gabe's books, videos and training.

The other is by James Talmadge Stevens, who I have no real knowledge of- but will admit if MD has it in his library, it's got to be good.

OK, enough advertising... back to the task at hand.

In order of priority, one needs ("one" being a person) a good stone. A bad stone will put some kind of edge on a blade, but for a really good, razor sharp edge, get the best you can. My recommendations in that area are two: a diamond stone is best; then a hard Arkansas stone, fine or superfine grind. Honestly- a "superfine" grind is probably best saved for straight razors or double edge razor blades- and yes, I do sharpen both, but it's beyond this.

In diamond, go for a red- the "fine" stone. If you're the kind who uses his blade to chop rocks, then a blue stone will be needed as well, or a grinder.

In the top photo, you'll see the diamond stone being wet under a faucet- you can use a lake or mud puddle or swimming pool, a river or rain barrel. It doesn't matter, but diamond stones work with water as lubricant, so get it wet. (Most instructions say to run it under sink faucet.)

Once the stone is wet, put it on a flat, stable surface such as a table top. I sometimes use my knee when in a rush, but for best results, use a table.

Holding the knife at right angles to the stone, at an angle of about 25 degrees- your best guide is going to be the original grind angle of the blade. You can look down the edge of the blade as it rests on the stone to get a better picture of what you want. Just know that differing angles of grind have different purposes. A thin, flat edge is really good for things as filleting fish, where a more round or flat edge will follow the skin better than a steeper "utility" edge. What we're going for is a utility edge here- which won't work for straight razors all too well: want more of a fillet edge there.

Dang, I digress again. With the knife at right angles to the stone, draw the blade down the stone with an even pressure. The picture shows the start of the stroke- draw toward the blade edge. This eliminates burrs right from the start, maintaining a smooth edge. Pull the full length of the stone, don't stop in mid-stroke. Two reasons for this. One is to get most use of the stone, the other is if you're using a genuine stone, you don't want to hollow it and this will slow that process.

Once at the "end" of the stroke, follow the curve of the blade by using your wrist to "flick" the tip of the blade off the stone.

Now, flip the blade in your hand to face the opposite direction and push the blade back up the stone to your beginning point. Again, try to maintain the same pressure and "flick" the blade off the stone in the same manner.

Again, what you're trying to do is maintain the same angle and pressure on the blade as on the first stroke.

Repeat the process an even number of times- I begin with ten strokes- and the reason for this is wear on the blade: you're trying to keep the edge even on both sides.

Once you've done ten strokes, look at the blade. Is there a visible edge on it? One that catches light? If so, do four more strokes- or enough to eliminate the light reflective edge. If there is no edge you can see, draw the knife edge across your thumbnail. Does it "drag" or does it slide smoothly across the nail? If it "drags", give the blade two to four more strokes on the stone and try again. If it slides smoothly - almost without feeling- across the thumbnail, you can put it away cuz it's sharp.
Or, if you're like me and can't resist it, hold the blade against your arm and try shaving off some hair. (I say arm, but you can go to your chin or throat or leg or... any place you have hair :) )
Shaving hair from an arm has long been the mark of a sharp blade, but understand that hair arm is a lot less coarse- not finer- than chin hair. You can shave some chinny-chin-chin hair if you want, but be careful and put on a more rounded edge to your blade.
And, yes- the blade I sharpened did shave hair from my arm. One thing that will really be a determining factor in how sharp your blade will get is the quality of the steel. My experience has been that higher carbon content steels will "take an edge" better than stainless- especially Chinese stainless. But- and there is a "but"- Rockwell 440C stainless does take a very good edge. I have shaved with my Westmark 702 (awarded as a test sample back in 1976 as part of a Centennial blade produced by Western Cutlery and a most wonderful blade).
IF you find a need to "strop" a blade, here's how I do it- no guarantee that it's right, just the way I've done it for years with my straight razor and edged weapons.
A "strop" has two sides: one "coarse" and one "fine"- just flipsides of the strop. They're actually the inside and outside of a tanned hide. The coarse side, used to work an edge to a razor, is actually the inside of the critter's skin. This will put a "rough" finish on your blade. To get a silky edge to your blade, use the fine/smooth side of the hide. My strop is the one Dad gave me, about 90 years old and still working fine. However, my opinion is- and I've tried it- is that nearly any 1 1/2" wide belt will work so long as both sides are smooth, without the fancy carving we find on so many wide belts these days.
And there, my Dear Friend, is a quick primer on how to sharpen a blade. Don't be discouraged if your first couple attempts won't get you to a razor edge- it's an art that really does take some patience. Later you can utilize a steel to hone your edge, but again, a steel is for an edge that's already sharp- they won't put a good edge on a bad blade. It's pretty much the same technique in use: draw the edge of the blade down the steel, getting opposing sides as you go.
Now... back to MD's blog and his review of How to Survive Without A Salary -- definitely a book many of us should read, especially if we can't impeach or withdraw all these politicomats we have in office...
We now return you to your regular programming. Thank you for viewing.
Bless God, God bless.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Newt and American Solutions

James -

This will not stand.
No one should be confused about the outcome of Sunday's vote.
This is not the end of the fight - it is the beginning of the fight.
The American people spoke decisively against a big government, high tax, Washington knows best, pro-trial lawyer, centralized and bureaucratic health system.
In every recent poll the vast majority of Americans opposed this monstrosity.
Speaker Pelosi knew the country was against the bill. That is why she kept her members trapped in Washington and forced a vote on Sunday.
She knew if she let the members go home their constituents would convince them to vote no.
The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago.
Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America.
It is hard to imagine how much pressure they brought to bear on congressman Stupak to get him to accept a cynical, phony clearly illegal and unconstitutional executive order on abortion. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine was most clearly on display in their public humiliation of Stupak.
The real principles of the machine were articulated by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings who was impeached and removed from the bench as a federal judge, before being elected to the House when he said "There ain't no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something...All this talk about rules...When the deal goes down...we make 'em up as we go along."
It is hard for the American people to believe their leaders on the Left are this bad. They are.
The American people will not allow a corrupt machine to dictate their future.
Together we will pledge to repeal this bill and start over
Together we will prove that this will not stand.
2010 and 2012 will be among the most important elections in American history.
These elections will allow us to save America from a left-wing machine of unparalleled corruption, arrogance and cynicism.
Sunday was one more step in the fight against a "Washington knows best" and "Washington should run everything" attitude.
Let us turn now to the Senate to continue this fight for real reform, for real self government, and for policies that create jobs, improve health outcomes, and increase freedom.
To help continue this fight, please consider making a contribution of $15, $25 or whatever you can, right here.
Together, we will ensure that this does not stand.

Your friend,
Newt Signature
Newt Gingrich
General Chairman
American Solutions
My reply to Newt and American Solutions...
Sent: 3/22/2010 1:43:14 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: James, this will not stand
Newt, surely, you jest?
There is absolutely no confusion in my mind about Sunday's vote. None whatever. And now you people think you're going to change it? Who're you trying to kid? Tell me one gov't mandated bill that has been changed or repealed even after electing people totally opposite the program.
Laying the blame on Dimocraps isn't going to do anything for us, either. It isn't their fault, it's their baby- no wonder they got it passed. Passing the buck: when does it stop? Dimocraps blame Repugnicans, Repugnicans blame Dimocraps- when are you guys going to stand up and be counted?
You want us here in readerland to think that it will take "money to stop this, so please-please-please donate more to our cause so we can fight this."
I say, "Bullshit. What it'll take is the people doing the right thing, standing on the Constitution and forcing them to play "catch-up" and "stop us"-- exactly what they're forcing us to do."
You tell me they used intimidation to force the vote- so I ask, "How the hell did they get away with that?" They all knew what America wanted, yet you allowed them to "force" it through just the same.
"It's hard to tell how much pressure was brought on Stupak." Really? He'd intended voting for it all along- check his background, don't blow smoke up my ass and tell me it's sunshine.
Perhaps it's time for Repugnicans to lock and load, slap a few faces and face them at forty paces, and may the best shot win. We know it won't take changes in November- there won't BE a November election if this BS is allowed to continue and Americans know it, just don't want to believe it.
And when ONE Congressman sttod up and declared this bill was a travesty of the Constitution and treason, where were the rest of you? Where, I ask, was the Sergeant At Arms? Why was he not called to arrest and escort from the building every person involved with this Treason? Where, I ask, were you?
I could go on and on about this, Newt, but you won't listen. After all, I'm just a penniless American citizen with no Special Interest Pull other than the Constitution. And since I'm even more penniless since Treason Sunday, don't waste my time asking for more money to fill your pockets. You've got it all except what I'll be spending on heavy metals.
Jim Shy Wolf.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Busy Newsrom..

NOW we're hearing some smart news... kind of.
"...The Slaughter Solution is a poisoned chalice. By drinking from it, the Democrats would not only commit political suicide. They would guarantee that any bill signed by Mr. Obama is illegitimate, illegal and blatantly unconstitutional. It would be worse than a strategic blunder; it would be a crime - a moral crime against the American people and a direct abrogation of the Constitution and our very democracy.
It would open Mr. Obama, as well as key congressional leaders such as Mrs. Pelosi, to impeachment..."
Read it all here: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/19/impeach-the-president/

"...The second-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hatch also said Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, 89, is “likely” to announce he is stepping down next month.
That would allow Obama to name his replacement, and Hatch suggested Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as possibilities..."
Is Utah's Hatch really suggesting them or are they who he thinks the Dark Lord will nominate? If either is selected, especially Napolitano, expect a war of Restoration. Come to your own conclusion here:http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aghrqNBEBtIc

"...Critics say Arpaio's deputies have racially profiled Hispanics..." Umm, dipshits- he's profiling illegals- wetbacks- not Hispanics. Get the story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100319/ap_on_re_us/us_immigration_patrols

This means trouble on the homefront... "...The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over First Lowndes Bank, in Fort Deposit, Ala.; Appalachian Community Bank in Ellijay, Ga.; Bank of Hiawassee, in Hiawassee, Ga.; and Century Security Bank in Duluth, Ga.
The agency also closed down State Bank of Aurora, in Aurora, Minn.; Advanta Bank Corp., based in Draper, Utah; and American National Bank of Parma, Ohio...." Check it out: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Regulators-shut-7-banks-in-5-apf-2660571978.html?x=0&.v=10

"...Calls to the House numbered close to 100,000 an hour, creating a bottleneck in a phone system only meant to handle 50,000 calls an hour. The chamber has been similarly overloaded for four consecutive days, beginning on Tuesday when radio host Rush Limbaugh told viewers to call the Capitol switchboard phone number..." And the Dark Lord keeps trying to convince us the majority of Americans want this bullshit proposal his personal ass-lick Pelosi is trying to ram through. http://www.rollcall.com/news/44382-1.html

"...The "Slaughter Solution" on health care isn't the only thing that has come under attack in U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter's world this week. Sometime early this morning, someone threw a brick through the front window of her Pine Avenue office..."
Oh, boohoo. This is just the beginning if the cretins pass this healthcare fiasco. More here: http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/03/19/993040/brick-thrown-through-window-in.html

Have a great week end, Folks. Oh- get more bullets, I think we'll be needing them.
Bless God, God bless.
PS: be sure to check out the advertisers- some good prices on MREs.

House Vote Expected

Dear Jim,
With 48 hours to go before the expected House vote, I wanted to let you know just how deeply the grassroots effort you are a part of has permeated the health care battle.
Click to see a snapshot of one of our "Hands Off My Health Care" rallies posted today as the top picture on Drudgereport.com, which is considered the top news compilation site on the Internet. Click here to see a picture from a different "Hands Off My Health Care" rally that was the top photo on MSN.com, which is one of the top 5 web portal sites in the nation.
If you CLICK to NovemberIsComing.com you'll see the petition site we just launched at 6 a.m. on Thursday. Well over 100,000 activists have already signed this petition telling their member of Congress: "If you vote YES on health care, I'm voting NO on you this November." We're using your zip code to bombard members of Congress with the petitions from their constituents back home.
In all candor, I do not know if we are going to win in the House of Representatives on Sunday. Our best intelligence says the other side is a few votes short, but no one really knows – after all, we're dealing with 431 politicians, and vote counts rely on their word...
But, after being on the road in targeted districts, after seeing the photos and videos from rallies, after talking with thousands of our fellow citizens in recent days, I can tell you unequivocally that we are winning with the American people.
Congress knows we're winning with the people on health care. And, even their friends in the mainstream media know we're winning. Yesterday I appeared on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews and it was challenging as usual with him. But at the end of the interview I told him you cannot find fired-up crowds calling FOR the health care takeover. Chris, not usually at a loss for words, basically agreed!
A mom in Fairfax, Virginia protested outside President Obama's health care speech at George Mason University this morning. She told one of our AFP staff, "This is my first rally. … I didn't think it would come to this." Neither did we – and we've been fighting this health care takeover since Obama was on the campaign trail. Click to see video from the rally.
You're making a difference in the closing days of this hard-fought battle. I hope to see you at the rally tomorrow – Saturday, at noon, in Upper Senate Park right by the Capitol. We've got AFP activists coming in from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and even as far away as Wisconsin! It's going to be an amazing coalition effort of organizations and tea party groups against this health care takeover.
Our friends across the nation who can't make it to Washington this weekend need to see the rest of us there. As do all the members of Congress.
Tim Phillips Signature

Friday, March 19, 2010

Managing the "X"- Gabe Suarez Int'l

Points to ponder from the Gabe Suarez Newsletter...

"Managing The "X"
This is material that will help students understand how to manage the X, or more specifically, the spatial and angular relationship between you and your adversary(s). There are degrees, quite truly - continuums, in the area of distance (interval), space, and timing (initiative). How you manage the fight depends greatly on your position with regards to these continuums of interval and initiative.
For example, with regards to interval, the bad guy may be at arm's length, or he may be 50 meters away. How you handle a man at phone booth distances will vary greatly from the same man with the same weapon at 50 meters. As well, space is a consideration. While it may not matter at 50 meters, having space to move and fight would be an asset for you if you face an attack at arm's length. We know that "Getting Off The X" is an advantage at close range fights so being able to exploit the space to do so at close range would be a good thing. Finally, the issue of initiative must be examined. Where are you in the reaction cycle? Did you see it coming and prepare, or did you first notice the fight when you sipped your espresso?
So that leads us to an examination of how to Manage the X. The secret is to change your positioning in relation to the adversary's attack. There are several ways to accomplish this, but at its foundation is the need to change the relationship between the line of attack and the intended target.
One possibility and a very common one in the world of gun people is Attacking From The X. Attacking from the X requires that your position on the initiative continuum allow for such a proactive and preemptive action. Where you are with regards to space available and distance to target does not affect the decision to attack as long as the proper weapons are used. One can launch a preemptive attack at 5 feet or at 500 feet. As well one can do the same if he was standing in the middle of a football field or in a phone booth. Conceptually it is the same and the only thing that would change with the varying distances and space variances would be the tools and techniques used. Attacking from the X is a very proactive concept that may be a stationary or moving attack.
Another possibility is Defending The X. Defending The X is the first reactive option, and probably the least desirable as it is the most tenuous. It involves holding your ground and fighting from your existing position, probably because you have no distance advantage (he is just outside of arm's reach), no spatial advantage (you do not have the option of moving off his line of attack), and no initiative advantage (you are reactive, not having anticipated and prepared). While this is certainly an unenviable place to be, we cannot ignore the possibility of being there. If so, our first consideration, after the fight begins, will be to gain an advantage either in the spatial or interval areas.
Moving the X is one option that is rarely considered in the gun world, but always a first option in the world of martial arts. It differs from getting off the line of fire (getting off the x) mainly due to interval problems. Conceptually, it is most applicable inside arm's reach where you can affect position by moving around an adversary, either by your own positional changes or by moving or redirecting his own attack. This in effect does the same thing as moving off the line of fire. Consider an attacker is coming in with a Folsom Prison stabbing attack. You pass the attack off to your right and now find yourself off his right shoulder...on his flank. You have vastly improved your positioning and moved the X off his attacking line. We see a great deal of this in the new class Zero To Five Feet - Pistol Gunfighting. This can be on any place along the initiative continuum, either proactive or reactive.
Finally we have Moving Off The X. The X of course is the intended target's current position. By employing various movement methods, one can evade an adversary's initial attack and counter him before he can recover. Generally a reactive concept, it is usually most applicable when the operator is in a poor position with regards to initiative, but has some distance available as well as some space available. And these do not need to be extreme as one can apply the get off the x concept in a hallway with the proper techniques.
By understanding these concepts, and organizing your training around them, the speed with which you are able to perceive the appropriate response and put it to use will be faster. And that will increase your chances of prevailing in the fight."
The link to his site is on the sidebar. Check him out.
Bless God, God bless.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day

OK, let's face it: I'm crazy. If not crazy, at least not 'normal'.

Awoke this morning and the first three thoughts in my head were: Happy St. Paddy's Day; Brigid (of Home On The Range fame); and Kim Delaney and her role in NYPD as alcoholic Detective Diane Russel.

Now I don't want Brigid to think I'm being crude or in any way mean to her, so if she takes offense at this, I apologize right now.

Thinking about all this got me to wondering why these three thoughts occurred simultaneously and all I can think of is that they are all Irish. (If not Irish, they're close enough in my mind.)

Kim Delaney was born in Philly, PA. in November, 1961 and did a stint as a model before beginning acting. Days of Our Lives kept her on the day time soaps (never seen it) and she had a role on CSI Miami (which I also haven't seen- and maybe am glad I didn't since most the women on CSI Miami are syrupy, whiny clones of each other and we won't discuss the sappy cliche's touted as dialogue by the rest of the players).

NYPD, as I recall, was a pretty 'cutting edge' series in the plots, 'human-ness' of the characters and the 'dark and gritty' photography. Much of what we see today originated with this series. Real characters with real lives and real problems, and not at all perfect as either people or officers.

Now, how did Brigid get mixed into this mess? Gosh, I wish I knew.

Other than inferring from her writing her choice of career, her love of guns and the poetic verse of her writing and the fact she's a Celtic Lass with a love of Freedom, there's no reason for her to be on my mind. Well, other than the fact she's female- and, like all women in the lives of men, very much a mystery that I sometimes fantasize unravelling.

Being of French-Canadian and Irish descent, I have no problem knowing why St. Paddy would come to mind today. He's got the day to himself and there will be enough green beer swilled today to float the Titanic. (Yes, I'll add my share.)

To all of you, a Happy St. Paddy's Day. Please, be safe, think before you drink and don't drive if you drink. It may be Detective Russel who stops you. But you won't like the result.
To Brigid, if I have offended you, I sincerely apologise (and believe me, I'm worrying about it).
Bless God, God bless.
(Pictures from "OurLovedCelebrities.com"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

States Rights and Individual Rghts

Sportsmen in many states increasingly feel as if they are the ones outside the duck blind, and they are turning to state constitutions to ensure their hallowed pastime will continue in perpetuity. Nine states ensure a constitutional right to hunt and fish, with Vermont's language dating to 1777.
The rest of these constitutional provisions, however, have passed since 1996 in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin. California and Rhode Island have language in their constitutions guaranteeing the right to fish, but not to hunt.
Increasing urbanization, decreased habitat, declining numbers of sportsmen, and more restrictions on hunting are common factors in the quest to assert the right to hunt and fish in a state's most basic and difficult-to-amend document.
Well-organized animal rights groups and restrictions on methods, seasons and bag limits for certain game species have provoked many hunter advocacy groups to lobby for hunting and fishing as a right.… (From Encyclopedia Britannica)

Alabama - Voters in 1996 approved a "Sportsperson's Bill of Rights" that stated "all persons shall have the right to hunt and fish in this state in accordance with law and regulations."
California – Has language guaranteeing a right to fish.
Georgia - In 2006, voters approved an amendment stating "The tradition of fishing and hunting and the taking of fish and wildlife shall be reserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good."
Louisiana – Voters in 2004 approved an amendment stating "The freedom to hunt, fish, and trap wildlife, including all aquatic life, traditionally taken by hunters, trappers and anglers, is a valued natural heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people."
Minnesota – Voters in 1998 approved an amendment stating "Hunting and fishing and the taking of game and fish are a valued part of our heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good."
Montana – Voters in 2004 amended the state constitution in part to read "the opportunity to harvest wild fish and wild game animals is a heritage that shall forever be preserved to the individual citizens of the state."
North Dakota – The North Dakota constitution reads in part "Hunting, trapping, and fishing and the taking of game and fish are a valued part of our heritage and will be forever preserved for the people and managed by law and regulation for the public good." That amendment was adopted in 2000.
Oklahoma - Oklahoma's amendment gave all people the right to "hunt, trap fish and take game and fish." The amendment passed with 80 percent of the vote.
Rhode Island – Has constitutional language guaranteeing a right to fish.
Vermont – Passed language protecting hunting and fishing in state constitution in 1877.
Virginia - Voters approved an amendment in 2000 that states "the people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game, subject to such regulations and restrictions as the General Assembly may prescribe by general law."
Wisconsin - In 2003, voters in Wisconsin approved an amendment that states "The people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game subject only to reasonable restrictions as prescribed by law."

So when we look at the issue of the Dark Lord making an end run with an Executive Order to prohibit fishing, we aren't talking or whining about being unable to wet a line/hook a fish. We're talking States' Rights- and there-by, Individual Rights.

And that, my Dear Friends, is what Freedom, the Constitution and life is about: our individual rights to live our lives as we please, so far as no one is injured or harmed by our actions and activities.

And this is what the tree huggers and environmentalists are about: delegating human names, traits, lives, thought processes and characteristics to animals, going so far as to actually give them Constitutional Rights in courts of law.

And it's what we have to defend against. Not the ability to catch a fish or hunt a wabbit or poor little Bambi's cousin. (Bambi has long been dead if deer-longevity is considered.) Well, 'scuse me: maybe it's Bambi's great-grandson we're hunting.

Regardless: along with our civil rights as human beings, our Constitutional Rights as Americans, our God given rights as His creation- and also by His decree if one studied the Scriptures, we must fight for the right to fish. To hunt. To breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon products. While we're at it, we must also fight for the animal's right to fart carbon products.

It's all part of the great Liberal scheme to control us. Control their food supply and you control the person. And guess who's trying to control the population. Two guesses and the first one doesn't count.

Bless God, God bless. And have a Happy St. Paddy's Day-- we know everyone is Irish on this day!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Tieing Lines Together...

...or, in more common parlance, "connecting the dots".

"...Agency: Department of the Interior Office: National Park Service Location: NPS - All Offices Please provide a price and availability for various small arms ammunition: Please provide a delivery date based on day after receipt of order.Please provide pricing per 1000 round increments.Please provide velocity and performance specification data per Caliber.Please respond by 02/19/2010.Rifle.223 55 Grain BTHP 15,000 Rounds.308 168 Grain BTHP - Match grade 5000 Rounds, Handgun Duty Carry: Winchester 9mm SXT 147 Grain 10,000 rounds Winchester .40 SXT 180 Grain 10,000 rounds Winchester .45 SXT 230 Grains 8,000 rounds Winchester .380 SXT 95 Grain 5,000 rounds, "Green"Lead Free (non-toxic) 9mm 147 grains 10,000 rounds Lead Free (non-toxic) .40 180 grains 10,000 rounds Lead Free (non-toxic) .45 230 grains 10,000 rounds Lead Free (non-toxic) .380 95 grain 10,000 rounds, Shotgun:Duty Carry:LE132 - Federal - 12 ga. 00 Buck shot 3000 RoundsLE127 RS - Federal 12 ga. 1 oz. RS 3000 Rounds "Green"Lead Free (non-toxic) 12 ga. 00 Buck shot 3000 Rounds Lead Free (non-toxic) 12 ga. 1 oz. RS 3000 Rounds.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=fdc253fc93c716a9ef7fcaea7e0ec7ad&tab=core&_cview=0 ..."

So reading the above from Mike's blog (go there and read LOTS more!) (http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2010/03/feds-go-merrily-prepping-for-something.html ) and thinking about all the new crap-- real, rumored or imagined-- coming out of the District of Criminals in the last few months, my thought synapse go into the Beyond Paranormal Paranoiac mode.

And I just gotta ask: "Just why does the National Park Service need .223, 9mm, .40 cal, .308, 12 gauge, and more, ammunition?"

For the last week or so nearly every outdoor blog has some kind of comment about the "anti fishing executive order".

And we are all absolutely certain, verifiably know, that the fed/dotgov monitors blogs.

So, being in Beyond Paranormal Paranoiac mode, I think, "This is some serious shit." Seriously serious.

I've spent the last couple days polishing up the canoe and kayak, checking the fishing tackle, rewinding reels and trying to decide just what kind of new hooks do I really need... all the while dreaming of open water and the feel of the paddle in my hands, the swish of water under the keel while dragging a hook waiting for that monster King Of All Monster Fish to attack my hook.

And then I think of the DNR officials watching me through their scoped .308 and I just know I've got to add something different to the fishing supplies this year.

Guns and bullets.

Those SOBs are really going to implement some action they hope will bring this country to its knees, and they're going after anyone with a gun or fishing rod, a garden- yes, even the Department of Agriculture is ordering some weapons and ammunition. And they're going after the home schoolers- otherwise, there'd be no need for the Department of Education to need Remington 870 12 gauge shotguns (with "illegal for civilian barrel lengths!). I'd really like for someone to tell me why the Department of Energy needs SR25 ModII Assault rifles in 7.62 (.308) caliber-- all with sound suppressors built-in.

Did someone tell the fed that Geronimo has been reincarnated? Just what is the reason the Bureau of Indian Affairs needs 30 Rock River LE2070 rifles?

Gee, but does it seem that someone is getting a bit paranoid about just how far they've pushed some people? Is there the feeling in some office cubicles that they'd best get their game plan together before someone decides to do more than fly a plane into their building? Or a lot of "someone's" decide they've had enough of the bullshit being forced down their throat and do something about it?

Heck, maybe I'm just getting a swelled head with thinking, "I have no reason to fear my government, but they've plenty reason to fear me".

Bless God, God bless.

P.S. I hope the link works for Mayberry! :) JSW

Christians In Action...

...are helping us keep America free. Well, people in my neck of the woods, anyway.

In the "what'd you do to prep this week?" column, a visit to my fave gun and ammo shop favored me with a surprise buy of 9mm pistol ammo. As the pictures show, it's kind of "ancient" in date of manufacture and origin.
Too, the brass looks as though it's reloads and the weight of the bullet is a mystery to me, as well. (I'm sure someone in Reader Land has experience with this kind of dot-gov marking and can supply further information.) I'm guessing the bullets are 115 grain FMJ (the FMJ is obvious) but wouldn't be surprised if they're 124 grain. Perhaps not reloads, there is definitely some age corrosion showing and I have yet to run a few rounds through the Nine to test function. (Have to admit, I did pick the worst looking of the lot to photo.)
Since I don't intend reloading these, my only real concern is the "rings" visible and if they'll cause extraction problems in the XD or Smith. If they do, I'll get lots of practice at clearing jams/feed/extraction problems-- so there's always a silver lining! (I suppose I could dismantle one, or weigh the whole cartridge, and compare it to a known weight, but why get so ambitious?)
Regardless, at $240 for one thousand rounds, I'm not going to whine because the weight isn't exactly what I shoot. (Not that I'm particular- when the time comes and I need ammo, it won't matter which corpse (not "corps") I take the ammo from. One dead body's as good as another and if they're shooting 115 or 124 grain ammo is a moot point when it comes time to return more ammo to the provider.
So, in all fairness to our Friendly Fed, I want to say "Thank you for providing me with more means of defending my Constitution and country. Thanks a bunch, Guys."
Bless God, God bless.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More on "Stoopud Laws"

When reading about the Dark Lord's (assumed) intentions of putting a stop to fishing- both commercial and recreational- I mentally assumed no one would be interested in the topic other than commercial fishermen and net makers.

WOW! Was I mentally unprepared.

Even Mike over at Sipsey Street is involved- and why not? This is a Constitutional issue every American should be involved with whether they fish or not. Not that a survivalist would be too concerned with the "legalities" of fishing or hunting- when it comes to eating, screw "legal" and hunt and fish to your heart's content. No man-- and that includes the dipshit living in the White House-- has the right to tell another they cannot feed themselves or their loved ones.

Yet this is what is happening.

Curtail the food supply and you control the person.

It's happening with the NAIS registering of cattle. It's happening when laws are enacted that turn our food stocks such as corn into fuel for our vehicles. It's happening when lands are put off limits to hunting, or in this case, fishing. It's happening when we're told we cannot grow our own foods unless they're government inspected and approved- either animal or vegetable, the fed is making no distinction. (MMPaints has been fighting this tyranny for months now so go read her for lots more information and links on the topic. http://selfsustainedliving.blogspot.com/ ) It's happening when we're told it's "against the law" to forage food from nature/natural areas.

It's time for every man, woman and child in this country to pick up the banner of Freedom, carry placards and write letters, make phone calls and office visits when practical, and get on the bandwagon of fighting for our rights as Free people. Even if we don't fish or forage-- yet.
Personally, if this becomes a reality, I'd not want to be a DNR officer/Game Warden who walked up to anyone caught fishing and being told they can't. Hooks make some very nasty hanging utensils.

Bless God, God bless.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Stoopud Laws

There's obviously no end to the lengths the Dark Lord will go to in his efforts to control our lives, enslave and deny our very existence. To which the Captain remarks, "He can kiss my hairy..."

"...When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano.

"Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored..."

It's doubtful such a law will be enacted in Minnesota, since we have the right to fish and hunt in our State Constitution. Nor would state residents stand still for such stupidity even from their god.

Fishing is the Number One draw for summer time activities in Minnesota. The Walleye is the state fish. Fishing license sales are in the high millions of dollars-- in the neighborhood of 700 thousand were sold in 2002 alone and the number rises each year. Multiply that by this year's fee of $17 for an individual fishing-only license, and get an idea of how much revenue will be lost by the state alone. (Minnesota offers a 'combination' license for fishing and small game hunting at a reduced cost as opposed to buying the two separately. The fee for the 'combo' license this year is $29.50.) Having a fishing license is one of the best ways to gather dietary protein and have more fun than you can wave a rod and reel at so far as Minnesota's DNR is concerned.

Then there are the spin-off industries that profit immensely from fishing. A $1.58 BILLION (the "B" is correct) industry is nothing to sneeze at-- it's the largest sport industry in the nation.

Gas sales rise dramatically Opening Day, usually the second week end of May. Hundreds of thousands of people work in related industries- not to mention the numerous fishing related television and radio programs that promote the sport. Hundreds of small businesses provide jobs and, thereby, income for thousands of state residents. From kids growing worms and operating minnow traps to full-blown businesses doing the same, there's money to be made in chasing after the 158 different species of finned friends in Minnesota.

Minnesota has one boat for every six residents. (In that case, I have enough for a family of 48!) That's 900 thousand registered boats in Minnesota. And with 3,800,000 acres of fishing waters, that's more water acreage than a lot of states have for total landmass.

Tackle manufacturers sell millions of dollars of product every year, whether rods, reels, or hooks, it's a huge business. Nearly every gas station, mall, drug store and grocer in Minnesota has some fishing related products on their shelves.

And that moron and his green weenies think they're going to stop fishing in Minnesota?

I dare them to try.

Bless God, God bless.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Laff your butt off..

OK, Folks... prepare to laff till you hurt.
Unless you're the character here... http://survivalism.blogspot.com/2010/03/shtf-fiction-too-bad-so-sad.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FwFVM+%28Prepare%21%29
Bless God, God bless.
Dang, hope I got it fixed this time. Thanks, Mayberry!