The Internet will teach you stuff

This video is another example of what NOT to do with a loaded firearm. I don’t care what sort of vest you have on. If you have to test a vest, hang it on a stump and shoot it. You put on a bullet resistant vest to protect you, the same way you wear a helmet on a motorcycle. You don’t test your helmet by riding into a wall at 40 mph, and you don’t test a bullet resistant vest by being shot while wearing one.

How much more energy did that bullet need to enter his heart? It cleared the vest. His survival was just a matter of chance once the trigger was pulled.

Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.
–W. Edwards Deming


GM is now Government Motors

Funny, in a tragic, death of American business, sort of way.

If you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty.
–Pr. Obama, 3-30-2009

Revisiting Gun Safety

Wearing a badge, or a military uniform, does not make you immune to the laws of physics. Being familiar with a firearm does not mean you can treat it like a toy. This is a picture of an Indiana State Trooper, clowning with another police officer in a picture he put on his Facebook page. Now in the news article on the WTHR website they mention a number of questionable things he had posted about himself and his friends on Facebook. Nothing else they did rises to the level of stupid/dangerous as the behavior in this picture.

I’m guessing that they are intoxicated, although I don’t know for sure. In any case, that is a revolver, pointed at the head of the officer, and he appears to be amused. It gives me a roller coaster feeling in my stomach to look at that picture, like standing at the edge of a high cliff and looking down at the trees.

Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times: on the range, at home, loading, or unloading.
–Col. Jeff Cooper

When I was young

When I was young, and thought I was grown, I worked on F4 Phantoms. The radar and missile firing system to be precise. They were old then, close to being retired and replaced with F-18s. Now they are gone. First they went to the reserves, then we sold them to allies. Some sit in boneyards. A few are on pedestals outside the gates of military bases.

And some have been turned into flying drones, to be used for missile target practice. Neptunus Lex has video of one of these being used to test an updated Sidewinder missile.

Now I know how old Sailors feel, when they travel to watch the ship they once served on sunk to make a fishing reef.

Here’s the Oriskany in 1970.

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
–Kenji Miyazawa

There’s real people behind these blogs

Sad news from The Box O’ Truth. His longtime friend and shooting partner, TMan, has succumbed to a heart ailment. Old Painless delivers the eulogy. I hope when my time comes, I have a friend like that. I have been to their site many times, but without his words, the memory of his friend would be lost to me.

The Box O’ Truth is a great site. Lots of fun testing of guns, information, pictures, and a no nonsense approach to what ammunition really does when shot into sheet rock, water, clay, cars, padlocks, etc.

There’s nothing we have to offer but our condolences and our prayers. Give the site a visit, start with the original chapters and think about the effort that went into it. It speaks of the energy and intelligence of them both. You’ll learn something about your gun, or the round you are shooting through it.

Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow