Saturday, April 25, 2015

"El Pres" & Target Stands

"El Presidente" IPSC Classifier
"El Presidente", a shooting drill created by Col. Jeff Cooper some fifty-ish years ago, is still part of IPSC, as a classifier stage.  It consists of two rounds on three targets spaced 1-3 yards apart (depending on the sport), a magazine reload, then two rounds again on each of the three targets. Par is getting all 12 rounds on the "A" zone of the target, in 10 seconds or less.  See the diagram at right (hat tip: Handguns Magazine).

Ol' Backwoods is dry-fire and live-fire practicing the "El Pres" these days to try to become a better pistol shooter.  It has all the elements required to be a better shooter: sight (re) alignment, trigger control, and magazine reloads.

The drill is shot left-to-right, then reload, then left-to-right again, with 2 rounds on each target as it is passed.  Watch the video of champion shooter Max Michel doing the drill, first at Grand Master speed, then at C-class shooter speed.  The latter is more like Ol' Backwoods' speed!

To be able to shoot the drill at the outdoor range, or on private country land, I'm building 3 target stands, like this one:

To build one of these target stands, you'll need:
  • About 12' of 1-1/2" Schedule 40 PVC pipe; the longest pieces are the uprights, at about 20" long;
  • (4) 1-1/2" Schedule 40 PVC Tees;
  • (1) 8' 2"x2" lumber, cut in half.   Actually, these are around 1.5" square, and are small enough with some trimming to fit tightly in the PVC Tees.
  • (4)  1-1/2" Schedule 40 PVC 90-degree elbows, to use as "feet"
  • PVC cement, screws
  • Masonite (which I used) or cardboard backing, so cheap paper practice targets can be used.
I've recently gotten Ben Stoeger's dry-fire book, and have been listening to Triangle Tactical Podcast a lot.  Luke from Triangle Tactical is an acquaintance of mine, from my GRNC days.

Happy shooting!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

This 2-Bit Tyrant Will Be Twice As Bad as Eric Holder

Yep, the Senate confirmed Lynch, and 10 "Republicans" voted against YOUR freedom:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)
Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
Senator Susan Collins (ME)
Senator Mark Kirk (IL)
Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)
Senator Ron Johnson (WI)
Senator Rob Portman (OH).

The last 4 are up for election in 2016.

My Senator, Jeff Sessions (AL) was opposed:
“The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and congressional authority,” he said Thursday. “No person who would do that should be confirmed. And we don’t need to be apologetic about it, colleagues.”
Sorry, sir, but your colleagues did it anyway.

Mark it down, friends: this woman will try to bring stealth ammo bans, stealth gun bans, and all manner of schemes to deprive you of your natural and enumerated Constitutional rights.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vanderboegh: NRA Negotiating with Democrats to BAN TRACER, 'SPECIALTY' AMMUNITION

Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea say their sources believe the NRA is about to stab gun owners in the back yet again.  If this is true, then Wayne Lapierre and Chris Cox has better explain why, and back out of any such negotiations NOW.

(As of 4/15/15, 0830CDT, this story is still unfolding, and Ol' Backwoods is still updating; MULTIPLE UPDATES BELOW.)

As explained by sources here and in the nation's capitol, the outlines of what one called "this cynical deal with the Devil" are as follows: 
1. The ATF will be let off the hook by broadening the "sporting purposes" language and legislatively negating their own determination that millions of heretofore legal pistol-grip shotguns produced over the past decades by companies like Mossberg are "destructive devices." 
2. The NRA will get to claim credit for, as one source said, "riding in out of the storm on a white horse and claiming to have saved millions of firearm owners from federal prison, even though," he added, "everybody in the room with an IQ above room temperature understands that politically and legally there is no (expletive deleted) way that ATF can enforce this ruling on anybody. They can't and they won't . . so" he concluded, "the NRA will claim to have saved their members from a boogeyman that never really existed." 
3. In return for allowing NRA to claim the credit, the Democrats demanded another ammunition import ban on "specialty ammunition," to include tracers. Some sources agreed that this last "gimme" was a "throwaway," in the words of one. "Look, their M.O. is to always demand more than they know they can get in to get the thing they really value. They'd like to get it but what they really covet is knocking a bigger hole in the Constitution by (widening the 'sporting purposes' language) . . . this deal will give them one big enough to drive Diane Feinstein's limousine through."
Get this, you linguini-spined NRA board members and directors:

"Shall Not Be Infringed" means exactly that!

We have got to fight, fight, fight this!

Why should good companies like Piney Mountain Ammunition be penalized?  There's not even any logic for this!  Where are all the mass murders using TRACERS?  Not that mass murders are an excuse to ban anything, but usually, the gun-grabbers try to make some connection.

These gun-grabbing fanatics and their political enablers must be stopped.  They will take, take, take, take, until there is nothing left to take, unless we the people stop them.

(Piney Mountain Tracer Demo)

UPDATE I: David Codreas's details on this treachery.

UPDATE II: The estimable Claire Wolfe comes to the table with a statement Ol' Backwoods agrees with 100%:
Any organization that claims to be pro-gun should want GCA ’68 gone. Not “improved.” Not “interpreted in a more favorable way.” Any organization that claims to be pro-gun should also want the ATF thrown into the dustbin of history. Not rescued from itself. Not made more efficient or more popular. 
The old JPFO, Aaron Zelman’s JPFO, was vocal in wanting both these obscenities banished, vanished, booted, and gone forever. 
Right on, and so do many of us Gentiles, too.  Read her whole article, particularly if you aren't familiar with the Nazi origins of the Gun Control Act of '68.

UPDATE III: Dean Weingarten, who was there when Vanderboegh confronted Chris Cox of the NRA, chimes in.

UPDATE IV: Chris Cox of the NRA denies everything.  Naturally, but it might also mean that the backroom deal has fallen apart. Good.

UPDATE V: Herschel Smith calls out the NRA Board of Directors.

UPDATE VI: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea stand by their sources, despite the attacks.

UPDATE VII: Dean Weingarten posts a lengthy defense of Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea and their sources, on the Loaded Gear blog .  Dean, you'll remember, recorded the "ambush" interview with Chris Cox of the NRA, in which the latter denied that the NRA was negotiating to trade your rights away.

UPDATE VIII: Herschel Smith answers those who are screaming for Vanderboegh and Codrea to reveal their sources:
You know, people who demand to know sources are idiots.  What do they think – that journalists and bloggers are going to give up people who entrusted themselves to give needful reports?  I always protected my sources.  I expect David and Mike to do the same thing.  I would lose respect for them if they didn't.  It’s about more than just expediency.  It’s about honor.  People who demand to know sources don’t understand honor.
And, it's not like Vanderboegh and Codrea don't have a track record of accuracy and good sources.  Anybody remember Fast and Furious?