RIP Bert Miller

Herbert S. Miller (Age 89)
Of Reston, VA, on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Anne Broy Miller; loving father of Rachel Peck (Michael), Jonathan Miller (Carolyn), Rebecca Miller, and Roo Costello. Cherished grandfather of Anil, Angelica, Cadence, Nick,  Gray, and Dana. Born in Brooklyn, NY. Longtime resident of Reston, VA. Worked at Justice Department, Georgetown University Law Center, and DC Superior Court. Active in politics, the peace movement, and other causes. Friends may inquire with Bull Run Unitarian Universalists in Manassas, VA, 703-361-6269, about the memorial service to be held there.

--Normal Blogging will resume soon.

I need another model

I am in search of another subject for a photo shoot.

This time I would like her to be an actual shooter. I want to avoid having to make someone who has never touched a gun look like an experienced shooter.

I am in Northern VA and you would get copies of all photos we take for your own use.

Send me a private email if you are interested.

--It's spring! We can shoot outside!

Quotes of the Week

Productive work is the central purpose of a rational man’s life.
– Ayn Rand

Government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
– William Ellery Channing

We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
– Thomas Jefferson

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
– James Bovard

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Running Late on Friday

Time has been thin this week.

My children's Grandfather is under hospice care and we have been sitting with him on an end of life vigil.

His name is Bert Miller and his 90th birthday is on Monday.

Why do I mention him on my gun blog? Bert has been a life long liberal democrat. But he was always respected my opinions. He believed in the Constitution and the strength of the foundation it created.

He was the first person to explain the depth of the bigotry associated with gun control to me.

My thoughts will be with him during this time.

--I can hear his laugh, even now.

Random Thursday.

The Blog well is feeling kind of dry this morning.

I just finished the second draft of my second book. It will be going to the beta reader team soon.

Need more coffee today, bad.

A friend of mine just bought a .300 Winchester mag. I have never shot one.

Spring pollen is super bad this year. I blame JayG.

My laptop is beginning to have problems. I hate the end-of-life issues with computers as much as with cars.

--Dammit, my car is making a noise! Oh the humanity!

Ruger American Ranch Rifle 300 Blackout

Ruger American Ranch Rifle 300 Blackout

This rifle is configured exactly the way I would want one, with a suppressor. They are also making the Mini-14 in 300 Blackout. I already have a 300 Blackout AR15 that is great.



--I will be interested in the resolution to the mag problem they had.

Tobaccology

I stopped at my local cigar  shop on Saturday and noticed a new sign on the door.

It is a good thing. The part I like best is, "Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the US Constitution as an unalienable right of all citizens."

It's too bad there is a need for this kind of thing.

--It's a good advertising ploy! I spent more!

Quotes of the Week

"If a man is compelled to work against his will for one minute or one second, for any cause...whatsoever--*that* is involuntary servitude."
--Ayn Rand Bot

We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
– Thomas Jefferson

We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
– Thomas Jefferson

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
– Will Rogers

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
– Hugo Black

Random Friday

Damn, it is cold today. It's 31, on April 24th. That is so wrong.

Tomorrow I am going to the range with a bunch of people. Followed by steak, beer, bourbon, cigars and poker. A typical Saturday, now that I think of it.

The Nations Gun Show is this weekend. I should go buy .223.

Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos is out! Go buy it.

Buy Still Falling while you are at it!

--The coffee is magical this morning. Why is there no bacon?




KSTG

On Tuesday I was in a KSTG match at the NRA HQ Range. I did way better than last time!

Kinda Sorta Tactical Game (KSTG) was created as an outlet for practical shooters to exercise defensive shooting skills and tactics in a competitive environment with minimal subjective judgments by officials.

The rules of KSTG evolved from other popular competitive shooting sports such as IPSC and IDPA. Many concepts, procedures, and naming conventions are borrowed from these sports for the sake of familiarity.

First, I managed to not get disqualified! Plus I didn't shoot any hostages! I only received one penalty for shooting the targets in one of the stages in the wrong order.

--I was way less nervous this time. Slow and sure. Big fun. And the reload practice was excellent.


Weekly Comic Wednesday


KSTG Match Tonight

Tonight I am in a KSTG match at the NRA HQ Range.

Kinda Sorta Tactical Game (KSTG) was created as an outlet for practical shooters to exercise defensive shooting skills and tactics in a competitive environment with minimal subjective judgments by officials.

The rules of KSTG evolved from other popular competitive shooting sports such as IPSC and IDPA. Many concepts, procedures, and naming conventions are borrowed from these sports for the sake of familiarity.

The rules are an attempt to balance objectivity, common tactical principles, and fun. KSTG is not intended to serve as formal training. It’s a game. Have fun.



--This will be fun!

Winchester SPX Fail

This is why the 4 Rules are so important:



--I hope he get a replacement quickly...

Quotes of the Week

It is no more the function of government to impose a moral code than to impose a religious code. And for the same reason.
– Robert M. MacIver

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
– Hugo Black

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
– Lao Tzu

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
– Barry Goldwater

We do not face large deficits because American families are undertaxed; we face deficits because the Federal Gov't overspends.
–Ronald Reagan