1-11-11: You know, we have a lot of people in Federal Offices, and Judges. Do you know all of them? Can you recognize them all 300 yards away? I know I can’t. So when Representative King in New York, a Republican mind you, says that he’s introducing legislation... well... here. Check this out. This is a hard thing to make work. I know all of us are Good Law Abiding Subjects and none of us want to break the Law. So how do we know who these judges are from a distance? To prevent this bill from creating hundreds of thousands of new criminals every day, I have a couple suggestions. First, each Federal Judge must wear a large bright green foam rubber cowboy hat. This makes them visible from 300 yards away. “But what if they are in a crowd or something?” That’s a good question. They must also carry with them a bunch of helium balloons. This why all members of congress and judges can be seen from 300 yards away and anyone with a gun on them can easily avoid them. I think this is an elegant solution to a serious problem. I also suggest carpooling for Congress and the Judges, because this 300 yard rule doesn't just end at the curb... and they want to go green, so it needs to be an economical car, right? Your Congress.
1-10-11: So yesterday I did some shooting with my SIG GS1911 TACOPS: I popped a few more round this morning, after discovering I had a partial box of CCI Blaser Brass rounds under the seat of my truck. Functionality has been flawless with all rounds fired. All Magazines used. Sig’s factory magazines, a Novak mag, and several Kimber Pro Mags. Accuracy has been exceptional and I think I just might have the most accurate 1911 that I have ever owned. It’s already the most reliable. The only 1911 type weapon that I have ever shot that has been this accurate has been the custom gun I got from Rock River, the SIG C3, and the Springfield TRP. I’ve fired other customs from great makers such as Ed Brown and Les Baer... but this TACOPS seems to have a slight accuracy edge. And did I mention the reliability? It felt good right out of the box, cycling it by hand. But after the Slipstream treatment it felt amazing. In the video I did when I had no voice, I used just oil. I later went back and ran some of the Slipstream grease over the rails... the results are amazing, as usual with Slipstream. The way the TACOPS shoots, I’m impressed as hell with this gun. I’ll put this SIG right up there with the TRP from Springfield. If there is any downside to the TACOPS it is the same as any other 5" full steel... its got some weight to it. However that same weight has the benefit of making it a very soft shooting handgun.
I’m getting pissed off about this AZ Shooting Tragedy: The
Psychopath that carried out this violence was a Registered Democrat.
His fellow students were afraid of him because he was unstable, and
they called him “Left Wing”. Yet this his actions were somehow the
fault of Sarah Palin? This makes no sense. Sarah Palin has never
called out for violence... let’s see... who does? How about MSNBC’s
Ted Rall? Wait, let me try to get this straight. A Liberal
Jackass calls for Violence and a Liberal Wacko does Violence, yet
it’s a Conservative Conspiracy and thus the fault of Sarah Palin?
This makes my brain hurt, not trying to follow the logic, but
trying to see how so many people believe the Liberal Party Line
chanting that it’s Sarah Palin and the Conservatives are some how
behind this or that it was because of something the Right Wing said
when everything about him points otherwise. This kid didn’t didn’t
follow Conservative pundits... he was a follower of the Democratic
Underground and the DailyKOS... Not Rush or Palin.
HAPPY 1911 Day! What?
You don’t know what that is? 1-9-11. This is the day that no
matter what you have going on - get out to your range and pop off at
least one magazine worth of good old .45ACP. This is the only day
that even God In Heaven looks down upon the 1911 and says that it’s
good. John Moses Browning, standing beside him, grinning and
nodding with the satisfaction that he invented something that has
withstood the test of time. Like beer, bacon, the pocket knife, hot
chicks, and Sausage. This is a very special day because there will
not be another one for a hundred years. If you don’t have a 1911...
Can’t say that I didn’t warn you. I’ve been telling people all year
last year that if you don’t have one by 2011, you are wrong.
The AZ Congressperson Shooting:
This was an unfortunate event, by all counts. But even more
unfortunate is the reporting of it... because sane people have the
ability to use rational thought regarding it, and yet they haven’t.
A Federal Judge was shot and killed in that even, along with a
Child. We didn’t hear anything about those persons until much later
in the day. All the news was about the Congressperson, and about
the Shooter. Why is the Congressperson so bloody important? Is her
injury more important than the other’s deaths? It’s like SOMEONE
IMPORTANT GOT HURT and oh, by the way, some Little People got killed
too. And then there is all the attention being put on the Shooter.
His name, his facebook, his youtube, his myspace... Giving him
fame and putting him in the history books. People, please! Don’t
make these kind of people famous! Don’t say their name, don’t
search them out. This guy was nuts. Now Big Sis is going to come
down on anyone that might kinda look like him online. Guys that
are opinionated, guys that like guns, guys that are Conservative in
nature... Big Sis is going to point her fingers and say “See! What
have I been saying?” And all her Domestic Terror Watch bullshit is
going to roll forward with a vengeance.
It’s sad when Blog Trimming time comes...
old favorite blogs that withered on the vine... died, and now
trimmed away, leaving a blog list that is more live and vibrant.
New Blogs have been added. Blogs from Members of WeTheArmed.com
have been included. So sad on one hand, yes. But a happy time as
well. So check out the new blog list.
The 2011 is 1911’s Golden Year. This
year is pinnacle Golden Year for the 1911 pistol. The Golden Years
I should say... It’s been said that the 1911 is the weapon of the
aficionado and professional. However it's not the gun I would
recommend to most guys... in fact, I hardly ever recommend them
anymore unless I am talking to a fellow aficionado or one who wants
to become one. Now here is the thing... modern professionals are
moving from 1911's to Glocks, M&P's, and SIG's... guns that are not
labors of love. Modern Professionals are selecting guns that don't
require the attention and just simply work rain or shine. I think
the 1911 is in its golden years... I know some cops that still carry
them, but they are all older. That's what they know. I also know
younger cops, who dabbled with 1911’s but have switched back to
Glocks or such because of the simplicity and unquestionable
Been having fun playing with the latest version of Ubuntu, 10.10. It took 20 minutes to download the latest ISO, download the USB Jump Drive installer, and create the bootable Jump Drive. Then I booted to the Jump Drive and 2 minutes later, here I am on Google Docs jotting down my thoughts. Brilliant!
It’s the 4th day of the new year and I’m still bloody sick: I
went to work this morning and after a couple hours, had to come home
again. Is it okay to say I’m sick of this? Speaking is physically
exhausting... I get winded like I just ran the Army PT Test 2 mile
run. Then I’ll get random coughing fits that end up with me puking.
It’s like I have no air. You know what I have? “Walking
KACP, Freedom 570 AM is now just broadcasting 105.7KNRS. This means no more Armed American Radio in Salt Lake. Please contact KNRS Program director Jeff Cochran at 801-908-1300. Make sure to politely request that KNRS bring AAR over from KACP. Make sure to leave a message on the recorder if they don't get directly through to Jeff. Please be polite and respectful... and persistent. We can’t lose AAR in Salt Lake! Also, contact your other radio stations and ask them to carry AAR!
You ever see a new gun that is just so... Gotta Have? Yeah, I got hit with that again. Kel-Tec has done it to me... A dual feed pump action bullpup shotgun. I want that gun so hard that it hurts me. That’s my dream gun.
I’m still suffering from a problem in my larynx and lungs. My voice is effected. I sound like Rorschach from “The Watchmen”. This would be a step up from sounding like Nike Cage as many YouTube followers say I sound like. It wouldn’t be so bad save for the fact that just speaking is physically exhausting. I had to take a day off work today, and that’s not cool. I hate being sick and I’ve been sick now since last Wed. Physically I am feeling much better, but the breath/speaking thing is the limiting factor here.
I would blog more about Food and Restaurants... because I love good
could write a whole new Blog about just that. Unfortunately I live
outside of Vernal Utah. Let me make something perfectly clear: We
don’t have good restaurants here. We have a few Chains... To make
my point, the two best places to eat are 1. Golden Corral. 2. Cafe
Rio. That’s it. I’m serious. You can’t call it Fine Dining by any
means... but at least its edible and you'll get your moneys worth.
The "7-11 Ranch Restaurant" has been here forever. Unfortunately
the place serves up the worst burnt gristle and fat that I’ve ever
Ken Salazar is a man with no balls. He announces in Denver that he’s going to screw Utah. Of course, people in Denver cheer that. Much like Clinton’s announcement of the Grand Escalante Land Grab... while in Arizona. How come they can’t come to Utah to announce their shafting of Utah? Cowardice! Utah’s state legislature has said nothing about this... And that is highly disappointing. This move by Ken Salazar to snatch more authority should be outrageous to everyone in Congress... Because only Congress can create Wilderness, but this is just what Salazar has done. This is an affront to the democrat process and constitutional law. It’s also a huge middle finger to the State of Utah. Because while special interest groups such as the Siera Club and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance had many meetings with the BLM and Salazar’s office - The State Of Utah on any level was basically shut out. Utah had no say in this. This guy standing across the boarder waves his hand and steals a huge swath of our State. This is outrageous. Utah needs to write and pass a law that all of Utah once again belongs to Utah and is under Utah management, not Ken Salazar’s or anyone else’s. This is one of the most infuriating things I’ve ever seen happen. The US Supreme Court needs to shut this clown down.
First day of the new year and I have no voice... I can’t talk... Bronchitis... Sore throat. Sick as a dog. At least I don’t have a fever. I’ll be fine... it’s just annoying.
The Year of the 1911: Gear up for it... Every gun magazine in the world is going to be running articles and photos about every kind of 1911 on the market past, present and future. And that’s cool... but not everyone likes a 1911. We call those people, “Wrong”. A 1911 is a great weapon. It may not be everyone’s first choice for a side arm, but we have to give it the respect it deserves. For the First Day of this New Year, on my hip is riding a new 1911 .45. It’s from SIG. It’s the TacOps model, and it is amazing. Because I’m under the weather, I am not going out and doing anything... which means I’m at home, on the couch, not even going out to do any shooting. This is a bummer. The new SIG 1911 though, makes me feel much better. Oh, and being Utah’s official State Gun... it’s all the better to be packing on New Years Day.
12-31-10: Ruger’s Gunsite Scout Rifle: Before I go on, I have to set the tone from where I am coming from. I don’t like Ruger. I’m being honest here, I just don’t like Ruger. Look up my past comments about Ruger and you can clearly see that I am no fan. I like to bash on Ruger, because I think they are an easy target. Now back to the subject. Ruger and Gunsite basically took the Ruger Frontier Rifle and gave it a system to adjust the length of pull, gave it a detachable box magazine, Iron sights, and a flash suppressor. I’ve mounted scopes on the Frontier in the Scout Configuration several times before. I like the Frontier. It’s the only centerfire rifle from Ruger that I have liked. Now we have this Gunsite Scout. I like the idea of the Scout, the magazine idea is good... the whole concept is good... however I think he execution is lacking. For example, why would I spend the extra money for this Scout when I have the same thing in the Frontier? Well, looking at the Website, I can’t even find the Frontier there anymore... But the Scout is on the front page. You could get the Frontier rifle in .300 WSM, a huge increase in Punch. The Scout, however is available only in .308. Not that it’s a bad thing... .308 is just fine. But a .300 WSM would be better. Actually, the .270 WSM would have been a lot more suitable, but that’s another subject. Okay, now let’s get this done here... I’m not digging the execution of the Gunsite Scout. The Flash Hider is cheap looking and ugly. Ruger is putting that same thing on everything and they shouldn’t put it on anything. I like the M-16A2 style Flash Hider much better. Or just not use any at all. I don’t like the Laminate Stock. How about a simple synthetic stock? Maybe one made of Kevlar? The 10 round magazine seems to stick out too far for the capacity. But that’s not a real problem. Really there is no one thing that stands out as being too wrong, its just the sum of its parts that makes the Gunsite Scout off. Not only that, it seems to be a bit too expensive for what it is. Alternatives to the Ruger-Gunsite Scout are plenty. I like the Ruger Frontier for example. I also really like the Savage Scout... a rifle that has quietly been getting the job done for years now... the new version has also been upgraded to the AccuStock with it’s superior bedding system. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the estimation that the Savage will scalp the Ruger in accuracy... which for a bolt action rifle is hugely important. How about the original scout rifles? A classic lever action carbine? In .30-30 or such, that’s a gun that’s been getting it done since the beginning. If I was going to buy a new Scout Rifle right now... I’d take the money for the Ruger Scout and spend that amount on the Savage Scout and the money I saved I’d buy a good scope for it and then I'd have a rifle that was a flat out better shooter. But that’s just me. A lot of guys are really digging the Ruger but I question if they are really liking the Ruger, or just the Scout concept in general.
One of the finest things in life, outside of friends and family...
is a fine weapon.
A well crafted arm, made with skill and of good materials is a
thing of beauty. I think most of those who read MadOgre.com would
agree. A good knife, probably the most useful... a well made pistol
such as a 1911 is truly a wonderful thing... however, I think the
pinnacle of the art comes in form of a Rifle. Some would argue the
import and grace of a military style weapon, such as an AR... but I
say the pinnacle takes the form of a Hunting Rifle. More elegant
lines, a purity of form and function... and make no mistake, it’s
function is to kill. A hunting rifle can deliver a powerful
kill-shot at extended ranges making for an ethical and clean kill
that is the goal of every hunter. Every sportsman. A hunting rifle
is the culmination of centuries of hunting tradition combined with
the most exacting of precision engineering for the sighting
instrument. And the Cost? Nothing like what arms used to cost. A
fine weapon used to cost the soldier almost a years worth of wages
or more. It was important enough to them. Now it’s much cheaper.
A slight fraction. DeBeers, the family that has been in control of
the Diamond Trade has been so kind as to tell us how much we should
spend on their little glittery bobbles. How much should one spend
on a Fine Weapon? A solid and manageable figure... How about the
equivalent of 1 Pay Check? For a Shotgun, Handgun, or Rifle...
Every Man should have a fine weapon and One Pay Check is a good
I have to mention the film True Grit again. Yes, I think Jeff Bridges completely owned the role of Rooster and did a better job of it than The Duke. He did. And the girl... amazing performance. Yet I continue to be haunted by a walk on character that doesn’t get 2 minutes of screen time... The Bear Hat Man. He haunts my nightmares... in my dark dreams of twisty roads covered in shadow, the Bear Hat Man rides out to offer his very special Medical Attention. He is, without a doubt, the single most disturbing thing I’ve seen in 2010. The Bear Hat Man. A Perfect Model of the Stereotypical Mountain Man... which while probably no historically accurate... reminds us of who those people where... Educated, smart men... who spent waaay too much time away from civilization. Now... do you need any... medical... attention...?