Gun-Day Monday: Wise Words

MDL sent this over with the concise notation, “Wise words.” And right he is. Do what needs to be done. Very likely you will be glad of it later.

Farnam on Training

As you know, I’m a follower and fan (and student) of John Farnam, and I’ve cited his “Quips” more than once. Here’s another one, and it’s Farnam at his best; particularly recommended for NCOs and junior officers who haven’t yet been beaten down by the system. Read it all, please. 29 Apr 14 “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it!” Andre Gide Comments on institutionalized training. We, now and then, present training programs at state academies and other long-established “institutions.” In the private sector, we’ve moved forward rapidly over the past few decades, but many […]

Nation’s Gunshow AAR, 27 Apr 14

MDL, ETP0802, and Math Lady and I hit the Nation’s Gunshow here in NoVA yesterday. (Little did I know it, but Maj W DC was also there at the same time.) I went better prepared, monetarily, than last time, and was able to score some minor triumphs– a 100-rd value pack of Winchester .45 ACP FMJ, a MagPul MOE pistol grip for the AK, and a handful of med kit items. All of these were priced below what you’d find on the major websites, and with the modest admission fee beating shipping costs it was a true bargain. A few […]

Firearms Friday: Female Instructors and Ammo Sales

MDL tossed this over to us: “Female Gun Instructors in Hot Demand.” (You can add to that the John R. Murphy-hosted “Defensive Handgun for Women,” taught by Cornered Cat.) Also– MidwayUSA is having a clearance sale on some hard-to-find-and-expensive-when-you-can-find-it Cor-Bon DPX ammo, such as the 185-grain .45 ACP and the 62-grain .223. NOT A BAD DEAL AT ALL. One box of each wiped out the shipping for me.

Russian Ammo: Good and Bad News

Brother Farnam sent this out today: With the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Vlad P has decided to halt exports of Russian-made small-arms ammunition to the USA. Most domestic ammunition shortages associated fears over gun-control legislation had been alleviated over the past few months. But, now this new development is currently generating fresh shortages, mostly of 7.62×39. AK owners who do not currently have an adequate supply of 7.62×39 will have great difficulty finding it now, as domestic production can’t come close to keeping-up with demand! And not just 7.62×39. Wolf, etc, churn out other calibers and not all steel-cased. AIM […]

Gun-Day Monday: New FPF Site, Ukrainian Ammo, etc

1. FPF Training has a “massively upgraded” site. (If the old one comes up, dump your cache.) Among the improvements is a section for “Hosted Instructors,” which shows a few seats left for another set of Greg Ellifritz courses in two weeks– Ground Fighting and Tactical First Aid. GET IN WHILE YOU CAN; YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED. 2. I saw this post and said, uh-oh, yep, that would be a strong possibility. So I went on GunBroker.com to check prices and availability of my favorite 7.62×39. So far no issues, but you never know. HOWEVER, a little closer digging led […]

Gun-Day Monday: Upcoming Events at FPF Training

Looking all the way into May, courtesy of John R. Murphy of FPF Training. The full schedule is on this website, but here are some highlights; note the SHOTGUN and REVOLVER courses. (Yes, I’ll be at the shotgun course.) Greg Ellifritz is back in March 15-16 for “Ground Fighting” and the “Collapse Medicine”.  Ground Fighting: The presentation and practical application of various techniques of reversal and escape for average average citizens to augment their pistol and enhance their capacity for self-defense. Protective gear in the form of a cup and glasses recommended, but not required. This class will be conducted indoors at […]

Farnam: “More on Winter Weather”

A follow-up to a previous post, same subject; both well worth reading: 31 Jan 14 Additional on Winter Storms: From a friend in WI: “Winter conditions here are often life-threatening, because of the cold. Entire stretches of highway have been shut-down, often fifty miles or more. Sometimes, no one can get off for over half a day! Being thus stranded in a stationary car that is running out of gas can be a death-sentence, and has been for some! One thing I’ve learned, and of which I was reminded from looking at Atlanta: you need to stay off of limited-access […]

“Ready or Not!”

From Mr Farnam, re the recent meteorological boar-hoggery in the Deep South, said by one Tango Seven-Six to be unparalleled since Sherman last visited: 30 Jan 14 Individual Preparedness: This from a friend in Atlanta, GA: “Few locals were prepared for this weather! I personally witnessed several thousand people walking away from abandoned vehicles, on just one highway. Ice was an inch thick! I drove as far as I could yesterday morning, and then walked three more miles, all in order to rescue a friend, his wife,and daughter after their car ran out of gas. They sat in their cold […]

Weapons Wednesday: Pistol Calibers

More items of interest from the great John Farnam: “It all depends…” For my first Quip of 2014, I will talk briefly about trends in serious pistol calibers. When asked about pistol calibers and guns, and which is “best,” I’m reminded of this poetic advice given to aspiring poker players by one of my favorite authors on the subject, John Vorhaus: “Poker is a challenge, built on tendencies and trends / And many tough decisions, upon which a session bends / So, when I’m asked for advice by strangers, or by friends, / I look them squarely in the eye […]