Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday Talking Points/Book Review

Hello all. We have a book review for today that I will get to in just a minute. But first a quick in real life update.  

So three weeks ago, this happened:

Dumbass in a mid size import decided the turning lane was a good place to try and merge into the travel lane. Grrrr. Finally got that all wrapped up just yesterday. Progressive can choke on a bag full of dicks. 

But hey, I got a set of new tires and enough loss of use money to finish my Gucci AR. So there is that.

And then two weeks, ago Jackie started feeling kinda cruddy. After two days, she took a test and came back positive for Covid. As did I. She's still a little under the weather but not too bad. I'm completely asymptomatic. 

Alrighty and now to our regularly scheduled Tsundoku Tuesday.

So, for some reason, in the Navy aviators historically wear brown shoes. And surface officers wear black shoes. And SEALs wear flippers. (pause for laughter)

Generally Carrier Task Groups, and by law Carriers, are commanded by aviators. But, in the early days of World War Two, Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, a black shoe, commanded a carrier task force in the first three carrier versus carrier engagements of the war. 

And did remarkably well, in my opinion. Which is also the opinion of John Lundstrom in his terrific work about the Admiral. Cool fun fact: Admiral Fletcher received the Medal of Honor at Veracruz, while fighting with the Marines. So I guess it makes sense that the destroyer skipper might wind up fighting carrier battles.

Coral Sea was strategic victory but minor tactical defeat. Midway might be the greatest Naval battle of all time. And The Battle of Eastern Solomons...is murky. Baby Marines are ed a steady diet of how the Navy carriers left them and that has entered the commonly accepted pop history of the battle. And Admiral Fletcher is generally regarded as the guy who ran.

All of which is damn near false. The Admiral got a bum rap. John Lundstrom makes quite he case for Admiral Fletcher. And does it in a way that almost reads like a Barrett Tillman novel. 

Five out Five longnecks. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

First Aid Friday

By Pudge

The other day I did some informal tourniquet testing and wanted to share my findings. (If I practice making holes in someone I should be ready to stop those holes from bleeding too.) One of my medics (these guys are extremely well trained and who I want working on me in a bad situation) and I did some comparison testing between CAT, SOF-T, and RATS tourniquets. We conducted the following timed tests: self-application on arm, partner application on leg, and application with surgical lubricant. (The surgical lube was used to replicate blood. The lube was more slippery than large amounts of blood.)

Test results in seconds listed in the chart below. Times are averages between myself and my medic's application times.


Self-application on arm

Buddy application on leg










Below are some pros and cons that we found for each type of tourniquet.

Pros- easiest to apply both 1 and 2 handed

Cons- if dirt/debris gets in the velcro it can slip, easiest to accidentally catch the strap during movement and release tension

Pros- you don't lose the initial bite if it slips, best option for long movements of casualty, once locked in it is the most secure, and it is the most durable because of the metal windlass

Cons- hardest to employ one handed due to the windlass holder (this is also what makes it the most secure) This is why the self-application time is much higher than the others. The blood had stopped flowing much sooner but it took considerable extra time to get the windlass locked in place.

Pros- quick application, great for small children and animals (the other tourniquets don't allow you to tighten as far on small limbs) This is the main reason I would recommend a couple of RATS tourniquets for anyone with children or animals. It is also very low profile in comparison and is a good option for your everyday carry kit. For adults one of the other 2 are probably better options but the RATS is still very much usable.

Cons- if it slips you have to start all over with wrapping it and it is the hardest to use when slippery (harder to hang on to when soaked in blood but can still be used)

RATs applied on leg as medic checks to make sure blood flow is stopped.

I am continuing to test all of these tourniquets and will post updates when I am able to conduct more formal testing. Each one has its benefits as well as negatives so it is up to each person to decide which fits their application best.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Talking Tuesday

Over, on the book of faces, Tam shared a post poking fun at the old timer behind the gun counter. I felt inspired to turn that on it's head. Please find below a little quiz to take to determine if you're "that" customer: 

1) You are standing in line waiting for the clerk to assist you. He is busy showing a young lady a Glock   19. What should you do? 
    A. Wait patiently and think about baseball 
    B. Interject and say she needs a Judge 
    C. Interject and say those tupperware guns are useless 
    D. Interject and say she needs something small and pink 

2) You are looking for the newest rifle from Remchester. The clerk hands you said rifle. It has a reasonable price on it. What should you do? 
    A. Say "Great, I'll take it." 
    B. Bore him with a story about a deer you shot in 1975 with a Marlin from 200 yards. 
    C. Complain that "they don't make them like they use to." 
    D. Ask if you buy the gun do you get free "shells" 

3) You are looking at high end sporting shotguns while your wife shops next door at Kohl's. The clerk is showing a young man different types of 9mm Hollow Points. What do you do? 
    A. Say nothing and continue about your day 
    B. Interject how 9mm is worthless and you need to carry a gun in a caliber that starts with "4" 
    C. Interject how hollow point ammunition will get you prosecuted 
    D. Interject about how you alternate ball and hollow points in your carry mag 

4) It is the day before deer season. You NEED a box of .25-06 soft points. The store is very busy. What do you do? 
    A. Wait patiently and think about football 
    B. Call the clerk "Boy" real loud to asert dominance 
    C. Skip the line and interrupt the clerk filling out a 4473 
    D. Loudly complain about all these folks buying "space guns" 

5) The clerk is showing a petite young lady a Troy Industries AR pistol with a brace. He is talking about Speer gold dots and active hearing protection for inside the home. What should you do?
    A. Wait patiently and think about bowling
    B. Say that all you need for home defense is a pump shotgun
    C. Loudly state that them braces illegal
    D. Tell a story about how you carried a M-14 for two years in West Germany

6) A well dressed young man is looking at a high end piece of glass for his new F-Class rifle. What should you do?
    A. Wait patiently and think about basketball
    B. Let out a whistle and remark about the price tag
    C. Say that the Barska you bought at Wal-Mart is just as good
    D. Mutter about iron sights and how things use to be

If you had more than two answers other than "A", maybe you should take a long look in the mirror before going to the gun shop on Saturday to "look around". 

Hope y'all enjoyed today's lesson. And if any feathers were ruffled, let me know in the comments. But all of this was in good fun.

Housekeeping note: The new blogger layout sucks. But I'm getting use to it. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday Sojourn

In my attempt to spread 'knowledge' wherever I can, Major Rawles' SurvivalBlog posted some content from me today.

I gave some thoughts and how-to on what Wargaming is and how/why to do it. I figured that it might be something pertinent to some of us in the coming months.

A picture of a recent HALO operation because why not!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday Follies

Spring Power-
By Pudge

The other day as I was sitting studying up on some random moments in history, I get a video call from everyone’s favorite counter jockey. The tupperware gunsmith himself needed some thoughts on a Vietnam era 1911 that he was working on. Well, knowing that I love ‘antiquated’ equipment, even though it still gets the job done better than most, who better to call. After some Mack grumblings, the well known ‘sproing’ happens. Pretty sure that recoil spring plug got launched to the other side of Atlanta. A few more choice words that only a well-seasoned tradesman knows and it was time for round two. A little encouragement from yours truly and we were ready to see if the next one could rival a NASA launch. I was not disappointed when ‘doiiing’, this one took off with even more gusto than number one. I’m pretty sure they are forever stuck in the ceiling of the garage as a permanent fixture from now until the end of time. This did it for Mack. Well, nothing a nice oat soda or two couldn’t fix but definitely gave me a lot of good laughs. 

Anyone who has worked on any sort of firearm before I’m sure can relate to the above chronicle. Just make sure you pass these stories on to others because you never know when a friend needs a good laugh.

Probably wouldn't have happened with a recoil spring plug like this!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Freedom Friday

Let's talk about 12 Sept 2001 for just a minute. A CIA paramilitary guy got off a plane in Karachi. An aging Air Force Senior Master Sergeant hugged his kid and left for Hurlburt Airfield on the gulf coast. The FDNY and NYPD were, at the time, conducting search and rescue operations. They'd soon become search and recovery. 3/75 started gearing up. Wills were written and signed. Cars sold. Leases terminated. Bar tabs paid. Strippers hugged. Dogs given away. There was a war on. The U.S. Navy, doing Admiral Halsey proud, moved heaven and earth to get all the carriers ready for action. TLAMs were checked and double checked. The Air Force, after not being allowed to plaster Tehran, Baghdad, Pyongyang, and Kabul the day before, geared up for a conventional fight. To include the above mentioned reservist who knew all the ins and outs of the MH-53E Pave Low III. And over the course of the next couple of weeks we kicked the ever loving hell out of the Taliban and Al-Quaeda. The near entirety of the U.S. military was unleashed against our nation's enemies. The Coldstream Guards, Her Majesty's Own, played the Star Spangled Banner at the changing of the guard outside of Buckingham Palace. A few years later, I wore a FDNY patch on my plate carrier. Danny wore a backwards Yankees hat under his MICAH. I refused to condone the American league and couldn't support the Mets. And that's all there really is to say about 12 Sept 2001. And that's all we need to say about it. Because as a Nation we came together. And on 9/11 a lot guys didn't say anything that didn't need to be said. A janitor, who was an Eagle Scout, followed a group of fire fighters up because he had keys. A rugby player and an accountant decided that they'd give it the old college try. And won our first victory of the GWOT. A former Rhodesian national policeman, who wore the big yellow patch just like Uncle Cart, did his level best to ensure his head count was correct. When he came up a couple short, he went running back into hell to do his duty. A senior fire fighter started heading up when the recall was issued and his head count came up short. Mister Luke knew what he was talking about when he preached the importance of an accurate head count.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday Tips

Drills Edition-
By Pudge

Last week we discussed creating a training plan for the range to make sure we made the most out of our time and ammo. So today I’d like to talk about a few drills that I like and use to measure performance. A quick search on the all-knowing internet will inundate you with so many drills it is hard to know where to start. If you’ve seen it or read about it, I’ve probably tried it out. But after lots testing, I’ve narrowed it down to the ones that I believe are best. I’ll still run other drills but just not as often as the ones mentioned below. (These can be used for handgun or rifle. Time standards and distance may adjust based on chosen weapon system.)
Warm-up Drills-
Eleanor Drill by Sage Dynamics- (https://www.sagedynamics.org/) This is meant to be shot cold as you show up to the range. The goal is to not miss under 2.5 seconds. It is a good combination of first round accuracy and speed. (video of drill- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiW4Az7buVw&t=17s)
Baer Standards Drill by Baer Solutions- (https://baersolutionsllc.com/freetargets) Like the Eleanor, this is meant to be shot cold as well, but should also be shot at the end to see progress from your training session. (video of drill- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7yecZPunGY)
Training Drills-
Dot torture- (https://pistol-training.com/drills/dot-torture) I will always do this drill anytime I get a new handgun and will usually use it as a metric for that handgun until I can run the drill clean. (video of drill- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guxSc0o6lAU)
Cadence Standards by Sage Dynamics- (https://www.sagedynamics.org/) Great drill to make sure you have a solid grip during cadence strings of fire. (video of drill- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBsOcJVoX6s)
Assault Course Drill- (https://pistol-training.com/drills/10-round-assault-course-2) Good drill to get moving and shooting from varying distances. (video is in description link)
Cool-down Drills-
25 meter Bull- Some people use this for warm-up but I like to use it as a cool down to rehash the fundamentals and really drive them home as the last thing I do. It also makes me have to stay focused after potentially a long day in the sun. This drill is usually shot using a B8 target, 10 rounds in 10 minutes. Yes, this is a long time for 10 rounds but the point is pure focus on accuracy. You can shoot a round, dryfire a few times, load and shoot, repeat until all 10 rounds are fired. (I’ll usually complete the drill in 2-4 minutes because too long creates adverse effects.)
As I previously stated, there are so many drills out there it is hard to decide what is useful and what is just some fake operator kung fu. https://pistol-training.com/drills is a good place to start. The best advice I can give you is to try a bunch out, decide which ones assess the skills you deem most critical and stick with them. Now get out there and get better.

Tuesday Talking Points/Book Review

Hello all. We have a book review for today that I will get to in just a minute. But first a quick in real life update.   So three weeks ago,...