Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I emailed the instructor about this issue for my upcomming UTAH permit class to get his take on it. According to him this issue is to be discussed in class and, it will not effect MD as MD does not have reciprocity with Utah. The law says it only applies to states that have reciprocity with Utah. I went back and reread the legislation and it does indeed seem to read that way so the point will be moot for us.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ATTENTION: Utah's changing their out-of-state permit laws

A friend of mine just passed this along to me this morning:

The State of UTAH has passed a new law on February 15, 2011 about to be signed by the Governor. The bill changes Section 53-5-704 as it relates to non-residents of Utah being allowed to get Utah permits. Here are the hightlights:
(a) if your own State permit does not honor the Utah permit or does not have reciprocity with Utah - you cannot get a Utah permit - period.
(b) New UTAH applications received by Utah after May 10, 2011 by NYS pistol permit holders will NOT be accepted.
(c) Current UTAH permit holders will be affected by this law when they try to renew their permit anytime after January 1, 2012.

Or, according to (c), I wouldn't waste your money.

For those of us in states with either no permits or no reciprocity, we're screwed out of Utah.  Hopefully Virginia won't get a bug up its ass and change the law.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Range report got delayed by a few days.  Forgot to take pictures.  Trying to get it up tonight.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Okay, NOW I'm disgusted.

Way to go, douchebags.

I'd like to mention that I am a patient of Planned Parenthood.  The local clinic serves as my GYN.  I support everything they stand for.  To see this funding possibly ripped from them disgusts me.  My only hope is this bill doesn't get past the Senate.

I stand with Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Range visit tonight with the cousin.

Expect a full write-up of the RIA, possibly from both of us.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have no words...

At least, nothing better than what Kizz has already said here.  And seriously, go read what she has to say.

That the government is even considering cutting funding to Planned Parenthood distresses me...this is the only way for some women to see a GYN.  This is one of the only organizations supporting the idea that women have the right to decide what we do with our own bodies.  How can we let them decide whether we retain this right?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

For new gun owners...

In honor of a good friend who recently attained citizenship here in the US (woo, conga rats!), I wanted to share two books worth checking out.

Dirtcrashr has more California-specific info, as well.

A weekend dose of WTF...

Since the internets seem pretty quiet today, I give you something that made me go WTF when I saw it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

1911 - I haz it.

So this followed me home today...

It's a Rock Island Armory Match in .45...yes, I know t needs a good cleaning.  Range report will be up next week - meeting with family on Wednesday to give her a bit of abuse.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Will it catch on?

Far from new, but fairly unknown in the US is the sport of Biathlon. This sport involves cross country skiing and shooting. Participants have to cross country ski around a 10 to 20k course in a number of laps depending on the event and shoot between each lap at 5 targets at a distance of 50m. More details can be found here: . It sounds very demanding, but also like a lot of fun. Most Americans, like me have only seen glimpses of this sport during the Winter Olympics, but it’s very widely followed in Europe, so much so that the State of Maine thinks it can cash in on tourists from those countries by promoting it, and building world class facilities to host international biathlon matches and other winter sports. . This plan, according to their website is not only to promote winter sports, but to help Maine’s rural communities have an economic engine to support them in their future. The good news is it seems to be working. They are currently hosting the Biathlon World Cup and reports from their website indicate large crowds have turned out for the event. . You can follow the news there or on for in depth details of the matches. I think this is great news, and gives the shooting community one more thing to attract new shooters or to introduce existing ones to something new and fun.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What are you talking about Noob?

Much like the world of FPS(First Person Shooter) gaming, a gun noob is greeted in similar unfriendly fashion. Name your forum; the first post goes something like this.

Noob: “Hi I was thinking about getting a “blank” and I don’t know much about them. Can you tell me “this, that. and the other?”

This post is usually answered by the various stereotypes we encounter as gun enthusiasts, some make me cringe, some make me scratch my head, and some I just laugh. Could the Noob soften this first encounter by doing more research? Yes. Should he or she have to? Not really. The forum members could just point this Noob to a previous thread or give a basic answer, but they’ve all got to chime in.

Internet expert: “Use the search button noob, it’s at the top.”

Fudd: “what do you want that for? You can’t hunt anything with it. This is a much better choice and it has a wood stock or camo.” (you’ll notice there’s no questions about what does noob want it to do, or why did he or she pick that one.)

Mall Ninja: “I don’t think that’s an HK. Only HK’s will do that. Get this HK and make sure it’s got this laundry list of too totally tacti-cool stuff on it (This one speaks for itself, is usually amusing, but not really helpful.)

Resident curmudgeon NRA lifer: “You’d better get one quick, they’re going to ban those soon. Did you know they are taking your right to own that away. Buy it quick they are coming for it.” (Again the noob must be scratching his or her head at this, wondering what this person is talking about.)

Good old boy, gun know it all: “Yea I had one of those it’s a piece of crap. Buy a S&W instead. Those other companies just make junk. “ (ok sort of helpful, but not really. This person could help but will not volunteer anything and will need to be interrogated to get useful information.)

Ex-mil guy: Does that have an ACOG on it? or an Eotech? We always used those. The other ones are crappy knock offs and the sand gets in em. (ok here I’m just not sure. Could he help? Probably. Will he pay attention and actually answer the question asked? Probably not.

Survival Dude/Prepper: “You can’t carry enough ammo for that in your BOB(Bug Out Bag). It’s not my first choice, well maybe it would be, if you did this to it. Make sure you get some paracord to make a sling for it. Wait I think I heard someone at the door” (this guy is usually a fountain of knowledge. You’ll have to wade through what he or she knows to get what you want though. )

Elitist Sporter: Why would you want that? An over under is what you need, like this one (links to $15k shotgun) At least get a Benelli. ( This guy is not going to understand you unless you are interested in the one thing he’s interested in. Even then you probably can’t afford or are looking for what he suggests)

And our newest stereotype to add to the gang…

Zombie Fighter: “Can you put a chainsaw bayonet on it?” (this guy’s in it for fun, he’ll probably have a lot of geeky knowledge you can access, but he’ll usually be sarcastic and take himself way too seriously.)

These are most but, probably not all the usual stereotypes of gun owners we’ll run into. I think they’re easier to pick out online and stereotype than in person, and shame on you if you do it in real life. You may see yourself in one, or more than one of them or see nothing at all. I certainly fit in multiple categories depending on how geeky I’m feeling that day. The difference between this greeting and the online FPS world is that said Noob will eventually get better at playing the game, and will garner some respect from the other players. There will be pwnage on occasion. In the forum environment; however, that respect will never really be given, and the Noob will probably move on. It’s a “good ole boy club”. Just when we need some fresh meat they’re chasing them away, like this noob is part of the Scooby Kids trying to crack their secret club. I ask after reading this you look at your behavior. Do you do the above? Could you be more helpful? Would it really be hard to do so? Could you cut noobs more slack? Try and inject some fun, be an ambassador and point them in the right direction, or will you shake your proverbial fist and tell them to get off your lawn? I’m not one to be positive all the time. I’m a smart ass not a cheerleader, but I’m going to try and help those noobs, that is, after I get this last headshot.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

QOTD - self defense for women IS NOT something to be ignored!

Women must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. - Susan B. Anthony, July 1871
This is something that I found awhile back, and it struck a chord in me.

For some reason, women just aren't taught the basics of self-defense anymore.  We simply expect the police to protect us, and SURELY nothing bad will ever happen to us.  When I was a kid, I was told to carry a whistle and scream fire (because no one responds to "HELP" anymore), and the nice policemen would come to my rescue every time.  I honestly believed this until I was attacked in my own backyard.  No one came to my rescue...and it was a huge slap in the face to everything I believed until that point.  It planted the seed that eventually grew into my ownership of first knives, then a firearm.

It makes me wonder, though, why women are (with occasional exceptions) generally reluctant to protect themselves.  Is it because we're so reliant on the men in our lives?  Every time the discussion of self defense is brought up outside the gun-friendly circles, women usually say "I just want to take a women's self-defense class, and maybe carry pepper spray."  Pepper spray is useless unless one knows how to use it...and even then, there's a good chance pepper spray will only enrage an attacker further, rather than disarm them.  I can say with absolute certainty that basic self-defense classes geared toward women is NOT the best idea.  They show very limited methods of defending oneself - it’s usually a one-day class, and they teach things men have learned to avoid/defend against since childhood.  These classes give no opportunity to practice skills learned, so they’re generally forgotten quickly.  Effective defense techniques develop over time, not in one day.  

Jennifer posted an article this week that reinforces where we've gone wrong.  In Oklahoma City, a woman was attacked IN A PUBLIC HOTEL BATHROOM.  That it happened is horrible, but we discover that she opted not to carry any form of protection on her person.  She relied on someone else hearing her screams to come and save her.  As this proves, relying on other people just plain doesn't work.  He raped her and got away (only to be caught later, though he has not yet been charged…).  If she had at least had proper training on how to get out of that situation, she may have saved herself the trauma and anguish of being raped.

Now, I know the majority of my readers are gun-friendly.  Many of you have the right to carry in your home state and choose to take advantage of that right.  I applaud you for this.  Carrying a knife is another valid option in many areas (but not all...check local laws).  If you can carry some sort of weapon, please do so.  Get proper training, get comfortable with your weapon of choice, and carry it at all times.  It might mean the difference between life and death, and I’d like to see you living, thanks.  

That said, I also recognize there are people reading this blog who are either not friendly toward weapons or live in areas where it's not legal to carry any sort of gun or blade.  I know some of you assume you live in a safe area or that your husband/boyfriend/friends will be there to help you out of a bad situation, but this isn't the right way to look at it.  Personal responsibility is key here - you have to be able to take care of yourself.  When I was attacked, I lived in a great neighborhood.  As I found out firsthand, there can be a criminal element anywhere people choose to live.  You need to be able to rely on yourself to survive if a situation threatens your safety and no one else is around.  Throwing a punch without any real strength behind it, scratching someone in the face, or screaming at the top of your lungs just plain isn’t going to cut it.  Your attacker WILL overpower you, and people WILL ignore your screams.  It’s become commonplace to avoid conflict, even if someone is obviously getting hurt.

Chris started to teach me to Box, and it showed me that most people don't know how to fight.  In just one session I learned the difference between "self protection" and actually knocking an attacker off guard.  It was enlightening, but I only learned a basic punch.  I will need many more lessons to be effective.  It reinforced the ineffectiveness of those “self defense” classes - it’s been a few weeks, and I haven’t really practiced.  I think I remember what Chris showed me.  I need more time in the gloves to really commit what he showed me to memory...and a lot more time for it to become instinctual.  I realized there’s so much more to defending oneself; how to evade a hit, learning balance points and basic body mechanics, and learning how to use one’s body as a tool are all important to the success of defending oneself in an altercation.  Poking someone in the eyes MAY work, but only if the potential victim has the use of her hands AND if the attacker is inept and off his guard.  Throwing a punch PROPERLY - involving the techniques I just listed - gives the victim a far better chance of getting away.

Please, ladies…do this for you.  Protect yourself from harm.  As that article shows, danger doesn’t just stick to the bad parts of town – it will show up where you least expect it, and usually when no one else can or will help you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I hate this part.

A week ago, I ordered a new pistol. Got a call Thursday saying it's in and the paperwork has been submitted.

I have another week 'till I can pick it up. I hate waiting. (And no, I'm not telling anyone what it is yet...neener neener neener!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recipe what needs sharing.

As a small group of our readers know, Chris is an excellent cook. The man comes up with some fabulous recipes based on what he finds in the kitchen. As a baker, this absolutely amazes me - I can't make my brain think like that. When he comes up with something good, I absolutely demand specifics so I can share them with the world. This is one of those concoctions he came up with on a whim, and you need to make it.

I give you: Salmon Tacos

Do this first!
Yum Yum Sauce

Adjust for quantity - makes 2 cups
1 or 1 ½ cup mayo
1 tablespoon butter/margarine
1 tsp paprika
1 tblsp Sriracha sauce
¼-½ tsp onion powder
¼-1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp tomato paste

Put mayo in a bowl.  Melt the butter in a second small bowl in the microwave.  When melted completely, add other ingredients.  Slowly add the butter mixture to the mayo, stirring to incorporate.

Options: You can use cayenne pepper or regular hot sauce if you don’t have Sriracha.  If you do, add a little extra garlic (you can add more onion powder, too, but make sure there's more garlic than onion).  Adjust other ingredients to taste – if you like it creamier add more butter, if you prefer things more savory add more spices. You can leave out tomato paste. If you do, add more paprika to give it a deeper orange color. Sauce will have a stronger flavor the older it gets, so be careful.  This recipe is incredibly flexible, but the more you change it the less authentic the end result will be.

Fresh Relish

2 cucumbers
Bunch Radish
Cup Cabbage
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
2 tblsp Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, savory sage, rosemary)
1 tsp sugar
Optional: carrot

Dice cucumbers and radish, chop cabbage. For a different look cut cucumbers and cabbage in long strips. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add some slivers of carrot to give it a little sweetness. Will be sour and relish and will get stronger flavor as it melds. Make this about an hour ahead of time, but will work if you make it and use it right away. You can adjust sweetness by adding more sugar.

Salmon Burgers/ Fresh Salmon

If using burgers (which I recommend), Costco sells these, and THEY ARE FABULOUS.  Bake these according to the package - you want them moist but cooked, so don’t let them overcook - and give them a rough chop.
If using fresh salmon filets, bake until white fat just visible on top and break into smaller chunks.

For your base construction, use any sort of flat dough - taco shells will do, as will pitas and sandwich wraps.  Build your taco.  Stuff your face.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Where's the fun?

As I cruise the tubes looking for information on various firearms and gun related activities I have noticed that there is a severe lack of fun being presented in relation to this topic. Discussions are always tangled with politics. Politics are very important to gun owners and shooting sports enthusiasts, but we need to stop and think where gun talk should stop and politics talk should start. They can be separated. I’m not advocating stopping politics talk, but if we are going to get more people interested in gun related activities we need to make it less imposing and realize when the two things need to be separate and when we should talk about them together. We forget that sometimes the guns themselves are imposing enough to new shooters and that some existing shooters get tired of the same old discussions. I’ll go into this more as I think about it, but I really think that fun needs to be emphasized in order for gun related activities to move forward. Thoughts on this are welcome as I’m still hammering out my own.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Anyone shopping for an Airweight .38?

Slickdeals has info on cheapy S&W Airweight M642 in .38sp here.

I know nothing about JetGuns, the site linked off Slickdeals...just sharing the info as I found it.