Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Am Willing To Bet It Would Have Been Different Had It Been Police Here...

...who responded to this domestic violence call. I can envision at the very least, an apartment door busted in, cops in military gear making entry with guns drawn and knocking the guy on his arse or shooting him with a TASER and then cuffing him before ripping up the apartment while searching it for a victim. Then, almost without a doubt, he would be arrested for some type of contraband they just happened to come across while searching for the body.

I am not saying that would happen with every police department that might respond to such a call in the US, not even with most of them, but let's face it there sure is a good possibility it would happen that way with way too many of them. Of course, the apartment dweller would become an overnight millionaire too.

All the best,
Glenn B

Hope You All had A Happy Thanksgiving

Hope all of my readers had a happy Thanksgiving no matter your religious beliefs or lack of them. On Thanksgiving you can be thankful to God, to Nature, to your families and friends for whatever you have had in life that you appreciate. I have a lot for which to be thankful, especially for my family.

All the best,
Glenn B

Advantage To The Knife Holder At 7 Yards?

All other things being equal, at 7 yards distance (a mere 21 feet) if someone confronting you is holding a knife and you have a holstered gun, and there is no cover available, I believe that the person with the knife almost always has the advantage over you as to who can wound the other first. You may not believe that but I do because I have been trained time and time again that such is the case. In fact, in later years of my continued tactical firearms
training, my instructors increased the distance to 30 feet (10 yards) although that was slightly controversial. You also may not want to believe it but the 21 foot rule also sometimes (note I did not say always) applies when you have your firearm, in hand, in the ready position. Even if your assailant does not have an advantage if you already have your weapon out at the ready, at a mere 7 yards, the odds are still not in your favor by much, if at all, and it is more likely that the best you can hope for is a tie. A tie when facing life threatening force is not good odds for you or the other guy.

If anyone doubts it, then I invite them to face me with a gun while I hold a knife and am only 21 feet from them. Of course I am talking about training devices incapable of doing harm, I would not train for that scenario with a real knife or gun capable of firing live ammunition other than Simunition. I mean it too, I will gladly prove my point by facing anyone, even a much younger person than me, to see if they can effectively draw and fire to stop me with a gun before I can get them with a knife from that distance. Sure, someone might be able to do it but most of you will not, that even considering my 60 year old very stiff and aching joints.

How do I know this? Is it because of all the classroom verbal instruction I have received or is it because I have seen numerous training videos on the subject? Well, it is a bit of both but has more to do with actual live training for such situations. It's easy to test the rule just as we did when I was being trained for it or when I was training others about it. Just stand there with a training firearm. Make absolutely sure it is a training gun that is totally incapable of firing live ammunition - a non-firing rubber gun or a cap gun are good devices to use or if you want something more realistic a Simunitions firing gun (fires non-life threatening paint filled plastic projectiles that can leave quite the bruise) is great but does require proper protective gear be worn.  Have someone else stand 21 feet from you armed with a training knife (made from rubber, no sharp edges and blunt tip). Both of you should be in the open with no cover with 21 feet of you. Then, at your opponents will, he should attack you as rapidly as possible (using only a rubber training knife or something else that cannot cut of inflict harm) and you should attempt to draw and fire BUT only when you realize you are being attacked. See who wins. My bet is on the knife wielding assailant. Then try it with your training gun out and at the ready.

You don't even need training-weapons to do this; you can point your hand and say bang and your opponent can use a hand in place of a training knife. Of course, it is much more realistic if you use professionally made training weapons (meaning a gun that cannot possibly fire live ammunition and a rubber knife that cannot cut or stab and you should wear eye protection at the minimum. Note that I cannot stress this enough: NEVER USE A REAL WEAPON TO TRY THIS!

So, what brings this up today. It was a Fox News report, of a day or two ago, in which Greta Vanwhatever, and two other Fox News types, were talking about this shooting and repeatedly saying that the guy who was shot, at a distance of 10 feet (according to them), never posed a threat to the officer who shot him because of the distance between them. When it comes to a knife versus a gun, they don't know squat. Now please mind your manners and pay attention to what I am about to say:

If the police were responding to a report of a suspect who had just punctured a tire on a car with a knife (as I first saw reported) and if, as police approached him, the guy had a knife in his hand and he was acting odd or was not complying with police orders to stop or to drop the knife, and if he was only 10 feet (just over 3 yards) from the officer, then in fact, the officer well could have had reasonable cause (even probable cause) to believe the guy posed a deadly threat to the officer and thus the officer would have been justified to use deadly force to stop the threat.

Now don't start saying I am some sort of Nazi or racist or that I am always pro-police and anti-citizen just because you may disagree. Please note, I did not say that I think he officer should not have been charged with murder or at least manslaughter. I am only saying he possibly was justified to use deadly force to stop the threat. I did not say he should have used excessive force. In fact, I do think, from what I have read and seen so far, that he used excessive force and that his arrest was fully justified and that he should stand trial for either manslaughter or murder (whichever is appropriate under state law). In my opinion, based on what little I know now, him firing as many times as he did, seemingly was not justified.

If you are in LE, don't start calling me a cop hater either. I was in LE for over 32 years and worked well with many officers from many departments. I will tell you this though, I hated it when any of my brother or sister agents or officers abused their authority especially regarding use of excessive force and I reported it more than once. I can proudly say that in all of that time, I never used excessive force and never had even a single official complaint made against me by anyone for use of excessive force (or as far as I recall for anything for that matter). That is not because I never arrested anyone, I literally made thousands of arrests (most during the 4 short years I spent in the U.S. Border Patrol) and many of those arrests included violent encounters started by the dirtbags being detained.

In another LE position, here in NY, I shot someone once, while I was off duty. He and an accomplice tried to rob me. I was found fully justified. All it took was two shots to stop the threat of both assailants (that was two shots total, not two shots at each criminal). One hit the closest assailant and the other hit the windshield of their car just where the other guy's head was at as he tried to get out of the car while holding a revolver in one hand. I am not saying that multiple shots at a single assailant are never required, nor am I saying that that many shots are never necessary to stop a threat to your life. It all depends on the situation in which you find yourself; however sometimes all it takes is a minimal amount of shots and THAT IS ALL IT IS EVER SUPPOSED TO TAKE. You shoot until the threat has been stopped. You, as the defender who is shooting needs to know when the threat has been terminated and you must use reasoning to do so. However, if you watch the video and carefully review what was happening, I think you too will come away with the belief that the officer used excessive force by firing as many times as he did, or in other words well beyond the time when the suspect gave the officer a reasonable belief that he was faced with imminent death or serious bodily harm. That is, I think you will arrive at that conclusion if you are being perfectly honest and objective while considering your 'shoot - don't shoot' training and the legalities of using deadly force. That thought is not my main point, whether or not that officer reasonably believed his life was in danger throughout every shot he fired (and then as he was about to reload) is only secondary to this discussion.

My main point is that an edged weapon holding assailant who is 21 feet away from you, let alone the10 feet reported in this case, can hurt you before you can draw and fire if he wants to do so and gives it his best try, sometimes even if you already have gun in hand. As a gun owner, who carries for self-defense, you should know that. Don't believe me though, because I make the disclaimer that such is my opinion based upon my own training and experience and is not advice for you. My advice to you though is to make sure to check it out in tactical firearms training materials to see what they say about it. Then train for the situation so you know what to do I ever confronted by a knife wielding assailant. I will mention some of the very basics before closing. Remember these points - they may help save your life:  

An assailant with a knife, when both of you are in the open, often can easily reach you from within a 21 foot distance before you can draw and fire a handgun if all other things are equal.

In such an encounter, distance is your friend.

Safe retreat, when it is an option, if confronted by a blade yielding assailant is often a good option.

Cover between you and your assailant is a good thing, it can make it harder for your assailant to reach you.

Training, more training and lots of practice often can result, not only in your survival but, in you winning by you stopping the threat before it harms you.

All the best,
Glenn B


I Have Not Blogged For Most of The Week, So... is a rundown of my week:

Saturday and Sunday, I went hunting. Hunted a new area on Saturday about 80 miles further west than the one I most frequently hunt. I didn't see hide nor hair of a deer although there was a decent amount of deer sign including buck sign such as scrapes and rubs. A bunch of hunters around me took way to many shots to allow me to think they actually hit anything. One guy, I am guessing he was one of three hunters of a group I saw who went into the woods near me, fired a shot that was followed by another after a brief pause and those were followed by three more in rapid succession. I hunkered down hoping none were coming my way. Later, another four or five shots in rapid succession from what sounded like the same gun coming from the same direction. Then three shots, fired quickly, from another gun from same direction and about the same distance from the sound of them. Then a shot or two. Both of those last from different guns. Then even later another five shots from a gun sounding the same as the first, again in rapid fire. I guess they saw some deer but as I suspected they did not bag even one. I saw them driving away empty handed.

Sunday, I went to the old spot. I did not have a deer management permit there (doe permit). I figured I could scout it for next weekend or the one after. I thought I saw another hunter in the woods since I saw a lot of blaze orange, then lost him. Moments later, a doe burst out from behind a deadfall and trotted right toward where I saw the hunter. She presented a broadside running shot but I did not take it, one because I did not have a doe permit and two because I thought someone else was in the line of fire. I got behind the biggest tree near me expecting to hear the other guy blasting away in my direction. No shots wen off. I later found that the hunter I saw had been tapped around a tree that someone had possibly used as a stand. I guess I am happy I played it safe by not shooting when someone else may have been there and by not putting myself into a position to be arrested for bagging a doe without a permit. My son has a permit for the area but he never showed up, said he was too tired to drive after work on Friday! Hopefully I will get his arse into the woods before the season ends. We have three more weekends including this one for the rifle season.

After that it was back to the grind. Been working kind of full time, filling in a slot, while my employer looks for someone to fill a full time position.

Last night, I went shopping for some baking needs, probably will bake a pie or two for dessert today. Going to my daughter's house for dinner later, that is if I am feeling up to it (right now my joints are killing me, I almost am thinking I have Lyme again). I also picked up a little something special while at the supermarket last night, a 2.5 pound crustacean for an after dinner snack. I can tell you this, it was absolutely delicious. Sort of a Thanksgiving eve celebration.

This beast weighed in at 2.25 pounds.
Nope, I didn't shoot it with the 45, the pistol is there to give you an idea of my dinner's size. And yes, it cost an arm and a leg (and it might once have been able to remove one of either, or at least a finger, with that right claw) but sometimes you just have to treat yourself nicely and say a definitive and final no to any more of the leftovers that are waiting for you in your fridge!

Happy Thanksgiving.

All the best,
Glenn B


Saturday, November 21, 2015

I Would Lirterally Sell My Soul... get (as in shoot dead while hunting) a 14 point buck - or get a 19 year old (you thought I meant babe but I meant a bottle of Scotch) tomorrow. Who am I kidding, I gave up my soul decades ago for less than either of those. It was something about me being willing to give up my soul for a women willing to marry me. Then, I went to hell. Oh well, now I hunt.

All the worst,

Friday, November 20, 2015

I Am Convinced, Obama...

...also known as our president, the NIC (nincompoop in charge), asshole in the White House, tyrannt, worst president ever and possibly as a traitor extraordinaire is either a Muslim Extremist or sympathizes 100 percent with them and their goals. A look at this:
will explain my current reasoning as to my belief that he is out not to fundamentally change America but to destroy us.

All the best,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leaving For The NY Woods Soon

Should be departing the old homestead and headed to upstate NY within a few hours at most to go  hunting. If lucky, I will be able to assemble and sight in my new Barnett jackal crossbow before tomorrow (although I doubt I will have the time but sure would like to get it done) so I can get a day of hunting in with it before rifle season opens on Saturday. If not, I'll have the Marlin 336 and Remington 870 with me anyway. Brendan will join me sometime tomorrow.

I am looking forward to the hunt. Hopefully, this year, we will get a deer or two or maybe a bear. It would be nice to get a deer that is racked! Then again, if we don't bag a nice racked buck, it might be nice to run into a hunter in the woods who is dressed in camo and racked like this:

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Went To The Range Last Night... long last, to make sure that the scope on the Marlin 336 was still on target and that both Brendan and I were still adept with the 336 and with the Remington 870. Brendan shot the 870 first. He shot standing, bent over and supported by the bench from 30 yards (this was at our local indoor range and all shooting was done from that distance. I am figuring his group size for 5 shots was the size of my open hand. Not great but good enough by far for deer out to 50 yards (and I doubt we will get a shot at that distance). I shot the 870 too but from a standing, unsupported, position. I had five shots in a group smaller than my fist and was quite happy with that. We shot several more rounds each with the shotgun and then switched to the Marlin 336. It as last zeroed for 50 yards and thus is usually about 1.5 to 3 inches low at 30 yards depending on the ammo. I again shot from a standing, unsupported position. I fired three rounds and had two touching and the other about an inch away from them. Brendan's first group had two shots almost touching and another flier off a few inches to the right but on level vertically with the other two shots. We shot a few more rounds each of that and both of us are satisfied we are ready as we will be for a deer if we see one within range.  Within range will probably be 75 yards at the most, with shots more likely at about 25 to 50 yards, since we are hunting slightly to very hilly areas of fairly heavy woods. Thus I felt alright only going to the 30 yard indoor range to assure the 336's scope was still zeroed in. Believe me, I would rather have sighted in at 50 or 100 yards and I tried to find an outdoor range open to the public this past weekend during my scouting trip but had no luck.

We probably only shot for 30 to 45 minutes and then called it quits. Maybe we fired twenty-five to thirty12 gauge slugs and twenty to thirty rounds of .35 Remington between us. No need to waste ammo with today's high ammo prices and with ammo shortages a very real possibility at any time again. As a matter of fact, I was unable to find .35 Remington (for our 336) 200 grain, soft point ammo, at several sporting and gun stores I visited last weekend. Since then, I also checked a few online dealers from whom I purchase ammo on a fairly regular basis and they all showed they were out of stock of it or that they had only something, like the Hornady flex tip ammo that so far I have refused to use (but may have to stock up on soon because it is just about the only 200 grain .35 Rem out there). Ammunition manufacturers have pretty much opted to just forget about producing .35 Remington ammo during the current ammo crunch. Hopefully as things keep improving, .35 Rem will be produced in much greater quantities soon (and maybe the price will even come down a bit from its current prohibitively high costs for what little of it is available). Oh well, I think I have about 400 rounds of it now.

All the best,
Glenn B

It's A Nice Sentiment But...

...why work for it if you can get it for free (more or less). See my blog post immediately preceding this one about how to get yourself 2 free boxes of Magtech 9mm ammo by becoming an Ammo Ambassador through
All the best,
Glenn B

Become An Ammo Ambassador And You Can Get Free Ammo

This evening, I received an email from Brandon Black of It was not a mass mailing although they may have sent out similar emails to the masses of RKBA defenders. I know mine was not included in a mass mailing since he asked how my trip to upstate NY had gone. He must read my blog (and that comes as a surprise to me).

Anyway, the folks at have teamed up with the folks at Magtech and they are giving away 100,000 rounds (2,000 boxes) of what is essentially free ammunition at the rate of two boxes per Ammo Ambassador. Of course, that word 'essentially' I just used means there is a catch of sorts. In order to get the ammo, you have to do something. That something is rather admirable in my estimation. What you need follows and please note this is my summary of what they require and I am in no way guaranteeing you will qualify to get the ammo, I have nothing to do with that, I am just providing you a heads up about the program.

What you need to do is to print a copy of the target that they provide via a link, take a person to the range who has never shot a gun before, introduce that person to shooting (safely - my emphasis on safely but I am sure they feel likewise), have that person shoot at the provided target and then send a photo of the new shooter with the target to them along with a submission form that they require. The submission form requires you to enter a short narrative of the story behind the photo. If your entry is accepted, they will send you a coupon code for the free ammo with free shipping! The link to their page that cover all this is below, moreinformation there:  

Note that I do not know if there is a limit on how many free boxes of ammo you can get. I am guessing it is limited to 100 rounds per Ammo Ambassador but that is just my guess.

As for me, now all I have to do is scrounge up someone who has never fired a gun and drag that person to the range to get this done.

All the best,
Glenn B.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Luck Some People Have

My son and I both put in for Deer Management Permits (Doe Permits) in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) in which my uncle used to own his farm. We were both denied and got preference points for next year. We were both selected for our second preference, about 80 miles further from home, each in the same WMU. I have scouted out the area and saw some good sign of deer but did not see any deer there. We have never hunted in this WMU before so it will be a challenge; then again he has never gotten a deer so maybe it will bring luck.

I had hotel reservations in Binghamton, much closer to where my uncle had is farm but just cancelled them in favor of going to an Econ Lodge in Painted Post, NY much closer to the new WMU wherein we got out doe permits this year. I stayed there this past weekend, it was a nice motel with excellent service and a great price. I made reservations for this coming weekend for our hunt.

Today my son received a letter from NY State Department of Environmental Conservation saying they did not fill the permit quota in the WMU in which was located my uncle's farm back in the day. Because of not filling the quota, they decided to randomly draw hunters, from among those who initially were denied doe permits there, to fill the quota. My son was a winner and with the letter, they sent him a doe permit for the area. He has the lion's share of luck as compared to me, I did not get another permit issued.

Anyway, I would rather hunt there because we know the lay of the land but we already have the reservations at the other new place and I just cancelled the reservations nearer the old hunting grounds for which he just got the extra permit. I was using points for that reservation and it was going to run me 40K in points for a two night stay; however, since I first made the reservations they upped the required points and if I make a new reservation I will not have enough points! So, I am figuring we go to the new place at the other hotel where I have reservations at a very good price, we hunt there and if we bag a couple of deer great. If we wind up skunked, we can always go back to our old hunting ground and try with that additional doe permit there, either on the last day of opening weekend or at a later date before the season closes or both.

By the way, I asked my son if he lost his preference points for a doe permit next year because they gave him that additional permit. He just handed me the letter to read myself. As I said, he has the luck - he gets to keep the preference points which should just about assure he gets another do permit where we want it next year.

I just hope he has as much luck hunting this year.

All the best,

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Not Only Did The Dipshit Say ISIS Was Contained...

...he said it on the same day that we, among other nations, received a warning from Iraq of an imminent set of attacks on coalition countries by ISIS, including France. See this.

All the best,
Glenn B

Eye Protection

Imagine shooting that thing and leaving your eye protection up atop your head, not to mention your ears!

All the best,

I Would Not Vote For Jeb Bush...

...if he were the last candidate on earth that was not a democrat. In fact, if he was, I might actually consider voting for the likes of Clinton or Sanders to assure he did not get in to the White House.

See this.

All the best,

I Had The Displeasure Of Eating A Pepperoni Pizza...

...that I bought at a Walmart this weekend. What can I say, I was really hungry and didn't feel up to looking for a restaurant, so I grabbed what the sign said was a fresh baked pepperoni pizza for only $5. Here is my opinion of that pizza: The crust was the most un-pizza like crust I have ever eaten. I think it was more akin to crumbly almost tasteless soda bread. My guess is that it was flour and water and little else except maybe baking soda or powder. The sauce tasted like something out of a can, and I would guess a very old and dented can of something that may have been stashed away in a fallout shelter back in the early sixties. The pepperoni slices seemed to me more like thinly sliced cardboard, flavored like pepperoni, that actually being pepperoni. The cheese, that may have been the best part if only because it was hard to tell exactly what it tasted like through the sauce and pepperoni and crust.

In my estimation, that pizza was not even fit for the prisoners at Gitmo and I would think they deserve little more than rancid swill. Of course, I am not trying to make up your mind for you in any way, shape or form by telling you all this, I am merely expressing my estimation of what I believe was the most terrible tasting pizza I have ever put through my digestive system. In fact, I think it may have tasted better after passing through me. In the future, I plan to never try one again but you go right ahead and try one for yourself ands ee what you think of it. Who knows - you may think it the most tasty pizza ever!

All the best,

What I Find In The Woods

I was waling through woods of varied hardwoods, with a pine here and there, scouting for deer sign. It was a chilly November morning with a very light drizzle, really more a bit of a faint barely detectable haze leftover from the rains. As I walked along, I detected some scant deer sign here and there and could see I was coming up on what once surely must have been a  clearing. 

The spot pretty much looked like this in more or less a 40 yard diameter.
 I figured if there was going to be deer sign nearby, it would be there. It soon became obvious a deer trail or two led into that area. The spot was about 40 yards in diameter. As I continued on and scanned more slowly this time, I realized that a large object on the far side of the opening, that at first glance I dismissed as a stone, was something altogether different than what I had seen on first glance. I suppose that its thick blanket of vibrant green moss had me fooled for a second but then I focused on it and realized it was this:


Heaven help me when it comes to figuring out the motives of others for the tasks they undertake; sometimes you can never figure the why or how of them. This time though, I would hesitate a guess or two. Maybesomeone dragged or drove this car seat (or van seat) the half mile, at least, that it took them to get it there to use as a deer stand. Then again, judging by the errant beer cans I found here and there, maybe it was just used as a seat to sit and watch and listen to the woods while tossing back a few. Either way, that seat has been there for a few years based on the looks of it. It also looks as if someone may have taken the liberty to use it as a shotgun target, maybe shooting it from the backside. Of course, that hole in the center could have been due to rot, although it looks to clean to be rot and not one other part of it is rotted like that, or possibly due to a small creature pecking away at it for nesting material. My guess though is shotgun target or tiny critter. Whichever, it is fairly new damage judging by the lack of moss in the hole.

Surprisingly, there was not much deer sign in the area. I thought there would have been more but only some scant droppings here and there. No rubs, no scrapes, but yet a nice seat to use as a deer stand. Well, maybe there was more deer sign and it was a nice deer stand once upon a time. Now, it is more likely home to whatever small woodland creatures make it such.

The things I sometimes find in the woods amaze me.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, November 13, 2015

An Urge To Visit A Mosque...

...came upon me out of the blue just now. Earlier, I read a report about Muslims attempting to burn churches and wipe out Christians, in Indonesia, on the orders of a Muslim cleric. Then, just a few minutes ago, I turned on the news and heard about the terror attacks in Paris, France.  All of a sudden, there I was with a hankering to attend a mosque during prayer services.

Oh well, I imagine it will pass but to tell the truth that seems the really sad part about it. It will pass though if only because I, like most of you, have morals. If I did not, if you did not, I think I or you would be in a crowded mosque tomorrow doing what now is almost unthinkable.

I would guess, sooner or later, someone will visit one and carnage will ensue. Once that happens the first time, morals or not, it will become easier for others to follow suit. In fact, it may be morality that drives us to it; I mean how long can we remain sheep who invite wolves among us to slaughter our own kind. It's coming, a  time we wake up and realize that Islam is the enemy. Whether that is right or wrong will not matter, what will matter is that these terror attacks cease . Yes, I am sure it will happen, it is just a marrer of when.

My thoughts are with they who lived through this and with the families of they who fell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Road Trip

Heading upstate soon, by myself. Am in no hurry. I figure on doing a little deer scouting, some squirrel hunting and maybe some treasure hunting with my metal detector.

Cold rain expected where I am headed but such is life.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

She Has A Mosin Nagant...

...and seems quite happy about it. That's a very pretty smile, don't ya think!

All the best,
Glenn B

Modern Educayshun

The truly sad thing is that everything in this video is reflective of our current educational system. It is also very scary to think that it might only get worse if we keep allowing it to do so. Education should in no way, shape or form ever be run by federal or state governments, including so called educators employed by the government who are little more than leftist stooges. If it keeps going like this, there will soon be no one left to put into the box.

By the way, I immediately realized that the Asian was a rainbow lover (for the purpose of this video) among many of the other things he stated but never would have guessed, in a million years, that he couldn't tie his own shoelaces. Go figure!

The only thing that would have made this better would have been to have had a second footlocker on the floor of the classroom when the girl walks into the room. Anyway, one thing is for certain - if you ignore the condition of our edjumakation cyststem, it will end - as in an end to anyone with half a brain capable of doing any independent thinking at all or in other words - real education will be terminated if it has not been destroyed already.

A hat tip and my thanks to peter Q for sending me the video.

All the best,
Glenn B
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