Wednesday, September 12, 2012

If It Was Legal, Ethical and Moral To Shoot Someone Of Your Choosing...

...based only upon whatever you decided would be selection criteria as to whom it would be, whom would be the top five people on your list? Number one would be the person you would most want to shoot, number 2 the second most and so on? 
I am not condoning shooting anyone unless actually legal, ethical and moral, under current laws, regulations and generally acceptable morality and ethics in which case I advocate for self-defense shooting to save a life or prevent serious bodily harm (where and when legal). All I am doing by way of this blog post is posing a philosophical question for your consideration. Think about it, discuss and even politely argue the answer with yourself, with an imaginary character, with a friend over a few beers (no guns around if drinking please), with someone you recently met, with a neighbor, with someone who feels differently on the right to keep and bears arms than do you, with a crime victim, with a thug, with anyone of your choosing and see who you come up with on your list of five. Your answer could possibly tell you a lot about yourself or the person with whom you share this exercise.
Note a few things before you do this. Note that I did not say shoot to kill but my bet would be that most people assumed that. Note I did not say shoot with any particular instrument like a gun, in other words I could have meant with a camera but most people will probably assume I meant with a gun (they would be right on that one). Also note that I did not say that you had to select anyone or even agree that you would ever consider it legal, moral or ethical to shoot someone and on and on and on, you may decide shooting people is not for you.
This little mental exercise, I think, can be a very revealing self-study if you follow it through with a lot of thought. I think it has the potential to also be very revealing about other people, that is if you do it with a friend or loved one, a neighbor, a crime victim, a criminal, a clergyman, a shrink, a teacher, a stranger or even with a large group of people. It may tell you a lot not only about yourself and others who participate in this with you but also may tell you a lot about society in general.

Why not try it? I recommend this for older teens (with parents' permission) and for adults. Don't anyone try this at school or work,  it would likely get you arrested or at least thrown out of school or fired from work. Also don't try to do it in secret or to make it look like a hit list or anything other than a philosophical exercise, doing other than that would be asking for trouble. I think, if done reasonably, it has great potential to educate you regardless of: political leanings, gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, age, how you feel about guns, how you feel about self-defense, how you feel about retribution, wealth, social standing, or how you feel about people in general among many other things. Besides that, it could make for one hell on an interesting and fun conversation; just make sure to do it calmly and with a level head.

I am not asking you to answer that question here in the comments' section - in fact I will not allow such name dropping comments but I will allow other discussion on the topic if you do care to comment and do it respectfully.

All the best,
Glenn B

Did I Understand Correctly - Asshole's Administration Apologized For Us Again

Did I hear it right. Did that friggin ass wipe of an excuse for a man and American Preident, the Obamessiah of insanity, actually apologize to, or allow someone in his administration to apologize to, the Muslims because someone here, indeed some Muslims here, in the USA decided to take the liberty of exercising their right to free speech. Then the Muslims in Egypt and Lybia went berserk, those in Lybia killing 4 of our personnel stationed there merely because they were offended. FUCK OBAMA all the way to a virginless hell is all I can think if he or his administration has again apologized for the United States of America when instead he seemingly should have made a much different response - maybe like raining bombs and cruise missile down on our enemies, those enemies who have killed our people because our enemies were offended over someone exercising their rights.

Even if I heard wrong, and even if there was no apology, why are the missiles and bombs not falling on Libya right now? Obama made damned sure to put the scum into power in Libya, who are currently in power, by dropping bombs and raining down cruise missiles on Qaddafi. Why isn't he making sure those now in power are ousted just as surely and quickly as he did with Qaddafi now that 4 of our people have been savagely murdered merely because someone was offended. Fuck them all and the goats they rode in on.

Pretty pissed,

Some Anatomy Notes

Did you know that you can hit your ribs on your side, closer to front of body than to back, and break them in your back. I found that out tonight. I have one that is definitely fractured, another one probably to almost certainly fractured and a third possibly fractured - all lined up in a row one after the other from top to bottom in a column. Oh the joys of taking a fall. The when, where and how of the fall are all unimportant, just an accidental slip and fall. Whether or not the pain meds, that the doctor prescribed for me, will work is what is important to me right now.

All the best,
Glenn B

Some .45 ACP Ammo notes

Since I got my Remington 1911 R-1 last spring, I have put about 4 or 5 different brands of ammo through it. The difficult thing, for this post, will be remembering which brands if I don't have any leftovers of a certain brand. Right now I can only think of four (4) of them. Would have sworn there was another brand in there someplace. oh well...

For the most part the Remington 1911 R-1 gobbles up everything, shoots it, then spits out the empty casings. There has been a problem with what I think is due to either one or both Remington manufactured magazines that I have to check on. The last round does not feed properly sometimes. I think it is only due to one of the two Remington mags that came with the pistol, never happens with my after market mags. I keep forgetting to mark one of the mags to figure out if it is one, the other or both.

As for ammo, so far I have fired the following brands/types of ammo through it:

Blazer Brass 230 grain FMJ  This ammo is said to be brass cased and reloadable. It fed, shot, extracted with only one problem is 250 rounds. That was a failure to feed properly on the last round in one of the Remington manufactured mags that came with my Remington 1911 R1. Since the problem has repeated itself with other brands and type of ammo, always with one of the Remington magazines, I figure it is due to one or both of the mags that came with the pistol and not due to the ammo. It has not happened with several aftermarket magazines I have used in the same pistol. Back to the ammo, it shoots relatively clean which I something I like to see because it means less fouling and thus less effort on my part when cleaning. I think it also means less chance of malfunctions caused by fouling. I did not measure group sizes for accuracy among any of the ammo brands listed here but suffice it to say while shooting this I kept it on target from 3 to 25 yards reasonably well for combat type shooting. When I say reasonably well, I do take into consideration that those groups probably would open up some if I was actually involved in combat shooting. Not bad ammo at all, from what I can tell, and at a very affordable price as far a current pricing goes. Again available at $16.69 per box at Cheaper Than Dirt dot com.

Federal Classic Hi-Shok 185 grain JHP This ammo has been a bit of a disappointment. As seen above, for the Blazer Brass ammo, the Blazer Brass failed to feed once out of about 250 rounds and I am attributing the likely cause to be one of the two magazines that came with my Remington 1911 R1 pistol. Well, when firing the Federal Classic Hi-Shok it was a case of multiple failures to feed. I am pretty sure it also only happened when using one or both of the Remington manufactured mags (I will have to remember to mark one of the magazines, then see if it continuously happens with only that one or the other or with both). It did not restrict itself to the last round in the mag though, but with the Federal happened randomly with the 2nd through last round in the mag. My guesstimate is that the failure to feed, with this particular Federal ammo, happened about 10 to 15 times out of 100 rounds or so. A ten to fifteen percent failure to feed percentage is terrible but it again could be due to the mags or maybe the feed ramp. Some additional testing will tell. I do not think it happened when using this ammo with the after market magazines. It shot well, fired every time that it chambered. The accuracy was a good as to be expected and it was suitable for combat situations. This ammo also shot fairly clean.

Prvi Partisan 230 grain FMJ - This ammo was inexpensive, target style round ball. It fired fairly clean, maybe a little dirtier than the Blazer brass but did not cause a lot of fouling. It is supposedly brass cased, reloadable and non-corrosive. It is manufactured in Serbia. Not bad accuracy wise. My son shout about 150 rounds of it at the NE Bloggershoot and had a blast. He never fired a .45 before and has rarely fired a pistol due to restrictive laws in NY State; yet, he did pretty good with it. He shot better than some folks I know who have been shooting pistols for over 20 years. I fired maybe 25 to 50 rounds of it. I thought it was accurate but only fired out to about 10 yards with it so far. I will order more and give a better report on it. There was also a single failure to chamber a round, last round in the mag, Remington magazine again. Currently selling for about $16.75 per bx at CTD.

Remington 185 grain JHP R45AP2 (now that I have seen the rice this stuff goes for I wish I had never shot any of what I had new in box, old stock). I think this ammo also had a single failure to feed but it was not the same as the others. It was caused by a failure to eject the next to last shell casing properly and causing sort of a double feed, the last round slamming into the rear of the spent casing which had not ejected (it did extract). I am sure this was through one of the Remington magazines. Otherwise it was flawless as far as I could tell. It is the most expensive ammo of the bunch, costing almost triple the price of the Blazer Brass at about $45.00 per box. It shot clean, was as accurate as the others and I think is suitable for combat shooting.

I do not own a chronograph so would have to go along with the manufacturers' specs for each of these. I am just not enough of a gun weenie as to buy a chronograph and check the manufacturers' specs against my own results (or am I, since I have been thinking of getting one).

All the best,
Glenn B

Meant To Post This Yesterday

Just my personal post to those who fell or were injured or otherwise suffered on 9/11/2001. You are not forgotten nor is the America in which you were raised.

Would have posted it yesterday but wound up suddenly getting ill and called it quits for the day.

All the best,