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but it works!

Over the years, I have received training in a variety of martial arts, and along the way, I have managed to pick up a few useful features from each one. Occasionally, though, some of those things come back to bite me in the ass.

This time around, the bug/feature in question stems from fencing. When engaged in that stylistic form of swordplay, you and your opponent both are wearing head-encompassing masks generally made out [...]

on the path again

It has been a while since I wrote anything in this particular category… In fact, the last time I said anything I had just left my old kung fu school and was looking for somewhere that could at least clean their floors periodically.

Coincidentally, the gym that kung fu school was based out of (the same person owned both) closed about a month after I left; I am not sure if I was one [...]

setting a match to your target

Regular readers will know that Better Half and I are gearing up for attending an Appleseed shoot in the somewhat near future, and one of the interesting challenges put to me by my wife was to build or buy the lightest .22 rifle I could find; after all, a person’s energies should be focused on making the shot, not fighting the rifle.  After talking about the various pros and cons of each platforms, we decided [...]

taurus pt740 slim – a mini-review

Back when I took Hapkido on a regular basis, we were taught very carefully to not only keep our fingers spread as much as possible (unlike Taekwondo, and despite being generally taught in the same schools, Hapkido is a very much open-handed style), but also to grip with only our middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, leaving our index finger available to "point" in the direction we wanted the grip to go.

On the one [...]

mainstreaming survivalism

Despite still being painted as a “fringe” aspect of our society comprised of nothing more than loony-bin candidates who somehow escaped psychological “assistance”, the whole concept of “survivalism” and “prepping” has understandably caught on amongst the American people, with even the CDC jumping onboard the zombie bandwagon in order to encourage people to keep basic supplies in their homes. Because, really, if you are ready for the zombie apocalypse, a hurricane is just a storm. [...]

visible beams > sights?

I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation as it aired live, and one of the things that always stuck with me was the nifty little phaser range they had built into the USS Enterprise. The room seemed massive when the system was active (though it was nothing more than a heavily modified and specialized holodeck), and the "targets" were nothing more than floating, bobbing, and weaving colored balls, but given that Type 2 [...]

beats "practicing" on a controller

Thanks to the weather, I did not make it back out to the field this weekend (I finally got tired of tromping around in ridge-to-ridge mud), but it is becoming increasingly clear to me that the airsoft community is one that we are pro-rights advocates are overlooking to our own detriments, primarily through the perpetuation of pernicious stereotypes. While those generalities do have a basis in fact (like so many of them tend to), writing [...]

you cannot see me

… But if you could, you would see me getting more exercise in four hours than most "gun control" extremists get in a whole month.

Yup, that is me rocking the traditional Woodland camouflage BDUs complete with Boonie hat, sporting that A&K Masada I was dorking around with last week (unfortunately, said "upgrades" did not work quite as planned, and will require additional work this weekend). Blue Team had just retaken the Town [...]

quote of the day – fillyerhands

Last week, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff Chuck White made the news by saying,

Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it."

He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it."

… and continued by repeatedly exhorting people to get concealed carry permits and lawfully carry firearms for their own personal self-defense.

In a perfect world, any one of those exhortations would serve [...]

bullet carrying

So I have the Smith and Wesson 686SSR, I have the belt, I have a kickass holster (that I need to photograph and review in the near future), I have the starting loader and speedloaders*, and I even have the ammunition… what I do not have are holders for the speedloaders.

So, any suggestions for IDPA-legal speedloader holsters? On the one hand, I prefer the "belt-loop-behind-the-holder" style for speed/repeatability (rather than the thread-the-belt-through-the-bullets style, [...]



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