Sunday, March 15, 2015

Other Shooting excitement.

While I am on work assignment in California, I handle some additional gun duties in my off time.
I now manage the Burbank Gun Shoot Social for the group. (CalGuns Shooting Sports Association) We have tons of fun there.Selfies are obviously new to me, but some happily married friends, Patricia and Kait, indulge me.
Part of the night is the fun of the Costco Pizza. (Free Food, donation accepted) Sad to say it is the best Pizza in Southern California. My east coast friends will have to trust me and know I have tasted a ton of bad pie here.
we meet the last Friday night of every month at the The Firing Line in Burbank. 7:00 until 10:00 PM

If you happen to be in town stop and see us!

Training Women Shooters

That is what I have been up to. I have been elevated to the Shoot Boss position for Women On Target for CalGuns.  That is me, on one knee, in the lower right. (L-R)
Having most weekends free has allowed me to gain additional certifications from the NRA training programs. Pistol, Rifle, Home Firearm Safety, Refuse to Be A Victim, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home and Chief Range Safety Officer. I am teaching 2 times to 3 times a month now.
Do you see that smile on the woman below holding her target? This women stated at the beginning, "I am deathly afraid of guns." Asked afterwards, she says, "She gets it now," and wants to learn more. Look at her grouping at 21 feet, pretty good huh? She didn't break the paper her first time. Education folks. That is what is needed! I am a fairly big guy, 6 foot, 220 lbs., not the ideal target for a criminal. But this woman? She was 90 pounds and 5 foot tall. Her being trained to defend herself is incredibly important. I am not talking karate here either. 
The Women On Target program is about 4.5 hours long, specifically spends half that time on safety and more safety and then some more safety. We teach the Common Sense you need. (Common to who? I ask) We then teach a mix of shooting and classroom in the Total Participation Involvement methodology. Grip, stance, breath control, target alignment, sights, eye dominance. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Got A Special Request

Bruce, of the Bluegrass Bruce Blog e mailed me and asked me to help him out and link a message from his blog.
Go give it a look here!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

How old is to old?

So I am out renewing my old NRA Instructor certifications and all I can say is that many things have changed. The old methodology is nothing like the new one. Total Participant Involvement (TPI) is the way of the world, and just like anything else it has to be learned. DO NOT LECTURE, teach by asking, get them to think and be involved.  Many of my NRA Certs were back in the 70s and early 80s. I am taking some of them again. I came from a revolver world, need to get up with semi auto world. Why, do you ask I post this? A wonderful young woman, who we will call Wendy because that's her name, started her own business in San Diego and she asked me why I was talking them again. Actually she said, I thought you were already certified, and I explained the changes and my need to know the new ways. She is in her 20s. I am pushing 60. I missed a lot in those 40 years. I worked at the gun shop, then carried a firearm with the US Coast Guard, then always stayed active in the shooting sports.  But I was do for a refresher.  Might take more refreshers if TJ gives me the discount.(TJ is the Training Counselor who wrote many of these classes.)

In other news, a 9 year old girl accidentally shot  instructor this week. The instructor was hit in the head by the bullet of a fully automatic Uzi. The instructors family do not blame the young girl, and only hope she is alright. The anti gun nuts are coming out of the closet with accusations and demands.  My 10 cents? The video does not have the whole story. It runs only as the 9 year old is at the line. Yes, it is hard to manage the recoil of an Uzi, and the instructor thought he had control. I will not offer advice, only condolences. I was not there., and neither were anyone from the anti gun nuts side. Please mourn for the man killed, and pray for no lasting mental anguish for the young girl. Prayers are said.

I am enjoying the California gun folks, they are a passionate group. I tell them how complaisant my home state of PA has gotten with their spoiled gun rights.(In comparison with here) They fight pretty well here and getting people to volunteer is just as hard.

Burbank shoots are going well with standing room crowds on my Friday nights. We started the Winchester Shooting program and had some success with it.  The first stage is shooting paper plates. We had some creative individuals doing this. Photo below.

I will be attempting to log more often.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


This past week I have been in an apartment in California for exactly one year. I have not had a TV in the apartment the entire year. I disconnected the idiot box.  I made it.  How did I make it?  I read, I studied and contemplated. I also have a nice HP Laptop computer that has a 17 inch screen. I caught the few TV shows I wanted to watch On Demand, which added up to about 6. Blacklist, NCIS, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Longmire, The Mentalist. Working in the entertainment industry my entire adult life, it is hard to imagine not having the newest technology that includes a huge screen HDTV. But I did it, and it didn't hurt one bit.

The excitement of the week is scheduling my vacation for the summer. I haven't been home since February when Nancy was seriously, seriously sick. Sometime this summer I will be heading to meet the family in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 3 of my sons and Nancy will be driving down, me flying in on a 3 plane hop out of Burbank Airport. I wouldn't care if it was a 10 plane hop. My oldest will be with us, now that he has left the band scene, he has all this vacation, so he will join us. Liam, who is 17, will be going into his Senior year and I am not sure he will want to go on vacation next year after he graduates. Better add Ryan here as he will be 15 by the time I see him! Maybe if I can save enough we can all go somewhere he won't want to miss out on?  The 2nd oldest son, Shawn, is living up in Oakland.  My plan, loosely derived, is to drive up and spend a weekend in the Oakland area and visit with him and his girlfriend Erica. Who knew seeing your family was so impactful?  ME>....

Work has been extremely busy, hectic and maniacal. Change is afoot.  It is hard to a work life balance when your boss works 20 hour days, 7 days a week.

Looking forward to hugging my kids, and Nancy, during the summer vacation.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Burbank CalGuns shoot with Pizza

The last Friday night of the month gun shoot happens at The Firing Line in Burbank, CA. In May we had 30 people show up with 2 brand new shooters joining the group. We were lucky to have Scott and Chad join us from the award winning CalGuns shooting team. They were fresh from the first place finish they grabbed in Nevada. The pizza was hot and picked  up by yours truly. I would say the night was an incredible success, and that's me being humble.

Yes, they shoot guns in California.  The sheeple mostly don't know the laws or about their rights.  But we are changing that, one smile at a time!!

Unicorns and rainbows

This Blog post was written by a woman in Maine.

Of course she moderates the comments so she can delete the ones she doesn't like.  I, on the other hand, accept all comments.

Link Here 

My answer below. I stick to the facts and I emphasize in red italics her ignorance. 


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Gun violence in America is growing like an infectious disease

Right wing zealots are obsessed with protecting Second Amendment rights while young people are being murdered by the growing public health menace of gun violence.  If the rate of killing young people murdered by gun violence were caused by any other vector, the American public would demand a responsible public health cure. 

It's impossible to understand why Second Amendment zealots are protected by the United States Supreme Court's supportive rulings, when young people are at risk of dying in the US, every day, from guns. Now, Seattle WA has reported yet another in the unbelievable litany of gun violence incidents on a college campus, including the death of at least one of four victims.

Meanwhile, right wing zealots are cruelly attacking the decision to exchange 5 ugly old terrorist Taliban leaders, who were held without trial in Guantanamo, for a young Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner for 5 years. It's unbelievably hypocritical for the right wing nuts to ignore the deaths caused by growing gun violence, while they waste energy criticizing a humanitarian act to save an American soldier from certain death in captivity.

Although the right wing establishment within the Republican and Libertarian political parties are paralyzed by money the National Rifle Association showers on them to sustain support, maybe young and untainted voters can make a change in this zealotry.  

Let's educate young people about the horrible danger of gun violence in America. This is the fact: guns kill people

In the absence of guns, the death rate from gun violence would be reduced to practically zero.

Like any infectious disease, it's time to remove the causation and cure the epidemic. We can enforce gun safety regulations that will protect Second Amendment rights and save our youth from preventable violent deaths.

Hello Ms. L'Heureux,

It does not matter to you that the legally standing facts do not support your statement.  Violent crime is down.  The FBI statitics says so, the DOJ statistics says so.  Also while guns sales have increased 10fold, crime has been reduced. I think better sentencing, video camera and yes, 10 million licensed gun carriers are to be credited.
I do agree that if there were no guns, gun crime would go away. Feel free to quote me on that. As such as if there were no cars, car deaths wouldn't exist, or swimming pool deaths if pools didn't exist. I do believe unicorns are not real, so let's avoid that discussion. But we live in a country that has a 2nd amendment.
The 2nd amendment is the most restricted amendment of all, wouldn't you agree?  I live in California. Even though I have a license to carry from 3 other States, I can not here because I live in the wrong county. When I buy a handgun, I must wait 10 days, even though I own many more already. I also can only buy 1 gun a month.  What if you had to wait 10 days for a newspaper, or get one newspaper a month? A right is a right?! Some of the strictest gun laws in the country here in California. Eric Rogers lived here.
I am a law abiding citizen, I obey the laws of the states I am in when I am in them. Can you admit the criminal do not?
My licenses to carry allow me to do so in 40 States, why is that? Why does a State regulate my safety? Or why only 20% of them?

Anyway, you keep with the emotion and your miscalculations, I prefer to stick to the facts.When people tell me I am paranoid when I say people want to take my guns, I will just point them to your writing it.

Have a great weekend.