Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ed's World

There’s a lot of hot shit stuff on the internet.  Everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt but take a look at this video clip from “Ed’s Manifesto” blog.

Ed is somewhere south of the USA and frankly, I don’t always understand the message he trying to convey.  It may be the cultural reference points that I’m missing or it’s just my pampered (comparatively) existence.  Don’t let that dissuade you, the blog is in English.  Make sure you look at that video.

Ed: “Body language. Concealment fidgeting.”  Ed is right about what to watch for.

The main actor is the tall white shirted fellow. It looks like a jewelry store and I think he’s picking up the protection money.  There are at least two men in what appears to be some kind of body armor.  Our actor is carrying left side appendix, as best as I can see.

Watch him.  He fidgets, pats the left side of his body with his left forearm.  He makes big movements with his right, but small or no movement with his left.  He probably doesn’t use a holster, so the gun is constantly shifting and he has to make sure he knows where it is.   Watch it a couple times, you’ll see things I didn’t.

My times may be a little off.

I don’t speak the language, but around 1:28 he appears to flash the gun by lifting the right side of the shirt.  He may have been just demonstrating he is not carrying on the right side while the gun stays hidden on the left side. 

At 2:07 a second man arrives and appears to be subjected to a pat down.

2:35 a second guard walks in.  Neither of the two men are aware something is about to happen.  They have about 20 seconds to live.  I lose track of the second guard in the dark, fuzzy corner of the upper right part of the screen.

2:46 the main actor starts to walk toward the two guards and the second man, who I assume is his partner.

2:49 the gun comes out and is fired strong hand only right side.  He walks in close and shoots.

2:51 the guard is shot and the main actor backs up behind cover to assess the situation. 

2:53 the main actor returns and shoots the fallen guard once more to make sure.  It’s brutal, but his wants are more important than the guard’s life.  Expect your opponent to have the same point of view.

The two men escape out the back door.  At 3:10 the clerk, who has been hiding, leaves without checking the fallen men and returns seconds later to make a phone call.  Was she checking to make sure somebody was or wasn’t outside?  I can’t tell, but I don’t thinks she says policia to anyone on that phone.

The key point is neither guard notices the fidgeting of the main actor.  My assumption is they are both confident in their bulletproof vests.  Frankly, I can’t tell if they are armed or not.  The one I could see on this crappy quality video never seems to draw his, assuming he has one.

Notice what others don’t see.  You’ll see it because you’re looking for it.  Ed’s right.  It can all go away in seconds.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Making the shot

I just participated in a .22 rimfire “lost points” fun match.  The classifications were open, any sighting system or operating system was allowable.  Everything started from the low ready and everything was par time.  Par time means that each string had to be shot within a specific time frame, either 10 or 20 seconds.  While many shooters could shoot 10 rounds in 3.5 seconds they gained no advantage in scoring.  It behooved you to use the entire time to get hits.

The only different stage was the bonus stage.  You shot a bolt action rifle at your selection of 3 different distance steel plates.  The rifle, from the 1950’s, had an old optical scope with low eye relief, cross-hairs that couldn’t quite be brought into focus and a front lens smaller than a dime.  Light transmission values had to be in the low 90s and upper 80s.

The three targets were at 50 yards, 100 yards and a distant one at 240 yards.  The contest was simple: the rifle was zeroed at 100 yards and you had 5 rounds to determine your hold at 50 and 240 yards off a rest.  You received an additional 10 rounds to shoot any of the three steel targets for bonus points.  It was a Goldilocks scenario. The most distant target gave you the biggest bonus.  The middle distance and the closest gave you the small and smallest bonuses.  Misses meant you lost points.

After you confirmed your zero hold at 100 yards you gambled on that you thought you could hit.  It was pretty easy to hit at 100 yards.  My shooting squad was feeling pretty smug as we were ringing the 100 yard target without too much difficulty.  That’s when the gun's owner showed us how to do it.  He hit the 240 yard target 9 out 10 times.  With 20 year old Thunder Bolt .22 LR.

Tactical Content

Old doesn’t mean incapable.  Owning the newest barrel, perfecting the perfect load, having the newest laser-optical-sonar sight doesn’t replace practice and skill.  This rifle has been in my friend Scott’s family for 3 generations and the scope harkens back to his grandfather. 

Don’t dismiss the skill set because it was .22LR.  Being hit at over two football fields distance by an ensconced defender will ruin anyone’s day.  Ballistic calculators suggest the 40 grain bullet would have the kinetic energy of one pound dropped 80 feet or 80 ft/pounds at that distance. 

 Considering the target was a 12 inch square, ponder the impact of a head shot at that distance.

I read of a shooter who said:
     If I can see the target,
     If I trust my equipment,
     I can hit it.

That point seems to be proven to me.  Take a little of the time, energy and money you spend on trying to buy success and spend it on the range understanding your equipment.  You too could be saying “If I can see it, I can trust my equipment and I can hit it.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Drones are certainly the hot item.  Organizations that know better were going to deliver your packages to you by drones.  Cities have passed laws about where and when you can fly drones.  Wedding are photographed from drones.  Police and the military use them to get a birds-eye view without alerting the observed.  What else is possible?

In Blue Thunder, Roy Scheider pilots an experimental copter that serves as a weapons platform with sneaky intelligence gathering ability.  He solves his problem by hovering in “whisper mode” outside of a building while recording a conversation and filming in IR.  But that was just fiction, we said.

Adding a high resolution camera and a sensitive microphone isn’t so difficult.  Can you imagine the stress and outrage of pulling back the curtain on the 18th floor of a high rise only to find a miniature peeping tom hovering just outside your window?

iZombie showed a fictional murder with a gun-toting drone.  Good thing it’s fiction! 

Too late!  Zombies may be fiction, but gun-firing drones aren’t.  Someone has posted a video of a pistol shooting remote drone!  The Feds would like to talk with Mr. Austin Haughwout about his activities.  No information available on its targeting ability.  Here’s a link to it and a portion of the video.

There must be a thousand or more questions about civil rights and privacy that comes bubbling to the surface, but the one I have is “Who will be the first to print a drone incorporating a gun?”