The Way of the Gun

Living where I do, the only places to shoot that are close are indoor. To me, this sucks. No, kinda, sorta. It just plain sucks.

Outdoor ranges and isolated backyards are something I have alaways longed for. I’ve even gone so far as to try and buy some property and establish a range on it. Problem is, I’m married and Mrs. Matson, while very pro-go train your butt off, is not too keen on spending $20,000+ on land so I can practice weapons transitions. About a year ago, I got involved with a few pals who were starting a range with training facility, but that, due to county restrictions, fell through. Alas, I was doomed to coughing and hacking and shooting at paper targets unless I wanted to drive 2.5 hours to my hunting lease.

However, due to a loose affiliation, I became aware of an outdoor, private range just a few minutes from the Matson suburban compound. I applied, and much to my surprise, was accepted as a provisional member. Know what that means? A good portion of my income just got allocated to ammo…

With daylight extended, I can now run up to the range and get in a few mags after the kids are bound and gagged for the evening.

Last night, I did just that very thing.

Shot steel at 10 meters, multiple target engagement, with mag changes, and transition to backup weapon.

Lessons learned:

  • You can never practice that mag change enough.
  • If you don’t shoot that backup gun on a regular basis, you can’t hit anything with it.
  • Engaging multiple targets and multiple angles is not necessarily that hard after a bit of practice.

Muscle memory is a powerful thing. Learned processes and drills stick with you for a long time. It’s akin to stropping the edge of blade just to put a polish back on the edge to get it shaving sharp.

I found that my draw needs a bit of work. The Gunsite process seems awkward and I need to find a happy medium that fits my shooting style. Input from my four readers (if you have any) would be welcome.

On Threats, Real & Imagined

Your local only ones with all that dotmil gear they picked up from Uncle Sugar on your dime think they are this:

But they are really more like this:

Keep in mind that all that cool gear doesn’t make them ninjas. It only makes them think they are ninjas.

Question: Does all that high speed gear you have make you a ninja?

Merely trying to maintain a bit of perspective.

As the dark clouds of Gunwalker gather – Is anyone surprised?

Based on what you know about the current group of weasels in dotgov, is any of this truly a surprise to you?

Codrea said a while back (paraphrased):

“There is no way the first black president will fire the first black attorney general.”

And hey listen, it’s not about the dude’s skin color. It never has been. That’s just ‘the other hand’ moving in another circle. I maintain that Holder is doing such a good job where he is that OPFOR would be outright insane to pull him out. He is too bloody effective.

Keep training. Keep up the PT. Stack it deep.

shoot, move, communicate – leave no trace

So, I survived the elements and exercises to tell a tale of brutal training and woe. Yes, woe.

Above 3000 ft. which for me, is a challenge. Not the elevation, but the terrain. I live in the semi-flat lands and moving into an AO that is a bit more hilly, will put the hurt on pretty quick.

Ambushes, fire & maneuver, observation, and long range marksmanship while living out of a backpack for two days. Good times, even better training and PT.

A couple of takeaways:

  • Get good clothing this is on par with the elements you will be operating in.
  • These are pricy, but nice: GoRuck GR-1
  • Cache placement & concealment is crucial.
  • Never underestimate how quickly you can dull a good knife.
  • Your caloric intake will be twice what you expect it to be.
  • Adjustment to the discomfort of the elements takes time, especially for someone who works in a cushy office all day long.

I’m not an expert on combat by any means, but I am learning, slowly. Your bushcraft, trekking, and general outdoor skills will translate well, though I must admit, adding the OPSEC element to being in the woods has been a steep learning curve for me.

We Train Beacuse We Care

Onward, upward.

Lots of reps with the kettle bells. Lots of pull ups, sit ups, leg lifts, and push ups.

Miles have been run. Uphill, in the cold, barefoot, both ways.

“Miles to go before I sleep…”

Rounds on target, zero confirmed. Reloads on the run. Mag changes as fast as any CQB, Tier 1 operator.

Preps backfilled. Ammo replenished.

Not bad for an almost forty-something nerd.

“Miles to go before I sleep…”