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…”

The Right Mix

Sorry about the sporadic posting. Rifle season is starting up here in GA soon, and the lease down south needed some work. Spent a couple of days on a tractor and working on stands. Got some bow time in, but bambi didn’t cooperate. Such is life.

See this one from Merc:

Great individual warriors will be utterly destroyed by mediocre warriors with good teamwork.

If there is one lesson I have learned in my recent training ventures, this is it. In our evolutions, you have maybe one or two guys (in their 30’s & 40’s) with real Dot Mil expertise. The rest of us are accountants, doctors, technology execs, and sales weasels. Yours truly doesn’t even have a ninja spec carbine. Just some Aero Precision franken-rifle put together on the weekend.

It was a rainy night in Georgia

PT in the cold, mud, & rain.

Started at 9PM. Finished at 5AM. In the office (still cold) by 6:30.

Good times.

I may not have that model’esque physique that I always wanted, but I can pretty much keep up with just about anybody or anything at this point…while still being able to shoot accurately…in the dark.

Beginning to make this exercise a weekly evolution. Mrs. Matson still sneers a bit, but she also has that back-of-her-mind thing going on about, “well, if the world ends, we will probably live through it…”.


Manuvers in the Dark

Small unit tactics and live fire.

Started at 9PM and ended exactly at 5:30AM.

10 or so miles in the north Georgia hills with full kit and weapons. Got ambushed as the final evolution and I’m still bleeding off the adrenaline. Good times and good training. Had just enough time to shower up, put on grown up clothes, and get to the office for an early AM finance meeting.

My guess is I will crash in about 30 minutes. Good thing there is a lock on my office door.

More later.