Have You Ever Danced?

(sent via email by my beloved blond)
An old prospector shuffled into town leading an old tired mule.

The old man headed straight for the only saloon to clear his parched

He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.  As he stood
there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young
gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle
of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old
man, have you ever danced?”
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did
dance… never really wanted to.”
A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said,  “Well, you old
fool, you’re gonna dance now,” and started shooting at the old man’s

The old prospector –not wanting to get a toe blown off– started
hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.  Everybody was laughing,
fit to be tied.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still
laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled
shotgun, and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.
The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very
slowly.  The silence was almost deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the
large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he
quietly said, “Son, have you ever licked a mule’s ass?”
The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir….. but… I’ve always
wanted to.”

There are a few lessons for us all here:

Never be arrogant.
Don’t waste ammunition.
Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
Don’t mess with old men, they didn’t get old by being stupid.

On disbanding the ATF.

Just so we are clear: It will not happen anytime soon.

The reason? The “A” part and the “T” part in ATF. The yearly income for  excise taxes for Alcohol and Tobacco is somewhere in the 25 to 30 billion dollars range according from what I quickly gathered in the interwebs which goes to fund SCHIP and killing funds for that program is political suicide anywhere.  Excise taxes for firearms and ammunition in comparison rack under 500 million dollars yearly which half goes back for wildlife conservation (Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act) which is not politically sexy across the board.

So if instead of Blog Chest Puffing we use a bit of common sense, we could achieve what needs to be done.

1) Have Congress create legislation that separates any weapons criminal investigation from BATFE and have it transferred to the FBI. Also anything that is related to NFA records and compliance.

2) Keep the excise tax control in the hands of the Treasury Department so they do not have their accountant bitch too much.

3) Have the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility review the files of every ATF agent involved in weapons’ investigations and, if their credentials are impeccable, allow them to transfer to the FBI or given a choice in another Federal Law Enforcement agency. Prosecute only the most blatant of violators and let the rest go.

It is my opinion that this will be the smartest way to amputate the rogues in the agency and bring peace to gun owners.

IDPA Postal Match Results.

The results are in.

CDP Champion: Todd McGowan    Master 42.75 (11)
ESP Champion: Morgan Allen    Master 39.15 (1)
SSP Champion: Andy Zavalla    Master 41.31 (6)
ESR Champion: Gregg Kratochvil    Expert 44.56 (4)
SSR Champion: Gregg Kratochvil    Master 44.73 (7)

High Senior: Jose Garcia    ESP – Expert 43.80 (5)
High Lady: Katherine Spolsdoff    SSP – Sharpshooter 56.95 (13)
High Law Enforcement: Daren Kirts    SSP – Master 41.33 (11)
High Press: John Strayer    ESP – Master 47.71 (8)
High Industry: Matt Holmes    SSP – Master 45.82 (12)
High International: Mikhail Gushchin    SSP – Master 44.25 (19)
High Junior: Katherine Spolsdoff    SSP – Sharpshooter 56.95 (13)
High Military: Mikhail Gushchin    SSP – Master 44.25 (19)
High Military Veteran: Todd McGowen    ESP – Master 40.66 (8)
High Distinguished Senior: Bill Nesbitt    SSP – Master 42.42 (4)
Most Accurate: Leonard Greski    SSP – Expert 53.80 (0)

I want to particular congratulate Jose Garcia who shoots in our club and the nicest guy you could ever wish to shoot with for coming first in High Senior. And as I am reminded 1) High Senior means highest Senior Score, not under the effects of pain medication and 2) I am one now….damn it!

Light blogging for a while.

I am kinda behind several things and I must get them done. Truck needs an oil change and a check up before going to the Florida IDA State Match, need to drop by Home Depot and get the materials for the modification of the Tactical Green Kid’s Wagon (What i use to carry all the shooting crap), find a huge umbrella for such wagon, finish one article and edit it plus edit the one is already finished and send them to Kathy, buy socks, buy raincoat for both the missus and myself (she will kill me if it rains again during the match)….. and I know I am forgetting something……

Crap… gotta go to the range and practice some. At least I reloaded enough ammo.

Bad Guy calls 911, afraid that homeowner might be armed.

I have to admit, it made me smile. 🙂

This evening, Monday March 7, 2011, at approximately 7:07 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Southwest Rutland Terrace after a subject called 9-1-1 to report that he just broke into the residence and that the owner arrived home. The caller told 9-1-1 that he was concerned that the homeowner might have a gun.

The homeowner arrived home and found the suspect inside the house and the suspect was in the bathroom taking a shower. The homeowner, along with his two German Shepherds, asked the suspect what he was doing in the house and the suspect then locked himself in the bathroom and called 9-1-1. The homeowner also called 9-1-1 and told the call-taker that he found a man in his house.

Officers from Central Precinct along with a K-9 unit responded to the residence and took the suspect into custody without incident.

IDPA WC Point System: How much will it cost?

The following calculations are based from South Florida, Fort Lauderdale to be precise since it is a nice midway point for IDPA shooters in the 4 county area (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe) and may not reflect prices where you live.

We in SoFla live in one corner of the US so everything is pretty much far outside the state and with the consequent cost that involves. I selected the next 9 states matches according to the IDPA website and I will assume that each match will provide me with 2 points each for a grand total of 18 points. These point might or might not give me a spot in the WC, I do not know yet since I already know of shooters in other states that have accumulated 20+ points so far this year. I’ll take their word for it.

Let’s start with Air Travel. As origin I used Ft. Lauderdale and got estimates using Expedia.com:

  • Arkansas $379
  • Illinois $566
  • Texas $ 609
  • Alabama $ 289
  • Oklahoma $ 501
  • Maryland $189
  • Arizona $ 369
  • North Carolina $ 306
  • Michigan $ 478

Total Airfare (9 matches): $ 3,686

Average hotel room is $90/night according to HotelNewsNow.com but I am a cheap SOB so I will stay in crappy motels so let’s cut that in half to $45. So for two nights per match I pay $90 and it gives me a grand total of $810 for 9 matches worth of lodging.

Food? Let’s stick to Burger Joints: $7 per combo meal time 3 equals $21 times 9 matches: $189. I should diet though.

Car rental prices for two days are so varied it is just crazy. I used Dollar Rent-a-car and they ran from $62 for Arkansas to $661. I decided to use the rate out of Miami Airport of $102 as “average”and it comes out to $918 for the 9 matches, 2 days per match.

So, the Grand Total for 9 matches comes to be $5,585 or $620 per match or $310 per point. And I cannot be sure I’d be selected to shoot the WC!

If I had that money to spend, I’d would gladly “waste” it is several new guns or donating it to my club to buy cool props.