Quote of the day—Tim Svenson

SB 941 will not provide any additional protection of Oregon citizens against violence.

SB 941 will create new layers of legal barriers to already law abiding citizen.

My fear with SB 941 is that these citizens will now be at risk of being charged and prosecuted for acts they have done several times before with no negative effect on our community.

As with many of these laws, it becomes very difficult for law enforcement to enforce, and there’s no consideration of the financial impact on the already stressed court system and background check process already in place.

Tim Svenson
Sheriff, Oregon’s Yamhill County
April 22, 2015

[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Michael Z. Williamson

Take your statements about “ultraconservative,” “right wing,” “Read less white males” and “privilege,” and shove them up your ass.

Then write the story where that was a pleasurable and positive learning experience for you.

Michael Z. Williamson
April 21, 2015
Challenge Delivered
[Williamson’s post is worth reading for the facts presented but the last sentence, above, is what gives it the punch of humor.

I’ve read a couple of his books and enjoyed them immensely. The points he makes are indicative of something I’ve written about before. Although these type of people will seldom directly admit it, it is very clear they believe they know what you are thinking without regard to your words or actions. In this case they believe they know the contents of his book without reading them.

What more evidence do you need to conclude these people have mental problems?

No matter. There will be a lot more evidence provided. I directly experienced it for decades and no matter how much I coached them they could not change. The problem, as they saw it, was always me.—Joe]

Quote of the day—SquareForceOne

I’m not in favor of banning handguns or hunting rifles, but I am in favor of banning or seriously restricting access to weapons that have no purpose other than to kill a large number of people in a short time.

July 23, 2012
Comment to The NRA claims 4.3 million members. The Brady Campaign might have under 29,000.
[Don’t ever let someone get away with telling you that no one wants to take your guns.—Joe]


My lead and I went to lunch with three representatives from a vendor today. One had spent many years in law enforcement and the other two really enjoy hunting.  At lunch we spent a lot of time talking about the outdoors, shooting, hiking, hunting, and climbing mountains.

While returning from lunch and walking through the parking garage:

Vendor Rep: Nice Kydex holster for your flashlight. I suppose <company name> has a policy against fully loaded magazines to put in the slot next to it.

Joe: They just might.

Vendor Rep: But it’s the only holster you have for the flashlight, right?

Joe: That’s right.

It was the law enforcement guy.

I love this job and the people I work with.

Quote of the day—William Kirkland

Liberals today are wrong to see contemporary issues like gun control and climate change as surfing on an inevitable wave of progress. Rather, these issues are boats piloted by committed activists who steer them forward through a sea of indifference. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, with all its triumphs and tragedies, rested on the shoulders of thousands of activists who fought oppression in the streets, in courtrooms and on public buses. It emerged not from the progress of Reconstruction but from the backwardness of Jim Crow.

William Kirkland
April 20, 2015
Kirkland: The progressive lessons of history
[I find it absolutely fascinating that people can advocate gun control and then two sentences later praise the advancement of civil rights. And in this case a civil rights movement which was dramatically assisted by private citizens with guns. And this is by a person who prides himself on his knowledge of history!

How does someone do that? It has to be something like Peterson Syndrome.—Joe]

Midnight Rider Marksmen

Via frequent commenter Chris from Alaska we have this press release.

Midnight Rider Marksmen, PO Box 9571, Las Vegas, NV


A non-profit dedicated to the Shooting Sports, American History, and Civic Engagement
Las Vegas, NV, April 19, 2015

I am proud to announce the launch of Midnight Rider Marksmen (MRM), a new national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public in American history, supporting the shooting sports, and promoting civic engagement.

MRM is named in honor of Paul Revere and the other brave riders who rode through the night to warn American patriots that “the regulars were out!” on April 19th, 1775.

Midnight Rider Marksmen is about Shooting… We offer a variety of rifle, pistol and youth shooting programs at ranges throughout the country. We promote traditional American marksmanship skills with events tailored to a variety of skill levels.

Midnight Rider Marksmen is about History… We promote awareness of American history, with a focus on the colonial period, Revolutionary War, and early Republic. Knowing our history is a way to cultivate an appreciation for American heritage and of the sacrifices made by earlier generations of Americans on behalf of liberty and freedom. MRM offers a variety of history presentations, programs and speakers for meetings, clubs, organizations, schools, and other groups.

Midnight Rider Marksmen is about Civic Engagement… We encourage the general public to participate in civic life, educate the general public on civic participation, and foster an appreciation for the freedoms and liberties provided by American civic life. We are non-partisan and adhere to all IRS 501C(3) requirements.

Midnight Rider Marksmen is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance.

To join Midnight Rider Marksmen or to find out how you, your range or organization can become involved, check out Midnight Rider Marksmen on Facebook or visit us online at www.hitscount.org. Please email us at info@midnightridermarksmen.org.

Your estimated wait time

My sales tax quarterly filing for Boomershoot stuff is due today. The Idaho State Tax Commission has a new website for E-filing and paying taxes and when I tried to file on Saturday (yes, I procrastinate, it’s where daughter Xenia gets it from, see also here) it wouldn’t let me file. Barb tried calling and got a message saying their hours were Monday through Friday. I tried again this morning and still couldn’t get the button to file like the instructions said would be there.

Six minutes after they opened I called and pressed ‘0’ to speak with someone. The recorded messages said, “Your estimated wait time is four thousand, seven hundred and 60 minutes.”

This is what you get when dealing with monopolies. I can’t wait, but everyone will, for single payer health care.

As I had to take a shower and get to work sometime before midday Thursday I wrote them a letter with my story of woe*, sales numbers, and a check then mailed it on my way to work after I sent them an email saying the check was in the mail.

* It is possible it is my fault. After I had the letter and check sealed up in the envelope I noticed a tiny field on the online form. It was where I expected to have a label saying “ID number” because my tax ID number was just to the right of it. But it said, “Annual”. It’s possible they switched me to filing annually instead of quarterly without me reading carefully enough some letter they sent a few months ago.

But my guess is that the software vendor accidentally converted all the quarterly filing people to annual filing.


USPSA match results

As I posted earlier my participation in a USPSA match today was cut short by catastrophic equipment failure. Even having only completed three and zeroing three stages I still didn’t come in dead last:

MRCPS April Uspsa
Match Results – Combined
Place Name Member # Class Division PF Lady Mil Law For Match Pts Match %
1 Helterline, Nick A24193 G OPEN MAJOR N N N N 745.4775 100.000 %
2 Ramberg, Tim TY70622 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 704.8636 94.552 %
3 Pries, Scott A57006 G LTD MAJOR N N N N 650.9987 87.326 %
4 Kettels, Tom L465 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 649.7426 87.158 %
5 Hoang, Vinh TY55787 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 612.2319 82.126 %
6 Wiley, John A68387 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 607.1873 81.449 %
7 Hong, Andrew A83199 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 599.8781 80.469 %
8 Tan, Loke TY66526 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 598.7592 80.319 %
9 Loo, Bob L1770 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 594.1050 79.695 %
10 Lee, Yong FY41528 G PROD MINOR N N N N 580.5697 77.879 %
11 Kim, Hwansik A86278 A PROD MINOR N N N N 539.6461 72.389 %
12 Eap, Sorida TY76563 B OPEN MAJOR Y N N N 532.4589 71.425 %
13 Albero, Joseph FY37033 C OPEN MAJOR N N N N 529.1346 70.979 %
14 LeRoux, Scott L3253 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 525.3467 70.471 %
15 Tag, Alan A51215 G PROD MINOR N N N N 522.1622 70.044 %
16 Shoemaker, Floyd L2396 M OPEN MAJOR N N N N 511.6337 68.632 %
17 Wood, Bruce TY47022 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 507.5291 68.081 %
18 Huang, Jemy TY71576 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 491.8023 65.971 %
19 Cotie, Paul A76039 M LTD MAJOR N N N N 490.3199 65.773 %
20 Dong, James FY22573 B OPEN MAJOR N N N N 484.1667 64.947 %
21 Roberts, Kevin A66808 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 471.5292 63.252 %
22 Olka, Chris TY54513 B SS MAJOR N N N N 470.0700 63.056 %
23 Nevins, Chris FY75900 A PROD MINOR N N N N 460.1006 61.719 %
24 Plotnikov, Emanuel L3050 M PROD MINOR N N N N 456.4464 61.229 %
25 Munson, Lisa A8382 A SS MAJOR Y N N N 454.2216 60.930 %
26 Galanti, Mike TY13332 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 446.7189 59.924 %
27 Miller, Tavis TY71173 A PROD MINOR N N N N 441.2201 59.186 %
28 Roessel, Steven A44141 A OPEN MAJOR N N N N 439.5921 58.968 %
29 Stockwell, Nicholas A89438 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 432.0450 57.955 %
30 Leone, Larry L3001 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 426.6662 57.234 %
31 Noel, Brian A29646 G REV MINOR N N N N 418.1377 56.090 %
32 McNees, Don A88218 B LTD MINOR N N N N 415.6461 55.756 %
33 Farrow, Dave B49 B PROD MINOR N N N N 410.6384 55.084 %
34 Baleros, Rae A83018 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 406.8212 54.572 %
35 Mouille, Scott TY68271 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 402.2876 53.964 %
36 Saslawsky, Mike TY56783 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 391.1727 52.473 %
37 James, Jason TY75331 B PROD MINOR N N N N 382.9065 51.364 %
38 Erickson, Aaron TY84885 U SS MAJOR N N N N 374.4335 50.227 %
39 Domingo, Noel A85786 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 372.3201 49.944 %
40 Galind, Edward A61323 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 371.2768 49.804 %
41 Brosas, Albert A54960 B LTD MINOR N N N N 369.2145 49.527 %
42 Vanlandingham, Greg A90645 U PROD MINOR N N N N 360.9470 48.418 %
43 Chiou, Roger TY71834 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 359.3018 48.198 %
44 Roessel, Gary A2757 B LTD MINOR N N N N 358.9575 48.151 %
45 Slaughter, Rustin A90627 U LTD MAJOR N N N N 354.3652 47.535 %
46 Tomasie, Squire L1145 A PROD MINOR N N N N 349.1555 46.836 %
47 Wall, Gary TY41939 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 348.2757 46.718 %
48 Allen, Craig TY71465 B PROD MINOR N N N N 337.3902 45.258 %
49 Breitkreutz, Gale TY82582 D OPEN MAJOR N N N N 336.3473 45.118 %
50 Hodges, Palmer A80680 C PROD MINOR N N N N 336.2436 45.104 %
51 Straathof, Greg A89323 U PROD MINOR N N N N 331.6126 44.483 %
52 Pajarillo, Mario A25659 U PROD MINOR N N N N 328.3804 44.050 %
53 Tsang, Keith A71578 B LTD MAJOR N N N N 323.8689 43.444 %
54 Hodges, Justin A80693 C PROD MINOR N N N N 323.3540 43.375 %
55 Harris, Brad A54628 A LTD MAJOR N N N N 322.6308 43.278 %
56 Sherman, Tod TY37515 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 314.2959 42.160 %
57 Boffey, David PENDING U PROD MINOR N N N N 309.3078 41.491 %
58 Mackley, Matt PENDING U PROD MINOR N N N N 307.4944 41.248 %
59 Mortell, Jeff A86651 C PROD MINOR N N N N 307.4439 41.241 %
60 Dussault, Kyle A90234 U REV MINOR N N N N 304.4598 40.841 %
61 Shatto, Rollie TY18977 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 301.6599 40.465 %
62 Clark, Dean A85321 C LTD MINOR N N N N 295.1779 39.596 %
63 Harding, Matt A87093 C PROD MINOR N N N N 291.0945 39.048 %
64 Millican, Arthur L3892 U OPEN MINOR N N N N 286.3976 38.418 %
65 Tablang, Nelson A86966 U PROD MINOR N N N N 278.4613 37.353 %
66 Soraparu, Heather TY86040 C PROD MINOR Y N N N 278.0775 37.302 %
67 Smith, Alex TY78406 C SS MAJOR N N N N 276.6623 37.112 %
68 Westrich, Chaun A78506 C REV MINOR N N N N 271.8651 36.469 %
69 Paczosa, Dan 2(SS) A87261 U SS MAJOR N N N N 271.1708 36.375 %
70 Kellet, Steve TY37763 C SS MAJOR N N N N 270.8322 36.330 %
71 Paczosa, Conner 1(PROD) A87261 U PROD MINOR N N N N 262.0480 35.152 %
72 Gross, Brad A89754 U PROD MINOR N N N N 250.8192 33.645 %
73 Crow, Don A85736 U PROD MINOR N N N N 237.3173 31.834 %
74 Adam, Brandi A73942 C LTD MAJOR N N N N 232.1828 31.146 %
75 Fenlin, Jim A77726 D SS MAJOR N N N N 212.6674 28.528 %
76 Jensen, John TY87846 U PROD MINOR N N N N 211.2494 28.337 %
77 Parisi, Jesse PENDING U LTD MINOR N N N N 195.8696 26.274 %
78 Hansen, Susan A89501 U PROD MINOR Y N N N 179.5240 24.082 %
79 Grover, Jason A86456 U PROD MINOR N N N N 177.4217 23.800 %
80 Russell, Jim F79157 D PROD MINOR N N N N 176.7931 23.715 %
81 Huffman, Joe TY29386 B OPEN MAJOR N N N N 147.4298 19.777 %
82 Rowe, Mark A67862 D SS MAJOR N N N N 132.3297 17.751 %
83 Bregante, Carlos TY4508 C LTD MINOR N N N N 122.8851 16.484 %
84 Tolentino, Ronald A90654 U PROD MINOR N N N N 113.1315 15.176 %
85 (DQ) Soltesz, Bob PENDING U SS MAJOR N N N N 0.0000 0.000 %

For some reason they have me listed as being in Open class instead of Limited. I sent them email asking that they correct the error.

They had a very “interesting” stage where you ran about 15 yards to the first five paper targets then ran about another 15 yards to some more paper targets and around the corner there was a Texas Star and three poppers 31 yards away:


A Texas Star is challenging under most any circumstances but 31 yards is almost obscene. Without going to Idaho I don’t have access to a place where I can shoot targets at 31 yards. This was evident in my performance. It took me several shots to discover I needed to hold at the top edge of the plates to hit them. Many people left some and at least one person left all of the plates as misses.

This was another “interesting” stage. The start position was facing up range with your hands on the X’s:


It was very awkward. And the taller you were the more difficult it was.

Another article about Brad

Long time readers of this blog will probably recalled that my nephew, Brad Huffman, died almost two years ago and the his boss at the University of Idaho named a wheat after him. Here are my previous blog posts about that:

I was browsing through spring 2015 issue of “Idaho Grain” (the Idaho Grain Producers Association magazine) and found another article about Huffman Wheat and Brad:


The gun is all used up

I went to a USPSA match today and my gun barrel fractured and locked up my gun. This is a cropped version of the picture I tweeted about shortly after the incident:


Robb Allen almost immediately asked the obvious question, “Your own loads or factory?” And of course the answer was they were rounds I had loaded myself. In many situations this would be the end of the story. The shooter had a squib (a round with no or insufficient powder) which resulted in a bullet stuck in the barrel and the next round set off the automatic self-destruct sequence of events. Another way it could have happened was a round got double charged or the wrong powder was used. In any case it is relatively easy and frequent that handloaders blow up their guns through their own carelessness.

But as Ry pointed out the head of the shell casing is still there which probably means there wasn’t an over pressure event involved. I was able to hammer the gun open far enough for the shell casing to drop out and confirmed Ry’s suspicion:


This is a perfectly normal looking piece of brass. Even the primer looks normal so there was no overpressure event involved. I tried putting it in the case gauge and it would only go in about halfway. The chamber of barrel is now, of course, large than spec and the brass expanded just a bit more than normal even though it can’t be seen with the naked eye.

I tried for quite a bit to get the gun open in the hopes that I could remove the barrel but I wasn’t able to get it open any beyond this:


You can’t see it in the photograph but the feed ramp also split.

I finally just closed it up:


I don’t know what the root cause was. I wonder if it wasn’t a timing issue which caused some abnormal stress because I had a broken link with this barrel once before.

Something that is interesting to me is that I had the lugs break on the original STI barrel after about 20,000 rounds and this barrel failed after almost exactly the same number of rounds. I have known the gun was living on borrowed time for nearly six years now so I can’t really complain a lot.

I’m not going to try to get the gun repaired. As Barb, essentially, and Gay_Cynic said, I used the gun up.

Update: I should have said that the shot sounded and felt almost normal to me. The recoil cycle wasn’t quite right but there wasn’t a greater than normal impulse or BOOM!

Quote of the day—Andrew Kohut

We are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer.

A 2013 Pew Research survey showed that protection is now the top reason gun owners offer for why they choose to own a gun (in 1999, hunting was the top reason). And among the public at large, the latest Gallup survey finds that 63% of Americans now say having a gun in the home makes it a safer place compared with 30% who say it makes a home more dangerous. Fifteen years ago, more said the presence of a gun made a home more dangerous (51%) than safer (35%).

Andrew Kohut
Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases
April 17, 2015
[Principals are important but public opinion is what wins elections and to a great extent judicial rulings. We are now getting nearly everything going our way. We need to politically exterminate the anti-gun people as quickly as we can and make them as socially distasteful as the KKK.

In addition to reasonably hard data like the surveys referenced above I know my workplace has a lot of people quite friendly to gun ownership. And I know one woman who just recently put her profile on Match.com after being “off the market” for several years. She commented to me just last week that many of the men on the site have pictures of themselves with guns. According to her this wasn’t the case even five years ago.

The anti-gun people are headed to the dustbin of history. Help them get there as quickly as we legally can.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Heather Martens

We need to make sure every gun sale includes a background check, and we need to make sure weapons of war are not available in the civilian market.

Heather Martens
Executive Director Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence
January 20, 2013
Minnesotans rally at State Capitol against stricter controls on guns
[Don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you no one wants to take your guns.

We can conclude that she has no regard for settled Constitutional law. This is because of United States v. Miller 59 S.Ct. 816(1939) specifically said that military equipment is protected by the Second Amendment:

In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a ‘shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length’ at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.

Ms. Martens should also research Constitutional law regarding the “chilling effect” of regulations, such as background checks, on specific enumerated rights.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Matt Ridley

The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them out of the marketplace; and (3) that we cannot afford the climate consequences of burning them.

Matt Ridley
March 13, 2015
Fossil Fuels Will Save the World
[There is some really good stuff in the article. If you don’t have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal you can read the article here as well.

There is stuff like:

More than a billion people on the planet have yet to get access to electricity and to experience the leap in living standards that abundant energy brings. This is not just an inconvenience for them: Indoor air pollution from wood fires kills four million people a year. The next time that somebody at a rally against fossil fuels lectures you about her concern for the fate of her grandchildren, show her a picture of an African child dying today from inhaling the dense muck of a smoky fire.

And this point about plants being CO2 starved and grow better with more CO2 which I bring up with nearly everyone that wants to tell me about man caused global warming:

Although the world has certainly warmed since the 19th century, the rate of warming has been slow and erratic. There has been no increase in the frequency or severity of storms or droughts, no acceleration of sea-level rise. Arctic sea ice has decreased, but Antarctic sea ice has increased. At the same time, scientists are agreed that the extra carbon dioxide in the air has contributed to an improvement in crop yields and a roughly 14% increase in the amount of all types of green vegetation on the planet since 1980.

The more sophisticated global-warming/climate-change people want to talk about the positive feedback loops that will create runaway warming. But they give me a blank look when I ask about the negative feedback from the plants consuming more CO2 and more vegetation resulting from the increased CO2.—Joe]

Quote of the day—chimprage

Seems like the Seattle Times will use what ever angle they can use to further their anti-firearms ownership agenda. This time it’s the environmental angle. In the future it could be the medical angle, or the racial angle, or the feminist angle, or the gay angle, or whatever other angle they think can be used to limit the private ownership of firearms in the US.

What the Seattle Times needs to do instead is to acknowledge and accept the 2nd Amendment, and realize that it exists because this country owes it’s existence to the fact that private citizens owned and were proficient with the most modern firearms of the day.

April 14, 2015
Comment to Toxic ranges win federal contracts
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Boomershoot daffodils

Nine days ago Barb and I were in Idaho and among other things we inspected the daffodils we transplanted nearly two years ago. Last year they were rather disappointing with only a little bit of foliage and almost no blooms. I was concerned they weren’t going to make it. But this year they are looking pretty good:



I don’t know if they will still be blooming for Boomershoot this year but I hope so.

It snowed most of the morning and on the north slopes and higher altitudes it stuck on the ground pretty good:


We unloaded the stakes at the Taj Mahal, then we went to Mecca where I puttered around with Wi-Fi, lights, and shelves while Barb swapped out some fluorescent bulbs for LED bulbs and folded a bunch of target boxes.

Barb also got the conference/dining room at the Orofino Best Western scheduled for Boomershoot 2016. The date will be announced at the Boomershoot 2015 dinner on May 2nd, just 17 days from now.

Everything is on track for great Boomershoot this year. There are still positions available if you would like join us for an event you will never forget.

One lie update

At a group meeting at work today they asked for “Two truths and one lie”. I used these:

  • I won first place while playing for the University of Idaho chess team in the Association of College Unions Intercollegiate Tournaments in Region 14 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana).
  • I have a solar powered explosives production facility in Idaho where I make about a ton of explosives using Kitchen-Aid mixers each year for recreational purposes.
  • I went to Blackwater (a private military company and security consulting firm) for “gun blogger summer camp” for free and was taught by one of the top handgun shooters in the world.

After some discussion they pretty much unanimously agreed it was the chess item. Good job guys!

One of the guys in the group said, “I’m glad he is working on our side.” The director (who found out about Boomershoot during my interview for the job and signed up to attend Boomershoot with her husband) of our group responded with, “That’s why we hired him.”