USPSA Area 1 Championship

For the first time in over 20 years I’m attending a level III USPSA match. In two weeks I’m going to Bend Oregon to participate in the Area 1 Championship. This consists of 17 stages shot over the course of three days. At this level match you get to shoot some interesting/different/challenging stages.

Some of the stages have a western theme such as Wild West, Showdown, and Outhouse Slider:




But there is one stage of particular note. This will be the most interesting/different/challenging stage I have ever shot:


Quote of the day—Cliff Maloney

Therein lies the lesson for U.S. policymakers. The consequences of gun control run far deeper than either side of America’s gun debate cares to admit. We all need to learn from Venezuela’s example and shape our public policy accordingly.

Gun control legislation might seem like an easy answer when tragedies force us to passionately look to politicians to do something, but history repeats itself time and time again.

Venezuela’s disarmament reminds us of a key American principle: An armed citizenry is the greatest defense against a tyrannical government.

Cliff Maloney
May 22, 2019
Cliff Maloney: Venezuela is a poster child for gun control gone wrong
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—All Angels Are Gay It’s Canon @Jenny_Trout

If you are a MAGA or a 2A enthusiast, I legitimately do not care about your life/well-being or the lives/well-being of your family. I don’t care if you can’t defend yourselves against intruders or whatever. I just don’t care if you live or die.

️‍Good Omens = All Angels Are Gay It’s Canon @Jenny_Trout
Tweeted on April 3, 2018
[This is what they think of you.—Joe]

Interesting history on standard of review

Dave Hardy contributed to an Amicus brief in NYSRPA v. NYC. In it they give us a history lesson in how rational basis, intermediate review, and strict scrutiny of the constitutionality of laws came about. I found it fascinating.

This is the core of the lesson:

The use of multiple standards of review to evaluate the same statute is an import from First Amendment challenges to election laws, specifically ballot-access laws. See, e.g., Burdick v. Takushi, 504 U.S. 428, 434 (1992); Timmons v. Twin Cities New Party, 520 U.S. 351 358 (1997); Norman v. Reed, 502 U. S. 279, 288-89 (1992).

It is important to note that these election law cases address an unusual, indeed unique, constitutional problem.

On the one hand, elections involve the very core of First Amendment rights. “Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.” Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S, 1, 17 (1964). “[V]oting is of the most fundamental significance under our constitutional structure.” Illinois State Board of Elections v. Socialist Workers Party, 440 U.S. 173, 184 (1979). Thus, the ordinary application of the First Amendment would use strict scrutiny to evaluate virtually all regulation of elections.

On the other hand, extensive government regulation is necessary merely to make elections possible, let alone fair. “[A]s a practical matter, there must be substantial regulation of elections if they are to be fair and honest and if some sort of order, rather than chaos, is to accompany the democratic processes.” Storer v. Brown, 415 U.S. 724, 730 (1974). “To achieve these necessary objectives, States have enacted comprehensive and sometimes complex elections codes,” each part of which “inevitably affects – at least to some degree – the individual’s right to vote….” Anderson v. Celebreeze, 460 U.S. 780, 788 (1983).

It is hard to envision another First Amendment right that can only be exercised on a day and at a place dictated by the government, with expression restricted to making government-designated choices by checking boxes on a government-provided form.

They go on to explain that because the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms does not depend upon the existence of government regulation to be exercised in a meaningful way firearms laws should be reviewed using the “strict scrutiny” standard:

The dual standard of review used by the Second Circuit, and other courts, is thus taken from the unique setting of ballot-access laws. It is inappropriately
applied to the Second Amendment, a setting where the considerations that underlie ballot access regulations are inapplicable.

And in conclusion urges SCOTUS:

This Court should reverse the ruling below, reject its use of a dual standard of review.

My translation:

Shall. Not. Be. Infringed.

Quote of the day—Tam

Only when these yahoos are getting reliably smoke-checked by their intended victims is this attention-seeking behavior going to stop.

This got stopped by good guys with guns, but people got killed waiting for them to show up.

Anybody who mandates you be disarmed in a country full of guns does not have your best interests at heart.

June 3, 2019
Overheard In Front Of The Television…
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

New shooter report

Yesterday Dana and Chris from Barb’s Book Club went to the Bellevue Gun Club with Barb and I. Neither had even touched a gun before.

It went well. As usual I taught them how to shoot a pistol since it’s an indoor range with only 25 yards available. I did the usual stuff regarding safety, then stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, dry fire, and finally had them take their first shots with a suppressed .22 from 10 feet away from the target.

The following three pictures are by Barb. Yes, there is something wrong with the stance and grip in each of the pictures. They were still working on getting everything correct at the same time. It got better latter on before it deteriorate as they got tired at the end.




I also talked them a little about ammunition. The bullet, the shell casing, powder, and primers. After I showed them rimfire and center cartridges Barb spoke up, “I didn’t know that! So that’s what you meant by that all this time.” Whoops! I thought she knew.

Dana had some problems at first. The shots were going all over the place. Chris’s first two shots were several inches high but close to each other. I asked if the top of the front and rear sights were level with each other and without a word put the next several shots into the bulls-eye. Okay, that’s an acceptable answer.

Dana shot again and after asking a few questions all of a sudden many of her shots started going into the bulls-eye. She had only been using the front sight. Once she used the rear sight in combination with the front sight things worked much better. Imagine that.

I had them shoot a .22 revolver in single action mode. Then had them dry fire in double action mode and advised them that in general they would probably be happier shooting semi-auto handguns.


Near the end of our reserved time we put up two USPSA targets and I talked to them about self defense shooting. This included where to shoot, what to expect in terms of the threat response to hits in various locations, and when it was legal to shoot.

After a couple of magazines through the Ruger 22/45 Mark IIIs I had them start from a close ready position and then push out to fire first one shot at a time then two shots at a time. They did very well with all shots in the lower A-Zone (except the two Chris tried in the upper A-zone). I was very pleased with all the progress they had made and they thanked me multiple times.


At the end of the month another new shooter from the book club is scheduled to go to the range with us.

See also the QOTD.

It’s in the genes

Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes

We have long known that men have a genetic, evolutionary impulse to cheat, because that increases the odds of having more of their offspring in the world.

But now there is intriguing new research showing that some women, too, are biologically inclined to wander, although not for clear evolutionary benefits. Women who carry certain variants of the vasopressin receptor gene are much more likely to engage in “extra pair bonding,” the scientific euphemism for sexual infidelity.

I’m not surprised. My informal interviews with women indicates a bimodal distribution. Either women 50 years and older have had a relatively small number of sexual partners, less than 10 or else dozens or, sometimes, many hundreds.

See also my post here.

Posted in Sex

Quote of the day—Dana

Of the top five things people would never expect me to do, learn to shoot a gun is one of them.

This is exciting!

June 1, 2019
[I’ll have a full “new shooter report” later today.


In the picture above Dana is the woman on the left. Chris is on the right. By their own request, they are getting a sample of what self defense shooting is about.—Joe]

Social justice warrior charged with felony

It looks like a social justice warrior is getting more justice than she bargained for:

Rachel Dolezal hit with felony theft charge in welfare fraud case

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader who resigned after her parents revealed she’s not African-American, is facing a felony theft charge in Washington state after she allegedly made false statements to secure nearly $9,000 in food and childcare assistance.

The charges against Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in October 2016, were first reported by KHQ-TV.

According to court documents, investigators with Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) started looking into Dolezal’s finances in March 2017 after the publication of her autobiography, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”

DSHS investigator Kyle Bunge said Dolezal had claimed that “her only source of income was $300.00 per month in gifts from friends.” However, the department found that she had deposited nearly $84,000 in her bank account between August 2015 and September 2017 without reporting it.

According to the investigation, the money came from sales of Dolezal’s autobiography as well as “the sale of her art, soaps, and handmade dolls.”

Authorities say Dolezal illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

See also my previous posts about her:

Quote of the day—Barack Obama

Some of you may be aware our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, any time. Without much, if any, regulation, they can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns.

Barack Obama
Former U.S. President
May 30, 2019
SHAMELESS! Obama Heads to Brazil, Lies REPEATEDLY About American Gun Laws
[Lying. That is what gun grabbers do. The truth is toxic to them and their agenda. Lying and deception has been a essential part of their culture for over 25 years.—Joe]

One of these is not like the other

I was at the range a couple days ago and noticed my handgun was shooting a couple inches high at 10 yards. Odd, I thought.

I put the target out to 25 yards and tried again. Yup, obviously high. I adjusted it down and continued my practice. It bothered me and I kept thinking about it.

Then I noticed the front sight looked a little odd. I looked closer and from a different angle and discovered the problem:


On the left is a new sight from my spare parts bin. On the right is the old sight.

I apparently broke it off shooting through a port at a recent match. To avoid damaging your gun you need to push all the way through the port or stay out of the port completely. If you are mostly centered in the port the recoil can interfere with the proper cycling and, as in this case, damage you gun.

I replaced the sight when I got home, order a new one to put in the spare parts bin, and went back to the range the next day to rezero my gun:


The top group is from five yards and the bottom group is from 27 yards away. One flyer with each six shot group but good enough to believe the sights are where they belong.

Gun cartoon of the day

Via email from Brian Keith:


This is what they think of you. They think of you as an evil person who shoots innocent school children.

As I said yesterday, what congress is really “scared” of regarding the NRA is the votes and activists they can bring or take away from candidates.

Quote of the day—Monte Milanuk

This year’s goal: no singed wookie!
#boomershoot #fireball

Monte Milanuk
Tweeted on April 30, 2015
[At Boomershoot 2014 Monte, who does resemble a wookie, fired the opening shot to detonate the fireball target. There were some miscalculations and Monte was too close. Watch this video for details:

I didn’t discover Monte’s tweet until yesterday.—Joe]

Popular on Twitter

In response to David Hogg:

You shouldn’t be able to by a gun, gun parts or ammunition over the internet.

I Tweeted:

A gun is like a book. Possession, use, and purchase is a specific enumerated right. You should be able to be purchase them any way, anytime, and anywhere.

That is my goal. Get used to it.

I’m getting a surprising large number of likes for that response.

Quote of the day—Tiana Lowe

In the video Cuomo snarked on, Corban isn’t belligerently calling on Americans to arm themselves to prepare for civil war. She’s not even lauding limitless assault weapons or luxuriating in the gore of guns. She’s recounting how she survived being strangled and raped by a man who is currently serving life in prison, and how the Second Amendment empowers her to defend herself and her children from future threats.

Even if you’re in favor of restricting different kinds of guns or creating registry regulations, Corban is pretty much the worst target you could possibly focus your ire upon. Yet Cuomo cannot help himself.

Tiana Lowe
May 29, 2019
Constitutional ignoramus Chris Cuomo just can’t help himself, mocks a rape survivor
[This is what they think of your right to keep and bear arms. It is better to be violently raped than defend yourself with a gun.—Joe]

Do I detect a hint of bias?

From The Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal (emphasis added):

This week, SB 61, SB 172, and SB 376 all authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the California State Senate. The three bills further establish Portantino’s leadership as one of California’s strongest sensible gun control advocates. His efforts over the past decade have significantly improved California’s gun control efforts and have enhance public safety in neighborhoods and main streets across our state.

Nothing indicates its an opinion piece. It’s categorized as a news brief. No data is given or suggested that would support the claims.

And some people wonder why traditional media is going bankrupt. I don’t. And I don’t have any sympathy for them. They brought it on themselves.