Well, not all that new, but not widely known. The Evil Princess and I enjoy shooting Glock matches, hosted by the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation. A third of each run is Bianchi Cup style 8” diameter falling plates shot from eleven yards, four plate racks per entry. A third is the Five-To-Glock stage, shot on that many buff-colored cardboard targets at various ranges, the targets being the tombstone-shaped NRA D-1 developed originally for Bianchi Cup by my late mentor Ray Chapman. Finally, there’s the Glock M, an array of four D-1 cardboards and one piece of steel.
GSSF was designed for outdoor ranges. Fragments of lead or jacket coming off steel play hell with the lights on indoor ranges. For indoor shooting, the GSSF folks came up with their gallery match, which of course can be shot outdoors too. You only get one target at a time to shoot at, and it’s in five- and ten-shot sequences at fixed time.
The Princess and I were planning to shoot one of those, the last of the season, not far from where we live. Unfortunately, something came up and we couldn’t make it. I had been psyched up to shoot the darn thing, and E.P. came up with the idea to just shoot it for fun on our range, video it, and make a tutorial out of it.
So, we did. I blew a shot, dammit, but such is life. Give it a try; you can shoot it on most any indoor or outdoor range and see how you stack up. You only have to use a Glock pistol if you’re at an official Glock match.
Video follows, run time about twelve minutes. For info go to www.gssfonline.com. There might just be a GSSF Indoor League shooting near you already, and most anyplace in the continental US, you can find a regular GSSF match within a day’s drive. Lots of fun, and very friendly to newcomers to competitive shooting.
The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will be the site of NRAAM, the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (and Exhibit), April 27-30. You don’t have to be there every day, and since the dates encompass the weekend, feel free to bring your kids. If you’re an NRA member, it’s free!
There will be inspirational speakers. There will be almost every gun, ammo, and accessory manufacturer there with their latest wares. Unlike the SHOT Show, which is an industry trade show open only who those who work in said industry and are at SHOT to sell product and take orders, at NRAAM the companies send their engineers and new product people. They love to mingle with end-user shooter folk and talk guns. It’s a much friendlier and more relaxed atmosphere. That’s one reason I try to go every year. Something else you see at NRAAM much more than at SHOT: some of the all-time world’s greatest gun collections on display, with the collectors themselves there where you can pick their brains.
For me, the highlight of the event is the annual Firearms Law Seminar, which will be all day Friday the 28th. I don’t say that just because I’m one of the speakers again this year. I’ll only be at the podium for 45 minutes or an hour late morning, but I’ll be there from 8 AM to closing to soak up all I can from the heavy hitters who comprise the rest of the speakers’ list.
Program is here. Overview is here. You can scroll down the biographies of the speakers here.
When living legends of the gun owners’ civil rights movement like Stephen Halbrook are going to be talking, any serious advocate for the Second Amendment advocate knows it’s smart to be there to listen!
Unlike the NRA Annual Meeting itself, they charge for the legal seminar. (What can I say? There are lawyers involved…) Ticket info is here. Attorneys get CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit.
However, there’s going to be another HU-U-UGE highlight this year: President Trump is going to address in person the NRA members who worked so hard to get him elected over Hillary Clinton.
Sadly, he is scheduled to speak the same day as the legal seminar. One effect of this is, since it will drain many attendees from the legal seminar, those doing the legal seminar might just be in a mood to dicker about the entry/tuition fee. If you are interested, you’ll have to bypass website registration and email seminar coordinator Sarah Gervase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless you’ve been hiding from North Korean nukes incommunicado for the last few days, you’ve seen the viral video of Dr. David Dao being dragged stunned and bleeding off a United Airlines flight out of Chicago. It seems that the plane was full and United needed to ferry four crew members to another upcoming flight out of Dr. Dao’s destination airport. When the airline didn’t offer enough incentive for four volunteers to disembark and fly later, they arbitrarily picked four people to kick off the aircraft so they could take their seats. Three departed obediently. The physician did not, and physical violence ensues that will be an example of bad customer relations for all time.
In Chinese philosophy, “tao” has been defined as “a way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order.” Bloodying and physically removing a customer from a seat he has paid for is certainly not the natural order of things, even with us frequent fliers who have tales of airport frustration to tell.
Much dialogue (and many amusing memes) have ensued. However, the most cogent commentary comes from one of the sharpest minds I’ve ever encountered in a lifetime spent in the criminal justice system, that of appellate lawyer Karl Erich Martell. He recently wrote:
My very first thought when I heard this story was about the economics of it, but also the psychology. I immediately remembered the book Freakonomics and thought, “If only the gate agents had presented their offer in terms of the number of people who would be inconvenienced should the flight crew not be able to be relocated.” Seriously, I think an appeal along these lines would have worked:
“Ladies and gentlemen: I need your help. I know that it’s very important that all of you get to your destinations on time, but I’d like for you to listen to our quandary and see if you’d consider helping. We have a flight crew that needs to get to Louisville right away or else their plane cannot go out. None of the people on their plane will get to their destination. I know your trip is important, but I’d like to ask you to please consider the possibility that there might be someone on the Louisville plane that has a trip that may be even more important. Maybe someone is traveling to see her dying mother and this is her last chance to see her alive. I can’t say. But I can tell you that we would be so, so grateful if you’d consider giving up your seat for one of these crew members so they will be able to fly that entire plane of passengers to their destination. And I wouldn’t ask you to do it for nothing: we will fly you to your destination tomorrow. We will pay for your hotel overnight and meals. And because we’d be so grateful, we’d like to give you $800 cash to thank you for your kindness in helping us, and helping that whole planeload of passengers.” I’m telling you, a little applied psychology, and they would have had ten volunteers. Alas, I wasn’t the gate agent.
Me, I don’t think it would have hurt to do that before sending in the (police), but I think they could have easily gotten all the volunteers they wanted for $800 if they’d just asked the right way. People are empathetic and want to help.
To what Erich just said there, I can only say, “Amen.” Ya think that might have been more in line with “a code of behavior that is in keeping with the natural order”?
When I was a little kid, I probably drove my mother nuts with how often I whined, “I’m bored!”
I don’t say that much anymore.
The last four weeks or so have included:
Rangemaster Tactical Conference in Little Rock. Not to be missed. Probably the best value you can get in training for your time and dollar if you’re a “civilian,” and a lot of cops attend, too. You can learn a lot just from the archives of the newsletters put together by Rangemaster proprietor and ace trainer Tom Givens.
The next week, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association annual seminar in St. Louis, MO. This is for trainers of police (the only ones allowed to attend, sorry) and is to cops what Rangemaster is to “civilians.” While there, the old guy here woke up deaf one morning: a nasty sinus infection had gone into the middle ear, with enough fluid buildup for what the emergency docs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital diagnosed as acute otitis media. Thanks to my old friend Chief Bert DuVernay who took over for me leading the panel of experts on firearms/deadly force training issues, because I was too deaf to hear the questions from the audience. And thanks to the makers of amoxicillin, which eventually cleared it up.
Then, on to the west coast, to visit the scene of a fatal shooting and do some interviewing for an upcoming wrongful death trial.
Last week, two MAG-20 courses – one range, one classroom lecture, encompassing a full MAG-40 with Karl Rehn’s superb KR Training in the Austin, TX area. Students were great. Karl wrote an AAR (after action report) on the shooting portion. Bookmark Karl’s website and blog – there’s LOTS of learning there, for free.
Along the way, managed to work in the testing of two 9mm pistols for a couple of different gun magazines, the Wilson Combat EDC X9 and the Gen 2.0 version of the Smith & Wesson Military & Police. (Both very nice, by the way.)
The older I get, the less often I have time to be bored.
A couple of entries ago, the discussion on a major police association conditionally condoning warning shots drew a lot of commentary here.
And we didn’t even get all the way into the topic. For example, we never discussed what I call the “chaser shot,” the after-the-fact warning shot fired when the bad guy is fleeing, as if to say “and don’t come back, you so-and-so.”
Last weekend, Charles Heller at Liberty Watch Radio and I had half an hour to go into a little more depth on the matter, including some case examples and a bit of listener call-in interaction.
If you have time to listen (might want to fast forward through the intro music to save time), I’d be interested in your thoughts on what was discussed.