Monday, September 22, 2014

Your Harris County DA's office and Turds

Cruise over to the Home of the Brothers of the Spiral Tube and read about what our Harris County does when the catch Turds Red Handed.
They cut them loose.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Week In Review

I've been so crazy I haven't had time to even think about writing. the BookFace has even only been getting shared links and pictures.

So instead here is a recap:

Work was crazy as usual. It's budget time so all of you in I.T. understand what than means lots of numbers and justifications for why you want to upgrade things. Add to that an RFP going out this week and two systems with nasty ancient bugs that decided to wake up from the dormant slumber made things fun. Oh and I was handed a project that another Lead is struggling with. YEAH me!? My reward for being able to do my job is I get to do others as well.

Thusday was the FFL draft. No not Firearm license. Fantasy Football, aka D&D for Jocks.

Friday was margarita night, my wife's cousin's 30th.

Saturday was LSU tailgating an football.
That was fun but the tigers need to quit waiting till the 4th quarter to play for keeps. My blood pressure cant take it.
Besides that I ran into a guy that I carpooled with when I was in 1st and 2nd grade. This was from a State over and 30+ years later. Interestingly enough he is friends with the couple we went with and shooting buddies with another good friend of mine. Small world. He used to come over and shoot bb-guns in the back yard with us.

Sunday was recovery day and Fundamentals night.

After two good naps I drug my butt out of bed and went shooting. Shiloh had a low light class. It was fun and did not do bad but realized it's time for night sights for the Shield, except NOBODY makes 3 dots for the Shield, at least not with a square front on the rear sight. The XD needs them too but I keep toying with the idea of selling it and getting a M&P 9.

Keep thinking about a rail mounted light or a light laser combo like the Crimson Trace CMR-205.

Except I can't find any Kydex for it much less a Safariland with thumbdrive.

I have video but all you see is the light splash off of the barrier and a few muzzle flashes.

Monday was catchup around the house day. Although I did not make time to clean the gun.

I ended up running my shield in the class. I am really liking it. I am still partial to the blade-tech over the G-Code although if I could find the sweet spot for the g-Code I think I would be in love. Maybe too much what's it called? Oh Tactical Girth. I added a Mag-Holder horizontal mag pouch which is nice although there is a little extra bulkiness due to it's design. It keeps the baseplate from digging into the um Tactical Girth.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mobile Devices in the Field

So I heard a guy talk today about how his failure rate dropped 20% when he switched from ruggedized tablets to consumer grade.

Has anyone else had this experience.
Or any experience with tablets in the brutal oil field?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

G-Code Holster Still Waiting

So I ordered a G-Code for the shield back at the end of June. Still don't have it.

That is fine they said 6-8 weeks sometimes as soon as 4. What has me cheesed us they started a special promo a week later. Last week they posted that the first batch we shipping. Another customer posted how excited he was that his order from July 10th was shipping. A week later I receive my 6 week notice stating that they only get backed up like this when they have a unusually heavy order load.

I don't think. It gets like this when you prioritize one set of customers ahead of another. It's call FIFO people. It's how you keep all of your customers satisfied. Not just those that order on your promo.

I am less than impressed with their customer service.

When I email them they responded that only some of the promos had shipped.

I so wanted to say none of them should have shipped earlier than mine as my order was in before the promo started.
I get batching but prioritizing an order that came in 15 days after yours is not batching that's putting the promo ahead of all others.

That is called neglecting your customer.

Makes we wonder how many repeat customers they get.

I'll let you know when it gets here. And what I think.

I tried an instructors the other day and I liked it but I am not sure how the clips are going to work since they press back on the bode of the holster at an angle.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tac Class and Open Carry Question

I finally made it to the Wed night Tac Class with Larry over at Shiloh. It was a good class however there were several people that were really green in the class which slowed it down some.
We may have shot 120 rounds out of the usual 200.

We had on that only brought 1 mag and had to borrow 2. This person was having problems catching the shirt in the holster when re-holstering.

We had an older couple who did not have a problem except for the husband getting a bad bit of slide bite on his Rt hand from his 1911. He didn't do badly manipulating it but needed alot more holster work. His wife was not used to making safe and kept sweeping her forehead when checking clear, at least the slide was back.

While waiting for the class to start the husband started a conversation with the group on open carry. He is involved in some form of lobbying in Austin regarding this. Everyone's response was about the same. We all support it but do not see ourselves running off and doing it. He then asked about how we felt about having to go through yearly proficiency training to do so. I did not get to respond to this as the instructor showed up. So here is my response.

1) I agree with the desire to regain the right. I also believe that there should be no restrictions on carry however that is not going to happen. I believe whatever comes out of Austin will be licensed. My hope would be that a CHL license turned into a HL license which allowed Concealed and Open with no change to the regulations.

2) I do not want long arms restricted but do not agree with the practice. In can't remember who but either one of the GOTR or Squirrel Report guys stated it best when they commented on this with the Statement to the sort of even Knights did not carry their sword to the table. They may have been armed but their primary weapon of was was stored and not brought to the table. This is considered courteous as we are not expecting a battle at the table. To me this goes the same for Long arms they are the modern day sword.

3) As for additional proficiency training. I see no benefit. The current testing is a bare minimum. The CHL class is more about laws than teaching shooting. The qualification shooting is a minimum standard. Unless the proficiency is based on weapon retention then it would be a useless additions. The Gov't is not going to get involved in hand to hand weapon retention training for the citizens. There is a level of risk that they don't want to get mixed up with. So what would the benefit be to the additional requirement other than some check box on a form and another check to cash?

What say Ye?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Trying to Find My Saddle

In response to Kx59's request about where have I been and his prod to saddle up.
I'm trying to find by Saddle. I think it may be in a box in one of the stacks around here somewhere. I don't think I tossed it out yet.

I honestly have been slacking due to being overwhelmed and trying to streamline activities. I have been ridiculously busy at work and home.

As for work I have a big upgrade project doing cool new Microsoft technology stuff. Again blazing trails for my team.
However I think I've written a total of 30 lines of code. My time has been spent filling in for the boss' vacation, filling in the gap since the boss' boss leaving and the boss' promotion, being drug in for the start of what looks to be a 1yr + development/integration initiative that is like trying to get a square boulder rolling down hill to get started, and trying to get our newest lead up and running on his project.

At home I have been coaching only sons baseball team, and juggling the girls dance, cheer, tumbling, therapy, etc. oh and cleaning up the house in the event we decide to make the jump and move to a new dwelling.

Also at the home front oldest daughter is moving on to middle school and we are starting all the life events and attitude that  goes with. She was given her first phone as a 5th grade graduation present and managed to use all of her data in one afternoon. Thank god for data restrictions. I had told her no videosof course   that's what happens when you don't listen.

As for my fun I made it to Shiloh 1x in the past 5 mos and ended up taking a Wed night class from them.
I had planned on going last night but the instructor cancelled. I picked up a Shield, and was going to break it in with a good workout.

As for limited activity online there's just not time. Unless I want to give up my night time extracurricular activities. Not doing that and I think the wife would string me up by the boys if I did. I do find myself spending more time making statements on the Book of Face than on the blogs. I'm so far behind in ye ole RSS reader that the counter says no-mas.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Realistic Dreams

So last night my dream was realistic enough that I awoke to the doorbell in my dream thinking it was the real doorbell.
I got up and checked and no one was there. 
Now here's where the part that I could kick myself comes in.
I keep my handguns locked up in condition 1. I grab the holstered XD out of the box to go check it out. I am really glad it was nothing. I layed it down holstered on my night stand when I was done. When I went to put it away, no round chambered no mag in te firearm. When I put it away after my last range trip I had not reloaded mags and put away an empy gun.

That would have been a damn small club in my hand.

Always make sure your tools are in the condition and place you think they are and are ready for use.