Gun Technique

I’m skimming shooting videos on YouTube and I’m seeing a somewhat peculiar trend. I mean, other than the astoundingly dangerous stuff like fingers on triggers, no muzzle control, etc.

Why do so many people pick up a firearm — pistol, rifle, shotgun, whatever — and lean away from it?
You’ve all seen it so frequently that I believe many people think it’s perfectly normal.
Is it because the firearm is too heavy to heft onto target?
Are you afraid of the recoil, so you figure leaning backward will help you absorb it?
Grab onto the damned thing, get it on target, and lean into it while pressing the trigger.
If it’s a rifle or shotgun, then mount it. Get a firm grip, get the butt into the pit of your shoulder and pull it in tight. You are not working for the gun, it’s working for you. Control it.
Another somewhat concerning thing is the lack of appropriate shooting attire while shooting anything other than a revolver.
Ladies: That cute little top that makes you look so adorable with your cute little cleavage out there? Seriously — don’t do that. You will eventually get hot brass down your shirt — and hot brass will cause at least second-degree burns pretty much instantly.
Guys: Similar thing here. If you’re wearing anything with a loose or unbuttoned collar, either tighten it up, button it up, or untuck it so anything that drops in there will fall out the bottom.
Okay, rant done. Going to range. Back later.

Holiday Trees

Jay gets me thinking with this post. Go read it, this page isn’t going anywhere.

First: I’m atheist.

Second: I have two christmas trees in my house. Though I am slacking a bit in getting just one of them up and decorated this year. I still call them christmas trees because, well, that’s the term that’s been used as long as I’ve been alive.

Let’s move on.

Now, recognizing, of course, that there’s no reference in the Christian bible of evergreen trees being associated with the birth of Jesus Christ — and the birth of Jesus Christ is, of course, why people like to call it Christmas anyway, I have to ask: would the protesters have preferred that they call it a Winter Solstice Tree? Or maybe just Pagan Tree? That is, after all, where that particular symbol originates.

That said, the fact that they’re using what I think is a far less logical “Holiday Tree” term pisses me off, too. They also say things like, “Happy holidays!” as to not offend any non-believers. The problem, specifically, they don’t actually say which holiday is being recognized.

So, which holiday is it? Christmas? Yule? New Year’s Day? Thanksgiving? MLK Day? President’s Day? Labor Day? They’re all holidays, aren’t they? So, just which fscking holiday are you recognizing anyway?

Fine. We’ll do it this way:

I intend putting up a Holiday Tree of my own, but I’m going to do one in July. I’m going to put red, white, and blue lights on it, hang an assortment of various cartridges from its boughs, branches, and limbs, and maybe buy myself a new firearm to wrap in some festive paper to place beneath it… I’m calling it an Independence Tree.

Not a Disorder

Speech therapy for Southern accents. My remarks, also left in the comments on Unc’s site, are…

Sounds like somebody is uncomfortable with themselves and found a business opportunity. “I’ll help you overcome that stereotype that half of american society has…” To which, I say, “Ah thank y’all kin suck mah bawlz.”

Just a clarification here: I’m not some English-or-die type. I speak three languages, but I also recognize that there are a few thousand primary languages around the globe and many, many dialects and subdialects of each. The big problem I have with this, uh, person, is that they’re using the term “therapy”. That suggests that it’s a disease, disorder, or medical problem. It’s a culture. Leave it be.