Having spent the better part of the past two weeks in internet limbo on vacation, I’m just now getting caught back up. Rather than toss together some random words for a post, I thought I’d point out some things from my favorite blogs over the past couple weeks:
The New Taurus at Gun Nuts. I’ve worked with Mark Kresser (current CEO of Taurus) at both Beretta and SIG. He’s a good guy. I’d really like to see him succeed at making Taurus a decent gun company. But in my years of experience in this industry, huge improvements to quality control just don’t happen. Corporate culture is hard to change and teaching people to reject products that used to be considered adequate is particularly difficult. The gun buying public is also incredibly hard to win back once you’ve lost them, and Taurus lost most of the serious gun buying/shooting public years ago. (addendum: while I appreciate that Taurus now has Jessie Duff shooting for them, until she’s winning matches with a PT-92, Taurus 24/7, or a Taurus revolver I remain unmoved… the number of sponsored shooters using custom 1911s with a sponsor’s logo etched into the slide has become ridiculous)
JulieG writes about A True Trophy Moment Buck. I don’t hunt — we’ve always managed to choose homes within a couple miles of a grocery store — but I can absolutely appreciate the mentality Julie talks about in her post. It reminded me in a sense of the “Personal Best vs. On Demand” discussion here recently.
There were some interesting safety issues and discussions. The biggest was probably the highly publicized Sonny Puzikas incident (link to Tam at VFTP) in Texas. There’s been plenty of dog piling and in fairness, it’s probably justified. Mistakes with guns are huge mistakes and this was an excellent example. There are some very specific standard safety procedures that need to be followed any time people are running live fire through a shoot house and clearly they were not followed here. The result was an innocent person getting shot.
Also in the safety category was the “Babineaux Method” for holstering a Glock as reported at both VFTP and Gun Nuts. Does this even need further comment? It’s unbelievable to me that Cheaper Than Dirt actually published it (and subsequently took it down once, you know, all the smart people told them to learn about guns).
Mom With A Gun talks about excuses, specifically the excuses people use when they skip practice. Now, I certainly believe that a core principle of adult learning is that people learn better when they’re happy than when they’re miserable. But that doesn’t mean every aspect of every moment of every practice session needs to be flowery meadows and rainbow skies, rivers made of chocolate, where the children danced and laughed and played with gumdrop smiles… Also from Mom WAG, math fundamentals for gun carriers: Frequency, Stakes, & Cost.
Coming later this week: stuff I actually wrote myself.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG