One thing I hate is people who are late for appointments. I just think it’s disrespectful of the other person’s time to be late, it’s like saying that their time isn’t important to you.

That is why I get annoyed when people wait to the last minute to leave for a destination. They look at Google maps, and if the map says 48 minute travel time, they will leave the house at 9:12 for a 10 o’clock meeting. If they are late, they blame traffic and not their own lack of planning for their tardiness.

I was always taught that if you are 5 minutes early, you are already 10 minutes late.

Smith and Wesson

Smith and Wesson reported that its sales returned to the prepandemic normal for the quarter ending in October, which is still profitable for the company. The drop in sales echoed ones reported by Sturm, Ruger, and other manufacturers and is the second consecutive quarter of slumping sales. This caused the company’s stock price to plunge to a 52 week low- from $14.39 a share in August down to $9.49 this morning.

I pulled out of the stock market last October, when it became obvious that things were going south. I resumed buying stock in July, and am picking up anything that looks like a healthy company but whose stock is selling at fire sale prices. Royal Caribbean Cruise lines is one, and now Smith and Wesson is added to that list. The company is still sound and is still turning a profit. When there is blood in the streets, buy oil. So that’s what I did- I picked up 100 shares. Maybe I will get some more before the stock recovers. I am betting that it will bounce back as inflation cools. If inflation DOESN’T cool, then money will be worthless anyhow.

I did the same thing in 2020 and made a shitload of money on Royal Caribbean and on Darden Restaurants. I bought RCL at $21 a share, then sold it 8 months later for $80 a share. I bought DRI at $50 a share then sold at $115. I made almost $50,000 in 8 months on those two deals when I turned $30K into over $75k.

My recommendation? If you have some spare investing money, find a deal on a stock. They are going to bounce back in a year or so, and you will make some decent returns. There are plenty of reputable stock purchasing companies that will let you buy stock direct with no commissions. I use ETrade.

******** As usual, the disclaimer: I don’t advertise, and receive nothing for my reviews or articles. I have no relationship with any products, companies, or vendors that I review here, other than being a customer. I pay what you would pay. I only post these things because I think that my readers would be interested.

You Don’t Need a Gun, Just Get a TASER

Here is a prime example as to why you can’t rely on a TASER in a situation where you are in danger of death or serious bodily injury. The cops hit this guy twice with a TASER, and he still fought with them and with hospital staff, to the point where they had to use restraints.

Now instead of fighting with cops, imagine that you are shooting him with a TASER while he is stabbing your wife.

Dry Firing

One of the people who comments here made the comment that no shooter should ever dry fire a firearm. I would say that if you are not making dry fire a part of your training regimen, you are missing out on an important training tool that will make your trigger control much better.

It isn’t just me who says that. The shooting instructors at the Sig Sauer academy recommend it:

“The key to shooting is manipulating that trigger to the rear without adding movement to that front sight,” says SIG SAUER Academy instructor Allison Glassick. “That’s the secret to shooting.”

For beginners, the blast and recoil of a live round often causes a natural human reaction to flinch or anticipate the shot which can disrupt their grip and trigger manipulation. But taking away those live fire distractions and working through some drills with an empty handgun can pay dividends when it’s time to head to the range.

“The bang inevitably will disrupt my senses and my ability to focus in on what’s important—that slow, deliberate process of pulling the trigger from front to rear while managing that sight alignment,” says SIG SAUER Academy instructor Justin Christopher. “The best possible way to train your body how to do this is without any bullets in the gun.”

Even the people at the US Concealed Carry Association recommend it, as long as it is done in a safe manner. When I dry fire, I make sure that there is no live ammunition in the same room. That way, you are less likely to have an ND (I learned that one the hard way- I once shot my dresser when dry firing) because you aren’t tempted to load and then pull a trigger on a loaded firearm. From the USCCA, dry fire safety rules:

1 No interruptions! Turn the ringer off the phone and make sure the front door is locked. If you are interrupted, start again from the beginning rather than picking up where you think you left off.

2 Unload your gun.

3 Check that the gun is unloaded. Use both your eyes and your fingertips. Lock the action open and then run your pinky into the empty chamber to be sure it’s really empty. If you have a revolver, run your finger across each hole in the cylinder. Count the empty holes to be sure you touched them all.

4 Remove all ammunition. Get it out of the room and out of sight. I even go so far as to lock the door to the room where the ammunition is kept so that it takes several deliberate steps to get the ammunition back together with the gun.

5 Choose a safe backstop. A backstop is anything that will reliably stop a bullet from the most powerful load that your gun is capable of firing. Never dry-fire without a solid backstop.

6 Place a target in front of your backstop. To avoid a “just one more” mishap, do not dry-fire directly at anything that will remain in the room. Use a target that will be taken down when you are done.

7 Double-check that the gun is still unloaded.

8 Mental shift to practice. Say to yourself, “This is practice. I have checked and double-checked the gun. Ammunition is not present. This is only practice.” Say it out loud, and if you find yourself wondering if it’s really true, go back and check again.

9 Dry fire. Ten to 15 minutes is as much dry-fire practice as most people can safely handle. If your mind begins to wander, stop immediately. That’s a sign that you are not paying attention to what you are doing — an important red flag.

10 Take the target down immediately — before leaving the room and before reloading the gun. Never leave the target up after you are done practicing. As you take the target down, say aloud, “Practice is over. No more dry fire. Practice is over.” This helps you make the important mental shift back to the real world and prevents the infamous “just one more” mishap.

11 Put your gun in the safe or if you are unwilling to lock your defense gun away for an hour or two, at least get yourself out of the practice room. Stay out of that area until your conditioning to pull the trigger there has been replaced by conscious thought.

12 Reload out loud. When do you reload the gun, say aloud, “This gun is loaded. It will fire if I pull the trigger. This gun is loaded.” Say it three times and say it out loud. This allows you to think, speak and hear that the gun is no longer in dry-fire condition.

If you want to do it on the cheap, balance a coin on your front sight. Pull the trigger without losing the coin. It’s a good way to learn to pull the trigger without moving your point of aim. Once you see the improvement, you can try a training system like MantisX.

Once you are proficient with dry fire from a prepared stance, you can advance to trying it while drawing.

In summary, dry fire is an important part of my firearms training. Maybe you should make it a part of yours.

Preferred Pronouns

Read this story about the Colorado gay nightclub shooter. What jumps out at me is that the article uses everyone’s preferred pronouns. It makes for a very hard read because it sounds like more than one person did the shooting.

Appearing in person at court Tuesday morning for the first time since being arrested, Aldrich, 22, sat alongside their public defender as the state prosecution presented their case…

Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, allegedly opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs on the night of Nov. 19. They continued shooting for six minutes, at which point they were tackled and beaten by patrons.

emphasis added

Since, in this case, ‘they’ refers to a single person and is not the plural pronoun, the last sentence should read: “They continued shooting for six minutes, at which point they was tackled and beaten by patrons.” Or perhaps we can revert to the rules of the English language and use the proper ‘he’ instead of ‘they’.

The English language is dead.

Antigun is more important than anticop

The same leftist news media that was screaming for defunding the police is deleting my comments that police should receive firearms training. Here is the deleted comment:

The Deputy who fired this shot should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no excuse for this sort of recklessly negligent horseplay. Since the sheriff seems to takeaway from this incident that the Deputy should have known the gun was loaded based upon how much it weighed, I would also suggest that the entire Sheriff’s department be forced to undergo a firearm safety refresher course. This incident is a sure sign that training is lacking and attention to firearm safety is not being taken seriously.
In this class, they can stress the four rules.

1 Treat all guns as if they are always loaded. (not just when they feel heavy enough to be loaded)

2 Don’t point a gun at anything you aren’t willing to destroy (including in jest)

3 Don’t put your finger on the trigger until ready to shoot.

4 Know what your target is, and what is behind it.
The life that is saved may be your own.

Why? Because leftists hate one thing more than cops- guns. They need to make this a gun death “If a well trained cop can make this mistake, an untrained civilian won’t do any better”

Professional Negligence

Imagine that a man’s truck with half a dozen guns inside of it is stolen. The man uses the “Find My Phone” app to locate his phone, which is presumably still in the stolen truck. The app tells him that his phone is somewhere within a 4 block radius of a location, so he drove around the area in a rented car and somehow came to the conclusion that his phone, and presumably his stolen guns and truck, were located in a woman’s garage.

The cop assigned to the case somehow bought into this hunch, secured a warrant, and performed a SWAT raid of the house. The resident of the house, a 77 year old woman, opened her door to an armed and armored SWAT team who handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a patrol car, leaving her in there for hours without food, water, or her medication. The search, which lasted for several hours, didn’t turn up a truck, a cell phone, or any guns. In fact, there was no evidence of any criminal activity found there at all. The entire incident happened in Denver.

The woman has filed a lawsuit against the police (pdf alert), as she rightly should have. A search warrant is only supposed to be issued on “probable cause” that evidence of a crime is located on the property to be searched. The circle drawn by “find my phone” is an approximate location based upon the cell tower that the phone is connected to. In this case, the circle was four blocks wide and covered six different properties. That isn’t an indication that HER house was the one where the phone was. It isn’t even an indication that the phone is located within that circle.

The lawsuit alleges that the detective failed to disclose his inexperience using the “Find My” app, failed to explain how the ‘Find My’ app works, identify what technology it uses to produce its results, or establish that the app was working correctly. Going only on a screenshot from the “Find My” app that pointed to Johnson’s home, the search warrant was approved.

The police damaged the woman’s home by breaking her garage door and climbing atop her new dining room chairs to break holes into her ceiling, they also damaged irreplaceable collectables in the home. The detective then told the elderly woman on the day of the raid that the Denver police would pay nothing to cover any of these damages.

People need to have a belief that the police are not just another criminal street gang. The more I interact with and see how police work, the more I come to believe that we would be better without them. I have only called them a few times, and each time they did nothing more than write a report. It was a waste of time.

I have said before: the police need to clean up their ranks. I don’t think you can, because I believe that the bad cops far outnumber the good ones. The police have become just another group of criminals who prey on the people in this nation who actually produce wealth. They are a street gang with badges and qualified immunity.