Desert Midwinter 2013, Day #3 of 4

There are two parts to this evening’s post: a lament and a quiz (below the mark). First, the weepings of my tortured soul. It is clear after today’s “performance” with the ball gun that every gun is different and must be learned on its own. While there are many skills that overlap, there are many […]

Stuck Round / Squib Remover

Never had a squid. So far. But they say they’re like Accidental Discharges: If you haven’t had one yet, just wait. But what I have had are rounds that escaped from the extractor — live rounds — that stayed in the chamber ready to go “Bang!” And for rim-fire cartridges, poking in there “under the […]

Calling The Line

Yours Truly in “The Tower” “Attention! Attention on the line! Your three minute preparation time begins … NOW!” And so begins another relay. At the recent Desert Mid-Winter competition in Phoenix, I took turns with Tony Silva calling the line. The Conventional Pistol portion spanned three and a half days starting with a Service Pistol […]


Jeff Cooper’s Four Rules All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. Identify your target, and what is behind it. NRA’s Three Rules ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS […]

Negligent (Accidental) Discharge

No, it wasn’t me, thank the Lord, the NRA, most of the Bulleye shooters I know, and pure dumb luck when at a public range with ignorant novices and testosterone-pumped young studs all around. Warning: The linked web blog (below) is graphic. There’s blood, pictures of the wound, descriptions of the pain, etc.. And the […]

Accidental Discharge

(Posted to Bullseye-L.) It’s worth mentioning an “oops” (Accidental Discharge) I had while doing the Ball and Dummy drill in the hope that someone else may avoid doing likewise. I loaded five live and two dummy 45 caliber rounds in random order into a magazine, readied the magazine and proceeded to fire. After one of […]

Why NRA Safety Rule #1 is #1

Posted to Bullseye-L With all of the conversations on this list about sight picture, where to focus, how to hold, what loads are used at the short versus the long line, when to think and when to just shoot, safety is seldom mentioned but, nonetheless, is in every movement we make at the line. I […]

Accidental Discharge!

Email posted to Bullseye-L I’ll add a STRONG WARNING on this [thread]. No doubt my “beginner” status contributed heavily to the “learning experience” (below) and all I can say is I’m glad the “keep the gun pointed downrange” rule had been thoroughly ingrained into my habits. Here’s what happened. Once while shooting my S&W model […]