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10 things about the entertainment industry that piss me off (revised)

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Ask my wife and she will tell you, I can get out of control when I am watching any television show or movie about the military or law enforcement. The constant, recurring mistakes and misinformation that these industries put out just get in my craw and I have to yell “BULLSHIT!!” It makes me wonder, don’t these shows have advisers? If they do, what the hell are they getting paid for? Or is it that the directors think that they have better knowledge on these topics? The following are at the top of my WTF?!?! list:

1. Give me that before you hurt yourself:Cops and soldiers are constantly “racking” their weapons. I mean come on! I carry with a round in the chamber all the time. If I had to constantly rack my weapon every time I drew it there would be brass flying everywhere and my co-workers would think I lost my mind. I know that directors love the “click clack” of weapons being cycled but use your goddamn head! SWAT teams don’t stack up on a door and THEN load their weapons. FBI agents don’t have to charge their pistols after they draw them and they definitely don’t have to do it two more times in the same incident! Racking your shotgun just before you kick down a door is f$#%ing STUPID!! Going into an apartment after a serial killer, knocking on the door, hearing him run out the back and THEN racking your pistol and giving chase…F#$%ING STUPID!!!

Addendum: Lets see what else have I seen…oh yeah.

FYI you director types, there is no “safety” on a Glock pistol so a character telling someone with a Glock “turn off your safety” makes no sense. And what is up with that “clickety clack” sound every time someone draws a pistol?? Is that supposed to be the safety disengaging (if it’s a Glock refer to my previous comment)? Is that supposed to be a hammer cocking? Cause it doesn’t sound like that and hell…nobody really thumb cocks an automatic that often.

OH! And another thing, when a Glock (or any striker fired pistol) runs empty, and if by some chance the slide fails to lock back (why do so few television pistols reach lock back?), it will only “click” once. These shows where an empty Glock runs out of ammo and goes “click…click…click..” well…whoever made that creative decision…YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!

2. Oh what the hell why not?:Every Tom, Dick and Harry stacking up with the SWAT team, I think not. If my blood pressure went up one mmHg every time I saw some “CSI”, “FBI Investigator” or “Detective” stacking up with the tactical team to go in and get the bad guy my head would F’n explode!

News Flash. If I saw some “CSI” getting in my stack on a high risk entry he would get a boot up his ass. No SWAT team leader worth is salt is going say…”OK you FBI Profiler with no tactical training I am aware of, or experience with MY team, go right ahead and get in the stack.”

The only thing that gets me more pissed off is when the SWAT team rams the door and Horatio Crane in his shades is the first guy through the door! Hello numbnuts director, the way it works is the SWAT team goes in ALONE!! and when its secure they call the eggheads and Detectives in.

3. Uniformed Cops as props:Every Detective/Profiler/CSI show or movie out there has uniformed cops as “background”. They walk aimlessly here there and everywhere with clipboards or magically appear to conveniently slap the cuffs on the bad guy that the dweeb from the “crime lab” ran down in a raging gunfight…please.

Or its the “dumbass uniform” who screws up the investigation that the star detective has to deal with.

Then…like in #2, when some “hot call” goes out I don’t know why TV cops bother to even show up. You know its the hot detective from the crime lab that is going to go in first and fight mano y mano with the serial killer. Where the hell the uniform cops went nobody knows, they just show up to haul off the bad guy to the station. They must have stopped in the kitchen for some coffee while the hero did all the work.

4. Hello I’m with the Gvt and I’m here to help:CSI and Criminal Minds…you always hear “were just here to help with your investigation, not take it over…” yet somehow its always some profiler that takes over the investigation and gets involved in the shooting or the apprehension. I know it wouldn’t be exciting if the agents sat in the office all day and the local cops were the ones making the arrests, but that’s how it is. By and large FBI agents are investigators, accountants, lawyers and lab techs.

And these CSI teams..it always impresses me how CSI works local, county, state, federal and hell even international cases. Who the hell do these guys work for anyways?

5. Kill em and Leave em:The “profilers” arrive like the cavalry…light up some scumbag and then hop back on their jet and fly off into the sunset. Yeah when an on-duty shooting happens that’s pretty much how it goes..no investigations, lawsuits or court appearances necessary. If you are “with the crime lab” or a “profiler” you can just holster up and walk away.

6. Nuclear Grenades: Some Delta Operator tosses a fragmentation grenade into a window and the whole floor erupts into a raging inferno of a fireball like a suitcase nuke just went off….uhhhhh…no. A loud BOOM! a puff of smoke and a lot of little bits of metal flying about is about it.

7. Crappy Salutes: Need I elaborate? Some of these actors salutes would make a Drill Sergeant break out in hives.

8. Weird Science:No we don’t have computer databases of every matchbook from every club in the tri-state area. No we cant piece a broken bottle together and get a fingerprint that comes back instantly to a known felon (that gets picked up in 20 seconds). NO DNA TESTING IS NOT A “WHILE YOU WAIT” PROCESS!

These shows have gotten so out of hand with their “stretching” of real forensic science that juries have been clearing criminals of their charges because the proof wasn’t “as conclusive as they see on CSI”. Prosecutors even have a name for this phenomenon. “The CSI effect”.

9. Tuck that thing in: Military movies where everybody is walking around with their “dog tags” outside their shirts. Or dress uniforms with improper ribbons or improper wear of a uniform. Come on guys there are books on this stuff. Read one! Then there are the hot women detectives in clothes so tight I can count the change in their pockets. Not that there are no attractive women in law enforcement, but if one of my subordinates came in with her cleavage and belly button showing she would be going home for a wardrobe change.

10. Cover me I’m going in:Nobody ever waits for back-up, sets up a perimeter or gets on the radio. It sucks to share the glory with some dumbass “uniform”. I’ll just go down into that basement with the serial killer in the “woman suit”, only pussy’s would back out and call for back-up.

I know, I know, its just entertainment, but it pisses me off… deal with it! Keep reading for my next installment. This is just me warming up.

NEW!!! 11. Tin Cans and Strings: The woeful lack of realism with movie/television communications devices is reaching WTF?? proportions. First off there are these things known as frequencies and channels. Not all radios can communicate with each other simply because they are radios. So when you crawl into a tank to escape the zombie horde (Yes “Walking Dead” I’m talking to you), the dude on the roof top with a police portable radio isn’t going to be able to communicate with you. Convenient to move the story along, but flat out never gonna happen…even in a world where flesh eating zombies walk the earth.

And then there is the good ole “watch me talk to my wrist” scene. This is where all of our heroes simply have to talk to their watchbands and they magically can communicate with each other. Now…I have actually used one of those wrist mikes operationally. It is a microphone and switch that is run through your sleeve and pinned to your cuff. The switch dangles in your palm AND there is an earpiece that runs up your neck to your ear so you can hear any reply. Most importantly, the whole affair is ATTACHED TO A FRIGGIN RADIO!!!

What exactly is Mr. CIA transmitting with when he talks to his Rolex? Am I to believe that our FBI agents now have wristwatches that are full fledged radios that can transmit and receive? I’m pretty up on current tech…they don’t exist. Some sort of bluetooth device that connects to a radio/cellular system? Maybe, but how exactly is he hearing any reply? I never seem to see any of these “secret agents” wearing an earpiece…hell even a bluetooth earbud would give the scene at a scintilla of possibility.

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police officers vs police sergeants

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A little humor with some buried lessons:

The First…

Eleven people were dangling below a helicopter on a rope. There were ten Officers and one Sergeant.

Since the rope was not strong enough to hold all the eleven, they decided that one of them had to let go to save all the others.

They could not decide who should be the volunteer. Finally the Sergeant said he would let go of the rope since Sergeants are used to doing everything for the good of the Service. They forsake their family, don’t claim all of their expenses and do a lot of overtime without getting anything in return.

When he finished his moving speech all the Officers began to clap…

Moral:

Never underestimate the powers of a Sergeant.

The Second…

A group of Sergeants and a group of Officers take a train to a conference. Each Officer holds a ticket. But the entire group of Sergeants has bought only one ticket for a single passenger. The Officers are just shaking their heads and are secretly pleased that the arrogant Sergeants will finally get what they deserve.

Suddenly one of the Sergeants calls out: “The conductor is coming!”. At once, all the Sergeants jump up and squeeze into one of the toilets. The conductor checks the tickets of the Officers. When he notices that the toilet is occupied he knocks on the door and says: “Ticket, please!” One of the Sergeants slides the single ticket under the doors and the conductor continues merrily on his round.

For the return trip the Officers decide to use the same trick. They buy only one ticket for the entire group but they are baffled as they realize that the Sergeants didn’t buy any tickets at all. After a while one of the Sergeants announces again: “The conductor is coming!” Immediately all the Officers race to a toilet and lock themselves in.

All the Sergeants leisurely walk to the other toilet. Before the last Sergeant enters the toilet, he knocks on the toilet occupied by the Officers and says: “Ticket, please!”

And the moral of the story?

Officers like to use the methods of the Sergeants, but they don’t really understand them.

The Third…

Once upon a time three Officers were walking through the woods and suddenly they were standing in front of a huge, wild river. But they desperately had to get to the other side. But how, with such a raging torrent? The first Officer knelt down and prayed to the Lord: “Lord, please give me the strength to cross this river! ”

*pppppfffffffuuuuffffffff*

The Lord gave him long arms and strong legs. Now he could swim across the river. It took him about two hours and he almost drowned several times.

BUT: he was successful!

The second Officer, who observed this, prayed to the Lord and said: “Lord, please give me the strength AND the necessary tools to cross this river!”

*pppppfffffffuuuuffffffff*

The Lord gave him a tub and he managed to cross the river despite the fact that the tub almost capsized a couple of times.

The third Officer who observed all this knelt down and prayed: “Lord, please give me the strength, the means and the intelligence to cross this river!”

*pppppfffffffuuuuffffffff*

The Lord converted the Officer into a Sergeant. The Sergeant took a quick glance on the map, walked a few meters upstream and crossed the bridge.

Send this to a Sergeant so that they have something to smile about;

and to the Officers if you think they can stomach the truth!

how to paint your rifle

Disclaimer: This is my first attempt at rifle painting. I did my research on “how to” for most of a year before I decided to take the leap. Take my advice here as a starting point and do your own research before attempting it yourself.

Spray painting the AR/M16 rifle is not something very radical or new. Soldiers have been doing it for a while now when their chain of command allows it. Painting of course is primarily intended to camouflage the weapon. In addition the coat of paint protects the rifle and for the hobbyist/general owner it gives you a way to individualize your gun and it’s just plain fun.

The first step is choosing a color scheme and buying your paints. I went with Krylon spray paint from the local hardware store. Krylon is NOT permanent and it will wear off over time. There are other high end paints out there like Duracoat and Aluma-Hyde which are permanent/semi-permanent. Those paints typically require more effort and care in application, some even require you to bake the finish on in your oven. The advantage of Krylon (IMO) is that it’s more forgiving for newb’s  like me and it provides the option of removing/changing the color scheme when you tire of it.

I selected a dark green, a khaki/light green, brown and black to mimic the good ole’ woodland camouflage from my days back in uniform.

Once you have your paints and supplies the next thing you need to do is prepare your rifle. I removed the bolt/carrier, made sure the dust cover was closed and put a magazine in the mag-well. I then taped over the areas I didn’t want painted; the front sight post well, the rear apertures, the glass/controls for my EoTech and I plugged the muzzle with a wad of painters tape.

Next you want to remove any trace of oil, lubricant or body oils from the weapon. Put on some rubber gloves and blast the entire weapon with some brake cleaner then let dry.

Once the weapon was bone dry I laid on a base coat of dark green paint over the entire gun. You will want to work with light passes from multiple angles so that you evenly coat all the nooks and crannies (mine reminded me of an “Army Men” plastic gun when coated). Too much paint will pool and run and take longer to dry (I learned that lesson on parts of my gun).  Again…let dry.

Now is when you can get creative. By laying various items like leaves (plastic ones), netting, or taped on shapes, you can mask off areas while you apply stripes, blotches and bursts of other colored paints. I used some mesh laundry bag.

From here on out I really don’t have any step-by-step for you. You just keep working on your pattern till you are happy. I did everything from light dustings of color to sticking the mesh on still wet areas of paint and hitting it with another color. The results are below.

While it’s not quite the result I fantasized about (nothing ever seems to come out that way anyways), I’m content with the end product. One thing I could have done and may still do is give the gun a finishing coat of clear matte spray to kill any shine.

As I stated earlier, this will wear off, but that can even add to the camouflage. When it gets extremely worn you can touch-up the paint job or do an entire repaint.

So, if painting your rifle is something you have been thinking about doing but have been too nervous to try, give it a shot. The worst that can happen with Krylon is that you will have to spend some time scrubbing it off with solvent if you screw up.

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Whats says “4th of July” weekend like…

…a day out shooting?

A few things I learned:

-I don’t typically wear a chest rig (except when I go out shooting I guess), the one I have doesn’t especially play well with my holster and mag carrier as you can see from some of the vids. I will most likely be getting a thigh rig for work later this year so I will hopefully solve that problem.

-My steel plate set-up works well enough for single shots, but the swinging/bouncing thing makes double-taps a problem at any sort of advanced speed. I also think I need to re-think my suspension rig. I’m considering rubber tire strips. I’m shooting off too much chain with the .223 and that’s gonna cost $$$ in the long term.

-Time to make some more paper target stands. Multiple steel target shooting and multiple paper targets are two different training animals. There are some drills I really need 3-4 paper target stands for.

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before enlightenment; trim, chamfer, measure.

Back in September of 2010 I wrote a post called the zen of reloading. Heres a sample of what I was writing about.

Did that for about 2 hours…

I have been using reloads to do the bulk of my training lately. I have a 1K lot of .223 that I have been shooting and then reloading till the cases wear out. So. In the aftermath of my recent day out shooting, I gathered up what spent brass I could find, took it home and started it through the process.

  • Quick clean in a container with water and dish soap to wash off any heavy dirt.
  • A couple hours in the vibratory tumbler.

Today I started on the next stage;

  • Inspect the cases and toss any that are showing excessive wear.
  • Lubricate the cases.
  • Run the cases through a LEE decapping/resizing die.
  • Trim/Chamfer/Primer pocket clean/Measure (shown in video).
  • Retumble brass with some brass cleaning/polishing additive included so that they come out looking like this:

From there I called it a day. So next session I will;

  • Reinspect the brass again.
  • Prime 50 rounds.
  • Charge 50 cases w/Winchester 748.
  • Seat 50 bullets (Hornady 55gr FMJBT).
  • Crimp 50 case mouths.

I have about 100 cases to reload but I will typically only do 50 at a time so that my attention remains sharp. I have found that when my attention lags things like double charging or forgetting to charge happens. Double charging with W748 isn’t really a problem because it will overflow. Forgetting to charge can be dangerous. Let’s just say that I have a greater appreciation for case crimping.

I am still an amateur reloader and I use a single stage press which means that I have to do many of these steps one “stage” at a time. Any of you experienced reloaders out there with hints, tips or tricks for me feel free to post them in the comments.

Eventually, if I keep doing this long enough I may move up to a “Progressive” reloading press that has a turret set-up which allows priming, charging, seating and crimping to be done in “assembly line fashion”.

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what they say…what it means

This is a repost from early 2009, I’m hearing these more often lately.

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Due to the popularity of “reality television” shows like Cops, Wildest Police Videos, Stories of the Highway Patrol and the rest, many people are being exposed to the “language of the street”.

In this language there are many phrases and customs that the unitiated may have difficulty understanding. Some viewers may become confused by the actions of officers when the person they are dealing with seems to sound perfectly reasonable.

Therefore, as a public service I am providing this easy to understand guide. With it the viewer can have a better understanding of what exactly the police officer and his “customer” are saying to each other. Be reassured that in most cases each party knows exactly what the other is saying:

When he/she says——–He/she really means:

That’s not mine!——-That’s mine.

I don’t have my ID on me.——- Im going to lie about my identity.

I didn’t do anything!——- I did it.

I swear to God!——-I’m about to lie.

That’s not my purse——- I have drugs in my purse.

I don’t know his name/I know him as…——-I’m about to lie about my friends identity because he probably has a warrant.

I swear on my child’s life!——- I’m about to lie.

I’m just driving around——- I just came from a drug house.

I don’t have my drivers license on me——- My drivers license is suspended or revoked. The judge took my license away from me.

 I’m not going to lie to you officer!——-I’m about to lie.

I did what? What did you say?——- Im trying to think up a lie.

These aren’t my pants!——-That’s my dope in the pocket.

“As far as I know” (usually in response to a question about warrants, licenses, presence of illegal items)——- I don’t know if the warrant was issued yet. I can’t remember when the protective order expires.  I’m unsure if the suspension took effect yet.

I swear on my mothers grave!——-I’m about to lie.

I paid for that!——- I stole that.

I just got paid/ I won it at the casino/I just sold my car.——-That’s my drug sales money.

Why are you hasslin’ me?——- Why do I keep getting caught?

This is bullshit!——- I hate getting caught.

You only stopped me because I’m (insert group here)!——-Yes, I rolled through that stop sign in my tinted up hoop-de with the one headlight out, the door lock punched and a cloud of marijuana smoke emitting from the windows.

I’m just driving around——- I just came from the scene of a crime.

I only had 2 or 3 beers——-I’m drunk.

I was driving to the store when my old lady called and said that her friend needed to be picked up from the bar, but first I had to stop for some gas so I was going to the station over there when I saw my buddy…..——-Im a “verbal diarrhea” liar.

There are people killing each other out there and you guys are arresting me?——- I did it.

This car? This car belongs to my friends girl…I don’t know her name——- This car is a “crack rental”.

I think I’m having a heart attack! (while in a cell)——- I want to spend the night in a hospital bed instead of on a concrete slab with a roll of toilet paper for a pillow.

You didn’t read me my rights!——- I’m clueless about criminal procedure and really think that this means my arrest is invalid and you have to let me go.

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red dots, red steel, real fun

I have started to train with my own steel targets. Having shot at them before when I was on the SWAT team (and liking it) I always wanted to have some of my own. So not too long ago I decided to buy some 7″ dia. 3/8″ thick steel rounds off of ebay ($20.00 a piece..not too shabby).

They approximate the size of the “Engine Room” (COM) pretty well. I painted one side red and the other yellow so that there is a visual cue when it flips around after being struck. To hang them I thought that some arbor hooks from the local hardware store would be a quick and fairly cheap/portable  method.

It works pretty well, but there is a fair amount of swing and flip when struck. Especially with a rifle. Up close with my Glock I was double tapping it without too much trouble.

As with any steel targets, wear eye protection, a brimmed hat and gloves (handgun) to protect from ricochet or jacket splash back.  I had zero issues with ricochet, but you can’t be too careful when starting out. I decided to start at 100 yards with the rifle and a minimum of 7 yd for the pistol. Never shoot at severely pockmarked steel and a downward angle on the plate helps direct any splash.

I also cannot state firmly enough my support for a good red dot optic for combat style shooting. Some folks eschew them for irons, but for rapid target acquisition, making aimed shots from odd positions and taking shots from CQC to 100-200 yd’s out, dots cant be beat. But they ain’t cheap. I picked up an EoTech 512 (good old ebay again) at a discount:

Here’s some video of me shooting at this set-up from 100 yd’s standing with an unmagnified 1 MOA dot at this 7″ round. Im using a combat stance (vs a target shooting stance) and a single point sling. The video quality isn’t the best but you can get a good impression of how often I hit vs miss. Assuming that the misses are a few inches from the edge of the target thats still pretty good for standing shots (at my level of current skill) IMO.

PS: 20 shots. 13 hits. 7 misses. I did much better on a later string but my phone cam wedged onto a post at the 50yd line was obviously wasn’t up to the task, so I didn’t bother recording with it again.

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