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Sun, Apr. 17th, 2016, 09:34 pm
Is she a model, or real?

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

At the time this photo was taken, the model has never fired a gun. The image is ok, but not amazing. As we worked with long guns, cross eye dominance was discovered.

A good quality red dot sight, like the Vortex Stikefire, solved that problem. A low-end one, such as what she actually used when learning later that day, doesn’t. She still managed to do quite well.

Harry Perette of Twisted Industries kindly provided a private range with a scary zombie, ammunition and rimfire guns, a Keltec SU22 and a .22 conversion of Ruger LC9. LC9 is a defensive, not target pistol, so Angel’s competent progress with its double action trigger was a good sign. Her ability to shoot the SU22 from standing, kneeling, squatting, sitting and prone was quite impressive. Consistent one inch groups at 15 yards are pretty good for the first time.

A range trip should be A)SAFE and B)FUN. That event proved both. And Angel topped that accomplishment today. She went to Project Appleseed workshop! Thanks to the capable and generous support of Appleseed volunteers, she was equipped, trained and had a great time.

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So my models are real. Even if they don’t know weapons upon arrival, they know some after the first photo shoot. It helps with the realism. It also makes a very direct statement of peaceable intentions: “Here, have a skill that puts you on par with me in terms of power.”

Who, except a brain-eating zombie, would object to that?

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2016, 10:23 am
Where to get lenses and camera tested for focus problems? (Nashville)

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Ever since I got 5DRS, I’ve been getting an insanely high proportion of out of focus photos with 70-200/2.8. With 80% of the images of stationary objects looking defocused, I am trying to figure out how to check if the camera and lens have to be adjusted to each other. The same lens has no problems on Sony A7R. Any idea who in Nashville could help me with this for a fee? I asked a lens rental place, they said that’s not a service they provide.

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2016, 09:28 am
Angel Kim

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Girls like fine metalwork, it’s true.

Engraved Smith&Wesson M27, I think.

Thu, Apr. 14th, 2016, 09:34 pm
FN FS2000, Sig P210

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Sometimes, all kinds of oddities turn up at the local gun store. They specialize in defensive guns. The people are knowledgeable — one owns a private museum of US military arms — and very helpful.

Thu, Apr. 14th, 2016, 05:31 pm
Idaho trip postponed

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Due to the overwhelming number of home commitments and bad timing for the Boise trip, I am postponing until Fall. Unfortunately, that also cancels the Orofino trip for Boomershoot this year.

Wed, Apr. 13th, 2016, 09:05 pm
Review of Keystone Arms 722 coming soon

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Wed, Apr. 13th, 2016, 08:22 pm
MM10X rifle: new on AllOutdoor

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An early look at the next best thing in 7.62×39

Mon, Apr. 11th, 2016, 05:35 pm
Alternative history

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Looking at alt.history genre, I wonder if anyone has ever done the 1973 Arab-Israeli War as the bifurcation point. It is plausible that Israel would have gone down fighting, as the reserves of territory were quite thin at one point. Slightly more energetic Soviet aid to the Arab allies ahead of the US air lift of supplies might have pushed them over. Presuming that Israel failed to use nukes at that point, how would the Middle East look under Arab hegemony?

Wed, Apr. 6th, 2016, 09:01 pm
No Deus ex machina in “The Gods Defense”

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My girlfriend Amie Gibbons has been writing for many years. In the past six months, she published a number of short stories and collections, paving the way for her first novel. I read that book first as a novella, then again as a full length story.

The story is in the urban fantasy genre, which simply means “our world with minimal distinctions, such as limited magic.” Such worlds are the staple of storytelling for authors like Lawrence Watt-Evans because they allow almost instant recognition of the environment. For my taste, that’s rather more fun than having to learn fifty elvish and gnomish names before the story can commence. Magic has to be consistent with physics, and there’s little room for the annoying arbitrary details.

In Amie’s newest book, the familiar Greek pantheon meets the US legal system in a rather unpredictable manner. Mysteries of purpose and motivation abound, to be mostly resolved by the book’s end, with just a little left unclear for the second part. Plenty of humor to lubricate the narration, and more than a few wry commentary on the state of the current union.

I recommend.

Tue, Mar. 29th, 2016, 09:56 am
Thousand yard shooter.

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Missy Gilliland, a long-range badass, with her new 6mm rifle.

Wed, Mar. 23rd, 2016, 11:35 pm
A short but satisfying range trip

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Full magazine at ten yards (185gr copper HP).

Earlier today, I ventured out to put a few rounds through a Guncrafter Industries Model No.4 — a .50GI longslide. The full review is slated for publication in American Shooting Journal. In sum: it’s pretty nice luxury to have. Combined with the mild Spring weather — pure enjoyment.

Sun, Mar. 20th, 2016, 09:53 pm
Rock found. Looking for Goliath.

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At ten months of age, my friends’ son is already contemplating ballistic trajectories for rocks. Professor De La Paz approves.

Sun, Mar. 20th, 2016, 09:41 pm
Evie Jones and the Rocky Roulette: new from Amie Gibbons

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Evie Jones and the Rocky Roulette is Amie’s newest novella about the witchy amateur detective. Under the guise of urban fantasy is a political commentary with a bit of humor and a dash of romance.

Sun, Mar. 13th, 2016, 12:50 am
Why won’t Photoshop update or Creative Cloud run?

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

I have CC2014 on my laptop running Windows 7 and a subscription to Photoshop CC. Trying to either get updates or to run Creative Cloud app produces no result at all. Neither launches, and no error messages come up. Any suggestions on getting my laptop up to date with Photoshop CC?

Thanks!

 

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2016, 11:07 am
Tryce Welch, a hero, passes

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Tryce was a hero to many, starting with his granddaughter Alexis. He was her PaPa, the role model, the first and foremost supporter and the best friend. He had hoped to make it another ten years to see Alexis into adulthood, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he died taking her to training. True to her upbringing, Alexis was able to take control of the truck after the first collision and bring it to a safe stop.

Now we, her friends and fans, are trying to figure out what can be done to fill Tryce’s formidable shoes. While plans for fostering Alexis are being considered, we are raising funds to help with funeral and medical expenses. If you can, please help. Even if you can’t help with money, please promote this fundraiser.

That day arrived much too soon…

Tryce will be missed by his many friends, and even much more by his family. Alexis shaken but resolute, and we are confident that she will persevere with the help of the RKBA community.

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