NRA AM Day 2…

One of the ‘things’ I noted today is that there doesn’t ‘seem’ to be the urgency of the last years on the convention floor, or in people’s faces…

While not complacent, they seem much more relaxed, IMHO.

One of the things I was asked to do, was to compare the new Wilson double stack 9mm against the standard single stack 9mm.  Here’s a lousy picture of the back straps. I apologize for that, but the double stack is only ‘slightly’ thicker.

This pic shows how Wilson gets away with that…

The double stack is again on the left, the side walls of the frame are integral to the grip surface, and MUCH thinner by comparison than that of the frame and grip panels on the single stack on the right.

Prices are in the $2800 range, give or take the options one chooses.

Sadly, I’m not going to be able to stay for Sunday due to other commitments, but it’s been good to see old friends, spend some time walking the floor and seeing the ‘new’ toys, etc. and avoiding the drama llamas that seem to keep popping up.

Today was ONLY 4.4 miles… Sigh…

The instructor meeting was interesting, in that Instructor Lead Training (ILT) has been added back to the instructor portfolio, so we, and the students, have an option other than forcing students to do half their training online before they ever see an instructor.

Thanks to those who’ve stopped by and read my updates, and remember next year is Dallas!!!

NRA ruminations…

The crowd ‘seems’ to be down, compared to last year’s Friday. Probably due to the president being here, but a couple of other things play into that, IMHO, one is Atlanta traffic itself…

People don’t want to fight it, getting in and out can take an hour or more, just from Atlanta metro itself. You move out to a 50 mile radius, now you’re talking two hours or more.

Another is the ‘relaxation’ of the pressure on gun owners with the election of President Trump.

And honestly, the third is probably cost.  When you figure in gas, food, etc. not counting hotels, you’re talking easily a couple of hundred dollars for three or four people. If you add in hotel, now you’re talking three-four hundred dollars a night.

Talking with various LEOs, service people, and event staff, the common response is how polite every one is (Armed society is a polite society), and how many veterans are attending. Everything from WWII to the ongoing Afghan/Iraq/Yemen/??? Dust ups.

One thing I’ve noticed, is the number of people with prosthetics who are not hiding them, wearing shorts, or short sleeved shirts. And no one comments, or shies away. I saw one little boy fist bump a vet with a hook, smile, and then say, in a high piping voice, “Thank you for keeping me safe.”

And speaking of safety… Ladies carry options…

Hiding Hilda caught my attention…

They had the largest selection of purses/carry options for women that I saw at the entire show. She is also manufacturing some of her own designs, like the quilted purse (shown front and back), with the zipper carry pouch on the back. She’s proud of the fact that all the lines she carries are American made too!

NRA AM, Day 1 recap…

Survived the first day, some new stuff, some old stuff, and ALL of us old farts are getting old(er)…

Spent about 20 minutes talking with Ken Hackathorn at the Colt booth, and we decided that we are getting too old to play this game, and that the generation coming up now does not have any real understanding  of the basics not only of guns in general, but the basics of ballistics, understanding the true differences between revolvers and semi automatics, and the truth behind  many of the Internet/urban myths about Glock’s versus 1911’s, 45 versus 9 mm, and 223/5.56 versus 308/30-06. They think that 30 minutes on the Internet makes them an expert! Once they’ve done that 30 minutes of research, they can go to the range and shoot perfect X’s all day long, because that’s what they do in their computer games. They don’t seem to realize that the real world does not have a reset button.

Anyhoo…   A few pictures from today  of guns! That’s really what we’re all here for right? First up, the new Colt Cobra.  I like the new, bigger trigger guard, especially if one is wearing gloves. However, people who have shot it in testing say there is an issue with light strikes, and failure to fire  with a 7 pound trigger pull.

Wow I hope the Cobra and Colt both succeed, I’m getting a whiff of the R 51 debacle  all over again … sigh…

In the dream a little/dream a lot  category, there are always the show pieces from Rock Island Auctions… Old Colts, old Winchesters, etc… but this year…

Elvis is in the building! Two Colt Pythons, fully engraved, plus his diamond crusted chief deputy badge from Shelby County Tennessee.  Ballpark estimate on the values is $150,000 to $175,000 per pistol and $30,000 to $50,000 for the badge.

And they are pretty sure that they will get very close to those prices, if not more! Now on a more realistic level, a couple of rifles from Axelson Tactical.

First up, the Texas special and 5.56.

And last, a prototype sniper rifle and 6.5 Creedmore with a carbon fiber barrel build by Proof Research. This one is a one off, built for Charlie Melton specifically for striping training.

Actual cost on this rifle, they’re not saying! 🙂 But it is a beautiful piece of work, extremely accurate, according to Charlie. And before you ask,he is not being stupid on the velocities out of the gun he is well under 3500 ft./s, to minimize barrel ware.

That’s it for day one, hopefully I will get a few post up today, if I see anything of interest thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the pictures!

NRA AM noon Friday…

The usual suspects… Are in their usual locations…

The crowds aren’t ‘bad’ so far, in that you can still move and actually get to look at things.  Hit up Trijicon and got some red HDs for the Glocks, went by Colt and found out that ‘one’ of the cuts they’d done was the iconic Colt pins… sigh

These were taken from the press room at 0830…

Went by Axleson Tactical, drooled over the new 6.5 rifle they are putting out, and spent a few minutes chatting with Charlie Melton, who is now retired from the SEALS and teaching sniping and tactical carbine/pistol classes at He’s the real deal. I can vouch for that.


And we’re off to the races…


Already probably 5-600 people lined up!


I’m in Atlanta for NRA Annual Meeting, I’ll be posting when I can throughout the event, or when I see something interesting…

Hopefully, posts to follow.

It’s a book!!!

Proof copy is here!!!

If everything checks okay, the plan is to go live on Monday, 1 May.  Thanks to all who contributed to making this better, and to those readers who have been patient as I stumble off into another genre! 🙂


This past weekend is responsible for today’s post… Some of us from the class of ’69 got together for dinner and conversation, and memories…

There were two A&W drive-ins in town, one on the Arkansas side, and one on the Texas side. As kids, we made many a lap between the two! Between setting up drag races, dates, harassing the guys from the ‘other’ high school, etc. we’d actually stop and get burgers, fries and the root beers!

One or two of those mugs ‘may’ have followed me home over the years… 🙂

What was YOUR favorite drive in growing up? And before you ask, yes we had Dairy Queen too, but that was ONLY for ice cream…


Was an optimist…

From the mil E-mail chain. 🙂

Murphy’s tech laws

  • Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
  • Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.
  • Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.
  • If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
  • The opulence of the front office decor varies inversely with the fundamental solvency of the firm.
  • The attention span of a computer is only as long as it electrical cord.
  • An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
  • Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch to be sure. great discoveries are made by mistake.
  • Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.
  • Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
  • All’s well that ends.
  • A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.
  • The first myth of management is that it exists.
  • A failure will not appear till a unit has passed final inspection.
  • New systems generate new problems.
  • To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
  • We don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Attributed to 
    Arthur C. Clark
  • A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.
  • Nothing motivates a man more than to see his boss putting in an honest day’s work.
  • Some people manage by the book, even though they don’t know who wrote the book or even what book.
  • The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.
  • To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most.
  • After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.
  • Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is obsolete, two parts which are unobtainable and three parts which are still under development.
  • A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.
  • If mathematically you end up with the incorrect answer, try multiplying by the page number.
  • Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.
  • Give all orders verbally. Never write anything down that might go into a “Pearl Harbor File.”
  • Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables the organism will do as it damn well pleases.
  • If you can’t understand it, it is intuitively obvious.
  • The more cordial the buyer’s secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.
  • In designing any type of construction, no overall dimension can be totaled correctly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The correct total will become self-evident at 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
  • Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.
  • All things are possible except skiing through a revolving door.
  • The only perfect science is hind-sight.
  • Work smarder and not harder and be careful of yor speling.
  • If it’s not in the computer, it doesn’t exist.
  • If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
  • When all else fails, read the instructions.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
  • Everything that goes up must come down.
    Corollary: Not always
  • Any instrument when dropped will roll into the least accessible corner.
  • Any simple theory will be worded in the most complicated way.
  • Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.
  • The degree of technical competence is inversely proportional to the level of management.
  • A difficult task will be halted near completion by one tiny, previously insignificant detail.
  • There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.
  • The remaining work to finish in order to reach your goal increases as the deadline approaches.
  • If there is ever the possibility of several things to go wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
  • If something breaks, and it stops you from doing something, it will be fixed when you: no longer need it, are in the middle of something else, don’t want it to be fixed, because you really don’t want to do what you were supposed to do
  • Each profession talks to itself in it’s own language, apparently there is no Rosetta Stone
  • The more urgent the need for a decision to be made, less apparent become the identity of the decision maker
  • It is never wise to let a piece of electronic equipment know that you are in a hurry. Especially a copier…
  • Don’t fix something that ain’t broke, ’cause you’ll break it and you still can’t fix it
  • You can never tell which way the train went by looking at the track, unless you look for the splatter of the blood stains
  • Dobie’s Dogma:
    If you are not thoroughly confused, you have not been thoroughly informed.
    A screw will never fit a nut.
  • Standard parts are not.
  • When working on a motor vehicle engine, any tool dropped will land directly under the center of the engine.
  • Interchangeable tapes won’t.
  • Never trust modern technology.  Trust it only when it is old technology.
  • The bolt that is in the most awkward place will always be the one with the tightest thread.
  • The most ominous phrase in science: “_Uh_-oh . . .”
  • The 2nd worst thing you can hear the tech say is “Oops!” The worst thing you can hear the tech say is “oh s**t!”
  • Any example of hardware/software can be made fool-proof. It cannot, however, be made damn-fool-proof.
  • When any technological change is made, we have a graphic insult curve. No mater how high the insult curve climb, the important thing is how long it goes.
  • For any given software, the moment you read software reviews and manage to master it, a new version of that software appears.
  • The new version always manages to change the one feature you need most.

h/t- Flake



I’m planning on finding out some more details on this at the NRA this coming weekend…

The National Rifle Association will unveil a new concealed-carry training program along with a new concealed-carry insurance plan during the group’s annual meeting this week.

The new programs, collectively called NRA Carry Guard, will feature advanced training aimed at the more than 14 million Americans who are legally permitted to carry concealed firearms across the country.

Full article, HERE.

One of the ‘big’ questions is going to be how this will impact CCW/CHL training at the State levels to meet state requirements. Right now I don’t have a good answer.

NRA website, HERE.

That reminds me, I need to pack… sigh…

If anybody is interested in meeting up, I’ll be at the NRA Press Room Friday morning.