Consumer thermal is only getting cheaper and better. Someone told me a couple of years ago to hold off on buying thermal sights, as things were going to get cheaper soon – I guess this is part of the first wave of that.
why is there such a disconnect between the guns we see in a firearms training class and the guns that people actually carry?
Good question. For the short time I shot USPSA in Moscow, I shot with my carry Glock 30 and my carry holster. Once I sold that, I shot with my carry Beretta 96 and holster. After over a decade of hating that holster, I bought a Serpa – much nicer. I recently bought a Glock 17 for EDC and bought a new Serpa along with. I plan on competing this weekend, if I’m able, and I’ll either be shooting from my Serpa or (I hope) the poorly-named GunClip.
I am certain that my scores would have been better if I’d bought a more purpose-suited pistol and a competition, or at least not a concealment, holster. I also had a lot more faith in my EDC over the years because I knew I could draw, fire, and reload from my carry setup.
I can’t say which is better. The last couple of months I’ve been seriously considering building my Glock 17 out as a race gun – but a slidemelt and red dot would cost as much as the gun did, and I’d need a custom holster for all that.
I was listening to the Hidden Waves episode about Rice-A-Roni when they mentioned a book published by Pailadzo Captanian, from which I stole the title to this post. After they play the abridged, NPR version of the story, about ten minutes in, they play some more of the material. One of the people interviewed is the grandson of Pailadzo; at 11:29 he says:
My grandfather was a professor, and also involved in the Orthodox church, so he was somebody that they definitely were watching because they thought he would be a leader against the deportation of the Armenians. And he very much was! They were told if they surrendered their arms, it would be peaceful, there would be no problems. His biggest regret was that they had surrendered their arms.
It’s the same story, again and again.
The entire episode is worth a listen; Pailadzo walked for three months from Turkey to Syria while pregnant, watching many of the other people marching die. She sold off her kids to Greek families so that they would live. I’m looking for an English translation; so far, no luck.
On this week’s This American Life, they cover a couple of stories from examination of impersonal, contemporaneous logs. There were two stories I think make a good addition to the list:
- Charlie Victor Romeo, straight readings of cockpit voice recorders of craft involved in accidents and incidents.
- The 9/11 pager corpus from Wikileaks. The first notices of the 9/11 attacks were the computers on the other end of the lines Cantor Fitzgerald used for trading, paging people about outages:
- 2001-09-11 08:46:46 Arch  D ALPHA
PAGE FROM lifeline: alert 8933585 ETS appl nbetpsd27.fi.gs.com ETS RTCE: – Market data inconsistent…Cantor API problem Trading system offline on nbetpsd27.fi.gs.com, run by etsuser on nbetpsd27, pid = 24277
- 2001-09-11 08:46:46 Arch  D ALPHA
Boomershoot Precision Rifle Clinic instructor LRRPF52 has an excellent thread on marching. What I learned was you really have to take care of your feet – above all else. Blister care requires more thought than I’ve ever put into it, for damn sure.
I now have a new goal. My walking pace is between 2.8 and 3.2 MPH. I see the pace for marching is 4.5-5 MPH without running. Work to do there – once I try to get my pace up to 4-ish, I start to jog.
I keep putting off buying a sturdy backpack to weigh down. I’ve been considering a plate carrier and plates, as it seems to me it would be easier to distribute the mass forward/back.