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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.

Written by Ry Jones

12 July 2015 at 3:40

Posted in Hobbies

Run what you brung

Kevin asks:

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.

Written by Ry Jones

10 July 2015 at 10:35

Posted in GWoF

BeyondCorp is Google’s rethink of corporate IT security

Here’s the white paper (pdf). WSJ blurbs for slightly different details. This longer form post from 2013 includes two USENIX talks from LISA 2013. Not everyone works at Google’s scale, or with Google’s money, of course. Another search phrase for this is “zero trust networking”

Written by Ry Jones

9 July 2015 at 23:57

Posted in Tech

Mémoires d’une déportée

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.

Written by Ry Jones

28 June 2015 at 22:56

Posted in Heroes

Charlie Victor Romeo

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:

Written by Ry Jones

28 June 2015 at 17:49

Posted in GWoT, Heroes, Hobbies

Jason Hamilton, the Moscow, Idaho shooter from 2007

I missed a series of stories on the Moscow attack from 2007, so I wanted to provide links to anyone else that missed them. I learned a little. Keep in mind it’s the Boise alt-weekly so the anti-Moscow bias is played for all it is worth.

Written by Ry Jones

13 June 2015 at 0:58

Posted in Idaho


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.

Written by Ry Jones

11 June 2015 at 8:20

Posted in Boomershoot


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