This episode of Love + Radio interviews Sam Najjair, who left a relatively comfortable life to be a soldier, then a sniper, then a leader in the Libyan revolution. His discussion of why he wanted to be a sniper is interesting – because it was much more personal to him to be able to see the faces of the people he killed.
A second discussion, at the end of the episode, talks about how he handled another sniper. I want to give nothing away – it isn’t a sniper-chasing-sniper drama, by this time he is a leader; the story is still very dramatic. The episode is an hour long, the story starts at 42:37, but I suggest you listen to the whole thing.
I was talking to someone about mixing powders and oils; he uses a setup made for meat processing. It consists of a grinder (which is really just a 1/2 horse motor with extra bits to throw away) and a seven gallon tilt mixer. The mixer can handle 33 pounds of meat, or about the same mass of Boomerite for ~33-16 targets. It has a lid to keep powders down and scraper blades to keep the sides clean. I might sneak down to Lacey this weekend to take a look at one.
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.