sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Day at the Range (part one)

Lone Star Parson - combining
God and guns in a meaningful
way in the Texas hill country.
A day at the compound naturally means a day at the range. Does every spread in Texas have its own range? If it doesn't, it should. How can you practice daily without your own rifle/shotgun/pistol range?

Today's drill consisted of multiple parts: 
  • Large-Bore Revolver (.460 Magnum and .357 Magnum)
  • Large-Bore Semi-Automatic Handgun (.45 ACP)
  • Small-Bore Semi-Automatic Rifle (.556 mm)
LL, American
Texas is "fly-over" country, in the language of the Washington Beltway political types. Hill Country is where people cling to their God and guns and feel that the US Constitution was written to limit government, and empower the people. I realize that's a silly and possibly dangerous concept if you're a thirty-year-old pajama boy, sitting in mom and dad's home, dreaming about ObamaCare. But it works here in Texas, where there are no pajama boys.

Nobody here wants to occupy anything and they feel that black lives matter just about the same as everyone else's.  However the riots instigated by the black lives matter anarchists inspired today's "riot control drill" with handguns at various ranges.

An old tea pot serves as a proper target for riot control drills that specifies that arounds be put into an area roughly the size of a "mellon" from different ranges up to about 50 yards with a handgun. Both LSP and I qualified in "Riot Control, Range Variable, Mellon".  The next riot control drill required a round to be fired into a plastic card, roughly the size of a playing card. The concept here is that the leader of a riot may need to be "incapacitated" precisely. At the compound, we do not shoot to kill, only to incapacitate. Humane behavior is prized and highly encouraged. So is the concept of sparing the government unnecessary expenses.

Marksmanship has been an American virtue ever since the Revolutionary War. The only way that you can maintain this perishable skill is to keep muscle memory strong through practicing in many scenarios. 

Part two of this range training perspective will take us through the end of the range day at the compound.

(left) LSP fires a Colt Python at a silhouette target, as he moves from general riot control qualification to specific single-action fire, with good results (left). 

Firing a handgun at stationary and moving targets from horseback as well as saber drills are important but were not undertaken today simply because of a lack of time, not out of disinclination to complete critical training. 

Teak cavalry lances have gone out of fashion but with the concept of necessary riot control coming back, they may not be gone forever. There is something about a phalanx of cavalry on Andalusian mounts, with twenty foot long teak lances lowered moving toward chanting occupiers. 

It harkens back to days now past, but history repeats and training is required if you plan to be ready.

Only A Matter of Time

Two senior intelligence analysts at US Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on US-backed rebel groups in Syria.

The Daily Beast reports that it's the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the US-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war.
One of the analysts alleging reprisals is the top analyst in charge of Syria issues at CENTCOM. He and a colleague doubted the US sponsored rebels' capabilities and their commitment to US objectives in the region. The analysts have been effectively sidelined from their positions and will no longer be working at CENTCOM.
The truth has a perfume all its own, but unfortunately that can be (and often is) in the age of ObamaNation where the preeminent role of the military is to control the weather and provide trans-gender equality.
The analysts' skeptical views put them at odds with military brass, who last year had predicted that a so-called moderate opposition would make up a 15,000-man ground force to take on ISIS in its self-declared caliphate. An initial $500 million program to train and arm those fighters failed spectacularly. And until the very end, Pentagon leaders claimed the operation was more or less on track. 
Gen. Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM commander, finally testified last September that there were just "four or five" American-trained fighters in Syria.

The current administration's bungling (see Hillary Clinton) of so many thing has created systemic rifts in US capacities to deal with situations honestly. We become a bit like the North Koreans, working full time to assure the emperor that he is indeed wearing new clothes --- while everyone else sees things very clearly through a different lens.

The US has become ground zero for foreign intelligence operatives who wish to steal what it is we've built and the Obama Administration has a very indifferent approach to that. (yes, I know, the concept of "all enemies foreign and domestic" have a different flavor in the White House since Obama took office)

(The Hill) There are currently more foreign intelligence operatives in the United States than at any point in the country's history, the former head of the House Intelligence Committee claimed on Wednesday.
"There are more spies in the United States today from foreign nation states that at any time in our history " including the Cold War," former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in an address at the Heritage Foundation. 
"And they're stealing everything. If it's not bolted down, it's gone," Rogers added. "And if it's bolted down, give them about an hour - they'll figure out how to get that, too."
The array of potential new American leaders on both sides of the aisle are depressingly anemic. From the felon, Hillary Clinton and the old communist, Comrade Colonel Sanders to the Bombastic Trump and Slimy Lying Ted, there's not much to be optimistic about.

But I'm at "The Compound" in Texas today and feel a bit far from all of that drama.