I’m not going to add to everything that has already been written about yesterday’s tragic events. But I do want to point out that during the 4 minutes between the first call to 9-1-1 and the PCSO’s first officer arriving on scene 4 regular citizens managed to disarm and subdue the shooter.
Synopsis here; video interview with 2 of the 4 here and here. Please take note – 1 of them was in a nearby store, heard what he knew were gunshots and went out to intervene anyway, and despite carrying a concealed handgun had the presence of mind no t to simply pull it and wade in.
The point to all this is that you cannot rely on the police to protect you – they can’t be everywhere all the time. And most violent crime can be avoided by simply avoiding places where such things are likely and being sufficiently aware of your surroundings and what is going on, but some of it is either random or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. *This* is why the people I know who carry a gun do so. They know they are responsible for their own safety in the end. 4 minutes is a lifetime when somebody wants to do you harm.
Like a lot of gun enthusiasts, I stop in at Walmart when I get a chance because they have pretty good prices on ammo when you can find it.
My local Walmart (located in a "less than savory" part of town) usually has 40 S&W Winchester White Box, but hardly ever any 9mm, it being more popular with the "yo, stick a cap in it" crowd. Yesterday I stopped in and it was typical: several boxes of 40 S&W and other calibers (38spl, lots of rifle calibers), but no 9mm on the shelves.
Then I noticed that tucked in back of the lowest shelf behind some shotgun shells were a couple of plain cardboard boxes (20 box cases) which I can see part the description: 9mm Federal.
Luckily there was a salesguy nearby, and I asked him for a price check. He said he was stunned to see 9mm in stock and didn't even know it was there himself. He gets 4-5 calls *each morning* asking whats in stock.
Then he checked the price, and it came up at $9.47 a box!
I grabbed the 6 he would sell me and asked about more: "6 boxes per day is the limit I can sell you."
I also noticed that he didn't put the remaining 14 boxes back in the display case, but took it in the back room when he'd rung me up. Uh huh. I guess he was buying it himself or selling to a friend.
I deposited the ammo in the car and went back inside, and the same guy was around. I hung out until he was busy and checked the display case -- sure enough, there was another case! Another salesguy happened to show up (I'm almost as stunned to find salespeople willing to help in Walmart as I was to find cheap ammo!) and I got him to sell me another 6 boxes.
This morning I stopped in and got another 6 boxes from the first guy, and he again took the partial case (only 8 boxes left in this one) in the back. He noticed my glance and said "Oh, I need to inventory it."
So 900 rounds of good 9mm FMJ for $185 - not bad for having to brave Walmart. :)
A good friend gave me a set of Zombie Shooting Targets for Christmas that I've been using for the last couple of times I've gone shooting.
They are fun and great gift (one of the best shooting gifts I've received, really funny!), but for any "serious" shooting, they have some issues. The biggest is because they are a lot of black and gray printing on white paper, it can be difficult to see where you're hitting when hung at the range.
It can be pretty hard to see what you've hit, especially on this specific version ("Zombie Chuck"). When close up its no problem, however. Here is the same target at 3ft:
And lastly the target at the counter, or "too late" range for a zombie. :)
So, to wrap it up, they are fun targets and worth buying some as a present or joke. If you're hosing down the target with a GSG-5 or something like that, or are just having a day blowing off steam or getting used to a new boomstick, there are totally worth it.
But if you're seriously trying to work on grouping, trigger control, and/or shot placement, they aren't that great.
I'll happily use the rest of the them for fun, then go back to my green torso silhouettes.