Ignorance of firearms proves fatal….

Excerpt from The Guardian:

theguardian.comThe expedition’s science leader [identified in the report as L2] emerged from another tent. He grabbed the rifle and fired four or five times. On each occasion a bullet was simply ejected on to the ground leaving the rifle empty. The bear then turned on L2 and mauled him about the head, causing him to drop the gun.

“The mountain leader of the expedition [identified in the report as L1] did not know where the spare bullets were and shouted for help in finding them. He diverted the bear from L2 by throwing a stone at it. The bear turned on L1 and mauled him badly.

“Other team members were attacked by the bear until L2 found one of the bullets that had been ejected, loaded the rifle and shot the animal dead.”

The report says the trip-wire system, a kind principally used by gamekeepers to protect bird pens, was “defective in terms of missing pieces of equipment”. It says paper clips had been used to try to make the mechanism work, but these were not sturdy enough or the right shape for the job. The group knew the system was unsatisfactory because a team member had tripped the wire a few days before when he went to the toilet in the night but it had not activated the alarm.

Regarding the rifle, the report concluded it was stored with the safety catch in a position that disabled the firing mechanism, leading to the emptying of the magazine.


THE REAL LEAD: They tried to save him, but left safety ON while firing

They focused on a faulty tripwire, which of itself suggests the “leaders” were too stupid to be camped in the habitat of dangerous predators, but they buried the truly sad part. The kid died when leaders defended him by “firing” a Mauser 98 4-5 times… cycling the bolt and all… with the SAFETY ON. He just kept ejecting live rounds.

Seriously, you didn’t notice it wasn’t going “BANG BANG”?

The paper points out “the rifle was stored with the safety catch in a position that disabled the firing mechanism, leading to the emptying of the magazine”.

REALLY? The safety disables the firing mechanism? Who knew?

And do you normally store a loaded gun with a safety OFF where you live? Oh, that’s right, it’s gauche and primitive to know how to operate firearms where you live… you have evolved. Right?

This whole incident is sad. The bear was taken down with one shot once someone figured out how to operate the Mauser 98.

So basically you have people that are too smart to go to the beach without taking along sunscreen… going to the ARCTIC, where bears are the size of minivans, without taking anyone that knew how to set a trip alarm or handle a firearm.

CONCLUSION: The bears WILL eat those too ignorant to defend themselves

The entire incident is a microcosm of what happens to a society that “evolves” beyond owning AND knowing how to use tools of self-defense. When you are so weak you give over your own defense to others, just understand the bears WILL kill and eat you.

And for the record, the bears may or may not be furry kind, but you’ll be just as helpless.

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The Case for Pistols at Dawn

My friend Allison posted the update below, which coincides with something I’d been considering.

I will never understand why it’s OK for others to make fun of my beliefs, my political opinions and my ideological heroes when I NEVER do that to them in return out of respect for diversity of thought and the sacredness of personal beliefs. Guess I don’t warrant the same respect. So noted.

I’m thinking one thing that would vastly improve society would be the revival of the now frowned-upon practice of the personal duel as a method of settling points of honor.


Before dismissing it out of hand, think about it. Some smarmy SOB runs out of supercilious arguments to support their latest specious claim and gets angry.

In keeping with current “progressive” policy, instead of conceding facts do not validate their kneejerk preconceptions, they immediately attempt to impugn your motives for rudely introducing “facts” that maliciously refuse to conform to their narrowly tailored world view… So they call you a racist.

Now if what you had said actually WAS racist, ie- predicated on a belief system the underlying assumptions of which involve false negative stereotypes that smear an entire race… Calling you a racist might be the obvious move.

That said, today if you disagree with ANYTHING a so-called progressive says… You are assumed to be racist by dint of the fact their president is bi-racial and a Democrat, therefore any view that is not supportive of his policies, vacation schedule, actions, inactions, or felonious conspiracies to obstruct justice are by definition “racism”.

The nightly dream of the TEA party... or so we're told by the same party that created the KKK and Jim Crow laws.
The nightly dream of the TEA party… or so we’re told by the same party that created the KKK and Jim Crow laws.

It matters not that nothing whatsoever in the conversation involved a racial component… Everything a person on the right says can be considered “dog whistle” racism.

For example, if you say “I disagree with the administration’s practice of selling massive amounts of weapons to Mexican drug lords”… This is, as any good Democrat can tell you, code for “Dear God why did we ever let the damn darkies off the plantations and why can’t we hang them like Jesus intended”.

Granted the “coded” message above has probably not actually been on the mind of anyone to whom it has been ascribed, or at least not in the years since it was essentially the basis of the DNC platform… But it is still the case that if you are anywhere to the right of Caesar Chavez, it’s assumed you pray that prayer each night before retiring to dream of cotton plantations lovingly tended by man-servants with glistening skin who sing in melodious chorus between whippings.

Now, given you probably never had that thought, much less prayed any KKK inspired prayers, you might take exception to being ascribed with such motives. But alas… Hitting a block button simply leaves the slur intact while eliminating the chance of a recurrence on your page.

Wouldn’t society be more polite if, instead, a person that calls you a racist without cause might have to face you the following morning at dawn across a field of honor bearing a single shot pistol at 10 paces and either retract the slander or die? Let’s face it. We all have at least 1 or 2 people in our lives whose overall demeanor would be vastly improved by a carefully aimed musket ball.

Hey… When I’m president we’re making duels legal again. And for the record, if you disagree, you’re just promoting racism. There you have it. I called you a racist. Which is better… Hiding my feed… or meeting me gun in hand at dawn?

C’mon. You KNOW you want to.

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Blame easy access to killer firearms?

balme gunsBLAME GUNS?
Was discussing the latest mass shooting with some FB folks. Naturally one pointed the finger at increased access to “killer weapons”.

Works if you don’t know we’ve LONG had easy access to repeating arms. The 15 round lever action Henry rifle was developed for the civil war. The semi-auto pistol still used by USMC was developed in 1911, it’s available in any gun store.

Most my age had semi-autos in dad’s closet if not our own. NO MASS SHOOTINGS. [They weren’t painted black. Maybe THAT’s it?]

There are a LOT of differences in how kids were raised before mass shootings. Access to repeating arms isn’t one of them.

Let’s look at what HAS changed:

  • — movies we saw had less gore
  • — the kids weren’t prescribed drugs to modify their behavior
  • — there were no first person shooter video games
  • — the primary component of daily diet wasn’t junk food & sugar
  • — you ate what mom cooked, or didn’t eat.
  • — kids didn’t have schedules resembling a busy Realtor
  • — kids didn’t own more technology than the space shuttle
  • — they played outdoors
  • — social media meant riding bikes with friends
  • — parents actually interacted with them
  • — most families had 2 parents
  • — they went to church every Sunday
  • — faith was encouraged by teachers, not punished
  • — kids respected parents and teachers if they knew what was good for them.

And nobody got a trophy for participation, they understood in every game someone wins and someone doesn’t. They didn’t think it was “unfair” if they lost, they just tried harder.

The problem is societal, not hardware related. We need to figure out what and change whatever we’re doing to raise monsters, not change laws and post useless gun-free-zone signs.

If gun free zone signs worked… we’d post them in Afghanistan and the bad guys would just obey the sign, right?

Worth noting… I’ve yet to see press point out a shooter’s hobbies were 4H and calf roping. And trust me, those boys own and KNOW how to use a gun.

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You expected NEWS? Are you not entertained?

It is confirmed FACT the USDA seeks to buy .40 cal submachine guns and Type III Body Armor.


BARNUM AND BAILEY POSTERSurely newsmen asked hard questions?
Googled USDA submachine guns…. hit button for “News”.

RESULT? ZERO networks opined. Not even Fox. Only blogs.

Another innocuous Executive agency arms for war, and unless cows shoot back the body armor suggests the targets of the close quarters combat weapons are US citizens.


And the news says nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip.
But take heart. “News” yields 71 million+ returns on the term “Bieber”.

Thanks to network news… we’ll never lack for bread and circuses
Well, given the hardware… maybe just circuses.

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USDA orders submachineguns?! Why?

Weapons of War Have NO Place on Our Streets ~ Barack Obama

Apparently the USDA doesn’t travel on our streets, cause the federal purchase website just posted a request for bids on .40 cal submachineguns with 30 rd mags, Tritium night-sights, scopes, selective fire, with trigger guards accessible while wearing gloves.

I’m sorry, but not to put too fine a point on it, but we’re talking about the Dept of Agriculture. The guys that inspect meat and eggs. Guys that are involved with crops.

So just who in the hell is this purportedly innocuous domestic agency going to war with?

See Federal Solicitation for submachineguns

Firearms   Federal Business Opportunities  Opportunities


I’ve said it before, but in case you missed it the first time… the federal government is arming for bear. The bad part is, it appears they also think US citizens are the bear.

It would behoove us to get the federal clowns under control before they hurt someone.

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BUNDY RANCH: “Right vs Wrong” meets “Legal vs Illegal”

armed german soldiersYou can change laws to make an action “legal” or “illegal”

For instance:

— Troops herding Jews onto cattle cars were enforcing the law.
— Those executing those Jews were enforcing the law.
— Schindler’s actions to save those Jews were ILLEGAL.


“RIGHT” on the other hand… is not subject to legislation

You can’t make right wrong by changing a law any more than you can repeal the law of gravity. If it comes down to a choice of being right or being legal, one must make a decision. Our society all too often encourages us to make the wrong one.

If you think a Nazi metaphor (see “Godwin’s Law) is an over-reaction, remember:

-1- Harry Reid described those supporting Bundy as “domestic terrorists”.

-2- A well known 2009 memo at DHS describes a HUGE number of Americans as potential “rightwing extremists” and potential threats to national security. Makes Reid’s claim stronger.

-3- NDAA grants (illegally in my opinion) the president the ability to ignore the bill of rights in response to terrorists that threaten national security (even US citizens) allowing arrest without charge, indefinite detention, and use of deadly force.

blm troopsSo what Harry Reid said wasn’t just a slur, it was a threat of deadly force

Think about it. If the BLM troops (which the law says shouldn’t exist in the first place) had mowed down that crowd of cowboys in cold blood, many of whom were unarmed, there is a case to be made that such actions would have been “legal”.

Based on chatter from liberals, there’s apparently a crowd that thinks there’s also a case to be made that it would have been “right”. On that we disagree.

There is an important distinction between “legal” and what is “right”

In my observation, society often encourages us to make the wrong choice. Don’t be a lemming. Think for yourself. If a thousand voices AND the law say wrong is right… it is STILL wrong.

Use your brain. Legal and Right are not synonyms.

They may often be the same… but sometimes they aren’t even close. Remember that.


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Making Rob n BethO’s Texas Chili

Before we get started I’d like to dispel a vicious rumor RE beans

On more than one occasion when I was discussing chili, someone had the undaunted temerity to point out that Texas chili cannot contain beans, therefore my chili was not REALLY “Texas chili”.

chile contest discontinuedNow bear in mind, about half the time I’m getting corrected on this topic the speaker turns out to be from Boston or some other part of Arctic North America. I on the other hand was raised here, my family was raised here, and their families were raised here, and about the only thing they had in common besides their Texas heritage was the fact that they put beans in their chili.

So basically I’ll be darned if I’m going let somebody who doesn’t even speak the language tell me what I can put in my chili. Just doesn’t work that way. If Texans hate anything, it’s rules.

I realize there is a lot of written material that originated in Texas which perpetuates this particular rumor, but it’s important to remember that nine times out of ten the guy that wrote it was from Austin.

For those unfamiliar with Austin…

Austin’s the home of the Texas legislature, the Texas Longhorns football team, and the University of Texas. It’s a great place to watch a football game, a lousy place to watch law being made, and it’s chock full of liars. That’s not entirely attributable to the fact that our legislature is there. You can’t discount the mendacity of guys that enter chili contests, most of which originate in Central Texas within about a 6-pack of Austin city limits.

Let’s face it, Austin is just about the only communist city in Texas, and it’s just a weird place. When they make me governor I plan to fence it in and make it a zoo. It’d make one helluva tourist attraction. But nobody in Texas is dumb enough to believe anything they hear coming out of Austin. I mean, that’s the reason we elected our legislators to go there in the first place… So we could get those sunsabeetches out of our cities.

So let’s dispense with the idea Texas chili doesn’t contain beans

The only true defining characteristic of Texas chili is that it contains meat (ground or otherwise) and could be used in a pinch to strip tar from your driveway.

Another myth about chili: it is only to be eaten in cold weather

I have no idea where that came from, because in order to experience cold weather in most of Texas you pretty much have to drive to Colorado. Texas has two seasons, football season and summer. Both of them are hot.

That’s because Texas was assembled out of parts that were left over when God made Hell. Mostly parts he didn’t use because there were just too darned hot. If we waited for cold weather we’d die of starvation. Just isn’t practical. Texas was once part of Mexico, and we retained their love of peppers. Chili is a year-round meal.

Anyway, there are two basic parts to a good chili recipe

The first is the chili seasoning, and the second is the actual set of chili ingredients. You mix the ingredients, and add seasoning in small doses while cooking.

There are a zillion possible recipes for chile seasoning with overlapping but not identical components, so you can be creative. Here’s my starter set.

Chile Seasoning:
• 1/4 cup red New Mexico chile powder
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin (smells like heaven)
• 2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
• 1 !@#!!! randomass bunch of ground chipotle
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Word of caution:
When getting creative, you will make mistakes. Local tradition requires that when this happens, and it will, you pretend that whatever happened, was done entirely on purpose. May require considerable practice to get your gag reflex under control, but at that point it’s too late to change anything so it’s all about presentation.

Texas chile

Other stuff that might have been added…

But didn’t go into this round… Ground celery seed, ground oregano, onion powder, ground tellicherry peppercorns, any number of different types of ground chiles (Pasillo chiles, ancho chiles, cascabel, arbol, etc)…

Basically you can add just about anything else that is ground up and laying within reach up to but almost never including gunpowder.

[I’ll never try that again.]

Once you have your seasoning ready, time to gather your ingredients and go to work. Once again you may vary this, but here are basics you’ll want to put into your chili.


• 2 lbs burger (brown & drain)

• 1 Onion (diced) … salt & Saute’ (not caramelize) in Canola oil

• 1 can Rotelle (with juice)
• 2 cans red kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
• 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
• 1 can tomato paste
• 1 can Hunts Zesty & Spicy Tomato Sauce
• 1 TSP Garlic Powder
• 1 TBSP Sorghum

Add meat, onions, chile powder mix to the big pot. [A few TSP of the powder, add some more slowly as you cook.] Grind tellicherry pepper (course grind) over the whole thing, folding the ingredients.

TIME: Cook all day… covered… LOW heat. Go stir it and add additional chile mix to it every so often until seasoning tastes right.

You don’t start making chili when you get hungry

You start it when you have hours between you and the next time you will be hungry. As such, this may not be an activity that can be mastered by the microwave generation, but for those with the patience, they shall be rewarded with a culinary experience unparalleled since Moses found manna from heaven.

Give it a shot. You’ll find Texas chili making is more of an art than a science.

Good luck, and God bless Texas.

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Guns, Browsers, and Consistent Thought

* I’ll keep it short and sweet *
For the millionth time… if you argue the 2nd amendment applies only to single shot muzzle loaders because after all, the founders didn’t have anything more… what argument do you plan to use when you’re told the first amendment doesn’t apply to the internet?

Please. Use the head for more than a hat rack fellas. Don’t undermine your own interests.

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A Culture of Coddling

I wrote this blog post in response to the following argument against corporal punishment in schools:

Being in a position of authority does not give anyone the right to physically assault me at any time in my life. If you were to physically attack me in any manner you’d be arrested, put in jail and subsequently sued. Battery is a criminal offense and no position of authority puts anyone above the law.

So why would you think that it would be okay to do that to me as a child?

My response follows… it’s long, but if you have the notion the statement above is right, try to wade through my reply (below). I have this suspicion people are too damned willing to accept “a good argument” that agrees with what they feel despite the simple fact that it isn’t born out by results. At some point we really need to notice the facts on the ground don’t support the reason current rules are in place… and many children now feel entitled to act out without repercussion.

Yeah I know… this proves “I’m old”. Sue me. There was a time when we valued experience.


“Rights” are a legal concept. “Assualt” is a legally defined term. 
Our rights in this country are set forth on paper explicitly. Unless something violates those, while you may object, it is not a violation of your “rights”.

Not every form of physical contact of which you disapprove is automatically against the law or constitutes criminally actionable “assualt”. For the first 200 years of our countries existence there was never any suggestion that corporal punishment violated any “rights” or constituted “assault”. It was just the way children were taught not to do things.

Exhibit A:
Meet Texas in the barbarous ’60s and 70’s

As recently as my own childhood (born in ’57) it was standard for principals, coaches and most teachers to use a paddle to enforce rules. Female teachers generally brought in a male teacher with a strong arm, tho some administered their own “licks”. Paddle dimensions were typically 3-4″ across and length typically about 2 1/2 ft.

Preference of wood varied. Shop teachers often crafted the beauties hanging in various teachers offices. Mr Murphy (Science teacher) went high tech, his was 3/8″ plexiglass with holes drilled in it. You could tell who’d been crosswise with Murphy when we dressed in athletics… the distinctive pattern lasted about a week.

“Thank you sir”
Nobody got dragged around by the arm, we knew the standard drill. If we violated the rules we got busted. The coach/principal/dean was judge, jury, and executioner of sentence. Right then, right there, no chance of appeal. If he deemed it necessary, we grabbed our ankles and lick(s) were administered. After which we turned and shook his hand and said “Thank you SIR”. Failure to follow the procedure meant additional licks. Failure to accept the punishment meant expulsion. Girls almost never got licks, they generally got detention instead, but they seldom pushed the limits like teenage boys are prone to.

Things you could get busted for were numerous
It wasnt a litigious group, basically if you did something that was against the rules and got caught, you might get busted. Some teachers/coaches were more prone to that action, and we all knew who would nail us if we did something in their class and planned accordingly. It could be as innocuous as failing to meet the dress code. I was busted for not shaving once in 8th grade, busted for gambling (pitching pennies) during woodshop, various other infractions. You could of course also get it for fighting, mouthing off to a teacher, entering class after the bell, or other breaches.

Yes… it was an evil era, and the violence caused lifelong trauma 
Skinner (my best friend) and I got caught fighting. Hey, he shot me in the face with a high pressure hose, as in “you could put an eye out with that thing”. We were given a choice between licks or “putting on the gloves” to finish it. As licks sucked, and the alternative allowed us to finish what was started, we chose the gloves. FTR, he won when a well placed shot to the solar plexus paralyzed my ability to breathe… can’t swing if you cant breathe. Note to self: Avoid fights with the captain of the football team, especially if he has Golden Gloves experience. A few years later we were “Best Man” at each others weddings. Yeah… violence causes lifelong trauma. Suure. 

More “violence for fun and games”
At one point Mr Bledsoe (a shop teacher) noticed a minor fracture in his paddle. The guys in shop were a macho crew, so he declared a contest. The guys that wanted a shot at owning the instrument of torture that was his beautifully crafted pecan paddle could line up and take a lick each until it broke to the point of requiring replacement. It would be awarded to the guy he broke it on. Nearly everyone in there had been hit with that thing a few times, and we wanted the trophy. Last time I looked it was still in a closet at my mom’s house.

Bottom line, we simply understood that society has rules…
We followed them if we wished to remain in our society. These were NOT love taps, they were “lift your rear in the air and leave a magnificent bruise” hard. I got a boatload of them, as did my friends. It wasnt something we went to mommy and daddy about and asked them to call a lawyer… it was understood that if we didnt follow the rules we’d accept the punishment for that action. Our parents would have thought us daft for whining.

Exhibit B
We had MUCH greater access to weapons in that era 

We all owned firearms and were familiar with their use.

  • – There were NO 5 day waiting periods for purchase,
  • – You could buy firearms by mail,
  • – There were no bans on “assault rifles” or high capacity mags,
  • – The concept of a “gun free school zone” had never been discussed, much less implemented
  • – Every male I knew carried a pocket knife

Also… every male I knew owned one or all of the following… a BB/pellet gun, a .22 rifle, a shotgun (either pump or semi-auto), and a deer rifle… usually in 30-30 or 30-06. You could have held off a regiment with the firearms accessible to the kids in my junior high, and most of us were excellent marksmen.

We occasionally brought them to school and store them in our lockers on days we planned to go hunting after school. Nobody cared. Nobody feared. We were responsible gun owners from childhood and we were accustomed to following the rules of our society. We KNEW there were consequences if we didnt. We were raised that way.

By the reasoning common today… 
It is widely accepted as “fact” that

  • (A) kids treated to corporal punishment are prone to violent misbehavior AND
  • (B) access to guns causes misuse of guns.

Problem is… we had MUCH greater access and virtually zero formal rules about guns, and we were treated with what is in todays terms “violence”. BUT… there were no school shootings in the time I was raised in high schools or under. The only one at University level was at the University of Texas in the 60s. Half of Austin returned fire with deer rifles retrieved from the racks in pickups and then a few armed citizens plus an off-duty cop went up after him and shot him dead.

We had the means and supposedly the motive, why didnt we have school shootings? Why are todays kids that are largely raised without the “violence” the ones who introduced us to “school shootings”?

“Results” trump “a good argument”
In our era there were NO instances like Columbine. In the current “we dont beat kids” society there have been MANY shootings from grade schools thru grad school, despite (if not because of) less corporal punishment and a plethora of gun laws. My generation, clearly raised by means you consider violent… was remarkably LESS prone to react to negative stimulus with extra-judicial lethal force than kids growing up now.

We had far more access to the tools to exercise “a little street justice”… 
…But the concept that we were little princes entitled to break rules and not have a finger laid on us was absolutely foreign. Many kids today are, to be blunt, coddled wimps who think anyone (including parents) that administers physical punishment should be placed behind bars. God help them if they join the military with the expectation mommy and daddy’s lawyer will be of service if they get break rules.

Trust me, kids raised under today’s standards are in for a major education if they enlist in the USMC. I was an officer candidate in the Marine Corps at Quantico VA in the mid 70s… and the stuff everyone is claiming is “torture” in the Brad Manning case is actually far less stringent than the treatment of guys that were upcoming officers living in my squadbay.

Earlier generations were raised with realistic expectations of how life works. But now…

  • Children can’t play dodgeball because it’s just too violent,
  • Can’t be punished without a court order and two lawyers present,
  • Discipline by a parent or teacher could result in the adult being imprisoned,
  • Every child on a sports team gets a trophy regardless of performance,
  • Soccer and t-ball games are played without keeping score to protect their supposedly fragile self-esteem.

If this crap really worked, explain why school shootings came with this principle and was noticeably absent before it. If the “logic” supporting the current ideas were sound, it’d be the other way around. People that believe the current methods work need to quit telling us about the labor pains if they can’t show us the damned baby. 

Top Shot: History Channel

I’ve hated “reality” shows since the genre came out. For starters, the name is a misnomer… but it won out over the more applicable but longer name… “cheap to produce shit where we don’t have to pay writers or real actors and who cares about production values anyway”.

Unfortunately they’ve taken over network primetime, which makes me glad to have cable. When the regular stations are showing people voting each other off the island cause they didn’t eat bugs faster than the guys on the other team (or insert any other lame programming challenge), I still had a fallback.

No problem… I could always flip to History Channel and watch grainy shots of real contests, like the storming of the beaches on D-day or a documentary explaining why Hoods men couldn’t have flanked at Gettysburg even if Lee had agree to the tactic.

Enter the real reality of America today. A lot more people would rather watch a bug eating contest than history. History Channel had to reformat or start running PBS pledge drives between battles. “Stay tuned for more action, but first let’s watch a couple of geeks yammer pointlessly until you call or die.”

So now History Channel has Ice Road Truckers and a bunch of other stuff that I wouldn’t watch without a gun pointed at me.

If history channel was gonna corrupt their format to stay afloat, at least they found a way to keep my interest… Top Shots. The premise is simple… teams of shooters from all walks of life compete with every weapon imaginable.

Competitors include Olympic shooters, military and ex-mil, cops and SWAT guys, Cowboy action or mounted shooters, hunters, pretty much anyone that uses a firearm. The weapons vary in each competition.

They compete with every weapon imaginable from every era possible. In pistols I’ve seen Glocks, 1911s, beretta 92, Ruger revolver, S&W 38, Colt Navy, even a 22 pistol. Rifles have run the gamut of military and civilian weapons new and old… from 22 to 50 cal and all in between. They’ve fired flintlocks, slingshots, longbow, compound bow, crossbow, blowguns, and have thrown knives and axes. No matter what your specialty, they will find something you haven’t fired.

Yeah, it’s another vote em off the show format, but the guys voted off have a fighting chance. The team that loses a competition has to send TWO guys to an elimination competition, but only the one that loses in heads-up gets eliminated.

This week included timed competition taking out a target at 1000 yards (downhill no less) with a Barrett .50 cal. A military sniper instructor did it in one shot. Then there was a head-to-head shoot off using an M1 Garand firing at popup targets that disappeared after a few seconds.

Competitors have been required to fire offhanded, with guns in each hand (fired simultaneously), strapped upside down, standing, kneeling, prone, and harnessed to a pulley that was sliding down a cable from a cliff to the ground. Whoever lays out their courses has a vivid imagination.

Last week the course was a relay. First station involved shooting at 20 ft with a 1911 at the cutting edge of an axe affixed to a wall. The object was to hit the blade squarely with a bullet less than a half inch across… Splitting the bullet so that it exploded two balloons one on either side of the axe.

In case youre still reading this (guess you dont have anything to watch on TV either), one guy actually hit the axe edge squarely on his third attempt, split the bullet and took out both balloons… in a timed competition while being filmed for a national audience.

[Did I mention some of these guys are pretty good?]

That said, for those that hate firearms and would rather arm bears than bear arms… Don’t worry, you can still watch Super Nanny wrangle whiny brats or Donald Trump fire people on the major networks. Of course if you wanna see whiny brats or ill tempered guys with bad hair you could turn off the TV and go visit relatives.

Meanwhile, us benighted folks “clinging to our guns” (Yes, Mr. Obama, we still remember) will be watching Top Shots. Maybe next week they’ll take out a BMW with an anti-tank gun. Now that’s entertainment.