Comments: Dear London

The problem is that the English can't even defend themselves with a butter knife. Seriously. I have seen accounts of people fighting back against criminals and getting more time than the bad guy.

Posted by david7134 at August 9, 2011 10:55 AM

I had just used this very rifle to repeatedly shoot a 6" target at 150 yards (about 137 meters, a bit longer than a football pitch) with very little effort.

Are you f$^&ing kidding me? I'm having serious trouble hitting an immobile squirrel at 30 yards (he's picking our pecans) with a .22. 150 yards?!?! Holy cow.

Posted by Kevin at August 9, 2011 12:03 PM

I give full credit to the gun, a Templar Custom MCWS (Multi-caliber Weapons System).

One day I'll get some formal training, and I'll feel a lot more confident about longer shots.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 9, 2011 12:10 PM

Kevin,
Having follwed CY's posts for a number of years, I'm betting that he gets more practice than anybody not on active military duty.

As a mere mortal, I'm in the same boat with you.

;-)

Posted by Junk Science Skeptic at August 9, 2011 12:13 PM
I'm betting that he gets more practice than anybody not on active military duty.

Oh, if that were only true...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 9, 2011 12:17 PM

It's not just a matter of practice, it's a matter of intelligent practice. Knowing when you're making mistakes and correcting for them, knowing what things like sights are for and adjusting when those things lead you astray. It's not a matter of practicing harder, it's a matter of practicing smarter.

Then again, there are just those with a dead eye aim who can plug a gnat at one hundred yards, and leave the flea next to it untouched.

Posted by Alan Kellogg at August 9, 2011 12:33 PM

Have you read some of the comments in the English papers? It is enough to make you sick. Are there any men in England? Maybe they left them at Dunkirk.

Posted by david7134 at August 9, 2011 01:51 PM

Remember the Rodney King riots in LA? I still remember the pictures of businesses being looted and burned next to businesses that were untouched duet to the proprietors arming themselves and simply standing there.

Posted by styrgwillidar at August 9, 2011 02:38 PM

Alan, I think Lombardi expressed it as:

"Practise doesn't make perfect. Perfect practise makes perfect."

Posted by styrgwillidar at August 9, 2011 02:39 PM

I hear there is now counter-rebellion taking place. Men are doing as you suggest and standing together to protect neighborhoods. in the absence of guns, they are resorting to blunt instruments. Just like on the Simpsons episode where Lisa wishes for global disarmament, and then space aliens invade. The technology of putting nails in a 2x4 comes back quickly.

Posted by Professor Hale at August 9, 2011 05:17 PM

Speaking of that Professor Hale, have you seen where the sales of US baseball bats have gone through the roof on Ebay's UK sales chart?

Now that ought to be a good show?!?! o.O

Posted by Capt45 at August 9, 2011 07:03 PM

To be fair the police in London and some of the other big cities have a terrible reputation which then is made worse by the entitlement ethos the courts have created due to early release, etc. Many of these areas the suffered the worst damage were initially regarded as hands off and the police stood by. One of my online FB friends in England said that the police needed a bit more of the Texas Rangers in them in that one bobby, unarmed at that, would wade into a crowd with just his presence and a billy club or sap if needed and beat the snot out of the ring leaders. The famous quote of "One riot, one Ranger," has been missing from the Metroplitan police for at least two decades.

Posted by Pat Patterson at August 9, 2011 10:44 PM

Re: Baseball bats. I don't see why. A cricket bat is perfectly suitable (At least it works well on Left for Dead 2).

I also heard the British PM talking this morning. He said police would get more power to control things and that "nothing was off the table". But no mention was made of enabling citizens to protect themselves with privately owned firearms. No need to get crazy.

Posted by Professor Hale at August 10, 2011 07:54 AM

LOVE the gun in the photo! As for London, I am afraid we are headed in that direction if things don't change around here. I am telling all my friends to go get a gun, and helping the ladies I know with the necessary training to feel comfortable with their chosen weapons.

Posted by Lil' Chantilly at August 11, 2011 01:15 AM