Introduction to the Shooting Sports

Original Mentor Page

In the effort to promote responsible gun ownership and rights awareness, I make the following open offer to any resident or visitor in the Evansville, IN area:

If you have never shot a gun and would like to try, I am willing to take you shooting free of charge. I will provide the firearms, ammunition, eye/ear protection and I will cover your range fees. I guarantee if you are on the fence about gun ownership and usage, you will not be at the end of the session. You will have fun and learn a little in the process.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to meet at one or the other!

If you live in a different area, please check this map for mentors that may be in your area.

Monday, February 21, 2011


You have got to be one of the dumbest people on the face of the Earth.

This was a Darwin award waiting to happen!

When I'm at Red Ghost, there's always a pistol within easy reach (and by that I mean on my belt!) and the owner is the same way.

Really, attempting to rob a gun shop. Read Jay G's post as well!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I'm thinking it may be almost the most fun you can have with your clothes still on. More details tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I have officially started my medic ride time for medic class. And now I remember one of the reasons that I love working nights.

The sky as I left the ER this AM with a psych transfer. Beautiful.

-- Posted From My iPhone

Monday, April 26, 2010


For posterity. I have these printed out on my desk, but need to steal the frame for something slightly more appropriate, so I figured I'd post these here...

"Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others."

- Edward Abbey

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"Socialized medicine would combine the efficiency of FEMA with the compassion of the IRS.

- Too Old To Work, Too Young To Retire



Monday, March 08, 2010

Zero Tolerance...

Another child gets caught up in zero tolerance.

She said no to drugs.

She did everything right.

She got suspended.

People are stupid.

More later, maybe, I'm seeing red at the moment.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


...that's me.

After reading this editorial that popped up in my Google News alerts this am.

The whole thing made sense, until the last paragraph, where Ms. Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb decides to pose her question. The bills all look good, look like they will extend gun rights, and treat gun owners the way they should be treated. What makes a church so special that someone with a valid permit to carry shouldn't be allowed to do so? I know of several instances right here in IN where guns were carried to church and no mass shootings happened.

There are also cases of legally carried weapons in churches STOPPING a mass shooting.

But that's not what I want to talk about is right here:

My question has been and continues to be, how can Virginia, the place where the worst mass tragedy in American history occurred, and which loses over 800 people every year to gun violence, continue to ignore the loss of life and create policies that leave families and communities devastated.
I'm going to assume she means the attack at Virginia Tech, where 32 people lost their lives, and I'll grant that VT was a tragedy (a tragedy that some of the laws now being proposed might have prevented...entirely possibly). However, there is no way in HELL that the massacre at VT was the worst mass tragedy in American history.

  • September 11th, 2001 ring a bell. The city of New York lost more EMTs / Paramedics in one day then VT lost in students. FDNY lost 10 times as many firefighters at Ground Zero as students were lost at VT. Nearly 100 times as many innocent civilians died at Ground Zero alone.
  • December 7th, 1941, a day which will live in infamy. Japanese warplanes bomb and torpedo the ships at anchor at Pearl Harbor, leading the US into WWII. 2400 citizens of this county were killed.
  • July 1-3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg, 46,000 Service men of this country, fighting one another lost their lives over a three day period.

In the face of these things, the attack at VT pales in comparison based on pure carnage. Don't try and use emotion, especially fake emotion to get your feel good nanny state laws passed!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Be Careful Out There.

Link 1.

Link 2.

Link 3.

I used to work for that company once upon a time, and I had the misfortune to wreck one of their trucks on the highway. It was NOT a good day for me, or for Atlantic Ambulance. Thankfully in the wreck that I was involved in, no one was seriously hurt. The truck shown in the pictures attached was one of the trucks that I actually worked and transported patients in.

Please keep the two EMTs, their families and the family of the patient in your prayers in this hard time for all of them.

And remember, be careful and safe out there.


Sunday, December 06, 2009

The only constant in life is change...

About 9 months ago I was hired to work for the local ambulance service. When I first started, I quickly realized that things were different then what I'd been exposed to previously. Not better, but not worse either. Different.

Perhaps the biggest difference was that at the local service there is a paramedic on every ambulance that responds to 911 emergencies. New Jersey (that place where I cut my teeth on the ambulance) is different. I've mentioned it before.

Anyway, the war stories at the new service always seemed to revolve around the paramedics, and the runs they'd be on. Their partners were very very rarely mentioned.

Initially, the fact that the EMT's in the story were glossed over annoyed me. "You've got to do BLS before you can do ALS." and "Paramedics save lives, EMTs save Paramedics." were quotes that I was known to use at home on a regular basis.

Well, things change. I'm 9 or so months into it, and I've realized (generally by talking to the different medics that I've had the chance to work with, but also through my own observations) that most of the EMTs working for the service are green. Like, fresh out of school, no street experience, never taken a blood pressure in the field green. Where in NJ I was an adequate EMT, at new job I have paramedics requesting me as a partner, because they think highly of me.

I don't think I've gotten better, I just think that the standards are different here. I know the emphasis is...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

National Ammo Day

For those of you unaware today was National Ammo Day.

Despite the fact that I was scheduled to work from 0400-1000 and 2300-0600 along with a nice stressful medic class (we did IVs and that involved your humble host getting stuck with a needle, not such a good combo) and I still managed to make it to the shop for a little bit of ammo.

Ok, so the National Ammo Day guidelines say at least 100 rounds, I went a little above that, although not as much as Jay G did.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Task force seeks ban on Assault Weapons...

Is the headline in the Washington Post today.

Nevermind the fact that the so called "assault weapons" are semi-auto weapons that look scary. 

Nevermind the fact that the drug cartels are getting their full auto weapons from the corrupt Mexican government (military and police).

Well, my answer is simple.


Your move.


Late Runs...

Everybody who works in EMS hates them.

I don't particularly mind staying late for an emergency run, I understand that people can't choose when to have a heart attack, or get hurt.

Staying late for a transfer just drives me FREAKING nuts, and I'm likely to start something along these lines:


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quote of the Day:

regards to Socialized Healthcare (yes, it's socialized, telling
yourself anything different is lying to yourself and everyone else.)

I heard an analogy on the radio the other day that I want to
expand.  Imagine healthcare is an automobile. Our car is the best car
in the world. In fact, it is so much better that when people with other
cars really need to drive somewhere important, they come and use ours.
 However, our car does have some problems. It needs a new set of tires
and maybe a new transmission.  So to continue the analogy, the proposed
reform is to take our nice car and replace it with a shitty import that
gets bad mileage, has a terrible safety rating, was rated Worst Buy by
Consumer Reports, and costs twice as much.  In fact, it costs so much
more that we really don’t know how we’re going to be able to afford the

H/T to Larry Correia @ Monster Hunter Nation

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fort Hood Shooting, etc.

If you're not living under a rock, you know about the shootings at Fort Hood in TX last Thursday.

To say that I'm upset is a huge understatement.  The men and women who defend our country with their lives deserve our undying respect and gratitude.  I get more then a little annoyed when I read comments like the one posted over at Wyatt's place.

I responded to it in comments, so have a read for the full thing, but the second commend sums it up nicely:

"Tree, Rope, Terrorist Dirtbag.

some assembly required."


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Like Caleb Says...

Make a Hippie Cry!

And then follow the link to Caleb's and download the song on iTunes.  $0.99 isn't much, and it goes to a good cause!

That is all.

Monday, October 26, 2009


While taking a hike in the woods, please be smart... don't walk across a fallen tree suspended 15 feet in the air above a creak.

If you insist on doing so, please try not to fall.

If you must fall, please fall where the EMS guys can get to you without a ton of issues...

The full story will come out sometime later.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the Security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.