Saturday, August 29, 2015


No, that's not a mis-spelling, that's a word.  Shottist.  I was scrolling through Cooper's Commentaries this morning and stumbled across the word.
I have had the opportunity now for a couple of years to evaluate the Glock pistol with sufficient care to give me justification in an opinion. I have not used one much myself, but just enough to know that it is not for me. However, I have some good friends in law enforcement who have pretty much set matters straight. My conclusion is that the Glock pistol is a very good choice for hired hands, but not for serious pistoleros. Its proper place lies in the public sector, and the dedicated shottist is rarely found therein. (Note: That is shottist rather than shootist. Look it up.)
So, I clicked over to the Oxford Dictionary to look up the word.  Sure enough.
shottist: noun - South African: A person who is skilled in shooting and takes part in shooting competitions.
So, it's in the Oxford Dictionary of the English language, and has a South African origin.

Of course, we all remember the John Wayne movie, The Shootist, where he played an aging gunfighter battling a fatal cancer.

And, in CFDA, we have a Shootist category, where the participants use revolvers with long barrels:
The Shootist category is for competitors that use Slim Jim Holsters and revolvers with a minimum barrel length of 7-1/2”.
 Interesting the way the language changes over time, and the regional variations.  I'm not suggesting that we change the category, nor the various club names, but I found it interesting that Cooper used the term Shottist, which is decidedly archaic, over the more familiar shootist.

I also note with some interest that Cooper disdained the Glock for a dedicated pistolero, saying that it was more suited to hired hands.  If Cooper was nothing else, he was educated in firearms, and he was opinionated.


I talked earlier about my daughter-in-law who does graphic design.  She helped me with our Thorn Valley logo. I needed a B/W logo that we could use on flyers and such, easily printed with a common desktop printer.  After she did the work, I asked her to colorize it and gave her full creative license to work her magic on our logo.

I think she did great!  The more I look at it, the more little details I see.  Lots of little shadings and color shifts.  Of course, you can click on the pic for a bigger view.

Good work, Kimmie!  You are da bomb!

Friday, August 28, 2015


Thank God It's Friday, the end of the workaday week.  Saturday is the club shoot, and Sunday we're feeding the kids, so we'll have a fun-filled weekend of frolic and adventure.

I'll leave you with this little .gif, cautioning everyone to be careful this weekend.

Oh, my.  Y'all have fun this weekend, but be careful  Tip of the hat to Wirecutter for the gif.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another One Gone

While I was playing in the backyard yesterday, another fatal drama was playing out in St. Landry parish.  I learn this morning that another police officer was killed yesterday in Sunset, LA.
Two sisters of Grand Coteau Interim Mayor Shaterral Johnson were stabbed while trying to stop 35-year-old Harrison Lee Riley Jr., of Arnaudville, from stabbing his wife, Courtney Jolivette. Despite earlier miscommunication, one of the sisters, 40-year-old Shameka Johnson, and Officer Henry Nelson both died on the scene. 
 51-year-old Nelson was responding to the scene of a stabbing on Anna Street when he was shot by Riley with his own gun. According to the sheriff, Riley had taken the gun from Nelson during a confrontation. 
The suspect is in custody after a stand-off at a local mini-mart.

We offer prayers for Officer Henry Nelson.  Domestic incidents claim lots of good officers, and it seems that Officer Nelson's death is the result of such a disturbance.

I'll be wearing the mourning band on the badge for another few days.  Just Damn!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Night Shoot

We set up the targets this afternoon and had a little Wednesday night shoot.  Invited the neighbor, strapped him up, and let him try his hand at Cowboy Fast Draw.  Milady and I enjoy showing new folks our game, and while the neighbor is not a new shooter, it's the first time he has shot wax bullets at steel targets in the backyard.

He shot 50 rounds, and in just a few cylinders, he was hitting in the 7s with an occasional hit down in the 6s (that's six-tenths of a second).  Good eye for the game on his first time on the line.

This Wednesday night shoot might become a regular thing.  We'll see if he stays interested.

Growing The Club

Growing the club is one of our goals for this year.  Several of us have been working on the things that other people see, so that we can get our name in the public eye.  Our club president came up with a nice logo, and we're trying to make brochures that are unique to the club, while still meeting the association guidelines.

One of our objectives is low-cost, simple black and white printing that can be accomplished on any home printer.   Or, at least cost at a print shop.  Sure, color brochures are wonderful visually, but black and white is so much more economical.  We're a small club right now and any money we can save on printing costs is money we can spend on other things.

I'm putting together a little 3-column  brochure that can be printed on a single piece of copy paper.  My editing skills are such that Milady proofreads my drafts, makes corrections, and layout decisions.  I'm learning about fonts, column styles, page breaks, and all manner of things that I didn't know I needed to learn.

Being the old dog that I am, I've had to learn on family.  My daughter-in-law Kim does graphic design for a living, and she's been a wonderful help to me.  Almost before I can explain the problem, she has it solved, on the screen before me.  Each of my kids, and their spouses has separate talents and I don't think that there is anything we can't accomplish.  The strength of my family and the depth of our collective talent amazes me.

Thanks, Kim, for helping this old dog learn new tricks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

Keeping a weather eye on the Atlantic and Caribbean, we find that a disturbance we watched earlier has morphed into a tropical storm.  After Danny came apart, Erika formed east of the Leeward Islands.

She's the latest in the line, and we hope that she dies early.  However, we're starting to see these things pop up and we best keep an eye on the tropics.  Right now, the storm track is predicting she'll head toward the east coast of Florida, but I've seen these things break predictions.  We'll keep our eye on her.

It looks as if "Crazy Uncle" Joe Biden is considering another run for the White House.  According to CNN, Obama has given Joe his blessing.  We learned yesterday that Biden had confab'd with "Faux Princess" Warren.  It looks like a Biden-Warren ticket might be in the offing.  I"m sure that Hillary will be pissed, but if the investigation goes wrong, (or goes well, depending on your point of view), the least of Hillary's problems will be the presidential race.  She'll do well to stay out of prison.

On the Republican side of the race, it continues to be a clown circus.  We're in the three-ring stage of this circus, and the less said, the better.

Last, but certainly not least, I see in a report from last month that the military is banning fried food:
The Navy Times reported that there will be no more fried chicken, french fries and shrimp. Instead these foods will be baked in “state of the art ovens.”“Whole milk will be replaced by skim and soy; fruits and vegetables will be on prominent display,” the report noted. “The fast line will remain, but its offerings will be cut back.
What the hell is going on in my military?  That's simply heresy!

Monday, August 24, 2015

In The Mail

I find today on my doorstep, a package from the Displaced Louisiana Guy.  Milady's holster has arrived.  She's been jonesing for a black holster, because it would look so good with her black boots and her new gun.  Matter of fact, it would look good with her old gun and turquoise grips.

It's a straight-drop Mexican loop holster, black, with teal stitching, and our brand on the loop.  Very nicely done.  It's period correct in many details, and fits the revolver nicely. It has that handcrafted look that everyone admires, and seems very functional.

Milady will be pleased.  Thanks, son.  Let me know what I owe you.

**UPDATE** Milady is truly pleased.  Life is good.

Officer Down

I have just learned with much grief and sadness that Senior Trooper Steven Vincent has succumbed to his wounds.  Sr. Trooper Vincent was shot yesterday near Lake Charles during a traffic stop.  He was a 13-year veteran of the force and leaves a wife and son.

Police officers all over Louisiana are now adding mourning bands to their badges.  A suspect is in custody.

Please take a moment and say a prayer for Trooper Vincent, his wife and son.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sapling Maple Whiskey

My brother David is in town for the day, and he brought me two bottles of Vermont whiskey.  Maple whiskey.  Seriously.

The bottle on the left is labeled Vermont Maple Rye Whiskey.  The bottle on the right is labeled Maple Bourbon.  Like most of us on the intertubes I came home and Googled it.  Sapling whiskey is produced at  Saxtons River Distillery in Brattleboro, Vermont.  It is maple infused whiskey, and no, I haven't tasted it.  I told David that I'd wait until Autumn, and try it as I sit near a fire.  There is a review here.

Thanks, David.  I'll sample then when the weather cools.  Good to see you and the girls today, and y'all be careful on the drive home.

Tropical Update

As predicted, Danny has weakened to a tropical storm.  He still bears watching because these things are known to pick up steam as they travel across warm water.  We'll keep a weather eye on him until he ceases to become a threat.

I see that another tropical wave has come out of the desert in Africa.  The one we talked about earlier has changed color on the map, from yellow to amber.  That means there is a 50% chance of cyclone activity in the next 48 hours.  Both of those yellow Xs bear watching because they're on the line of storms that become hurricanes.  It's that time of year in the tropics and we'd best pay attention.

Sunday Morning Dawg

Beau has been spending a lot of time relaxing on the back porch.

There's noting wrong with hanging out on the back porch.