Guns, lots of guns

So for my xmass present I got a gun handling course from my wife for the two of us. I wouldn’t normally write about this, but the course was so impressive that I thought I”d say something.

It was at BlueCore in Denver which is run by a handful of ex special forces folks including former Navy SEAL Eric who took our booking and who we chatted to on arrival. [No jarhead, he rocks long blonde hair.]

Our trainer was Tom who is a competitive shooter and has competed on a national level. His teaching style is awesome – totally relaxed and he knows his subject very well.

We played with two 9mm handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle.

The course was a full 2 hours one-on-one instruction starting with half an hour classroom instruction. Much of their approach can be applied to rifles or handguns so you don’t have to re-learn when you switch. e.g. Their rapid load and fire technique applies to both rifles and handguns.

After 1.5 hours of instruction we were starting with hands flat on the table, target starts moving towards you, pick up assault rifle, load magazine, cock, empty 5 rounds until mag is empty, put down, pick up 9mm, load mag, cock, empty 10 rounds in rapid succession all while the target keeps coming towards you.

After 2 hours we walked out there and couldn’t believe how much there is to gun handling. We could both just spend a year at the range working on our 9mm accuracy with the knowledge Tom gave us.

So if you want to learn about guns and are in Colorado or passing through, check out

Disclosure: I don’t own any guns and don’t have a gun license.

Guy’s house cleaned out by ad on Craigslist

This is too much. A guy in Jacksonville, Oregon had his house cleaned out thanks to a malicious ad placed on Craigslist. Someone posted an ad saying that the house had been declared abandoned and all the belongings including a horse were free to good homes. So the entire neighborhood rocked up and started carting stuff off. When the guy arrived the looters were armed printouts of the ad and refused to hand the guys stuff over. From the Seattle Times:

The independent contractor was at Emigrant Lake when he got a call from a woman who had stopped by his house to claim his horse.

On his way home he stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater.

“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.”

The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. On his way home he spotted other cars filled with his belongings.

Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.

The trespassers, armed with printouts of the ad, tried to brush him off. “They honestly thought that because it appeared on the Internet it was true,” Salisbury said. “It boggles the mind.”

Full article here.