Monday, November 11, 2013

Taylor Polynomials QOTD

They're a way of estimating functions using a polynomial sum multiplied by derivatives.

"Now take a shitload of derivatives.  I'll stand up here for a while and wait for you to catch up with me."
-  Dr. R

This is how math classes work for me these days.  PSO.

I love the CMP

They pulled through for us (us being the OSU Pistol Club).  I walked into Dixon storage today, and walked out with a big cart of cardboard boxes with ORM-D stickers.  The club shoots on.

We love you, CMP.  ProdigalSon out.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bad Habits

They're hard to break.

One of my worst shooting habits is "staging" the trigger, that is, pulling up to just before the sear releases, waiting for the "right" time, and breaking the shot.


Don't do that.  If you're in that habit, stop now.  I was recently enlightened as to why this is a bad idea.  You see, most people who stage their triggers do so out of a desire to have the perfect sight picture when they fire the shot.  It's an admirable goal; unfortunately, it is self-defeating.  The perfect alignment only happens for a fraction of a second, so to get the shot off, you must pull the trigger quickly.  AKA, you jerk it.  Which ruins your perfect sight picture.

The more realistic, and having tried it, successful way is to find a good range.  Even the world's best shooters don't hit the same spot every time.  They can't.  Especially so with pistols, the fact that a human is the only support means the gun, and therefore the sights, will waver.  There is nothing you can do about this.  Sure, the range of wavering will shrink with practice, but it will not disappear.  As such, find your good range, and then simply ensure that your front and rear sights are properly aligned, and keep them that way, as you pull through the entire trigger.  No stopping.  Odds are, it will be a good shot as long as your front and rear stay in proper alignment with each other and your trigger pull is good.  The shot may not be a 10 every time, but it should be within that "acceptable waver range."

Try it.  You'll like it.  ProdigalSon out.

Reference that woke me up to this:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

So, the Worthless Bitch Church decided to show up today.

You know who I'm talking about.  Those shitheads that like to go to soldiers' funerals and bitch about gay people.  As it happens, they decided to come visit us here in Corvallis and be their usual asshole selves at a memorial service for a young Soldier from Philomath.  People got wind of it, and the turnout just from OSU was impressive.  Add to that the Patriot Guard, and suffice it to say that the fuckers were neither heard nor seen, hidden by crowds of flags, leather, and orange and black, and they all packed up and left in ignominious defeat before the memorial service was even halfway through.

Suck on that, bitches.  ProdigalSon out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Keeping Your Options Open

One of my rules in life is to never make a decision that cannot be unmade.

This has many applications, from not skydiving without a parachute, to selecting dance partners.  You see, when I went to the dance on Friday night, I had in my mind to seek out a particular girl that I had danced with previously.  She was a extremely attractive young lady, hence my plan.  Now, this plan was somewhat marred by the unexpected appearance of some chump with more game than respect.  I'll admit he was good.  However, he essentially monopolized her, which, given that he couldn't even dance, was not only a dick move, it made my life harder and my plan was out the window.

Yes.  Of course I tried to get a word in edgewise.  How dumb do you think I am?

Anyhow, she would hear none of it.  Such is life.  This, however, was not a setback.  An earlier version of yours truly would have had trouble deciding what to do next.  Current ProdigalSon, however, was not so easily deterred.  It's a country dance.  There are plenty of other attractive young women to dance with.  Picking this girl's best friend?  Worked out great.  I danced with Z too, of course, but that's another story.  Anyhow, the moral of the story is that while plans are good, don't try to stick to them if they go awry.  Find another option.  Keep going with that.  You'll have fun doing that, too.  I sure did.

For those of you who don't know, doing the Ten Step to "Devil Went Down to Georgia" is fun as all hell.  ProdigalSon out.



I emphasize this because something very tragic could have occurred today had I not been following this rule.  The free pistol that the club owns has a VERY light trigger.  As such, it is a set trigger that needs to be cocked separately from the action, in order to prevent mishaps.  As it turns out, hitting the set lever to forcefully can be enough to discharge a round.  Had I not had the pistol on the bench in a safe direction, very bad things could have happened tonight.  Even so, I learned a valuable lesson about the art of Free Pistol and had a minor heart attack.

Safety first, people.  ProdigalSon out.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Pair of Hammerlis

Hammerli 150 Free Pistol:
Ultralight set trigger for the win.

Falling block single shot pistol.  Because f*** you.

Hammerli SP20:
Look at all that brass.

Magazine forward of the grip?  ASSAULT PISTOL!

Both of these are insanely fun to shoot.  ProdigalSon out.