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Michael Bane totally admits to slacking over this summer


Slacker! That’s me! I totally admit to slacking on the blog this summer. I know “work” sounds like the lame excuse it is, but it’s the best I can offer. I also made a commitment to turning myself into a better competitor instead of a “parachute shooter” — one who just drops in occasionally and pulls the trigger — and that has worked out pretty well. I’m pleased with my cowboy season; less than pleased with my finish in the Ruger Rimfire Worlds, but it wasn’t totally awful. I’m actually excited about the IDPA Worlds, which we’ll be filming for SG, but I have maybe 1 range day between then and now. As per Tom Yost’s strict instructions, I am religiously dry-firing each day.

I’m less pleased with the get back in shape initiative, but it is working…slowly slowly, damn it! The road and 12 hour days are nightmares to such commitments. Still, I tend to be stubborn.

BTW, here’s a picture of rifle I’m shooting at the Colorado State RRS Championships.

It’s basically a $179 10/22 big box store version with the Volquartsen trigger group from my 10/22 Target. I had the Boyd “Evolution” stock in the shop from another project, so I decided to bolt it on as well. I like the way the Evolution sits in my hands (I’m able to get a hard grip on that spikey forearm), but that comb is clearly for optics rather than irons… if I decide to leave the gun in this configuration I’ll take a wood plane to that comb! Otherwise, receiver, bolt, sights and barrel are Ruger bone stock, and it’s faster for me to get on that open sight than the AR post on my 10/22 Target… all that cowboy shooting with a brass dot front, no doubt…

I took it to the range yesterday to make sure it was sighted in and run some 20-yard drills, and all things considered it worked extremely well…that is, I can run it more like a pistol than my heavy-barreled target. I’ll let you know how it works!

BTW, heard from Tactical Solutions yesterday that they’re “cooking up” something for me in the 10/22 Limited arena… I’ll bet you see that baby at the SHOT Show!

BTW BTW BTW, Blackwolfe over at the DRTV Forums turned me onto a really interesting forum over at Rimfire Central, the “Super Stock” forum —  10/22s that look stock, but are strictly trick inside. Cool… thanks, Blackwolfe!

Am also launched on a Ruger SR556E AR platform gun project that will, hopefully, lead to a pretty spectacular giveaway.


In the AR department, we now have a natty Daniel Defense gun in house and one of the new Stag Arms competition rifles is on the way! Not to mention a really nice lightweight Commander length 1911 .45 from Para USA, plus, pause for drum roll, one of the long-awaited LTC Tactical .45s; I saw this gun at SHOT and asked for one ASAP.

Strongly recommend Sipsey Street Irregulars to keep up on the evolving “Fast & Furious” ATF disaster… definitely read this post on the newest WikiLeaks… dot.gov knew as early as October 2009 that the “90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the U.S.” meme was not true. Yet Hilary Clinton and BHo stood before the American people and continued to push the narrative.

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