Archive for February, 2017

Lenten Appetizer and Entrée Recipes

By From • Feb 28th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

 No-stress delicious Lenten appetizer and meal recipes for you to enjoy and share!- Chickpea Vegetable Stew- Lobster Roll Tacos- Lobster Cup Sensations- Poached Lobster Tails in Spicy Ginger Broth- Shrimp and Potato Corn Chowder- Creamy Potat…

Chickpea Vegetable Stew

By From • Feb 28th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This hearty warm stew only looks like it’s packed with fat and calories. Instead, it’s packed with lots of vegetables, nutrition, and wonderful taste!Ingredients:- 1 Tbs olive oil- 1 cup chopped yellow onion- 1 cup chopped celery- 3 large garlic cloves…

Cavalier IDPA Match

By From • Feb 28th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Last Sunday I shot the monthly Cavalier IDPA match. Despite the 70° plus temperatures the day before, the thermometer on match day barely made it out of the mid-40’s. However the sun was shining and the bay berms blocked the wind, so all in all it was a most pleasant morning for shooting.

Four fun stages of shooting awaited us. The first stage consisted of two short strings of fire. The first had three targets, each requiring two body and one head shot each. The second string presented four targets, three shot in the open, the last around a wall. The tricky things about these short, close courses is they need to be shot fast, but it’s easy to go too fast and rack up points down.

Stage two was interesting, with two quite distinct options for completing the course of fire. One could take a few long, tight shots, and reduce the of movement or run a zig-zag course around a bunch of barrels to get to closer shooting positions. I didn’t see anyone opt for the long shots, although I did hear that someone on another squad did just that.

After navigating the barrels, there were a couple targets visible through some tires. At the next shooting position, a couple targets were visible around the right side of a wall. The final point of cover had three targets shot from the left of a wall.

Stage 3 was another bay holding two courses of fire, each a full stage in it’s own right. This is the stage on which I started the match. The first string had five targets, each requiring three hits each. We started with two open targets, engaged while standing still or backing up. Next a close, ground level target from cover, before moving to the final two targets also from cover. It was when I got to these last two targets, that I suddenly had the thought that I had engaged the first three targets with only two shots each. That wondering doubt stayed with me through the next string.
The next string started where we had finished the previous string, and began with a short run to shoot a lone steel popper in the distance. After the steel we moved around the barrier walls finding six more targets at three shooting positions. Finally at the end of this run, I was relieved to confirm that I did indeed shoot all the required shots on the previous string.
The final stage of the match had a couple of interesting “obstacles” to work around; just the sort of fun shooting we can always expect at Cavalier. The stage started with three pieces of falling steel. Then we retreated to an opening blocked by two stacked barrels. We were required to knock off the top barrel, which exposed a single target partially blocked by a non-threat. Retreating further, we found the same situation on the opposite side. A short retreat further up range, we faced a low opening, under which we ducked, moving up to a narrow long port where the final two targets were engaged.
As is usual, the Cavalier match provided fun and fast stages. The entire match was shot in just over two hours. I was generally well-pleased with how I shot, finishing 8th out of 38 overall and 5th of 13 in the division. I was just 2 target points down for the entire match, but I also had one frustrating hit on a non-threat. It goes to show just how much accuracy matters; that one penalty hit, theoretically cost 3 places in the overall standing. 
There’s a bit of a match dry spell for a few weeks, and even range time for practice will be limited. It’s a good time for some dry fire I suppose.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Coconut Almond Energy Balls

By From • Feb 27th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

These brightly flavored balls, made with lemon juice and zest, are a great pick-me-up for a quick and healthy energy snack.Ingredients:- 3/4 cup raw almonds- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut- zest from 2 lemons- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice- 2 Tbs raw o…

St. Gabriel Possenti: Patron Saint of Handgunners

By From • Feb 27th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Today, February 27, is the Feast Day of St. Gabriel Possenti.Legend holds that Gabriel Possenti was a Catholic seminarian in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy. In 1860 he is said to have used his skills with the pistol to drive off a band of marauding soldie…

Sunday Humor – Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

By From • Feb 26th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

A musical interlude before we “dress up for Mass.”Happy Sunday.
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Torn Chicken with Bok Choy and Miso Vinaigrette

By From • Feb 25th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This addictive dish, full of greens and proteins, is one for the books! The miso vinaigrette takes this dish to a whole new level of flavor. A definite “must try” recipe!Ingredients:- 4 cups cooked Jasmine rice, (2 cups dry rice)- 3 Tbs olive oil, divi…

BadWolf Public House Opening in Manassas

By From • Feb 25th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

BadWolf Brewing is expanding even further. A press release from the City of Manassas Economic Development Department has the details.BadWolf Public House to open in Historic Downtown Manassas The owners of BadWolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz …

Virginia Misdemeanor and Felony Classifications

By From • Feb 24th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you’re accused of violating the law in Virginia, you may be wondering if you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is what the potential range of punishments are. In general, a misdemeanor only carries jail up to 12 months, and a felony carries possible prison […]

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Range Time: Flashlight Drills

By From • Feb 24th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I brought along a flashlight during my weekly trip to the indoor range. I’ve been reading about various techniques for holding a flashlight while shooting a pistol, and have been trying them out in my dry fire practice. I found two options that seemed to work for me and now it was time to try them out with live fire.

The first flashlight technique I tried was holding the flashlight like a cigar between my first and second fingers of my support hand. The flashlight is pressed up under the trigger guard, while the support hand index finger goes in front of the trigger guard. I’ve seen this referred to as the Graham Technique. Except for that odd finger placement on the trigger guard, I found the technique very effective. The flashlight moved around a bit until I applied more pressure to pull it back into my hand on the pistol grip.

Next I tried the Harries Technique. In this, the flashlight is held in the support hand, which is crossed under the gun hand, and the back of your weak hand supports the gun hand. In dry fire practice, I thought this technique would be useful, but under live fire I found it woefully lacking in support and stability.

After devoting a few magazines to both techniques, I decided I would concentrate on the first technique, at least for this practice session. After a box of ammo downrange, I was pretty comfortable with holding the flashlight under the trigger and keeping it in place with repeated fire. Unfortunately, I can’t actually live fire in the dark with the flashlight. Any nighttime practice I get is limited to dry fire.

I finished up the practice with some close 5 yard precision shooting, which was surprisingly satisfying, followed by some 20 yards shots that were less so. In total, 150 rounds were put down range at this fun “lunch break.”

Happy feet!!!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]