Archive for August, 2017

Ignoring The Law

By From • Aug 31st, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

From the Code of Virginia

§ 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon (a) the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device, or (b) the declaration of a disaster or state of emergency by the Governor in response to a public health emergency where the emergency declaration expressly waives this section, defines the mask appropriate for the emergency, and provides for the duration of the waiver. The violation of any provisions of this section is a Class 6 felony.

The recent events in Charlottesville and other places around Virginia have made it abundantly clear, Attorney General Mark Herring has no intent to enforce the laws he swore to uphold.

Yet the cops around here will not hesitate to ticket you if your car window tint is too dark. Apparently the Virginia State Police find that holiday DUI checkpoints are better revenue generators.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

What You Need to Know About School Zones and Buses

By From • Aug 31st, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

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Cavalier IDPA Match

By From • Aug 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

For last Sunday’s IDPA match at Cavalier, I decided to shoot in the Compact Carry division. I used the SIG P320 Compact in an IWB holster. I’ve only put about 700 rounds through the gun, all while standing at the “square range.” I figured it was time to run it in a match.

The weather was very pleasant as we shot the three stages. We started the first stage standing at the center of a wall. Moving to either side, we engaged three paper and two steel targets. Moving then to the opposite side of the stage, we found a mirrored target set up. The four center targets were partially blocked by non-threats. I shot much too fast on the stage, and my shots were not well placed. As a friend noted, “You can’t shoot as fast as you do with the 5″ guns.”

The second stage consisted of two strings. For the first string our unload gun was staged in a box, sitting on a barrel, along with the magazines. We started out seated on the other side of the wall. Running back to our gun, we loaded and engaged four targets from cover. Grabbing a reload from the barrel we then dropped to a knee to shoot under a wall at two more targets. It was a quick, fun run.

For the second string, we started with the gun loaded and holstered. Progressing through the course of fire, we maneuvered around walls shooting targets from cover. Arriving at the final position we faced two steel poppers that were narrowly exposed between steel hardcover and a barrel before hitting the final two targets. After I finished the SO tapped me on the shoulder, pointing a still standing popper, “That ping you heard was a hit on hard cover.” My brain heard the hit and registered a hit on target, but I had instead hit the hard cover steel and didn’t even notice the target steel hadn’t fallen. Well, they say call your hits, don’t watch for them. Oh well.

The final stage saw the use of a somewhat creepy prop, we called Chuckie, which we cradled lovingly in our off hand for the start. We had to carry the “baby” with us as we moved through the course of fire. It was our option to shoot one-handed holding the baby, or set him on barrels that were placed at each of four shooting positions. I chose, as most shooters did, to set the doll down each time and shoot two handed. Fortunately we were only required to hold him in a caring manner at the start.

After that last stage I felt as if I was finally finding my groove. As I reloaded my mags, I was looking forward to the next stage. It wasn’t until the last shooter in the squad finished that I realized that the match was over — there were no more stages on which to play!
I shot no where near as well as I would have liked. I made a few mental errors, but most of my trouble was, frankly, shooting too fast. If I look at where the four CCP shooters fell overall, it doesn’t feel as bad, but frankly I know I can do better. Despite that, I had a great time shooting the smaller gun. Interestingly, I didn’t experience any issues drawing from the inside the waistband holster rather than my usual competition, OWB holster. Despite a poor finish over, it was fun morning spent shooting interesting stages with good people. That’s what it’s really about after all. I have plans to shoot the compact gun in the CCP division in the future, but perhaps a little more practice is in order first…
More match pics here.

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Strangeways Brewing & Sugar Shack Donuts

By From • Aug 29th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Last Saturday was the release day for Sugar Shack Samoa Porter at Strangeways Brewing in Fredericksburg. This beer is inspired by the Tastes Like A Samoa™donut from Sugar Shack Donuts. To compliment the beers, a “donut hole” Samoa donut was given out with each glass of beer. Colleen and I headed over early and enjoyed a late “breakfast” of a donut and beer.

Sugar Shack Samoa Porter pours a deep black color with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet chocolate and molasses. The chocolate theme carries into the flavor, adding a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately thick. We both enjoyed the beer, and the Samoa donut hole, though we agreed that having full sized examples of the donut available for sale would have added to the pleasure.

Since we were bringing a couple bottles of the Samoa Porter home, we opted to try a few more beers from Strangeway’s extensive tap list. Colleen opted for the Strangways classic, Woodbooger Belgian Brown Ale. I selected Always Forward New England Pale Ale.

Of course, one does not survive on breakfast alone. So as we sipped our beers we also enjoyed some delicious Puerto Rican food from the Will’s Place food truck. We started with Nachones, a dish of fried plantains with slow roasted pork, lettuce, tomato and Coqui Sauce. A couple of “Zeke” empanadas, made with jalapenos and pimento cheese, rounded out the meal. The food was very flavorful and reasonably priced. Will’s is a regular visitor at many of the local craft breweries, but this was our first chance to try out their food. We’ll definitely keep an eye out for Will’s mobile food in the future.

The weather was extremely pleasant and we were enjoying our outside table. With no other plans for the afternoon, I opted to try Strangeways Nottingham Striker English Mild. We also could not resist ordering a couple more of those tasty empanadas from Will’s. The English Mild was not as strongly flavored as the prior beers, as expected, but was well done. At just 3.8% ABV is was a fitting finish to a most relaxing Saturday afternoon.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

St. Augustine of Hippo

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

We’ve had this quote from St. Augustine on the sidebar for several years…”Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.” Aug…

Shrimp and Broccoli Rolls with Peanut Sauce

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

With this fresh, light, and quick dinner, who needs take out? Fresh broccoli slaw, cilantro and seasoned cooked shrimp all wrapped up in one tasty package. Dip it in my homemade peanut sauce to elevate the flavor and give your taste buds a treat!Ingred…

Millennials At The Bar

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

Waiting to pay my tasting room tab I overhear the millennial in front of me ordering a beer…Server: “Do you want the 13 ounce pour?”Millennial: “No, just the beer.”After some back and forth, the question is settled. He finally walks away with hi…

One of the things I was looking forward to most about my return to the Free Lance-Star was covering high school football again. I’m particularly glad my first game back was at Louisa which is home to a fire-breathing lion.

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

Range Outing: Carry Gun Edition

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

I escaped the office a little early one afternoon this week and decided to use that found time for a quick range visit. This time I decided I would shoot my current carry gun, using the IWB holster it rides in, instead of my competition gear. As I dropped some ammo into my range bag, I felt odd to not be loading guns into the bag. Now that my son is back at college there’s also less gear and ammo to pack so it was a quick load up.

When I got to the range I realized that the change in routine led to me forgetting to grab the extra magazines for the gun. No matter, I still had two with me — the one in the gun and the spare on my belt. It meant going back to the bench more frequently to reload, but I could still shoot. 
I did a few dry fire drills to warm up, drawing from the IWB holster and getting the gun on target. I then used the 150 rounds I had packed to shoot from 7, 10, 15 and 20 yards, as well as getting in some strong and weak hand only shooting.
The weather was extremely pleasant and no one else was at the park. It was a most enjoyable hour of shooting.

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever

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

When a guy wants have a beer with friends, he does whatever it takes.
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