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Bat Masterson on Deliberation…
Any man who does not possess courage, proficiency in the use of firearms, and deliberation had better make up his mind at the beginning to settle his personal differences in some other manner than by an appeal to the pistol. I have known men in the West whose courage could not be questioned and whose expertness with the pistol was simply marvelous, who fell easy victims before men who added deliberation to the other two qualities. I will cite a few such instances that came under my own personal observation.
Thirty-five years ago, Charlie Harrison was one of the best-known sporting men west of the Missouri River. He was of an impetuous temperament, quick of action, of unquestioned courage and the most expert man I ever saw with a pistol. He could shoot faster and straighter when shooting at a target than any man I ever knew; then add to that the fact that no man possessed more courage than he did, the natural conclusion would be that he would be a most formidable foe to encounter in a pistol duel.
In 1876 he started for the Black Hills, which was then having a great mining boom on account of the discovery of gold at Deadwood. When Charley reached Cheyenne, he became involved in a personal difficulty with another gambler by the name of Jim Levy, and both men started for their respective lodgings to get their pistols and have it out the first time they met. It looked like 100 to 1 that Harrison would win the fight because of his well-known courage and proficiency in the use of the pistol. Little being known at that time about Jim Levy, Harrison was made a hot favorite in the betting in the various gambling resorts of Cheyenne. The men were not long in getting together after securing their revolvers, which were of Colt’s pattern and of .45 caliber in size.
They met on opposite sides of the principal street of the city and opened fire on each other without a moment’s delay. Harrison, as was expected, fairly set his pistol on fire, he was shooting so fast and managed to fire five shots at Levy before the latter could draw a bead on him. Levy finally let go a shot. It was all that was necessary. Harrison tumbled into the street in a that Harrison was as game a man as Levy could not be doubted; that he could shoot much faster, he had given ample proof, but under extraordinary conditions he had shown that he lacked deliberation and lost his life in consequence. The trouble with Charlie Harrison was just this—he was too anxious. He wanted to shoot too fast. Levy took his time. He looked through the sights on his pistol, which is a very essential thing to do when shooting at an adversary who is returning your fire.
Johnny Sherman, another well-known Western sport and a near relative of the famous Sherman family of Ohio, was another remarkably fine pistol shot. When he happened to be where he could go out and practice with his pistol, he would hunt up a shooting gallery and spend an hour or so practicing with the gallery pistols. In this way he became an adept in the use of the revolver. He was, as everyone who knew him can testify to, as courageous as a lion and yet, when he started in to kill a dentist in a room in a St. Louis hotel, who had, as he claimed, insulted his wife, he emptied his pistol at the dentist without as much as puncturing his clothes, and mind you, the dentist was not returning his fire. Sherman, like Harrison, was in too big a hurry to finish the job and forgot that there were a set of sights on his pistol.
Levie Richardson is another case in point that will serve to show that coolness and deliberation are very essential qualities in a shooting scrape, and unless a man possesses them, he is very apt to fall a victim to the man who does. We were very close friends, and he was thoroughly familiar with the use of firearms and an excellent shot with either pistol or rifle. He was a high-strung fellow who was not afraid of any man. He got a notion into his head one night in Dodge City, Kansas, that a young gambler by the name of Frank Loving, generally known as “Cock-eyed Frank,” had done him some wrong, and forthwith made up his mind to kill him on sight. Frank Loving was a mere boy at the time, but he was not afraid and immediately proceeded to arm himself and be prepared to deal out the best that he had when his man came.
Richardson found Loving sitting unconcernedly on a card table in the Long Branch Saloon and instantly opened fire on him with his Colt’s .45 caliber pistol. He fired five times at his man in rapid success but missed with every shot and was finally shot dead by Loving who took his time about his work. It was the cleanest possible shot. Richardson, like Harrison and Sherman, did not take sufficient time to see what he was doing, and his life paid the penalty. No one, however, who knew both men could truthfully say that Loving possessed a greater degree of courage than Richardson, or that under ordinary conditions he was a better marksman with a gun. Courage, generally speaking, is daring. Nerve is steadiness.
Monday, April 5, 2021
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Thursday, April 1, 2021
But make no mistake, a single permit class is not enough. Representative William Lamberth had this to say: "If you think one class, one time in your life makes you a perfectly safe firearms owner and user, you don't know firearms!" The Tennessee Enhanced Carry Permit class is not training, it is a safety class. So do not be fooled into thinking that people who would have been trained will now not be trained, that is simply not the case.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Last night, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed the Permitless Carry bill. The bill will now be transmitted to the Governor to sign. Governor Bill Lee is expected to sign it. It would become law on July 1, the public welfare requiring it.
If the Governor does not sign it, the bill will go back to the legislature for a veto override. An override would require a simple majority vote. Both the House and the Senate passed the bill overwhelmingly, so a veto, although unlikely, would likely be overridden. If this happens, the bill becomes law on July 1, all the same.
If vetoed and not overridden, the bill will fail to become law.
During the passage of the bill, which took several months, there was some debate. Not much opposition, in all fairness. Primarily, those opposed to the bill were Democrats, the Sherrif's association, and the Tennessee Firearms Association.
Video of testimony for and against the bill. At about 2:06, the representative from the Sheriff's Association testifies. At about 2:40, a representative from the TFA testifies.
Democrats falsely claimed there "will be blood in the streets." This is their usual red herring and just simply hasn't happened anywhere that similar legislation has passed.
The Sheriff's Association is understandably annoyed by this bill. It limits application of Jack-Booted Thuggery.
The TFA has thrown in with the Rabid Left and the JBTs, all because they know it will render them irrelevant.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Also present was another participant who was also new, but also had experience as a US Army veteran. The veteran rightly took it upon himself to offer advice to the first participant. The vet suggested that the participant patrol with the rifle in the left hand, so as to present more quickly, should the team receive contact from the right.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
A reader and friend pointed this author to a social media post made by Appleseed regarding a change in USMC marksmanship training. Specifically requested was an analysis of the phrase,
Appleseed does not allow artificial support, unlike what the Marines will now start allowing.
The picture used for the post showed a person shooting from a barricade which represents cover, using the barricade to support the rifle. Naturally, if support exists in a combat environment, one should use the support to steady the shot. It is not the opinion of this author that the statement in the post was directed at the use of the support in the picture.
It is the estimation of this author that the statement was directed at the change in USMC doctrine away from sling use and toward the resting of the rifle on the magazine on the ground.
If these estimations are correct, then the statement is highly problematic. To assume the sling on the rifle is not "artificial support" and the magazine is "artificial support," is disingenuous or uneducated, at best. A rifle may be deployed in combat quite successfully without any sort of sling. However, combat without a magazine would prove exceedingly difficult.
Make no mistake, the sling is nearly essential for the overall use of a rifle - as most of what the troops do with rifles is not combat (carrying, etc.). Use of a sling as a shooting aid is not a common practice. As of this writing, the most recent documented use of a sling to steady position on a combat kill was during WWII.
On the other hand, documented use of magazine support is quite common from combat. Both the Army (basic training, as well as infantry school) and USMC (infantry school) teach magazine support, and have for years. If the Appleseed statement is indeed referencing magazine support, then it would be quite unfortunate.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Recently, I applied for a position with a company, and was made an offer. As part of the offer, they hired a 3rd party to perform a background check. Nothing out of the ordinary. If you want to read about "out of the ordinary" hiring practices, here is a good link. The company performing the background check called me a week later, and told me that the University I attended verified different dates than I had indicated.