Archive for March, 2008

David Codrea Will Not Be Intimidated

March 11th, 2008

Seems that David Codrea received a thin threat from an US Marshall and (figuratively) fires right back at him in good form.

Low Light Shooting

March 10th, 2008

Michael Bane has a post on a low light shooting experiment. The results aren’t too surprising. The test target represented an officer with a protective vest on with a white t-shirt poking out. In low light conditions the 6 average cops, when it comes to their shooting abilities, tended to hit in the white area.

Sounds normal. I often use plain paper plates as targets and find that my groups tighten up considerably when I place a good dot in the center.

It’s A Girl!

March 9th, 2008

My best bud that happens to be married to my cousin had a baby girl last night.

A full 24 hours in labor. Ouch!

Men With Balls

March 7th, 2008

I was a wrestler in my school days. I did it for about 9 years wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

Tonight I stumbled upon this story. A kid down in Ohio is currently 41-2 for the season as a junior in the 103lb. weight class… and he’s a quadruple amputee.

First off, this kid will make it in life. I have no doubt about that. When I look around and see what’s become of all my old high school wrestling friends there isn’t a failure in adult life in that group. This kid seems to have that same spirit, and I’m happy for him. I’d love to meet the guy.

I hate to say this, but, how in the hell do you wrestle a quadruple amputee? Seriously. The whole sport centers around using your opponents limbs as leverage and things like ankles and wrists making great holding points. He doesn’t have those! He’s been training with regular shaped folks for years and the poor bastards that go out against him have probably never encountered a quadruple amputee before. Anybody that steps foot on the mat with him is going to have to adopt a totally different strategy to everything they do. Years of training and technique will be tossed right out the window as useless. It’s a totally new game for everybody, except him.

He’s got a bit of an advantage there.

MagPul’s FMG-9

March 7th, 2008

I’ve seen this a number of times now:

Unfortunately the thing will qualify as an SBR* under the NFA which means the thing will probably never hit production.

I’m kinda torn on this one because of the legal issues. It clouds my judgement when I look at the utility of the idea so I had a lot of negative thoughts initially, like: What’s the point? You’re still shooting a pistol round out of a short barrel. It’s not something you can holster so forget carrying it concealed, and who the heck totes around a 9mm carbine for personal defense?

I mean, what kind of nut job would… oh wait, I sometimes tote a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 with me when I travel.

That thought got the gears turning. The Sub 2000 leaves the internals exposed when you fold it up. This doesn’t do that. The Sub 2000 also looks like a gun if somebody were to actually see it. The FMG-9 looks like a storage container or a goofy flashlight.

Just like the Sub 2k it’d be slower to deploy than a pistol, provided the pistol was actually on your hip, but the FMG-9 might kick-ass as a purse carry gun. Quit rolling your eyes. I’m serious. The thing folds up to a size that look about like a long paperback book and totally covers the trigger. I’m sure it’d do very well for purse carry. Leaving the mall late at night? Grab your “flashlight” from your purse as you escort yourself to the car.

I’d also make a handy “under the seat” gun in urban environments. I bet Reginald Denny would have found one handy.

If we didn’t have SBRs so tightly regulated I bet Kel-Tec would take the thing to market, somebody like Bushmaster would come out with something comparable, and we’d se some competition. Marketing would set to work thinking up applications for this critter that aren’t immediately obvious to me, and it’d probably sell.

*: SBR: Short Barreled Rifle. If it has a shoulder stock and the barrel is than than 16″ it qualifies under federal regulations as an SBR. Subject to the same transfer regulations as a machine gun. Totally illegal in my home state of Michigan.

Yeah, I’m an Asshole

March 6th, 2008

I ran though the comments on my TechMedica Indictments post this morning and deleted seven of the comments. Six were pure drivel and in the 7th somebody posted, poorly, in a manner trying to look like it came from me, that I was involved in a homosexual love affair with one of the defendants:

Author : justin buist (IP: ,
E-mail :
Whois :
The truth is i am a homosexual and I had a gay affair with Tony Pham- Tony broke my heart when he left me for another woman and i am going to pay him back by hurting him as much as he hurt me… I look forward to the day he gets out so i can show him what a real woman is! LOL!

It came from the same asshat that posted this which I’ve left standing in the comments:

Author : employee x (IP: ,
E-mail :
Whois :
id also like to say good job on all the years of research that has been done by the likes of mr. buist, techmed fraud and superbowl win. They have done a dilligent job at reporting the facts of a unimportant story that made it to the top of the region section of the grand rapids press for one day! Get a life people! I only can wonder what you are going to do with the rest of your meaningless lives after this all blows over. In the meantime have fun spending all your time writing on a meaningless blog that is no one will ever see. good job losers!

I’ll take a moment to respond to this.

id also like to say good job on all the years of research that has been done by the likes of mr. buist,

I’ve put maybe 16-24 hours into this topic in the last two years. It’s not something I obsess over. You’ll note that there’s north of 1300 posts on this blog. About 10 deal with TechMedica.

They have done a dilligent job at reporting the facts of a unimportant story that made it to the top of the region section of the grand rapids press for one day!

One of the nice things about being a blogger is that I can write about whatever tickles my fancy. I don’t really worry about readership like a TV station would worry about viewership. Hence, I’m free to post whatever bubbles to the top of my mind at the end of the day. It’s kind of nice to see something I’ve covered here being brought up in the local news.

Further, and this is the really important thing, any search of my name online is going to turn up ties with Pham’s previous venture before TechMedica. This is something that I’d expect any future employer to find. When I was approached to work for him again and sent a rather emphatic “Hell no!” message back to him and everybody in his company. I figured I should make some kind of public record that I would not be associated with TechMedica’s nonsense. I’m glad I did that. Now there’s a public record of me saying a full two years before his indictment that I will not be associated with the likes of him.

In the meantime have fun spending all your time writing on a meaningless blog that is no one will ever see.

Well, you stumbled upon it, and about 1400 other people a month do too. Those are small numbers, but I do get some traffic. This summer I checked in with the receptionist at a client’s place and she said my name looked familiar. After a bit of back and forth conversation she realized that she’d seen one of my blog posts about TechMedica and no longer sought a job with them after that. So, that saved at least one person from the trauma that I’m sure all of TechMedica’s employees are now going through.

Truth be told I feel for the employees. Odds are they’re out of a job now. I really do hope that somehow the company morphs into legit one, but I’m not privy to any such information that suggests that’s possible.

Anyway, back to my meaningless posts on guns.

Confessions of a Political Hitman

March 4th, 2008

I’m about 1/3rd of the way through this book, authored by Stephen Marks.

So far I’m not really impressed. Thus far what I’ve “learned” is that the author could have saved a number of Republican campaigns if only they had listened to him, and that the vast majority of campaign workers are incompetent morons in his opinion, though he didn’t use those exact words. What he said was:

I eventually learned that hard way that the last thing the person interviewing me wanted was someone who could actually improve their office. In fact, any person with an IQ over 12 would be considered a “threat” to these people (this is why Capitol Hill offices are known for deliberately “dumbing down” their staffs).

Yeah, the dude has an ego, and it really shows in this book.

After failing to obtain a position working the press for candidates he got offered a job doing “Opposition Research” which is the technical term for somebody that digs up dirt on other candidates. This turns out to be the single most important thing in elections. Remember that ego thing?

So far the only thing that’s been a revelation to me is that the national committees work a lot like a large corporation. Folks bump about, fight for positions, and make a career out of working for campaigns. I had no idea that you could make a career out of that. I just assumed you were brought along with a candidate when you supported them in smaller roles. Apparently, that’s not the case.

I have much to learn.

Fusion Firearms (parts arrived)

March 4th, 2008

The parts I posted about before have arrived. I stuck them in my S&W 1911SC today and everything seems fine. It was also about 10x easier putting the pistol back together without a full length guide rod.

I’ll see if I can sneak out during a lunch break this week and test it out.

Local Shooting

March 4th, 2008

Shooting connected to alleged drug deal

That one was close enough to my old apartment I’d likely have heard it provided I didn’t have the TV on.