Meet the Real (perhaps) Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves – U.S. Marshall, wore a black mask ALL the time. Rode a grey horse. Gave folks silver dollars to remember him by. Utilized Native American trackers. And sent his prisoners to Detroit, where the Lone Ranger was first conceived. It may be pushing things a bit, but there’s just enough that I can buy it that this guy might have been the inspiration for the Lone Ranger.

 3,000 criminals arrested. He even arrested his own son for murder. Interesting to note he also did undercover work, disguises. Quite fascinating bit of history.

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White Rose Friends of the NRA Dinner

Toward the end of last year I began to take a more pro-active role with regards to the 2nd Amendment. It included, among other things, this blog. I also joined our local Friends of the NRA committee.

For those unfamiliar with Friends of the NRA (more info here) –  it’s a grassroots fundraising organization that provides grants for hunting and shooting activities, clubs, and programs.

Friends of the NRA puts on fundraising banquests and dinners across the nation. There are raffles, auctions, games and prizes. I had never attended such an event prior to joining the committee. But decided to attend a nearby banquet in Lancaster, PA back in February. The Lancaster Friends of the NRA dinner also happens to be one of the largest in the nation. This gave me an idea of what to expect for our own local and somewhat smaller banquet which was held April 30th.

Our committee spent a fair part of the day setting up and preparing for the dinner. My wife joined me for the actual dinner. We had a good time, but alas I still have yet to win one of the many handguns and rifles that were up for auction.

Here are some photos of our event…

People enjoying the banquet…

Matching Ruger Vaqueros (Guns of the Year)
and Kimber Ultra Carry

Some of the people who helped make this event happen…

Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry

and donated by Massad Ayoob at the ProArms Podcast

CrossBreed Holsters was kind enough to donate
a pair of holsters for the auctions.

Some familiar Zombie targets & PAFOA Zombie
Response Team patches (courtesy of myself)
and autographed copies of Black Man with a Gun
courtesy of Kenn Blanchard.

LCP Review (now in audio)

For anyone who wanted to listen instead of read. My review of the LCP has been posted over at the Gun Review Podcast on GRRN (Gun Rights Radio Network)

For those who would like to read the review, it can be found here:


If you haven’t checked out Gun Rights Radio, please do. It’s a whole ton of gunnie goodness. A variety of podcasts covering everything from 2nd Amendment Rights, Armed Citizenry, guns, tactics.  From a variety of laymen to experts.

  • Pro Arms (Bunch of people who have forgotten more about guns than I will ever know).
  • Handgun Podcast (Eric Shelton shares his experiences about hand guns)
  • The Urban Shooter featuring The Black Mand with a Gun
  • Gun Dudes – Bunch gun geeks shooting the breeze. Lighthearted gun fun!
  • Gun Nation – Doc Wesson brings you ballistics and gun reviews.
  • Gun Rights Advocate – deals with issues regarding our Second Amendment rights.
  • Gun Fighters Cast – a couple of marines share their thoughts and experiences
  • And many many more….

Winter League’s “Zombie Shoot”

During the recent winter league competition at Freedom Armory we shot Kenn Blanchard’s “Zombie Targets”.  These went over really well and were a lot of fun.

Here were the shoots…little “Susie” survived most of us. But a few of us (including myself) put rounds right into her skull cap.
















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Look over there….in the corner…it’s a Black Man with a Gun

David Codrea of interviews Kenn Blanchard of the “Black Man with a Gun”

Be sure to check out Kenn Blanchard’s weekly podcast 
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Zombie Shoot 2.5

Kenn Blanchard over at launched the Zombie Targets a few months back. (It’s actually a fund raiser to raise $$$ for a new church van.)

I finally got a chance to shoot my target (an older 2.5 model). The new and improved 3.0 features shading, more defined target circles and a focus on head shots – being zombies and all.


I did this shoot at approx 30ft (wasn’t an exact measure so I had to guestimate, it’s somewhere around that 25ft-30ft distance).  I fired off 4 magazines for a total of 32 rounds using my Ruger P-345.   The lines on the 2.5 version aren’t as distinct so I focused more on the head itself. That said I was still shooting a bit low. However, I was quite please that  ALL of my hits but one fell on the zombies (Ragetti & Pintel).  And even though my head shots were low and outside the target circle they were still dedicated head shots that would have provided lethal .45 rounds on the zombie.




And thankfully, I was able to avoid hitting little Suzie, and even spared her teddy bear.


Maybe that’s why I am a member of the PA “Zombie Response Team”

Pennsylvania Zombie Response Team

While this may just seem like “silly fun” there is an advantage to training with a target that not only requires you hit the target, but also requires that you NOT hit the target.  Sometimes, both are equally important – especially when it’s a pair of thugs and your loved one is in their grasp.  May all of us be blessed to only have to use such skills on silly targets with Zombies on them and never in real life.


UPDATE:  Kenn Blanchard over at sent me a copy of a drill he put together for use with the Zombie Targets.  I’ve converted it into a PDF for easy download (minus the graphics).

The Urban Shooter Zombie Drill