Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Greetings!

That snowman don't look right... Better grab that shovel!

December is all about spending quality time with family. This has been a crazy year but I always make it a point to keep this month special for the kids.

That is what I've been up to and I hope your holiday plans came together as nicely as mine.

I wish all of my friends good health and happiness this holiday season. Merry Christmas everybody!

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ARMSCOR USA Website is finally up!

The wait is over! They've finally launched their new website. I've been waiting for them to get this done since the last gun show. With the torch passed to their new boss Martin Tuason, the future looks bright. I wish them success in all of their endeavors.

Cool facts:

ARMSCOR USA manufactures its stuff in the USA. Where? Stevensville, Montana.

The make the most number of 1911 pistols worldwide. Great ones too, at a wonderful price.

They developed the 22 TCM Micro Mag pistol.

They built the MIG 22 Target, a match-grade .22LR rifle that shoots like a dream.

There's a video section for all of their products too! How cool is that?

JJ Racaza, Eric Grauffel, Athena Lee and Jethro Dionisio shoot for Team Armscor. Who are they? Some of the very best shooters in the world!

I'm a huge fan.

Stay vigilant!

Veterans Day

Thank to all who have served, especially my granddad.

My family commemorates it in our own way. He fought alongside the American forces in WW2 (USAFFE), so it is also a special day for us.

The Major

 wartime dinner

With his Scouts. Guy in the middle. When WW2 broke out, he was 35.
That is how old I am right now! 

 The Major, seated fancy in the middle. After the war.

pep talk with a young bull & 500 other heads of cattle about 32 years ago

Stay vigilant!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

World War Z Official Trailer

So it finally happened. Max Brook's film has a trailer. 

So this is it eh? The big kahuna that everybody's been waiting for.

Max Brooks, for better or worse, has come to remind everybody that it all started with that old book of his called World War Z.

The guys behind all other zombie movies, comic books, novels, and blogs from the past 9 years since this craze began are finally gonna see if their work measures up. 

So on to the trailer. What have we seen so far?

1. fast zombies dammit, they ain't no walking dead!

2. a daddy Brad Pitt with family

3. film shown from handsome guy's POV, not the documentary form

4. big budget special effects

5. the sh*t going down all over the world. this part I'm looking forward to

WTH is with Paramount Pictures? Fine! I just hope it won't suck.

I loved the book. I really did. It is a modern classic and a must-read before you die. Perhaps its too big to fit into one movie. If they'll ever make a TV series, they'd better stick to the original material.

OK, it looks like the film really deviates from all of our expectations. I won't throw a fit and will do my best to accept it as it is.

I guess some will argue that "daddy Brad" is not as good as "daddy Matt Damon".  See Contagion, chix dug him there. There was a zombie in that one too, its name was Gwyneth Paltrow.

My wife is gonna say "so this is what you've be bugging me all year to see huh?". Heck yeah. However I'll have her read the book first so we can debate which is better.

Cheers to you Mr. Brooks. You got us into this mess. And your dad, we love him too.

Stay vigilant!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

GAMO Whisper Silent Stalker IGT (.177) Review

UPDATE: Click here for The Smashing Coconut Test!

I discovered an impressive lineup of airguns at the Willi Hahn Enterprises booth at the gun show earlier this year.

Three things about their new airguns grabbed my attention:
  1. It could shoot a lead .177 pellet weighing 7.66 grains at nearly 1000 FPS
  2. It has a built-in "sound moderator" or silencer that greatly reduces the noise
  3. These rifles did not need to be charged with CO2, the break-barrel cocking system powers the gun for each shot
After a lot of research I came back and bought my first break-action air rifle. Its been an interesting 3 months in the making.

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  • Velocity: 1300 feet per second (fps) with PBA Platinum 
  • Single Shot 
  • Break Barrel: Single Cocking System
  • Automatic Cocking Safety system 
  • Barrel: Fluted Polymer Jacketed Steel with ND52 Technology 
  • Cocking Effort: 32 lbs 
  • Trigger: Two stage adjustable SAT (Smooth Action Trigger) 
  • Manual Safety 
  • Rated for about 150,000 shots before changing the piston
  • Stock: Tough All Weather molded Synthetic 
  • Butt Plate: SWA (Shock Wave Absorber) Recoil pad with up to 74% recoil absorption 
  • Cheekpiece: Thin cheekpad molded on each side for both Right hand and Left hand shooters Checkering: Non-Slip texture design on grip and forearm 
  • Scope Ramp: Raised Rail 
  • Scope: 3-9x40 air rifle scope with rings.
  • Fiber-optic iron sights
  • Weight: 7.15 lbs 
  • Length: 43’’ 
  • Ammunition: Any .177 Pellet 
  • Caliber: .177 
  • Trigger Pull: 3.74 lbs 
  • Barrel Length: 18 in

II. General Impressions
The gun is sturdily built and looks fantastic. I love the texture of the rifle and its contours. The stock has a openings that enables a light but solid grip. These also reduce its overall weight, and its easy to carry around.

The moving parts of the cocking mechanism does not wobble. The barrel is jacketed with polymer so it won't rust.

The cocking mechanism is very smooth and feels lighter than the published 30 pound effort when you get the technique right.

III. Smooth Action Trigger
The "SAT" can be adjusted to make it lighter. I've read that this has made significant improvements compared to previous models.

You can "stage" the trigger it near the end as it travels a small distance as you squeeze it, and then it gives just enough resistance before it breaks. I did not have difficulty getting used to this mechanism.

IV. Not So Silencer
The ND52 noise moderator thingamajig reduces sound "by nearly 50%". It actually is a lot quieter than the unsilenced airguns that I used to own.

Thing is, they are not as quiet as those high-end PCP airguns which really are stealthy. I can shoot those without waking anybody up! I was hoping that this air rifle would have similar performance but they are still loud for indoor shooting.

The good news is that the sound moderator becomes far more effective outdoors. I am happy to say that it then becomes quiet enough for me to practice at my back yard without irritating my neighbors. Outside it sounds like someone firmly closed an aluminum sliding door. It is important to note that most of the noise from this gun comes from the gas piston, not the muzzle.

V. Sights & The Scope Mount Debacle
The fiber-optics on the front and rear sights are very good. The front is orange while the rear are "Luke Skywalker" green. My only problem is that I need to crank the rear sights as high as possible to shoot properly. 

The basic scope that came with the gun is a bit of a disappointment. I can only get a good focus at 4.5x even if its highest magnification is 9x. If you could get a scope with an adjustable objective, you'll be making the most out of this gun.

A big problem came after I shot about 80 pellets. The scope mount that came with the gun was made of soft cheap alloy. The screw that joins the scope mount to the gun was also of similar sub-standard material. 

Due to the recoil being generated for the whole length of the rifle because of its compressed gas piston, the scope stop slowly destroys the restraining screw and damages the cheapo scope mount. It gets pushed backward until the screw is deformed.

As of this writing, GAMO seems to be unaware of this problem. 
Probably because it is new in their lineup.

I had to visit Hahn's excellent gunsmith twice just so we could discover that using a scope mount of higher-quality steel and a screw made of harder material is needed to keep the thing from creeping backward after each shot. This was a frustrating problem before it was resolved. 

Out of the dozens of reviews I've read on this gun on the internet, I've only read just two user comments that identify this problem. Those professional reviews were good, but they did not mention this issue. 

All good now. No more problems.

VI. Shooting, Power, & Accuracy
The gun is both powerful and accurate!

I've blasted pellets through a lot of fruits, water jugs, and various hard objects. I've even killed a large rat with a center-mass shot that was unlucky enough to wander into my back yard.  

Mrs. Zombie Hunter was my excellent spotter that evening.

At 15 meters, the bullet hit its lower chest and then it went straight out its back. The impact was a "thump" as if I punched it with my fist. You know you hit good with that sound. It hobbled a few meters before expiring. I suppose a larger caliber would have dropped it cold with the same gut shot.

Tip: head shots for any target are the way to go. I've also seen a video of this taking down a fox with a well-placed head shot. This is not ideal with .177 caliber ammo because you cannot guarantee a humane kill. The video only shows that it can be done. 

The proper targets for .177 are smaller critters like rabbits, birds, chickens, rabies-carrying squirrels, etc.

When I got the scope problem licked, I could land shots in 2 inch groups at around 25 yards away from the standing position. From a bench I could tighten it to under two inches at nearly 30 yards, ideal for eyeball shots on the walking dead. With a better scope I'm sure I can take it further.

Good news: Unlike spring-powered air guns, this not as hold-sensitive as other springer type break-barrel rifles. You still need to master the "artillery hold". but this is much more forgiving. You just need to make sure to not grip it too tightly and use the same technique all the time. 

VII. Chronograph Test
I've measured the speed of these two pellet types:
  • Gamo Magnum Pellets (designed to deliver more energy on impact) averages 975 feet per second 
  • Gamo Pro Magnum (has an extra lining/reinforcement inside the pellet to improve penetration) averages 955 fps.

VIII. Ammo Variety!
What I dig about air rifles is the wide selection of pellets for all kinds of applications, and there are just as many brands.

There are steel tipped armor-piercing pellets which let them punch through light sheet metal, hollow-point ammo for hunting, precision ammo for competitions, heavy field ammo for long-range shots, and a lot more.  Gamo's pellets have good reviewsClick this link to check out their video that describes each one.

IX. At the Range

This is what a target looks like at 25 meters. Below is a photo of 4.5 times magnification. Gamo says that this is the gun's hunting distance sweet spot for hunting because penetration power decreases further away.

I have shot up to 50 meters and they still perform pretty well with good bullets. Quality stuff means having no defects and good aerodynamic properties. Take note that strong wind will greatly affect those tiny but potent 7.66 grain pellets.

Everything about this gun is great once you get a high quality scope and scope mount. Hours of fun and thousands of pellets await!

I score this 8/10 after solving those 2 problems (w/o fixing a 5/10). The score could have been a 9/10 if it was quieter.

XI. Six reasons why this will help you survive the Zombie Apocalypse
  1. hunt small game with this gun and feed your family. 
  2. quiet enough to do whatever you want without attracting zombies!
  3. no need for gunpowder or CO2
  4. ammunition is very cheap & lightweight
  5. costs a lot less compared to those fantastic PCP "pump" air rifles.
  6. affordable backyard training is priceless

And I've also done a few very interesting penetration tests. Stay tuned for those.

Stay vigilant!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Zombie Boot Camp Experience

If you are planning to visit London and are in need of zombie training, you could check out the Zombie Boot Camp Experience from Buyagift.

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You can buy a gift for you or a friend to learn important things like team work, trigger discipline, and surviving the absolute chaos that can happen in a close-quarters zombie battle.

They've got this training scenario in a real decommissioned Cold War Nuclear Bunker! That is enough reason for me to check it out if I ever visit the UK.

watch the video

Fighting hordes of undead requires specific tactics. The enemy moves differently, they have no fear. Against hundreds or even thousands of walkers, your shots will need to count.

The biggest thing that many survivalists forget is the importance of fighting as a team. We are guilty of thinking of only ourselves going up against the whole world. One lone ranger VS possibly BILLIONS of walkers? Brain-dead!

Training to fight with a team is for real survivalists. Turning your family into an effective fighting force is your first mission. This is why I dig this program from Buyagift. It looks like a lot of fun and I'll bet that they have a course that your wife and daughter will appreciate. From here, anything is possible.

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Carving with Hickok45

Halloween is coming, time to decorate.

Check out this simple guide to making pretty little Jack 'O Lanterns... with a .45!

Stay vigilant!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cool Artist: Kittiwat Unarrom, "Body Bakery"

Well hello there survivors. Halloween is merely a few days away. Let's crank up the creepy factor.


Bread. Body parts. These are words that should never be uttered in the same breath. And yet, a Fine Arts Student from Thailand has managed to create a unique experience that shall horrify you while delighting your palate. 

Kittiwat Unarrom is the brains behind BODY BAKERY. He is a Master in Fine Arts and is the son of a baker. What a deadly combination!

They look like chopped up people. Dead people! Walking into his establishment feels like entering a crime-scene or well-stocked morgue instead of a bakery.

Mr. Unarrom carefully sculpts each of his creations to look as realistic as possible and the effect is terrific.  The attention to detail could  probably fool Lt. Horatio Caine of CSI: Miami. 

I'm pretty sure this stuff would be pretty wild as birthday gifts.

Just don't try to bring these on an airplane unless you plan on explaining yourself to the police, immigration officials, or other philistines.

Horror is as primal as hunger. It is in our bones. It requires little or no conscious thought at all, and I believe Mr. Unarrom's work helps us understand ourselves a little better.  

We should confront scary stuff, not run away from it. At least this time we can eat it too!

If you have an open mind you'd get all that from munching on a "dismembered arm pastry" while slurping down the "bone marrow" that is actually some cranberry cream filling.

"if you get me one of these I'll kick your ass" 
- Mrs. Zombie Hunter

creative genius, strong stomach

If you are ever in Ratchaburi, Thailand, make sure to visit his shop! Its art baby.

Stay vigilant!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Zombie Attack at the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Activists from Greenpeace have recently staged a protest outside the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. While I'm always wary about GREENPEACE, they managed to entertain me with their zombie attack at the gates of the government building.

Zombie gals!
Photos are from Yahoo! News

Its very well-known that big business pays off the inspectors to get away with dumping their waste that is filled with chromium, zinc, copper and nickel into key waterways. When you do something like that, you poison the water and the fish in it. You can't drink or eat. Life sucks.

this lake is surrounded by major cities
it provides fresh water and food for millions

The amount of damage done by these companies to the Laguna Lake at this point cannot be determined. It has been going on for so long, it is a wonder that the ecosystem has been able to bear it.  This concerns me because we buy a lot of fish coming from this area.

As of this writing, three-eyed fish have not yet been detected by my agents.

Despite my misgivings over Greenpeace, I cannot help but smile at this "attack" on the government. The problem with our fledgling democracy is how slowly our laws are passed. A lot of them are quite progressive but Congress is hopelessly distracted by the lobbyists and other unimportant things.

Congress are the real zombies. Most of them are mindless and bloated monsters who eat the flesh of the poor.

Perhaps a zombie attack like this could draw attention from various sectors. I hope this stunt gets noticed. 

I also love the environment and I always do my part. Any body of water is a precious resource and I'd rate it as important as Health Care. I mean, look at how many people live around the lake! The thing is a fish basket and big industry treats it like a toilet. 

Darn it, I'm getting worked up. Pollution is bad folks.

Stay vigilant!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm back! Stuff I've been up to since July.

Sorry folks. I've been on extended leave handling lots of interesting things.

I've just been promoted to direct our Safety & Risk Management Group! Could you imagine how long I've been wanting to get this gig? I'll have access to all kinds of useful data and resources related to security, firefighting, structural design, and all sorts of survival stuff!

Our company (can't mention it) has made the very wise decision to promote such a qualified guy like me to be in charge.  I happen to be a certified Safety Consultant apart from my other skills like zombie hunting, survival, martial arts, firearms, first aid, and parenting.

Being the boss of Safety means I'm looking after the welfare of over 200 employees.

Hey, they have The Zombie Hunter looking after them! That is the one thing I don't put in my resume.

In my final interview my HR boss was like "are you familiar with facility fortification, intrusion prevention & detection , emergency and appropriate response?". Heck yeaaaaaaah! I then proceeded to ace the exam like a champ.

I'm now dreaming of a "Home Defense Analysis" on an industrial scale!

I can now build a defensive plan around our warehouse and manufacturing division's buildings that will be ZOMBIE PROOF.

Can your safety officer do the same? I thought not! :-)


I've also been to FOUR IPSC level-3 qualifier matches in preparation for the Australasia Tournament in New Zealand next February. I somehow managed to rank in the upper-middle of CLASS B, or #64 out of 400 competitors who want to go to that event. That is pretty cool coz next is Class A, Master, then Grand Master!

gettin it on

These tournaments took place all over the country. I was able to see a lot of lovely places and eat exotic food. Hanging out with the top shooters in the world were icing on the cake!

sure beats snow...

I sure hope to make it to Class A next year. That would mean I would consistently be in the top 15 in IPSC sanctioned tournaments. It will be a tough challenge, but I think things are looking very optimistic with enough hard work.

Just so you know, guys like JJ Racaza or Rob Letham are consistent Grand Master-level and World Champion guys. They do it all the time! They're my heroes. 


Last Sunday night I completed my 1st 21-kilometer run! That is 13 miles and 86 yards. It took me 30 minutes because I was playing really safe. That was exhausting. I think I can bring it down to 2 hours & 45 minutes in my next run. Thank you Addidas.


more on this later...

Its good to be back. I've got a few reviews coming up. I hope all of you have been healthy, happy and safe.

Stay vigilant!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gear up with David's Survival

Getting through a rough time requires the right skills and equipment. Preparing for any calamity is not as easy as it sounds. Getting started is one thing, finishing the job is quite another!

Our friends at David's Survival offers to simplify this process by offering sound advice and a growing selection of equipment.

I dig that they are covering a range of calamities such as earthquakes, weather disturbances, and even a nuclear attack. One cannot be too prepared.

Check out the Survival Bag. The contents are practical and portable. There are similar packs out there, but I'll bet you've never thought of a mini-chainsaw or using coffee filters for helping with water purification. You can get all of this in one convenient package! I believe this is a decent gift for you or someone you care about.

I'm looking forward to more updates from David's. Come on folks, finish that bug out bag already!

Stay vigilant!

Can you survive a zombie attack?

Check out this fun info-graphic from buyagift.co.uk

As you all know, my top zombie killing weapon would be the axe. It is the perfect zombie killing weapon and I'm sure my chances would be a heckuvalot better than 72%. And gimme that banana. With one of those I could plant a sustainable garden to feed my family until the crisis subsides.

Oh yeah. A crotch kick on a zed won't knock them down because their center of gravity is higher up. It will however score you 100 feel-good points before you kick their ass. 

I also love their slogan: "don't delay, train today!". Its something I've been trying to say long before this zed thing went all over the media. 

More fun stuff from them coming real soon!

Think you've got what it takes to survive? Learn more at the Zombie Bootcamp Experience.

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Photos From the 20th Defense & Sporting Arms Show

I went to the 20th Gun Show at the SM Megamall on the opening day on July 19 (Thursday), and again on a Saturday morning. This time I had my aunt with me because she was looking for a home defense firearm because she lives up in the boonies. Yep, I sure had a lot of fun!

As usual, this year's show was extremely well attended. I had to wade through a crowd at every turn. Here were a few highlights:
  • ARMSCOR is moving up in the world with its new products like the .22 TCM pistol and MIG22 rifle making waves here and in the USA.
  •  ARMSCOR had 5-time IPSC World Champion Eric Grauffel and double USPSA Grand Master JJ Racaza at their booth for autographs & charity events.
  • The champions Jethro Dionisio, Mary Grace Tan, and Edward Rivera were present at their respective stores. Its like the dream team of practical shooting!
  • A higher number of female shoppers looking for defensive options, not just the wives and girlfriends brought in by enthusiastic partners. 
  • The convention space was a little larger this year.
  • Non-firearm booths present. Tactical-style and concealed-carry clothing options, competitive gear, a small museum of WW2 weapons and artwork. 

On to the photos!

Eric & JJ were present for a couple of days and signed autographs. The proceeds went to charity. It was a lot of fun to see the crowd show their enthusiastic support!

Both of them competed at last week's Bolo Cup, a level 3 tournament and qualifier for the Australasia Tournament. I've saved a lot of the footage for educational purposes. Watching them in action is just amazing.

Clockwise: .22 TCM Pistol, Armscor XT22, Armscor 1911 Compact .45, and those Caracal pistols that are gaining in popularity.

As you could expect, these are some of the top sellers of the company. Armscor is the distributor of Caracal. They are getting a lot of attention because of their great quality, price, and the mechanism directly compares with Glock pistols.

From clockwise: Bersa Thunder .380, Sig P238 in rainbow finish, Taurus Tracker .357 Magnum, Taurus TCP .380

I suggested the following to my aunt. The revolver stands out because it is the simplest to operate and its high-visibility sights are very helpful. Among all of these, I'm really recommending the Bersa .380 for her. Its a reliable gun and fun to shoot compared to all of the pistols.

Firearms from WW2. Lovely. Click to zoom

Clockwise: Rescue vehicles & gear by TACOPS. They are a manufacturer of competitive and military gear. This truck looks ready for all kinds of emergencies.

The Philippine Army had a booth with our valiant troops who were there to share the history of the Armed Forces. It was also something of a recruitment station. It was nice to see some of the guys shopping around too.

Luminox is one of the sponsors of the Philippine Shooting Team, and they're featuring our champions in the background. I see a lot of guys at competitions wearing their stuff. And on the lower left are the friendly booth ladies for the famous PNSA Shooting Club.

Magazines? They got all shapes and sizes.

Willi Hahn Enterprises, a leading sporting goods and firearm shop. They've got survival gear, airguns, and camping equipment. I also bought something nifty from them and I'm working on the review!

Firearms for concealed carry and home defense are on the rise this year. On the right is a display from Defensive Armament Resource Corporation (DARC). They're an official distributor for Kel-Tec, Stoeger, and FNH.

I've purchased two pistols from them and I'm really happy about the stuff they're planning to import in the coming months.

For my American readers, the prices are usually around 2-3x your own when the products hit our shores.

To get an idea: The Kel-Tec P3AT sells for Php 26,500. Divide that by the exchange rate (43 to 1 USD) = $616.

Ouch! Pretty expensive! Considering that a P3AT costs about $250 at some sources. I think its mostly due to customs & various taxes.

Vintage American revolvers. Old is cool.

The famous Glock Generation 4 sells like hotcakes over here.

I can't wait for the next gun show this November. I'm saving up for either a Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle or Kel-Tec SU-22. Hope they'll be available by then. 

Stay vigilant!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy 94th Birthday to Dr. Nelson Mandela!

He is a man who I deeply admire. Straight up I can tell you he made the world a better place about 18 years ago, and his struggle began 5 decades prior to that!

He also plays a key role in humanity's ultimate triumph against the Solanum Virus in a certain Zombie Apocalypse novel. Cheers to my hero in real life and in our books.

Happy birthday Dr. Nelson Mandela!

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Zombie Headshot Training: Pistols (Part 2)

Bald zombies... are easier to hit. 
I finally get to step up my training in the sport of IPSC practical shooting. There are a lot of big tournaments that I'm looking forward to join this year and I'm hitting the firing range on a weekly basis. Good times are here!

Even my dad is returning to competitive form. He scores higher than me most of the time, and that means I often buy the cold drinks & chow after range time.

Aside from competition, I am using this as an opportunity to upgrade my zombie-killing skills. The video below is me practicing against a row of steel plates.  I love shooting at those palm-sized targets because of the nice "ping" sound you get when hitting them. I get a warm fuzzy feeling from knocking them down one after the other.

If only I could get our Range Officer to design moving steel plates for me to train with. That would be awesome!

Above is a video of a "man vs man" match, I'm on the right. Two guys try to knock down their row of targets faster than the other guy. There are numerous variations to keep it lively. Indoor practice is good, but I love being out in the sun!

Whatever you do, please practice the fundamentals of FIREARM SAFETY. Wear eye and ear protection at all times, and set steel targets at the proper distance to minimize ricochets. 

Train hard, train often, have fun. It directly contributes to winning the coming zombie war.

Stay vigilant!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Folks, this is really important. Please visit PROJECT CHILDSAFE to learn how to store your firearms and gear.  Even if you don't own firearms, its the duty of every adult to establish a safe home and prevent accidents.

What is Project Childsafe?

Project ChildSafe® is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and storage practices.

Proper storage is an essential part of survival. Please spread the word.

Say thankya big big to Huey's Gunsights' article for this heads up. 

Stay safe and stay vigilant!

Friday, June 1, 2012

What I did in May: Skills, Sports, Books & Stuff

I've been busy as a bee. The month of May was a hectic but productive one. Summer is practically over but I fed my brain with valuable things.

1. I spent a whole week getting my Basic First Aid Certification. Huge fun! I can bandage, splint, stitch, CPR, check for vitals, resuscitate, rescue-carry, and keep folks stable until an EMT arrives. You could imagine that I was gobbling up everything I could learn like a kid in a candy store. Its like I gained a level in real-life skills.

My manly man-purse now has a functioning 1st Aid Kit and the handy notes I took from the seminar. And speaking of gear, check out the details of a survival "Lifeline Kit" that they've put together. Mine's ready. Get to work!

I also want to send out my admiration for all those folks in the medical field. Especially the Red Cross volunteer guys who trained us who've saved lives and made things better for folks in a real way.

Ya'll make me wanna be a better Zombie Hunter.

2. I've been reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road and really enjoyed it. Its not a zombie apocalypse book per se, but the story of a father & son finding the will to carry the light through an unknown holocaust is a must-read. Surviving is not just the gear you carry or the skills you learn or apply. There are simpler, primal things that can propel folks past the limits of endurance in the face of endless desolation and crushing despair. Many people miss this point completely.

Now I wonder if the movie was any good. Reviews seem quite positive. My wife likes Viggo Mortensen, everybody wins.

3. This Miami Zombie nonsense. Relax folks, it is NOT AT ZOMBIE, it was not the BEGINNING OF THE END, it was not the RAGE VIRUS.

Just remember, drugs are just as bad for your brains as a zombie nibblin on it. Can the media quit it already?

4. I'm getting back into competitive form for a big IPSC Practical Shooting competition this July. Its the 12th Annual "Bolo" Tuason Cup, and this will be my 3rd attendance. The tournament is Level 3, so I'm expecting to gawk at the best shooters in the country. They're so good, if we had this as an Olympic event we'd be hauling enough gold to make a Leprechaun greener with envy.

If all goes well, I'd hope to qualify for the 2013 Australasia Tournament in New Zealand in February! 

time for some Jungle Boogie

I hope this month was good for you too. 

Stay vigilant!