Postcard Stories

The challenge: Write a story of 50 words based on a picture. It’s harder than you think. He didn’t ask for cartilaginous ass plates, but God made him a warrior. When a tunnel rat twerks an enemy to death with those plates, he tells himself he did it to protect the other wombats in his unit and soldiers on. He’s ...

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Call of the Rougarou

In keeping with the original purpose of ye olde blog, I’m using this as a means to trial new stories.This one was submitted for the horror anthology It Came From the Trailer Park: Volume II. If you haven’t read it or Volume I, you should. It’s good old-fashioned pulp horror from multiple talented authors. Sadly, this one didn’t make the ...

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Kindred: A Teaser

*taps microphone*Is this thing on?For you blog readers, the origin story of SumDood is now a novel!Introducing, “Kindred: Book 1 of the SumDood Chronicles.”Should be available on Kindle within the next couple of days, and in paperback and hardcover by January 1, 2023. Until then, here’s a teaser!********** I suppose if I am to tell you my tale, first you ...

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Stress in EMS

EMS peeps, help a doctoral researcher with a study on stress levels in paramedics, now expanded to include COVID-19 related stress. Our profession lives and dies on research, folks. If we don’t participate in it, we can never take ownership of our profession. The Impact of COVID-19 on First Responders and Family

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Memorial Day

  Today is Memorial Day. Normally, most of us would have spent the weekend grilling burgers and visiting with relatives, or lounging on a beach somewhere, or watching a baseball game in an opulent stadium, overpriced beer and hot dog in hand, but the coronavirus pandemic probably threw a wrench into those plans. But lets not forget the meaning of ...

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EMT 360: The Importance of Context in EMS Education

From my EMS1 column: When you’re new and inexperienced, it’s difficult to separate good practices from bad, and you’re particularly susceptible to believing it when some lazy burnout proclaims, “There’s the way it’s done in class, kid, and there’s the way it’s done on the street.” As author Stewart Stafford puts it, “Separate text from context and all that remains ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Chrono Day!

Yesterday saw me doing accuracy and chrono work for the Girsan 1911SC. Protocol was to chrono 10 consecutive shots from three separate batches/brands of ammunition with different bullet weights. Each of those loads was then tested for accuracy for three consecutive 5-shot groups at 15 yards from a rest. For the test, I used Winchester White Box 124gr FMJ, PMC ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 at Blogorado was a bust. The front sight blade fell off again, despite being affixed with Permatex liquid gasket. My theory was that a Superglue bond would be too brittle, and that liquid gasket, being a bit more flexible, would stand up to recoil better. No dice. After curing for a couple of hours (which may not have ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 at Blogorado was gorgeous, with a temp of 65 degrees, 15% humidity, and an elevation of 4500 feet. I started with Magtech 124 grain FMJ, listed by manufacturer with a muzzle velocity of 1109 fps. There was a failure to fire on round #35 (#185 total) when the slide did not go fully back into battery. The failures ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 1

Photo credit: Jennifer Hast The MC1911SC Ultimate is a compact, officer-length 1911 by Turkish manufacturer Girsan, imported by EAA. Built on a forged aluminum frame, it boasts a number of nice features, including contoured surfaces to eliminate snags, an extended beavertail, extended ambidextrous safety, conical barrel for more positive lockup, G10 grips with a capacity window cut in the side, ...

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