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Charity: Altered Perceptions Update and Larry shoots stuff

So the charity anthology for Rob Wells continues. It has done well so far. We’ve raised enough to get him half way out of the hole. If you missed this last week, please go check out the link. You get an anthology for a good cause.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/altered-perceptions#home

I did my part this weekend by shooting the hell out of a bunch of different things. We did ten spots at $250 which were basically “Larry Shoots Stuff!” We sold all ten of those in the first couple of days.

Originally I was planning on going down to the county gun range. (Sadly, I have neighbors on Yard Moose Mountain who frown on me shooting high powered rifles off the porch, which is why I’m fairly certain this will not be our last house) then I got this call from Rob:

Rob: “Hey, you ready for Saturday?”

Larry: “Yep. I reserved the county range.”

Rob: “Good. We’re shooting a bunch of books, and a man made out of meat and filled with salsa, and beer, and an old computer, and the New York Safe Act.”

Larry: “Uh… Not at the county range. I think they may have a rule against Meat Men. Hang on.”

So I called a friend who has a farm across the river. He was happy to let us make a mess of things. Then I called Pirate Bob Southunder (who is a real person) and he brought some more stuff.

So we shot lots of things on behalf of charity. Rob recorded it all. I don’t know if he edited out the few embarrassing misses, but fingers crossed. Holy moly, I’m rusty.

For the record, I used to be pretty darn good. Shooting was part of my job. When I was teaching I had to be able to demonstrate on command, any technique, and I had to do it fast and accurate, mostly because when you’re teaching classes full stubborn adults (and shooting classes attract a lot of Alpha types) you need to show them with no BS that you know what you’re talking about, they don’t, you’re better than them, and now they need to shut up and pay attention. 🙂

But shooting is a perishable skill, and I went from shooting three or four times a month (six or eight in the summer) to once every couple of months if I’m lucky over the last few years. But that is the nature of being a workaholic. I am happy to say that I’m still pretty darn good though, and only had a few notable misses and mistakes.

For example, if you last used a rifle on 500 yard targets, and you adjusted your scope accordingly, don’t be a rookie moron and forgot that you did so when trying to shoot pill bottles at 30 yards. Duh. It is sad when you’re using a scoped 20 inch suppressed AR from the bipod, prone, and missing, so you stand up, pull your pistol and go 3 for 4. 🙂 So luckily I haven’t forgot to shoot a pistol. (also, first round of the day with the MHI long slide 10mm on a hundred yard plate. Ding. Love that gun. It makes me look like I know what I’m doing)

We got several requests to shoot various books. For the record, I want to be clear that I was doing this for charity, and I personally have nothing against any of the books that were shot. (nobody suggested the Scarlet Letter, because I would have burned that thing). So when people see the video and whine about me destroying books, A. These aren’t Guttenburg Bibles, they are still in print. B. It was for charity. C. The authors/estates still collected royalties. D. It was for charity. E. Lighten up, it was for charity, and if you are that offended, feel free next time to donate thousands of dollars to outbid the people who wanted me to shoot books. 🙂

There was only one modern book that was asked for, and since it was a modern book by a living author (and a recent Hugo nom) I let Rob shoot that one. I saw it and I was all like, nope, I catch enough flack as it is. I’m not touching that one. Here, Rob, this is 3 inch magnum 12 pellet double aught buckshot. You’re going to want to hold on tight.

On books as clay pigeons, they fly a little wobbly, but a good impact makes for an impressive page shower. I thought I missed Moby Dick because it showed no reaction on impact. Nope. It was filled with bird shot. Only the book was so heavy that it didn’t phase it. A couple of slugs took care of it though.

Having shot lots of paper things, the New York Safe Act was put onto a crappy, virus ridden, dying computer that was sent to us, and then we lit it up with 3 guns that are banned by the New York Safe Act. The battery got hit and it caught on fire. That was cool.

And for whoever asked me to shoot cans of corn with my carry gun (and who wanted the camera close enough to get splattered) thanks a lot. I got ten feet away to make sure we’d get a dramatic splash, and 230 grain Speer Gold Dots made it so I got hit with corn shrapnel. (though on that one I actually missed a shot. At fifteen FEET. D’oh)

Now the DSM on the other hand, that book we punished. It was the one we wanted to use to metaphorically punch mental illness in the face. Rob explains it on the video. So we tried to see if it would hang from my dueling tree with duct tape (nope) and when that didn’t work we stuck it on a log and shot it about a hundred times with 9mm and .45. Then we duct taped it back together into a ball, and took out the shotguns.

dsm

Take that mental illness!

EDIT: Rob just sent me this. Meat Man’s head didn’t fare too well against a Saiga. That was our opening shot.

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The Phantom
Guest

Now that is an extremely well damaged copy of the DSM. Nice shooting!

NR Pax
Guest

nobody suggested the Scarlet Letter, because I would have burned that thing

OK, if I had known that, I would have thrown in money to see you burn that as well as Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Those two books were directly responsible for me going from a voracious reader to a grudging one throughout high school.

brianniemeier
Guest
I’m with you. Besides the main plot, I can’t remember anything about The Scarlet Letter, which for me is worse than hating it. Like you and Larry, I was a huge SFF reader from an early age. Until I took a creative writing class in high school where the teacher forbade speculative fiction outright. I learned to hate interpretive fiction and to feel like a reject for loving fantasy. It’s been only recently (thanks to folks like Larry, John C. Wright, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, and Mike Flynn) that I’ve come to understand that favoring “escapism” over dismal “realist” lit… Read more »
NR Pax
Guest

And of course, the real fun is when the teacher insists that there are symbols everywhere in what qualifies as great literature. This also contributed to my hatred of most of the things I read because the symbolism argument is idiotic at best.

Chris Upchurch
Guest

“For example, if you last used a rifle on 500 yard targets, and you adjusted your scope accordingly, don’t be a rookie moron and forgot that you did so when trying to shoot pill bottles at 30 yards.”

ALWAYS dial back to zero and remember your mechanical offset.

Eamon J. Cole
Guest

That’s a great, big ball of awesome! I check in on the Altered Perceptions page every day or so, and enjoy watching the number rise.

Because the International Lord of Hate is good people.

Book
Guest

I wish all charities were this entertaining to donate to. Wonder if I can get St Jude to sponsor to do something like this.

Zaklog the Great
Guest

What was the book you refused to shoot?

Eric Ashley
Guest

I like you even more now that you’ve written ill of The Scarlet Letter. It helped convince me that the English Canon of Great Books was chock full of no talent pervs. That is probably unfair, but so is forcing a high school student to read that trash. My stars and garters, that was painful.

As Spock said…..Ah, the classics, like Danielle Steele….

Except comparing TSL to Ms. Steele is an insult to the latter.

C.S.Gilmore
Guest

Grrr… makes me wish I wasn’t a poor college student living on student loans right now. Awesome though, keep up the good work Larry!

Wes S.
Guest

Out of curiosity, which version of the DSM got the Correia treatment? Was it the latest version, which basically classifies every quirk of human behavior or emotion “mental illness?”

Draven
Guest

Every quirk except narcissistic personality disorder, that got removed. Seriously.

Dave H
Guest

Larry, thank you for plugging the NY SAFE Act. If I’d known it was on the menu I’d have donated a jar of Tannerite.

Finlay
Guest

“Sadly, I have neighbors on Yard Moose Mountain who frown on me shooting high powered rifles off the porch”

Neighbors are such a pain. Especially if they’re the type to call the cops or come up your driveway and complain about how the noise is scaring their dog, then lecture you about how you ought to be at a range. Not sure where people get the nerve to walk up and start harassing a bunch of people with guns…

ratseal
Guest
I don’t know what the laws are in a rural setting (or semi rural – not sure what LC’s place looks like), but it is perfectly reasonable for a homeowner to object to range activity within effective range of his home. Walking up to a bunch of shooters and asking them about their shooting (in proximity of his house) is actually a homeowners duty. Before I called cops I would walk over and ask in order to get a sense for what was going on. If I see a structured activity, I know the owner in question, the area is… Read more »
Karl Sandwell-Weiss
Guest

I’m looking forward to seeing the corn splatter! Wish I’d been there to see all the fun.

Are the misses going to be edited out?

RightWingProf
Guest

One of my friends was so taken with the idea that her church youth group is doing a “watch us shoot stuff” fundraiser for their mission trip. They’re in New Jersey, but luckily they can do it on private land.

Draven
Guest

I’d love to see Larry shoot up my copy of “A People’s History of the United States” I have from college. Seriously. Preferably with incendiary rounds…. (I retained the book instead of reselling it or giving it away, because I had such a fate planned for it. Sadly, my betters in Sacramento don’t think I should have incendiary rounds.)

Jon
Guest

I have Tracers. Not quite full incendiary – but if that history book is the one I’m remembering – I’d douse it in gasoline first to improve the chances it bursts in to flame. *And* I’d video tape it and you tube it for you. 😀

Of course, I’d enjoy watching Larry do it too, but I’d find it much more viserally satisfying to do it myself. 😉

-Jon

Ad Astra
Guest

You shot up Moby Dick? Larry I’m appalled, if you don’t read and under stand that book how are you going to understand Ricardo Montalban’s kick ass lines in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?

Quatermain
Guest

Khan is far and away my favorite Star Trek villain. The only other one that comes close is the Shakespeare-quoting Klingon from Star Trek VI.

CombatMissionary
Guest

“Prick us, do we not bleed? Tickle us, do we not laugh? Wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

C. R. Reaves
Guest
I confess. In all my years of schooling, I rarely read an assigned book all the way through. (I’m not just a writer, I’m also an English minor!) I pretty much skimmed and paid attention in group discussions and used my awareness of what teachers tended to focus on to guess my way through class. I usually made As in English/lit classes. There. My dirty little secret is out. You’re right – many of the classics are a terrible bore. And if they weren’t before, a teacher browbeating you into agreeing with their interpretation of “the deeper theme/meaning” of the… Read more »
SirShadesDrake
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Don’t even get me started on instructors (many of them couldn’t Teach their way out of a brown paper bag) bludgeoning their victims, err, students with either their interpretation, or (even worse) the Official interpretation. I recall a paper I failed when I used a direct quote by the author to answer the question about why he started writing. Apparently, ‘to pay off a mortgage’ wasn’t correct, quote or not. The editorial comments more or less stopped when I quoted the same authors ‘Five Greatest Words Ever Written’ (Pay to the Order of, if you happen to be curious) so… Read more »
junior
Guest

A friend of mine once joked that all she needed to do to get an A in an English class that we both had was to disagree with everything that I said in class.

^^;;

CombatMissionary
Guest

I remember once in high school when I wrote a book report the day it was due without having read the book. This was in the pre-internet days, so I just had to BS the whole thing. I don’t remember what book or anything I wrote, but I just said, “If I make the whole thing vague enough, this teacher won’t know I didn’t read it.”
I ended up getting an A on the report.

Eamon J. Cole
Guest

I may have taken advantage of the ability to stack BS in interesting ways on more than one occasion. Rarely did teachers take notice. Those who did were the ones I could respect, and so stop BS’ing

ratseal
Guest

BTW, as long as we are talking books, and since LC states that he likes JB, the first 3 chapters of the latest Dresden are up for free at JB’s website.

Guess
Guest
if you hold up a receipt saying you bought the book before you shot the book then the author got paid. if i was selling a book, id be ok if people bought my books, i got paid, and then you shot them. its one reason I’m not opposed to book burnings. As long as they are not remainder copies… lets face it a book burning with 1 book and a bunch of photocopies is pretty lame. you could make some serious money of you write a book that lots of people want to burn… you could also argue that… Read more »
Eamon J. Cole
Guest

The reasonable opposition to book burning is philosophical, not practical.

kevin schafer
Guest

So… would you shoot a bible? Its still in print.

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