Prog exploding-heads time


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  1. Yeah, it was only a matter of time until they hustled President Mom Jeans onto a range somewhere, shoved a shotgun in his hands, and told him “Just pull that little hook thingy on the bottom!”

    Instant Olympian shooter.

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — February 2, 2013 @ 11:37 am

  2. While I admit that I don’t know much about this sport, it seems to me that if your intent is to blast something out of the sky, shouldn’t you be pointing your boom-stick thingy towards the sky?

    Comment by Mike (AZ) — February 2, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  3. “The desire to engage in harmless diversion being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    I’m sure that others can do better.


    Comment by mostly cajun — February 2, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

  4. They must have nailed that poor skeet to a target stand. He doesn’t have much altitude.

    Comment by Joe T — February 2, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

  5. I didn’t know they had a barn at Camp David.

    It should be ready for some paint now if teh precedent’s skills are on par with nork leaders’ reported accomplishments.

    Question to Doug and all: what is the off axis plume?

    Teh obvious answer for the model in this picture would be an overcompensator though I’ve never seen such a modification on a shotgun. ..

    Comment by mech — February 2, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  6. mech – I was wondering that too.

    Comment by PeggyU — February 2, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  7. Beretta DT10 over/under – not a cheap shotgun.

    Comment by mojo — February 2, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  8. I have more questions.

    Where is he carrying his shells?

    How can he see his pigeon with glasses that dark?

    Why only one choke?

    And I see no evidence of recoil, which one would expect to see given the smoke is still jetting from the weapon.

    Comment by stoo — February 2, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  9. Annnnnnd, busted!

    Comment by stoo — February 2, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  10. Does he buy his mom jeans at Costco?

    Comment by PatrickP — February 2, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  11. Pretty awkward way to hold a shotgun for a left-hander.

    Comment by Jim — February 2, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  12. Stoo
    There is not much recoil when you’re firing blanks.

    Comment by dear heart — February 2, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  13. Hmmm… throws like a girl, shoots like a girl.

    I wonder if he sits down to pee? No I don’t.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — February 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

  14. Has anyone seen the president’s dog lately…?

    Comment by Stilton — February 2, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  15. So at 3:25 he was shooting clay pigeons at Camp David, then at 4:52 he was on the golf course, and then he flew back to Camp David again? Busy guy!

    Comment by PeggyU — February 2, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

  16. * aheMe:) *

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — February 2, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

  17. be vewy vewy qwiet

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — February 2, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

  18. Yannow…if one takes a photo of the photo then….

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — February 2, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  19. Ever fired a shotgun sitting that high in your shoulder? My guess is he is going to Suck at golf for a week. Too many things wrong with that photo, but I really do hope he has the requisite shoulder bruise to go with his know nothing stance.

    Comment by Wollf — February 2, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

  20. I am howling here!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — February 2, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  21. craaaaaaaap!
    Lemme try that again…
    Uploaded with

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — February 2, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  22. ^Bwahahahahahah!!!

    Comment by PeggyU — February 2, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  23. he dances too!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — February 2, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

  24. You’d think a White House photographer would know enough about their job to stage the shot on THE OTHER SIDE of the Precedent so as to get his face in the shot.

    Sort of like why we all despise Al Gore. I mean he lies, we know he’s lying, but it’s painfully obvious he’s just not any good at it. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, now day-um! THERE’s a man that could lie!

    Comment by rickn8or — February 2, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

  25. “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the the very rich and your political betters to keep and bear $10,000 toys under controlled conditions, shall not be infringed.”

    It would be interesting to go back and check his whole schedule for that day. On the other hand, assuming this White House is lying is a *pretty* safe bet.

    Comment by Merovign — February 2, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  26. I completely agree with the observations that there is no
    visible signs of recoil, the lack of which might suggest
    the use of blanks. 2. As others have mentioned, only
    1 choke? Add to that the fact that a man who claims to
    be a skeet shooter, he is aiming low which might suggest
    a stationary target.

    I would also like to add a few observations; I have shot a
    number of shotguns. His stance looks wrong. Shotguns
    have a reputation for fairly heavy recoil. Most people
    familiar with shotguns tend to lean forward a little when

    While I am not familiar high end shotguns, I question the
    fact that smoke is shooting upwards a few inches behind
    the muzzle, unless the barrel is “comped.”

    If so, it is further proof that the president is a pussy because
    real men are not afraid of recoil!

    Compensated or not, there is no visible signs of recoil. I
    could have put my Starrett precision machinist level on that
    barrel. The muzzle should have risen several inches.

    Definitely blanks!

    Comment by Leonard Jones — February 2, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

  27. Mike (2) Wollf (19) ^LJ (26)
    I was gonna skip the style critique; but, hey, nit-picky pilin’ on is what I do.
    Yes, he is pointed low, but that would be appropriate for skeet station #1 aiming at the low house.
    It would also be appropriate, if you’re just bustin’ some newbie practice targets. Hey, y’gotta start somewhere. No foul, there; but that ain’t skeet skeet.
    However, there is only one extended choke (in the upper bbl), so he must be shooting trap, not skeet. In skeet, you encounter double targets, where you fire both bbls before reloading, and you wouldn’t normally fire the lower bbl without an extended choke like the upper bbl has, here. In trap, you fire once during your turn to shoot, so you only need one choke for one bbl.
    He’s holding his support arm (his right) underneath as a rifle shooter would, not out to the side as a shotgunner would (need horizontal movement and control for moving targets, not a rifle’s rigid support for stationary targets).
    He’s standing like a novice, back a bit balancing the weight of the gun. His stance should be a bit forward to control recoil. Yeah, he’s just fired, so the recoil would knock him back a bit, but it wouldn’t have, if he’d been in the proper forward stance.
    The butt is a bit high on the shoulder, but beginners won’t have practiced the mount enough to get it just right every time. Could be, though, that he’s using a rifle mount which gets the comb up enough for a cheek lock. Dunno, really, need an expert, here. I ain’t. I just shoot a bunch and teach a little.
    It’s hard for a rifle shooter to shoot shotgun without a lot of habit-changing. They are very different techniques, once you get into it.

    Stoo (8)
    Since he’s not wearing a shell/drop bag, he’s either shooting trap (with a stand to hold a box of shells just off camera), or somebody’s followin’ him around the skeet range handin’ him shells and pickin’ up his hulls.

    (What? Well, I saaaid this would be nit-picky.)

    mech (5), stoo (8)
    That off-axis plume is from the ported bbl (small holes in the upper side of the last few inches of the bbl allow an upward jet of gas to push the muzzle downward, thereby counteracting some of the muzzle rise from recoil). It helps you get back on a second target quicker. You see it on handguns, too. Same mission.

    Stilton (14) Melissa (21,23)
    Okay, y’made me dribble my Coke.

    Note: it was hard, but I bit my lip and swore I wouldn’t PShop the begeezus out’s this. Didn’t need to, as it turns out, eh?

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 2, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

  28. small holes in the upper side of the last few inches of the bbl allow an upward jet of gas to push the muzzle downward, thereby counteracting some of the muzzle rise from recoil
    would this work on my sks that bruises my cheek?

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — February 2, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

  29. ^ Porting* affects the rise of the muzzle, not so much the push into your shoulder. Since the SKS affects your cheek (and a lovely cheek it is), you might not be holding your cheek in a good “weld” against the stock (so it bumps). Also try pulling the rifle back into your shoulder more firmly. That will reduce the recoil’s bump and assure you have a good grip.
    Here, let me show you …
    [stands behind student, wraps arms around, presses hands and arms firmly on the gun, breathes down her neck, *ptooies* hair out of mouth … dusts self off, puts raw steak on shiner]

    * Not to be confused with flash-hiders which don’t do much for recoil or compensators which direct some of the gases rearward to counteract the rearward bump (e.g. a 50BMG).

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 2, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

  30. Looks like a 410 shotgun to me…………….wuss……….

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 2, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

  31. Doug, the other function of a compensator, at least on a .50 BMG, is to direct blast and sound back at the spotter, thus providing him incentive to get promoted to trigger.

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — February 2, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

  32. ^ *snick* Reckon I’ll hafta take your word on that.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 2, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  33. Wait a min….. That shotgun is faked out. It’s an over/under but notice the TOP barrel is a bit longer, like some kind of blank adapter has been added.

    Yep, fake and inaccurate.

    Comment by Paul — February 2, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

  34. “Wathcawwy Wepubwicanth”

    Comment by JoeBandMember™ — February 2, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  35. stoo (9)
    Breitbart looked into that.
    I buy the misprogrammed-time-in-the-camera story.
    After all, I don’t even know how mine are set.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 2, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  36. The whole photo op was intended to somehow shame those of us who own any of the weapons that “See You In Tea” Feinstein and the rest of the sit down to pee, stand up to crap politicians who would ban.

    “see, The President shoots”

    The only thing he know how to shoot is his weiner.

    Comment by JoeBandMember™ — February 2, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  37. Comment by Stilton — February 2, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  38. First thought was there was a ping-pong ball exiting the muzzle, ergo kid’s toy air gun.
    Then, why a comped over/under if there is to be no second shot (one choke?)
    Yup, shoots like he throws – elbow low. Like a girl, IOW. Dominant hand elbow that low is asking for an inconsistent/slipping butt to shoulder placement and sooner or later busted chops, with rifle or shotgun.
    Smells like – let’s get a photo op to show how manly and at one with all Americans Dear Leader is.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — February 2, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  39. Like I said, “Over-compensated”

    Comment by mech — February 2, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  40. I REALLY hate to say this…. No, Srsly, and yell cupcakes at me if needs be, but…… Oh Man,…..

    I would rather have a beer with a Man like Putin than this wannabe…..

    Hangs head in shame…..

    Comment by Wollf — February 2, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  41. They really thought this was a good thing to do more than NOT releasing a picture?

    Because I can’t imagine anyone other than his faithful followers are stupid enough but it certainly wasn’t to impress THEM.

    What a fricken dork.

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — February 2, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  42. Ah, but what are they doing while we are fussing over the piccy?

    Comment by mech — February 2, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  43. It is downright embarrassing. Forget throwing cupcakes. This guy is one. And not a tasty one either…….

    Comment by Wollf — February 2, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  44. Does he shoot like he bowls?

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 2, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

  45. To Doug M and all the others who have taken the time to provide info on this, my thanks! As I said earlier, I don’t know much about the sport; apparently HE doesn’t either. Thanks to all for the education and the entertainment.

    BTW, when the Men in Black goon squads come in the dark of night to haul yer sorry b-tts off to the gulag for foto-chopping this piece of instant Americana, I will send you a file with a cake in it as soon as you can smuggle out your new e-dress!

    Comment by Mike (AZ) — February 3, 2013 @ 1:09 am

  46. Sad news, Chris Kyle and a buddy were murdered at a shooting range.

    Comment by Brad — February 3, 2013 @ 5:03 am

  47. Despite this planned photo op, and all the discussion by myself and others, let’s not lose sight of the fact that while campaigning for Illinois senate, this POS stated that he didn’t think the citizens should be allowed to have any firearms.

    Don’t be fooled. Not by the Dalaibama, nor by the Super Bowl commercials today put out by Bloomberg and Co.

    The dirty rotten thieving cowards DO want to take ALL of our guns. They will continue to lie cheat and steal everything from guns to elections in order to further that evil agenda.

    Continue to acquire all the guns and ammo possible.

    We haven’t seen the REAL ugly yet.

    It’s coming.

    You’d better believe it and be ready.

    Comment by JoeBandMember™ — February 3, 2013 @ 6:43 am

  48. Paul (33)
    That’s an extended choke. It sticks out a bit so you can screw it into/out’a the muzzle with your fingers. The bottom bbl probably has a flush choke which requires a tool (you’d never fire a shotgun with a choke removed, since it would honk-up the fine threads at the muzzle).

    dick (38)
    A skeet shooter would have extended chokes in both bbls,
    but a trap shooter might have just one, since he’s only using one bbl during the game.

    mech (39)

    Brad (46)
    Sad news, indeed. I read his book “American Sniper” a while back. The guy was very, very good at what he did. I’ll wait for some details on his murder before I post about it.

    Chris Kyle, SEAL sniper, RIP

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 3, 2013 @ 7:34 am

  49. DougM (35)

    If the time is programmable, then so is the date, no? A picture taken days ago…


    Comment by stoo — February 3, 2013 @ 8:15 am

  50. DougM “the misprogrammed-time-in-the-camera story”
    erm… not so much.

    For you and I, yeah, mebbe, sure. But for a fella whose J.O.B.S. it is to take pictures of Teh iWon all day every day [*eesh*] and who can catch such a shot at the exact moment of *b00m*, I toss the BS flag.

    Either he’s using a motor-driven [or the digital equivalent: don't fuss at me. *I* can't afford one] hot-stuff pro type camera — OR he’s just Real, Real, Real Lucky.

    [Who doesn't flinch just a little at the *b00m*? ]

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 3, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  51. What difference does it make at this point???? Said in Hillary’s voice——–

    Comment by geezerette — February 3, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  52. Whoa… I can now say for a FACT IT IS FAKE.



    And do not, Obama seems to have no recoul from the shot. SHOTGUNS KICK!


    Comment by Paul — February 3, 2013 @ 10:58 am


    Comment by Walt — February 3, 2013 @ 11:34 am

  54. Is it racist to call a mulatto ‘boy’?

    Comment by Oz — February 3, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

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