June 22, 2010 – Day 9


Today I had to work on a story about a police officer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her name is Dianna Liedorff and she is also a member of FN-USA’s shooting team. I had the opportunity to shoot with and learn from Dianna while participating in the Mid-West 3 Gun Match in May.

Dianna Liedorff

No only can Dianna shoot a lot better than me, she has a great smile, great personality and ant bad looking for an Oklahoma girl. If she does as good at lawing bad guys as she does with a SCAR, an SLP shotgun and a FNX-9 pistol, you best stay out of her neck of the woods or you will be living on Tulsa Time in the jail cell hotel.

Check out an upcoming issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement to read Dianna’s story.


I do a lot of terminal performance testing. Every Tuesday I post the test results of a new load for Shooting Illustrated’s on-line magazine. (Check out Terminal Tuesday) This means I have to mix a lot of ordnance gelatin. That’s what I did after lunch today and it’s the least enjoyable part of my job. (Did you know that ordnance gelatin is made from ground up animal parts? After you shoot it if you do not dispose of it, it will lay on the range rotting. Very soon it will stink like a opossum crawled up in a dead cow and died.)


I have found a manageable way to make the stuff. After mixing the gelatin I pour the liquid into cardboard, half-gallon milk containers. This way it does not stink up the fridge while it gels and it is easy to carry to transport or the range. I detailed this process in the June 2010 issue of Shooting Illustrated magazine.

If you want to try mixing ordnance gelatin at home this is the safest way I’ve found for mixing the stuff without worry it will spill in the fridge and lead to a night of you on the couch or a divorce. Here is a hint, add some oil of cinnamon or oil of peppermint to the mix to fight the nasty smell. Order your gelatin here.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to June 22, 2010 – Day 9

  1. Aaron Spuler says:

    So what’s the best way to dispose of that gunk?

    • gunwriter says:

      I gather it up, put it in a trash bag and let the trash man take it away. Or, since my range is at my home and I live on 50 acres, I sometimes throw it in a trailer and haul it off to the woods and dump it. Critters eat it and sometimes my lab will too.

      If you are using it at a public range you best take it away to the dump or home for your trash guy to collect. Leave it down range and you might loose your membership.

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