Range Report!

Over the past month, because of being gone for a conference and being gone visiting family (various iterations), I’ve developed a backlog of New Guns (ok, Guns New to Me) that needed to be taken to the range.

Today was the day.

The S&W 52 has been waiting the longest for its range trial, mainly due to the difficulty of finding .38 full wadcutters. They had to be ordered online, as none of the local gun stores carry them. But they had arrived and been stashed aside, in preparation for today. I’m still searching for a full instruction manual on the disassembly/reassembly of the gun, but I had been able to do at least some cleaning and oiling of it in the meantime.

It shoots a dream. The trigger exactly what you’d expect in a gun that was made for bullseye shooting, and it is indeed that accurate. My first 10 rounds, followed by a later 25 rounds.

S&W 52 (First 10)

S&W 52 (25 rounds)

Each magazine is limited to 5 rounds, so it’s easy to keep a round count. A box of 50 still goes way too fast. I’m going to need to quit caffeine on the days I want to shoot this one to its full potential!

Next up was the Colt Python…my first revolver. The grip is very different, speaking as someone who is used to only shooting semi-automatics, but I got the hang of it quickly. Sorry, OldNFO…I’m keeping this one! This is a shot of the first 20 rounds through that one.

Python (First 20)

I must say…it shoots amazingly well!

And here’s a shot of the Python sitting with the BF’s Trooper. Sort of a family outing for the revolvers today.

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The last new-to-me gun was the Colt Woodsman. Having only one magazine for it makes it a little cumbersome to put too many rounds through it, and it still needs a thorough cleaning, but it is a lot of fun. Finding the point of aim was a little more challenging on this one, because the sights are so tiny, but I got it nailed down fairly quickly. This is the first 10 shots through it.

Woodsman (First 10)

All in all, a great day at the range!

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Breaking a Barrier

I own a variety of things that go *boom*. I have semi-automatic handguns. I have shotguns. I have rifles.

There is a category missing from this list… Revolvers. Just never got into them, despite the BF’s love of them, and despite having been privileged to shoot many beautiful revolvers belonging to many of my friends. Besides, I figured that gave me at least one category of things that I just wasn’t going to even look at when at the LGS or the gun shows. A “safe zone”, so to speak.

Well, that went right out the window yesterday. Following the example of one friend and aided and abetted by another friend,

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this little beauty followed me home yesterday. And I think it’s a definite keeper!

It’s a 4″ Colt Python. Serial number dates it to 1980, and it’s just gorgeous! A little muzzle wear and a few scratches, likely from being carried in a holster, but aside from that the bluing is in great shape. The grips are nice and tight and without any chips or dings. I can’t wait to get out this weekend and put some rounds through it.

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Complicating My Life

I’ve been meaning to finish organizing the safe and all of the ammo downstairs. That means doing a complete inventory of all of the calibers and types of ammo that I have, as well as where it is stored.

Today, that job got just a wee bit more complicated. Half a case of

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followed me home from the LGS.

Of course, that means that something else just might’ve followed me home, too…

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Driving Home From My Parents’…

I apparently made one too many stops. It’s not a long trip, just over 200 miles, but there are a few tempting places to stop along the way.

At the Big Box Outdoor Store, there were several very tempting guns, but they were seriously overpriced (probably by at least 1/3, from what I could figure), even if old Colts and S&Ws do make me drool. I kept my hands (and my wallet) in my pocket and kept on driving.

Then I made the “mistake” of stopping at the main branch of our Local Gun Store. Their used gun case is a toss-up. Some days, it’s nothing but Glocks; other days, a real gem is hiding with its snout poking out just far enough to be seen between all of the others.

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This one was hiding almost all the way back on the bottom shelf, but it stuck out just far enough to be noticed. A little beat-up; a little dirty; a lot old…but what a beauty to find tucked under there!

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It’s a first series Colt Woodsman, with a SN that dates it to around 1921, from the best I can figure. Definitely needs a good cleaning, but I’ve found instructions for how to dismantle it and get it back together successfully. I’ll also need to start hunting for more magazines (yes, I know…might as well wish for unicorn farts!). But I’m really looking forward to seeing this in action!

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So Apparently I Moved to Australia

Over the past year, I’ve gotten emails at my main email address (the one with my slightly peculiarly spelled name as the root of it) from various businesses in Australia. Each time, I reply, telling them that I’m not the person that they think I am. Each time, I’ve gotten an apologetic email back, saying how sorry they are for taking up my time and stating that they’ll delete my email from their system. I’ve often been sorry that I wasn’t who they thought I was, because they’ve all been so very nice about it.

But let me list what I’ve apparently missed out on by not being the me Down Under…

1) I didn’t buy a Range Rover.

2) I didn’t go on a luxury vacation to what looked like a fantastic resort in New Zealand (I’m still longing over this one!).

3) I didn’t buy a Jaguar.

and 4) I didn’t have plumbing work done on my house (the latest email).

When the plumber wrote back, she was not only nice about it, she had me laughing. I’d explained a bit about how often I get these emails, you see, and what I’ve been missing out on, so she replied, “Have a great time in your new cars and also on your fantastic trip away! lol”.

It makes me wish I did live there, just so I could call that plumber and give them some business!

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Not in Kansas

I live in the upper midwest. Living here means cold, hard winters (but not nearly as bad as some places get). It means warm, humid summers (but again, not nearly as bad as a lot of places get). Summers also mean big thunder boomer storms rolling though (which I love).

But until this year, it hasn’t meant tornados. I’m not in what is traditionally thought of as “tornado alley”, though basements are traditional equipment on houses around here.

This year, however… This year…

From 1950 to 2013, my county has had 22 tornados. Already this year? 4. FOUR! And two of them have been within just a couple of miles of my house, in a county that is well over 400 sq. mi. That’s cutting things a little close.

I do believe I’ve said before that I’d like a refund on this year, please, because it’s been so broken. If I get hit by a tornado, I’m gonna get louder about demanding that refund.

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The Declaration

These 56 men are the ones who put their name to the Declaration that defined the birth of our country. Their words are often repeated, usually in bits and pieces, some phrases more instantly and easily recalled to mind, but their names should never be forgotten either.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Of All Days

Of all days to have seen this in the parking lot at the Big Orange Box Store,

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it seemed very appropriate that today was the day I saw it for the first time. (And yes, I am in and out of there often enough to know that it hasn’t been there for long.)

This day, 70 years ago, was not the only day that the Second World War was fought, but it is one of the days that can be pointed to as a defining point in those long years. I get chills when I think about the young men wading onto those beaches that morning. My breath catches as I read the words that Gen. Eisenhower wrote for the expeditionary force.

I can only hope that we have in our current and future generations the same courage and will shown by the young men on that day and all the days that surrounded that one, the courage and will that it took to overcome the evil that threatened the world of their time, so that we can do the same now and into the future.

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On this Memorial Day

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the community organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran who salutes the flag and who serves under the flag.

This day is about remembering those who gave their all so that we have this day and all others to live in freedom and in liberty.

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Out in the Wild

Spring is definitely here, and it has brought all of the animals out of hiding in my backyard again. The turkeys are serenading me under my bedroom window, as they do every spring. Deer are jumping out from behind every tree to try to hit my truck, and little 4-footed critters are everywhere!

I saw something odd today when I was sitting out on the back deck for a few minutes. I was sitting fairly still; the squirrel must not have noticed me. He ran up the stair railing, all around the deck on the deck railing, jumped down and ran across the back of the deck, climbed back up a post on the other side and then back down the stair railing on the other side. But he stopped every few feet and rubbed his cheeks along the wood. It didn’t look like he was scratching himself, and in fact, he stopped at one point and gave his neck a good scruffing with a hind paw.

It made me wonder… Do squirrels mark their territory?

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