Friday, January 8, 2010

Just Get Out & Shoot


For some strange reason I haven't shot my .45 for a time, probably thinking in the back of my mind that I should 'save ammo', which is ridiculous because I have plenty and what's the point of owning working firearms if you don't shoot them? With thoughts such as these I drove bravely off into the New Ice Age to the local supermarket to buy yet more ammo - Winchester White Box, God bless it - and then off to my Treasurer's place for a shoot.

The Treasurer wasn't in but another parishioner was, feeding horses. We set up a range against some hay bales and blasted away from eighteen or twenty yards.


Shot reasonably well, though I tended to pull low left, which is doubtless some kind of lesson in the making. Then, before our range was crushed under the weight of oncoming glaciers, it was back to the parsonage for evening prayer and dangerous thoughts of purchasing a 1911... all in good time.

Good shooting,

LSP

13 comments:

Catosays said...

Talking of shooting, I was out beating for my local shoot the other day.
I have never been so cold, so just imagine what the guns felt like. Mind you I was being paid for it and they weren't.

Rick Kratzke said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Why own working firearms and not shoot them.
I wish I could shoot more than I do.

LSP said...

Thanks Cato - I understand that Britain has now become a vast, frozen Stalingrad. Good thing you have proximity to guns - getting paid for it sounds even better.

Always good to have your comments Rick - I think some people just like to collect guns, which is fine, but its better to get out and use them. I try to shoot a couple of times a week, even if its just .22 - keeps the aim in, healthy and enjoyable. Need to hunt more though.

Snarky Basterd said...

Too friggin' cold to shoot today but boy would it help me relieve some stress!

LSP said...

My thoughts entirely - powerful anti-stress medicine.

Cheers.

Chris W said...

Sounds like a good day, I need to get out soon.

tom said...

Collect AND shoot is also an option. Plus build, of course...I don't shoot that .577 Snider Enfield of mine you shot very much because it isn't accurate but I don't want to get rid of it, or a few others like it, either. Historically innerestin' ;-)

LSP said...

Tom, you're right, 'Collect and Shoot'does make excellent sense. Vastly enjoyed the Snider... Kragg wasn't so bad either... to name but two!

darlin said...

You know LSP, now I'm beginning to think that maybe I just might have to go out shooting one day, you never know, I just might rather enjoy that!

Beautiful photos as always! Cheers and God bless!

LSP said...

You should Darlin - just being out in the countryside is a good enough excuse for me - though it might be a little too cold for comfort right now in Alberta...

Silverfiddle said...

To correct the pulling, have a friend put one round in your weapon and hand it to you to fire. The trick is he may put a live round or a spent one; you don't know.

The jerking will be quite pronounced with the spent round, everyone will have a good laugh at your expense and you will be shamed into rededicating yourself to not pulling. Are you up high enough on the grip?

Happy shooting1

LSP said...

Very good advice Silverfiddle - I'll take it.

And, of course, practice makes perfect. So, I think its a matter of braving the Glacier and getting out there.

Silverfiddle said...

Yeah, all that global warming is really playing havoc...

Have a good one, Parson.