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Monday, August 18, 2014

Look What Showed Up Today...

Timing is everything. 

Guess I can watch it and see if I did this right =)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Horse Snake is Here!

Sorry, I meant the Colt Python. I have shot others and listened to all the praise lauded on this storied revolver. 

So one night a couple of weeks ago one is on auction and about to close. I call a friend and he says "looks good don't go over X dollars." I realize that the guy whips out hardware that amazes me when I actually get to shoot with him and I should have run away then. 

We watch the auction and I ended up at X + 180 dollars. After some delays (USPS sucks and why are you sending this hardware in this method anyway.) I end up with this today. 

 4" barrel Colt Python. To me in really good shape and my friend sent the short version of the Colt Revolver Shop Manual for checking timing. The one thing that has to go is this:

The craptacular aftermarket grips. We try these repos. 

They suck out loud and off key. Some fitting will be needed to get them where they need to be if that is possible at all. I rummage around and find these:

I have no idea where they came from or why they are here. I do not have the correct hardware to attach them to the revolver and the right side grip has some damage. Sigh.... This revolver needs the correct grips for such a storied handgun. Anybody got grips with the gold medallions for a Colt I frame?

Shoot it tomorrow and a joke for ya. There are only certain people I can talk to on a Friday night and tell them "I'm rubbing my Python" and they don't think I'm a sick perverted person! Thanks for talking tonight my friends and for the advise.

So why do these objects attract people? Or me specifically? There are many modern firearms that have advantages over this Python. They are lighter, cheaper, and have more capacity than this revolver. Easier to drive too I might add.  Much like the 50 year old cars here. 

Still. It is a siren song I cannot ignore. The cars just as the Firearms are machines. I do appreciate the skill and talent in creating these relics as opposed to hitting "play" on the CNC machines. 

This is why I find all the background noise about "my gun vs. this gun" so much noise.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Missed the Fiddler's Convention

It was last week. I doubt these guys were there. 

There is another close to there this weekend. Can't make that one either. I used to go decades ago. Hey, you have to learn how to flatfoot from someone right? I want to see if they still do the greased pig contest. I doubt it.

There used to be a nightclub in Galax that ended the night with all the lights going on and they played this:

Its long gone. I miss that. 



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Holster Wear

Carry Handguns get beat up. They are by definition NOT safe queens. I have observed Handguns in Concealed Carry Handgun Classes that were stunning. I gently try to tell people that the really valuable Firearm they brought is just that. On the other hand, they do get beat up. Even if you do not fire it, the simple act of carrying will beat one up. 

I prefer a pretty much disposable one for that duty. 

It will go bang when I need it to and that is all that matters for such things. 

I Will Hate It.

When this dies. A Denon DT-400 radio that serves as my computer audio system. There is another speaker to the right of this one. 

Over 25 years this thing has been covered in awesome sauce. Still working and quite frankly I'm impressed! 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Laserlyte Plinking Cans.

I finally got around to playing with these things. I loaded the training cartridge in my Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm and set these things out. The videos are my true first runs with them for better or worse and to make it more interesting I switched to a course of night fire with the Crimson Trace Lightguard only and the transition to the Trijicon night sights, the first time I have ever shot with both low light tools. 

First, day fire:

I have to rack the Pistol to fire multiple shots so I practice the tap rack malfunction drill. I might need to remove a follower on a mag instead of hitting the empty well. 

Then night fire:

That was humbling. Yeah I know I'm probably holding it wrong too. 

Impressions? They are fun and demanding targets. The fact I can actually practice night fire is an added bonus! 

FTC disclaimer. I paid for everything here so pound sand, OK?


Someone asked. I was about 7 yards away and the camera was much closer to the cans. FYI. Some say the cans do not work in bright light. So far I have not seen that. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Ordered Out Tonight!

Greek food for some M1 Garands. In SPAM cans no less. 

These things are not gonna feed themselves ya know!