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Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Day at the Range (part two)

A  day at the range in the green Texas spring where every possible wild flower is blooming is a wonderful thing. The sky was flawlessly blue and the temp hovered mid-70's. It's like Southern California every day!



LL at the range
The only sort of gun control recognized in the Texas hill country is that which helps you hit your target. It is with this in mind that Lone Star Parson blazes away (above) with a Colt Python. He's firing single action, not in a combat shooting mode, but to practice rapid fire, single action. At the conclusion of this training evolution, LSP decided that he needs to gather his shekels for his own Python. I don't know why Colt no longer makes the Python.  I have cautioned LSP that once he purchases a Colt Python with a four-inch barrel, he will want to buy one with a six-inch barrel. I speak from some experience in this regard. 

A .357 Magnum is more practical than a .460 S & W Magnum handgun for several reasons. Before I outline those valid reasons, hang with me on the virtues of the .460 V (five inch barrel).

 Smith and Wesson 460 V
The .460 is a beast of a large bore weapon, designed to slaughter grizzly bears threatening you in the wild and forbidding north. You have three cartridge options with the .460: (1) .460 S&W (cartridge about the size of a man's little finger), which fires at velocities more in keeping with a rifle than a pistol. It's a grizzly killer. (2) The .454 Casull, a solid magnum cartridge, less expensive to shoot than the .460, but a less than ideal target round.  (3) .45 Colt (also referred to as the "long Colt" so as to distinguish it from the .45 Colt Automatic Pistol Cartridge or ACP). This last option is less expensive, offers less recoil and is better suited for range training than the more potent magnum loads.
(note) A longer barrel means that the bullet will be traveling faster out of the muzzle as more powder burns and it offers you a longer sighting radius. A longer barrel does mean that the weapon will be heavier and a bit more awkward to holster and carry.
Colt Python
The .357 Magnum, as with the .460 Magnum, allows the shooter to select less expensive .38 Special ammunition for range-day use. It is a potent cartridge and provides a lethal option for most shooters in a revolver that is roughly half the weight of the heavy .460. There are MANY revolver options at different prices that fire the .357 Magnum cartridge and you can select the one best suited to your needs. There is only one revolver that fires the .460 (but there are different barrel options).

"God made men, 
Samuel Colt made them equal."

Many younger shooters look down their noses at revolvers because of the lower capacity of the cylinders, the time involved in reloading (even with speed-loaders), etc. I understand their feelings and my primary handgun is semi-auto, but there is a joy that comes with shooting a revolver for those who love them that can't be easily replicated. They also have a number of very potent rounds that have chamber pressures involved that can't be managed by semi-automatic handguns.

Following a range day, it's important to eat a steak (when in Texas, do as the Texans do). I'm not sure why this is a rule, but it is and I have no rational option but to fall in line and "eat the steak".  After all, isn't the Ribeye the 'king of steaks'?

Does eating beef make you fierce? Some Texans say, "yes". One thing is for sure, Tofu in California doesn't make you fierce.



17 comments:

  1. Go right ahead, put on your "onesie" and chow down on some tofu. But I think I'll stick with Pythons and steak, in case you wondered...

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    1. You had an almost 'unholy' attraction to the .460 Magnum, reveling in the joy of punching holes in those 1/4 inch steel plates. While I agree with you that the likelihood of a grizzly bear or polar bear (apex predators in N. America) will show up at the compound is statistically zero, you must agree with me that the 460 would be useful against zombies.

      If nothing else, just show the zombies the playing cards with holes through the center from 25 yards... Line them up on the walls of the compound for all to ponder the fate of trespassers.

      And for readers other than LSP (who was there), not covered in part one or two was LSP's consistent off-hand head shots on a metal turkey silhouette at 100 yards with a 5.56 mm. If he can hit a turkey's head with consistent grouping, a mellon is no challenge.

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    2. OK. I'll admit it, I liked the .460 A LOT. Serious business... and poor turkey, didn't stand a chance against the 5.56 red dot combo. But maybe Glock 21 Riot Control was most fun?

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  2. The reality of an aging body and eyesight means being good with just one firearm. In my case, a revolver, in .44 Special. If I can't get it done with five rounds, I'm already toast. Still fun to shot other peoples toys.

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    1. A day at the range is just about enjoying friends and guns. Hitting the target is nice, but nobody judges...well, not unless you miss ;^)

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  3. Having an outside range would be great. All we have here,unless someone has a few acres backed by Forestry gubment, is the indoor range. My daugher and SIN were at the range and all of a sudden a howitzer went off. I looked down and there was the man firing an S&W of some sort. LOUD! The thing that was odd was there was no recoil other than the tip rising an inch or two. Of course the man had harm like railroad ties and wrist like blocks. It would have flung me back like the characters you see on Youtube. But we did head over to Rafferties for a steak lunch afterward. A good day had by all, as was yours.

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    1. At least you kept with tradition and wolfed down a steak afterward.

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  4. Guns and steaks...a day doesn't get much better unless at the end, Sarah Palin brings you a beer.

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    1. I could do that (her), too.

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    2. Sarah would have been welcome - bikini optional.

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  5. Tofu makes you stupid. Eat steak.

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    1. I think that "Vegetarian is tribal slang for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish or ride." It was true then and it's true now.

      In much the same way as baby back ribs ward off Muslims, a good Porterhouse Steak should keep the Austin hippies at bay.

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  6. Good clean fun and steak can only be matched/followed by a scotch and a cigar!
    What does the v behind the trident stand for?

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    1. My last combat job with the Teams with with ST-5 at Ras Al Mishab.

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  7. Burning powder and then eating hearty is one of life's greatest pleasures. Great post.

    And by the way, a 454 Casull is darn accurate in a Freedom Arms revolver.

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    1. I don't badmouth the .454. It's serious business. I want that Ruger .454 in 3 inch...

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