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Sunday, February 17. 2008
A family member recently handed this over to me, which had been sleeping in his attic for 40 years. It's a 20 ga. single-shot breaking gun from Ithaca Gun. It's in perfect condition, but has little value or practical utility. It might be good for teaching a kid: having one shot concentrates the mind.
The point is that you cannot have too many guns around. Each is interesting in its own way. There are so many cool ways to assemble a piece of pipe with a hammer mechanism at one end. This one was thirsty for a little oil, which inspired me to deliver a bit of TLC to many which have not been used lately.
He also gave me an equally old, but essentially unused, .22 long with a nice scope and a light oak stock. That is a fun, handy
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Who was the politician in the last election cycle who said "I have more guns than I need, but not as many as I want?"
Nice gift. I think you should honor it by buying yourself a nice 2nd hand S&W revolver. Those old K frames that went for $200 last year are $250-300 now, you're losing money if you hesitate too long!
Enabling. It's what gun owners do. Enjoy.
If you hunt and fish legally, you have contributed more to conservation of habitat and species than 99+% of people who like to think of themselves as an "environmentalist", aka, tree hugger. Firearms, especially those long used, carry memories of days afield, in addition to their beauty, utility, and recreational values. While my H-K 45 is a constant companion, the bedside favorite is a Winchester 12 gauge pump, since I don't want to risk a stray 45 round ending up in my neighbor's bedroom. I also have the matching 20 gauge Black Shadow pump, which is a fine rabbit and quail gun, as I'm sure your's is.
Enjoy the new treasures and keep your eyes on the politicians, and I don't mean Dick Cheney. I believe a Democrat president in '09 will be bad news for gun owners.
I have more handguns than I really need, and no shotguns (I haven't shot one since I was 18).
Last spring my husband, who is 82, and I, who am 79, found to our distress that the pump shotgun on which we depended for home defense, was now too heavy for our arthritic hands, and the trigger pull too stiff. We live in Houston, and Texas is a border state, with more illegals and smugglers every year, so we need something in the house to discourage home invaders. We went to an excellent gun store and tried all the different shotguns and found none of them easy to use because of our advancing arthritis. Finally, our clerk took me over to a gun case and pointed out a pistol, called The Taurus The Judge. It has a 6 1/2" barrel and an elongated bullet chamber that can accept either 45 bullets or .410 shotgun shells or both at once. The elongated barrel gives some of the stability of a short-barrel shotgun and it handles very nicely in my claw-like hands. We bought it [can't remember the price but it was less than $1000 but more than $500] and took it to the shooting range to practice with it. I am not an experienced shooter as my husband is, but it handled very well, whether firing 45 bullets or the shotgun shells, and I did well with it.
If you all have elderly parents or friends who are looking for a usable gun for home defense, I recommend this one. The short-barrel version [3 1/2"] can serve as a glove compartment gun, I understand. The reason we wanted a gun which would fire shotgun shells is to confine the mayhem to our own property. We live in a densely populated suburb and I don't want to hurt anybody, except the guy invading my home.
Marianne, i agree the .410 is an excellent home-defense choice for ladies, older folks, and the gun-shy. The #4 shot is good on the pattern vs penetration ratio, tho others might say go with the double-ought.
It sounds like the Taurus Judge was a great choice for you. If you have arthritis and still want to be able to shoot, it can be tough to find something that works well for you. Here is a guide that I wrote up to systematically think through the problem and choose an appropriate handgun:
Best wishes to you, Marianne. Good choice, and God Bless Texas!
By the way...I bought myself a new Smith & Wesson revolver this week. The fine folks at CDNN have many of the current 'Classic' line of revolvers at big discounts. I bought a Model 22-4, which is a .45acp N frame, 4" barrel. Pretty as a speckled pup, and I already have hundreds of .45acp ammo for my other pistols.
I picked up a couple of extra packs of moon clips and I'm literally loaded for bear. Good price, speedy shipping to my local FFL, I recommend taking a look if you're in the market for a S&W. I got mine at ~55% of MSRP, plus shipping & my local transfer fee. (I use a pawn shop who has to have an FFL for his business anyway but doesn't see transfers as the way to lift his mortgage, I pay $15 locally)
Good fun. Handguns are good fun, but I can hardly hit the side of a barn with them.
But, of course, hitting barns is not what they are made for.
BD, pistoleros say the mistake people make is to look at the target. They say, put your total focus on the front sight and the 'picture' it forms with the rear sight, and align that correct picture on where you know the target is peripherally. And the most important part of that picture is the front sight--never quit looking at the front sight.
I know that sounds obvious but some experts (maybe all experts but I don't know that for sure) say the normal amateur will keep changing focus rapidly among the three points of rear sight, front sight, and target.
Looking at the target makes that front sight 'picture' go out of focus, and the muzzle will wander.
The rear sight is of course critical but the front sight is on the end that throws the bullet, so the correct front sight ''picture'' automatically includes a correct rear sight relationship.
The trick is to shoot until you know "the picture", and to keep that picture as perfect as possible as you squeeze the trigger.
The target is totally out of the aiming loop and so do not waste concentration on it past the (duh) initial determination of its location.
Actually, pistoleros that know what they are talking about understand that the form of unsighted shooting known as "pointshooting" is very quick, and very accurate. Pointshooting was taught extensively to WWII commandos, Rangers, and OSS operatives in only a few days time. Understanding how to use the firearm's sights is important, don't get me wrong... but if I only had a little bit of time to teach someone how to defend their life with a sidearm, I'd teach them FSA pointshooting and something called Quick Kill. (FSA stands for Fairbair, Sykes, and Applegate -- the three principle gentleman credited with this WWII era form of point shooting.)
Anyone so inclined can learn all they want about pointshooting at a forum I administer for a friend: http://www.threatfocused.com/forums
Up here in Canada, we'd be happy to have one of those.
Any of those.
buddy larsen ... You're so right. What i liked about the Taurus is that I could line up the front sight in the notch of the back sight and train the front sight on the target. Once that's done, one just has to hold it steady as one pulls the trigger. And voila! it works as it should. The gun doesn't recoil a lot, even when I use the 45 bullets. It's really a great gun.
That Ithaca shown is interesting. Does the lever open (break-down) the action, and/or cock the hammer? Very nice stock as well. Is there a model number?