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Part of Me Lives in the Past......

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SharpsDressedMan, Oct 13, 2012.

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  1. SharpsDressedMan

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    I know it's 2012, and the end is near (The Mayan apocalypse due on Dec 21st), but part of me still relaxes, and conjures up thoughts of walking a trail, kicking around mountains or foothills out west, or even getting into some thick, less traveled woods here in Ohio, without a care, deadline, worry, or obligation. I seem to see myself with an older pistol at my side, and maybe a leather gunbelt and holster. Comfortable but sturdy hiking boots, a pair of jeans, button up shirt, and a good field jacket. Since its fall, and the colors are out now, this seems just right.....sunny, but crisp. Cool, but not cold. A breeze, but not bone chilling windchill. Every knot on a fallen tree branch is a potential target. Every white rock on a distant hillside. My thoughts bounce between my Colt Super, an old S&W Hand Ejector in .45 Colt, or maybe a newer "old" gun, a Ruger Flattop in .44 Mag (a remake of an older version). I have some plastic guns, and such, but the classics seem to want to be included in a classic pastime, and such a trek with holstered sidearm might have taken place 50, even 100 years ago. A 10mm Glock is a great field gun, but it never makes the cut for my fantasy adventure. Time to walk and rest, time to reminisce; to remember friends, living, and gone. And when the deep thoughts wander away, picking a target, and making some noise in an otherwise quiet world. Maybe it's blasphemy against nature, or maybe it's the lion in me roaring at nature, and the world. For whatever reason, shooting is a deep release, and a challenge to the mind with the discipline it demands. Sometimes I can even feel it in a daydream; I don't even have to be shooting. But I'm a shooter, and I can say I cannot recall a genuine feeling of personal hostile intent towards another human with a gun. I shoot for fun, and to be competent. I have had to draw a gun, and maybe shoot a person in the line of duty, but it was always "stricly business"; I never felt true anger at those opponents. As it turned out, I never had to shoot anyone. I thank God for that, even though I think it would not cripple me like it does some. I am more than happy to mix my shooting with the nostalgia of my history and gun culture, and to relish in the times when I do get to walk the woods, foothills, or trails. Even if it's only in my head and heart. ..................................................................................................................................................................... DSC05236.gif
     
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  2. ColtPythonElite

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    Most of me lives in the past...with exception to my right thumb that let me type this post on my new fangled phone.
     
  3. Certaindeaf

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    Good words.

    I shall contribute..

    Oh beer can, oh beer can,

    blam blam blam!
     
  4. orionengnr

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    Nicely done.
     
  5. loose noose

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    SharpsDressedMan, I think just about anyone that has been shooting for any time can relate to that. Fact is, I'm back into blackpowder shooting, and here I am a NRA Certified modern day firearms instructor.:rolleyes::D
     
  6. doc2rn

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    Dark blueing and real wood has its appeal!
     
  7. galena

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    Living in the "old days" has always appealed to me. Sometimes I think I was born 100 years too late. However, when I was in the Eighth grade (1957) my home room teacher asked that question "Who would like to live in the old days? Most of us raised our hands. Then he asked "Who has had appendisitis?" (sp) Several of us raised our hands. He said, "You are dead." Then he said, "Who has had pnuemonia?" (sp) Several more raised their hands. He said, "You are dead." He then said "Who has ever had pennicilin shots for an infection?" A couple more raised their hands. He said, "You are dead." By the time he got through asking about common childhood injuries/illnesses there were three of four of the class who would have still been alive. As one who had both appendisitis and pnuemonia by the time I was eleven years old and two concussions by the time I was 12, I am sort of glad I am living at the time in history that I am. Be thankful for what you were given, it could have been worse at a different time. Keep shootin and check 6.
     
  8. JEB

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    well said sharps, well said!
     
  9. PzGren

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    I enjoyed reading your story and feel the same. Whenever I can I just have a walk in the woods and enjoy the solitude and silence.

    I also had my interest in older guns rekindled and am now waiting for my third Luger this year.
     
  10. bluetopper

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    I like to say I grew up and matured out of the hi capacity-polymer stage of my life. They were ok when they were new to me but I soon found no pride of ownership with them. They worked fine but not really something you would have pride in passing down to the next generation. It seems S&W revolvers and 1911's and an occasional High Standard 22 are all I take out shooting anymore. Blued steel and walnut.......there's no substitute for it.
     
  11. riceboy72

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    I enjoyed reading this immensely -- so much so, I read it several times. Thanks for a great piece that hit home perfectly.
     
  12. Vern Humphrey

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    Colt revolvers and pre-64 Winchester Model 70s is where it's at.:p
     
  13. gp911

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    Great thread! I miss the days of my youth in SE Ohio walking in the woods with my bolt action .410, my brother's break-action .410, or my Daisy Powerline 860. Just walking along plinking at targets of opportunity or not shooting anything at all, maybe having a stray/feral dog come say hello and walk along for a bit... Man, those were good times...
     
  14. Vern Humphrey

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    Now stop that!!

    It puts me aboard my cowhorse, Two Bit, in my Schoelkoph Jumbo saddle, with a .30-30 Winchester in the saddle boot and miles and miles of woods, trails, creeks and bluffs ahead of me.
     
  15. huntsman

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    I'm stuck in the 70's myself :)
     
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    Reminds me of the stories of President Theodore Roosevelt leaving the White House on his horse, riding through Rock Creek Park, and shooting his revolver at targets of opportunity as he charged.

    Can you imagine?
     
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    Yep -- but how could he tell his targets were Democrats?
     
  18. Malamute

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    Come shoot a few grouse.

    I'll be going out again this week, likely taking the Ruger 45, Winchester 71, and the Malamute bird dog up in the mountains. It ain't the past, but it ain't bad (or maybe I should say, it ain't the past, but you can see it from here).

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  19. tarosean

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    Yep kinda hard to imagine a nice leather rifle scabbard made for an AR.. LOL

    Unfortunately I live in TX and cannot ride for too long without hitting private property.. boy do I miss Southern CO/Northern NM...
     
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    There you go. My daughter was very ill nine years ago. She would have died in the "old days". Instead she is very healthy and getting ready to graduate thanks to the evil old 21 st century. Same goes for my wife a couple of times. I've had surgey for Kidney Stones. Sheer agony kidney stones. thank you for MRI's. lasers and modern surgical techniques. Whenever I get to wistful for the old days I remember those times and decide 2012 isn't that bad.

    I do collect older revolvers though. Just because I'm a realist doesn't mean I can't daydream.
     
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    While I certainly enjoy the latest plastic fantastic technology the firearms industry has to offer, I agree there continues to be a visceral appeal to old rifles, old handguns, and old cartridges.
     
  22. buck460XVR

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    Part of me lives in the past also, but I enjoy mine with a stick and string instead of gunpowder and lead. No wheels or pulleys allowed.
     
  23. MagnumDweeb

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    I do wish for those old firearms. I love watching Boardwalk Empire, but every time my fiancee says she wishes she lived back then I remind her how inadequate medical sciences were and how we would be dead ten times over (in one scene a character admits that only five of her nine children were still alive).

    I do wish they'd make "modern" Colt 1903s. I've shot a couple and thy're just fun. I wish they'd make a "moder" C-96 able to handle 7.62 Tokarev, as those pistols are just fun and real good target shooters from the few times I've been able to shoot them.

    If I could I'd wear a "modern" C-96 with 5.5" barrel in on my hip and a "modern" Colt 1903 in my oppossite pocket. And I wouldn't feel undergunned for a second.

    I wish I could bring myself to buy these old guns but I would just want to shoot them till they fell apart and that wouldn't be good for those old guns. Guess I'll have to buy the new S&W 1917s and Model 22s and 21s.
     
  24. Lawdawg45

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    Barkeep, 3 fingers of Knob Creek for my friend SharpsDressedMan!:D

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  25. SharpsDressedMan

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    Sounds good! I propose that we all toast tomorrow night, separtately, but together, at 6:00pm. We'll all get checked in on THR, and sip our preferred libation at the same time, to honor the spirit of good gun days gone by. I don't have any Knob Creek on hand (I'll have to come over for that sometime in the future), but I do have some Henry McKenna, the favorite of Skeeter Skelton. Darn hard to come by here in Ohio, since it isn't on the state list of saleable liquors. Anyone up for a drink?
     
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