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The Old Man and my .357 magnum.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 1911 guy, May 29, 2006.

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  1. 1911 guy

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    Went shooting this weekend with 1) my Dad and 2) my Ruger GP-100. .357, 5 3/4" barrel. He keeps it at his place as a house gun. Don't think he's put a hundred rounds through it. Until Saturday, that is.

    Dad's always said he used to be pretty good with a revolver. All the shooting we usually do is in the back yard at about 15 feet, so going to a "real" range and shooting a handgun offhand at 25 yards was a new thing for him. He done good. Actually, really good. It took him about two cylinders to get warmed up, then he proceeded to pop about two hundred rounds into a two inch bull at twenty five yards. Once again, I find another thing my Dad can do well that I never knew in thirty plus years.

    A few fliers, but overall I was actually impressed. The Old Man strikes again! Just thought I'd share a cool revolver story about a father and son, two generations of a five generation military tradition (sorry, the first two weren't U.S.) having some fun over Memorial Day weekend.

    This morning, Memorial Day, was spent graveside. We visit with Grandpa once in while, especially this day every year. Leave behind twenty one 30-06 cases. Wish we could do it for every vet, but there are so many. We do notice and remember, though.

    If you are or know a veteran of the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, Salerno Beach, Italy, know that I thank you for saving my Grandfather life (23 survived in the entire division) and that he remembered and was thankful until he died.
     
  2. GUNKWAZY

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    Nice story.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
     
  3. Bullet

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    I'll second, nice story. Maybe you better take Dad shooting more.
     
  4. .45 Cal

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    Sounds like a great way to spend time with your dad. Thanks also for reinforcing what Memorial Day is all about.

    Cal
     
  5. Smith & Wesson Man

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    Thanks for sharing! It is a shame we don't hear more stories like these.
     
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    Nice story!

    I'm curious, is this a custom gunsmithed Ruger GP 100? It sounds like they took 1/4" off the barrel (they usually have 6" barrels)...
     
  7. 1911 guy

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    Nope, not a custom revolver.

    I may have to double check due to my photographic memory (out of film), but I believe Ruger has always offered their revolvers in 5 3/4 rather than 6".
     
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    VERY NICE STORY, THANKS!
     
  9. Hook686

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    I certainly hope you let the old boy out shoot you that day. Us old farts need every victory we can get.

    Are you sure your grandpa was only 1 of 23 in his division to survive ? A regular infantry division is about 15,000 troops I'm thinking ... not sure what a parachute infantry division might have been .... but Salerno was in late 1943. Two parachute and one glider regiment were involved at Salerno .... This is a lot of troops. Gramps may have told you a tall tale there. Though the 82nd was involved in heavy fighting, they went on to Naples . certainly with more than 23 combat troops.


    Just like you gotta let dad win sometimes, I reckon it's a good thing to believe grandpa's stories, especially on Memorial Day.


    Good for you remember those that served ... my dad was Army Air Force and tells me stories of brushing his teeth with champagne, while flying gas and ammo into Patton's 3rd Armored Division.
     
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    Yep, enjoyable read. Ol' boy had somethin' up his sleeve, eh? :D

    My grandpa was my tutor, but my Uncle was the unreal good shot. He was amazing, veteran of WW2 and the fight for the bridge at Ramagen. They're the ones that taught me in my outdoor ways.
     
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    Loved it..........Creeker
     
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    My dad never had the slightest interest in firearms, except for keeping a single-shot Springfield .22 bolt rifle from his youth. It was the only gun he ever owned. Last year he gave it to me, and together we shot it in my yard for a few minutes.

    Your story was very heartwarming. Thank you for posting it!
     
  13. 1911 guy

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    Grandad wasn't in the 82nd, they bailed him out.

    Let me clarify. Grandpa was in an engineering division. They got caught up in some ugly places and lost a lot of men. Replacements were sent, but a lot of those wound up dead, also. By the time the 82nd came to the rescue, 23 of the "original" men were left. Sorry for not being clear and I'll talk to Grandma. She still remembers the numbers of his battalion and division. Also has a small diary of Grandpas with names in it of the survivors.
     
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