Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jag1954, Sep 17, 2022.
Same buddy ran out and bought a HiPower after shooting mine.
I can tell you I had one hell of a big smile when I got my Henry Big boy in 45/70. The first time I shot it, it was like -4°F and I only popped off 4 rds and was hurried. But the 2nd time in the spring, I shot it off hand, unsupported at about 90 yards at a 10" Steel gong and put 4 rds dead center of that gong using the semi Buckhorn sights. I fell in love with that gun then and there and it's a gun that I would have never bought for myself.
My grandmother's ex husband, who was my psuedo-sort of-grandfather growing up, hadn't seen him in almost two decades, about 17 years and one day he shows up to my house totally unannounced, completely random, 7am, my head is spinning. I'm like "good to see you after all these years, but what the hell are you doing here and at 7am while im trying to get out the door to work". He said he wanted to go to a gun shop with me and I graciously declined the offer because I had a job to be at and wasn't gonna go off on some last minute adventure with my grandma's estranged ex.
Anyway, long story shorter, he shows up at about 9pm that Friday night with a brand new in box Henry, Hard case and a box of ammo and said he wanted me to have it and that he'd always meant to get me it. Very strange, I tried to turn it down but he wasn't having it. He seemed genuinely very happy to give it to me. A few months later he flipped his motorcycle into a ravine and is a paraplegic now. Sad, weird, dunno what to make of it all but I love that Henry and I get a smile every time I shoot it and think of the randomness of how I came to have it.... just basically fell out of the clear blue sky into my lap. He said "I wanted to get the best thing I could think of because I'm proud of ya"....... make of that what you will....
But that is seriously random. No explaining people.
I was at an indoor range and I happened to notice the gentleman next to me struggling to keep his brand new, just out of the box Ruger SR9c on paper. During a break he asked me if I could try shooting his gun so he would know if it was the gun or him that was having troubles. He loaded up 5 rounds and gave me the gun where I proceed to put all of them in the black at 20-25 feet. Handed back his gun and didn't say another word to him.
Now I don't want anyone to think I was showing off, or that I'm such a great shot. I'm definitely not! I'm just an average type shooter but that gun sure put a smile on my face! It also made me make a mental note to check out this little Ruger 9mm. next chance I got!
It's a milestone I'm sure lots of us can remember and appreciate, taking our first shots with a real gun and the smile that follows.
My buddy Mike shot it, then went out and bought it.
Next trip my buddy Bryan shot it, same thing.
But nobody wants one.
20lb target rifles, a seven pound pistol, a five pound rifle with a 45 caliber barrel.
They’re either heavy kittens or heavy hitters, so far I’m the only owner.
Seriously, everyone likes my Desert Eagle. Blasts like a stick of dynamite, feels like a teddy bear, puts big holes exactly where one wants them. Not many are dropping $2K on a handgun though.
The 450 Bushmaster has plenty of bite to go with its bark. I think because it’s so light. Two have gone with an AR for hunting after trying mine, but did it with a 350 Legend. Saying something about not needing a shoulder splint after, or it was recommended by their dentist or something.
My Dan Wesson is another, a superb 1911, with light SWC loads it will place them all in an apple fourty yards away. Tight, like it was glued together. Smooth, as if those parts were made from glass.
Still, I find lovers of this pistol purchase lower examples of Springfields and Rugers. Lamenting the bitter lack of svelte, after the sweetness of low cost has melted away. Evidently the difference was more than just $450.
All mine bring smiles. They just don’t leave many dollars.
They allowed LEO's to shoot free there, so lots of off duty officers from different agencies would show up. General public could also pay a nominal fee to shoot there.
I was shooting an original Winchester '73 in .38-40 at 25 yards, doing okay with it. A shooter next to me took an interest in it, I offered to let him try it. He put 5 rounds in a tight group first time shooting it, better than I had done. He smiled, enjoyed shooting it. He looked like he might be LE so I asked him where he worked.
Turns out he was a sky marshal. Great shooter, but I guess you need to be in that position. Put a smile on my face also to see what the old gun was capable of.
One Saturday when I was about 19 or so, two brothers (they were brothers to each other, not to me) and I went to a local skeet shoot advertised as a "turkey shoot" by a local country bar called Piney Steak House. The deal was that everyone shoot round after round of clay target doubles that the bar owner threw in any fashion he could think of to make them difficult to hit. The last man standing in each round won a frozen turkey. One of the brothers (both of whom were my regular shooting buddies) had just bought a new Remington 3200. For some reason I didn't take a shotgun with me that day, but just took some ammo with the agreement that the brother and I would both shoot his new 3200. The event offered 12 turkeys, one for each of 12 shooting rounds. I won 6 or 7 of them, and the brothers split the rest. I really liked the 3200 -- it seemed like I couldn't miss with it -- and managed to get myself one within a few months following the shoot. I still have it to this day.
I have found the same to be true..... People in general are often enthusiastic about the shared interest, friendly and more than happy to swap their gun to you to try, etc....
This is The Way.
He smiled all the way back to his parents.
“He said I’m a COWBOY!”
One of my best memories.
Friends of my wife's godson. Nice couple, he is tall she is petite. He came with a 12ga 870 and a Glock in .45 but when I handed her my little rem pump 22 with 15 rounds that smile was followed with 'more please!'
I’ve never shot the SR 9/40 compact, but I’ve never heard anyone ever say they didn’t like the way those guns shoot.
I’m buying the next one I see…
The little shooters always love reactive targets. As I told my SIL at her sons' first range trip, "Boys always like things that go bang, and things that go splat." If we'd been out on a farm, I'd have had some oranges, maybe a head of lettuce or two. Those make nice, biodegradable, reactive targets.
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