Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Thank-you Mr. Zachary


Seems like a waste of red wine, but it does add a bit of festive color to an otherwise drab photo.

The square Post-it note is 3" square. "1" was my first shot and it looks like I was "pushing" the gun in anticipation of recoil. SA was in Single Action mode. Fly Rod explained in text. Target was 6 paces from the shooter

As reported earlier, one of the neighbor kids purchased an inexpensive .38 Special. I have a pit where we can shoot. I supply the ammo. He supplies the hog-leg with the understanding that when things ease-up I will get a brick of primers or a mold for casting 9mm or .40 projectiles.

Today we shot up some of the "trial" ammo. The trial ammo is a dogs-breakfast of 158 grain SWC in front of various amounts of Unique and Titegroup. The target shown above is my effort at six paces.

Frankly, this is the best shooting I have done with his handgun and I am thrilled.

When asked, the kid admitted that he had been dry-firing it a great deal (20 times per night) which may have smoothed it up and he noticed that the grip was loose so he tightened the screw.

I was thrilled at the results. Just eyeballing the group, that is 2" wide by 5" tall which is perfectly adequate for real-world, defensive shooting at 6-to-7 yards.

Fly Rod

Mr Zachary over at The Next Chapter posted about accurately shooting Double Action on January 16.

The money quote was 

Keep the trigger moving, forward and back. "Once the trigger starts moving, it doesn’t stop. The compression/release sequence should not have any interruptions or slow spots. It should feel as though it is one continuous motion—just like a golf swing!"

I am not a golfer but I have been know to go fly-fishing.

Thank-you, Mr Zachary for the information. It was timely.

Bonus pictures

Rabbit tracks. They all go through the same opening.

They picked that opening because "somebody" bent the top-and-bottom wires to make it just a little bit easier for them to hop through. If I ever have to set a snare to catch meat for the pot....


  1. I'm flattered. I thank YOU, Grant Cunningham et al. I am just an old student of the gun, never to be a master.

  2. good tip on trigger control. Thanks, guys. As to the rabbit run measure the distance from the fence to the place where the rabbit leaps and lands. Could come in handy for setting a leg-hold trap if there is no snow to make it obvious. Works for coyotes too. ---ken

  3. Yep, definitely 'minute' of bad guy!

  4. To clarify what I was saying, measuring the hop/jump makes it easier to trap an animal as you can determine where it will step than to do a trail set where the steps are random or a bait set where it is sniffing cautiously around. Laying a stick across the trail and measured setting of the trap has been one of my most successful trapping techniques. Most animals of the same species have very predictable patterns of movement.---ken


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