Ambivalent Skeptic

May 9, 2012

Turkey loads will kick…

Filed under: hunting,Shooting — Clint1911 @ 8:01 am
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Well, for those who know me IRL, I’ve been busy like a one legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Finally have time for myself and for the blog.

There is no easy way to come back from a hiatus so let’s get to it.

It’s turkey hunting season in Ohio, and I finally had a chance to pattern my shotgun with turkey loads. 1.75 oz at a nominal 1300 FPS, in a gun that weights 7.63 lb with a sling, 7.29 lbs without the sling.

Not being used to bead sights, I had my head too high on the stock, once. The first shot whipped upward and slapped me hard; I felt it in my cheek!

The second shot was textbook, but after the third shot, I had a so-called “finch.” And I dry fired on the firing line until I was comfortable again.

All told, I fired four rounds of the stiff stuff and, frankly, at the time it was not so bad. But on the way home – my shoulder was protesting. I was surprised at how sore it became.

In hindsight, since my deltoid is what hurts the most, I say I was holding the gun wrong. Many people, Jeff Cooper being one, have commented on long guns having stocks too long. I’m over six foot with orangutang arms and I’m thinking the stock could benefit from being a 1/2 inch shorter. It’s worth checking out.

I hope to be in the woods Thursday, so I will be dry firing after I post this. I should dry fire twice more tomorrow. This way, if I get lucky like Phil Bourjaily, I can focus on the bird and not on what my body is doing. Contrary to popular belief, if your unconscious mind insists on bracing for recoil, you’re gonna “flinch.” Whether you notice recoil or not, it is still there but most importantly, your mind knows it will happen. You need to condition yourself to not fear the gun, so the fear isn’t lurking unexpectedly in the back of your mind.

I also fired a few Federal Top Gun loads, 1 and 1/8 oz at a nominal 1145 FPS.

About the recoil of a 30-06. But nothing like a turkey load.

Turkey loads will kick your arse.


December 30, 2011

Finally made it to 100

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 10:37 am

In honor of my 100th post, I’ll feature (that other) Clint on malf drills

With the end-of-year festivities upon us, and a new year coming, be sure to keep your gun-handling skills up.

Because every time you hit a milestone, you should review the basics.

Here’s Clint Smith:

Remember, K.I.S.S. Originally meant (in public speaking) Keep It Short and Simple.

April 17, 2011

Women and Recoil

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 7:51 am

So George at his place ( has a nice post about women and guns. The money quote being:

Get real. A woman, especially a red blooded American woman, can handle any gun that she wants to handle.

I’ve been wanting to write a post an the subject. so here is a start (and my comment to the above posting):

Women can handle “physical recoil” just as well as a man and possibly more so. The reason being that the same features that make women more flexible should help with recoil.

However, the gun MUST FIT correctly!

To use a handgun example: Try imagining a gun with a grip so big, that to place your finger on the trigger, your thumb, not your palm, is behind the grip. Not only does this hurt your thumb (by creating permanent joint injury) but it torques the hell out of your wrist. Ouch.

Remember, the front sight, rear sight and the pivot point of your wrist must form a straight line when viewed from above.

BTW, science has discovered that straight women have less tolerance of loud noise (and music) than straight men and lesbians.

So muzzle blast tends to bother women more than men.

November 12, 2010

Northcoast Blogmeet recap

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 2:23 pm

Well, it has been over a month, but I finally got around to editing the photos from the blogmeet Breda was so kind to host for Jay G.  I was honored to attend as well as a little nervous about meeting people who have been sharing their lives and thoughts with me.  I didn’t want to seem presumptuous and bring too many guns and act like I was boasting “LOOK WHAT I’VE GOT.”  So instead I came and felt undergunned.  But at least I didn’t look like a jerk.  (However, there was one time Breda looked at me and I couldn’t tell if she was amused or…. not.)

First up, we had a pretty good crowd.

In the past, when I went to various gatherings, it was mostly a big barbecue with lots of standing around talking with a little shooting on the side.  Not this blogmeet!  We were shooting all day.  All with that came…

AMMO! Lots and lots of AMMO.

And of course people brought so much nice hardware…

…for everyone to share.

Here is Jay G. with a Canadian Hi-Power with grandfathered shoulder stock.

Now for the obligatory cuteness

How often do you see a Star 1911 clone up close and personal like this. Sadly, I forgot to shoot it.

With enough time, handguns can seriously work over a steel plate.

And here is Mike in a rare view of taking our only captive of the day.

Then we moved back to 100 yards for RIFLES!
Everyone was eager to share and willing to show off.

Family members got involved.

The highlight of the day for me was shooting a Savage 99 in 300 Savage. I’ve read so much about this gun and now I finally shot one. I was so impressed with the rifle that I neglected to take a good photo of it. But here’s a good shot of the ammo and scope.

I forget who, but someone brought a SEMI-auto crew severed 308.

Here is Breda shooting the gun the “fun” way.

And her husband shooting it the “military” way.

Having fired a few rounds from the prone myself I can say that you miss a good part of the experience. The recoil kicks the gun up enough that you can not see where the bullets impact. However, shooting from the sitting position tends to have one put the rounds in the dirt halfway to the target.

Here’s another pic of Breda at the not-a-machine-gun with an audience.

And here is Breda with here new friend.

And at the end of the day (literally, we only stopped because it was too dark to shoot) we all packed up and headed over to the food.

This is ONE vehicle (of many) at the blogmeet. This was the average amount of “stuff” for one or two people I met that day.

And can’t wait to meet again.

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