The Sound and the Fury

Evolution in action

Evolution in action

Unsuppressed gunfire is loud.   Also, water is wet.

I learned just how loud gunfire is a few weeks back at my covered outdoor range, when the trigger-happy dude in the next lane decided to start blasting away as soon as the day’s shooting was permitted to begin, without checking if the other shooters loading mags had their ears on.  (I do not absolve myself of blame, but my finger was not the one on the trigger.)

A single round of 9mm in the next lane, 3 feet away from my left ear with just a 1/2″ barrier of plywood between us, caused me some pain, partially deafened me temporarily, and made my ears ring for a while.  The effects could only be worse if there were multiple shots, if there was no barrier between me and the gunfire, or if the shooting occurred indoors.

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Rimless Revolvers

Charter Arms Pitbull

Charter Arms Pitbull

Day At The Range has a hands-on review of the Charter Arms Pitbull rimless revolver in .40S&W.

The tactic of using the magazine from a .40S&W pistol to load the Pitbull was interesting, like the suggestion I heard about a while back to use a Desert Eagle magazine to load a .357 or .44 revolver.

I like the idea of a revolver chambered in .40S&W, and a 9mm version would be popular, too.  The 9mm is the cheapest centerfire round to practice with if you don’t reload.

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Pointless Practice

Who needs skills?

Who needs skills?

Not every gun owner practices as much as they ought to.

I understand why: our lives are full and guns don’t nag as loudly as spouses do; dragging our gear to the nearest range (which might not be so near) is a hassle; range-time and ammo cost money; and cleaning guns can be a chore.

But we all need to practice, and I am glad to see people taking the time and bearing the expense to do it.

Except when they aren’t “practicing” to get better, and they’re just wasting ammo & making noise.

There is a time and a place to do that and it is fun.  I have done it, so have most shooters.  It’s cathartic, it’s more fun than manually unloading a magazine.  But you don’t become a better shooter by setting the bar absurdly low and then failing to meet even that low standard.

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