Sunday, November 30, 2008


The sky wore a veil of gold and gray
Cold Play - Prospeckt's March

I missed shooting yesterday. In the morning, my favorite range was closed, but fighting a headache I was OK with that. In the afternoon Tam and Roberta X and I went to an indoor range, but feeling even punkier, I only shot a few rounds and eventually went home, not being good company and just not feeling well.

Today, after some medicine and a long sleep I woke feeling myself. . and cold!

SNOW. Even the birds are in hiding or gone south.

Soon the streets are quiet again, everyone home from early church services, a quick stop for coffee. Except one lone truck now headed off down a small road into the woods. The landscape is bleak.
Only a couple of other hardy souls are out, and a few more soon to arrive. Range Officers - come rain, come snow, volunteers all, they await.

The survival equipment is wrestled from her cold bag.

and in the cold and the wet. . . that first single shot rings out.

Cold Schmold. It's RANGE TIME!!!!!

Nanook Brigid of the North may have been one of the first to arrive but the others are only minutes behind.

Even the landscape is starting to look a little warmer.

A Range Report on the newest addition will post tomorrow afternoon!!


  1. William the CoronerNovember 30, 2008 at 5:01 PM


  2. Yeah, but she IS good at it. Mother W. always said if you are going to do something, be good at it. -GRIN-

  3. Nice shootin', Tex!

    Captcha: impiked

  4. I organized a team bonding activity some years ago - a range trip. My boss came along and brought some revolvers, including a .44 magnum. One of my guys put the first round from the .44 dead center. He then put it down and said, since he was now a perfect shot with a .44 magnum, he was going to shoot something else for the rest of the day.

  5. Perfect weather for bringing out the Mosins. I KNOW they work at sub freezing temps. Humf....verification word "reclause" to dang close to RECLUSE for my taste.

  6. Winter shooting is under rated. Aside from extreme cold and wind,and until the snow gets too deep to traverse, it's my favorite time to shoot. No bugs, no sweat in the eyes and very few distractions of the humankind to deal with on the firing line.I love the way the snow falls off the roof of the bench canopies at my club with the first few rounds. So long as one wears the appropriate clothing,what's not to love?

  7. One thing I don't like about shooting in the snow is chasing the brass. Hot brass tends to sink pretty deep before it stops. Other than that, it's good training. And being out makes you appreciate being back by the fire. The best of both worlds.

  8. Good shootin! Friday we took the youngsters out for a range day and I shouldered my Chinese .223 AK towards the distant steel target we'd erected.

    First shot? Ping! Genuflections abounded. I offered to hand the weapon off to one of the kids, but they just stared at me expecting another miracle shot... and kept staring at me until my third shot produced a big dusty POOF! behind the target. Jeez, tough crowd!

  9. The Fort Wayne Gun Show yesterday was a shadow of what it was on Saturday(at least that is what they told us)...all the good stuff and ammo was picked over. The folks are taking the possible Obama gun grab and ammo tax increease seriously...and are a buying.

  10. You did reclaim all that lovely brass, right? I'd hate to think of such a nice pile of brass, sitting there lonely and cold, wet in the mud, wishing for someone to give it a home...! ;)

  11. Damn, that looks like the range at Kingsbury.

  12. Well you've got me there, I've sure never heard about Hibiscus extract or beet powder extract before.

    As far as safety goes, hummingbirds present a unique challenge to our standards of measurement. Proving a negative is always problematic, and nobody tests anything on hummingbirds specifically. And nothing else has quite the metabolism of a hummingbird. The number I have seen is that they can consume up to five times their body weight in nectar each day. That would put rather more dye through their system than anyone is likely to test on any other creature.

    By the way, keeping hummingbird feeders out in the fall is getting popular here in New England, where unusual hummers are visiting every year. On Saturday I visited a house that has been hosting a Calliope Hummingbird for over a month. Feisty little thing, chasing all the chickadees away.

  13. rmharvey - the colorant is from a health food store that makes a totally natural food coloring. I bought it for some frosting and decided it would work in the feeder after talking to the company that made it.

    But after reading your article you referenced (thanks!)I found that the color red in the feeder doesn't attract them any extra than the red feeder. Good to know. The more pure I can give them the better.

  14. Looks like a blast!

    Of course it does look a bit cool. Not to worry though, just shoot faster and warm your hands on the barrel. :)


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