Make That One Shot Count

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Seen here.

You’re out lion-hunting with your buddies in the African bush. You have only a muzzleloader at your disposal.

While stalking your prey, which happens to be a pretty formidable predator itself, you realize that you’ve pissed off a lion and instead of you hunting it, it’s the other way round.

Watch this:

It doesn’t get any closer than that.

You have one shot. That’s it. Make it count.

This also reinforces to me that if I ever find myself heading to Africa, I’ll make sure I have a rifle that’s capable of more than one effing shot without a slow, laborious reload. I’ll keep my .308, thanks.

9mm Bleg

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I very much like my 1911. But recently I’ve been thinking about a medium-sized 9mm.

How about it blogosphere: what’s a new, good-quality, reasonably-priced* medium to full-sized 9mm these days?
*I’m a cheap bastard.

Gun Technique

firearms, human condition

I’m skimming shooting videos on YouTube and I’m seeing a somewhat peculiar trend. I mean, other than the astoundingly dangerous stuff like fingers on triggers, no muzzle control, etc.

Why do so many people pick up a firearm — pistol, rifle, shotgun, whatever — and lean away from it?
You’ve all seen it so frequently that I believe many people think it’s perfectly normal.
Is it because the firearm is too heavy to heft onto target?
Are you afraid of the recoil, so you figure leaning backward will help you absorb it?
Grab onto the damned thing, get it on target, and lean into it while pressing the trigger.
If it’s a rifle or shotgun, then mount it. Get a firm grip, get the butt into the pit of your shoulder and pull it in tight. You are not working for the gun, it’s working for you. Control it.
Another somewhat concerning thing is the lack of appropriate shooting attire while shooting anything other than a revolver.
Ladies: That cute little top that makes you look so adorable with your cute little cleavage out there? Seriously — don’t do that. You will eventually get hot brass down your shirt — and hot brass will cause at least second-degree burns pretty much instantly.
Guys: Similar thing here. If you’re wearing anything with a loose or unbuttoned collar, either tighten it up, button it up, or untuck it so anything that drops in there will fall out the bottom.
Okay, rant done. Going to range. Back later.