New Rule Number 1: Don’t Set Your Backpack on Fire
F&S Deputy Editor Slaton White sent me this picture snapped at writer’s seminar at the Blackwater training facility in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. I have pixilated out the face of the shooter to protect his identity.
The inherent weakness in just about all mil-dot scopes and range-calculating systems is that in the moments before you shoot you have to either remember something or figure something out, and in those moments, the brains of most hunters turn into salt water taffy. When the metal is about to meet the meat, only the most cold-blooded and experienced of us can calculate and then squeeze the trigger.
In addition to the main factory floor we saw last time, the Smith &Wesson factory has a custom shop, a small museum, lots of interesting art, photos and advertisements on the walls, and a Shooting Center nearby. For a look at the rest of our tour click here or on the photo.
The Smith & Wesson factory in Springfield, Mass., lies right on the way from the Hartford, CT, airport to Amherst College where my older son is a senior. Gordon and I stopped over to tour the factory in August as I was taking him back to school. I only wish I had thought of this three years ago when he was a freshman.
This picture (which, as far as I know, has not been Photoshopped) was supposedly taken at Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming, and shows a flock of wild sheep out for a leisurely stroll across the dam face. This is actually a dam in Italy, but all the same, traversing its face, freehoof, as it were, would make Spiderman’s guts churn in terror.
Back in the 1970s, Grits Gresham transcended the outdoor-writing biz by appearing in a series of Miller Lite beer commercials, such as the one below, with celebrities from other sports. He became recognizable literally around the world.
In October, 1978, I went hunting with him in Botswana, and Grits acquired all sorts of souvenirs which, because many of them were long and sharp, he could not pack. So when we boarded our flight home at Jan Smuts Airport in Johannsesburg, he was carrying two spears, a couple of real, headbusting clubs, and a set of Bushman bows and arrows.
Coronation, Alberta – This morning I got the chance to shoot the new Remington Hypersonic shotshells. These loads are very fast – reaching 1700 fps and maybe a wee bit more, as Mr. Scott would say on board the Enterprise. They achieve high velocity by means of a unique wad. A hollow post in the wad runs down the middle to the primer. It contains a sort of “booster” charge that pushes the wad down the barrel. Then the main charge ignites. It’s kind of like a little two stage rocket, the idea being that the shell can achieve higher velocities at lower pressures once the first charge has given the second more room in the chamber to ignite.
The MK II BTVS is a radical-looking .22LR bolt-action that’s one of the most accurate factory .22s* I’ve ever used. Its stock is laminated, thumbhole, with six ventilation ports and two sling swivel studs in the fore-end. All the metal is stainless steel. The barrel is 21 inches long, 1-16 twist, and medium-heavy (.800 at the muzzle). Weight is 7. 5 pounds and the Accu-Trigger on my rifle breaks at 2 pounds 8 ounces. It feeds from a five-shot magazine and fit and finish are excellent.
Granted, a gas operated pump action falls under the heading of “solution in search of a problem” but still, how cool is an 870 trap gun coupled with an 1100-style gas system to reduce recoil? That was the idea behind the 870 Competition, a gas-operated single shot (!) trap gun Remington made from 1981-1986.
Here’s the brilliant concept behind the hit Iraqi reality TV series “Put Him in Bucca:” take a celebrity, slip a bomb into his car, then trick him into driving through a checkpoint manned by actors posing as sentries. Hidden cameras capture the whole thing. Basically, it’s “Candid Camera” at gunpoint.