November 11, 2005

Throwing hot lead.

Grau has been talking/posting about going shooting for a while now. With approval from Ktreva, I told him yes, hell yes I want to go. What healthy red-blooded male would not want to go shred paper by throwing high velocity wads of led at it?

Normally I only shoot primitive black powder. (That’s a flintlock to those not familiar with them). I own a couple of .22 long rifles. Okay, by a couple I mean five. But I haven’t had anything else in years. Just because of the kids, my wife’s discomfort of modern firearms and no justifiable need for one. Well other then I really, really wanted one.

That changed today. While at a local sporting goods a couple months back I saw they had a .357 magnum. I asked the guy working the counter if I could look at it. I liked it, nice feel, good grip and nice balance. In all this talk of shooting, I decided I was going to buy it. Dreams sometimes just aren’t meant to come true. Upon arrival at the store, they had sold it and had no more in stock. The only other .357 they had I didn’t like. Reserved to not buying the handgun, I purchased some .22 rounds and my hearing protection. On my way to pick up clone, I saw another sporting goods store. Something inside me told my brain I should just stop and look. What was it going to hurt?

I walk up to the counter and they have 7 different .357s on display. Looking through the case I didn’t really see one I liked. Then, in the corner of the case in an area kind of hard to see I saw it. Not just and .357, but the .357 I had wanted since I was in College. A stainless steel Taurus 7 round .357 revolver with a 6 ½ inch barrel It weighs 40 oz and is 10 ¾ inches overall in length. I thought to myself, the last time I looked at one of these, the store was asking around $500.00 for it. That was a bit more then I wanted to drop on a revolver that day. They had it on sale for a great price $279.00.

Faster then my brain could register, I pointed to the revolver and said to the guy behind the counter, “Me buy that.” Yes, that is exactly what I said. He pulled it out, removed the trigger lock and handed it to me. It fit in my hand perfectly. Looking up, I tell the guy, “This is the one I want, I’ll take it.” (I was much more eloquent when my brain wasn’t in shock.)

Here she is:

The only problem is that due to Illinois law I can’t pick it up until Monday. That means I wont have it for this weekend. The nice thing with the .357 is that if Ktreva wants to shoot it, to help her get over her fear of firearms, I can put the lighter .38 special round in it.

Posted by Contagion in Things I find interesting at November 11, 2005 04:57 PM | TrackBack

I'm just loving that barrel. My blogless brother Tom had one like that, and it shot like a dream.

Posted by: Harvey at November 11, 2005 07:45 PM

Ah yes, looks familiar . . . very familiar.

Posted by: oddybobo at November 11, 2005 09:04 PM

She's a beeauty!

Posted by: Wes at November 12, 2005 12:39 AM

.. she's gorgeous... happy shooting, killer...

Posted by: Eric at November 13, 2005 09:27 AM

Just don't start her out with the Georgia Arms .357 max-load "Deer Stoppers." They're fun if you like flames shooting out the side of the gun, but the women I've taken shooting with it aren't so impressed with it, even after I pick them up off the floor...

Posted by: Ogre at November 14, 2005 10:06 AM

Nice. I'm jealous.

Posted by: Jenna at November 15, 2005 11:39 AM


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