Saturday, October 03, 2015
Shooting fun! and blogging update
Meanwhile, last week I fired, for my first time, a handgun in .454 Casull, a round designed for stopping big game up to the one ton range. More about this shortly. But first, a blogging update.
I'm trying to blog a bit more often, and have a couple of subjects upcoming. I am sure the world will be waiting breathlessly:
Nobel Prizes... I suppose I should make predictions now. For Economics, I predict the award will go to William Baumol and Israel Kirzner for their studies of entrepreneurship. Why not? Nothing would make me happier. Last year they were at the top of the Reuters prediction list, and my theory is that these predictions tend to come true, but with a lag. For Peace, there are so many worthy candidates. One obvious choice is Barack Obama, for solving the Iranian nuclear problem forever. I suppose this would be shared with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, who is preparing his country for peaceful relations with all the world. But it might be a little embarrassing when during his speech about how Israel will be eliminated soon, Khamenei begins shrieking "Death to America." Even worse, they'd probably have to include John Kerry as well, and no one wants to hear him try to speak. There are many other worthy candidates, of course -- Vladimir Putin and his
Le Grizz... Every second Saturday of October, I return to Montana's Flathead and environs to run the Le Grizz 50 Mile Ultramarathon. This year we return to the 2013 "Government Shutdown Course," most likely on a permanent basis. (The new race management is Polebridge Mercantile, conveniently located at the race start and finish, along with a log saloon, for all our coffee, pastry, and beer needs!) I think I am better trained than I've been in a few years. Expect a race report.
OK, finally, shooting... I was with a friend, Chris P. and we had a target set at 50 yards and fired both a fair .45 Long Colt and .454 Casull ammunition through a Ruger Super Blackhawk (for those who don't know, the .454 is a lengthened version of the .45LC, so the revolver will chamber either one of them). At 50 yards I had no trouble hitting the target with the .454; the .45LC has a less flat trajectory and I had some trouble connecting with it. But what I really noticed was the difference in recoil, as expected. I dislike recoil in a rifle, but I enjoy it in a handgun -- and boy, was this fun!
Two videos illustrate. One round with each cartridge, placed in cylinder so I wouldn't know when it would go off (a great exercise for overcoming flinch and similar problems). On another part of the range, someone else was shooting, so in the first video my second hammer drop coincides perfectly with one of their shots, making it look like I don't budge at all! Here's the fun:
One round, .45 Long Colt