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You know how you have to sling-up (tightly) and go prone? My left elbow is mush, swollen and painful – and it feels like the “kneecap” (if an elbow had one) is loose. So shooting the Match would have been a bust anyhow since I can’t go onto my elbows. Maybe I need to take the pistolero stuff more seriously now, instead of the riflery? Still it would be good to finally make Expert, but not this weekend.
I need to remember to be (more) careful in the shower when I turn around – those narrow walls and bony elbows don’t mix – tile is unforgiving. That’s the only thing I can think of lately/recently that I might have impacted. I do remember wincing in pain not too long ago, but it’s the usual stuff, just turning to get the shaving cream, or soap and WHANG!… Damn.
Because there is a risk of infection putting a needle in to drain the bursa, the Doc said to wait it out. Ice and Ibuprofen.
Pulling both triggers on the thumb-cocker 12-guage coach-gun simultaneously while only wearing a t-shirt because of the hot weather can lead to a physical and visual reminder. It’s not something I did myself, but I came pretty close with the K-31′s steel butt-plate. Actually I do have a pretty good blue-spot now, but that one’s Uncle’s.
Normally I wear a Creedmoor shooting coat that provides a secure shoulder rest and the stiff Cordura Nylon fabric adds a fair amount of structure – but I didn’t bring it this time.
So I snuggled up close and tried to pull the rifle into my shoulder tightly, padding the forearm with my shooting glove on the block of wood, and with a sweatshirt between my bench-elbow and the concrete top so it wouldn’t bounce hard.
Still I got a good thump in return, much greater than if I had been wearing my shooting coat, and I took my time shooting. After a couple cease-fires, and a box of GP-11 and some loose-loads I had laying around, I switched to the Sig.
UPDATE: The thumping wasn’t too bad, it was just in the wrong place and I wasn’t set-up well on the bench.
Got the 1-X in Rapid Prone, also my best result with a 91 – overall not quite as good as last year but not bad for no practice in three months! I threw a couple flyers; the eight I circled, and a Seven down at 7:00 o’clock out of the picture.
The day was bright and sunny, the hills dry and brown, the line full with competitors from our club the Zouaves, and the Santa Clara Club to see who would take home the Trophy.
Since David switched sides and Wes shot a few sevens, they did. One guy brought a 1916 in CA-Legal semi-auto to play with afterwards – that was bitchin’ cool, though belts are CA-limited to ten-links at a time.
He hit the 200-yard gong with the first two shots but the recoil forced him off after that – they have pretty sucky target sights (like NONE!) since that’s not their intended purpose.
From the Garage sale we still have the fins and the purple Vanson motorcycle-chick jacket, but we sold the rug and table which was the main event. My sister eventually sold most of her stuff, after getting us to help unload and then totally disappearing – though she ended the day with some extra drama and now an ex-boyfriend. I wish to hell and pray that some day finally she’ll get a serious clue and make better choices. It’s not cool to be a 50-something “follow-your-heart & flower-power” and yet again, always still bumping up against the slime-a-zoids and assholian creeps.
I left a comment at Astro’s blog in a post where he was discussing sighting-in his 1903 Springfield, and the origin and functions of its sights. Some suggestion was that they originated with the Mauser, but it reminded me of something my old Krag has in common, so I went to have a look at two different Krag sights and take some pictures. Sights are a whole ‘nother area of collecting, and of history. Here’s a 1901 type-3 sight next to an 1898-modified to 1902/1904-configuration.(click to enlarge to 800×600 pic)
Between 1890 and 1906 they went through a bunch of different sights and sight-types with minor and not-so-minor changes — I have a chart in my Krag book (Poyer) showing about a change per year from 1982 to 1901, and multiple simultaneous types.(click to enlarge to 800×600 pic)As you can see the 1901 flips up to a vertical position, and has a useful little peep aperature. The 1902 Type-4B is a modified 1898 sight having the side-sighting notches ground-away and does not flip up, but it does have a teeny-tiny peep on a little pop-up leaf on the face of the eyepiece. Weird and cool and interesting old stuff.
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Here’s a view of the left side of the 1898 sight, showing the very fine cut serrations along it’s length that allow the elevation tightening-knob to stay fixed between one adjustment and the next – it’s fascinating workmanship and attention to detail.
I didn’t notice before but I have a NM front sight!
The Op-rod is a NM one too, as well as the rear sights.
The barrel says 7-44 which is a close match to the receiver SN#.
And the bolt is the usual, late model replacement – I thinnk…?
The muzzle is pretty good…but damn it’s hard to take a good picture of the bore.
Some guys have all the latest bells and whistles, tuned to perfection, polished and oiled like a well-honed machine – you should know by now not to confuse those people with me.
Part of the shooting tradition that I continue to maintain at the 19th Century Mk.III-eyeball level is sights and optics. All my stuff is iron-sights only. I was flabbergasted by the price of a set of fancy (but obsolete) competition sights for a nicely made (but obsolete) rifle, the Swiss K-31. I like my K-31 and it’s a damn fine gun, but jeebus! The W+F clamp-on diopter sights are beautifully (Swiss) made and accurate (Rolex) as hell – and cost $450 — whoa! That’s four times what I paid for the rifle, plus $50 for the big jar of Vaseline. Put some lipstick on and gimme a kiss me if you’re gonna do that, ok?
So I shoot without artificial enhancements. Maybe one day I’ll move into this 21st Century, or even the latter part of the 20th. But old-stuff is old-stuff and I did find this scope at a dusty old gun-shop and paid a few bucks for it. It’s still pretty clear with a simple cross-hair reticule, but it’s obsolete too. I don’t know what I’d do with it. It really won’t go on the 1898 Krag, or the ’44 Garand, or the K-31, or the 1931 .22 WRF pump-action Model 90. Maye it could go on a spare handguard for the ’43 M1-Carbine…? I’d hate to ruin a good gun by driling a bunch of holes all over it. I guess pretty much all my stuff is obsolete and non-tactical.