It's finally been warm enough to melt most of the snow from the last storm and give the back roads time to dry a little. Steve's been DYING to get out and shoot his 2 new guns (and those are literally his words). I don't like to go on these trips when it's not warm, but he wanted some pictures taken, so there I was.
I snapped this shot of the area we chose because it shows where the Rodeo-Chediski fire took out the pine trees in 2001. All of the little pines in the foreground were planted afterwards and made it. Now, why am I having such a hard time with my Blue Spruce seedlings? Just asking.
First rifle up was a Mosin-Nagant Russian sniper rifle used in WWII. It was loud. He says it was very accurate. As a sniper rifle I'd think it would have to be.
Next up was a Springfield Model 1863 58 caliber musket. He was actually giddy to shoot this. He's aiming at an old Dish receiver in a tree. They'd told us to throw it away, but what guy doesn't say that he'll just shoot it. The musket wasn't as loud but it sure sent smoke everywhere.
|Measuring the black powder for the musket...|
|Seating the musket ball in the cloth patch before ramming it in...|
Never realized how much time is needed to reload each shot. Davy Crockett must've had a Dickens of a time with his Flintlock.
First shot with the musket. Scary! Back then, as today, it's a terrible wound.
After only six shots; two from the musket and 4 from the rifle. Can you find the 4th rifle shot hole? It's mostly hidden. This is your puzzle for the day.
We had fun, even though I thought it still very cold and the wind didn't help either. We both survived, which was something I was praying for. Muskets... sometimes scary.
Later, I didn't survive a simple trip to the birdfeeders. I fanatically check for ice these days. I didn't see the hidden ice under the sunflower seed hulls all around. Went down hard. One knee is shot, and have a groin-pull, to boot.
Who knew that was going to be the most dangerous thing I did today. Will be spending copious amounts of time on the couch with an elevated leg.
Until next time...
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