Okay, right, so what's the point of a blog if you don't post to it? Trees falling in a forest; nobody hears, etc.
In truth, we've been in an absolute frenzy of travel to get the thirds season of SHOOTING GALLERY and the first season of COWBOYS ready for January 2005. I tallied it up this weekend and figured out we've filmed 21 shows since the first of August, which has left all of us relatively shell-shocked. Four more shows to film this year, then it's a few weeks off and we do it all over again. Still, it definitely beats hanging drywall.
Wednesday, I head to Gunsite to film a piece of the Urban Precision Rifle class. I'm taking along a couple of lever-action .44 Magnums, a Marlin Cowboy and one of the new Legacy Model 92 clone carbines. I firmly believe the lever-action carbine is one of the most overlooked "urban rifles" out there. My definition of an urban rifle (a term I believe popularized by the ubiquitous Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch) is a short rifle/carbine that can be used for self-defense in a home setting. Notice I didn't mention anything about black helicopters, the imminent collapse of civilization as we know it, bug-out bags or aliens. Snore, nod. Civilization does not seem on the brink of collapse, but a rifle still has a huge place in a home self-defense setting. Why? Well, it's easier to shoot WELL than a handgun is, a big issue if the Spousal Unit isn't as enthused about Gun World as you. Handgun-based cartridges like the .44 and .357 benefit from the longer barrel of the rifle. Not as damned noisy as a 5.56...
Rural dweller that I am, I have a Winchester M-94 Trapper (16 1/2 inch barrel) .44 in the bedroom closet, in case I'm set upon by evil cowboys.
I'll post more...I promise!