Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday AM...

...and I'm sitting here watching an old doc on A&E on the history of professional wrestling. I used to be a huge fan -- as we all know, wrestling is real; pro football is all staged -- I used to go to the ratty old Armory in Tampa, sometimes with my friend Wanda, the aerobic instructor from hell, to watch the guys dreaming of WWE (then WWF). It was pure psychotic craziness...crashing chairs, fistfights all over the place, screaming women...good times good times...

I once tried to convince Vince McMahon and crew to write me into a WWF script for a magazine article...the money shot would be when The Rock, infuriated by my "story," would throw me out of the ring on national television. Everybody loved the idea until it got to the lawyers, who went ballistic. They said there was no release I could sign that would protect WWF if the toss out of ring went bad. RATS! That's still one I'd have loved to do!

Yesterday was COLD BABY COLD on the range, and I shot like a monkey...maybe a brain-damaged monkey. Still, by the end of the match I was getting back into the rhythm of my match 1873 rifle, which just came home from Ken Griner. The years I'd pretty much trashed the bolt, and Ken overhauled the insides. Glad to have it back, and thanks to Gene "Evil Roy" Pearcey for the gunsmith recommendation! Probably going to send Ken my box-stock Ruger Vaqueros I've been shooting forth past 6 months.


An older New Frontier

BTW, Brother John Taffin is reporting over on Lee Martin's Single Action Forum that Colt will reintroduce the New Frontier, adjustable sighted flattop Single Action Armies, in .45, .357 and, yes, .44 Special in a variety of barrel lengths. Cool!

After a flat spot, cowboy action shooting is growing again, and a lot the guys want that pony logo on an gun with adjustable sights. Yeah, sure, the distances in cowboy don't exactly cry out for precision sights, but hey. I shot a 1-1/2 inch 5 shot group at 15 yards off-hand with a Dave Clements custom Blackhawk .357 (and Hornady 125-gr JHPs) last year at Gunsite...the sites probably had nothing to do with it, but my head insists that it did...


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

On wrestling: Do you remember Karl "Killer Swede" Karlson? When I used to 'do' the Bienfeld show in Vegas we'd take him with us as a 'minder' for the drive out & back from Dallas, still a huge & powerful man even then at 65+ he was a hoot to travel with, tons of good stories. I'm guessing he's passed on now as that was 20+ years ago, Bic.

Anonymous said...

I remember the days of going to the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory to watch wrestling in Tampa and listening to Gordon Solie. Now Gordon is no longer with us and the armory is an empty hulk devoid of soldiers or wrestling.

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