Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Death in the Tall Grass!

Alf the Wonder Beagle roams the high veldt in search of the legendary "bacon."

So we're walking Alf on a really nice trail...I'm huffing along uphill when I place my foot down next to a stick...with a triangular head and a nice pattern of diamonds along its 2-foot length.

"Oh crap," I whisper, instantly achieving a Zen level of stillness while s...l...o...o...o...w...l...y reaching for the gun. Then I notice that Mr. Snake isn't buzzing, in fact, hasn't even gone to coil. I look along his length and don't see rattles — and, yes, I know there's the occasional rattler without them — so I do a little twosey-step to get clear, grab a stick, poke him in the butt and away he goes. Alf never notices, as the Stick That Moves wasn't "bacon."

BTW, here's a crummy picture of a really "cute" gun, a Ruger Single Six .22 cut to 3-inches and fitted with a birdshead gripframe:


I picked it up yesterday from a local operation, The Mountain Gunsmith, and Paul did an excellent job turning out a nice little packin' pistol. This weekend I'm putting together a crossdraw holster for it.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

"so I do a little twosey-step to get clear, grab a stick..."

WHAT? You go for a hike with your Gladiator Trident or Hasta?

Anonymous said...

WHAT? You go for a hike withOUT your Gladiator Trident or Hasta?

seeker_two said...

Those are some nice companions you take with you on your hikes....

justbill said...

Neat lil' six shooter.

Anonymous said...

One of my scarier pre-teen short-moments was *almost* stepping on a snake sunning itself on a woods trail in North Carolina. With 4 varieties of poisonous snakes to choose from in NC, I didn't bother to try and ID the variety. Never good policy to knowingly step on a snake in any case, even if it is non-poisonous.

RSR

Anonymous said...

We had a rat snake in the dog run doing a wonderful impression of a rattler a few years back. Tail shaking in the leaves, hissing, rearing up and striking at the dogs. It was convincing enough it got dispatched by the shovel.

It was very realistic, until 6 months later a real rattler was in the same area. There was no question of his legitimacy, and he got the same treatment.

Anonymous said...

Charming little .22 sixgun in the pic. Like it a lot.

Anonymous said...

In New Jersey - waaay back - we used to have copperheads along the streams we fished. It got so we'd pick up a rock, drop it on the snake, and keep fishing. Only time I had a snake bother me was while I was swimming in a small pond on a farm - and found I had a snake in the water with me. OldeForce

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