What Stupid Stuff Have You Done With A Gun?

Glenn B

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OK, it's off topic but I don't care.

It always bugged the ever-lovin' shit out of me that Creedmoor was named Creedmoor. The actual, historic Creedmoor rifle matches from the 1870s were shot from positions that were more like (sometimes exactly like) Dead Frog.

If history and logic prevailed -
  • Dead Frog would be named Creedmoor,
  • Creedmoor would be named Sidewinder, and
  • Sidewinder would be named "I want to shoot my toe off!"
Weren't the Creedmoor shooting matches named so because of wherethey were shot and thus any position they used called that because of where it was held. That was at Creed Farm on Long Island in NY? (The spot is now in Queens, NY which is part of NYC and while geographically on Long Island it is not considered Long Island by New Yorkers, especially Long Islanders who want no part of NYC.) So wasn't the position called Creedmoor because of that. Of course, I jusr realized I missed yer pernt!
 
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I lost a skeet shoot once. Just because I didn't reload the tube magazine after my last go.
We were on the last round , a double. I had one in the chamber and an empty magazine.
I scored a hit and a click.
Last standing competitor and judge both said I had another chance.
I declined and conceded the match.
Weren't nobody to blame but myself.
 

cycleguy2300

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I watched John Wayne get shot in the shoulder by an arrow. He pulled the arrow out, bit the bullet off a cartridge, poured the power in the wound and lit it. If John Wayne can do that so can I. Took a 22 LR bullet off and poured the powder in a little spot on the back of my hand that wouldn't heal, lit a match to it.


It burned for a loooooong time!
John Wayne was a greater man than I would ever be, just sayin'
He did that to cauterize the wound to stop it bleeding. I ripped off a big wart on my leg and it wouldn't stop bleeding, so I took my trusty soldering iron wiped off most of the melted solder and applied the sort -of clean tip to the hole where the wart roots had been and it stopped bleeding.

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no2gates

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He did that to cauterize the wound to stop it bleeding. I ripped off a big wart on my leg and it wouldn't stop bleeding, so I took my trusty soldering iron wiped off most of the melted solder and applied the sort -of clean tip to the hole where the wart roots had been and it stopped bleeding.

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Ouch ! You sir have stainless steel cajones.
 

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My wedding (first marriage) was a big drunken affair with all sorts of arrests, car fires, fist fights, etc. The next day we were at the in-laws and there were a dozen or so various guests badly hung over and waking up from sleeping on the coffee table, etc. My wife's brother's college roommate was in the driveway playing with a BB gun. He was shooting it at a basketball backboard. I warned him not to do that, as it might ricochet. He was a smartass and said something about that not being a problem. Two shots later, a BB hit the rim with a loud "ping" and ended up going through the back window of the in-laws family car (an AMC Matador). The entire window fractured, as it's designed to do, and then each piece fell one at a time into the back seat. The look on his face is still imprinted in my mind to this day.

My brother is intelligent, and has a PhD, but he's the kind of guy that has book smarts but not any other kind. As a kid, he hung out with a group of the dumbest dudes I've ever seen. One day they were walking somewhere and one of them was playing with a pellet gun. He pumped it up and said, "Hey, Jeff, look at this!" My brother turned around and the dude shot him in the face. The pellet missed his eye by not very much and slid along the cheekbone, coming to rest in his temple and tearing up a lot of his face in the process. My brother took the gun and beat the kid with it. They were in some random lady's yard at the time and she saw this and called the cops. The small town cops showed up with guns out, thinking they had some sort of riot going on. So the shooter wound up with a concussion and needed some stitches, while my brother wound up with some cosmetic surgery. I was working in a gas station at the time and my family rolled by in the Buick, slowing down long enough to yell that they were taking my brother to the hospital again. It happened often enough that I just waved and said, OK.
 

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Weren't the Creedmoor shooting matches named so because of wherethey were shot
Yes.
thus any position they used called that because of where it was held.
No.

Back in the day, the various positions, as far as I know (and it's been a while since I read "Irish Riflemen in America" so I may be forgetting something) didn't actually have names. Those positions were ridiculed in the press but they were all basically the same. The shooter lies (roughly) on their back, feet toward target. The rifle forearm is supported somewhere on the lower body. The buttstock would sit somewhere near the shoulder.

Rifles dedicated to that sport put the rear aperture sight on top of the buttplate, as far back on the rifle as it is possible to mount anything. After all, the shooter's face is back there so, well, why not? Like any aperture sights on rifles, the eye is right at the rear aperture so all the normal procedures apply. The added benefit was that the sight radius was ridiculously long.

Us pistol shooters who prefer aperture rear sights approach them a bit differently. In the beginning and for maybe a couple of decades, rear apertures were paired with post front sights. The basic principles remain the same as for rifles but I never liked front posts with rear apertures. I always preferred circular front sights. After all, the eye and brain want to see things as being concentric so it's relatively easy to put the rear sight ring around the front sight ring which is around the target. Misalignment of concentric circles like that is easy to spot and correct. In the pistol world, for some reason I can't fathom, this is called "peep-on-peep." I think that's a stupid name, mostly because I was shooting with such sights 15 years before most folks and I missed the opportunity to give them a name. :)
I jusr realized I missed yer pernt!
That's all right. You gave me an excuse to write a bunch of words about stuff I haven't done since my back decided to tell me to get on a fast horse and ride straight to Hades. I like remembering those days.
 

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