Attendees included Dale, Karl Ushanka, Don, The Jack, Owen, Tam, Yr. Crspndt and Turk Turon. Discussion ranged from weaponry -- and the testing to destruction thereof -- to turbines -- and the testing to destruction thereof; from gun school -- and the testing to destruction thereof -- to politics -- ditto.
Photo to follow,...if it's not in this spot already. (Speaking of "spot," The Jack leaned back out of frame at the the exact wrong time. Sorry!)
Earlier at the range, I'd done my own testing, though I am pleased to say, not to destruction. As reported earlier, the little Colt .22 Target Police Positive worked very well and shoots (as expected) to point of aim. Given the age of the gun (1924), the sights are impressively large and well thought out. It is positively gracile compared to every other .22 revolver I one, save one: the H&R Young America, which appears to be a First Model: a black powder gun. Colibri loads are very light and I chanced it. Yes, it shoots. Trigger pull is hard and long, sights are minimal, but it does go bang at least sixty percent of the time when the hammer falls. It is probably over 120 years old, certainly past the century mark.
I also checked out the Iver Johnson Sealed 8, now that it's been taken in hand by Shannon at Coal Creek Armory. Oh, wow! It was fun to shoot before, but cantankerous. Now it's a pure and simple delight, and a real tackdriver too, possibly better than the High Standard Sentinel. Tam showed me a locked-thumb revolver grip that really, really works with the high, vertical grip and lets you put 'em right where the sights are lined up. (The same manner of holding a revolver is a disaster with the High-Standard: too many thumbs in the way! My normal semi-auto grip is best for shooting it.)
While I was shooting, the Rangemaster himself, Guy, stopped by and reminded me of the nice little 6"-barrel H&R 622 rig he'd been given: gun, holster, gunbelt with cartridge loops (for .22!). He'd had his fun with it and was giving thought to selling; would I be interested? ...Did he even have to ask! It needs cleaned, oiled and possibly a new mainspring; I am happy to add it to the stable nevertheless. The price was more than good. (Photos, later...y'know, after I pick up a Tom Mix hat and gloves to go with.)
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