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Gun geek moment

May 23rd, 2004 (07:34 pm)
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I had an appointment to do some shooting with a friend yesterday, but duty called and I was pressed into service elsewhere. I had some research stuff for him that I needed to drop off, so did that today. This required a lengthy drive to a part of the state I've never visited before.



I got to hold one of these:



That's the Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum revolver. It fires a bullet that's a half-inch in diameter and travels at more than 1600 feet per second, and the gun itself weighs about six pounds empty. It is expensive, impractical, and wholly delightful, and my friend's sister Julie owns one. I found this out quite by accident: we were chatting about the calibers we could use when we went shooting, and she mentioned a .50 caliber handgun. I casually asked if that referred to the Smith model in question, and she said it did, and I expressed great interest (i.e., slobber), and she mentioned that she happened to have it right in the back of her truck...

Julie is a very nice woman. Also, dangerous.

She's promised to let me shoot it when we reschedule, and I promise a full report.

(And for those who may be inclined to wonder about the whole phallic thing: really, it's not true. The sad, pitiful truth is that the gun nut's automatic reaction is, "Ooh, TOY!")

Comments

Posted by: Dammit, Clark's penis is going in *something*. (thete1)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
holster (LaT)

Wow. That's just... *pretty*.

Posted by: superheroes failing at oatmeal (some_stars)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
tim like a CAT! (by te)

well, it could be a phallic toy! best of both worlds!

which is to say WOW that is one delicious-looking implement of death. *crushes on it*

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
lobo sam

well, it could be a phallic toy!

That would fall under the definition of "unsafe gun handling."

(Of course, even "safe handling" can be relative. Smith & Wesson suggests their .500 Magnum for use in hunting Cape Buffalo -- probably the flat-out meanest big game animal on the face of the earth. In that situation, the only guarantee you get from scrupulous gun safety is that if you get killed, it won't be your gun that does it. Which is why, should I ever get to Africa, I have no plans to hunt buffalo. Especially not with a handgun.)

Posted by: where no one goes (nuptse)
Posted at: August 27th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
I swear I'm not stalking you.
Squeee

Oooooh! SHIIIIINY!!!!

Dayyyummm. And I thought shooting S&W.357Mag was kewl. .500 would be just.... übercool!!!

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