Shaking Hands

Not the quivering that happens before hopping into bed with a first-time lover, or when about to shoot in competition against  (say) Jerry Miculek;  I’m talking here about shaking hands last Friday afternoon with two old friends:

…the Ruger Single-Six having been exchanged for my Ruger MkIV 22/45 (thankee, Reader Jerry!).  As such, this specific gun wasn’t an old friend, but I’ve owned a Single-Six before, so it was a familiar experience.  All shots were taken at 10 yards, and here’s what the target looked like, in overview:

First:  the Browning High Power.  As my delivery of practice 115gr ammo hadn’t arrived yet (some nonsense about needing an 18-wheeler), I had to go with ten rounds from an old box of Fiocchi I happened to have lying around in Ye Olde Ammoe Locquer — oh sure, like none of you  have any “orphan ammo” in your lockers, right?  The self-defense load tested was thirteen rounds of SIG V-Power 147gr.  I wasn’t trying for any serious accuracy with the 115gr. stuff;  it was just getting re-familiarized with the High Power’s trigger.  Here’s the result:

Shooting the 115gr was a breeze, and the three outliers were the first three shots taken, holding on the “8” in the target — trigger familiarization, folks.  Then I got a little more serious, and dropped the last seven bullets into the single hole, as shown.  A tad high, but next time I’ll hold at the bottom of the 8.

Then I changed to the SIG ammo, and I have to admit that the heavier 147gr. bullets took a little getting used to (the hold was on the X):

The 13-shot grouping wasn’t as tight as that of the lighter 115gr, but certainly in terms of self defense clustering, I wasn’t too displeased with the outcome.  (Only one  flier?  I must be getting better, or else the High Power is a better gun than I remember.)  It looks like the hold, as for the 115gr FMJ ammo, is at the bottom of the target circle.

I love my High Power 9mm, and once its carry holster arrives from Don Hume and the spare mags from [can’t remember] , it’s onto my waist it’ll be going, on probation of course. You may all reach for the smelling-salts now.

Next came the Single-Six (aiming at 2 1/2″ yellow targets), and I shot one cylinder each of .22 LR and .22 WinMag without too much regard for the grouping, just to get used to the single-action trigger.  Then I got a little more serious, and took my time with the next two cylinders, first with the CCI Mini-Mag .22 LR 40gr. solids:

…and then with the CCI Maxi-Mag .22 WMR, also 40gr. solids:

Hmmm…  thought I’d do better with the .22 Mags, as I was getting really used to the trigger by then.  So what does that mean, Readers? [3…2…1…]


Can’t wait.  It’s a good thing I stocked up with .22 WMR during the Dubya Administration:  .22 Mag is more expensive than 9mm.

And yes:  a slow, deliberate, one-shot-at-a-time session with the single-action Ruger was just fantastic.


  1. That is some good shooting right there.

    Need to get out to the range some myself. But at the indoor ones they are doing rectal exams before you can get on the line and the outdoor ones are all under 8-10 inches of global warming.

    How does the new missus do?

  2. Really fine shooting, I love the High-Power when I retook the CHL about five years ago because I was an idjet and let mine expire I did it at the Bandera Texas Gun Range and used my High-Power to qualify shooting the required 50 rounds. There were some younger guys in our class and I had the best score, 247 out of 250 because I knew I had time to place my shots. The younger men all qualified easily but they shot fast. Now that I have done some Steel Challenge for a few years I still have problems being fast and accurate but then again I am old.

    I have yet to own a pistol using iron sights that I can shoot as well as my Browning. I gave my son my Sig P220 because the gun and did not match up well at all. He used it to compete in one IDPA seven years ago and now has multiple pistols and after tens of thousands of rounds he is a hell of a three gun competitor shooting in five different states last year. He was just a bird hunter and a man in his late 30’s who shot .22s until I gave him that pistol and see what happened! It feels good to bring a son veering into the left on politics into the world of “Come and Get It” hard core gun rights.

    I might suggest if you have an extra pistol that’s not being used too much you might want to share some shooting time with a younger person, over 21 and then gift that person with a reason to join our world of reason.

    1. “….share some shooting time with a younger person …. and then gift that person with a reason to join our world of reason.”

      G’darn but your suggestion worked on me. Your gift goes beyond joining our world of reason. His gift to you in signing on is even greater. My suggestion is not putting an age limit on joining, less bad habits to unlearn.

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