I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Friday, September 09, 2005

New Sights

Finally found a set of TRUGLO sights for my Wincherster model 94 deer rifle. Installed them with a minimum amount of gunsmithing. Decided to try them out today and get them sighted in before rifle season. Went up on the mountain to my regular shooting place and got by the Wicked Witch (another story some other time) without getting followed, run off the road, or shot at. So after setting up my target and spreading everything out on the tailgate of the truck, I snuggled up to the rifle for that first shot. Now the reason I quit using this particular rifle was due to my poor eyesight using plain iron sight. In any kind of light these new sights are little bright points of light, bright enough for even me to see them. And bright they were. Anyone who does any shooting at all knows that when using sights to shoot at a target, either the sights are in focus and the target is slightly blurry or the sights are slightly blurry and the target is in focus. I'm not really sure what's going on but when I looked at the sights, I saw three (3) orange front sights arranged in a triangular shape and three of each of the rear green sights in the same configuration. While I could keep all of the shots inside a 4 inch circle at 50 yards(which is only marginal accuracy for a deer rifle) it takes some concentration to figure out which orange dot goes with which 2 green ones. And in deer hunting you don't usually have that much time, so it's back to the drawing board for some more ideas.



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