Guns work sim’lar to the past

By » Fri, February 10 2012
Renton United Cowboy Action Shooters 01 660x440 450x300 Guns work simlar to the past

They had sunglasses in the Wild West, didn't they? (img by Sol Neelman)

I missed this, partially due to the fact that my prairie dress wasn’t done gettin’ took in. That’s not to say I didn’t spend an afternoon a while back casting lead for a few calibers of muzzle-loaders. Not that I knew much about what I was doing… I mostly watched other people figure out how to get the lead to flow just right and to get the mold to the right temperature to prevent frosting.

I was in charge of putting lead scraps back into the pot and occasionally fluxing with candlewax. After a couple of hours, my compatriots trusted me with quality control, but I didn’t touch the mold once (unless it was to hand it to someone more knowledgeable).

The Renton United Cowboy Action Shooters and my friends on the Olympic Peninsula (more directly) are teaching me that the world of firearms is more complicated, yet accessible, than I had originally thought. And it’s better to know how things work than to shy away.

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