Re: Sometimes You Have to Work With What You've Got;
Great read, Ard.
Didn't know you used to shoot skeet. I did competitively for a short while years ago, before my family took up most of my time. I never shot 100, but I shot 75 a few times. My best score was 98.
Along the same lines (and stop reading now if I've posted this before), I shot skeet with a Ruger Redlabel, 28" barrel, slightly modified (ports, lengthened forcing cones, stick-on cheek piece), basically a field gun.
My wife's uncle is a HUGE trap shooter, but he shot skeet on the weekend for fun. He always hosted a family reunion (and still does) at his house. One year, after he found out that I shot, he called and said to bring my stuff...he didn't ask if I wanted to, just told me to. So I do.
The party is on Saturday, so we stay overnight and I go with him to this battered old skeet field with a few of his buddies. These guys are carrying Parazzi's, Kreighoff's, Paragons, some real high prices stuff. I can feel them looking at me with my Ruger. One guy actually looked at the Ruger, then looked at me and said, "You gonna shoot that here?" (No, I use it as a cane...here's your sign.)
They thought this until I ran 50 on them. They figured out that I wasn't there to fool around. It was only after we shot 4 rounds (I shot a 97) that my wife's uncle told them that I shot competitively...they were aghast that I shot a FIELD gun that well....
It is the shooter, not the gun...it's the fisherman, not the rod...sometimes....
It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?