A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Woodsmen & Cannons at Cussin' Bob's

I took my daughter to Cussin' Bob's today to do a little shooting. She began with her rifle, but eventually moved to my Colt Woodsman. The little grip of the Series One Woodsman is a perfect fit for a young lady's hand. We set up reactionary targets, which she went after with a vengeance.

When teaching children to shoot, targets that move help keep them interested. Shooting things such as tin cans, McDonalds prizes, and old fruit is not only interesting, but it also teaches a bullet will penetrate and destroy what it hits. Having the proper mindset and safety consciousness from the beginning is imperative. I always review the Four Rules with kids first. If the child does not know the rules, they do not shoot until they do. Even with informal plinking, I establish a firing line, and watch the muzzle like a hawk.

One of the curiosities my daughter enjoyed at the Flat Creek Debate Society was a wild boar. Several of the members caught this pig last year. The intent was to butcher it and roast it in the ground for Thanksgiving.......Then Christmas....Then Mardi Gras... The pig is still here. Like the hound dogs watching people eat around the fire, the pig seems to have found a home.

The biggest bang of the afternoon came from Cussin' Bob's improvised cannon. It was loaded with soup cans that were filled with concrete. The cannon was able to fire these projectiles well into the treeline.
Unfortunately, our recoil absorbing device was not totally up to the task. We will have to work on that.



Blogger Nate said...

McDonald's Happy Meal toys are our favorite targets for plinking! I buy them by the bagful at the local thrift store. They are great fun. My spinner targets get worn out routinely too.

It looked like a great day of fun there!

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering what was that smoldering thing she's got on the end of the stick? Wadding from the cannon?

6:40 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Yep, it's the wadding. We didn't want to start a grass fire.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,I'm Wesley's brother: Chris.
I love your web site.It's so interesting.That martini gun is a interesting gun.You have a lot of interesting things on this web.

6:03 PM  

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