Monday, April 27, 2009

Jimmy Carter, Great White Hunter

Jimmy Carter – an admitted gun owner – wants to ban “assault weapons.”

After committing an act of felinicide against his sister-in-law’s cat, maybe Jimmy should consider beating his own guns into a peanut combine.

While we're on the subject of guns, here's a little Tuesday morning gun porn (click images to enlarge)...

Here’s a 1923 L.C. Smith double-barreled 12 ga. shotgun. Old Paco bought this from a friend of his back in the early 1940’s, when they were both kids. The gun is still in great condition; note the glossy stock and the antique patina on the metal plate.





This is a Ruger Super Blackhawk that Ma Paco bought for Old Paco back when he was still chasing bootleggers (Old Paco gave it to me maybe 10 years ago). I’ve never fired this weapon, myself; I saw Old Paco shoot it once – one-handed - and I guess his grip wasn’t too tight because it kicked so bad that it sliced his hand open. He says he and the boys conducted some "ballistics tests" on it (i.e., went down to the junk yard to do some plinking) and that it would shoot a hole in an engine block. The action is still real tight, and that double-click as you pull the hammer back…well, I wouldn’t wanna be a burglar poking around in the dark and hear that noise.



16 comments:

JeffS said...

Nice hardware, Paco! Love the shotgun, those double barreled models are elegant in their simplicity.

Those old style hoglegs always are a pain to handle, but a .44 takes a lot of practice. Here's a little more info on the Super Blackhawk if you're interested; even this experienced shooter refers to it as a "knuckle buster".

Paco said...

Thanks for the link, Jeff!

BTW, can you imagine Jimmy Carter trying to "wing" a cat with a shotgun?

richard mcenroe said...

Paco, you can shoot .44 Special or "mid-range" .44 mag loads in the Ruger and it's a much more gentlemanly arm. Not to mention not as troublesome to neighboring buildings as a house gun.

You might look into slimmer custom grips to make it more manageable.

On the upside, it's a Ruger, accurate and basically unbreakable, but with great customer support. Make sure you check with them on any product notices, based on the serial number.

Nice leather, BTW.

Paco said...

Thanks, Richard.

I remember Old Paco actually wearing that gun and holster when he went out on raids. Never actually shot anybody with it, of course; there was an unwritten code that existed between the revenooers and the moonshiners: if you're caught fair and square, you go along peacefully. Not all of the bootleggers followed that code, but most of them seem to have.

Yojimbo said...

Yeah(sigh), I can imagine Carter thinking he could wing a cat with a shotgun(sigh again).

Register Carter, not the shotgun.

RebeccaH said...

My dad used to own a 303 British Enfield from WWI. I don't know what happened to it, but I wish I had it.

Anonymous said...

Ah, gun lust. I wish I could afford the ammunition to go to the range.

Retread

Isophorone said...

You wree a kid in the 1940s?

Paco said...

Isophorone: Old Paco is a reference to my father.

richard mcenroe said...

Arlan Specter just switched parties.

Yojimbo said...

Spectre just switched parties? He's a Republican now?

JeffS said...

BTW, can you imagine Jimmy Carter trying to "wing" a cat with a shotgun?This is the same guy who fended off a rabbit with a canoe paddle. So, yeah, I can imagine him trying to wing a cat with a shotgun. The cat wouldn't have survived, but Carter would have tried.

C.L. said...

Beautiful arms, Paco. I envy you for that Ruger. Very nice. RebeccaH, amongst the Lad family armory is a 303 Enfield (of No.4 vintage, I think). Very heavy rifle, not for amateurs I dare say - from standpoints of firing and maintaining.

C.L. said...

I recommend the Enfield for Jimmy if ever he needs to bring down a UFO.

C.L. said...

Re the shotgun, engraving is a splendid thing done well. You can scroll down at this site to see the same Browning under and over (C2) that has pride of place in the Lad armory.

Paco said...

Thank you, C.L., for your comments and for the link. I will be displaying other items from the Paco armory from time to time.