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Marksman to Master

By Elizabeth Q. Smith, CRPA Board Member

Quite recently, my youngest son was given a public speaking assignment for his high school English class. Ever the actor and not one to shy away from controversial topics, he chose to educate the other juniors and seniors on the Second Amendment. I was both surprised and proud that he was going to tackle the subject and explain all the positive things that go with gun ownership. Since his trip to Washington, D.C., I think experiencing the various historical sites first hand, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ground Zero, and the Gettysburg battlefield, has given him an understanding that the American people not only have the right to bear arms but without exercising those rights, the American Revolution may have had a different ending altogether. We owe those patriots who have gone before us our freedom and for being our role models in the ongoing fight to defend ourselves. 

Harry Sharp sets 2 more World Records in 2011

How can I convey 500 meters (547 yards) to you? Driving on the freeway, it will take me about 20 seconds to cover 547 yards. An average person will take over 6 minutes to briskly walk that distance. The silhouette ram target's body is about a foot tall and two feet wide, weighing 60 pounds, and must not only be hit, but must fall completely off its stand to be counted. Even if I were standing smack dab in front of it, I would have to HEAVE a brick... OVERHAND... with a hurricane tailwind behind me, to accomplish that. Can you imagine the terminal velocity required to knock that chunk of metal off its stand?

Message from the President -- Range First Aid

Hopefully no one will ever suffer a medical emergency at the range. However, accidents do happen. Recently Shooting Illustrated ran and article on Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKs) [http://www.shootingillustrated.com/index.php/12333/individual-first-aid-kits]. IFAKs have become popular, but what is the minimum you need? Shooting Illustrated talked to several experts and they all recom- mend that a shooter have a minimum of three items in their personal first aid kit. I would add a fourth item. If you have a 'major' accident which involves bleeding you will need the following:

The Exquisite Colt Python

The Colt Python is a double action, large I-frame handgun chambered for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge originally developed by Smith & Wesson. In fact, the only true ".357 Magnum" is the original one developed by Smith & Wesson in the 1930s. All others were "chambered for .357" but the fact is that ".357 Magnum" is an S&W trade name and not just a caliber designation. There are no true ".357 Magnums" other than those produced by Smith & Wesson on their large "N" frame. This is why Colt Pythons have a "CTG" (cartridge) after the caliber stamp on all their barrels.

Forster Gold Inlay Filling Kit—$16 from Midway USA

These kits will allow the amateur to fill engraving and lettering on firearms for that personalized touch. Easy to use, they are a great way to increase the value of factory or custom firearms at little expense. Kits contains enough material for five to ten guns. Can also be used in other hobby areas.