In addition to meeting new people and making some great friends, working at All American Firearms Service in Odessa, TX has given me the opportunity to handle a broad selection of rifles and pistols, some of which I thought would be great in my collection just a few months back. Now I am hard pressed to even recommend many of the bigger names in firearms because of the inferior quality in their assembly and design methods.
However, that being said, I do have some preferences and some suggestions for those that want reliable and effective hunting and personal protection firearms. My number one suggestion is that if you just have to have a small caliber pistol because you think that it will not have any recoil, then choose one that is made by a reputable manufacturer like Beretta, Walther, Ruger, or Taurus.
Stay away from composites if you are going to spend hours at the range, and spend the extra money for all steel or alloy pieces. My choice for a pocket or purse carry is always the wheel gun(cylinder) over an automatic because of grit getting in the slide of the automatic and making it fail to feed the second round.
I like the .45 ACP over any other caliber for personal defense.
As any pipefitter will tell you, doubling the area of the cross section of a hole increases the liquid flow by four times, all pressures being equal. Think about it.
My hunting round of preference is any round bigger than .22 that you can confidently place in the vitals of the game animal to dispatch it with as little trauma to the animal as is humanly possible. Personally, I shoot a 30-338 and a 375-338 depending on where I am hunting. I like the big fast moving bullet to drop my game so the “fair chase” is before the shot and not afterward. If I had to have just one hunting rifle it would be a Mauser action .458 Win Mag with a 20 inch barrel and a 1 in 20 rifling so that I could shoot anything from a 300 grain soft lead 45-70 equivalent load to the head snapping 500 grain 458 Win Mag Max loads at 5000+ foot pounds of energy.
Here are a couple of my latest acquisitions: The first is a 1903 Colt Automatic in .32 ACP and the second is an original Charter Arms Bull Dog in .44 Special that I have been wanting for twenty years.
I addition, I have built and rebuilt several fine rifles which has given me the opportunity to run up to the Midland Shooters Association range a couple of times to test my bedding jobs.
In addition to hobbying at the gun shop (I hesitate to call it work :)), we are moving toward the separate goals of finishing “Night Wind”, the sequel to “COUGAR!”, and getting the screen version of “COUGAR!” off of the ground. I have made contact with the young man that we hope will play Tuck in the movie, and have also been in contact with a production company that is “excited” to take a look at our budget requirements for the film. To say that I am excited is certainly an understatement!
In the next couple of weeks I will be attending two gun shows in the Odessa/Midland, Texas area with All American Firearms Service so, if you are in the area, please drop by and see us. It will be a great opportunity to purchase your signed copy of “COUGAR!” if you haven’t already joined the rapidly growing number of satisfied readers, so come on down!
If you can’t make the show and would still like a signed copy of my book, just send me $16.00 by check or M.O. to Will Dallas, P.O. Box 945 Odessa, TX 79760, and I will have one delivered within a week of receiving the payment in the U.S. and Canada. Overseas orders, please calculate your book shipping cost from Odessa, TX. 🙂
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