The Labrador is out again tomorrow, he is getting more shooting in than I am right now, he is booked to go out three times this week, it was twice last week and I think twice again next week. No wonder some of the local folks refer to him as ‘Rent Boy’ although it is slightly inaccurate as I certainly would not consider charging for him to do what he loves most, retrieving and picking up birds.
Monday he apparently surpassed himself by bringing back not one but two Cock pheasants in one go, I always thought he had a big mouth after he managed to fit a ballcock from a cistern in it one day!
On the subject of doubles I have been working on a pair of 12 bore Berettas recently, and Sunday we took them out for a road test against some simulated Grouse (Clays) So with my trusty loader and a quick lesson on how to conduct myself with two guns the clays were launched and I started shooting, as quick as I fired the second barrel another gun was placed upright and directly in front of me and I found it remarkably intuitive to raise the gun, thumb the safety off, shoot again, repeat and repeat. I had absolutely no idea how tiring it was going to be and combined with my stint at loading the doubles I was positively tired by the end of the days shooting however I was equally happy as this was the first time since my eye operation that I had been out shooting.
I had mentally allocated myself a four week period to allow my eye to get over the surgery performed on it and it certainly felt good on the day, I could see the clays and even managed to hit some of them. All in all a brilliant day right up until the moment I woke very early Monday morning feeling like someone had thrown sand in my eye, I crept out of bed, threw some saline solution in my eye, some Paracetamol down my neck and felt thoroughly wretched until I managed to doze off a few hours later, just in time to get up and get ready for the Labrador to be collected and head off into town to have my eyes checked at the Opticians, the appointment had been made three weeks earlier and I was not totally sure of what to expect as I peered at a bloodshot eye in the mirror. Luckily he gave me a clean bill of health, assured me the Cornea was intact and I was fine to carry on shooting. He always strikes me as a decent sort and the Viking who was downstairs said they could hear us laughing, with that we left and headed home via the local bakery so despite a somewhat battered eye life was OK.
Today I feel a lot better and the eye looks to be mostly recovered however I will treat it as a warning and try to remember not to shoot so many cartridges off in one go next time. Lathe parts are starting to arrive, today was the collet chuck and fine adjust back plate plus a load of 5C collets to cover a range of material diameters. I had not realised quite how heavy the thing was going to be, certainly not something to drop on my foot, although I would rather it hit my foot first as opposed to a concrete floor if only to break its fall. The ER16 collet chuck along with 1,0mm to 10,0mm collets also arrived, these are for one of the tool holders and are for a specific project I have in mind for the new machine, they will also be handy for CNC tapping and drilling operations. I went for Vertex and have great hopes for them, not absolute top of the range however certainly reasonable enough to prove a theory.
Tomorrow should see a load of tool holders arriving and no doubt other stuff that I have already forgotten about.
Time for another Gun dog picture, I had a T3 in for a chop and thread and laid it on the raised section whilst I went off to grab the Bore scope from the armoury, on my return the Lurcher had taken up station alongside hence the picture. I must admit to being very impressed with the bore of this rifle which is chambered in .243 Winchester. Given its slightly tatty appearance I had half expected to find a fire cracked throat and bore however it was bordering on pristine, someone has certainly left a decent time between shots so almost certainly a stalking rifle. I will screw cut it 1/2″ x 20tpi which should give the owner a good range of sound moderators to choose from, now all I have to do is persuade him to take the Lurcher or maybe not as it would probably not go down particularly well with the Viking.
On a final note we fitted a new DAB radio thing plus speakers in the workshop today and it appears I can send music to it from my mobile ‘phone so to prove this I stuck some tunes on the ‘phone, connected it to the new thing via Bluetooth and hey presto, I can play whatever I want and stop and start it without ever going near it, the wonders of the modern world and all at my age as well 🙂