Monday, April 26, 2004

It's time to pass on one of Indian Bob's Skinner stories.

Now I've known Skinner since we was both wee lil' fellers. You'd think when you first meet him that he's just another dumb hick like me. Nothing could be further from the truth. He's one of these guys that can make or build anything. A natural born engineer if you will, with a healthy amount of practical wrench turning ability to go along with it.

Skinner likes his long guns, far more so than I. I'm more of a pistol man, but that's neither here nor there since this is a Skinner tale. He'd seen these nifty little vise-type devices (I don't know the proper name for them) that you use on a bench rest when you're sighting in a rifle, so he decided to build one. He got out in his shop one day and built a very nice looking vise. He couldn't wait to try it out, so he took it, his spotting scope and an old SMLE .303 out to the range to see how well it worked.

He set it up, clamped his Enfield down into it, set up his spotting scope and fired a round at the target.

Now Skinner didn't tuck the rifle up against his shoulder when he fired, he just leaned over and looked down the barrel and pulled the trigger.

Looked in his scope, dead center bullseye.

He leans over and fires another round.

Hmmm, that one was an inch higher.

Leans over, fires another round...

Hmmm, that one's an inch higher than the last round....

Leans over, fires another round...

WHAAP, the barrel came up and hit him in the forehead.

It seems the back end of his vise worked great, but the front end still needed a bit of work. The not-inconsiderable recoil was easing the barrel a bit further up each time he fired a round. He decided that his vise needed a bit more engineering and retired it for the time being...