Muzzled Protest

Nothing like a little skeet shooting to lift one’s spirits! My first 12-gauge shot evah. Took the bird out, too:

Felt gooooood!!

It was a fine Sunday afternoon in the Low Country on an historic property. The house of our hostess was built the year before the Civil War and it still has the scribblings on the walls of the Union soldiers who were barracked there:

Why, yes. We sat on the porch and waved at the boats parading by.

Damn Yankees have no good manners!

This place is where we will be spending the Zombie Apocalypse come October 21st. We reconnoitered the estate, planning our strongholds and shoring up weaker boundaries. The alligator-in-residence is firmly on Our Side, however, and the tractor-trailer full of shotgun shells seems a goodly fall-back position if things get sideways.

Plus, there is the vantage point of the widow’s walk; but we had a long discussion on whether or not zombies can swim:

All that's missing is a sailboat in this picture.

19 thoughts on “Muzzled Protest

  1. Nice crib even without the boat. You need to get yourself a shotgun…it should be mandatory everyone have one. They’re good for many things, including the harvesting of Christmas trees. That’s another story. When I was a young boy (about ten years of age), my grandfather gifted me a .410, and I’ve had a shotgun ever since. I remember my first 12-gauge shot, and I was all like, darn, this thing kicks. I had to have one. Anyway, like I said, every household should be required to have a shotgun, and a tractor-trailer full of shotgun shells would be a huge bonus.

    Good for you!

  2. I agree with Yabu. I don’t believe there is a problem that can’t be solved with a big knife, a shotgun, and some C-4.

  3. That is an awesome place!

    Your post brings a couple things to mind-

    Swimming Zombies-
    Did you read World War Z by Max Brooks?
    His description of shoals of zombies shambling across the ocean bottoms was great food for thought… It kept people on outlying islands from leaving the lights on since it drew the submerged Zs to their location.

    -and-

    Antique graffiti-
    I volunteer down in the Dry Tortugas at Ft. Jefferson (built 1843-1860 and used as a prison in Civil War); the powder magazines in the bastions have graffiti like the ones you show here- Soldiers from the years as a prison, boat crews, names of squatters that lived there in the early 1900s before it was taken over by the Nat’l Park Service, CCC workers from the 30s… Very interesting.
    It’s off limits to the general public until they can find a good way to protect it.


    TBG
    listen2unclejay.com

    • It’s a private residence. They’ve preserved the writings visibly upstairs hallway and have blanketed them protectively in the other rooms before painting them.

    • Now, that’s the sort of helpful commenting I expect from my visitors! Note to self: lights out at night.

      Good stuff. Heh.

  4. Joan, now that is lovely.

    One of these days, once I’m settled in over on the east coast, we’re going to have to meet up. Clearly, you know How to Have a Good Time.

  5. Distinctions:

    Skeet is a game played on a layout with two towers, a high and low. There is a semi-circle with seven shooting stations and one more between the two houses. You shoot high, then low then double from station 1, 2, 6 and 7. Only single from each house for 3, 4, 5. Finish with one from each house for a total of 24 shots. The 25th is your “option” and fired on a repeat of the first bird you miss. If not used, you shot at a bird from any station of your choice.

    Trap is a game played on a layout radiating from 16 yards behind the buried trap house. All birds go away from you. The trap rotates through a narrow arc so you don’t know exactly where the birds go. You shoot four shots from each of the six stations. You can shoot from longer stations on each of the rays away from the house to a max of 27 yards from the house. Longer range shots and less predictable.

    The shot you picture is a “Sporting Clays” station. Various spots along a trail. Clays can be high, low or right along the ground. Simulation is various game birds or running rabbits. All courses are different depending upon terrain. The upright 2x4s are to restrict muzzle swing for shooter safety.

    Lesson over.

  6. Our hosts have both skeet range towers and sporting clay stations on their property. They compete on an international level.

  7. Ed, I had no idea…and I like to think I’d have known that info already. Sheesh.
    J, you have lovely friends. I hope they have you paint something nice for a wall there. Hint…hint…

    What an amazing home…thanks for sharing!

  8. Hell yeah, zombies can swim. Well, not actually swim, but they can walk under water because they don’t have to hold their breath.

    (Also, I am very jealous because I have always wanted to try skeet shooting. My dad was very competitive, and it looked like fun, but I hear it is expensive. My alma mater has a skeet shooting club, and I still kick myself for not looking into it!)

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