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An article for those who'd like to contemplate shooting and guns

Post by timmy » Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:25 am

This is an excerpt from an article by CE "Ed" Harris, who can still be found occasionally posting on line. Unlike many of the famous gunwriters of book and magazine fame, Ed has written articles for a number of magazines, but hasn't become famous in the way that Jack O'Connor, Jim Corbett, Selous, and others have. But his views and motivations are interesting to me, perhaps because they somewhat parallel my own.

Ed worked for Ruger, testing guns and loads, and also for the NRA, where he knew many of those old time gun experts who tested firearms and loads. He's had lots of experience and has probably shot more, cast more bullets, and reloaded more ammunition that everyone who has ever posted here has ever done, combined! (Ed still occasionally posts on his own pages here: ... kdiary.htm and, as you can see, likes the 32 Auto cartridge. His thoughts here have provided a lot for me to think about in that regard and in others, as well.)

What I will quote here is from an article he wrote for "Gunwriters," a Finnish gun site. This article, should you choose to browse it, can be found here: This site is a considerable trove of gun treasures, telling how things work, like powders, bullets, and so on, so don't stop at this article! Browse the site for more gun information and stories. (Finland has a long and deep history of gun research and shooting.)

Now, to the quote:
C.E. "Ed" Harris

It wasn't that long ago I thought that reloading 500 rounds to shoot every week, and working for a year on a magazine article that didn't pay enough to cover my expenses, actually was fun! At the range, rude clowns would pester me with stupid questions while I tried to "work." They'd blab on without the courtesy of waiting for a reply, interrupting with an answer they already "knew," being ready to argue for hours, while ignoring any pretext of science, engineering or common sense. Those days are gone for me now, thank God!

I've lost all interest in club shooting and competition, selling my Rod & Gun Club membership. So they won't see me at the range any more. A few old friends I'll miss know who they are and still stay in touch. It's ironic that from a club of hundreds of members, after 30 years I can count on the fingers of one hand the intelligent, well mannered gentlemen still living whom I am honored and thankful to have known.

The shooting game in America is dying because young people are not taking up the sport. Liberals and entertainment media use violence to sell the fearful on big government, trading our rights and freedom for the false security of "Homeland Defense" after September 11. Anti gunners are waiting patiently for the rest of the post WWII "baby boomer" generation to die off, so that the politicians can ban private ownership of guns outright without today's spoiled brats even raising a whimper. They'll get away with it, because most shooters are too stupid to see past the next election.

What was once the honorable hobby of outdoorsmen, citizen soldiers and amateur historians has been prostituted by costly games having no basis in reality. Competition has no purpose other than to sell more guns and accessories in a saturated market. Our head-in-sand Liberals of mis-applied compassion don't even have to ban guns. This is because our own shooting industry, advertisers and mass marketing have turned sport shooting into the pastime of monied elitists.

The cost of sport shooting has been driven out of reach of most ordinary working people and is surely killing our Second Amendment heritage just as certainly as if the cursed liberals had done it legislatively. The "gentleman good guys" such as the late John Amber, Bud Waite and Col. E.H. Harrison are surely rolling in their graves.

America's sport shooters who survive have forgotten that competition is about skill and hunting is an expression of reverence for our great outdoors and the game. The noble simplicity of it all hidden by today's advertising hype. The great outdoorsman Frank Marshall, Jr. killed most of his deer with a sporterized .303 Lee Enfield while wearing a tattered flannel short, bib overalls, smoking a Lucky Strike, watching the wafting smoke and stalking up on quietly upon them from downwind. Today's arrogant kids who learn how to hunt on the Internet need to get out of their tree stands and learn to enjoy nature and walk quietly around the woods so that they may truly enjoy them instead of worrying about how they smell!

After I changed careers and left the shooting industry, I didn't fire a shot in four years and didn't miss it at all. After my Dad died I started going back up to our country place, in the mountains of West Virginia, escaping daily suburban stresses to recall a simpler time. A neighbor invited me to help him zero a woodchuck rifle at his farm nearby and hunt deer with him in the fall. This was like turning the clock back 30 years and returning to my boyhood home. An occasional outing with a few close friends was delightful, 100 miles away from obnoxious newly rich who shoot the same arrogant way as they drive their expensive German cars which seem to have replaced the Fords and Chevy's we grew up with.

I don't have as many guns as I used to, but the favorites which I kept serve my modest, practical needs. What little hunting I do these days is for deer, varmints in my vegetable garden, wild turkey, rabbits and upland game birds close to home. My target shooting is informal, with revolvers handguns and traditional, muzzle-loading black powder rifles to 100 yards, centerfire rifles to 300 yards, mostly for woodchucks, but certainly not the fantasy 600 to 1000 yard "sniper" ranges anymore.

Ken Warner wrote in his Practical Book of Guns that before 1950 most American homes had a .22 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and either a .30-30 lever action or .30-'06 bolt action. Most handguns were .22s, but if center-fire, were almost certainly a .38 Special, unless a returning WWII veteran was an officer who kept his .45 automatic. Things were practical and simple then.

I learned to fire the Springfield and Colt Official Police revolver young enough to be confident of their accurate rapidity. They appear far less sinister than a semi-automatic such as a Garand or AR-15 and get the job done without scattering the fired brass all over. My "West Virginia battery" has built-in redundancy, because experience taught me that all essential systems need a backup, whether they be motor vehicles, two-way radio communications, home heating, knives, or firearms.
“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” - Maya Angelou

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Re: An article for those who'd like to contemplate shooting and guns

Post by Woods » Sun Nov 21, 2021 3:45 pm

Such a piece of wisdom . It's also noteworthy that what we see in India is kinda " post apocalypse " scenario - guns are already outlawed since long but leftists and liberals ( they bestowed this name to themselves but in fact they are " haters " by profession) do not give up the chase still . Actually you can't live in peace with haters . No matter how much you comply to their whims you can't satisfy them .
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Re: An article for those who'd like to contemplate shooting and guns

Post by ckkalyan » Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:28 am

An interesting and thought-provoking article by Ed Harris! Great ideas on living a quiet, simple yet rewarding life in the bosom of nature.

Thank you for sharing, timmy.
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Re: An article for those who'd like to contemplate shooting and guns

Post by Vikram » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:24 pm

Thank you for the excellent article and the links, Tim. I confess that this is the first time I came across Ed Harris the writer. I will go through his articles and the Finnish website.
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