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GUNS Magazine Digital April 2011 - Page 90
KEEP ThE ChANGE it must be a conspiracy. hange. it is always with us from the time of conception c until we leave this life. As this is written i have spent 25,575 days on this earth and have experienced change every single day; it has been both my best friend and worst enemy. The first parts of our lives are controlled mostly by positive changes, until we reach a certain point and then things begin to change negatively. not only do our bodies change, but also we are constantly surrounded by change. You can’t ever go back to how things used to be, and this is found to be true for someone who moves away from their hometown then returns many years later only to be startled by changes that have occurred. The first house I remember living in doesn’t exist anymore; that whole neighborhood is now a parking lot. My first grade school was within a quiet little well-kept neighborhood with several candy stores. The stores are long gone; the neighborhood is now rundown, with the long abandoned school building surrounded by a fence topped with barbed wire, to prevent vandalism. It hasn’t worked. During the six years I attended that grade school we lived in a housing project which had been built mostly for returning veterans of WWII. It was a wonderful place to grow up with lots of kids and playgrounds. It covered several blocks with three streets, and although the rental homes were small, they were well built of all brick construction and well cared for by the proud inhabitants. When I went back in the 1970s, I found a ghetto with paper and trash in the streets. Keep the change! Change had worked its damage. The house we moved into in January of 1950 was a grand place backed up to a wooded area. Here is where I lived as I finished my school years, got my first job, met Diamond Dot, and then moved when we married in 1959. It no longer exists. It burnt to the ground in the 1970s and was never rebuilt. My childhood is totally gone. I literally cannot go back. My past surroundings have been wiped out and only memories of wonderful times remain. Every reader can probably look back and experience the same things I have. Change happened very slowly prior to the Industrial Revolution, however, since then great change has happened faster and faster until today’s generation hardly notices it. I can usually handle these changes, however, I have a tough time with changes that have secretly and subtly been foisted upon us by the firearms industry. They make no excuses for what they have done, in fact, they will not even admit the changes they have forced upon us. Inhumane Changes As one example let us look at recoil. My first experience with a .44 Magnum was as a teenager in 1956. It was a Smith & Wesson and the recoil was horrendous! So much so, I instead purchased a .44 Magnum Ruger Blackhawk. It was even worse. At the first shot the muzzle flipped skyward and the hammer took a hunk of skin out of the back of my hand. Both Ruger and Smith & Wesson must’ve realized how bad the recoil was and changed something, as by the 1960s I was shooting both sixguns with no problem. Then came the .454 Casull in the 1980s and I fired hundreds of rounds per session. The .500 and .475 Linebaughs were a challenge, however I even survived them. All was well. continued on page 89 90 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • APRIL 2011