Spring Break 2009

March 29, 2009

Spring break this year was a much needed relief. I was incredibly ready for a break. School just really isn’t my cup of tea when I do not feel like I am learning anything and it makes me just want to get away. Anywho, I had fun over break. My father picked up my grandfathers old hunting rifle, shotgun, and competition revolver. My grandfather used to be one of the best competition quick draw shooters in the northwest. I feel honored that he has entrusted us with the care of his old guns.

Since the guns had been sitting for probably 15 years, and my father had some other guns that needed cleaning, we had a cleaning party. I spent 3 hours alone on that revolver. It is in pretty good shape, but it was dirty. The shotgun wasn’t too bad. Though I am not much taken with shotguns so I probably did a subpar job on it. The worst parts were the spider nests in the barrel and all the rust on it. Cleaned up pretty nice. But then comes the gun I have become really attached to. 1951 Savage 99E .308. She is not the greatest gun to look at, but the knowledge that this gun used to be my grandfather’s hunting rifle, along with the fact that I have wanted a .308, caused my to become more and more attached to it as I took it apart and cleaned it all out. The .308 is in remarkable condition for being so old. It looks like it has had a long life, but she still shoots true and is all prettied up. I forgot to take pictures of it after cleaning, but you would be amazed at the change. It also has a really nice Leupold 3×9 scope.

Went shooting with friends a couple times, played wallyball, worked, and slept. Slept a lot. Overall it was nice and relaxing, but getting my grandfather’s guns was definataly the highlight of my week.

Only 5 more weeks to go!

Below are some pics. Click any of them to see the full gallery!

The Revolver

Part of the .308

Random Bike in Portland

Box Fish