Right next to his knee, I see what you did there.
Only one of them gets shot.
Yes, a snake–but Wade shot 3 times…. how many snakes were shot? I doubt Wade misses much (on many levels).
One to put the snake down, second to be sure… not sure why Wade would need a third shot. Maybe to make a point?
Well done, Chris!
Two to center of mass,
one to the head.
Sign a diff. name, that’s confusing.
I knew he wasn’t you. Diff last name, M not Muir!
It would take a real dummy, progressive/SJW to make that mistake. 😉
How ’bout this?
Besides, you’re younger, got more hair on your head than me, and don’t live in Texas (though you should) 🙂
The old ‘Mozambique.” Nice one, Centurion. Like it, like it!
I thought it was odd three shots fired and no muzzle flash on the 6-shooter. Like maybe someone else off-screen is getting their Jeff Cooper on.
Mozambique. More than a nasty place in the dark continent.
Beware “goblins.” (poem)
I’m with you-no flash. And if he is shooting an 1860, there would be a lot more than that. Stay tuned–same DBD time, same DBD channel.
From experience, if your “center mass” shot on a rattler misses its spine, it is still able to coil and strike, just fine. I blew a .44 Mag 240 grain hard cast lead into one about eight inches back from the head, but missed the spine. Need a spine shot or a head shot. CCI .44 Mag snake shot blows the head off from six feet for sure, maybe farther, though I never shot from farther back.
If you cut the head off and are foolish enough to try to pick it up with your hand, you will get bitten anyway by the severed head!
See my note below for three shots.
Three has always been an important number in the theater. Two does not impress and four is boring. Just let it roll off your tongue, bang!, bang!, bang!!! So much more complete than just two shots.
Yes, snake Or Gila Monster. Hopefully not a protected one.
Rattlers give birth to living young.
One snake shot to save a skunk.
I was taught, “Two to the body and one to the head.” Then again I wasn’t training to shoot the Linnean Order “Serpentes.”
So, does Wade counsel the young fool about rattlers having few or no rattles anymore? That’s on account of men like Wade, with pistols. Just remember, if we kill a young fool every time they make a mistake, we’ll all too soon have a shortage of old fools to blame things on.
Good point, Tom… We depend upon wisdom and that’s mostly gained through experience and that’s mostly gained through surviving making mistakes.
Also, a rattler only ‘rattles’ when he doesn’t want to be disturbed, as in “I’m taking a nap on this nice, warm, sunny rock, go away”.
When he’s hunting, or getting ready to strike because you’re too close to his hole, he doesn’t give any advance warning.
Snakes are smarter than most people think. That’s what makes the little buggers dangerous.
In this (and Wade’s) part of Texas, the rattlers have pretty much stopped rattling at all. That’s because the feral hogs come running the second they hear a rattler — it’s lunch call to them. Them FLEA boys do not want to be anywhere near when the hogs run…
Still want to take his guns, boy? Or could this be your come to Jesus moment?
I suspect ol’ Wade was using a little hogleg artistry, using just the right number of shots, in the right folds of the rattler, to make that serpent match Ben Franklin’s ‘Join Or Die’ flag.
Is Wade a WWII vet?
I read it this way: two for the snake, and one for the not-so-young thug in a non vital area, sayyyyy, the knee, or the ankle (oops, sorry I shot you, that darn snake was SO close, but at least you didn’t get bit. too bad so sad. shall I call the ambulance for you? out of cell range, gonna hav’ta ride in closer. you can either wait here, or ride with me (ouch)).
Nah. The thug’s pants will likely be wet and soiled, he can wait there. Don’t want to ruin a perfectly good saddle.
The thug will survive, but his career as an active thug is finished. He may ride a desk, or even be medically retired (best option, out of active duty altogether).
Just my 2 cents.
Yeah. Why not a Rooster Cogburn redux where the fed is bit by the snake and though Wade valiantly tries to ride him to the nearest help he loses a leg and is a pegleg for life. I mean it coulda happened……..
Either he shot to scare, or he shot to kill. Or he has diplomatic immunity, and will have to move to Argentina after becoming PNG.
… tune in tomorrow!
We all know the wrong snake got shot, but only Chris knows what’s on the flash drive Zed got from his contact. God bless the SF/Delta “Good ol’ Boys” network…..
beat me to that one.
Yeah, I’m bettin’ the wrong snake got shot. I don’t care much for shootin’ order Serpentes, either, but those Federal snakes gotta go!
“Snake in the grass.” and “A picture is worth a thousand words”
A great play on words and drawing.
When dealing with undesirable critters, ranchers out West have a saying, “Shoot ’em, shovel ’em, and shut up.” People who don’t respect their land should keep that in mind. As the old song goes, “That’s one body that’ll never be found.”
Oh? Which old song is that? Would love to put that one in my playlist.
“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”
Reba? You must be young (no offense intended; youth is a wonderful thing, while it lasts).
I first heard it by Vicki Lawrence on my uncle’s 8-track, in the early ’70s.
Wade clearly shot the snake – NOT the fed. 3 shots were for max fear effect. After asshole changes his BVDs and uniform I half expect him to try and charge Wade with some sort of gun offense. In Texas LEOs cannot (lawfully) enter private property absent either a warrant or probable cause. Said private property can be posted “No Trespassing” either by a sign or a distinctive set of paint stripes on a tree trunk or fence post. Otherwise it’s not criminal trespass until the property owner (or their representative) orders the person to leave and they refuse to comply. Technically that includes LEOs – even Feds – but damn few DAs have the balls to prosecute feds for anything but the most flagrant violations.
Oh, and NO FLEA (Federal Law Enforcement Agent) has any jurisdiction over any offense which would not be heard before a federal magistrate.
Looks like Wade likes the 1860 Colt Army in .44. An old Cap and Ball that can easily be loaded with shot for snakes, and according to the law, it is NOT considered a modern weapon that requires background checks and can be carried legally by anyone.
You can order them online from Cabela’s, along with powder, caps and balls, and UPS will deliver, even in California!
Federal law, yes. But states have their own laws, Check first.
Other 2 shots could have flipped the snake on to the agent.
Yea, that reminds of a time this young punk gave me some grief about something or other. I’ll remember his last words until … well my last days! “Hey Old Dude!”
Dirty diaper time.
That Fed… something about him… he looks a lot like a villain we’ve seen before, methinks. Longish face, balding head, what appears to be a pencil mustache…….. I think he was dressed in a more refined fashion last time we saw that mug.
One for the snake, one for the holster on the left leg, one for the belt. Doubt he’d kill the guy – not Muir’s style. More likely whatever’ll cause maximum embarrassment.
Snake indeed. Nice one Muir. Love the .45 Wade has as well.
Sadly those ATF/DHS guys are what’s coming (and in action already in some parts). I can only pray we have a local Sheriff who might play ball with us.
We must all hang together or surely we shall all hang separately.
how does one get an avatar here? I have looked all over and missed it.
I have a photo of my late best buddy, my cat, that I use lots of places. If I can I’d like to use him here too. Here is a link to the photo.
Look down next to the “email” line in the commenting section. It should say “Get a Gravatar“. Click there (or the link I just made) to set up your avatar.
PS: Avatars add to your online traceability. Google Images search led to “gpmorris”, might as well use that here. Which is a lot less generic than “Libertarian“.
That’s how I was taught to shoot as well, both with handguns and long arms..I asked my instructor how he could put three shots in so close..wanna know what he said?
“I can show you how to fire three rounds easy..teaching you to put those three rounds in one target accurately? Takes a lot longer”
Wade was just telling the fed to “don’t tread on me.” 😉
I see the Sherriff’s car in the background. Wade is probably shooting for maximum drama, and a major good ol’ boy laugh with the Local Law after the Feddies are bundled off to the county jug.
Given that we don’t see a muzzle flash from Wade’s gun, could the shots have come from the Sheriff who may have seen the snake first and “beat” Wade to the draw?
Hadn’t thought of that. It being SA, I was wondering why it wasn’t “double-click–BLAM!”. I figured Chris didn’t want to clutter up the frame. I’m sure he knows the difference between DA & SA.
Wade’s a nicer guy than I am.
I’d of waited for the snake to strike and _then_ shot it.
Judging from the size of that thing though, supper will be exotic.
If that is a genuine 1860 Colt the people noting the lack of muzzle flash are overlooking the fact that a black powder arm will generate a huge amount of smoke by today’s standards.
The agent should have been wearing his BROWN pants.
Is there enough snake left to skin out and maybe get a few more for marinating in tequila, then grilling?
Oooh! Hadn’t thought of marinating rattler in Tequila!
Waste not, want not
Great Art! Feel like I’m Right there.
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