Not really a blue Monday, but some traditions are too good to ignore. And speaking of totty, thanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links! Make sure to check out the extensive Rule Five linkfest.
No links or news today – off here in a few minutes to enjoy a (for once) work-free Labor Day. But it’s worth noting that here we are on the first of September already, in the ninth month of a year that seems like it has only just begun. Where the hell does the time go? Upon a time it seemed the summer lasted forever, or as close as made no difference.
Within the next few weeks the aspen will be turning in the high country. Elk will start to bugle, the sage country mulies will be shedding antler velvet, and gangs of yearling grouse will be fattening on berries and grasshoppers, making them toothsome and ripe for the frying pan.
The year may be going by too quickly, but there is one consolation – some of the best eating of the year is coming up.
I think I may need one of these. Relevant quote from the site:
TrackingPoint precision guided firearms, developed by military experts and a team of over forty engineers, have virtually eliminated shooter error and adverse conditions from the firing equation. Our Tag-Track-Xact system can more than double the proficiency of a skilled shooter and let them take shots they’d never before even attempt, while capturing it all on video. TrackingPoint precision guided firearms increase effective range, maximize accuracy, and almost entirely eliminate the possibility of errant shots. We’ve combined our technological innovations with the best hardware in the American gun industry has to offer, fusing our integrated trigger and groundbreaking scope system with 7.62, 300 BLK & 5.56 Semi Auto Platforms along with .338 Lapua and .300 Win Mag bolt action rifles to create a firing system unparalleled in the world today.
This one in particular catches my eye:
The TP 750 300H long range hunting rifle provides fighter-Jet Precision for 300 Winchester Magnum, a high performance long distance cartridge popular for hunting moose, elk and bighorn sheep, amongst other game.
The company’s other offerings have an overtly “tactical” look, but the TP 750 300H looks like a hunting rifle – the enormous high-tech scope notwithstanding. Much as I would love to play with this form the standpoints of my peripatetic gun-nuttery and techishness inclinations, there are possible issues for this as a hunting gun. What might those be?
There are two ways of looking at this from the standpoint of hunting ethics. First: Does this violate the rules of fair chase by removing a large element of required marksmanship skill? Or does it actually improve the chance of a quick, clean kill and thus enhance the ethical aspect of the hunt?
It’s an interesting problem, and one that I haven’t wrapped my brain around yet. It hasn’t stopped me from wanting one of these rifles – although I suspect the price tag might.