RANCH HAND, RIDING ARMS
Ms. D and I are in sitting here on this late November evening, watching Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, and Michael Jeter in "Open Range".
IMHO, one of the best Post-Modern Western genre films made, so far. The scenery alone is worth the price of admission
This brought to mind the historical fact that many cow hands, ranch hands carried only two firearms, a side arm and a saddle carbine, both of which were chambered for the same round.
'Tis nothing new.
I do the same with the following :
"Cap'n' Ka-Runtch", Ruger Super Blackhawk Hogleg (7 3/4 inch) in .44 Magnum.
My incomparable Marlin eight shot, lever action saddle carbine;
the sweet shooting, dead on, iron sighted brush gun. Its great for deer and pig up to about 50 yards. At home, its an easily handled goblin killer and low-life snake shooter also chambered in .44 Magnum.
OK, what is that "knife" below?
That is a hand forged, English Sheffield steel knife. The cutting edge is 6.375 inches in length, shaped in the traditional long drop point Bowie shape, sharpened along both edges, solid brass guard and hafted in cocobolo wood.