As I watch the last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis I’m having some thoughts.
If one didn’t know this would be the last flight for this craft one would be hard pressed to find anything remarkable about this launch or flight. Seeing this event has led me to another thought. I’m wondering who among us knows when we will fire the last bullet from a particular firearm?
Firearms are, in my mind, a wondrous testament to technology. I won’t begin to say that I understand everything about how a firearm works, in fact I know just enough to be dangerous to myself and those around me. Knowing that I tend to allow professionals to do the work on these marvels and I just shoot them.
Being that we most likely won’t know the last time we will launch a projectile from a firearm doesn’t it make sense to fire every bullet as if it may be your last? In short, make the shot count and put the bullet where it needs to go. We can’t call the bullet back once the primer ignites. If our target is just paper that’s not a big deal. If however our target is a game animal, be it trophy or meat, the result may have dire consequences. This same consideration is even more vital in the case of a defensive shooting, but that’s a topic for another discussion.
I regret selling or trading some of my firearms over the years. I would like to think that the last time I shot a particular firearm that I put the bullet where I intended, but that is not always the case. Reality has a way of biting a chunk out of the rear of our fantasies. Thus I think one should try to conduct their shooting in such a manner that if it is the last time they fire that firearm it is done in such a manner that it upholds the honorability of that endeavor.