.38 Snakeshot - a quick field study
Well, after 20 years in New Mexico, with a lot of it spent in reasonably snakey territory/activities, my count is 2 and 1. I've seen two rattlesnakes, and killed one.
We were leaving our house yesterday, and passed a snake in the road. My wife always asks "is that a rattlesnake?" when we witness the legless creatures on asphalt, and this time the answer was yes. Raised head, raised tail, and there was a rattle on that tail. I back the car up, got a good look to confirm, and backed up some more. Thought for sure I'd made road line linguini, but the little sucker was too quick. So I got out, got some big (say, 2-3 times the size of my fist) rocks and went biblical on his lack of behind. I sent him to Colorado. He got stoned.
Yes, the skin is drying and about to be tanned, and it will be incorporated into a snake shot revolver holster.
So I finally got off my behind and tested my standard pest load. I've been carrying my non-View as you can see here (sorry about the rotation issue):
Three snakeshot loads, and two FMJ just in case... coyotes, whatever. I like how light it is, I like the corrosion resistance, and it carries very comfortably in my pocket around the house.
So let's see how it actually patterns. Yes, I know, I should have done this the day before I ever carried it for pests the first time. I put some sharpie circles around the base of a soda can, and then set the cardboard on the ground about three paces away. That was my target.
Here's I am lined up for the first shot. Recoil wasn't bad at all. These improvised grips really, really help.
Here's the pattern from the first shot.
Consider me less than impressed.
Here's the result of the full cylinder, three shotshells and the two FMJ.
Much better, but if I had to do this in our neighborhood, I'm guessing I'd see one or more patrol cars shortly thereafter.