So I ran out to Bud's this afternoon. I decided to have a little fun. I haven't been to the range nearly enough lately (as evidenced by my performance with the Airweight 38). Anyway.... I learned a few things while I was there. 1) Bud's does a great job with CCDW classes. Instead of tying up all 8 lines on a Saturday with qualifications, they only ran two lanes for the class and had the rest of the students line up OUTSIDE the range during quals. (Well done!) 2) It doesn't take much to clog up the aisles between the range doors and the register when you have 20 bored people standing around. 3) The mall ninjas with their H&K's and zombie targets snicker when they see the cardboard on lane 7 roll back with a bunch of paper plates stapled to it. 3a) Electronic muffs are WONDERFUL for hearing mall ninjas snicker and comment up to 5 lanes away. 3b) Mall ninjas snicker even more loudly when they see the guy in lane 7 pull out two wheelguns. 3c) Most snickers stop immediately upon putting 5 38s in the center of plate #1. 3d) Comments of "Anyone could do that with THAT ancient POS" drift over the wall quite well (see 3a). 3e) Mall ninjas stop and ask if one of the CCDW students blew something up when you fire a 357 Magnum after getting them acclimated to 38s. 4) All hell breaks loose when you fire a cylinder full of full-house 357's from a 2.25" barrel. 5) Mall ninjas don't make nasty comments when the guy in lane 7 puts a 4-6 foot ball of fire downrange, 125 gr. JSPs in the center of the plate, and the blast from the muzzle blows the targets on lanes 6-8 around wildly like a hurricane was coming through. 6) Half of CCDW students are easily startled by 357s from a 2.25" barrel a few lanes over. 6a) The other half ask if they can come to Lane 7 and see what HE has. 7) My wife later informed me the 357 got as many comments and questions on the shop side of the windows as it did on the range side. 8) Being the old cooter with the wheelguns is a lot of fun. 9) I need to get out more, I'm far too easily amused. I think I need to do that again really soon. This snub 357 has really put the excitement back in shooting for me. I can draw the Glocks and put a mag-full on the plate all day long, but this fire-breather's really a hoot. Indoor range rules and overzealous RO's generally make doing anything but monotonous paper-punching a no-no. (Training from concealment, more than one round every 2 seconds, multiple targets? You can't be serious. You act like this is a shooting range or something.) And I guess in this day of 9's, 40's, 380's, and watered down Cowboy loads for the wheelguns ruling the roost, and even 45's being rare on the line, it's easy to forget what fun the old-school Magnums really are. Sure, I could do the same (to an even greater degree) with a nice Ruger or Colt single-action in 44Mag or 45LC, but at least this is still relavent self-defense work...and affordable (relatively) to boot! This is my way to put the fun of shooting back into...well...shooting. And all within the rules. But guys, just call me before you take your 454 Alaskan or your S&W 500 or 460 out to Bud's....you'll steal all my "thunder." Wanna kill these ads? We can help!