- Jul 3, 2012
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- Washington State
well I took my dogs out for their evening constitutional and they bolted away from me into the garageNow thats a story I'd like to hear!
I ran to see what they were into and I came face to face with a mountain lion that was missing a paw, bone sticking out and it was emaciated.
The dogs were trying to sniff it and I was afraid the cat would get them. I grabbed the little dog ran inside and got the closest firearm I could get and it was my 1851 in fantasy .44. My big fear was the cat would get away and suffer more. Well I got to the cat in seconds and unloaded on it. I felt duty bound to end the cat in that moment. It was suffering more than any good critter should. 20 seconds later it was over.
I dragged it to under a pine tree for the scavengers. It was dark and we were in a blizzard but I had to get it away from the house as it would drive the dogs crazy.
Well after Spring was in full swing I went and checked to see what was left and it was all still there. So I buried it in loose warm soil, then recovered the bones about 6 weeks later. Then mailed them to a First Nations member of this forum. The remains of the cat were then honored with rituals and prayers by Native American peoples, the bones were split amongst a few different groups. I only kept a single fang and a claw. They sit on my alter to the ancients. I did want to keep the skull, but I just felt in my heart I should send it to the native man who asked for it as it just felt right.
I know that god sent that cat to me to help it along to the next world. And I knew in my heart that those bones belonged with the natives who wanted them.
The 1851 fired every chamber I called on in that moment. Now I understand a lot of folks don't cotton to the idea of a BP revolver as a defense weapon. But when the other half of the marriage has a no modern pistols rule in the house there are compromises made*. I know that should I ever need to call on it again for a serious situation I can count on that pistol. I load very carefully, inspecting every component during the process and making sure 100% I got it all right.
*Being with an anti gun spouse has its challenges but I am able to have black powder reproductions and single shot modern rifles and shotguns. While it isn't ideal, it works well enough. I am a decent shot. (I will never win any marksmanship trophies but I am minute of deer out to 75 yards.) Haven't had any situation arise where an 1851 or a Sears Roebuck single shot with a .410 slug couldn't handle the day.