The day started out dark and drizzly, which didn't help with that tiny scope. I hate to report that the mosquitoes were back in full force so the camo netting had to go back on. I was amazed to see quite a few squirrels today through my foggy glasses considering the lousy weather. I'm sure that if I was carrying my Varmint Express I would have nailed 6-8. My fear is that at this rate, I'll hit the season limit of 40 by next month. Hunting with the revolver makes it unlikely that it will happen unless I start getting really good with it.
A reminder not to put your cylinder up against a tree to steady yourself when you take a shot unless you want to get burned by the cylinder flash.
As the day progressed it became darker and rained harder. I did bag one squirrel, which was my first handgun kill. When I get this gun sighted in and get used to hunting with it, I think it's going to shoot as good as a rifle out to about 50 yards.
Here's a few things I made note of:
• If the squirrel is at any distance, you'll want to steady yourself by leaning up against a tree. Be careful that if you rest your gun against the side of a tree that the cylinder isn't right up against it. I did that once and the flash came back to my hand, peppering it with gunpowder. I'm sure that if the position had been a bit different I could have been burned as well.
• The small scope I'm using has a narrow field of view. That means that unless my head and the scope are in correct alignment, the scope is black. You might want to consider getting a scope with a wider field of view so you can acquire targets quicker.
• The small scope also makes it difficult to see in low light and a few drops of water on the lens obliterates the view. I missed numerous squirrels today because of this.
• Be sure you have hearing protection on. This revolver sounds like a cannon in the woods compared to my rifles of the same caliber. My ProEars did a great job of reducing the gunshots while amplifying the sounds I needed to hear.
This is a scope for a bright, clear day. When I get the sights nailed down and get used to acquiring my targets faster, this revolver will be a blast to hunt with.