First off, allow me to thank AIM Surplus – not only do they have .38 S&W in stock at a reasonable* price, they got it out the door in two days, and to my door in five, despite the ongoing panic. I have purchased both C&R firearms and ammunition from them in the past, and have always been impressed with their level of customer service.
And this is where, on any other day, I would have regaled you with tales of taking the new-to-me Webley out to the range and told you about how (hopefully) well it shoots and shown you cute pictures of targets and whatnot else.
If this were any other day. But today is today, and this morning, I woke up barely able to move the whole of my right hand without not-insubstantial amounts of pain. I have no idea what I did to piss off my thrice bedamned pinkie, but maybe it heard about the doctor’s appointments I have next week and is threatening to hold my entire hand hostage if I try to do something stupid, like, y’know, fix it. While recoil therapy would unquestionably be good for my psyche, I doubt the tendons in my hand would concur.
I have an appointment with the hand folks at Jewish Hospital (I swear that is actually their name) and another with their counterparts at Vanderbilt, so I guess we will see what they have to say. In the end, nearly everything I do – my job, this weblog, shooting, gaming, making crappy-assed walking sticks, karate, whatever – involves my hands, so I am starting to get a touch concerned.
I hate posts designed to induce the audience to feel bad for the author; kindly excuse me while I go curl up with a bottle of ibuprofen. Or gin. Or both.
(* – Reasonable is a relative concept. Back in ’09, I paid $0.25 a round for 115gr FMJ 9mm. Today, if you can find it, you will be paying at least $0.50 a round. I have no idea what .38 S&W went for back then, but, these days, $0.35 a round is damned near a steal.)