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Bob Wright

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I'm, we're, going through some pretty difficult times right now and I've had little chance to shoot or even go gun hunting. I've had a lot of time to meditate on things past. So I'll ask y'all to forgive me as I ramble about some things.

I bought my first revolver, a Colt New Service, in the fall of 1954, bought through mail order. It was originally a Canadian Mounties .455 Eley. It was bought as surplus and rebored to accept .45 Colt cartridges. It was my first custom revolver, converted to .44 Special and fitted with custom sights.

At that time Tennessee law prohibited the sale of handguns by dealers. Private sales were common, and unrestricted. And, living in Memphis, Tennessee, it was easy enough to go into Mississippi or Arkansas and purchase your desires. There never was any restriction on ownership. There was no provision for carry permits. To carry, a man could petition the sheriff and if he were deemed suitable, get a commission to carry. In 1959 the law allowing gun shops to operate was passed, and in 1998 carry permits were legalized. The law did allow handguns to be carried for hunting use.

I bought a Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum while I was in the Army and did some hunting with that in the area of Camp Roberts, California. Tennessee allowed only small game to be taken with the handgun, and that restricted to .22 r.f. only. In 1971 I approached the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission and proposed legalizing big game hunting with the handgun. About a year or so later a bill was passed which adopted my draft for the regulations. Since then it has been expanded to cover more guns and cartridges.

While my Colt New Service, now a .44 Special, was my pet revolver, I was not too impressed by the introduction of the .44 Magnum. That, and a lack of funds, as I was going through some lean times. But in 1972 a theft separated me from that Colt and I bought a new Super Blackhawk and, as finances improved, more Rugers joined the battery.

I caught a lot of flak over the years, in jest, from my friends who favored the double actin revolver, or even the autoloaders. Rather sad note: I found a list of twelve or so of those friends recently. Of those, all are dead now, with the possible exception of one who has moved out of the Memphis area. But, they were such good friends over the years!

Right now I'm hovering over my wife who is having some serious health problems. I don't know the outcome, as we have an appointment today with her pulmonary specialist. But, WOW, did we ever make memories!

Bob Wright

P.S. Thanks to ya'll here, all of whom I deem to be among my best friends.
 
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Prayers for you and your wife. Bob, I don't call your writing "Ramblin" at all! I look forward to reading what you have to say. It's sometimes funny, serious or sad, but always interesting and enjoyable. We've never met, but through your writing, I feel like I know you. I do feel like you are a friend, to all of us here on this wonderful gathering place! Nothing but the best to you and your wife.
 

jimbo1096

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Best wishes and prayers for your wife's recovery. I lost mine a bit over a year ago after a lengthy medical problem. My sister is now in ICU with them figuring out what to do for her. She is a COVID survivor from Jan. 2021 but has never completely recovered.
I also look forward to reading your writings and hope they can continue. If I was ever needing a reason to visit Tennessee, It would be to meet up with you.
 
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Bob, I read everything you post and have never found it a waste of my time. You seem to have a bit of Will Rogers in you. I'm so sorry you and your wife are going through some bad times. My prayers will go out for you and family.
 
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caryc said:
Bob, I read everything you post and have never found it a waste of my time. You seem to have a bit of Will Rogers in you. I'm so sorry you and your wife are going through some bad times. My prayers will go out for you and family.

Very well said. Yes, Bob, prayers for your wife.
 

turd

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Kevin said:
caryc said:
Bob, I read everything you post and have never found it a waste of my time. You seem to have a bit of Will Rogers in you. I'm so sorry you and your wife are going through some bad times. My prayers will go out for you and family.

Very well said. Yes, Bob, prayers for your wife.

I agree, very well said Cary. It is difficult to deal with the circle of life when we get near the closure of the circle. It seems kind of cruel that people have to deal with difficult health issues when they are weakened by age. I think we would all like to go in our sleep, if possible. I always read your posts and believe that you are a very kind and good man. I would like to meet you someday as well. Know that prayers for your wife and you are being sent. Hopefully your wife will be able to enjoy another reawakening of the natural world as spring comes soon. I imagine the dogwoods will be blooming soon.
 

contender

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Ramble all you want here. We enjoy it.

And like so many others,, Prayers for Nita AND you.
 

Bob Wright

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Dan in MI said:
Getting a little concerned.

Anybody heard from Mr. Wright?

First of all, thank you for your concern and to all who have offered prayers.

Update: I took Nita for her appointment last Thursday. After preliminary examination the doctor called an ambulance and had Nita taken straight to the hospital. At the same time I was sent to a medical supply house where I got an oxygen generator and a portable tank for her when she is dismissed from the hospital. She has an awful lot of fluid build-up around her lungs and heart. Doctors are working ot reduce this and get medication to prevent this build-up. She is improving and it looks as if she will come home maybe Monday or Tuesday.

I can't thank y'all enough for the support you have shown. I can't say it any better than, "Thank You."

Bob Wright
 

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