Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Roar of the LAR Grizzly Win Mag

I received an email from a gentleman describing his frustration in finding a good place to shoot his LAR Grizzly WIn Mag. He had just moved to a new town and was searching for a shooting home. This story is hilarious and illustrates just how incredibly powerful these handguns really are. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...

Cam

"I began looking for a range where I could shoot my magnums (both pistols and rifles). However, most of the outdoor ranges either do not permit firearms with compensators or muzzle porting (disturbs adjacent shooters) or do not have suitable target distances for this cartridge (either 21 feet or 100 yard ranges). I then tried indoor ranges, but many would not allow any magnums, and those that did quickly banned me from shooting my Grizzly there.

I vividly recall the events at one range in particular. Since I had already been banned at others, I specifically asked permission to shoot my L.A.R. Grizzly 45 Win Mag at their range. The range officer looked at me and laughingly said, "Hell, son, we let 'em shoot 44 Magnums in here all the time, so you go right ahead." When I entered the range, most of the lanes were filled with local police department personnel shooting what I guessed were 9mm rounds. I took my time to setup, run a target down range, load and insert my magazine, and then take aim at the target. Blocking out all the non-stop "pop" "pop" "pop" sounds from the 9mm gunfire around me, I gently squeezed the trigger. As you undoubtedly know, the ensuing pressure wave and brilliant muzzle flash were substantially greater than those of the more modest 9mm cartridges in the range. Suddenly, I realized there were no "pop" "pop" "pop" sounds and the range was eerily silent. I put my Grizzly on the bench and stepped back to look down the line and every one of the police officers was looking at me. I waved and smiled, then stepped back into the booth, picked up my Grizzly, and squeezed off another round. As the muzzle flash faded, I watched one of the eight-foot fluorescent light bulbs fall from the overhead fixture and shatter in my lane. Just then, I felt a strong tapping on my shoulder and looked back to see a man excitedly signaling me to stop. I unloaded the Grizzly and followed the man to the office, where he began cursing at me for bringing that @#$*% canon in his range. About then, an assistant entered the office to report one of the deflector plates in my lane had sustained damage. The excitable man then identified himself as the owner and stated I was liable for the replacement costs of the damaged deflector and the fluorescent light. However, I challenged the owner and explained that I had, in fact, specifically asked one of his employees if I could shoot my L.A.R. Grizzly 45 Win Mag in the range and the employee said, "Hell, son, we let 'em shoot 44 Magnums in here all the time, so you go right ahead." After confirming my story, the owner told me I would not be held liable for the damages, but I could NEVER bring that @#$*% canon back to his range."

4 comments:

Don said...

It is just like the old adds said, When the bear roars people listen!

Cam said...

I just went shooting last weekend with some buddies from work... they were shooting mostly 9mm pistols. They really woke up when I fire the first round of 45 Win Mag! One of them wanted to shoot the gun and after three shots... he turned around, handed back my Grizzly and said "screw this!"

Guess you gotta be a recoil junkie like me to appreciate the Grizz...!

tylergnut said...

I was at a local indoor range when our county's Sherriff's Dept. was qualifying. I brought my .454 raging bull, .454 ruger alaskan and my Grizzley. I had female deputies on both sides of me. I had shot the .454's and when I got to the Grizzley. I fired 2 rounds and the female deputy to my right threw her pistol on the counter and jumped back about 4-5 feet. My daughter was 8 at the time she never flenched- she actually tols a spectator it's suppose to do that.

Mike said...

Great story!! I had a similar experiences with mine when I had it my Grizz. I used to shoot at Santa Anita Gun club in California. I was allowed to shoot there but the funny thing was when I had people to the left and right of my stall they would end up moving because of the flame, concussion of the stall walls. I do miss that gun but I would hate to have to try and find the brass after that Grizz would spit out brass 20 to 30 feet away.