I’m supposed to be in Texas right now. Tomorrow kicks off a three day carbine class at TAC PRO Shooting Center that I will not be taking. The school is hosted by XS Sights and taught by Bill Davison who is one of my favorite instructors.

On Friday I was supposed to fly from Dallas to Texarkana to hunt with Bill Wilson but that’s not going to happen either.

The head head cold from Friday moved to my chest. This not the same sickness from last week. That was an out both ends sickness, this one’snot. (Notice my play on words. Funny how the brain works when chemically enhanced.)

My voice sounds like it belongs to some troll guarding a bridge. I’ve spent most of the day staring at my computer screen in a antihistamine induced high, while coughing up radioactive matter that could earn a part in some science fiction horror flick, even if it didn’t move on its own.

I tried to catch up on a few articles but my mind wondered off – for a while, apparently. I caught myself staring at the mount of my last WV whitetail. Don’t know how long I’d been staring at it. Not even sure what I’d been thinking. What brought me around was the realization that my head hurt, which probably meant it was time for more cold medicine. So that’s what I did.

Why do my eyes feel like they are really small and in the very back of my head?


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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