RECAP: Safe Shooting at it’s Best: Crotchety Colonel Aims Straight for It!
By angelamontana

Posted: November 3, 2019


Colonel Smoothbore is taking a little  time off to attend to some personal matters. He will return soon. He can still be reached at

In the meantime, while this cold weather has some people complaining, we are taking a look at Colonel Smoothbore’s pet peeves from 2013.  Take a look at these, and let us know your pet peeves!

s4It seems that as the weather cools and we approach winter, I get little more crotchety than normal (even if Gramma Smoothbore doesn’t think it’s possible). Maybe it’s the shortening daylight, maybe the colder weather, maybe my arthritis-NAH, it’s just the stupid! Here are some of my pet peeves; I believe that many of you will agree with me.

First and foremost, POACHING. Year round, and especially during hunting season, we get almost daily reports of our wildlife being stolen from us by slobs who have no respect for the wild resource, their fellow citizens, or the rule of law. I thank the webmasters here at for highlighting these crimes. See such examples here.

Make no mistake, these idiots are criminals and any reasoning that they are just folks who need the meat is crap. Spotlighting, killing for the thrill, or for horns, and killing game animals illegally because “we need the meat” is simply stealing a public resource that belongs to all of us. We all need to work to stop these 2 legged criminal predators. Ignoring these crimes because we might know the perpetrators, is cowardice-lawful sportsmen and sportswomen deserve better.4

Another pet peeve of mine are the so-called “experts” I see on some of the outdoor television programs. Just because someone can hold a gun, stand before a camera, or has a degree (many I think are in undersea basket repair) doesn’t mean they know a damn thing about shooting or firearms safety. I have watched a fellow whose program about upland bird hunting is somewhat enjoyable. Then comes the commercial with the same guy hawking truck gun safes. He slams his O/U shut, then swings the gun 180 degrees from left to right sweeping everyone in sight with the muzzle. Even if a remote camera is used, such careless gun handling is unacceptable, especially by someone who is paid to promote the shooting sports. And on another name brand show, the host constantly opens a very expensive O/U by pushing the release lever and then heavily snapping the barrel downward to open the gun. A good and effective way to ruin a fine smoothbore.

Read the rest of Colonel Smoothbore’s pet peeves here, and see if you can relate!