Change Of Plans: No Hammer This Weekend

I purchased the Smith & Wesson Model 69 (The Hammer) the other day to be by sidearm when hunting and engaging in other outdoor activities where I might encounter a serious threat from the wildlife. Unfortunately, life, the universe and poor planning on my part have put me in a position where The Hammer will stay home for my fist hunt of the season.

With my current workload (personal, business and spiritual) I did not have enough time to order the ammo I want to use. Few local gun stores carry .44 Magnum and almost none carry .44 Special. I could get a decent .44 Magnum load but no shot shells locally. So it would have to be an Internet purchase and there is no time left for that. Even worse I haven’t found a good carry holster for this monster locally so that will have to be an internet purchase as well and, again, no time.

Instead of The Hammer, my Smith & Wesson 340 will get the call. I already have shot shells in .38 caliber on hand and .357 Magnum is a bit more common down here so I was able to grab a box of 158 grain soft-points that ought to suffice against all but the biggest and most determined critters. I also carry this revolver regularly and have several holsters that work quite well already.

This weekend’s hunting carry

We are heading out after deer and the area we will be hunting does not have anywhere near the feral hog population that we have down here in Texas. We will not be near any alligator infested waterways either. On the other hand, there is a slightly higher likelihood of encountering black bears in the area and we will be bow hunting so I won’t have a long gun with me. All in all, I have no doubt that the .357 Magnum should be just fine. It is significantly lighter and easier to conceal for travel through populated areas. I was just hoping to be able to bring The Hammer along.

Take care and God bless.

7 thoughts on “Change Of Plans: No Hammer This Weekend

    1. Looks like the trip will likely not happen at all. We just received word that a friend has passed away….
      The “good” person in me says we need to stay and help the family, to be there for them. The “bad” side is disappointed and wants to go anyway because we really need a break.
      Fortunately, I have Wonderful Wife by my side to keep me focused on what is most important right now…
      Take care and God bless.


    1. We’ll see what happens. This is a busy time of year and with the news today we will have our hands a bit more full than they already were. I am hoping that we are able to make our annual hog hunt in January. I will want The Hammer with me for that trip for sure as we will be stalking feral hogs through the brush and swamps.
      Take care and God bless.


  1. Sorry to hear about your friends passing. You might regret not being there for his family and there’s always time for a hunting trip.
    Sounds like you have several choices for a carry piece on your future hunting trip. Either one will serve you nicely!

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