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Some pistol cartridges racked in the box...

Maybe less than three hundred of those would be enough material to make a trumpet, but somehow peopl...
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Some pistol cartridges racked in the box...

Maybe less than three hundred of those would be enough material to make a trumpet, but somehow people feel more qualified to make noise with this kind.

Truth be said, there seems to be a sadly similar percentage of those really "qualified" for either of the two brass products mentioned...

"Make a joyful noise unto Lord" (Psalm 98:4-6)
Yeah, right... :(
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geophotos December 03, 2018
That must be quite a pistol - rifles use 7.62...
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LookSee December 03, 2018
Not the same. 7.65 is actually a .32. Used to be the most popular caliber in the old days, like 9mm (.38) is now. But there is a pistol 7.62 caliber too, used in WW2 automatics of eastern production (and still in existence). Not to be confused with rifle ammo which is VERY different! :)
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geophotos December 03, 2018
OK - thanks for clarifying. I've done plenty of shooting with .303 Lee Enfield and 7.62 FN military rifles but have no experience with pistols.
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LookSee December 03, 2018
Well, pistols and revolvers are in their own category, of course, but the most fun I had was with the bow and arrows. And for indoors practice, nothing beats a slingshot with ball bearings ammo and a carton box filled with rags for a target. It is also advantageous to hang a rug behind the target. That way you disturb no-one, and can shoot at any time! Firearms... the noise, price, and all the necessary complications... adds up to less fun! :)
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Behind The Lens

This photo was made long ago, when I no longer was interested in handling guns even while I was never really into their primary purpose. To me, the guns were just perfect machinery, meticulously manufactured products combining precision and working principles. Since any kind of taking life was abhorrent to me, there was only this fascination with beautifully worked metal, and of course, the challenge of hitting (inanimate) targets. In time, I became quite proficient, and curiously better with heavier calibers than, say, a .22LR or .32ACP. During the war years in Croatia I practiced a lot, trying out any kind of gun that my friends used to own, and during those days I also used to make various photos of things that belonged to the practicing. This is one of the rare photos that remained after that period, since in the very first months of peace I sold my own hardware, a S&W .357, along with all the remaining ammo. These cartridges here (.32 ACP) were too light for my taste...
0736 hours, early morning of one February day. Early mornings are the best time for against-the-light shooting practice one can find. Not so ideal for macro photos, but there it is anyway.
It was an early morning light, and nothing else. The angle of insolation was creating an interesting texture, and I was interested in the nicely ordered cartridges in the half-opened box on the ground...
Photographed with my every-day-carry of those days, the SONY F-828, shot out of hand with no other add-ons or support.
Long story short, it was probably the brass glittering in the sunlight, the cartridges stacked in the box in an orderly fashion, and the fact these were there to photograph. These do not symbolise anything, I was not after any subliminal hints nor their deadly function, perish the thought! To me those were and have remained just the same means of practicing, like my bow and arrows; the way to practice and to win against my own shortcomings. For there is you and the target on the other side, and it mercilessly shows you just your own errors - bullets or arrows, does not matter at all. Nowadays as before, the photos kind of serve the same purpose - and a fat lot cheaper, too! :)
I really don't remember what I did with the photo, except that I cropped it to more attractive composition, and of course, resized the result for upload. With such a theme, there was no call to do anything more complicated that that.
In my camera bag
A standard question here gets a standard answer! So I have this answer ready, and just cleverly copy / paste! I find it easier to carry a photo vest than any photo bag. So I load my photo vest with whatever I might need for my photo session, walk or trip, while my photo bags usually keep the equipment I'm not using at the moment. The vest's many pockets usually contain two cameras, spare batteries, ND and CPL filters, and one photo clamp standing in for a tripod. Recently I include a small action camera, mainly for its wide field of view and resistance to water and weather. The vest also has large-lens pockets that contain a small water bottle, sandwich, or a bar of chocolate if I plan on being out for the whole day. There is about three meters length of paracord or similar strong, thin rope, one hefty pocket knife, and a lighter. My smartphone comes along too. It has yet another spare camera, but more importantly the Spirit Level App to make the phone a perfectly horizontal surface under the camera. This is essential for panoramic sweeps. The app is free, and requires no extra permissions whatsoever. The large back pocket of the vest is reserved for a lightweight rain poncho. If the weather suddenly plays up, the poncho neatly covers all. Using the tools mentioned above, much can be improvised along the way, so that's all I need to make photos.
Shooting... we call it that, whether we use cameras, bows, or guns! The common elements that all kinds of shooting share are: Making sure everything is in perfect working order. Decide on your target. Be certain that nothing stands neither in the way, nor far beyond! Scare up all your mental abilities and inner quiet to the fullest. Check once more that all has been set as required. Finally, "Aim Small, Hit Small" - this one is worth repeating throughout the process. Release! In the end; if you're shooting guns or arrows, be nothing more than playfully interested in your results! That's because every exhilaration with the good hits, same as getting depressed with the misses, will ruin the next round. But if you shoot photos, enjoy the fact that nothing will go wrong, no glitch can cause any damage or hurt, and that you can simply erase all the mistaken shots at no cost worth mentioning. Enjoy!

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