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| June 1, 2020

Colt Kodiak .44 Magnum

Homicide investigation determined to be self-defense, charges dropped

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) On May 22, 2020 at around 11 p.m., officers with the Cheyenne Police Department responded to The Lamp Lounge (101 West 6th St), regarding a male, later identified as Aaron Briggs, 36, of Cheyenne, who entered that location and was bleeding from his upper body. Briggs collapsed and was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for treatment. Briggs was declared deceased by attending medical staff on May 22, 2020 at around 11:45 p.m..

Between May 23, 2020 and May 27, 2020 detectives with the Cheyenne Police Department conducted multiple interviews with witnesses and examined multiple pieces of evidence collected as a result of two search warrants executed in Cheyenne and the autopsy of Briggs in Fort Collins, Colorado. Video was also reviewed from The Lamp Lounge and surrounding businesses. The investigation determined that earlier in the day of May 22, 2020, Briggs arrived at The Lariat Motel, room #7 under the influence of alcohol and became aggressive with Benjamin Ketcham, 31, of Cheyenne, and others present in the motel room. Ketcham was one of the current residents of the motel room.

Briggs was told to leave the motel room and ultimately did so. Later that evening, Briggs returned to The Lariat Motel, room #7 and began to threaten and intimidate Ketcham and others. Briggs was carrying a large metal chain he wore looped over both shoulders. Briggs was again told to leave the room and refused to do so. Ketcham, who was on the bed, stood up and pulled out his handgun and told Briggs to leave.

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Read the rest here: Wyoming News Now

Man shot to death by step-daughter in apparent self-defense

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A shooting at a north Harris County apartment complex may be a case of self-defense, investigators said.

It happened on the 2400 block of Spring Rain Drive around 6:15 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they found a 40-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound.

Sergeant Jason Brown said it was being looked at as a possible self-defense shooting.

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Possible Home Invasion Shooting

By: Nichole Hannahs
The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office reports a male subject has been injured during a possible home invasion.

The Sheriff’s Office said on Friday, May 29 at 8:21 p.m. they received a report of a male subject being treated for a gunshot wound at Coshocton Regional Medical Center.

During their invesitgation authorities determined the male had been injured during a possible home invasion on South Lawn Avenue.

The male subject was later flown to Grant Medical Center for treatment of his wounds. His condition is unknown at this time.

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Read the rest here: WHIZ News. No, really

So close to a four-pete Trifecta, Delta Whiskies and Whiskettes. WW will be so disappointed.
So it goes.

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” — George Washington

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Well, just damn! And as I was reading along the FGSs I just knew that an unprecedented 4 fer trifecta of DRTs was just gonna WHIZ right on in,
    FIRST thing this morning. Alas, not to be. We can always hope that the #3 story will lead to an acute case of terminal sepsis since the story indicates “condition unknown.”

    We will take solace in lusting after the wheeled version of a nice piece of Hand Howitzer Gun Pr0n and I’ll take WW out to a Bloody Mary and Biscuit Brunch. He’ll like that.

    • Hondo says:

      There are actually not one, but three WHIZs in Zanesville, OH: WHIZ (AM, 1240kHZ); WHIZ-FM (92.7MHz); and WHIZ-TV (Digital 30/PSIP 18). So whether it’s AM, FM, or TV, you got a WHIZ.

      I guess they must drink LOTSA beer in Zanesville if they need three WHIZs. (smile)

      • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

        ANy relation to the “Bear Whiz Beer” of T-shirt fame and fortune?

  2. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    As purdy as that revolving hand cannon is, I wouldn’t buy it for $4k. I’m more of a shooter than a collector, so I’d find me a 44Mag 4″-6″ barrel that I wouldn’t be afraid that I’d lower the value if I shot it.
    But I must admit, it is a purdy presentation of the gun maker’s art, skill, and science to look at.

    • Mustang Major says:

      I agree with you TDR SAH B W

      I owned a S&W Model 29 (.44 mag) for years. (Purchased at the Mainz-Kasetel gun shop in ’77) Looked nice, impressed the uninitiated at pistol ranges, and made for a great safe queen otherwise. Painful to shoot, took time to clean up, and anything I would have shot with it, I could have done more easily with a lesser caliber. Sold it in the early ’90s. I do regret that it is worth more now than I sold it, but I don’t miss it.

      Interestingly, when I sold the gun, the buyer didn’t take the wooden case it came in nor the couple of tools in the case. I sold the case and tools two years ago for $600. I think I paid $550 for the gun.

  3. Roh-Dog says:

    The .44 Magnum: because some problems need bigger holes in’em.
    Great tally to start a hairy week.
    Dear Crims,
    We ain’t taking your sh*t!
    Free America

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      Not disagreeing with the caliber. Just disagreeing with the notion of a high dollar safe queen.
      But first, I need to stock up on ammo for the guns I already have (especially looking for cheap 45ACP).
      Then want a Ruger 38SPL/357Mag/9mm revolver (plus ammo enough)
      THEN it’s a tossup between a 44Mag & a Colt-style SAA in 45LC………..
      One MUST set priorities!

      • Steve 1371 says:

        .44 is an easy caliber to reload. Just be sure to apply enough crimp to prevent bullets from pulling out under recoil. Also you can load to your comfort zone as far as recoil and still get the job done. There are a vast assortment of bullets available for that caliber and I get many reloads out of good .44 brass.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        I can highly recommend the Ruger Vaquero as a Cowboy “casual shooter” gun. They are common in .45 Colt and rare in .44.

        If you want modern sights. The Ruger Backhawk “convertable” in .45Colt/.45ACP is nice. If you want a .44 with adjustable, it is the Super Blackhawk.

        .22? Single-Six.

        All the Ruger single-actions are well made, durable, and a hoot to shoot.

        If you want a very Colt-ish gun, without the “spendy”, look at the Uber or Pietta replicas, under those names or various brand resellers. They make plain-jane and fancy versions, and have three-digit prices not four.

        Have fun.

      • ArmyATC says:

        You need to get you a Marlin 1894 or Henry Big Boy to go along with that Colt SAA.

  4. Briggs=mission impossible team
    Ketcham=Dick Tracey’s side kick.
    Anyone remember the .44 Auto Mag??
    When I bought a mint condition .38 Det special and a star .380 for 100 bucks apiece, my neighbor gave me some boxes of ammo including a box of SUPER VELS with the purchase. I remembered the super vels but didn’t have a need for them so I shit canned the ammo and then talking to someone, I found out that they had a value and I got the story about the guy that owned the company which I completely forgot about since it was years ago. The guy said I should have saved the ammo and the original box because it had value to a collector.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Originals may be collectable, but probably “buy a nice hamburger” range even if well preserved.

      Super-vel is back in production, for those who are fans.

    • David says:

      As I recall, Super-Vel was founded by Steve Jurras who challenged the traditional weight/velocity paradigms of the day. Them days, a .45ACP a 230gr jacketed at about 750fps, a .38 Special a 158gr bullet around 800fps, etc. Jurras brought out loads with light for the caliber bullets traveling significantly faster. Remember the old kinetic energy formula – 1/2mass x velocity squared? What you lose in bullet mass you more than recoup in velocity, so a bullet 15% lighter traveling 20% faster has 22% higher kinetic energy. “Super Velocity” loads did that and more. Unfortunately, some were hot enough to cause pressure problems and in the real world accuracy issues cropped up, probably do to some of the lighter bullets not being well matched to the rifling twists of the barrels.

      • David;
        Do you remember what kind of trouble Jurras was involved in because the person that I was talking to mentioned and told me but I forgot. I remember now that the person I was talking to was a dealer at one of the gun shows up at the Palm Beach County Fair grounds. Amazing how the old memory trickles in.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    After the first “Dirty Harry” movie they couldn’t keep S&W Model 29’s on the shelf. Most of these were taken to the range exactly once, and then put into the safe.

  6. Steve 1371 says:

    Anyone interested in reloading any popular calibers two good places to try is and I have had very good luck with both of them.