What It’s Like to Shoot Yourself

In Short: Stupid.

WiLt Contributor
Jun 10 · 3 min read

Written by Doc Sheldon

Antique pistol with Army holster and shell pouch on a table atop a letter of authentication from Colt.
Antique pistol with Army holster and shell pouch on a table atop a letter of authentication from Colt.
A Colt Single Action Army 1873 Model (Photo: Public Domain by Hmaag on Wikimedia Commons.)

I fired my first pistol on my 6th birthday — a genuine 1873 .45 Colt Single Action Army — the only round fired from it after it left the Colt factory. Several years later, at around 15, I started collecting handguns, mostly single-action revolvers. My first addition was a Ruger .22 magnum. In those days, .22 mag. was pretty cheap…