Reading this thread gave me a few chuckles and reminded me of the stage that I quit on earlier this year. Might as well bring this thread back from the grave for one last post.
Back in March, I was getting set to deploy to a certain hot, dry country for a few months. I wanted to get a match in the weekend before I left, but most of my stuff was packed up and put away in storage. I probably could've cobbled together a belt for limited minor with my glock or something, but then I remembered that I had a certain gun that I really, really wanted to try out in a gimmick match: The S&W 500
Have you seen this video? Take a look if you haven't yet.
I wanted to shoot a match like that guy. I had a .500 with a 4" barrel, some reloads, an N-frame holster that SOMEHOW I could modify to hold the 500 seucrely, and a big pouch to carry my speedloaders. Did I mention that I got 500 S&W speedloaders? Because I sure did! I also had brewed up some nice, reduced-recoil handloads that wouldn't beat up my hands on every shot. Fun, right?
It actually worked pretty well for about 3 stages! Of course, my times were incredibly slow, but it made a TON of noise and everyone thought it was a hoot. Unfortunately, on the last stage of the four stage match, I started getting strange FTFs. I think the primers might have been too high, because the trigger wouldn't fully go back and the cylinder wouldn't rotate when I pulled the trigger. The last stage was a 30 round COF, and after I had dumped about 3 cylinders-worth of ammo trying to fix the problem, I just looked at the RO, said "Yeah, I'm done" and did ULSC.
Would I do it again? Of course! Nothing is more fun than making a TON of noise and putting huge holes in targets. Less fun is having your huge revolver jam.