Halloween Pumpkin Carving TTAG Style


I’m alway impressed by people who shoot well. I’m not one of them. Oh sure, I don’t shoot badly. Show me a broad side of a barn and I’ll hit it (after being sure of what’s beyond it).

Still, I never shy from a ballistic challenge. When I professed boredom at the annual pumpkin carving YouTube onslaught (e.g., Kirsten Joy Weiss and Hickok45), Dan invited me to The Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, home of the Texas Firearms Festival, to see if I, too, could make a jack-o-lantern from an HEB pumpkin.

SPOILER ALERT! No. No I couldn’t.


  1. avatar Gunr says:

    The nose knows.

  2. avatar actionphysicalman says:

    How come you didn’t post a trigger warning? I am terrified of any harm to squash.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    A mind blowing experience.

  4. avatar 505markf says:

    Just goes to show, a lever gun is never the wrong choice. Or something like that.

    Damn fine rifle. Lust worthy.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    A star is born! And RF was really good too.

  6. avatar Hawkeye says:

    That was humorous!

  7. avatar DavidinNC says:


  8. avatar Mighty Mo says:

    Bravo RF but,….pleeeeeease……..don’t head to Hollywood anytime soon! You kinda made Kristen Stewart look a LITTLE more talented than a lifeless vampire. Just sayin’ – LOL!

  9. avatar Timmer says:

    “Do you think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?”

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      There were large pieces left over and nothing splattered on his shirt.

      Obviously he didn’t use enough tannerite.

  10. avatar tmm says:

    That lantern got jacked up

  11. avatar Accur81 says:

    Kind of dorky, but I’ve done the same thing with a .460 and a .45-70. Godspeed in your pursuit of happiness.

    P.S. That’s a beautiful lever gun.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “P.S. That’s a beautiful lever gun.”


      Isn’t that the one Tom took on safari?

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        I think so.

  12. avatar Desert Ranger says:


    Awesome vid. Made me laugh after one of the most tough days of my life!

    You should make one for every holiday.

  13. avatar DaveC says:

    Used to do the same thing with firecrackers when I was kid. Cant get M80s any more – darn.

  14. avatar Ryan S. says:

    Loved it Robert!

    That was just the .500 S&W correct? Tell us there was no tannerite.

  15. avatar Roymond says:

    We used to gather jack-o-lanterns after Halloween and turn the best into pumpkin for pies. The rest went to the woods to become… organic splatter.

    Now you can get a hefty fine for doing that in a state or national forest in Oregon: the law now only allows paper or cardboard targets.

    Moron lawmakers.

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