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Old 01-10-2013, 23:35   #21
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I've heard of hunting small to medium game with handguns such as the G20...but it seems like a bit of a canon for snake harvesting. Wouldn't your G34 race gun work just fine?...assuming you were the one shooting it, of course.
Dunno... if I shoot it... of course!

Actually, I was sitting bored in my gun club's board meeting earlier tonight and there was a gun magazine on the table. I thumbed through it and there was an article by Mas about carrying extra ammo for various situations - not just SD. In one instance in the article he related (as I remember) taking 6 shots (with one miss) to dispatch a large snake.

These nonnative pythons can reach 17' long and have thick bodies. They aparently move slowly so I suppose one well-placed head shot would do it - or 6 or 8 shots with misses - kinda like GSSF plates.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:47   #22
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Received an e-mail answer from GSSF regarding my Gen4 G20 order. The e-mail...

"The G20 Gen 4 has not shipped yet.

GLOCK, Inc is still quoting us 150-180 on all shipments, so it should be going out soon.


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So... if your ordered gun hasn't been received in 5 months... give it 6 months.
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Old 01-11-2013, 17:03   #23
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...Calling Donna right now to check on my Gen4 G20 order of 5 months ago.
BTW, found out today that Donna retired last month. And she didn't even call and let me know!

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Old 01-11-2013, 19:45   #24
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Dunno... if I shoot it... of course!


These nonnative pythons can reach 17' long and have thick bodies. They aparently move slowly so I suppose one well-placed head shot would do it - or 6 or 8 shots with misses - kinda like GSSF plates.
I'm familiar with pythons and other snakes. AFAIK, they're mostly thin skin and lots of muscle...so I suspect if you were to shoot one and hit nothing vital, it could take a whole bunch of shots and not die. If they allow it, I'd think a 10/22 with a scope would be sufficient for dispatching pythons. If not, next choice would be an AR with scope or red dot...but .223 also seems overkill. I guess it depends on the distances involved. Would you be walking right up on them, or seeing them from a bit of a distance and taking them out from yards away?
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Received an e-mail answer from GSSF regarding my Gen4 G20 order. The e-mail...

"The G20 Gen 4 has not shipped yet.

GLOCK, Inc is still quoting us 150-180 on all shipments, so it should be going out soon.


Jessica Clower
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So... if your ordered gun hasn't been received in 5 months... give it 6 months.
Ohhhh boy.......154 days this coming Monday
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At intermediate ranges, even something like a semi-auto 12G with #7 or larger (smaller number) shot might work.
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Old 01-11-2013, 20:53   #27
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I'm familiar with pythons and other snakes.... ...I guess it depends on the distances involved. Would you be walking right up on them, or seeing them from a bit of a distance and taking them out from yards away?
I've been reading about harvesting them. In many areas they say to look for them along canals and even alongside roads, basking in the sun. It seems most shots would be very close and head shots to dispatch them. They have to be positively identified as FWC frowns on shooting native varieties - though there seems to be no penalty in that, other than disqualification in the Python Challenge prizes.

One has to take an online test to get the permit to hunt them. This should be interesting... I can see neophyte snake hunters traipsing through the woods, getting bit by rattlesnakes.
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BTW, found out today that Donna retired last month. And she didn't even call and let me know!
I wish her the best,
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I've been reading about harvesting them. In many areas they say to look for them along canals and even alongside roads, basking in the sun. It seems most shots would be very close and head shots to dispatch them. They have to be positively identified as FWC frowns on shooting native varieties - though there seems to be no penalty in that, other than disqualification in the Python Challenge prizes.

One has to take an online test to get the permit to hunt them. This should be interesting... I can see neophyte snake hunters traipsing through the woods, getting bit by rattlesnakes.
I suspect moccasins are more common than rattlesnakes in the everglades.

The more I think about it, the more I think my Mossberg 930 (with a shorter barrel and longer magazine) would be ideal for this. At close range, the pattern probably wouldn't be much bigger than a big snake head. For slightly longer shots, I'd be tempted to use an M1 carbine.
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Wow...I just read we have multiple species of anaconda in the everglades now. WT?
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Wow...I just read we have multiple species of anaconda in the everglades now. WT?
Florida - America's nonnative species dumping ground.
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I suspect moccasins are more common than rattlesnakes in the everglades.

The more I think about it, the more I think my Mossberg 930 (with a shorter barrel and longer magazine) would be ideal for this. At close range, the pattern probably wouldn't be much bigger than a big snake head. For slightly longer shots, I'd be tempted to use an M1 carbine.
You need to get your permit and go hunting. This particular program ends 2/10/13.
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You need to get your permit and go hunting. This particular program ends 2/10/13.
Sounds like fun, but aren't we both a little far from the hunting grounds? Are you planning to travel to south FL to do it?
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Sounds like fun, but aren't we both a little far from the hunting grounds? Are you planning to travel to south FL to do it?
I am down in Cape Coral right now doing another kind of hunting - house hunting. The Everglades is a relatively short distance - but I just don't think I'll be prepared for a (snake) hunt in time if this main Python Challenge program is ending on 2/10. I don't see where you have to take pythons only in the glades; they are just more plentiful there.
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I'm also moving closer to the Everglades where Burmese pythons are invasive nonnative pests. Two days ago, Florida announced the 2013 Python Challenge - $1500 for the most pythons harvested and $1000 for the biggest harvested throughout the year.
That's going to add quite a bit of travel time to GSSF matches... Do they have any shooting ranges/clubs near to your planned location?

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I am down in Cape Coral right now doing another kind of hunting - house hunting. The Everglades is a relatively short distance - but I just don't think I'll be prepared for a (snake) hunt in time if this main Python Challenge program is ending on 2/10. I don't see where you have to take pythons only in the glades; they are just more plentiful there.
I see a source for a new Python Skin holster for the "Smurf" gun.
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That's going to add quite a bit of travel time to GSSF matches... Do they have any shooting ranges/clubs near to your planned location?

Hope it works out for you!
There are 3 ranges in an area about 25 miles away - which is what I drive now to get to my current club. There's an FWC unsupervised range, a private, and a semi-private range. There is no competition at the FWC range, the private range has 3 bays, an outhouse, no electricity, and limited competition. All 3 ranges together don't equal my very nice current club I am at and don't have the great teaching programs either.

The move will add about 2.5 hours to every trip except Clearwater, where it will only add about 1.5 hours to my already 45-50 minute trip.
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...I'm also moving closer to the Everglades where Burmese pythons are invasive nonnative pests. Two days ago, Florida announced the 2013 Python Challenge - $1500 for the most pythons harvested and $1000 for the biggest harvested...
The annual python challenge is over and the results are in:
(drumroll....) 68 pythons harvested, 14+ feet largest, one hunter bagged 18 of the 68 himself. Somehow, I was expecting a number in the 100's.

Maybe my random Gen4 G20 will be shipped from Glock by next January's Python Challenge and I'll join in.

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I still think the 10mm is overkill for snake hunting. I wonder how a Saiga in .410 with buckshot would do?
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