Originally Posted by SField
What amazes me is that those guys could nail a biscuit 20ft in the air, shooting from the hip. To me, that's just amazing... but I'm just a city slicker. I'm deadly accurate with a 9mm from 12-15 feet at a range, but how those guys (I'm guessing they could) shoot is just astonishing to me.
Also, how would a lasso rope prevent snakes from getting at you in your sleep?
I doubt if anyone ever has been able to hit a tossed biscuit in the air at 20 feet shooting from the hip with any degree of of consistency--not Ed McGivern, not Bill Jordan...nobody.
As has already been said, the business about the rope providing safety because the snakes didn't like the rough surface is a myth. However, it was a widely believed one in the old days. Back in the '50s I knew a family that would go camping in the desert and always surround their sleeping bags with ropes. I don't know whether anyone still believes it or not. Given the rough, rocky terrain snakes traverse with ease, it was a pretty stupid idea from the get-go.
However, people will believe the damndest things about snakes. I had a boss who believed in the existence of the dreaded "hoop snake." He said his pappy had actually witnessed one of these creatures in action back in Tennessee.