Cutting Down Christmas Trees with Hickok45

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going out and getting my own tree. No parking lots or we-cut farms for me; cutting down my tree is both about holiday fun and making sure it survives through Christmas. I’ve been doing this for decades – as far back as I can remember – and as the years have gone by there is something about my tree that’s changed. My ornaments – who am I kidding, all my decorations – lean heavily towards a hunting and firearms theme. But as much time and thought as I’ve put into tracking down and, yes, making my gun-themed stuff, there is something I’ve never even considered doing: cutting down my tree with my favorite rifle.

Apparently hickok45 did think of it because he posted a video on YouTube of himself wandering through the woods, choosing trees, and cutting them down – with his rifle. I’m sure I should make the usual disclaimer comments about how just because it worked out well in a video doesn’t mean you should do it yourself and how there’s definitely a risk of ricochet…but I have to admit, this is an awesome idea. I also admit I wish I’d thought of it myself.

On a side note – related, but still a side note – I thought I’d ask if y’all are interested in some of the DIY gun-themed Christmas decorations and ornaments. Last year I posted the DIY shotshell lights, which I think are fantastic, and I thought this year I might put up some of the ornaments made from spent brass. Weigh in, guys – and gals, I know there are a few of you out there.

Enjoy the video! How are you guys implementing your love of guns and ammo on your trees and in your Christmas decorations this year?



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • BattleshipGrey

    He should’ve gone for one that was pretty full and had lots of sap.

    • Edeco

      with a squirrel in it.

  • Tom

    Its a little curious that our Pagan ancestors used to make offering to the trees to ensure they survived winter and now we cut them down (essentially killing them) with rifles.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Its a little curious that man has changed his ways over 2000 years, too.

  • ruinator

    opening this is 2 minutes I will never get back

  • Bob

    *SHOTGUN

  • Bart

    That is a shotgun, not a rifle.

    • Anonymoose

      I should ask Santa for a DP-12 with slug barrels.

  • Pedro Marcos

    With gun rights under attack everywhere, a guy old enough to be wiser than average goes out and cuts down a tree, shooting it. Well, he is free to do it and I am also free to cal it a stupid stunt.
    Also bad taste are the “Christmas” (you know, Jesus, peace and love and all that) Tree decorations with gun motives. Well, I consider myself a legitimate and documented gun nut but that is simply of atrocious and ridiculous bad taste. Who comes up with these things?

    • Bart

      Fun people with a sense of humor?
      Hickok clearly has a sense of humor.

    • USMC03Vet

      Go fall into a hole and don’t get up.

  • Anonymoose

    This would have been a better choice.

  • Nicks87

    When I was 10 I watched my dad shoot the top off of a huge pine tree with his 30-30 marlin. It made the perfect Xmas tree and I’ve been a firearms enthusiast ever since.

  • iksnilol

    I am currently making a rose out of brass.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Brass-Bullet-Casing-Rose-Pendant/?ALLSTEPS

    Following that //

    Makes a nice keyring (classy yet gunny) + is a nice gift to the gal who likes guns.

  • datimes

    In the early 90’s I was purchasing 1440 round cases of Chinese AK ammo on stripper clips for $99. We would burn it up through our SKS’s in goofy ways. Shooting down trees was a favorite.

  • BigFED

    That is a good way to cut down a tree!!! One of the first things one should do if they buy a tree, is to cut a inch or so off the trunk to allow the tree to soak up water. Using that shotgun is BETTER than any saw since it “frays” the stump allowing more water to be soaked up!