Firearms Friday: Range Time!

I spent a most enjoyable morning at the range, in the company of MDL, G-Tex (of Civ-Div holsters fame), the Coach, “Sgt Hufnagle,” and EK’03. It was a such a good session it went beyond “enjoyable” and achieved I-need-a-cigarette / Was-it-good-for-you-too? status.

  • Re-zeroed the M4 at 36 yards, using both the Aimpoint *and* irons; that is a great feeling
  • Let everyone blast away with Vlad the Impaler, i.e. the outstanding Romanian WASR-10 featuring a Primary Arms red-dot
  • Test-fired the 1941 Winchester M1 carbine bought earlier in 2016 from a BR; I dropped a Winchester bolt into it (came to me without one) and fed it with reliable-but-dirty Aguila ammo by way of two (2) original Winchester 15-round magazines; RAN WITHOUT A HICCUP even though it hadn’t been fired in at least 40 years and it’s 75 years old
  • Shot the Robinson XCR for the first time in a couple years after I Loctite-d and torqued the bolt nut to specs and tried the new ASC 20-round magazine; the big problem with that gun– which is otherwise one of the most pleasurable and handy rifles I have ever shot– has been the magazines, the 10-rounders are reliable but don’t have enough capacity and the 30-rounders were awful; it looks like ASC has hit the X-ring with the 20-rounder

When was the last you zeroed or checked zero? Test-fired your weapons? It had been a while for me, admittedly. Commit to taking some time in March to do just that. Who knows when those capabilities will be needed…

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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6 Responses to Firearms Friday: Range Time!

  1. CooperEP says:

    Range time is always cathartic for me too. I was recently at the range with the M1 carbine and 1903A3 rifles that I inherited from my grandfather via my father, and those weapons were some of the most fun I have ever had at any range. I will say that the 1903A3 does kick like a rented mule, and the M1 was an all day shooter. My personal favorite will always be my father’s M1911 Colt .45 which he featured in a post a few years ago on the old OPFOR page.

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  2. rustybill says:

    Hmm… Does taking one or the other of my shotguns* to the range every couple of months count? Just static target shooting (18 yard range), but I like to keep in practice.

    * Both Mossberg pumpguns. 20g Crown Bantam w/ 22″ barrel, and 12g Maverick 88 w/ 18.5″ barrel.

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    • vmijpp says:

      You’re definitely on the right track, Oxidized William!

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      • rustybill says:

        Thanks. I went with the scatterguns because I can’t afford to adopt and feed a handgun, and I can’t see well enough to hit anything at range with a rifle.

        FWIW, back in my blue-suit days, I had an all but unbroken string of “Expert” qualifications with both .38 revolver and the M-16. The one year I missed Expert (but still made “Qualified”) was when I had to do my quals with my left arm in a shoulder-to-hand cast due to a very bad break.

        One thing I’ve learned over the years: You canNOT shoot well if you’re tense. I find it’s a great relaxer from the cares and turbulence of the “real world”.

        And remember*:

        1. Always treat the weapon as if it were loaded
        2. Never point the weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy
        3. Keep your fingers away from the safety and the trigger until you are in position and ready to shoot
        4. Always be aware of what is around and behind your target

        * I always postscript gun discussions with the Four Rules. Yeah, I’m kind of obsessive that way…

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  3. ultimaratioregis says:

    Must say, I still prefer ol’ slabsides (1911) but my recent acquisition of a S&W Model 686 wheelgun in .357 Magnum was a damned fine stroke of luck. Took her to the range on one of those mercifully warm days up in these parts, and put about 150 through it. Hell of a weapon, and that little beauty has a couple of places where she will be available when needed.

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