Friday, November 24, 2017

November 2017 Range Day With My Sons

A big THANK YOU to my buddy and his family for allowing us to use this beautiful rural property!! 

The sons and I go out for a bit of well-deserved gun-play and tom-foolery. 

First time out using the Harris bipod and Vortex Strikefire 2 AR15 optic. 

Full-value constant wind from right to left all day. 

Long-range shooting at 6" steel target at approx 300 yards. 

We were lucky we hit anything, but I think we did OK all things considered. 

We only once got the cops called on us! Sometimes you're golden, man. That's all I got to say.

Range day:

-S&W AR15 carbine-5.56/.223 NATO w/red dot optic
-Remington 700 in 22.250 w/12 power scope
-Russian Mosin-Nagant 7.62X54R
-Ithaca 1911 .45ACP

The wind was kicking our ass during rifle fire.  I couldn't hit anything using the AR15's red dot optic as I haven't zeroed it or done my homework on it. (It was first-time for optics use and I kinda needed to know where it was out-of-the-box.)  It has no magnification and just puts a lighted dot on target thru the reticle.  I switched to the iron sights and did much better.

The fancy Rem700 and scope has been dialed in for years by the previous owner (wife's uncle, RIP) and I have never dared to adjust it.  It is straight shooting and hits hard.  22.250 is a "varmint round" similar to 5.56...a small .22 cal pill with a metric shit ton of powder behind it.

The Mosin-Nagant is a WW2 peasant rifle from Soviet Union.  A .30 cal shoulder thumper.  Primitive, cheap to own and shoot, but can be accurate if shooter does his part and doesn't mind recoil.

#2 son's AK47 I don't and have never really liked or enjoyed.  He likes it, so that's all that matters.  I prefer the AR's refinements and am more comfortable and experienced with the platform.

The GlockG23 (40S&W):   We put several hundred 9mm rounds thru it using the Lone Wolf 9mm conversion barrel and Lone Wolf stainless guide rod/recoil spring as the only changes to the gun. Didn’t change the extractor and had no extracting problems. We even experimented loading 9mm pills into the 40sw mags. I had no hiccups, but my oldest son had one feeding failure using the 40sw Glock mags. 9mm Glock mags ran perfect.

The Harris bipod kicks ass. It's nice to be able to quickly move it from the AR15 to the Remington 700, but I'm thinking having more than one would be even more betterer.

It was a good day with my sons.  I don't worry about them, and I couldn't be more proud of them.  They are fine young men and handle themselves accordingly.