Monday, April 20, 2009

Shooty goodness weekend recap:

Friday: At noon (well, shortly thereafter, because I'd be late to my own funeral) I met Joanna and Caleb at Popguns indoor range, where I have a membership, and we did some shooting. Joanna had brought a Taurus snubby, and I let her shoot the K-22 and the Kit Gun, as well as the Gun Blog 9. Caleb shared some instructor tips with her, after pointing out to me that the gun had, you know, a fricken' laser on it, which is maybe the most useful tool for correcting trigger and grip problems known to mankind. After shooting, Joanna and I went to La Piedad for lunch and had a great time and Caleb punked out and went to mow the lawn or something.


Saturday: I drove up to Lafayette and was taken to the local gun show by Shootin' Buddy. It was awesome, because there was an ammo dealer there who seemed to specialize in strange stuff. I picked up five rounds of Norma 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer, because it absolutely kills me to have a gun in the house for which I have no loaded ammo (I do have brass and dies, though...) But the big thing was that he also had three boxes of brand new .38 Automatic, which means I'll be able to take my 1902 to the range some fine day soon. From a guy who had a table full of odd magazines, I managed to get another vz.52 mag as well as a MecGar 9mm 1911 magazine.

After the show we went out to Wildcat Valley and burned up a few hundred rounds of .22 on the steel critter range. I gave my 980S its shakedown cruise and decided that I thoroughly detest the goofy red plastic blob it has by way of a front sight. It's annoying to miss steel critters with a rifle that I could hit shooting a .22 revolver double-action with no problem. On the upside, I had seven 10rd mags and four 7-rounders and could therefore load up a hundred rounds at a whack. We adjourned to the steel plate racks to burn up some pistol ammo before calling it a day and driving back into Lafayette for dinner at Maize.


Sunday: Because there hadn't been enough shooting done for the weekend, Shootin' Buddy drove down Sunday morning from Lafayette and we went for breakfast before hitting the range at Eagle Creek, trusting the rain to keep the non-serious at home. I brought my 5" 625 along and got some quality trigger time in with it. I really need to step up with this thing, because most folks agree that it's a nearly ideal bowling pin blaster. Also, the usefulness of having numerous mags was reinforced by the fact that I could drag the same big ziploc baggie full of mags that hed worked in the 980 Saturday and use them in the Papoose on Sunday.


You know what's more fun than shooty goodness? Moar shooty goodness!

12 comments:

Vaarok said...

You're shitting me, you found a Vz-52 mag? Then again, I did find some Commissiongewehr clips this weekend for $8 apiece.

I still can't believe it that when I picked up my Y1903 a guy literally walked into the gunshop with two boxes of 6.5x54 he'd found in his fathers closet. Forty rounds for $16.

D.W. Drang said...

But is it a Tecticool/Snacktical black carbon fiber baggie full of magazines?

Tam said...

No, and it doesn't even have the "Blue And Yellow Makes Green" Ziploc.

(Which I think is silly, anyway. If someone can't operate a Ziploc baggie, they deserve a stale PB&J.)

Adrian K said...

If you're such that you'd be late to your own funeral, it's just further proof that you're still not a Yankee.

Which I'm sure is something of a relief. =)

Anonymous said...

Nothing about the picanha and lobster for dinner Saturday? We even got mini-swords with dinner; how can you not like that?

And, for the record, I did not engage in a mock sword fight in the restaurant or even perform a sword from with appropriate HK film sound effects. I know it wasn't Fogo de Chao, but that's a high standard to judge Brazilian food.

Shootin' Buddy

Caleb said...

I am nothing but a humble prophet. My words are not my own, only the whispers and teachings of St. Jarret the Expedient.

og said...

Nice. I used to have a few old Colt mags that were actually pinned in place, and the pins were good at working loose or popping out. I finally "fixed" them with a 12 lb hammer. Now I don't have trouble with them anymore.

og said...

Whoops! Put comment on wrong post. This was supposed ot be on magazine post, excuse my monday scatterbrainieness.

Gewehr98 said...

More 6.5x54 M-S brass located in a box in the corner of the garage. Anything else need to go in that box to Indianapolis?

I know somebody trying to offload about 50 VZ-52 magazines, but I'm plum full already, so I passed his offer up. If there's interest, I'll reapproach.

Joanna said...

And it was fun and delicious and awesome and fun. We will have to do it again some time. Most likely when I have money.

AndyJ said...

Did you happen to catch the guy just to the right of the entrance who had the $13 bricks of Walmart Federal .22's for $48 a box? I like the Lafayette gun show, lots of room to walk around and some pretty good vendors. You should go up to the Crown Point show, much more vendors but lately it gets a little crowded after 1-2 hours. Sorry to have missed you there, I would have liked to have met you. Of course I also am sorry that I missed the Model 17 with an (I believe) 8 3/8 inch barrel for $500. Looked at it, walked away, turned around to get it and it was long gone. Damn, I always seem to do something like that, should just buy on impulse

Vaarok said...

If it's Rich Reich, he's already sold all the Vz mags. Otherwise, if they're under $20 apiece, pounce and resell.