Friday, July 04, 2014

BOOM!


"It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common." -Stephen Fry

25 comments:

MSgt B said...

Woot!

I'm gonna burn so much you're going to want to start dating me.


(Sorry. I'm taken, honey.)

Bob Grundman said...

Headed to the range in a few minutes! Way of the Gun is on, putting me "in the mood."

I'll be continuing the process of getting to know my XDs. I think today I'll see how I do at 50 yards against a silhouette. Nice to know what the limits of tools are.

Bob Grundman said...

Leaving for the range in about 20 minutes! Watching Way of the Gun while I get ready.

I'll be continuing the process of getting to know my XDs. I think today will include silhouettes at 50 yards, to find out what the limits of my tools are.

Joseph said...

Bacon for breakfast, grilling red meat for lunch and then off to the range. Figure that ought to cover a proper 4th.

Greg in Allston said...

Can I get a special dispensation? I took my nephew and his 10 year old daughter, along with my daughter, to the range yesterday. My grand niece had never gone shooting before. We went over the four rules several times before arriving at the range. I started her out on a 10/22 takedown with a 3-9 scope at 25 yards from a rest on a B-27 target center. After a little coaching, she's right handed and left eye dominant, she was placing the majority of her shots in the 10 ring. She was a little skittish at first but after she saw her cousin shooting, when it was her turn again, she went all in. Then we ran the S&W 617 6" for a few cylinders worth on a steel silouhette at 25, single action, and she was getting quite a few nice pings. She then took a few shots with a 686-6" running mild 38s and did OK. Capped it all off with a few rounds through my Armalite AR-15A4NM. She thought the whole deal was pretty cool and fun. Her dad hadn't been shooting in a couple of years and promised to take her shooting more when they get back home. Later that evening we watched the Boston fireworks from the Cambridge side (you couldn't possibly pay me enough to be near the Esplanade). All in all, a pretty good day. As Kipling once said, a man can never have too much ammunition, that said, we had a heaping helping of gunpowder yesterday and were all well sated.

og said...

Tannerite, baby, YEAH.

Sigman said...

Some us have to stand in the breach and work this day. Burn some for us while you're at it

armedlaughing said...

Happy Independence Day, Tam!

gfa

Roberta X said...

Well, it's been nice knowing you, then.

Ted said...

Probably not today, but I shot at least twice last week and just to make up for it I promise to go three times next week.

Tam said...

"Well, it's been nice knowing you, then."

Are we out of fireworks? :(

Roberta X said...

I didn't bother to get any. Seemed kind of sad and futile to set 'em off alone.

Sidheshooter said...

Re-took a defensive handgun class and shot a federal installation guard qual yesterday, just for kicks. Today, I probably need to concentrate on supporting the bourbon industry, and re-reading the declaration. :D

KM said...

@Greg in Allston - Have your gr. niece shoot long guns left handed.
She will thank you when she starts shooting shotguns.

Best shooting moment of my life was when my brother changed me after looking at the contortions I was doing trying to get my dominant L eye behind open sights.
50 years after "Just put it on the other shoulder!" I beat him at shotgun games 70% of the time...and that's not easy cuz he can SHOOT.
And now it's off to the range! :)

RevGreg said...

I didn't sit around loading mags and stripper clips the other night for nothing! I have the new P.I.A.N.O. (Pistol In ATF Nomenclature Only) AR build to shoot and there will be happy switch lowers around so I can abuse it a bit and see how it reacts. 'Murica!

Maybe I can even talk someone into letting me swap out the buffer tubes so I can shoot it in FA with the SIG brace and buffer on it...for science of course!

Anonymous said...

I watched a dad teaching his two boys to shoot a BB gun one afternoon. That one of the boys was Left-eye dominant became obvious after watching a few minutes of his contortions. I intervened with the suggestion that he try to shoot left-handed. Dad wasn't real happy with my suggestion, observing that the boy was, after all, right handed.

"Yes, that's so. But he is definitely left-eyed.", I opined. I explained eye dominance and described the parallax test, and sure enough. The boy was adapting quite well to shooting lefty when last seen. It's not really all that hard to switch sides, and the improved accuracy is well worth the inconvenience, IMO.

Mike

Stretch said...

Not only did I (and buddy Brian) burn powder we did it through John Moses Browning's finest. I was using a 1911 an he a Hi-Power.

We then gathered our respective wives and brunched on bacon, sausage and ham.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!

rremington said...

Does spending the weekend at a Force-on-Force class count???

Scott J said...

I burned over 50 rounds of .30-06 and 25 of 5.56.

Best I could do on paper today was 1-ish MOA. It was bad windy. But I did make the steel ring a lot. Only plate I missed was 500 and only then 4 out of 15 rounds fired at it. Half of those were just old "need to be shot because I don't want to pull them" rounds the rifle wasn't zeroed for.

I also have settled on my XM193 handload copy. It went 1.5 MOA out of the M4gery at 200 with a 3 power scope in that wind.

No Mas said...

Mr Fry, include the New Zealanders -- and the sheep -- and you'll all have a tremendous amount in common.

Greg in Allston said...

KM, I got my niece shooting left handed on both long guns and pistols. She's pretty ambi.It wasn't all that difficult getting her oriented in a manner where she felt comfortable. Though for some mysterious and inexplicable reason, over the last couple of years, I seem to have encountered a disproportionate number of students who a cross dominant.

Critter said...

we had the biggest fireworks in the neighborhood. :)

Ritchie said...

I did stop by the range to visit Popa-Popa Capp. Turns out the range is more or less on the way to just about anywhere.

Joe in PNG said...

Sadly, British Airways doesn't condone using fireworks on their aircraft... but flying from England to the US has to count for something.

leaddog said...

Can we still be friends if I had to work, and part of the work was repairing a range backstop, and I am about to make up for it today?

Please, Please?