Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lousy Shooting Report - Carbine Edition

I was finally able to take out the Inland for a little lead spitting session. Of course because I had missed GBRII, I had no one to help me learn how to sight in my war baby. I'd call her Bella, as she's an Italian loaner, but I'm not the kind of guy who names his guns. Anyway, let's take a look at the targets.

The first target was shot at approximately thirty yards. All shooting was at the local Bass Pro Indoor range and unfortunately the distances weren't well marked off. Thirty yards approximate is the furthest distance. Throughout the shooting session the carbine shot high and to the right. Of course I sat the bull on top of the front sight post and fired from a seated position with the rifle resting on a plastic stand which wasn't weighted, so the rifle constantly shifted on the stand and it also would not stay in the hollow of my shoulder. This happened throughout the shoot. I'm not sure if the buttplate was too slick or my shirt was causing the constant movement or my lousy technique. Whatever the cause, I had to keep reshouldering the rifle after each shot.

This target was thirty shots, fifteen from two different GI surplus magazines. I kept the rounds in the same general area, but not very good grouping. That's my lack of training and shooting experience showing.

The second target was thirty shots from a new manufactured fifteen round magazine. Much tighter pattern and a few of the shots found nearly the same spot. Better shooting, but still not too good. It seems that the surplus magazines magazines may be a partial cause as I didn't change my shooting or targeting technique between mag changes.

The third target was just a session to use up the boxes of rounds. All shooting was done with green box Remington 110 grain 30 carbine ammo. I shot using both the surplus and new magazines. Interesting question for a novice: I can rule out an ammo difference, but does the age of the magazines have an effect on accuracy? I was definitely better with the new magazine. The surplus magazines loaded easier, but I did have a constant glitch with one of them.

The magazine on the left constantly refused to chamber the first round. I could remove the first cartridge and the rest of the mag would chamber and eject. I tried it multiple times and each time it rejected the first round. The magazine on the right never failed to load. There's plainly a difference in the spacing on the magazine lips. It seems the larger distance isn't to the carbine's liking. It did load all the other rounds, just not the first one.

That wasn't the only problem with the gun. Perhaps the length of pull for this carbine is a little short for me. Every time I fired it, my thumbnail grazed my nose. I tried sighting from further back on the stock, but it happened anyway. Perhaps a recoil pad to add some length might help that. Also, I was lead to believe from many people that the carbine had almost no recoil!!! I think they were trying to trick me!!! Now really there wasn't much, but still more than I expected. No regrets in buying it however. It's nice handling gun, and I think when the little one is ready to be introduced into firearms self defense, she will be able to handle this one. Now if only DirtCrashr and I can get together, maybe I can refine my carbine techniques....

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Shooting Sports
M1 Carbine

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Well, I Did Miss The Gunbloggers Rendezvous, But I Didn't Miss This...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Venison! It's What's For (Soup Kitchen) Dinner!

The Christian Science Monitor ran a story about the rise in donated meat to help feed the poor. Of course this meat didn't come from whacko environmentalists or animal rights freaks or Humans Last!-ers, but from big, bad, Bambi blasting H-U-N-T-E-R-S. Yeah baby! Fudds unite!

Hunters for the Hungry is a loose confederation of state groups throughout the country who, in partnership with hunters, processors, and meal providers, are giving free meat to those in need. The NRA operates a clearinghouse of information for these organizations.

Meat is an essential source for protein and other nutrients that can't effectively be obtained from plant foodstuffs. Of course the usual suspects decry this provisioning for the poor. "'It's great to help others in need, but there are ways to help others that do not involve the recreational killing of animals,' says Andrew Page, director of the United States Humane Society's hunting campaign in Washington, D.C." In other words "Boo Hoo, Americans are getting fed by those we hate and demonize! We can't stand that! We must destroy an American heritage any way we can! Darn those hunters for being on the right side of the issue!"

Too bad for them, but it seems that "Food pantries for the most part welcome the addition of lean, organic meat, says Josh Wilson, national operations director for FHFH." Aww, sure to get the vegans panties in a bunch when they hear Americans want to eat meat! They sure don't like the skeleton look most whacko herbivores sport. And it's free range, organic meat! Another poke in the eye of the plant eaters....

If you're a hunter and would like to participate, check out the NRA's clearinghouse for more information.

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Food Charity
Hunters For The Hungry

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

History's Greatest Monster Deserved A Buttstroke

Ok, not that kind....

The whiny, crybaby POS from Plains was said to have "faced down Darfur officials," according to the Enemy press AP. Of course, that's what the headline read, and that's what the enemies of freedom wanted you to take away from the story, but the reality in the story shows otherwise.

The AP reports that America's worst president ever "Carter got in a shouting match Wednesday with Sudanese security services who blocked him from a town in Darfur where he was trying to meet with refugees from the ongoing conflict. The 83-year-old Carter walked into this highly volatile pro-Sudanese government town to meet refugees too frightened to attend a scheduled meeting at a nearby compound. He was able to make it to a school where he met with one tribal representative and was preparing to go further into the town when Sudanese security officers stopped him. 'You can't go. It's not on the program!' the local security chief, who only gave his first name as Omar, yelled (ha! ha!, bet that really steamed the thankfully former president) at Carter, who is in Darfur as part of a delegation of respected international figures known as 'The Elders.' (or better known as the self-important, pompous asses) 'We're going to anyway!' an angry Carter retorted (sobbed, most likely) as a crowd began to gather. 'You don't have the power to stop me.' U.N. officials told Carter's entourage the Sudanese state police could bar his way. Carter's traveling companions, billionaire businessman Richard Branson (hey, this punk owes me $ )and Graca Machel, the wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, tried to ease his frustration and his Secret Service detail urged him to get into a car and leave. 'I'll tell President Bashir about this,' Carter said (pouted, with trembly lips), referring to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir."

What a whiny, childish bundle of twigs! Carter didn't face down anyone. He was the one who backed down. He bravely ran away, away! When danger reared its ugly head he bravely turned his tail and fled!!!! Ha! Ha! Wouldn't it have been nice if the Sudanese guards buttstroked his traitorous ass with the back end of an AK when he got mouthy!! Oh so richly deserved. If only people in America would treat this piece of trash the same way.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Political Post

Far be it from Ah, Shoot! to really care about politics (cough, cough) but has anyone noticed The False Messiah's bumper sticker?

You'd think most American candidates would have a sun rising over America, just who would put what appears to be a moon rising over America?

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The False Messiah