Friday, April 25, 2008

They Woik!

Well, finally had a chance to try out the new target stands. Success! They held up to the mighty 30-06 round! They were easy to disassemble and reassemble in the shooting area. I attached a little cardboard backing and stapled up targets and let loose the lead. The stands themselves were the highlight of the day, as the targets themselves left a lot to be desired. Here they are in order of shooting:

I opened the session with the Henry at 25 yards. I fired three tubes of 15 rounds. Not too bad, but I'm either jerking the trigger or not keeping my eyes open when I fire. I sure thought I kept my eyes open.

Next up was the Garand at 100 yards. I shot off the table, but like a dummy, I left the gun vise at home! I rested both elbows on the table and shot two clips. Five clear misses, three misses on the target and eight total scoring hits. I had the sights set at 100 yards. I guess I wasn't steady enough. Five complete misses is an awful lot.

I next shot three clips from a prone position. I won't say "the" prone position, because I'm sure I wasn't positioned correctly. I just dropped the legs and laid on the table. I had two complete misses and three misses on paper. The first two clips went to the top of the target, the last clip shot placed at the bottom. I adjusted the sights to zero. I can't seem to get a consistent grouping, but at least the shots didn't wander from left to right. They mostly stayed in the center of the target anyway. I shot the Garand both times without a sling. I believe if I had a sling, the results would have been better.

I then went back to the Henry to try it out at 100 yards. Lousy compared to twenty five yards. After shooting the Garand, my arms had gotten a little tired, so maybe that had something to do with the results.

Next I went to the pistols. I fired two eight round mags from the Colt Hammerless at 25 yards. Nothing consistent, but it seems that neither mag, the original colt nor the new aftermarket made any difference to my accuracy. Although I missed completely with two shots from the new magazine.

The Makarov was a disappointment. I use it as the first line of home defense. I shot two mags with the chosen Silver Bear hollowpoints. I had one complete miss with the first mag. Each mag had a failure to fire. I'm consistently shooting to the left. Unfortunately, the sights aren't adjustable so I'll have to adjust my aiming instead.

Lastly I brought out the Browning Buckmark Camper. I fired three ten round mags. At least all of shots were on the paper. This one has adjustable sights, but the shots seem to be centered in the middle of the target, just a few strays. Controlling the gun may be more important than sight adjustment here. Also, the distance was a bit long I guess for what I was doing.