Friday, February 20, 2009

Day at the Range

The Lady Phlegm (LP) of Fatal Abstraction took me up on my offer to hit the range today, so off we went.

The range is located in a bit of a hollow with lots of trees, so the winds did not affect us much and temperature was near perfect. A great day for shooting.

We started out shooting the .22's. LP has a nice little Ruger MK II and I had my Ruger Standard. The Rugers are a lot of fun to shoot and we tore up targets from 7 to 10 yards away. After a magazine or two through my Kimber, LP broke out her 20 gauge home defender shotgun and splashed dirt on the berm. I found some cardboard so she could see the pattern of shot at the close ranges. I think she was a bit surprised at just how tightly the shot grouped at 7 yards or so.

Speaking of shotguns, some idjit had been out to the range shooting the backstops with 00 Buck.

The 25 yard range was pretty tore up.

To say I was pissed would be an understatement. This is a private range with limited membership. Why anyone would do something like this is beyond me. This is the range that LP and I used for our pistol shooting. We didn't let it hamper our day, but I really just do not understand some people.

I had brought out the The Econo-Scout and a steel plate just in case LP wanted to ring some steel on the 200 yard range. She thought that was a dandy idea. Matter of fact, she hasn't shot at anything at 200 yards before, so this would be an adventure for her.

The 200 yard range, see the orange dot to the right of the target?

Maybe this will help:

The orange dot is painted on the steel plate, that was LP's target.

Guess what? First shot, first ringing of the gong. LP had a blast knocking that plate around. We switched ammo towards the end, from hand loads to store bought and the point of impact moved significantly. So the handloads in the cheek rest finished off our day at the range.

You should have heard the laughter and seen the smiles as that plate was dancing. I do believe LP had a good time.

I think that the vote was unanimous. Friday at the range is much, much better than Friday at the job.


phlegmfatale said...

What an absolute thrill it was to shoot the Econo Scout, JR! Thanks so much for having me along at the range and for putting up with all my n00bishness.

Anonymous said...

congrats on the ringing LP. someone needs to loose their membership right away. that was totally uncalled for.

Old NFO said...

I'm glad y'all had fun! I'm glad "somebody" gets to have fun...LOL

Anonymous said...

This sounds like you had a great time.

Ride Fast said...

Man that looks like a lot more fun than working.

Sorry to see someone shot up your target hangers, what a jerk.