Saturday, October 29, 2005

Sighting Observation

First off, I'd like to state that after Boomershoot, I found that shooting at paper was unnecessary to grossly sight a rifle. Paint the steel, let your spotter call it, and bring it in to where you want it on the gong. After that, fine tune it on paper. There's no use in shooting at paper if you are off it, and it's easier for the spotter to bring you in if he/she can see dirt plumes, without the obstruction of a target back.

We were at the range Thursday, and ended up only shooting at 2 pieces of paper in 3 hours. Both were three shot groups. A cheap can of spray-paint and range steel can do wonders.

New rifles will be posted on, as soon as the old man gets his shit together and sends it to me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Frangible .223 Ammo

I've always kept my bedside AR magazine loaded with PMC Green frangible ammo. Not because I'm trying to save mother earth, but I live on the second story and wouldn't want to drop an old lady down the street if the proverbial shit ever hit the fan. I've shot it at the range to make sure it cycles through the rifle alright. It does. No problem. It ain't that accurate, but my place isn't that big.

As many of you may know, Lake City has emptied out all of the XM193 ammo. It disappeared in a matter of months, and I'm stuck with my meager reserve of 6,000 rounds. The Lake City steel points and frangibles are still available, though. Steel points aren't allowed at our range, as they tend to fuck up the steel target silhouettes.

In my brief spell of panic at the thought of Lake City ammo evaporating, I bought several thousand rounds of Lake City frangible. They showed up this week. They are semi-jacketed unlike the PMC which just looks like a bullet made out of granola.

If anyone has any info on the interior ballistics of these rounds, compared to XM193, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Blog Hiatus

I haven't posted regularly in the last month, and especially in the last week. The Old Man went to a family reunion, therefore he couldn't post, and I was taking care of the dog and cat, a duty that overwhelms my instinctual irresponsibility.

Posting should resume, and we've bought a ton of guns in the meantime.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iraqi Saturday Night

American Drumslinger was good enough to link to a post of a video link I robbed from Mr. Completely. I always appreciate that, because high school mall date blogs get more hits than I do, so anything helps.

In the spirit of brotherhood, and the general good feelings that the El Bardei Nobel Peace Prize produced, I'm going to link back.


h/t American Drumslinger

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Awesome sniper video

Here's an extended video that shows the guys who are over there know what the hell they are doing (h/t to Mr. Completely):

Contract snipers

It's iFilm, so it is a bit of a pain in the ass.

And for all of those folks that dis the .223 on a regular basis, here's some footage that would seem to disprove you cynicism, especially at 500 yards+.

UPDATE: Both Mr. Completely and Kevin (I assume from Smallest Minority) have corrected me on my presumption that this was a .223. It is a .308, so I will admit that this does nothing to counter-argue the contention that a .223 is worth a shit. Mea Culpa.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Receiver is clean. Our inspection found that it had only original cartouches, most likely from 1945. It is an Inland, but all parts appear to be consistent with initial assembly. Posted by Picasa

For any kind of .30 cal, it is small and the recoil is negligible. Posted by Picasa

Of course it is a right hand sling. Thankfully, the beer wasn't. Posted by Picasa

New Score

The Old Man picked up an M-1 Carbine. That just about completes his WWII collection, outside of a BAR.

We gave it a trial run, but the winds were running 18-26 miles an hour. It being a straight cased cartridge, I'm assuming in doesn't have the wherewithal to stand up to that. It shot to the right, but so were the scoped rifles with no-wind zeros.

My only misgivings:

The cartridge is weird, there's no surplus, and reloading seems to be mandatory.

Additionally, the ejection path is all over the place; ranging from 6 inches to the right to 4 feet in front of you.

Pictures are posted above. This seems to be a superb truck gun, although I may be picking up a Mini-14 next week.

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