Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shooting. And a kid with guns.

One of the high points of this past week-end's trip was an outing to the range with Aaron and da Spud. Aron and I both brought a number of weapons out. Here's my batch o' pistols:
Clockwise from bottom left: H&K P2000 in .40, Beretta 92 in 9mm, Smith and Wesson Model 58 in .41 Magnum, Walther PPK in .380 and Sig Sauer P229 in .40.

Aaron brought a few, too. We were well-armed and quite safe. Aaron's star of the show was this beautiful 1911A1 which he'd sent out for the full Robar treatment.
Those steel targets never stood a chance.

Gratuitous .41 magnum gun porn.

The Spud, with the Beretta 92, as he recited the four rules of gun safety prior to being given any ammunition.
He was also told that any range safety violations would be paid off by push-ups in the mud. I'm proud to report that he went home as clean as he was when he got there.

And here he is with Aaron's Glock.

Off to a slow start, kinda forgetting that sight-alignment/smooth trigger pull concept at first, but he got it back soon enough.

I got a chance to give Hornady's Critical Defense rounds in .380 a bit of a test on steel. Typical .380 FMJ or hollow points generally won't knock steel plates over very well, but those 90-grain Critical Defense rounds smacked them down like I was using a 9mm. I was impressed, and glad to see that they fed 100% reliably through the Walther. I like them very much, indeed.

When we hit the rifle line, I broke out the Ruger brothers: Old faithful 10-22 with newly added peep sights(bottom), and a stock but well-worn Mini-14GB

I also had one of my AR-15 carbines, shown here next to the Mini.
And giving Spud a pop quiz, I asked him which of these two was the more dangerous weapon. He immediately pointed to the black AR-15. When I explained that they both fire the same ammunition and have identically-sized magazines, he was unable to explain why he felt that the black rifle was "more dangerous". I'll have to watch him, because he appears to have the potential to grow up and become a mainstream media commentator or a Democrat politician. Ugh!

But he redeemed himself by shooting the rifles and shooting them well.
Not bad, kid. And in the background of the second picture, you can see Aaron with his sweet new .300AAC Blackout AR-15. It's most excellent.

All in all, it was a good day with a good friend and a good kid. And lots of good guns. What more could you want?


  1. What a great day! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Wow the Spud has had a growth spurt!

  3. Looks like a fun day. I'm glad you don't make me do push-ups when I screw up at the range, though.

  4. Doesn't get any better! :-)

  5. Hey, the AR IS more dangerous.

    Optics and a bipod -- means he can get good high COM hits on anything he can see easier than with the unsupported iron sighted Mini-14.

    Which, of course, is why this AR is a better (and safer) choice for civilians that that Mini-14.


  6. Looks like a good time was had by all! Nice looking hardware too.

  7. Messrs. Keith and Jordan are smiling on you for keeping the spirit of the .41 Mag alive.

    Would like to find a Marlin in the caliber to go steady and share boxes of [reloaded] ammo with my Redhawk.

  8. Tech Sites on the 10/22? Those and a new hammer and sear set were the two best things I ever did for mine and my daughter's. Oh, and free-floating the barrels.

    Wish I could have made it - appreciated Aaron's invite. Next time! I'll have something interesting to contribute, which I got UPS tracking notices on yesterday.

  9. Perfect!!! Love this post!