Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Range Day!

So yesterday, feeling better at last, I got out to the range with Proud Hillbilly on this beautiful fall day.

This was Communist Bloc day, as I took out a Russian SKS and my Maadi AK-47, both chambered in 7.62x39mm. I've had the AK since the 1980's but it was the first time out for this particular SKS. I was not disappointed by either of them at 100 yards.
Here's PH with her .22 rifle, working on her prone shooting position.
And here she is again with her new single action Uberti in .38 Special. She did quite well with it.
She did so good with it in fact that I decided to let her try a real caliber, .45 Long Colt.
I'll let her describe how that went. (At least most of the rounds hit the backstop berm.)

Then it was off for lunch for my first decent food in a few days. And after that, we stopped by a local pawn shop and this followed me home:
It's a World War Two Japanese Arisaka Type 99 rifle. It's been a bit neglected but it's in original condition for the most part and nobody's messed with it over the years.
The Imperial chrysanthemum has been ground off, as is the norm for rifles surrendered at war's end by order of General MacArthur, but it's not a messy job.
It has the old anti-aircraft rear sight, but the wings are gone now.
It also has the base for the monopod, but that's missing as well. Still has it's cleaning rod, though.
The receiver markingings indicate that this one was made at the Nagoya Arsenal.
The bore looks good, and it's chrome lined. I'm going to spend some time getting the grime and old corrosion on the metal cleaned up and then we'll see how it shoots. I didn't give much at all for it, so I'm pretty happy overall with this find. Still, if I hadn't let PH talk me into going into that shop...


  1. Anonymous12:04 PM

    It looks like a pretty good find

  2. Glad the day went well! :-)

  3. Glad y'all had fun!