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Pumpkinslinger
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Day at the range Reply with quote

Finally got to shoot a bit and was able to take some new shooters with me. My youngest daughter has shot a few times before, but not in several years. Her boyfriend has been 2 or 3 times with me before, and I think once before that. Her other friend has never fired a gun before.

We spent a while zeroing the boyfriend's new DPMS Sportical with a red dot sight mounted and a Ruger 10/22 I bought last spring with an old Weaver 1.5-5X hung on it. After we got them close we started shooting at 50 and 100 yards. The two girls liked the Ruger but were a little intimidated with the AR's noise. (Yes, we were all wearing hearing protection!) When they got comfortable we shot some team contests; boys against girls, boyfriend and girlfriend against dad and other friend, etc. There was no spectacular shooting going on but we all had fun!

We switched over to handguns and I broke out "Old Faithful", my Ruger Single Six. Shooting steel plates at 20-30 yards was enjoyed by all. Then we tried a SIG Mosquito and had our only sour notes. That thing managed every malfunction an auto can do except going full auto, probably because it couldn't cycle enough to make it through 5 rounds.

All in all it was a great afternoon! I think we have a new shooter joining the ranks, or at least not going the other way. The only potential problem here is that if my daughter decides that she wants her own gun and expects me to pay for it!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Day at the range Reply with quote

There is a price we pay for introducing our kids to our way of life. But the seed is planted in another generation. My kids both have pretty good jobs thank god. My son still shoots with me every time I go out but my daughter only goes a couple times a year. I just loaded about 250 rounds of 7mm-08 for her, but the way its going that will last her the rest of my life. But my son loves to shoot, its a good thing he has that good job.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Day at the range Reply with quote

Pumpkinslinger wrote:

All in all it was a great afternoon! I think we have a new shooter joining the ranks, or at least not going the other way.

Agreed and good on you for this! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Day at the range Reply with quote

Sounds like a good time well spent. I like a story with a happy ending. All the best...
Gil

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