Recently went out to a big range trip organized by a friend of mine. It was held as Bass and Bucks in Wabash, Indiana and is an annual event. I haven’t been able to go for most years for a variety of reasons including scheduling conflicts and…let’s just say there were family issues.
I took several firearms with me: three .22 caliber rifles and three handguns.
- An M-4gery AR pattern rifle with a .22LR adapter.
- My scope mounted Ruger 10/22.
- My daughter’s (well, it will be hers when she comes of age) Glenfield bolt action .22 rifle.
- My Hungarian clone of the Browning Hi Power
- My daughter’s (when she comes of age) Ruger Model IV Lightweight.
- My daughter’s (ditto) .22 single action Revolver.
Part of what we wanted to do was zero the M-4gery for my daughter. So, she’d shoot groups of three while I’d watch the target through the 10/22’s scope. Between groups we’d make adjustments to the sight. Elevation was OK, but windage? We ran out of adjustment range before we got the groups centered on the bull. I’m not sure what the problem is. Perhaps the rail-mounted rear sight is not seated properly on the upper. I’ll have to look into it more. My daughter shoots left-handed (left eye dominant) so that may be a factor. She also noted that she’s out of practice. We’ll try to work more on that.
Even so: in a zombie apocalypse, I load for her. (And also take care of close in threats.) She’s good.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get many pictures–too busy “doing” to be taking pictures. I did get one of my daughter shooting her bolt action rifle:
While there, I got a chance to shoot a full auto Uzi. “Short controlled bursts” they say. Here’s the result of my first time ever shooting FA (range about 25 yards):
I started with a pristine target. You’ll note that most of my rounds are in the lower left. That’s in part because my first rounds hit in that quadrant and once I had the bullet holes to provide a point of aim, that’s where I aimed. However, it looks like the lower left part of a target is the place to aim when shooting bursts full auto. The reaction of the gun from recoil with succeeding shots will then still be in the target.
On the pistols, I’m still having a bit of trouble with the Hi Power. The trigger frequently doesn’t fully reset between shots. I pull the trigger again and nothing. I have to push the trigger forward to reset and fire. When I first tried the gun, I thought maybe accumulated gunk (bought used) was interfering with the trigger resetting but after a thorough cleaning I’m still getting the problem. I’m guessing at this point the problem is with the trigger spring.
You can see that the “trigger lever” goes up from the back of the trigger and pushes the sear lever up to release the hammer and fire the gun. It remains up so long as the trigger is depressed and is pushed forward by the front end of the sear lever so that the gun does not continue to fire. Once the trigger is released, it’s supposed to come forward, dragging the trigger lever down and allowing it to engage the sear lever so the gun can be fired again. This isn’t happening. The trigger isn’t coming forward properly to drag down the trigger lever. I have to push it forward. Once I do, everything’s fine. Since the problem wasn’t accumulated dirt, I suspect that the trigger spring has lots its temper and isn’t strong enough to do its job. Replacing it should resolve the problem. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure where to look next.
On slightly better news, however, I managed to diagnose and fix a persistent shooting problem I had. My groups when shooting handgun tended to fan down and to the left. There are several possible causes for that–finger position on the trigger, anticipating recoil, grip issues–but spending some time with the Hi Power, I finally figured it out. What I’d been doing is while squeezing the trigger also tightening the other fingers on that hand. This pulls the gun slightly off the line of aim with the results seen. With some more focus on moving only the trigger finger, my groups started clumping more in the center of the target.
After the shoot there was food and drink. A large chunk of smoked brisket along with some vegetables made a nice, hearty meal. They had beer but I passed. Even if beer did not spike my blood sugar, I was driving. (Okay, at my weight, I could have three beers and still be legal, but I prefer not to take even that chance.)
They had a drawing for a “White Elephant Gift Exchange.” I got a “hook and loop” patch from it. “Wolverines!” My daughter got a coffee mug modeled on a shotgun shell.
All in all, a good time was had by all.