Well Junior Rifle is over for another year. Kat finished #3 out of 46 (?) in her division. There were two higher divisions and I suspect that she will end up in one of those next year.
I’m coming very close to violating a major tenant of my religion and disposing of a couple of guns. However I’m not so much selling them as trading them up for an AR-14 for Kat to shoot. I’ve mentioned before that one friend has offered me a pretty good deal on a Heavy Barrel/Match Sighted AR upper (complete) that I should be able to swing if I dump the Kahr and my SKS* and Big Mandy (a long time hunting buddy from Oregon) asked what I had in the way of 223 Brass.
My reply of “about 100-150 rounds of range pickup”, did not please him. Because the next thing I know he emails me to let me know that 6lbs of mixed 223 brass along with a set of Small Base Dies and couple of partial boxes of bullets (Berger 62g and Sierra 69g) are on there way to me.
Now I do have to get my ass in gear and get the gun made up.
I’m thinking, that when I get the rifle finished I’ll have a large “Cat” paw print painted on the buttstock.
This should be fun.
*I’d rather shoot either of the Garands or the future AR then the SKS anyway.
Kat and I made it to the rifle range on Saturday for the High Power Rifle Match. Kat forgot her glasses and got shy and did not shoot. I on the other hand showed up to shoot with what turned out to be the oldest rifle there, and with cast lead hand-load’s to boot and had a blast.
It was a 50 round match, + sighting shots and I, being the Super Genius that I am, did not bother to go to the clubs web site and read up on the course of fire and so only loaded up 50 rounds the night before.
I dropped 2 rounds (ran out of time) in one of the first strings and pulled one off (0 points) in the last string. Overall I think I came in with about 370-380 out of 500 (undoubtedly the worst there) and had a blast.
Kat is interested and I’ll probably sell a gun or two to finance a AR-15, with 20″ heavy barrel and match sights, for her to shoot as well. I’ve got a line on a lightly used AR match upper with match sights from a friend. Now I just have to “promote” the AR lower and the rest of the parts to make a Komifornia legal AR. A “Bullet Button“, 10 round mags and that crap. Also reloading dies, powder and bullets, I do have a few thousand (I think) small rifle primers on hand.
Next, for Kat, I’ll need to get a shooting jacket and it would help to have a spotting scope set up for the matches and a few other items. For me? I’m stubborn (and cheap), I’m going to keep working with the Garand and cast loads. I want to get at least to 450 (out of 500 aka 90%) my way. Rifle, cast bullets for ammo, sling and a shooting mat, no other toys. I may not make it with cast but I could have fun trying.
The Monuments Men
Monika and I took in Dinner and a Movie last night as a belated birthday present for her.
The movie is good, well acted and well worth seeing.
I’d give it a 6 out of a standard Colt Mag.
My 10/22 project so far.
Fajen Thumbhole stock Clerke 20″ fluted barrel
Bushnell 4.5 x 18 – target turrets and side parallax
Factory trigger , parts on order for a future trigger job. No range time yet, I will post some targets when I do. I have some Remington HP – Solid and Federal HP Bulk pack ammo I want to try.
Just a quick lunch with JF. We shot his Savage 1907 in 32acp and then for a quick change of pace we moved most of a century forward in gun design to shoot my Springfield XD, and followed that up by dropping even farther backwards in time to shoot my S&W Model 642.
A good lunch was had by all and the conclusion was simple. The little Savage is as cute as a bugs ear as well as fun to shoot. However anything approaching sights were added to it as an afterthought and the caliber is hard to find and just a little puny. JF will probably start saving his money to buy a XD or other modern handgun. The Savage will be kept because it came to him from his father, and you don’t get rid of your fathers guns.
Nothing much to report. I sent it in almost exactly a month ago and finally, after 4 phone calls (that went straight to the answering machine) and 3 or 4 emails to their service department (which never got a reply), someone actually answered the phone.
And the answers were. 1) It’s here. 2) They are working on it. 3) I know nothing. And 4) They have 4-5 week turn around right now.
For some reason this displeases me.
Kat started volleyball at school this week so she was about 50 minutes late for Junior Rifle. Fortunately, at the gun club they have the theory that school is important and they will work around it. I let the coaches know that she would be late so they rearranged the relays, moving some kids up and worked Kat in as soon as she arrived.
Kat shot two rounds yesterday, one for this week and one for next week. At this point she seems to be ranked either 2 or 3 out of all the shooters, which makes both of us happy.
Lunch today consisted of 70 (or so) rounds through the XD. 20 with a two handed hold at 5-7 yards. 20 at 10-12 yards also with a two handed hold, then 10 each left and right handed at 5 – 7 yards. The last 10 rounds were faster, doubles, two handed at 5-7 yards.
That XD is kind of like a fungus. The more I shoot it the more it grows on me. I finally got it into the reloading shed to clean. After probably 300 rounds or more, almost all of which was cast bullet loads it was dirty, very dirty. But it cleaned up pretty quick and is ready for another session, probably tomorrow with a co-worker. JF plans on bringing his Savage Model 1907 and I want to shoot that.
72 rounds through the Kimber at 5-7 yards. Mostly singles but some doubles all with a two handed hold.
25 rounds through the the S&W 642 with the new grips. The new grips are checkered black rubber (think Pachmayrs) with the same shape and size as the factory hardwood grips. They do make a big difference in shoot-ability. Flat out the gun is much less unpleasant to shoot.
Now if I can just get my butt in gear I’ll take the range bags to the shed and clean the Kimber and the XD.
I also need to see how much 45acp ammo I have loaded, I’m not sure that I’m not running low.
Yesterday Kat and I attended another Junior Rifle Shoot.
From memory she has shot 85 (out of 100) the first day, 82 (with a bad and ill-fitting rifle) the second day and a 89 last week. We will find out this weeks score when we attend next week.
She was also asked if she (along with 2 or 3 others I believe) was interested in coming to the range on Saturday March 1st and watching the “California Grizzlies” practice, and shoot as well.
Kat, as well as I, was pleased and flattered. I think she wants to be a “Grizzlie”.