I treated my friend Jo
to a couple of range days. She took a liking to my 9-mm AR, so I told her this winter, she could try my rifle-caliber ARs too. She renewed her friendship with the 9AR; I asked her to shoot it until it failed, as I knew it bound to do so from my experience with the AZ Sub-Gun Match. After it finally failed to eject, I dropped in the new bolt carrier group after splashing some lube on it. It froze up on the second shot! Perhaps I should have been more generous with the Break Free. Got to fix it before I go back to AZ so she can shoot it again; I forgot a few boxes of ammo and a firearm in the family cabinet, so another range day is definitely in the cards.
Jo adapted to the Bushmaster .223 barely batting an eyelash. She really dug the reflex sight and the gentle recoil... not much different from the 9AR.
Jo noticed the considerably greater heft of the DPMS LR-308, but was pleased with the relatively gentle recoil. That is, compared to a bolt action rifle in the same caliber. One thing you can't get used to is the concussive effect of that SJC Titan compensator; fortunately, she was standing in the best place to avoid having her teeth rattled by the shock wave. The petite lady promised to start lifting weights so she can spend more trigger time on the rifles. I hope I brought enough ammo!
The Ruger 22/45 with the bull barrel is incredibly stable and fun to shoot well. Good thing I brought lots of .22 LR!
The Walther P-38 took a lot of getting used to. Heck, I'm still not used to shooting it and Jo consistently struck low, just as I usually do. Even so, it's fun to shoot a piece of German engineering that was made in the year we were both born.
I saved the S&W 29 Classic for last for obvious reasons. Fortunately I brought a good supply of .44 Special instead of subjecting Jo to the punishing .44 Magnum round. She ended up declining to shoot the beefier magnum rounds I brought, but handled the gentler loads without any trouble.
Hey, we've got another range day to look forward to!
Labels: gunfun, roadtrip