Sunday, February 13, 2011

Follow up to Range Report # 3.

Hey folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here with a follow up to Range Report #3.

As you may remember, I mentioned going to the range awhile back. What I forgot to mention was that I took a friend with me. This was the first time that my friend had shot either of my guns so I made sure to go over some basic safety rules with him. He was a quick learner and I only had to remind him once about the rules.

Now as to what guns we fired, I chose to bring my Mosin Nagant M91/30 and my Mossberg bullpup 12 gauge. I had bought some shotgun slugs a few weeks earlier and I wanted to see how my shotgun would handle them. I also brought along a box of Silver Bear 7.62x54R rounds to see how my Mosin liked them.
We arrived at the range and proceeded to set up a few targets. I went over the basic safety rules and how to operate the guns with my friend and loaded a magazine of 12 gauge shells for him. I am pretty much used to the recoil of my guns, but my friend had not shot a rifle or shotgun up to that point, so it was surprising to him when he pulled the trigger for the first time. After a few mags of 12 gauge shells, we switched to the Mosin. Again, I went over the basic safety rules and how to operate it. I loaded the Mosin's magazine and handed it to my friend. The look on his face after pulling the trigger on the first round was priceless. I had him load the guns a couple times on his own so he'd get used to how they worked. He later mentioned to me that the Mosin seemed to have more recoil than the 12 gauge.

At first, neither of us could hit a thing, but once we got into the swing of things, we were able to keep a majority of rounds on target with the occasional miss. I attempted to get some video on my cell phone, but the wind ruined all the footage I was able to get. Now I have a digital video camera and I'm considering redoing this range trip once the weather warms up a bit. Once that's done, I'll let you all know.

Well, that'll do it for now, but keep checking the site for more updates.

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

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