06 January 2012
What's on your (gun) list?
From the Civilian Range Master side: As some of my readers know, one of my part time jobs I got after I semi retired from the police department is teaching folks how to shoot. One of the benefits from this job is getting to see a lot of really nice guns and help some folks figure out what they have and how to shoot it.
We also have some folks who come to the range who know how to shoot really well and have some really cool guns. When I have time between classes, I like to walk on the range and see. The other day a guy came in with a .22 rifle.
Now, most of you might thing: “Well, the CI Roller dude has shot all kinds of guns, up to and including .50 cal machine guns, MK 19 grenade launchers, and the old 81 MM mortar. Why would he care about a little .22 rifle?”
Well, this one was very special. It is the match rifles they use in the Olympic Biathlon event. This is where they ski, then shoot. The rifle is very different, and very, very accurate.
Just shooting the little target is tough, but when you add the ski stuff, it’s very tough. I’m talking about hitting a target about the size of a half dollar at over 50 feet.
The guy asked if I wanted to shoot his rifle. I said: “Hell yes!”
It was better than I was. I fired 5 rounds at 18 yards and got a nice group…but I tell you it wouldn’t have won any gold medals…and I suck on the snow and I hate the cold.But this guy was very good