||12-11-2010 11:57 PM
A disappointing day at the range : (
So, I finally got a chance to shoot my Colt 1911 Argentine, I waited a long couple of weeks to have the time/money to fire off this 80 year old treasure. If packed up 250 rounds of ammo(and 32 for the Mosin Nagant) and headed to the range. For the purpose of comparison, my dad took along the Remington Rand.
The weather conditions were terrible, it was extremely windy, and cold. However, this wasn't going to stop me, the fires of hell would not prevent me from firing the gun. Because of the wind, we used the metal target(about the size of a small dinner plate) and placed it at 25 yards. The anticipation grew.....I gripped the pistol for the first time at the range......it was loaded, and I was ready to fire.......then.......I pulled the trigger.
"Clink" sounded in the air as the first round hit the target. I love the old combat sights! Clink on the second shot, and the third.....even though the wind was blowing my arms, I was shooting ok.....then, the next 5 rounds were a miss(was using an 8 shot Kimber clip)......ok, chalked it up to a newbie feel and fired two more clips......my shooting was atrocious, I only hit the damn target twice in 14 shots(switched back to the seven rounders to test them out)......so, I was thinking "ok, weird"......I picked up the Remington Rand, figuring I was having a bad day.......fired......."clink, clink, clink" in rapid succession, I hit the target 12 times out of 14 shots.
Finally, it occurred to me to put up a paper target(DUH!), my family and I put a few clips into the paper....when we went down range, I discovered the gun was shooting WAY left......it had just been the wind that allowed me to hit the metal target in the first place(random arm movement).....turns out, the sights on the Argentine were off, and now, another trip to the blacksmith!
The pro's of the date.....the Argentine fed every single round perfectly(even semi-cheap federal ammo)......I did good with the Rand, and the Mosin Nagant was fun(though it's hard cause the sights are in meters......so basically, all we can go for is groups)......only able to put about 15 shots through the Nagant before the steel butt becomes uncomfortable.....also, an interesting note, we shot the Rand at 50 yards and did nearly as well as with the rifle.....