This weekend my family headed up to Bear Lake here in Utah. Because of the abundance of BLM land I really wanted to do some shooting. I thought there would only be a couple of us that would want to go as well, but surprisingly there quite a few that went along. We ended up taking quite a few guns.
Mossberg 12 guage
Winchester 1897 16 gauge
Unknown bolt action 20 gauge
Ruger Mark I
Ruger Mark III 22/45
Springfield 1911 .45
Unknown .22 rifle
We started off shooting the pistols and the .22 rifle while someone put the clay launcher together. Everyone loved the 1911 and couldn't get enough of shooting it. Sadly, I only brought 100 rounds. Luckily there was a lot more to shoot. It was the first time firing the 1911 since I bought it. Pulled right out of the case and cycled flawlessly. I love this thing and it was worth every damn penny. Now, they all want one.
We traded off an on shooting the Mark I and the Mark III. My III functioned great. There were a few rounds that didn't fire but other than that it worked perfectly. However, the older Mark I was a different story. It functioned perfectly all day until I saw a lot of smoke coming out it the bottom of the magazine and the bolt. To me this said, time to stop shooting the Mark I. My father, who owns the gun, said not to worry about it. Shortly after if failed. causing one of my nephews to burn his hand a little. He refused to shoot anything but his pellet gun for the rest of the trip as a result.
Here's a pic of the aftermath.
I continued putting some rounds through my PM9. Which ended up having two FTF. Both caused by something tripping the slide lock lever. I already filed it down. I'm going to call Kahr and see if they have a resolution for this beyond me hunting for ammo that won't trip it, or filing it down even more. Also, twice it failed to lock back the slide after expending the magazine. Besides that it was great and everyone loved shooting that too. Especially my bother and my father, both CCW holders.
Here's a shot of the FTF.
My dad shot his LCP for the first time and he's had it for close to a year now. Surprisingly it fired without any failures. However, I don't think he even put 50 rounds through it. All the while my other nephew was shooting his .22 rifle he had gotten from his grandfather on my in-laws side. He was having a blast and is showing a great interest in guns. Still needs to work on gun safety though.
Then we moved onto the shotguns. Unfortunately we didn't get to shoot the 16 gauge. It was acting a bit funny so I didn't trust it. It and the Mark I will be off to my uncle, who is a gunsmith, this week. We still had the 20 gauge and the 12 gauge. The last time I went shooting clays was in scouts. However, I managed to hit every single clay but one. I was surprised at that. I definitely want to pick up a good 12 gauge now and go clay shooting. The is a place near by that I hear is pretty good for that.
All in all, it was a great weekend of shooting. Can't wait to get out again!