Range report!!

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by winds-of-change, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I haven't been shooting in a couple months, or more, and yesterday The Pengie and I drove to Wisconsin to meet with Hunter Joe and do some shooting. This may be a long post so please sit back and enjoy.

    I got to the range/gun shop about 1140 and met Hunter Joe. We shook hands, chatted about the drive up then sat and talked safety. Joe looked at my gun and we talked about it a little bit. Then we went into the range. Joe had to be working by 1400 so we shot his guns first and I was allowed to stay and shoot my own gun after he began working.

    Joe started me out with the small caliber and he had a Ruger Mark II which I have decided just may be my next gun. It felt good in my hands and it was a blast to shoot. Here's my target for that gun. All targets were shot at 7 yards.


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    *sigh* I don't know why all my pictures are blurry but you get the idea. :(


    Next Joe let me shoot a Argentine FM High-Power 9 mm. Here's the target for that one.

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    Then we moved on to a Glock Gen. 3 model 22 .40 cal. I really liked this gun!! Here's the target for that one.

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  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Then we moved on to a Springfield Armory Operator 1911 .45 cal. Here's the target for the 1911.

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    This is a little out of order but I'm saving the best for last. Joe also brought a shot gun as I have never shot one of those. He brought a Weatherby Semi-auto with a tubular magazine. It shot 20 g. shot shells. Joe showed me how to shoulder the gun, put my cheek on the stock and shoot it. I watched him then I took the gun. The thing just about blew me over. After the first shot, I regrouped a little then emptied it. It was the only gun Joe showed me that I didn't shoot several mags out of. Here's the target. I see a dead zombie.

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  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Then Joe said "Wait here a minute, I'll go get another gun". He goes back into the store and comes back with, what looks to me, like a rifle. I am new and I am not good at identifying guns. But I do notice that the other group of guys shooting seem interested. *shrugs* Then Joe said it was a .45 cal Thompson (Tommy) Sub Machine gun....full auto. He loads the double magazine and shoots that thing off. I am beside myself with excitement, the group of guys shooting comes over to see what's going on with us, the owner shows up at the glass and is smiling and giving us the thumbs up. Joe reloads it and hands it to me. I pick it up (darn, that thing is heavy) and look through the sights and hit the trigger. About 5-6 rounds come flying out and I feel the gun start to lift. I let go of the trigger and Joe tells me to just do 3 shot bursts. I get the hang of that and empty the gun. Joe reloads it, I empty it again and Joe reloads it AGAIN and I empty it AGAIN. I was thrilled beyond belief to be able to shoot a full auto. Never in my life had I ever thought I'd be able to do that. Ecstatic, thrilled, excited? That's putting it mildly. Here's that target. This time I see a zombie laughing at me because it was difficult for me to keep that gun on track. :cool:

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    Then Joe went into the shop to start work and I shot my Ruger GP100. On the right is the .38's on the left is the .357's.


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  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Those are some very unhappy bad guys WoC!! Nice shooting!!
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    So after I get done shooting and clean up, I talk to Joe and the owner for a couple minutes. Both men were friendly, kind, generous and very welcoming. Then they tell me about this man named Sam who is an instructor. Joe's boss, Jim, immediately makes a phone call, gets Sam on the phone and hands the phone to me. Sam and I chat for a while and I make an appointment to take lessons from him. Sam seemed to love teaching and was extremely friendly and encouraging. I browse around the store before I go and right before I leave Joe and Jim say "Sam just came in". Well, I go to meet Sam, I hold out my hand to shake his, he opens his arms wide and engulfs me in a big hug. I can't tell you what an incredible man he is!! He asks if I've shot yet and I told him I just got done and I was tired. So he asks to see my gun and he tells me it was an excellent choice as a first gun for me. He quizzes me on the different parts of the guns and what they are called. There were only two I didn't know. I didn't know the 'spur' on the hammer but I knew the hammer. I also didn't know (and can't remember right now :eek:) what the thing is that pushes the cylinder to the next position after a round is shot. I could tell Sam was having as much fun as I was. He thoroughly enjoying being an instructor, me really enjoying learning. I'll be meeting with Sam on March 21st. I am so looking forward to his instruction. He pointed out some things I was doing that I probably shouldn't be. Not really wrong but things that might be slowing me up in becoming a good shooter.

    All in all, I had a wonderful day and I can't thank Joe enough for hosting me, teaching me, letting me shoot all his ammo :p and patiently, kindly and generously showing me a good time. I wish there was some way to pay him back.
     
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  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Tight grouping? Not by a long shot. I have so much to learn and so many skills to develop. But, darn, I sure had fun!!!
     
  7. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Most excellent!!

    Range Report of the Year so far, WoC. :D

    Props to HJ as well.
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Most excellent! That sounds like a great day. Huge props to Hunter Joe for making his world available to another member.

    *thumbs up*

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  9. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Well done indeed!
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yes!!! Excellent report and a great day Winds. :)

    Thanks Joe, for being such a great host. :cool:
     
  11. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    You just did and your quite the lady. The pleasure was all mine. Joe
     
  12. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Awesome job, WoC! Way to be, Joe! You da man!
     
  13. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Awesome Range Report
    WoC and Hunter Joe...........
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    Pengie get to do any shooting?
     
  14. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I love it when the SMs get together like this.
    Thanks for the report WOC and glad to see you getting into learning more.
    And mad props to the other Joe for making us FTFrs look good.
     
  15. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    After that report I am filling the car up and heading to Racine. Looks like a great time was had.
     
  16. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    Outstanding y'all!

    Nice shootin WOC.
     
  17. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Don't worry about the grouping, we feel sorry for any bad guy that stands in your way.

    Sounds like a great day, glad you had fun.
     
  18. AleksiR

    AleksiR New Member

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    Looks like you had a lot of fun. Nice shooting!
     
  19. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Pengie was in the lane next to ours. He was shooting like crazy. He had targets that had ducks on them. I was too busy shooting to get any pictures of The Pengie, but believe me, he is an excellent shot. I feel very safe with him in my house.