Live Rounds

Today, we went down to the gun range near North East, MD. Grandfather, father and son, all gun enthusiasts. We shot the .45 caliber semi-auto pistol, the 12 and 20 gauge shotguns, and then we sighted in the .22 caliber rifle.

Grandfather still holds his Master Class Shooter designation. For those who aren’t familiar with the rankings, they are (lowest to highest) Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert, Master. He helped my son with some shooting fundamentals, and the two of them proceeded to shoot the centers out of the pistol targets at 20 yards. They were firing a Sig Sauer .45 Caliber semiautomatic using standard ammunition. (I didn’t even come close to their scores.)

Then we went over to the trap range, and took turns firing the 20 gauge Mossberg and the 12 gauge heavily-modified tactical shotgun. We blew up a whole bunch of clay pigeons. The son even hit one firing the 12 gauge one-handed.

Then on to the rifle range for .22 caliber target shooting. We used the regular targets, but the light was poor for shooting, and the targets didn’t have enough black on them to make them very visible at 50 yards. We borrowed a fellow shooter’s spotting scope, and figured out where the Henry rifle was hitting the paper. Grandfather and son shot some nice groups. I did OK, but definitely need to practice more.

All in all, a great three-generation multi-firearm shooting day was had.

Question: Ever shoot the guns? Ever want to know more about one of the most popular sports in the world, during this 2010 Olympic Games? Leave your stories and answers in the comments section. Would love to hear from you all. God bless America, and our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, which shall not be infringed.

“Gun Control is being able to hit your target”.

Peace – Chester


3 thoughts on “Live Rounds

  1. My father was a Civil War re-enactor and we always went to Civil War battlefields for vacation. He made his own bullets in the kitchen…until they found out lead wasn’t such a good thing to have in the house. During one vacation, he let me shoot his rifle…the recoil knocked me on my can but good.

  2. That’s very interesting. Most reenactors use the Springfield Rifle, .58 caliber black powder muzzle-loader. That rifle definitely has a huge recoil.

    In fact, soldiers with little shooting experience were trained to aim at their enemies’ knees, because as the rifle recoils, the barrel rises and the bullets would strike the enemy soldiers in the chest. An experienced marksman would have already sighted his rifle in during practice, and would know where to aim for maximum effect. However, most Union soldiers had no experience with arms, whereas most Confederate soldiers grew up hunting and shooting, and were naturally better at dealing with firearms. That partly explains how the Confederates won so many battles in the first three years of the war.

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