Monday, August 22, 2011

Recoil Therapy: Summer Installment

Its been a couple weeks of intense gunnuttery up here in NH. A couple weeks ago was the NE Bloggershoot, which ran like a Swiss watch due to the unstinting efforts of our community organizier JayG of MArooned and our host doubletrouble. 

It was great to see everyone again, especially since I missed last year. High points for me: shooting Old NFO's SCAR-H, learning a lot from the assembled multitudes, and seeing the size of the hole we shot in the backstop plywood.  Video highlights for anyone curious can be found here:

Last Sunday we had a 2-gun scenario shoot at the range I belong to. A little background -- our outdoor range has a short side and a long side with a 100, 200 and 300 yard range. 

The scenario was simple: returning from a tourist trip to Mexico, a gunfight breaks out in front of you and you need to defend yourself against some hombres determined to kill you. Thankfully you packed appropriately. (Realistically, I don't think I'd go to Mexico with a full size SW 1911 on my belt and a Colt AR in the trunk, but it was more fun that way then, say, harsh language and thrown rocks.)

We were in teams of two, and started in a pickup truck that had been parked out on the short side. On the comnand we bailed out, took cover behind a barricade and shot at 8 targets from 25 - 40 yards away. A little long for pistol work but we managed to take out all the targets.

Then we ran to the long side of the range to simulate a rifle duel with another group of bad guys.  I was at a disadvantage here shooting over iron sights, but my partner had a scoped Ruger 10/22. Between the two of us we knocked out 6 of the 8 targets. Tricky, since I couldn't actually see at that range if I was hitting anything.

Of course, we made enough tactical errors in not taking cover appropriately or engaging targets in the wrong order to convince the judges that we would have both died.

But great fun. Just try to keep me away from the next one.


Borepatch said...

"Community Organizer"


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