Twas a gewd day…

Started off my morning a bit groggy.  I didn’t sleep much last night because I watched a spectacular light show that traveled from the north.  Work went well too – nothing out of the ordinary.  Later, I was notified that I’m invited to UC Davis for an interview regarding their credential/MA program.  It’s nice to hear that they received my application.

I also went shooting!  Woo!

I took a new shooter out a few weeks ago.  I discussed safety, mechanics, etc.   I showed her the differences between semi-automatic pistols, revolvers and introduced her to the Winchester 69.  Her first experience was a good one, so she wanted to go again.  We were supposed to visit the outdoor range this morning; however, there was a schedule conflict.  We managed to meet at the indoor range instead. I brought a few new pistols and rifles for her to explore.

This time, I remembered to bring a camera.  The photos speak for themselves.

Trigger discipline FTW.

Trigger discipline FTW.

Ruger 10/22 with 3x9x30 Leupold scope.  25 yards.

Ruger 10/22 with 3x9x30mm Leupold scope. 25 yards. Notice the gradual improvement. Starting clockwise from the bottom right; ending at the top right corner.

Do you remember Don?  He was the first person who took up my offer to take them shooting.  I saw him at the range today too!  He appears to be doing well.  Unfortunately, he hadn’t been shooting since our last meet.  It may have something to do with the 12 ga. Remington 870 that he has – the only gun he owns.  We talked shop for a little bit and now he’s thinking about finding something with a little less kick.  We’ll see…

It was a good day.

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6 Comments on “Twas a gewd day…”

  1. Donald Fong
    June 7, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Hi Derek,
    Nice to have seen you at the range the other night.
    I think I have come up with a possible solution to my shooting difficulty or, at least, a possible step in the right direction. A few hours ago, I purchased a bunch of earplugs rated NRR 33, the highest they say. To go with them, I bought a pair similarly rated ear muffs. I think the ones I had on were about NRR 22 or so.
    Shotgun blasts are thunderous, to an extreme. My negative reaction held me back on followup shots, at least a half dozen times. After the first shot, I told myself to pull the damn trigger. My finger would not or could not comply. Maybe toning down the thunder even further can help. One wearer of the make and model of muffs that I have just bought said he couldn’t hear speech, when wearing them at the range. That’s what he wrote on his review at cabelas.com. As you probably recall, you and I were able to converse with each other at the range. If the muffs and the plugs can do the same for me, perhaps I could proceed with a followup shot, even several. For now, I’ll see what I can do with the Remington 870 next time at the range. We’ll see if this baby step results in a positive development. btw, I doubt that recoil posed a hurdle for me. There is no shoulder pain, and any jerking back was minimal and very manageable.
    Again, great to have seen you and many thanks for taking care of the malfunction for me.
    Ciao,
    Don

    p.s. Those muffs I purchased online are Pro Ears Ultra Premium (NRR 33).

  2. TheGunGeek
    June 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Something else to try… get yourself some of the Aguila mini shotshells. They are really short (like 1-3/4″) 12ga shotgun shells. Kind of like shooting 38 specials in a 357 Magnum.

    If you get them from the right place, they’re not expensive either.

    Try here:

    http://www.coledistributing.com

    Not the world’s most navigable web site, but if you look under Product Info > New Production Ammo you should see it.

    Oops! Just checked and they are out of stock on the mini shells. You might give them a call and see if they can get them as their price on anything made by Aguila is usually the best out there.

  3. June 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey TGG!

    Thanks for your input. I’ll be sure to contact them myself. I’ve been looking for those .22LR “hummingbird” cartridges for awhile.

    Maybe this is what you need, Donald =)

  4. June 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    What a cutie! Is Don shooting at an indoor range with a shotgun? I’d say try and get a Model-10 and shoot .38 specials.

  5. June 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Don was at an indoor range – with a shotgun.

    He’ll be having another go at it sometime soon. However, even when we went to an outdoor range shooting clays, the noise was still too prominent for him.

  6. June 19, 2009 at 3:07 am #

    All I can say is: Dayumm!

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