After deciding to add a scope to my AR, I had to get it zeroed in and see how it worked. With the local ranges being closed until May and living in an urban area, I had to find another place to go shooting. My dad’s was the only logical choice. His backyard is where I did all my shooting when I started this blog and its the place that inspired the name as well.
I took my AR, my SKS, and my SR22, as well as enough ammo to last all evening. The weather stayed decent most of the time and the only time it caused a problem was when the wind blew the target around. We ended up shooting for an hour or two and managed to get the AR zeroed in as I had hoped.
I set up my AR using the CMMG 22lr conversion kit so that I could get the scope sighted in relatively close before making more adjustments with the more expensive .223 ammo. It worked pretty well and everything was going pretty good for a while. Unfortunately at some point my Millet Tactical scope mount came loose and we spent several minutes and a dozen or so rounds before realizing it. We then had to undo all the changes we made and it was a mess. It took about 40 rounds to get it set up because of that mount not being tight.
When we finally got it close I switched over to the .223 and zeroed it in a little closer. I had assumed that at 50 yards 22lr and .223 would have hit the target closer together but they were about 1.5″ apart. The .223 was hitting that much higher. I spent about half an hour going back and forth between 22lr and .223 to find a decent middle ground so the scope will be close for both of them. I’ve got it set up now so that at 50 yards the 22lr is about 1/2″ low and the .223 is about 1″ high. For now that’s good enough but once the other ranges open up and I can shoot out to 100 yards or more I’ll probably focus more on just the .223 zero. I’ll probably zero the iron sights for the 22lr at a range of like 40-50 yards or so.
The highlight of the day though was shooting the SKS. It always is. For a gun with no attachments and few tactical applications, the “peasant rifle” is always a blast to shoot. Everything about the gun is perfect to me. While I would love to have a scope on it, its incredibly accurate using just the iron sights. My dad, his friend, and myself, all shot the rifle from a resting position and we were hitting pretty close to center. My first two shots were just a hair below the bullseye and all our following shots were equally spaced along the outside of the center area. If it had been a 6″ plate we would have hit all around the edges and everywhere in between. I took a picture after the first few shots but after that we let loose with it. I think with a good bit of practice I could be deadly with it even out to 100 yards.
Overall we had a good time. My guns are still shooting good and my skills have only deteriorated slightly. I look forward to many more trips to the range like this.