My resolution for the new year was to get out and do some more shooting this year and I started out strong. I spent the first Saturday of 2014 out at the Hite Hollow range near Staunton, Va. My neighbor had a new pistol to shoot so we loaded everything up and headed out.
I was very surprised at how well I did. Considering I hadn’t shot any of my rifles in months, I was lucky I could even hit the target. I really don’t like to let skills sit idle for that long, but I guess it was ok this time. I managed some pretty tight groups with my two 22 pistols and was hitting extremely accurate with my AR at 50 yards with both 22lr and .223.
The only gun I shot poorly was my neighbor’s pistol. I don’t think that’s a personal failure either as the gun is nearly the size of my head and I could barely wrap my hand around the grip. At about 7 yards I was hitting the target close enough to be considered deadly, but the time and effort involved in lining each shot up would definitely have cost me dearly in a real-world situation. I will definitely need more practice with a gun this size if I intend to ever use one, but for now I think I’ve decided that a 45 just might not be for me.
My SKS, as I expected, was the most fun to shoot. There’s just something about the 7.62 round being fired from a gun with some wood on it that I really enjoy. I would love to try shooting an AK47, but I’ll settle with the SKS for now. It doesn’t kick, its very accurate (even with open sights), and it just looks so cool. I used to consider my AR to be my #1 choice if things got bad, just because it can shoot two types of ammo. I think I might be starting to change my mind. After all, that Bayonet will be very handy when the zombies come . . .