Posts Tagged ‘Ruger’

Last week I ran a poll on my blog (its posted below as well to continue the voting) that asked what your favorite type of gun was for recreational shooting.  The choices were handguns, rifles, or shotguns.  At the end of the week there were a total of 30 votes, making it the one with the most votes so far.  Handguns won by far with 18 votes.  Rifles were next with 11 votes.  Shotguns brought up the rear with one lonely vote.

I honestly thought that rifles would have had the most, even though I personally prefer handguns as well.  The reason I thought rifles would be the favorite is because there has been such a fus lately about ARs and tactical rifles.  .223 ammo had been impossible to find for a while, so I just naturally assumed that people were more interested in shooting rifles.  But it seems I may have been wrong.

The reason I prefer handguns is just because they’re smaller and less cumbersome than a rifle. You can load up 2 or 3 pistols and head to the range for the same effort as one rifle. Ammo is smaller and generally less expensive. Rifles are fun as well, don’t get me wrong, but I just love taking my Ruger SR22 to the range and blasting through a bunch of 22s.

Here’s the poll again (over on the right) in case you didn’t get a chance to vote before I pulled it down. Let me know in the comments why you voted the way you did. What makes you prefer a handgun over a rifle or vice versa? Is it convenience or something else? Do you prefer the tactical applications your AR brings, or are you more of a Glock aficionado? Lets get the debate rolling!

Also, be sure to vote in this weeks poll (over on the left) to be part of next week’s discussion.

Now that I know how to embed videos (I feel so stupid for not figuring it out sooner) I decided that I needed to go back and change some previous posts to include the videos I had only linked to before.  For the most part that’s the only change I’ve made.  Below is a list of the posts I updated in case you missed any of them the first time through:

If you missed these posts the first time, give them a view.  Nothing amazing in most of them and nothing has changed if you have already seen them.  Let me know if embedding the videos improved the posts or made them worse.

Also, I know I usually only post twice a day but there will be 4 today.  I don’t like blowing up your inbox but that’s how today is going to go.  Later tonight I’ll post the fourth update which is a combination of two survival tips.

I went to the mall (if you want to call it that – more like several tiny shops all in one building) today on my lunch break, like I do about once a week.  I can’t eat anything really so I just kinda hang out places for an hour.

Anyway, I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods.  To be honest I absolutely hate going in there.  It always feels like a waste of time.  And when it isn’t a waste of time, its so freaking expensive!  I went back to look at the rifles, just because I like looking at them.  I like guns (but I’m sure you already knew that); shooting them, holding them, cleaning them, and looking at them . . . I just love them.

I thought to myself while I was back there, “I wonder if they have any 22lr ammo in stock?”  Then I laughed to myself and said, “yea right, and like I could afford it if they did”.  Well the salesperson asked if he could help me and I smiled as I asked if they had and 22lr ammo.

Without hesitation he reached under the counter and pulled out a bucket of Remington Gold ammo!  1,400 rounds!  I was stunned.  He said, “yea, we got four of these things in”.  I cringed a little as I asked, “how much?”

$64.95.  I did some quick math in my head (meaning I pulled out my cellphone and opened up the calculator) and determined the stuff was under $0.05 a round; it was priced for me to buy.  Remington Gold is my favorite 22lr ammo so I didn’t hesitate.

Neither did the gentleman behind me.  The two of us left them only one bucket.

I now have plenty of 22 ammo.  I have no excuse not to be at the range every weekend.  And the best part is I don’t have to keep scouring the county in search of some 22lr ammo.

Today I participated in the “Staunton Shoot n’ Greet” at the Hite Hollow shooting range in Augusta Springs, VA.  I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed.  I got to meet a lot of people and saw a bunch of different firearms.  It was also my first time at the Hite Hollow range so I was able to get a look around.

I didn’t do a whole lot of shooting during the several hours I was there, but it was enough.  I shot 80 rounds through my Ruger SR22 and 40 rounds through my AR15.  There were about 10-15 people with the group and I didn’t want to take time away from others who shoot there frequently.  I just hung back and talked to everyone, shooting whenever I got the chance.

The wind was pretty bad and most of the targets everyone was setting up just kept falling down.  Eventually Dale (the event coordinator) brought out some plastic colored balls and tossed them across the range.  Everyone had a blast trying to hit them while the wind blew them back and forth.  I managed to hit the balls 22 out of 32 times with my AR and 31 out of 65 with my SR22.  Not bad at all for me.

Safety is a big deal for the group and Dale lead the entire group in a sort of briefing at the beginning to make sure everyone was on the same page.  Even people who weren’t in the group took notice when he blew his whistle and called “range cold” or “range hot”.  It was nice to see everything so organized.  I’m used to several groups of people trying to work together but never really being on the same page.  Dale’s method kept everybody safe and ensured everyone had a good time.

I would highly recommend that anyone in the Staunton or Augusta County area come to one of the meets and have some fun.  Its free and they meet once every two months.  You can find more information over on their website.  Their rules, FAQ’s, and lots of other information is right there and easy to find.  You can also sign up to receive email reminders whenever the group is going to meet.

Thats me off to the left in the brown coat

**  Updated on 3/18/13 to include an image from the shoot  **

I doubt it would take much effort on my part to convince you that I spend a large amount of time online.  From reading about guns to watching video game and movie reviews.  I do it all.  The internet contains way more information than any one person could ever consume in a lifetime.

In the past few days I’ve come across several videos that I would like to share with you.  They all feature guns and I think they’re all pretty neat.  Some are for gun rights, some are for training, and some are just for fun.  But if you’re into guns, I doubt you’ll find any of these videos to be boring.

AK47 Tactical Reload Drills – I think this is a really good video, even if you don’t own an AK47.  The AK47 is designed pretty similar to how my Mini-14 is set up, and I will actually be able to use the drills in the video exactly as shown.  My favorite part of the video is the “Strong hand emergency reload”.  In the event you become injured and can only use one hand to shoot, it’s important to practice how to do that.  And that’s a skill that can be practiced with any rifle.

 

We’re Free Already – This is apparently a new ad by the NRA.  It talks about how we the people give our government power.  It’s not the other way around.  “We grant them power.  We protect them.  We’re free already”.

 

UTS-15 12 Gauge – FPSRussia is at it again, this time with the UTS-15 shotgun.  I like his videos because they’re kinda funny and full of guns and explosions.  In this video he takes the shotgun and pits it against some fire extinguishers, a toilet, and lots of paint cans.  And yes, I know he’s not actually Russian . . .

 

AR15 Deer Hunting .223 – The videos is of a guy hunting deer with an AR15 chambered in .223.  Lots of people say the .223 cartridge isn’t powerful enough to take down larger game, but it’s not true.  The video is of him shooting the deer up to the 1:45 mark.  After that it’s pictures of the bullet wounds and the damage the bullets caused (somewhat graphic).  Now tell me again how an AR15 isn’t a hunting rifle.

 

Ruger SR22: Special Ops Ready?! – Yea, ok, I’m a Ruger Fanboy.  I’ve loved every Ruger firearm I’ve ever shot.  And I own two.  I bought my SR22 on a whim with no prior handgun experience and no knowledge of which 22 pistol was best. I went in blind, handled the guns, and chose the SR22 hands down.  Maybe this video is just to stroke my ego a little for picking such an excellent gun, but it’s an interesting (albeit long) review of the Ruger SR22 pistol.

 

That’s all for today.  I might do some more posts like this in the future since I’m always finding new videos, but not sure yet.  Let me know what you think about some of these in the comments below!

I’ve been a fan of dot sights since I first began customizing my Mini-14 almost two years ago.  They’re great.  You get a single point sight that does not require lining up a front and rear sight.  This allows extremely fast target acquisition   Most also feature customizable reticles that allow you to change both color and shape.

My first red dot sight, made by Aim Sport Inc, wasn’t that impressive however.  I went more with cost than quality when I bought it.  It suffered significantly in sunlight due to glare and later in its life it became near impossible to zero.  On a few occasions  it even had some double vision.  These problems eventually became too much and when I built my AR15, I decided to invest in better optics.

My next choice (currently installed on my AR) was far above the first in terms of quality.  I knew that I needed something that would prevent glare.  I also needed something strong that would last.  But I still didn’t have a huge budget.  I ended up purchasing a red dot scope made by CP Tactical for $49.99.  I think it is the perfect match of cost and quality.

Not only does this thing look cool mounted on top of my AR, but it performs spectacularly.  There are 4 different reticle shapes and it works in both red or green.  Each color also has 5 brightness settings to better control reticle size and visibility.  Windage adjustments are extremely simple and clearly marked on the unit itself.  It even came with flip up covers for both the front and rear of the scope.

Zeroing the sight is pretty easy at 50 yards.  Beyond that however, it gets tough.  The reticle inside the scope covers about 4″ of a target at 100 yards.  Making precision shots at that distance is fairly difficult.  But at 50 yards its pretty simple and you can clearly see the changes you make to the sight from shot to shot.

This thing has also proven itself to be very sturdy.  The other day, right after I adjusted the sights, one of my bipod legs collapsed and the whole rifle fell hard onto the bench.  My attempted catch ended up causing the scope to take most of the fall.  But when I set it back up and slapped a magazine in, it shot in the exact same area as before.  I was very impressed.

And to top things off, its very easy on batteries.  My first red dot sight chewed through batteries left and right.  If I went to the range I always made sure to have at least two spare batteries with me.  With the new one, I’m still using the battery I put in it this past September.  Evidently the 5 brightness settings really help manage battery consumption.

So to summarize  if you can’t decide on optics for your rifle, definitely consider a red dot scope by CP Tactical.  I don’t think you can beat its quality for the low price tag.  I’ve been very pleased with mine and I don’t think anyone would regret buying one of these things.

I’ve been wanting to go shoot for weeks now, but I didn’t get a chance until this weekend.  I took the opportunity and braved the cold and wind.  I put on my coat and gloves, loaded up my car, and drove to the West Side shooting range in West Virginia.

When I showed up there were two groups of people shooting.  I was surprised to see anyone there considering the weather conditions.  But by the time I got everything out of my car and over to one of the benches, one group was leaving.  So for about 45 minutes it was just me and two other guys.

They had a whole arsenal of weapons with them.  From pistols to high powered rifles and everything in between.  The most impressive was their gigantic 50 caliber bolt-action rifle.  They only shot it four times while I was there (at more than $5 a shot I can certainly understand that) but it was impressive all the same.  The shock wave from each shot could be felt all the way at the other end of the range, and even with my ear protection, it was really loud.  I can’t imagine being on a battlefield where fully automatic guns this size were going off in rapid succession.

After those guys left I was alone for about 45 minutes before another group came in.  These were younger kids, probably just over 18.  There were five of them all sharing one rifle.  When I told them I was leaving they went back to their car and got the shotguns and skeet.  I was very glad they waited until I left for that since it’s against the posted rules.

How I Did:

During the two hours or so that I was there, I only shot about 150 times.  And that was all spread between my AR15, SKS, and SR22.  I spent most of the time working on being more accurate.  Training better, not excessively.  I can’t afford to just blow through ammo like I used to.

With my Ruger SR22 pistol, I worked on double-tapping the trigger.  I would stand with the pistol lowered toward the ground with the safety on.  From that position I would raise the gun, take it off safety, and quickly fire twice (the first shot double action and the second single action) at the target.  More of a self defense exercise.  For the first time trying that I think I did really good.  All my shots hit the target and most were in the center 6″ of the target.  My closest two were 2.5″ apart and my farthest were 5.5″ apart.  As I get better with that I’ll start with the pistol in it’s holster and repeat the other steps like before.

With my AR15, I used the practice time to zero in my iron sights at 25 yards.  Because my red-dot scope is my primary sight, I keep it zeroed between 75 and 100 yards.  My irons are on the side of the rifle at a 45 degree offset.  With this set up I can quickly switch from mid/long range shooting to short range.  In the event my red-dot scope fails (battery dies, gets knocked off zero, etc) I can also immediately switch to another sight with little to no effort.  With my red-dot scope, my AR’s 100 yard 5-shot groups were 4.5″ each.  Not too bad for the guy pulling the trigger.

Saturday was also the first I spent much time with my SKS.  It’s simply a fantastic rifle.  At 50 yards, my first three shots were all in the exact center of the target horizontally.  Once I got used to how it was shooting, I was tearing up the center of the target.  I even pushed it out to 100 yards which is something I don’t usually do with only iron sights.  Every shot hit the target and I was actually really impressed with how I did.  My three 10-shot groups were about 6″ each.  Four shots were in the center 2″ bullseye and the rest were all right around it.  I was supporting the rifle with only my arms resting on the bench.  This thing is really accurate.  Thanks again to Aaron for parting with it.  I love this thing.

All in all it was great to get back to the range.  I forgot what it was like to smell the powder.  To feel the rifle kick my shoulder.  Heck, even pulling the trigger again felt good.  And since my ammo updates are indicating more ammo is becoming available, I think I’ll be hitting the range more often.  At least I hope to . . .