Saturday Shooting

My buddy Ed Bodling and I went to Elite Shooting sports yesterday.  I took my Model 1873 Colt Replica Peacemaker 71/2 barrels 45 LC, my M1, and Ed his two Walters PPK.  It was a blast.  The .45LC will drive tacks at 50 feet; and the two Walters shoot tight every time, but then again what do you expect from Germans nothing short of perfection.  Lastly we went to the 100 Yard Rifle Range and fired the M1 Garland each firing a clip at 25 and 100 Yards.  No adjustments needed on target and a joy to shoot.  If we […]

New Shooting Range Manassas Virginia

Over the weekend I visited Elite Shooting Sports twice.  It bills itself as the most modern indoor range in the US–I have no doubts.  It offers 25, 50, and 100 Yard indoor shooting lanes.  The targets mechanisms are state of the art, the range is well lit and sound proof.  When in the very large and spacious waiting area you hear nothing coming from the range!  Safety is paramount as everyone–that means everyone must attend their mandatory safety briefing.  A little pricey, but once you see the facility you will be sold.  Yearly membership is 350 but if you are a […]

Gun-Day Sunday: DOE! A Deer, a Fe-male Deer…

Taken yesterday morning in the bitter cold, in Clarke County, Virginia, not far from the Shenandoah River. Range was about 75 yards, broadside. I hit her a few inches back, so she ran about 50 yards before she dropped, flopped, rolled over, kicked, and died. The 150-grain .308 Remington Core-Lokt does the deed. And the Scout Rifle is simply a pleasure to shoot. Who else wants to share trophy pics? Send ‘em in!

Opening Day of Virginia’s Rifle Season, 2014

Success, at last. Biggest deer I’ve shot so far. Location: Clarke County, Virginia; range: 50 yards; target angle: broadside; weapon: Steyr Scout .308; ammunition: 150 gr Remington Core-Lokt. Inside spread: 16 inches; main beams 22 inches; longest tines: 9 inches; bases: 5 inches.  

Gun-Day Sunday: “Rifle Skills”

From Mr Farnam… Observations of a Boer (South African of Dutch descent) Commando during the initial days of the Battle of Ladysmith (and the ensuing prolonged siege) during the Second Anglo-Boer War in early November of 1899. From a book entitled “Commando, a Boer Journal of the Boer War,” authored by Deneys Reitz. This book was presented to me by a good friend from South Africa, now an eminently successful American citizen: “Both sides were maintaining a vigorous short-range rifle contest, in which the (English) soldiers were being badly worsted, for they were up against real old-fashioned Free State Boers […]

Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  

Gun-Day Monday: “Shoot the Heaviest Rifle Round”

MDL passed this on.  You need to read the whole thing. I can’t extract just one or two passages to quote, you need to read it all. The money quote is at the end, and it puts it all in context. Question for the readership– what says your experience?

On the Hunt

State-wide archery season started this past Saturday in Virginia, after the special month-long please-kill-as-many-as-you-can season in September in a few counties in the Occupied Territories. Daily life prevented me from getting out in that early season, except to clear brush and cut wood and try to establish a small food plot. But I got out three times this weekend. Including TWICE yesterday, i.e. SUNDAY, which is a big deal in Virginia, the first year we can do that. And for the record, I managed to get to church as well. So there. Of the three trips out I saw a […]

Got Arms?

If not, you’d best be heading to procure some. And all manner of things thereunto belonging, which includes cold hard training in life-taking and life-saving. Do you understand what’s what? (Oh, and OF COURSE law enforcement said there’s no link to terrorism. To say otherwise would be to raise some ugly questions.) Mr Farnam gets it. Grand Master de Vallette would readily grasp the problem at hand, and would not be at a loss for a solution. And you?

BUY NOW, BUY LOTS (Excellent Advice, That)

MDL tossed this through the transom, with the self-evident truth annotated, “Excellent advice.” We concur. Same goes for guns, with demand dropping off slightly from the recent all-time highs, but with both quality and quantity in evidence. The time to act is now. Make the most of the opportunity.   The last couple of years of “strong consumer demand” (panic buying) has finally come to an end. .22 LR ammunition is still thin on the ground (although easy to purchase online) but centerfire inventory is good, retailers are flush with AR-15 rifles and there is a higher level of discounting […]