Monday, October 8, 2012

Colorado Trip, 90 Second Recap...

Put it to you this way. Right now as I type this it's 1:00 AM Mountain time, which is 3AM Eastern time. I just got back to my hotel room about an hour ago, and have been frantically packing stuff up for my return trip tomorrow. I wanted to get some impressions down real quick about the trip so far, but especially to recap the shootie goodness that took place yesterday.

For starters, there's a lot of steel. Have I mentioned how much fun steel is to shoot? Some poppers, some plates, some swinging steel targets, all lots of fun. The range is a section of land with a berm behind it out in a large swath of farmland, and there is literally no one around for miles - I commented that I was glad we had a nurse and a paramedic on hand in case something happened, because there was no way you could get someone to a hospital quickly...

After a decent amount of time on the pistol range, I tried my hand on the close (~75 yard) rifle range - with my Smith & Wesson model 27. Got a few hits on steel, hit a small helium tank, watched Stingray hit AA batteries with almost boring regularity. Note to self: shoot more rifle. After the short rifle range, I proceeded to the long range rifle range under the pretext of filming Jennifer for Michael's Kilted to Kick Cancer pledge.

You know it's a good day when you get to shoot not one but two 50 BMG rifles... I got to shoot a Barrett M82 as well as an AR50 - both very fun to shoot (quote of the day from SCI-FI: "It's like pulling the trigger on an earthquake!") - and with the AR50, I was making shots at 800 yards. I understand why long distance rifle shooters practice and practice - there is an indescribable thrill of hitting a target at a range near the limits of what you can see...

And then, to top it off, we got out to hunt some prairie dogs. I've never hunted before, other than some controlling of the local squirrel population at a friend's cabin in Maine, so this was a completely new experience for me. We started out in one field, walked to a second, then relocated to another field that had a very active prairie dog population.

Well, their population was thinned by at least two dogs - Ambulance Driver got one running (!!!) at 100 yards, and I hit one popping out of a burrow at 381 yards. Before this weekend the longest I'd ever shot was 200 yards; I've now hit targets at distances four times that and hit small, moving targets at distances nearly twice that... In one weekend.

And, as is always the case when gunnies get together, the camaraderie is top-notch. Everyone's willing - if not outright eager - to not only show off their hardware - and quite often will allow you to run a magazine or two through anything you think you'd like to shoot... I need to get home and go through my pictures to see just how many people made it to this shot, but I can tell you that there wasn't anyone there that really didn't want to be there.

Further updates as time and energy allow...

That is all.

2 comments:

Julie said...

Glad you're all having fun :)

Old NFO said...

And a few of us that WANTED to be there... sigh... Glad you had fun Jay!