Sunday, June 2, 2013

NoVA Blogshoot and Blogdaughter Dinner, 90 Second Recap

There will be a full report on Tuesday after I get home and can upload the pictures.

First off, don't get complacent. I've done the MA-DC area run probably a dozen or more times, so I didn't bring along the paper maps. Big mistake. I ran by two very good routes that go around NYC, when I realized that the GPS was sending me straight through NYC. Proper planning prevents piss poor performance. Lesson learned.

Speaking of lessons, listening to folks who live in the area paid off well. Instead of taking the DC beltway through MD and VA - which, as OldNFO attested, was a very smart move - while it took me three hours to traverse 301 from DE to VA, it took NFO the same time to go from DC to VA (~ 60 miles).

The shoot went very well; we had several new (newish) shooters on the line pretty much all day long with an instructor:new shooter ratio of at least 1:1, often 2:1 or more. Other than one child falling off a chair, it was incident-free; everyone had fun and a few folks learned something. Les learned that his 6.5mm Mauser had a torqued receiver.

I learned that I REALLY like the Steyr AUG; JD Rush brought one to the shoot and even though I was shooting it left handed, I was still hitting everything I put that red dot on. Hoo boy, that's a fun rifle. Old NFO's .22LR Savage is almost too accurate - the Dum-Dum targets* at 30 yards were not even vaguely a challenge.

*More on this later.

We set up the range yesterday morning; Geodkyt has several acres behind his place with a section just perfect for up to a 50 yard range. With a little creative brush clearing (hand Bubblehead a kukhri and tell him to cut anything at eye level of lower. Genius!), we had the range ready as folks starter rolling in. The biggest logistical problem we had was that we didn't have enough tables - two tables for pistols, four tables for rifles. We had to keep making trips to find extra tables for guns...

Yeah, these are the kinds of problems we have in VA for shoots...

Multiple range officers works really well; between Geodkyt, NFO, Les and myself we oversaw anywhere from 3 - 5 shooters at a time, at least for the majority of the day. I brought Mr. Whistle with me for the range going hot and cold - sometimes people just have to experience the wonder that is a MA State Police whistle.

We had a Crickett, a Winchester 167, and a Savage bolt action brought by an Appleseed instructor for the kids - although T-Bolt's Ruger 10/22 was by far the biggest hit. For targets, steel is still king - you cannot beat the smile on a 6 year old's face when they hit the 10" steel plate at 50 yards.

It was a good day - and I'll have pictures in a few days.

That is all.

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12 comments:

Larry said...

It was a good day. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Old NFO said...

Yep, fun but I'm TIRED... up and down that damn hill was NOT fun! :-)

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Wandering Neurons said...

It was a great day. Good friends, good shooting, good weather. Can't beat it!
Even though I had to leave early and miss Nancy's birthday party/picnic, I had a bigger surprise when I met my wife at restaurant near home: A (belated) Surprise 50th Birthday Party. Several friends and folks from our local Rescue Squad I EMT/Drive for. Whoohoo, what a day!
You find out if the AUG/MSAR is legal in your parts, I know of one near where I live. Will get pics and price...
Safe travels!

JD Rush said...

I think it was another JD; I'm about 1100 miles away this weekend. And on call :(

Sounds like a good time, though. Maybe I will sneak in some range time tonight.

Chris said...

My back is sore as hell today (especially after mowing the lawn), but I'd go again in a heartbeat. Fortunately for me, four Advil works wonders.

That steel plate was at 50 yards? Damn, maybe I *can* occasionally hit the side of a barn.

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Geodkyt said...

Yeah, that hill sucks. But I got my Hyundai down it (and more importantly back UP) Sunday afternoon to FOD walk the range. {grin}

(No, we didn't FOD walk the range when we went cold Saturday. After playing Gunny Sherpa for multiple trips each just to move guns and furniture, the consensus was, "Blow this for a game of soldiers!" Besides, food called. . . )

Plenty of lessons learned on the logistics side of using the site for future shoots. . .

.45ACP+P said...

'Twas a great day! As I told Oldnfo, you cannot buy the smile on a 6 year old's face when they punch a full soda can. Priceless! That Rifle (the pink one with a scope) was not a Savage, it was a CZ 452 Scout. The steel was nice but watching her hit the loli-pops was even better. Sir, it was a great pleasure converting our "blogquaintence" to a meatspace acquaintence. I look forward to the pictures.

Wandering Neurons said...

OBTW, that was me with the MSAR STG-556 (Steyr AUG clone), not JD. I found his blog and let him know he was being unfairly accused of giving you a case of Rifle Envy.

Nancy R. said...

So glad you could make it down, Blogfather!

ScribblersDad said...

Savage .22's are underrated. If you get a good one, it will outperform a $2000 Anschutz. I have a Mark II BTVS that makes it almost boring shooting golf balls at 100 yards.
I seriously need to go shooting with you sometime soon...
-ScribblersDad