Monday, May 19, 2014

So, About This Past Weekend...

On Friday I hinted that there was something big happening this weekend.


Yeah, you might say that...

BabyGirl G. had her very first trip to the range. #1 Blogdaughter and her SD (Sweet Daughter) were kind enough to host us at Geodkyt's backyard range. SD volunteered to help BBG with the learning process, since she's an old pro at shooting (has been for four years, even though she's a couple years younger than BBG). I took TheBoy to the range for his first time when he was ten, and BBG was ready, too.

For targets, I brought along steel poppers, figuring that the ping of a successful hit was way better than seeing a hole in a paper plate (it was). #1 Blogdaughter had some expired soda cans to shake up and blast to kingdom come, and SD put together an awesome reactive target that was a large sheet of cardboard with easter peeps glued to it in several different rows. Talk about a hit!

We started BBG out on SD's Cricket, figuring that a single shot rifle was a great starter. After BBG mastered loading and firing the Cricket, we graduated to a repeater:

(we also came up with a better rest...)

That's my Remington 572 Fieldmaster .22LR pump-action, which BBG proceeded to use to devastating effect on the resident peepulation. It took her a few tries to get used to the pump action (and much like Lissa with the lever gun, a few times she ejected a live round), but once she had the routine down she was quite effective with the iron sights.

A few rounds of observation and she was ready for the main event:

(That sound you hear is Chuck Schumer quietly weeping...)

Yes, that's a eeeeeevil black rifle ("evil FDE rifle" doesn't have quite the same ring) with a .22 LR conversion kit in it courtesy of the good folks at CMMG (it's their Bravo unit, and I cannot say enough good things about it. It had a few stovepipes, but overall we put several hundred rounds through it with very good results).

And yes, we did correct the lean so that she wasn't about to fall over. Thanks to Brownells for the Magpul furniture - it really made a difference in how she was able to handle the Bushmaster. The Redfield Counterstrike was a huge hit as well, with the red/green dot amazingly dead-on at 25 yards (it was zeroed at 50 yards for .223 Remington, then taken off the rifle for the furniture change and I wasn't sure how the zero would hold. It was perfect).

Did she enjoy her first time? You tell me:


Yeah, I'd say that qualifies as a genuine new shooter grin.

That is all.

15 comments:

Shane W said...

Outstanding! Love to see that new shooters grin. I took the 9 and 13 year old for the first time a few months ago and they are hooked! Good times!

Hafnhaf said...

good thing you moved to VA instead of NJ. you would be in jail by now.

good job by you, and good shootin' by the kid!

Old NFO said...

That it does!!! :-) Good on ya Jay G!

RipRip said...

Shouldn't that be BGG? Im confused BBG???

Borepatch said...

Win!

Daniel in Brookline said...

Way to go, Jay! That's one happy looking shooter!

(I can see the grin on the photographer's face too, even behind the camera...)

Any chance you can take both of the young-uns to the range, and get your wife to come along for the ride? I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Lissa said...

*HAPPY DANCE*

Conquering the world, one n00b shooter at a time :)

Geodkyt said...

Glad to be of service -- half-sorry I was at the airshow all weekend instead of Camp Spent Brass in the Woods.

NotClauswitz said...

Beautiful man!

Stretch said...

I feel all warm and fuzzy.
Brings a tear to the eyes it does.

ShallNotBeInfringed said...

First time I let my daughter shoot the Ruger pistol, after the safety lecture and demos, I put a mag loaded with 1 round down at the line along with the Mark 2. She loaded what I thought was the 1 round mag, shot a round through the black....paused.....9 more in rapid succession followed by the biggest sh** eatin' grin I've ever seen and didn't stop giggling the whole time I was yelling......She's a sneaky one.

Jay G said...

Yep. Next range trip is pistols.

Then centerfire.

Then centerfire rifles.

I see many trips to the range in our future...

zdogk9 said...

YES!!!

Motor-T said...

You're not in Mass anymore, Jay. You can put an adjustable stock on that evil black (ish) rifle.
It'll make it eviler!

KCSteve said...

Potatoes make good reactive targets. There's no clean up - any piece big enough to be found will be enjoyed. Worst case, you plant a potato.

For .22 use the little 'new' potatoes - the golf ball sized ones. I've found that round nose makes them jump, maybe lose a piece. You can chase them with several shots. Hollow points make them go poof. Larger calibers pretty much make potatoes go poof regardless of bullet type.