Got in a round of steel plates on Saturday with some shooting friends. It was a hot one and I was glad the course of fire at this club has been cut down to 4 stages instead of 5 to get out of their sooner and back into my air conditioned truck. Hey, spent enough hot days in the sun, sand and woods with a gun in my hand, I am entitled to take it easy I think!
First off, .22 seems to be the hot item, or at least more so that I remember it being. Seeing a lot of people plinking with .22 at the match where when I started there would be but a few. Maybe ammo prices have a lot to do with it, but also controllability probably comes into play as well. I brought my S&W 22A .22 with me for my friend Kurt to use for his first time. It worked flawlessly and I may just start using that as I shot one stage with it and it was FUN!
The stages were tough this time around and we were joking that it sounded like we were ordering some dish at a Chinese restaurant as everyone was going “Pow-Pow-Ping” (two misses and then a hit!). I was pretty rusty and only really had a few really decent runs the entire day. That’s what happens when you don’t practice I guess.
Need to make a special note about Eric, the guy who started this all. He is a friend of my former boss who I met via FaceBook, he got me out. I got my friend Kevin out and now another friend Kurt. Meanwhile, Eric got another Friend, who in turn brought his brother and another 2 guys with him. Eric also brought his 2 sons and another friend as well. In case you lost count in all of that, Eric was responsible, directly or indirectly, for 10 people coming to steel. That is awesome. That is the type of grass roots type activities that the shooting sports need to get the info out the guns are not just about violence and death, but they can be a enjoyable form of competition as well. That is the type of knowledge that we need to keep our 2A rights maintained. Eric is now “MR. STEEL” in my book.
Kurt and I chillin’ on a hot day..
Eric and his merry men….
This was a cool little device one of the shooters had (sorry buddy, forgot your name) that loads Ruger .22 mags like magic…
Eric and Kev got to run the show for a bit…why so serious Kev?