Well, I’ve been off awhile, much to my dismay and largely against my will, but such is life. Anywho, I was able to get away yesterday and plink some pesky metal critters at the range. We had a good turnout yesterday, a total of 10 people. We shoot the Standard Class Match first in which I am a AA class shooter. I scored a 25 and took the AA class title and followed that by another win in the Hunter class where I am an AAA class shooter taking that title with a 29. Needless to say I was very pleased with my shooting especially since I hadn’t shot or even practiced in two months! It was an extra special day too because Sgt. Dork and my bud Tricky Ricky joined me yesterday for the match. This was Sgt Dork’s first Silhouette match. He used my CZ 452 American which he has never shot and he did surprisingly well! It should be noted he is not a rifle shooter. He is an action shooter, a run-n-gun kind of guy. He shoots USPSA, Steel Challenge, Wild Bunch, Cowboy, etc and this basically wasn’t his bag. Nevertheless, despite all of that, he sported an 11 in the first match and a 15 in the second match which actually won the combined (A, B, Unclassified) category for both matches, although it took a single round shoot off to garner the Standard match honors. So congrats to the Sarge! Incidentally, I don’t expect to see him on the Silhouette range very often!
I did make some changes in my setup yesterday. I chose to shoot the NS 522 and my newly altered scope. I had sent my Vortex Viper back to Vortex and had them replace the BDC reticule with a fine crosshair/target dot. Both rifle and scope performed very well. I thought the new reticule was great and made it much easier to shoot those steel critters. I highly recommend one for silhouette. The fine crosshair/target dot creates less visual distraction in your field of view and made it a bit easier to focus visually and therefore concentrate on the targets better. The NS 522 performed flawlessly and will now be my new silhouette rifle of choice although I’m not giving up on my CZ Style. The extra weight in the barrel was awesome at improving stability and it was right on the money. I did buy a Weaver T24 with target dot from a buddy and I think I may put that on the NS 522 and return the Vortex to the Style. We’ll see.
Nevertheless we all had a great time and hanging with Sarge and my bud Tricky Ricky for the day is always a bonus!
Well, there you have it boys and girls, the end of season 3. Folks (the ones he didn’t kill) finally figure out the Gov. is really crazy as he mows down some of his own people after being successfully rebuffed at the prison. Tyrese, Sasha and a whole bunch of folks from Woodbury join Rick and the crew in the prison as new residents. Carl “little Gov.” Grimes begins to slip a little mentally and Rick isn’t sure what to do about it. He shoots a guy that appears to be surrendering but who really knows? And yep, we say goodbye to Milton and Andrea. Actually in a twist of Gov. induced fate they kill each other, although sort of against their will. Truthfully, the Gov kills Milton the first time, Milton turns, bites Andrea and she kills him the second time, then Rick, Mishone and Daryl find Andrea, she says her good byes and with Rick’s trusty Colt revo she offs herself. On a side note the producers messed up a little and after her suicide single head shot you hear the tink, tink of a shell casing falling to the floor. Ooops! Small oversight I guess. Anyway all in all a great ending to a great season. Looking forward to season 4 in the fall. What’s next I wonder? Who knows but we’ll have to wait to find out. Stay tuned here for continued coverage.
Well, it has come and gone! This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday was the SC State Cowboy Action Championship and as expected Junky and the boys put on a great match. Stages were well written, clear, fast and most importantly FUN! Side matches on Thursday included the rapidly growing Wild Bunch Match. Special congrats to our own Sgt. Dork as he walked away with the first place prize in the Wild Bunch Men’s Traditional category. Good shooting, Pard! Main match opened Friday morning to a chilly 30 degrees! After thawing out a bit the shooting warmed up as did the temperature and a good time was had by all. As usual the evening frivolities went on into the night thanks to the usual bunch, Bullshead, Whiskey Mac, Grey Dawg, Mat Bastarson, Lorenzo Kid, Sue and Kid Ray, Dork, myself and too many others to mention. It was a great day! Unfortunately, Saturday was a different story and the rain kept about 25% of folks from shooting the rest of the match including myself and Sgt Dork! While the Sarge had a great day Wild Bunchin’ the main match was hard on him. He had some reloads that didn’t agree too well with this rifle and basically cost him any chance of placing well in the competition so he was less than motivated to keep going in the rain on Saturday! Oh well, such is Cowboy shootin’! Check out my best stage from Friday, a buddy was kind enough to record for me.
Merle grows a conscious; then dies? Wow. What a show!
This show was really a show about redemption, a journey back to a sense of ethics or character. Lots of little stuff packed in there. Rick rediscovers himself and returns to who he wants to be (or should be) even in the face of the zombie apocalypse, of course demonstrated by turning back on his original decision to give up Mishone. Naturally, seeing his now dead wife, Lori (symbolizing his conscious) didn’t hurt. Maggie and Glen get engaged (with a walker borrowed ring) but more importantly Glen asks Herschel first, showing a bit of the pre-walker world and how he still maintains some modicum of innocence even after everything that has happened and an appreciation of same is reflected in Herschel’s face.
And wow, who doesn’t feel real bad for Daryl? I know I’m a little bummed Merle is out but he was really more trouble than he was worth but Daryl? I hope this doesn’t bust him up. Hopefully it will push him deeper in the group and closer to Rick and maybe Carol.
On a side note, I noticed a small editing error in the show. When Merle steals the car it has large, silver mag type rims on the wheels but when he rolls into the industrial area the car is missing them. Just an observation.
One episode left!
Well, March was the 5th Silhouette match. February was weathered out, it was the same day I did my cartridge sorting, so no match there. Needless to say the layoff showed in the results of this month’s match. A two month absence and unfortunately no real practice either led to a rather dismal performance. Now, the weather was beautiful, warm, sunny but WINDY! Nevertheless my scores were as follows:
Standard Class Match: 7 Chickens, 7 Pigs, 4 Turkeys, 3 Rams for total score of 21
Hunter Class Match: 5 Chickens, 4 Pigs, 7 Turkeys, 3 Rams for a total score of 19
I have been reading David Tubb’s latest book, “The Rifle Shooter” in the hopes of picking up a few extra points and improving my skills, however the book appears to be aimed more at the Highpower shooter. I have found some good tips and Tubb has certainly forgotten more about successful rifle shooting than I’ll ever know but it is a difficult read. Tubb is a bit longwinded and while I don’t begrudge a professional such as himself that right I am looking for more direct instructional information. Anyway, it’s still a good book and I’m enjoying it.
My next step is to send off my Vortex Viper scope to have the manufacturer replace the BDC reticle with a fine crosshair with a target dot reticle. This seems to be the preferred reticle among silhouette shooters and after shooting a few matches and looking through others who have them I can better appreciate why it’s preferred.
The day wasn’t a total loss though. I picked up a nice used NS 522! With 2 mags, ok one mag but the seller said he has another one he just has to find it and get it to me at the next match! I’ve heard and read great things about them so hopefully it will be a good one! Besides I got a great deal on it. Looking forward to shooting it!
Wow, wow, wow! Well, Andrea is in a world of bad smelly stuff! She’s the Gov.’s new torture test dummy, kind of a pre-Mishone test run. Her chances don’t look too good. What a tense chase scene in the old factory building! The Gov. is really drifting further out into crazy space. All in all I really hate to see Andrea face the fate it appears she is approaching but she has never taken a real stand. Trying to broker peace and ignoring the Gov.’s real character just shows an absence of sense. Maybe she’s a little too idealistic in my opinion. Anyway, it looks like Milton is going to have his share of issues as well by burning the Gov.’s personal undead army and Tyrese and his crew are proving out my theory as the divisions between them grow. Not to mention the flashback of Andrea and Mishone discussing the identity of her former undead guards. Hmmmmm. Only 2 episodes left. Ugh!
I work with lots of folks and most know I’m a shooter and so when they want to shoot they usually come to me. I’ve had a couple of noobs after me for a while so I arranged to take ‘em out Friday afternoon after work. Now these folks have never shot a real gun in their lives, and unlike most male jerkwads who think it’s funny to put a .50 AE Dessert Eagle in the hands of a 90 lb girl and laugh as she fires it off, falls down and tries to recover from the impact of the slide colliding with her skull of course never to pick up a gun again (all in the name of youtube ratings) I choose not to do this, so I can hopefully cultivate a real shooter and gun friendly person from their initial experience. I start all noobs off with 22s both in handgun and rifle, not only is it low recoil and low noise but it’s cheap too. I find if they are not scared of the gun it builds their confidence and they are easier to train as they are able to focus on what I am teaching them and not on whether the gun is going to hurt them. As a result they seem to do much better and have a better experience. Personally, I think it is very difficult for newbies to focus on the basic fundamentals of marksmanship when shooting small revolvers or autos such as those intended for concealed carry in .38 special or 9mm as these guns are just more difficult to shoot. I know there is a great surge in this country for folks to get CC permits and I am really happy about that but too often I see these folks at ranges being instructed by someone who doesn’t know any more than they do shooting guns that are for concealed carry and not best suited for training purposes. Again I have no problem with all these noobs entering the gun culture in fact I think it’s great, I just wish they’d slow down a bit and learn the fundamentals first. Anyway, right or wrong, that’s how I do it when I start folks off. So we began with a lever-action 22 rifle, (Marlin 39A) shooting 22 shorts, followed by a 22 revolver (S&W 617), then a 22 auto pistol, (S&W Model 41) and finally a scoped autoloading 22 rifle (Remington 552 Speedmaster). They had a great time (so they said) and I enjoyed getting to introduce another couple of noobs to shooting and to firearms in general.
Starting with the rifle.
WOW! Great show. Light on action but HEAVY on tension. Rick meets the Gov. and they “parlay” a bit with tension so thick you could slice it with the Mishone’s sword! Incidentally that was mostly what it turned out to be about, the Gov wants Mishone for relieving him of an eye and a daughter. As expected he told Rick one thing and has plans to do another. Rick returns to the prison and is not sure whether to turn Mishone over to save the group or fight it out. On a lighter note Glenn and Maggie finally made up and probably made a baby in the process. I wonder if they have daycare during the Zombie Apocalypse? Let’s hope so!
Morgan re-emerges! Yep, after almost two seasons we finally see Rick’s first ZA buddy, Morgan, and he’s crazier than an outhouse mouse! Apparently the ZA has not been good to him. Consequently he feels let down by Rick even though Rick tried relentlessly to help him and he feels at fault for his son’s death at the hands of his zombie mother since he lacked the cahones to drop the old ball and chain in her undead tracks when he had the chance. Nevertheless Morgan has stockpiled all the guns and ammo Rick and the gang need to put up a good fight vs. the Gov which is of course is rapidly approaching so not a total loss. Hopefully there is a little skill hiding somewhere in those guns because the group needs it bad after last weeks poor showing in the marksmanship department. Mishone makes a little headway in the group befriending both Carl and Rick on their little excursion. And we see a new guy running up and down the road trying to catch up to Rick et al. he gets left behind twice, he becomes zombie food, they get his backpack. I wonder if any of that will be material later? And Morgan? Will he stay in crazyville? Will he re-emerge again, this time with his full faculties? (Doubt it!) We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Gov gets a nifty new pirate accessory, Rick takes a sabbatical from crazyville for a bit, Daryl’s back in the number 2 slot, Terence and the gang hook up with the Gov but I bet that won’t last at least for him and the girl, Merle does his best to fit in, in true Merle fashion. Andrea makes a pilgrimage to the prison under a proverbial white flag flown in the guise of a toothless, armless zombie ala Mishone. They let her in to talk but they ain’t all that happy to see her! All in all Mishone is right, she’s under the Governor’s spell, and in an effort to make things good between the Gov and Rick she comes out looking spineless and weak. Pick a side babe, this is the zombie apocalypse, no room for waffling here, choose up and let ‘er rip!