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Gun-a-Day 254: A 21-Shot Salute

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I’m grateful for the humbling blessing of being a United States citizen, and I’m privileged to fly a flag today in remembrance of the lives lost ten years ago today. Preserving their memory and maintaining my ongoing respect for our defenders of freedom are important priorities– today and every day.

This is the video we played as our worship response at church this morning.

“There is Hope.” I definitely do believe that to be true.

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Gun-a-Day 253: Here, There but Not Quite Everywhere


Pre-Fall cleaning, anyone? On my way to open a new 550 box of Federals, I was struck by a notion: with many handfuls of loose rounds bagged and boxed and piled in and around my gun cabinets and storage system, why not use up the scraps before cracking open a new brick?


I came up with a gun-food goulash of CCI, Remington, Winchester Super-X and three stray Federal cartridges.

Total: 52 …

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Gun-a-Day 252: Mild Day, Hot Ammo


Always nice to toss lead chunks with my Buck Mark Sporter …


The first shots were from 25 yards, aimed at the lower two targets. It’s not much to shoot a scoped .22 rifle from that distance, but it definitely beats not shootin’ at all.


The upper three targets were sighted at 50 yards, and the spit-wad scattering and dirt-devil spattering on the target board is just plain disappointing from one point of view, but everything did end up on the board, so I’d better not kick too much.

Speaking of “kick,” the recoil wasn’t any big deal, but these CCI rounds are much louder than the Federals and Winchesters.

Gun-a-Day 180: Comparison Testing — CCI Quik-Shok & Federal

I sincerely hope that Mr. Larry Potterfield will not be offended that I used a MidwayUSA catalog for CCI Quik-Shok penetration-testing today.

Everything I know about him tells me he’s a great guy who runs a great company which does many great things for shooting sports and sportsmen– and for the preservation of American freedoms, and I’m a big fan.

A big fan who has no ballistic gelatin on hand and can’t spare the one local phone book we have in the house …


Day two of impact comparison tests with these CCIs and regular .22LR rounds (Federal hollow points, once again, serve as the “control” sample) was based on convinced curiosity, not suspicious doubt.

The “phone book” target test seemed like the obvious follow-up to yesterday’s fruit-as-target test.


The lower-middle target was the warm-up group. I used the left side for the CCIs, right side for Federals. The upper targets are close to the binding, so I get two different compositions to strike–a tight, thick paper stack and the opening edge which is thicker by being more loose.

In both comparisons, there is a clearly more destructive effect with the Quik-Shoks. I’m convinced that these rounds can be a viable Plan-B option for personal defense, and now I’m very interested to see how they’ll do with varmint shooting.


Shot o’the Day shows the increased spread of the strike cavities on the left (reversed here to match up sides from the previous pic). No one thinks of .22LR ammo as a zombie-stopper, but there’s nobody lining up to take hits of this special CCI make, either.

Once again, Mr. Potterfield, please know that I’m a happy MidwayUSA customer who appreciates the chance to get multiple uses out of your fine catalogue. Cheers!

Gun-a-Day 179: Quik-Shoking and Buck Marking

Shortly after midnight this morning, I knew I’d already gotten my Shot o’the Day when, using the Camera+ app, I snapped an iPhone pic of one of the most impressively-decorated moths I’ve ever seen.


Is that an amazing blaze-orange or what?!

Little did I know then that this color would become the day’s motif.

I’ve been meaning to try out the CCI “Quick-Shock” ammo I bought about 10 years ago and have rarely used.


For comparison, I also loaded a couple of mags with Federal rounds in hopes of seeing evidence to support the claims which prompted me to buy the Quick-Shocks way back when.

The Micro-Nickel pistol is the obvious choice of weapon because I bought the ammo right along with this Buck Mark on the same day, from the same little, small-town gun shop.

The pitch was that these bullets hit and did damage like a .40ACP round. That potential appealed to me in large part because it was my only handgun at that time, and I wanted to have some sense that it could be of at least some use as a self-defense tool ’til I could get my Glock (it was next on the wish list).

It’s a great blessing that I never had occasion to test the concept in a life-threatening situation, and I’ve held them pretty much in reserve all this time.

Funny how it hadn’t occurred to me before that the box logo art was about half orange …

Fruit seemed like the right testing medium for bullet effect, and I thought I might be able to find a couple of past-their-prime apples in the frig bin.

Turns out that the peaches looked much further gone, so out came a couple of orange/yellow/red, starting-to-wither peaches as targets set 25 feet away.

Would the CCI’s really offer a noticeable difference in impact results? Turns out that the clear answer was/is: YES!


From distance, I couldn’t even tell that the Federal bullets were hitting this target. But they did– at least two through-and-through. There’s no question of their proper function or value as an everyday, multi-scenario, reliable round; they did what they were meant to do.

Turns out that the Quik-Shoks did what they were meant to do as well. What I mean is that this peach of a different color took one shot and exploded wide open.


It also jumped about a foot. There was no question about impact effectiveness. Accuracy was confirmed, too.


At first, I thought maybe the results were skewed since the pit was struck in this one and became part of the damaging material, but then I remembered that this is part of the Quik-Shok idea.

The bullet is designed to break up (into three parts) on impact and spread the force and the damage in a wider area than a regular .22LR bullet.

I’ve had these rounds a long time without knowing if the claims held up to actual field use. I’m totally convinced.

From flame-colored moth to mushy fruit, orange was the new bullseye-red today.

Gun-a-Day 157: Savage(ly) Popping Off at Popper Targets

Happy Birthday, Dad! *


After starting with a 1-inch, black paster on a 1-foot-square backing board, I worked on precision shots with my beautiful, laminate-stocked, heavy-barreled, Accu-Triggered Savage rifle, and the effort was definitely worthwhile.

I’ve got a bunch of shots to show for results, and the new target area got a new pair of reactive targets, too, which I want to document.

Maybe the pics can mostly speak for themselves …


These are the “poppers” I’ve had for about a year– thanks again to the Sportsman’s Guide!– waiting for the time to rig them and place to set them up. I used a scrap of pressure-treated 2×12 as a base and mounted them with spacer bolts and washers to give them some breathing room above the board (hopefully, that will help minimize dry- and/or wet-rot– we’ll see).


One is for .22LR and the other for .223 and up. The HMR rounds put bulges in the back of the former, so it really IS just for plink-powered rounds.

There’s plenty of work left to be done on leveling and angling (and I plan to “plate” the bottom of the board with a width of plastic and or a sandwich of 2″ foamcore and plastic to keep the wood out of the dirt), but this was a “proof of concept” day. I consider the concept well and truly proven.

And, hey! The rifle wasn’t too bad, either!


I took plenty of shots, but these three triangled hits proved the target, the rifle, the ammo and maybe even the shooter all in three easy trigger pulls.

There are plenty more blaze-orange targets where this one came from, and I’ve got a can of orange Krylon standing by to ward off any tendencies toward rust.

Speaking of orange, these Off cans make very visible and challengingly-small targets. The Gun-a-Day Reduce-ReUse-Recycle program continues!

At first, I thought I was missing it, but the holes– on closer inspection– proved otherwise. The HMR round is so hot that it pierced through and through without even budging the thing. I was surprised (and happy for the hands-on training lesson).


For fun, I ended the session with another attempt to take the cap off the can. Again, the bullet struck right on the top-can/bottom-cap line with a very clean hit.


Here’s the exit-side view, too. I noted the additional expansion due to its having more material to pass through.


With so much of it still intact, I turned it 90 degrees and took aim on the leftover sticker material. This was, obviously, a very small target area for a 100-yard shot.

Once again, the frogs didn’t mind the noise, and a curious rabbit came across the firing line to investigate the goings-on.


The gun was completely up to the challenge. And that is my Shot o’the Day.

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* Today is my Dad’s 71st birthday, and 55 years ago today, my Grandfather (Papa– pronounced to match the vowel sounds in bat-ball) took him (T3) into their hometown hardware store and bought him this bolt-action, tube-feed, .22LR Remington Sportsmaster rifle.

I’d hoped to be finishing the restoration in celebration of the day, but I am at least able to start the refinishing and repair today.

The following pics are the “before” shots, and I hope to document the work all the way to the “after” stage.


Dad says that he was given the full Marine gun-maintenance and gun-safety training before they took it to the field, and he was very happy to become a teen-aged rifleman thanks to his Marksman-qualified father (who was also assigned his squad’s BAR in their WW II Pacific-theater deployment).

I feel very privileged to have this gun in trust for the family, and I’m going to do my best to repair the stock cracks and action-glitch that help make up the history of this rifle.


I’ll share more later about how this big crack came to be.


I told my uncle– Dad’s younger brother– about this project, and his encouragement was balanced with friendly-and-insistent orders that I be careful to not mess up any of the gouges he’d put in it! Fair enough.


They’ll all be stripped and restained, but the history will be preserved.


It always was and I hope always will be a gun that gets used. It’s never been pampered, but it’s still a sturdy, accurate firearm.


I’ve got a history with it, too. Though it’s pretty limited, it’s still important to me.

Here’s a Shot o'(back in)the Day to prove it.


That’s me getting my own training session about 44 years ago or so.

Love ya, Dad.

Gun-a-Day 156: Savage Shooting Calls for Some (Scope) Adjustments


I found one live round left in the Federal box after getting back to the house yesterday, so it was fired first today. That was a very useful start to the semi-official ammo-testing-day activities I’d arranged.

The Federal exploded a gallon jug full of water (hit a little southwest of my aim point). A ballistic-tipped Winchester ripped a gaping hole out of the water-filled Pepsi 2-liter bottle next to it. Then a CCI hollow-point produced similarly explosive results with another Pepsi bottle (gotta love ’em for their original contents as well as their potential uses after being emptied). All three hits were slightly left and low of aim point.

With a baseline fairly well established, I went on the Gun-a-Day time-clock as a quasi-official ammo/sight-adjustment tester. The scope still needed a click or three here and there, and my guess is that some adjustment was also necessary for the slight differences between the ammo types.

The blaze orange targets (Birchwood Casey) were spaced on the side of a junk box, and I limited myself to nine rounds each of the CCI “TNT” and Winchester V-SHOCK bullets in .17HMR.

I started with Winchesters, and they were … okay. They grouped pretty well– considering inherent user-variables such as eyesight clarity, rifle positioning, trigger control (and the non-match-quality ammunition?).


They all ran pretty low at the lower target, and I’m interested to see how much is bullet-make function and how much of it might be a need for the last bit of scope adjustment fine-tuning.

I ran all the shots without checking location in an effort to keep myself from changing my point of aim, and I switched over to hollow-point CCI bullets for the upper target. The results were a bit “better” and yet that confused me in terms of sight adjustment decisions. The group strings a bit– still mostly low and left– and opens up wider than the Winchesters. Maybe I wasn’t holding or triggering as consistently … still plenty to learn.

Shot o’the Day is the “after” picture of a bit more work on the target pit. There’s plenty more lumber and tires and dirt (and a whole cast-iron bathtub!) to come yet, but I’m still testing angles and elevation and leveling needs before the major digging and piling work begins.

At this early stage, though, I like how it’s coming together well.


Got another data point or two for the “Nature Does Not Fear Guns” file on my way to check the targets. Not only did I count an even 50 frogs along the curve of the pond-edge just a few feet out and below the muzzle-blast of my firing position, but a fairly-large rabbit scurried away from me and the mower directly under the line of fire.

That is to say, that the whole area was some kind of “no hop zone” while I was shooting magnum loads nearby. The frogs barely moved the whole time and never jumped as a group away from the noise. The rabbit ran from my approach to its resting place by the bonfire pit on the way to the target backstop. Like the frogs, the “loud bangs” and sharp, whizzing noises were nothing to get worked up over as far as Mr. Cotton Tail was concerned.

This really brings home to me the sense of blessing and privilege I feel to be able to shoot on my own property. I wouldn’t get these interactions with nature at some arid, barren outdoor range or a sterile, climate-controlled indoor range, and, as glad as I am that such places exist, I’d be missing out on something important.

I go out and shoot as a natural part of my day, and the wild critters carry on without much disturbance or distraction. And that’s not a theory or an over-dose of gun-fanatic wishful thinking; that’s the fact which is reconfirmed by eyewitness experience, day after day after day out here in the land of the daily gunner.