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Gun-a-Day 367: What Did YOU Shoot Today?


For the first time in a year and a day, I did not pull the trigger of a gun or take aim on a target.

Kinda funny.

Several times, I caught myself evaluating empty boxes and other objects as potential targets and kept realizing that it wasn’t necessary to figure out any shooting scenarios anymore. It’s very interesting to have met the goal and to not have any sense that I need to go any further with the initial concept of the “one gun a day for a year” plan.

Instead, there was time for some intensive cleaning and maintenance work.

Before the long guns, there were four pistols in need of attention. I laid out– in order of age?– the Iver Johnson break-top .38 S&W (circa 1905), the Iver Johnson break-top Victor 67-S .32 S&W, the Harrington & Richardson Sidekick– model 930– .22LR, and the new-to-me-as-of-yesterday Raven .25acp. I learned a lot about break-top assembly in the process– time very well spent.

Hey, I even took this as an opportunity to finally replace the Hi-Viz fiber optic front sight rod on the Browning Buck Mark Micro Nickel that popped out months ago. Those spare parts turned up while I was looking for AR upper/lower buffers that turned out to be in that rifle’s cleaning kit compartment the whole time. Yeah, it’ll be good to do some re-organizing and storage streamlining in the the coming year.

Rifle time: the Magnum Research MLR-1722 took Crud King honors (not unexpected). That Eley-primed ammo is super gritty and gunky. The Hogue stock had to come off, and I may still need to take time for a more comprehensive dis-assembly and cleaning process. The Buck Mark Sporter rifle cleaned up more quickly, and the Olympic Arms K8 is a fascination. The best part of cleaning it was remembering where I’d “safely stored” the buffer inserts I bought years ago and finally installing one under the rear assembly pin.

Today’s picture includes all three of yesterday’s rifles, and not-so-little-but-increasingly-old me. Is it any wonder why I’ve kept myself out of the pictures? The DeadShot FieldPod is almost as good a cleaning rack as it is fantastic as a portable shooting stand. The other cleaning rack set-up is a kit my brother, YoJimbo got for me this year. Very handy, as his gifts always are.

I had a great time in my year of gunnery, and now I’m interested to see how I can continue a firearms-friendly lifestyle without any “can’t miss a day” pressure. As I transition into a less-strict schedule, I want to open up the site– officially– to reader contributions. I’ve always been interested in what others are doing, and I’ve always been glad for comment contributions, but I’ve never formally promoted the idea of “crowd-sourcing” the blog’s content. But, why not?

That’s why today’s title is a question. Are you interested in sharing your target practice or other shooting sports stories and images online here at dailygunner.com? If so, please send me the info, and I’ll consider every submission for posts on a daily basis.

Maybe you have a favorite gun– and a favorite story to go with it– that you’d like to take out to the range or the woods and write up a little description of the experience for others to enjoy. You’re invited to join in the Gun-a-Day story.

Again, I’m very grateful for the constitutional privilege and responsibility of being an American citizen who chooses to own and operate firearms, and I consider it a blessing of God to have been able to enjoy a year of safety in the process of firing hundreds and hundreds of rounds of all kinds of ammunition through dozens of different guns. Guns are a pleasure; Christ is my Hope.

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While I was able to shoot every day, I obviously ran behind on the “daily” blog posting part of the process, but … I do have pictures and notes on the other days, and I’m looking forward to getting them caught up.

Gun-a-Day 200: “I Love Guns” Along with *Field & Stream*


Okay, so it’s a good thing that the magazine’s contest isn’t dependent on accuracy. It’s not that I didn’t try or didn’t practice.

I took some warm-up shots, and everything checked out okay.

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Gun-a-Day 199: MLR-1722 Practice (Potentially) Makes Improvement


A sun-lit window, a sheet of printer paper, a pen, an orange highlighter, a slab of cardboard, a few stretches of transparent tape and a Lexmark printer/scanner/copier were the pre-shoot tools I used to make practice targets for tomorrow’s entry in the *Field & Stream* “Win a Gun” photo contest.

This practice session was very encouraging. It didn’t “make perfect,” but it did make progress.

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Well, things didn’t go so well this time around.

There are going to be days like that, and this was one of ’em.


I’ve been amazed that this BSA scope seemed to survive the “buried under a pile of rocks” incident and still sight in well at 50 yards. After today, I’m afraid that 100 may be too much for it.

Or maybe it’s just shaky-user trouble.

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Gun-a-Day 197: One Shot at a Time


This was a no-futz day: no sight adjustment tinkering before or during the session. I want to check repeatability and first shot accuracy.

There’s a reason beyond my simple craving for those elusive center-red hits.

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Gun-a-Day 196: A Few Clicks Closer

This is more like it! The lowered profile of this scope mounting looks, in my opinion, much better and works, in my experience, to improve my hold and sight picture.


With purple ballistic tips nestled into Hornady VMax bullets crimped into Eley-primed cartridges loaded into Ruger rotary magazines clamped into a Tri-Mag Alangator clicked into the receiving chamber of the .17 caliber barrel fitted in the MLR-1722’s carbon sleeve all seated securely in a Hogue stock rested horizontally on my new FieldPod under the NC*Star rings wrapped around a BSA 3-9×40 scope holding focus on a makeshift, Shoot-N-C-spotted target downrange on the same rain-soaked ground that was absorbing the rubber feet of the FieldPod next to the cheap, tripod camp-stool that was objecting to my expectation that it support my full body weight, all the gear was ready to see if I could make holes in the right places.

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Gun-a-Day 195: Maximum Magnum Research

Things could have gone much worse.


Some measure of trauma was associated with the decision to put the 3-9×40 BSA mil-dot scope back on the MLR-1722. First, I’d hoped to put a new optic on but found out that The Tumbleweed’s college tuition bill is about twice what I thought it was going to be. There will be no new scopes bought around here any time soon. Also, I still wonder if the scope wasn’t damaged in the unplanned rock burial it went through about a month ago. On top of all that (pardon he expression), I wasn’t thrilled to find out that the el-cheapo, low profile rings I amazoned turned out to be NC*Star branded. After all the trouble I’ve had with their illuminated reticle scope, I had doubts about the potential for quality and reliability from this new hardware.

But they seemed to install well, and I definitely like the lowered look. The eye relief and cheek weld placements were both much better, too.

But looks don’t hit targets, bullets do. At least they’re supposed to.

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