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Gun-a-Day 368: All Quiet …

… on the Southeastern Front (which is really no front at all, just a patch of ground out in the country, dateline: Rural America).

A very cold wind blew in overnight, but the day was bright and clear. Very brisk, but brilliant.

Other than cleaning up some of the target leftovers and organizing/thinning out piles of potential target clutter, no gun-related activities took place today on Rancho del Gun-a-Day.

Maybe I’ll pick a pistol to pack and target to puncture tomorrow … and maybe not.

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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 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 337: A Close Call


Started to dream about 8 pm, but woke up before it turned into a nightmare.

For some reason, I was so tired that I could have gone out for the night. Just I dozed off, I jerked awake, remembering that I hadn’t had my shooting session for the day.

Still foggy-headed, I grabbed a Pepsi box, three rounds of Super Colibri, and the IZH-94 to make a triangle out under the security light.

At 20 yards, this’ll do just fine.


I may sleep through one of my shooting days yet, but not today, boyo.

Not today.


Gun-a-Day 336: A Left-Leaning Judge


This is one of those days that involves a walk back to the house for a re-load. Haven’t been too many of them this year!

But my goal of making a group on target from 25 yards was NOT realized, so I got three more .45 Long Colts and closed in to 20 yards from the stump-backed target.

Even then I could only manage two out of three. The rest, best I could tell, trailed off to the left and furrowed the brow of the hill where the target pit is set up.


I could worry about it, I guess, but an off-target day every now and then is nothing to stress over too much. At least not for a recreational shooter like me.

I’ll just sight the Judge a little more to the right next time. That’s generally how I like to see my judges aim anyway …

Gun-a-Day 335: Dialing for Distance


Thought about shooting the Oly Arms K8 today (in celebration of getting all of my Ph.D. application paperwork filed), but then I noticed that I already had the HKS speed loaders filled up for the Side Kick.

Seemed like 27 shots no-pressure, just-for-plinking-fun targeting would be more relaxing– and I could try out this new-to-me revolver from 25 yards.

It was a having cake and eating it experience. Starting at seven yards, the spinner target rang like a bell six or seven times. From 10 yards, I still managed five or six hits, even though the light was almost gone. By the time I got to the 25-yard line, the sight was almost invisible with the spinner in the background.

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Gun-a-Day 334: Snapped Shots


A long, long work day left me out in the chilly dark of night with time only for a few quick shots racked and sent for rush delivery to the target on this tissue box from earlier in the week.

Even the lone high stringer is not enough to dampen my enthusiasm for this Aguila sub-sonic ammo. The TOZ-78 eats it like candy, and the potential for repeatable accuracy is impressive.

It might seem like I’m making a snap judgment, but after only 10 or 12 rounds, I’m already a big fan.

Gun-a-Day 333: Making New Friends


So when life gives a fella moldy rye bread, what can be done? Make lemonade? Uh … no.

I made a target for making friends with what may turn out to be my new, best, sub-sonic bullet friend.

It’s made by Aguila, and it makes pretty holes in rotting bread.


There were bullets left in the magazine when I checked my three-shot results. When I saw that nearly perfect equilateral triangle– all on the mini target ring, my mind was made up: this is my new sub-sonic ammo of choice.