Old Target

I visited my parents a few weeks ago, and my mom found an old target in her stuff.  The target was mine, from when I was a teenager, and is dated 2/25/96.  I likely shot this with my Ruger 10-22.



I was testing out different cartridges in that rifle, likely from a bench, at 25 yards.  The winners were the PMC Zapper and the Eley Standard.  The PMC were much cheaper to shoot than the Eley, so I shot a number of them through this rifle  I don’t know, looking back, how much I knew about marksmanship at the time, and whether this was a fair test, or whether I just fired away.  I have a hard time believing some of these were so bad, and I am sure that was me, not the rifle or the ammunition.

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Walk Along the Potomac

I drove to Virginia to visit my parents.  On my way to their house, I stopped at a park and beach along the Potomac River near Dahlgren, VA, and took a few photos around sunset. Enjoy!

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Graduation Shooting

After Graduation, a few of us got together to get in a little range time.  It was a windy day, so our targets kept blowing over.

I adjusted the sights on my latest AR-15, and I think I have them at least on paper.  Next semester, I will shoot it in a CMP school, and see if I can fine-tune it from there.

I also shock-tested the ventilated handguard on one of my Mossberg 500s.  I had installed this device, but never tested it.  I ran through five shells as fast as I could pump and pull the trigger, and there was no movement or signs of wear on the handguard.

I spent the bulk of my time on the range shooting my Smith and Wesson SW9VE.  That handgun and I have been partners so many times.  It’s always good to make sure I can still shoot it well.  The sights line up (for me) as though it were an extension of my hand.

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Air Rifle Practice

I attended air rifle practice this evening. It was the last one of the semester and I was glad to have attended.  I was able to shoot in all three positions tonight, for the first time in many weeks.

The air rifle practice was not very well attended today, but it did mean that I got to shoot the entire time.

I will miss air rifle practice over the summer, and will probably only attend again occasionally next semester.  It may be the spring before I attend again regularly, unfortunately.

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Missed Air Rifle Practice

I didn’t get much sleep last night, and I ended up falling asleep in my car instead of attending air rifle practice today.  I am really annoyed by this, as this was my last chance for quite some time.   I don’t think I will have any more opportunities this semester, and I don’t think I will be at NMT on Monday nights next semester.

Hopefully, I will get a chance again next semester, at least occasionally.

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Updating the Books

I finally finished updating my air rifle scores in this log.  However, now that I have finished with that task, I already have another idea.

As an engineer, I realize that I have collected a ton of data, and it is time to start analyzing it.  Does it matter which rifle I use?  Have I improved?  I can start comparing each new incoming score to see if I am “on target” so to speak, or if I have drifted outside of control limits, or am violating Western Electric Rules.  Yeah, I am a nerd.

It’s a thought, anyway.

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Walk Around the Pond

I took a quick walk around the duck pond on the New Mexico Tech campus.  I don’t know what prompted me to walk around this duck pond today, but I was glad I did.

I saw some turtles, and the shell of a crawdad.  I also saw quite a few bullfrogs, like the one in this cell phone photo:

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