Random thoughts from flyover country

Tuesday, March 24

Range day

On Saturday my daughter, my brother, and I went shooting. My first order of business was to zero the laser in the Crimson Trace grips on my former TPD Smith & Wesson Model 681. Since this revolver is my wife's "house gun," I zeroed it at 25 yards with .38 Special +P 125 grain Remington semi-jacketed hollowpoints. Once I got it dialed in, I checked the strike of the rounds at "living room range." It's good. My wife is very happy with it now.

Then, some practice with my carry guns at 3, 5, 10, and 25 yards just to keep my hand in. I was satisfied with the palm-sized groups I shot with the Smith & Wesson Model 13 shooting .357 Magnum 125 grain Remington semi-jacketed hollowpoints and with the Taurus 85SSUL shooting .38 Special +P 135 grain Speer "Short Barrel" hollowpoints.

After that, I shot up about a box of HotShot 98 grain 7.62x38R Nagant ammunition from my 1929 Tula arsenal Model 1895. I'm amazed that the Nagant lasted so long in Russian/Soviet military service, but I think it will do nicely for small game hunting. Besides, it makes a good counterpoint to my Mosin-Nagant M38 carbine in 7.62x54R.

Finally, I shot the Mosin-Nagant over my Chrony. At 10 feet instrumental distance, 147 grain "light bullet" Bulgarian ammunition clocked an average of 2622.52 feet per second yielding 2,245.49 foot/pounds of energy. The 203 grain Barnaul soft points were slower at 2289.46 feet per second but generated 2,363.30
foot/pounds of energy. At the plinking range where we set up, I hit everything at which I shot, but the 100/200 yard benchrest range was jammed so I didn't get a chance to shoot for groups.

Take a friend shooting this weekend.



  1. Elm Creek, Remember on one of Michelle Malkin's posts you encouraged me to "stock up" just in case. I think I just found my first new addition.

    Mossberg 590A1 Adjustable, 12 guage, 9 round capacity, pistol grip, AND A BAYONET STUD. No substitute for cold steel when you run dry. Next a side arm.

  2. Yes, I did. It sounds like the Mossberg is just the thing for "cleaning" the streets. As for a bayonet, it's good to hold your target right where the pattern is the tightest.

    If you carried a sidearm in the Army, the same handgun might be a good place to start. If you carried a Beretta, they are a good choice as is the Taurus PT92/PT99 series pistols. Personally, though, I liked the 1911A1 even though I'm a revolver kinda guy.

    Best of luck with your selection. Don't forget to buy plenty of ammo.



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