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Maginot Line, Mjolnir, Gabriel, Rolling Stone, AR-15
Here’s my AR500 silhouette target. 12x20inch with the bottom 4 inches buried in the dirt. The Disco Tripper (my spotter) and I went out to do some chronograph work and general training for TDT. It started as a squirrel hunting expedition but our hearts just weren’t in it and the trip was kinda broken already (no camp site among other problems) so we went target shooting instead.
TDT was on the money. Every shot he took was a winner. He needs a lot more training before we can switch positions and I take over as spotter but he’s coming right along. We set the target up at 550m oriented so we’d have a tail wind all day long. The sun was on our left all day and behind some close hills for most of it which made the day more comfortable, as laying in the dirt getting eaten by ants goes.
Here’s the view of the FFP zoomed in a little so you can see more clearly. The arrow is pointing to the car which is helping to shade the firing line. This pic was taken at the target position.
Here’s an unaltered version of that pic from the target position. No arrow but I think this conveys the sense of distance fairly well.
Here’s the target after we fired the first group. The two hits in the lower right of the pic are the sighters (scope was not zeroed, loads were new). I adjusted .5 mils up and left and took 2 more shots to verify the DOPE setting. Those are the 2 shots in the physical center of the target.
Satisfied I handed the rifle to TDT and he put the next 3 shots in a 2 inch group. That’s a 2″ group at 550m. Pretty good.
We kept shooting for a bit and TDT put a 6″ circle of fire in the CNS and then dropped a round into the center of that circle. I think he was making fun of me.
After that we played horse for a bit but he won that too. It just wasn’t my day with that rifle. We picked up the Glock 21 and a couple 22’s and did some plinking during which I redeemed myself.
Remember folks, even the best shots have off days. If you’re having an off day let someone else shoot or just go home. Don’t waste ammo or let yourself get down in the mouth about having a suck day behind the trigger.
Bushnell ET1040 view through the scope. Rams above the #4 are 500m. Birds below the #4 are 400m.
2015 California State High Power Silhouette Championships
Yours truly (left) and my Silhouette coach on the 200m chicken line.
Panorama of the benches.
1/2″ 3-shot group from Project Gabriel. 165gn SST’s at 2550fps.