Day At The Range

Not actually a day, but closer to 40 minutes.

I’ve been having some trouble with my eyes/contacts recently and haven’t worn them in about a month.  I’m far too vain to wear my glasses all the time.  I think I am just at the legal level for driving, so I do wear them to drive, but for the most part, I go without them.  So this day I was shooting without corrective lenses.

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100 rounds of 22 lr from the Beretta M9 at 7 yards

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18 rounds of 380 from 7 yards.

Smith & Wesson 380 EZ

I’ve had my conceal carry now for just over a year.  For the past year, my EDC was a S&W Compact 22 LR. Lots and lots of reasons for a 22 LR.  First, cheap ammo.  I am currently paying 4.3 cents a round and that is considerably less than any other caliber which means for the same money, I can shoot 6-8 times more.  That is a very important factor in that since I shoot almost weekly, I am a gosh darn good shot.  No, I will never be a marksman, sniper, trick shot artist or shoot dime sized groups on paper, but I will be able to put multiple rounds in the vital areas of a human.  Second, and this relates to the last statement made, low recoil.  “Putting rounds on target!!!”  For a lot less money, I can practice my sight alignment and trigger pulls.

I was perfectly confident in carrying my 22 LR every day but for some reason, I went and purchased a larger caliber gun.

The Smith & Wesson EZ 380.

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It’s made with the S&W compact frame style so it’s almost identical in feel as the Compact 22 LR.  Instead of having a magazine safety, it has a grip safety.  I like that feature because I take my gun into the gym I go to and like that it’s not likely to go off spontaneously in my gym bag.   Also like the Compact 22 LR, it has a thumb safety.  I WILL NOT OWN A GUN WITHOUT A THUMB SAFETY.  Yeah I know I’m the odd man with that as most shooters are the exact opposite.

I checked out a lot of online reviews and watched a lot of Youtube videos about the 380 EZ.

Most of them went like this:

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR MOTHER.”

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR SISTER.”

“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR GRANDMOTHER.”

“It’s a great gun, IF YOU ARE A PUSSY AND CAN’T CARRY A .45.”

 

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The 380 EZ holds 8+1 and above is my second time shooting it.  The first time it shot way left and by GOD the allen screw that holds the rear sight for adjustment was soooooooo tight I had to use pliers on the allen wrench to loosen it !!  But, it’s now adjusted and sighted in.  The right target was at 7 yards and the left target was at 5 yards with double tapping (4 1/2 inch circles).  So far, I am very satisfied with this gun.  Like I said earlier, my goal is not to shoot dime sized groups on paper, but to be able to hit a man sized target.

I don’t plan on shooting this gun a lot, I think I can keep shooting the Compact 22 as my primary practice gun and shoot a couple of mags a week of the 380 to keep it in tune.

M9 22 lr From the Double Action Position

I stopped at Shoot Point Blank on my way home from work Saturday.

I’m never going to claim to be a marksman or a sharpshooter, but feel I am at least competent with handling my weapon.

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You will notice that there is a great difference between the top two 4 inch targets and the bottom three 2 inch targets.  All shot at 7 yards.

If you shoot just to shoot, there is nothing wrong about that.  But if you are training to possibly be in a defensive shooting situation, you should practice shooting from the double action position. (if your weapon has double action).  My M9 22 is a double/single.

I am going to get a CCW in my state soon and I do need to practice such things.  I doubt that my M9 would be a daily carry piece just because of the size, but I do like the da/sa as a safety control.

The 4 inch on the right was the first magazine and the left was the second.  I did much better with the second mag.

Cheap Ammo

Taking a look at the ammo supply in my bunker, I saw I was getting a little low.

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I got a nice membership to Shoot Point Blank, and I am getting there almost once a week.  Makes a nice stop on my way home on Fridays.

Because I can get there once a week, I usually only shoot about 200 rounds, but week after week it adds up and the stock on hand dwindles.

There is a group I belong to on the internet where I do surveys about autos and I GET PAID FOR IT !!!  WOOOOO !  A buck a survey but it does add up and I recently cashed out $50 for a Walmart gift card.  I also buy all of my gasoline at Speedway and earn points that I just cashed in for a $50 Visa gift card.

So, as my supply was dwindling and I had some spare money, I went out on a buying trip.  As the best of luck was with me, I also had a $10 off $50 coupon from Dick’s.  Usually the Dick’s coupon is for a $100 purchase, this was indeed quite a fortuitous find for me.

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A quick run about to both Dick’s and Walmart and this is what I brought home.

1827 rounds (one box of Thunderbolts had two extra).

The best part is, my out of pocket was $6.  SWEEEEET !

The best value by far are the Thunderbolts at just less than 5 cents a shot, but I like having the hollow points from the 525 Golden bullets and even though the 100 round boxes of the Golden’s are closer to 8 cents a shot, I buy those once in a while just to have the containers for storage.

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Aaaaaahhhh, that looks much better.

The ammo box holds about 1400 rounds, so I have about 3000 on hand.

“I’m sure glad I had just enough ammo” said no one ever after a zombie attack.

Or to quote Col. Hannibal Smith: “Overkill is highly underrated.”

 

Now, I was going to do a separate post on this, but it fits here.

The crazy lady known as “Mom”, is divorcing my father, and he had to clean out all of the out buildings on his property.

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My dad found this ammo in his barn.  I knew for a fact that I hadn’t bought any ammo that was in the barn in the past 30 years.

Just searching in the internet, I found that the bucket of Thunderbolts were from about 1993.

I had no luck with the other boxes and I even contacted the Remington historian and they could tell me no more than around 1990-1993.

I have already used up all of this old ammo and it performed rather well. There might have been 25 total rounds that failed.

 

Shoot Point Blank

 

A gentleman at work told me a few months ago that there was a new shooting range opening near where we both live.

http://shootpointblank.com/point-blank-naperville-illinois/

https://www.facebook.com/shootatpointblank/

I was most pleasantly surprised to find out that the range opened a couple of weeks ago.

Since it was on my way home, I stopped and got some range time.

The normal price is $18 an hour and for the week of the soft opening, it was only $5 !!!

Why are the numbers not in an  order??

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I’m gonna brag just a little bit.  This was darn good shooting for the 45 foot distance !

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224 rounds on this day (14 magazines).

16 were fired at 45 feet and the rest were split between the 21 foot and 30 foot distance.

Now, I am never going to win a competition with my shooting abilities, but this was one of my best days all year.

Now, if you watched the first video, you would have seen a “Fail to Eject.”

I had about three of them on this day and have probably had only about 10 in 6,000 rounds.  Not to sure what to think about it.