[My computer refused to connect to the Internet yesterday, leaving me with a half-finished post and no way of saving it. It’s behaving better today, so I’ll finish it up!]
Good morning all! On a side note, I’m exhausted; I helped a friend by editing a paper, and as a result I was stricken with college nightmares. You know — dreams of papers overdue, of roommate and dorm issues, of irate chemistry professors, stuff like that. I feel unrested and stressed despite the fact that I’m not in college anymore!!!
Anyway, let’s revel in the fact that I’m an adult and look at more guns!
While playing with the AR-15 and .22, some nice guys the next berm over offered to let us shoot their .22. It was a Savage Mark 2 BTBS with a lovely lovely stock:
To be honest, I don’t know whether I hit the target with the Savage; their paper was pretty well perforated and the scope wasn’t THAT good. But Mike seemed to like it!
Shoothouse Barbie was thrilled to break in her birthday-Garand:
(I’ve had a date with a Garand — remember? — and so declined to make this one’s acquaintance.)
After much hopping up and down and pleading by Lissa, we brought out the shotties! This shiny gun is a Winchester Model 1300 —
— and here Vanna Dr. Boyfriend shows off the Remington 870:
Is this a good excuse to post the shottie video again? Oh, surely it’s a good enough excuse:
(And of course I wanted the shiny gun for the video! I did shoot both though.)
As you can tell by watching me fly backwards, buckshot is a WHOLE DIFFERENT GAME than birdshot!! I was hunkered low for stability and bracing my feet and still got slammed about.
Memento of two shotguns' delicate caresses
The last thing we shot was an FAL .308 (which I believe is specifically verboten by our good friend Martha Coakley):
It took me a little wiggling to get the magazine in — it loads weird, and I’m always afraid to break other peoples’ stuff — but it was a hoot to light off. It had a real smooth trigger pull; the recoil was not insubstantial but it was fairly quick and easy to get the red dot sight back on target.
I don’t have any pictures, but we used the fading light to scoot over to the pistol range and play with Glocks and Steyrs and Sigs (they have a Siguette!) and removed the center of many targets. A good time was had by all!
Shoothouse Barbie and Dr. Boyfriend, thanks so much for taking us shooting! We had a fabulous time!
And as a bonus, I finally, FINALLY learned how to make a moist pork loin! Apparently the secret is to sear all four sides in a cast-iron skillet before popping it into the oven with a meat thermometer. Hooray!
I used Rendezvous dry rub all over the outside and served it with pan-roasted brussel sprouts. Nom nom nom!