Range Time!!!


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Lt. G
March 2, 2005, 05:34 AM
Three days ago I took my son to the range to help me try out two new purchases. I bought a SigPro 357 ,four 10 round mags and one 12 round mag , 2 grips for $389 plus all the usual fees and a Keltec P11 with one 10 round mag for $250 from a friend.

After we paid for targets,ammo, range time, gathered up our eye and ear protectors and sallied forth onto the range.

We loaded mags and stepped up to the firing line.
First was the mighty Keltec, my son,(18), was taking her out for a spin. I have told/demonstrated for him how to hold an auto. Be sure to keep all nondisposable parts away from the slide.

I checked his grip, gave him the green light, and he touched one off. He immediately placed the weapon down in a safe manner/pointing downrange and grasped his now newly redesigned/grooved left thumb.

I made the weapon safe and pulled him off the F.L. for wound assessment. He stated he wanted to go back to shooting. To his credit he self corrected and fired the weapon well. I also shot it , heavy trigger, but accurate.

Next came the SigPro 357, what a dream to shoot, all of the controls are within easy reach of my thumb, no grip adjustment needed. Easy sighting and very accurate, As said before on the forum, more accurate than me. The first double action shot is going to take some getting used to, but the follow up shots were sweet!

My son also had fun shooting this weapon. Now comes the very different part
of our range time.

I was shooting the Sig when my son said,"Dad you better take a look at this", pointing to the next lane. Two gentlemen who only spoke broken English were pointing to their auto pistol that was jammed, (thought it was a stove pipe at first glance), and were pointing it everywhere but down range.

After we got the weapon put down in a safe manner, I checked it out. It was not a stovepipe, so I thought it was a double feed. I dropped the mag after locking the slide back. They had loaded the mag BACKWARDS, I looked into the breech and there was a round backwards in the pipe. It came out easily and I looked at the range guys. They were watching.

I showed these guys how to load the mag correctly, unloaded it, handed them the bullets, mag and weapon, gathered up my son and our weapons/stuff and got off the range.

I told the range guys about it, they laughed and said that their sister store, called to tell them these gentlemen were coming to shoot.... Exit stage right.

Not a bad day but certainly different.

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Ala Dan
March 2, 2005, 07:14 AM
Greeting's Lt. G My Friend-

Certainly sounds as if you guy's had a great time on the range? I hope
to accomplish earning some quality range time myself this SAT
03-05-05. Guess I will take along my WW-II G.I. Mil-Spec Springer,
SIG P220A, and quite possibly a Browning BuckMark.

I'll warm up with the BuckMark, then go to the Springer, and finish the
session with my home D' handgun; the SIG .45 caliber P220A. :) :D
My S&W 5" 629-5 .44 magnum, and 6" 686-5 .357 magnum will have
to wait till another day! :( :uhoh: :D

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