Nelson County, VA shoot


April 16, 2003, 11:51 PM
The sun rose in a bright blue sky this AM in beautiful Chesterfield County. I awaited an old friend whom I'd not seen in 2 years for a trip to the mountains to repair the flue on his cabin.

He arrived right on time and we got to the business of what arms we would take on our journey. We setled on the 1911 .45, the SKS, the Makarov, his .40 Glock and a 19 inch bl. breaktop H&R 12 gauge
that I wanted to shoot some slugs out of.

After a 2 hour drive and some exquisite pork BBQ, we arrived at the cabin and set to work to make repairs. Upon completion came the shooting.

The Makarov functioned flawlessly, 50 rounds thru hiccups. Groups of minute of saucer at 40 feet. This was my first time firing it and I was quite pleased.

The glock and 1911 functioned as one would expect, giving respectable groups at 100 feet with no glitches. All rounds, unless otherwise indicated, were fired at large silhouette targets. The SKS shot the tightest groups, one group of 10 all in the 10 ring.

The shotty was a bruiser...single, double ought buck and rifled slugs thru this short stick is enough to make one swear off shotgunning in the future.
That being said, it was FUN to blow up
cans of paint, bricks and cheap garden pottery with this beast. One round left my face feeling as if I had been swatted by George Foreman.

After completing our work and firing enough ammo to supply a small 3rd world
country, we returned home; secure in the knowledge that practice makes perfect and old friends are the best.

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Mike Irwin
April 17, 2003, 12:51 AM
What what what?

You went shooting and didn't invite the rest of us?

How gauche!

April 17, 2003, 09:09 AM
To one and all....this is an open invitation to go shooting any time or place. I'll bring the BBQ.:)

April 17, 2003, 10:00 AM
mmmmmmmm BBQ and guns

let me know where and when and i think i can manage to bring a whole bunch of mom's slaw and potato salad. :D

April 17, 2003, 11:19 AM
So that's what all that noise was! :p

April 17, 2003, 12:10 PM
I can't say enough about the Makarov.
It's a Bulgie, new in box. I was firing
Wolf ball ammo thru it. I could hardly believe the loud report and snap of the recoil as I squeezed off each small round. The accuracy of the pistol also was quite a treat. I'm used to shooting a 1911, so it took a little time to adjust to the differences (lighter, shorter and more felt recoil). I have read that the Russian 9MM is a minimum man stopping round, but at 50 feet or less with JHP ammo, it seems that it would be sufficient to the task. Would I want to shoot a grizzly or some freakazoid dusted on PCP with it? Probably not.
But for an easily concealable, apparently reliable, inexpensive, defensive weapon, I was quite impressed.
Hats off to everyone on this board who has opined on this fine little pistol.
It's everything as advertised. :cool:

April 18, 2003, 08:57 PM
Name the time and place. Another VA'er signing up. I don't have any fancy/rare to shoot. But what I have I'll bring and gladly share.

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