Went to the range today


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Roadkill
June 5, 2012, 05:21 PM
Took a couple of old guns along. We hear/read a lot about German and US military rifles but the Imperial Japanese rifles tend to not get near the attention. So for fun I brought a Springfield 1903 and a Type 99 for comparison.

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General view:

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The Type 99 is an early war version, the 1903 is a 1942 rebuild. Both are in as issued condition. Both have excellent sights.

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I was shooting at 75 yds. First the 1903. First five. That's about a 3" spread. I've done better though but was trying to be fair by just loading five and shooting slowly.

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Now the Type 99

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First five - Top was the first shot - not like I shoot this thing every day. Trigger pull threw me off.

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Type 99s, if in good condition and with good ammunition are very capable rifles. I was shooting my reloads with the same load of 44g IMR 4895 and a 150g bullet.


Family photo
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TurtlePhish
June 5, 2012, 07:00 PM
Jealous... That's milsurp heaven...

Roadkill
June 5, 2012, 07:37 PM
Jealous... That's milsurp heaven...

Nope - compared to others not even worth showing. But thanks for the kind words,

seasmoke
June 5, 2012, 07:38 PM
and nice display. I'm more of a Thompson guy...shoot em hard and toss em in the back-yard.

Gtimothy
June 5, 2012, 07:41 PM
Don't sell yourself short Roadkill, I'm jealous too! Not only of the guns, but the fact that you have a place big enough to display them like that! I miss my "Man Cave"!!!!

mljdeckard
June 5, 2012, 07:55 PM
I guess I just never shot a good 99. All of the ones I ever shot or handled were terrible in every way. I would rather grab a Nagant.

DMH
June 5, 2012, 08:15 PM
Roadkill, very nice photos (thank you) and great job on the display. Very well organized and you can tell you have put time and energy into your hobby. Well done!

DMH

ColtPythonElite
June 5, 2012, 08:17 PM
Very nice collection.

Roadkill
June 5, 2012, 09:03 PM
I guess I just never shot a good 99. All of the ones I ever shot or handled were terrible in every way.

Condition and ammo are everything. Both of these guns are bring backs and haven't been messed with. And I do take care of them. Plus my hand loads. Makes a difference.

Very nice collection.

Thank you

Captain Brown Beard
June 5, 2012, 09:59 PM
Nice collection, but on a side note, nice looking range. What part of the country is that if you don't mind my asking?

Roadkill
June 5, 2012, 10:03 PM
North Alabama - an old rock quarry.

Captain Brown Beard
June 5, 2012, 10:23 PM
Count your blessings. In SE Washington we have nothing but sage brush and tumbleweeds. Oh and sand. Our ranges are not known for their eye candy.

Driftertank
June 5, 2012, 10:37 PM
Hey, sagebrush can look nice! Early springtime when it's geener...

Besides, there's the Columbia River Gorge...

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