Sunday afternoon at the public range


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riddleofsteel
March 28, 2004, 08:44 PM
I took my eleven year old son, his SKS Sporter, my MAK90, a range bag of ammo, assorted .22, .38 Special pistols, and a cooler of drinks to our local shooting range. It was a great Sunday afternoon with moderate temps and a light breeze.

We started out burning surplus 7.63x39 ammo by bump firing the SKS and MAK at 2 liter plastic drink bottles in front of a dirt birm. Appearently up until we got there it had been pretty laid back with some bolt action fire and various pistols. Between the two of us bump firing 30 round AK mags it got to sounding a little like WW III. Some of the other guys started drifting over to where we were set up and were commenting on my son's bump fire technique and looking at our weapons.
This is a membership range. It is outdoors and very laid back. No glass targets, pick up your trash, call cease fire before going down range, ect. that is about the extent of the rules. One old guy came over to remind me that no full auto weapons were allowed. I told him thanks and if I ever get one I will remember that. When he saw my 11 year old bump fire a 30 round mag in seconds I thought his eyes would bug out. I tried to get him to shoot my MAK but he said he was too old for such foolishness.
I hope I never get that old!
Most of the other guys were interested and a few went to retrieve AR's and other semi autos from thier trucks. Soon we were in a line burning up a row of pallet target stands. Chunks of wood and cardboard were flying and drink bottles going airborne.

GREAT FUN.

When we ran out of ammo we spent the rest of the time seeing how long we could keep a 20 oz. drink bottle moving with our CCW pistols. I got up to seven hits in a row with my G36 Glock using 230 grain FMJ the drink bottle went airbourne after each hit and hit the ground before my next shot but was on the ground less than one second before the next hit. My son was shooting his Model 10 .38 Special and he was averaging 4 to fivr hits out of six shoots with around 2 to 3 seconds between shots.


:D

My idea of a great day!

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PATH
March 28, 2004, 08:55 PM
Sounds like a great time was had by all!:D

XLMiguel
March 28, 2004, 08:57 PM
Sounds like a great day, and it sounds like your son is a clip off the old ammo box.:D I'm jealous, I spent the day cleaning cars and refinishing floors:rolleyes:

But I've got to ask - what is "bump firing"? I'm not familiar with the term/technique. TIA

tc300mag1
March 28, 2004, 08:59 PM
Sounds like a fun day for sure

Stickjockey
March 28, 2004, 09:12 PM
Mike-

Bump firing = a technique for simulating full-auto fire with a semi-auto gun by using the recoil of the gun to reset the trigger. It is done thusly: holding the gun at hip level by the forend, cock your trigger finger at a ninety degree angle at the second knuckle. Place your trigger finger in the trigger guard and gently pull the gun forward so the trigger contacts your finger, then increase trigger pressure until the gun starts to fire. If done properly, the gun will recoil against the first shot, then the trigger will reset and tension from your off hand will pull the gun against your finger again and the process repeats itself. In theory this will continue until the magazine is empty.

Mostly useless and extremely inaccurate, but sort of a neat way to waste ammo.

Greg L
March 28, 2004, 09:23 PM
Mostly useless and extremely inaccurate, but sort of a neat way to waste ammo.

Converting dollars to noise, a most fun way of spending a Sunday afternoon :cool:

Greg (who also spent the day with a bunch of goofballs bump firing :D )

Standing Wolf
March 28, 2004, 09:45 PM
Good for your and your lad both!

armoredman
March 28, 2004, 09:53 PM
Ah, I wish I was there......;)

4v50 Gary
March 29, 2004, 03:22 PM
Yep, that the type of "bonding" experience that your son will always remember you by. My pop use to take us shooting, but that was when we were almost 18.

Bravo11
March 29, 2004, 03:37 PM
You got any pics?

Eskimo Jim
March 29, 2004, 03:47 PM
Riddle,
Sounds like a fun time!!! Glad to hear that you got outside and had fun.

-Jim

Jim March
March 29, 2004, 03:52 PM
There's an "advanced bump-fire trick" I've seen.

Basically, you duct-tape some springy substance to your undershirt at shoulder level, hidden under your outer shirt or jacket. Very dense foam rubber works well. Take a normal firing position and "bounce" the buttstock off of that shoulder pad.

You can actually aim somewhat...

carp killer
March 29, 2004, 04:02 PM
One old guy came over to remind me that no full auto weapons were allowed. I told him thanks and if I ever get one I will remember that. When he saw my 11 year old bump fire a 30 round mag in seconds I thought his eyes would bug out. I tried to get him to shoot my MAK but he said he was too old for such foolishness.

There always seems to be one of these guys at every range I have visited:barf:

Every shooting range should allow "bump firing"!

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