Anyone else ever just have a .22 kind of day?
I had the day off work yesterday, and since it was a beautiful mid-high 50's, overcast and drizzling kind of day, I headed to the range (outdoor).
But, as I was packing up to go, I decided that all that I was going to take were .22s, so I took a Ruger 22/45, a Henry .22 rifle, and a Savage .22 semi-auto. I also had my concealed Glock 36, but wasn't planning on shooting it. Add to that a brick of Federal 36 gr high-velocity HP, and away I went.
My original intent was to spend the day just working on fundamentals for rifle and pistol, so after benching the rifles to make sure the sights were on, I broke out the shooting mat, and shot the 4 standard rifle positions (Offhand, kneeling, sitting, and prone), and shot about 100 rounds through each at 50 yards, making good groups with pretty boring regularity. The prone groups were better than offhand, but that is to be expected. For the rifles and ammo I was shooting with iron sights, I wasn't expecting sub-MOA groups.
So, after I tired of rifle, I moved on to pistol. I started at 7 yards, working on fundamentals. Then moved back to 15, then 25, after I was satisfied with results at 25, I said, what the heck, I'll move back to 50 (I had the range to myself). To make life a bit more interesting, I pulled my truck on the firing line, and used it for cover/support while shooting from 50 yards. I know I have shot pistols at 50 yards before, but made noise more than anything. So, I was quite happy when all 10 of the rounds from my first mag were on the 8x11 piece of paper. 9 of them were actually in about a 4-4 1/2" group, but #10 was a flier, and messed up my group size.
So, after a couple more magazines, I moved back up to under 10 yards, and worked on point shooting, left handed shooting, multiple target engagement, pivots, shooting while moving and things like that.
All told, I went through all 550 rounds in the value pack, and I think it was one of the most productive range days I have had in quite a while. Actually, I would recommend it. As fun as it is to have a bunch of different guns and calibers at the range, only taking .22s made me get more creative in my drills, and focus on good, solid fundamentals. And all that shooting cost me about as much as one box of 50 .45's.
So, now that I shared my story, anyone else ever have a similar range day? I think it was a worthwhile exercise, and am glad I only took my .22s for the day. Oh, here is a picture of the 50 yard target after the first magazine: