Gone Shooting

I went shooting yesterday, the first time since March. Sorry, no pictures. I have several guns that needed to be shot and finally got to a few. It was overcast and cool, and threatening to rain the whole time.

The most important guns I took were two AR-15 pistol uppers that had to be function checked and sighted in. Both were made by Palmetto State Armory and have 11.5 inch barrels with regular front sights. I have a Ruger lower (PSA parts) that I’ve built into a pistol and used it to test both. I’ve been trying to get another Ruger AR lower but with the recent gun buying unpleasantness that has been impossible. The first upper uses a stock detachable carry handle and it was sighted in easily enough. The second upper has an Aimpoint Micro (T-1) on a Larue mount with a Magpul backup rear sight. The Magpul sight was dead on right out of the box, but it took a while to get the Aimpoint to where it needed to be, mostly because of user error. Okay, full disclosure, I don’t know left from right. It took more time (and ammo) but finally I did get it zeroed and ready to go. Both uppers functioned flawlessly right from the start so that wasn’t any issue at all.

Next up (in importance) was an extended magazine for my USP 45. I tested this the last time I went shooting and put 100 rounds through it without any issue. I wanted to test it again, though, thinking this time would only be a formality. I was wrong. Out of 17 rounds I had 3 FTF malfunctions. I was going to use this on my home defense gun, but will now have to wait until this issue is resolved.

I also took a used Remington 870 TAC-14 (12 gauge) that I recently bought after months of looking. It took a while for me to find one at a price I was willing to pay, as the current going price has gone up substantially with the recent panic gun buying and Remington’s financial woes. It was shipped to me dry and dirty and that’s exactly how I shot it. As expected (and hoped) the Remington functioned perfectly. This was my first time hip shooting a shotgun and “accuracy” was so-so. I’m already thinking of buying a laser for it.

The biggest disappointment for the day was a little Budischowsky TP-70 semi-auto pistol that I bought this summer. I’ve owned a few of these cute little pistols over the years and consider them one of the best “Mouse gun” designs ever made. The 25 Auto chambered ones I’ve owned were great but they also made them (much rarer) in 22LR and it appears that those have problems. This is the second one I’ve owned in 22 and the second one that wouldn’t run right. Yesterday I had several misfires that might have been ammunition issues, but even when the pistol did shoot it wouldn’t go three rounds in a row without some malfunction. I’ll give it a good cleaning and try again later, but I already suspect this one is on borrowed time like the last one.

American History in Photos

LADY LEATHERNECKS – QUANTICO, VA.: The gear that Lt. Donna Manning is wearing during combat training at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico recently isn’t exactly tailored to measure. The Marine Corps has no intention of putting women on the front lines or even in any of the combat arms specialties – infantry, artillery, tanks or planes. “Everyone equates this training with combat,” says Col. C.D. Dean, Basic School commanding officer, “but I look at it in terms of practical experience in leadership.” 4-29-77