Stuff I See At Work – Box o’ Colts

We got a collection with a pile of Colt .22 Woodsman and Match Target pistols. This bin has layer after layer of them!

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Range Report 09-10-11

I haven’t been shooting in a while and today I got to the range. I went with my fiance and her aunt who hasn’t shot in many years. Today we had a bit of variety in the guns we shot. We got to shoot my Ruger Mark II Gov’t Target .22 and my Sig Sauer P220 (with and without AAC Tirant silencer). We also got to shoot a Ruger SR9 and an HK P30 both in 9mm. My fiance’s aunt brought her revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model 67 in .38. The Smith groups well as they are known to do, but I may need to adjust the sights slightly for the new ammo she got. It’s hitting a little off from where they were last adjusted. The P30 is very mild in recoil and really impressed me. I’m normally not the biggest HK fan but after having shot a P30 and HK 45, I’m a fan of their newer pistols. The USPs were always large for my hands but the latest generation of their products fits great. The trigger on the P30 is very good compared to the USP triggers. It was controllable and grouped well. The Ruger SR9 was very nice, especially considering their usual sub-$500 price. The trigger was a little heavier than some of them I’ve played with but was very consistent. It grouped surprisingly well. I really had fun with that pistol. The Mark II shot flawlessly today. Anyone who has fired a Ruger .22 knows how great these are. Anyone looking for a first pistol can do a whole lot worse than a Mark II or III. The suppressed .45 drew a crowd as usual and I’m getting used to that. I had a couple opportunities to explain about the process of NFA ownership. One of the last things I did was help another shooter sight in the red dot on his GSG-5 .22 pistol. That’s the first time I’d gotten to shoot one of these and it was incredibly fun. I may have to pick one up some day.

Well that’s the rundown of today’s shooting. I hope to get to the range more often time permitting.

Stuff I See (Not) Messed Up – Marlin 795 .22 LR

Here’s the second installment in my possible ongoing series of posts on gun problems I see at work and the range. This is an easy one. A customer had reported the bolt wouldn’t close on his Marlin Model 795 .22 LR. The Marlin 795 is basically a Model 60 with a box magazine instead of a tube. One thing that was carried over from the 60 is it has an automatic and a manual bolt hold open. The automatic hold open works on an empty magazine. To activate the manual hold, you pull the bolt all the way to the rear and push the bolt handle in. To release it, simply pull the bolt handle back out. The customer had merely turned on the manual lock open. The reason this was confusing is that when the manual hold open is on, the bolt release for the last shot hold flops around. It took all of 4 seconds to fix.