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How was your day?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mine was fine. In fact, mine was pretty good. I finally got to go to the firing range with my new rifles. It's a private range, and one of the requirements for membership is joining the NRA. So, I guess I'm really a gun nut now.

I've had my SKS for five months now, and this was the first chance I had to shoot it. It's a fun little plinker. The lovely Christine loved shooting it, too.

The M1, now...that's a rifle. Much stronger recoil, by far, than the SKS, but far more accurate. One of the guys at the range put a bowling pin out about 75 yards after I had sighted in the M1, and I dropped it with one shot from the standing position, unsupported. The Garand shoots nice.

The other nice thing about the M1...it leaves no doubt when the clip is empty. The en bloc clip ejects with a sprong!

We fired 200 rounds through the SKS and 96 rounds through the M1. Chris only shot one clip with the M1. The recoil bothered her. That left the other 11 clips for me, and it was a blast. Once you've got her sighted in the M1 is dead on.
 
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I guess I’m really a gun nut now.
It would be a good thing if more people like yourself were armed. The paradox of guns, though, is that stable, level-headed, calm, mature, responsible people often want nothing to do with guns, and unstable, reckless types of people seem to get fascinated by them.
 
Written By: Aldo
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SKS is just like a .22 long rifle. It’s interesting they actually provided those to a military.

Try some handguns. It’s more fun targeting!

 
Written By: des
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SKS is just like a .22 long rifle. It’s interesting they actually provided those to a military.
It’s a 30 Caliber .22, then...It’s a fine combat weapon, for killing someone at 200-300 metres by a 3rd World draftee/militiaman. 7.62mm X 39 mmm is a classic intermediate round.

 
Written By: Joe
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I’m all over the M1. I have one and the last time we went to the range my wife and I put 144 rounds through it before we switched to a friends AR-15 and Czeck AK-47. Other rifles may be more fun to shoot, but I would be hard pressed to leave the M1 behind in a fight if a had a choice.
 
Written By: meagain
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So you joined the NRA? Welcome to the vast right wing conspiracy then.

How did your red-dot hold up the recoil on the SKS? I’ve been thinking about picking up one to mount on my AR and I want something rugged enough that I won’t have to worry about the zero wandering. I think I’ll get used to the irons first though.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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Jeff beat me to it, how are you liking that optical sight?

By the way, for shooting an M1 properly you need a hat with a brim: that way you occasionally get an ejected clip landing there to the amazement of all who don’t know the rifle. "Hey, something just blew out of your gun!"

 
Written By: Firehand
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By the way, for shooting an M1 properly you need a hat with a brim: that way you occasionally get an ejected clip landing there to the amazement of all who don’t know the rifle. "Hey, something just blew out of your gun!"
Some Winchesters are like that too. You wear a cowboy hat because the gun will eject empties up onto the brim for occasionally comic effect. Sometimes you’ll get them down your cowboy shirt which is especially funny for everyone else.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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