Saturday, July 26, 2008

Not Fun

Shooting next to someone with a black powder pistol is no fun. It was so smoky it was hard to see, and I'd occasionally get pelted in the hands / forearms with "stuff." I'm guessing it was wadding?

In other news, PMC 9mm shoots fine but smells terrible, and Winchester Wildcat .22lr is dirty, smoky as hell, and still occasionally chokes up my Bersa. Thankfully I think I only have a box or two of the stuff left.

My target? meh, it looked a lot like it did the last time I went shooting, which is a bit disappointing. I'm also happy to report that the P228 ran perfectly fine this time out.

Also, out of sheer curiosity I fired off a .22lr round without hearing protection. I won't be doing that again. I've heard people say you don't need ears when shooting a .22 They must be crazy.


Pretty Pistolera said...

SO TRUE!!! I had a similar experience during my first trip to an indoor range. It ran me off for a very, very long time.

Anonymous said...

.22 LR out of a rifle, on an outdoor range, isn't that bad. You really should still wear ear protection, but it's certainly not "OMG I'm bleeding from the ears" bad.

Jay G said...

.22 CB caps are doable, I've found. I was on a range next to a suppressed Walther P22 with my S&W model 17, and we were confusing the hell out of the rest of the shooters (private range, we took a break and took ears off out of curiosity).

There was little difference between the two.

Mike W. said...

Yeah, this was high-velocity .22lr on an "outdoor range" that's actually pretty well enclosed.

Compared to my 1st range trip it wasn't bad. That time I'd used range supplied plugs that absolutely wouldn't stay snug in my ears. My ears actually hurt for a few days after that.

Tracy - I agree, the black powder shooters really should go to a true outdoor range, but Ommelanden in the only range in Northern DE so they really have no other options.

Jay - I'd love it if we could have suppressors here, but DE is a no-go on NFA stuff.

mike's spot said...

if your range has an overhead covering, to prevent rain and stuff- NEVER discharge a weapon without ears on.

a rifle, with an 18in or longer barrel, in 22lr, in a true open setting isn't bad at all. still wear ears whenever your shooting though.

also- always try to get the bay farthest to the left on a busy range. no one can pelt you with brass.