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Old 04-15-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Fun Day At the Range

Told my secretary I had an important lunch meeting and hit the range earlier today. I took my Eclipse Custom II 10mm, S&W 629 Classic DX .44 mag, and my Stainless Ultra Raptor.

100 flawless rounds through my Eclipse. Smooth as can be. 400 rounds through her now and she is really smoothing out. I didn't particularly shoot very well for some reason, but it was definitely a case of operator error.

100 rounds through my .44 mag. I haven't shot it in a few months. Damn that thing shoots nice. What a blast. Great groups at 25 yards. I had the whole range stop and watch. You make a serious impression when you roll out a Stainless Steel 6-1/2" .44 mag wheel gun and squeeze the trigger. I just can't help but smile every time I squeeze the trigger. 100 rounds through her will flat wear you out though (at least me anyway).

Now the funny part. I put the .44 mag away and grabbed my Ultra Raptor. Loaded it and fired the first shot. I'm still not sure where it really went. After shooting that big, heavy, mule, the Raptor felt like a damn squirt gun in my hands. I unloaded it, set it down and proceeded to laugh a myself for a moment. It was pretty funny. Regrouped and shot 99 more flawless rounds through her. That gun is so fun to shoot and I still can't believe how accurate it is for such a short barrel.

And to make it even better... I get to break out the Hoppes #9 tonight!!
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Almost makes going to work worth the trip.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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Sure beats the hell out of lunch at McDonalds!!
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Thanks for sharing, Chuck. We can all live vicariously through your lunch breaks.

When my son returns my 629 next week I'm gonna have to pop a few off. I also need to get a new front sight, as he somehow lost it while riding his 4-wheeler in the Alaska back country. Unless he's taken it off, there should still be a 2X scope mounted on it, so it's still shootable.
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Now if you can only teach your secretary how to clean a gun.
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Now if you can only teach your secretary how to clean a gun.
What? That's 1/3 of the fun.
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Originally Posted by Chuck66 View Post
Told my secretary I had an important lunch meeting and hit the range earlier today.
Secretary: "How was the meeting?"
Chuck: "Uh....loud."
Secretary: "Why are your knuckles black?"
Chuck: "Uh....that's copier toner. I had to fix the copier."
Secretary: "At the restaurant?"
Chuck: "Uh...uh.....do I have any messages?"
Secretary: "Yes, the shooting range called and said they forgot to charge you for the targets today...."
Chuck: "Hmmmm."
Secretary: "So, about my raise...."
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
Thanks for sharing, Chuck. We can all live vicariously through your lunch breaks.

When my son returns my 629 next week I'm gonna have to pop a few off. I also need to get a new front sight, as he somehow lost it while riding his 4-wheeler in the Alaska back country. Unless he's taken it off, there should still be a 2X scope mounted on it, so it's still shootable.
I've never shot a handgun with a scope on it. Always considered getting one for my 629 but never have.

This might be a dumb question, but outside of the magnification, can you shoot that much better if you aren't using a rest?
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Originally Posted by PorscheVille View Post
Secretary: "How was the meeting?"
Chuck: "Uh....loud."
Secretary: "Why are your knuckles black?"
Chuck: "Uh....that's copier toner. I had to fix the copier."
Secretary: "At the restaurant?"
Chuck: "Uh...uh.....do I have any messages?"
Secretary: "Yes, the shooting range called and said they forgot to charge you for the targets today...."
Chuck: "Hmmmm."
Secretary: "So, about my raise...."
Now that's funny and I can see that exact conversation happening!
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I've never shot a handgun with a scope on it. Always considered getting one for my 629 but never have.

This might be a dumb question, but outside of the magnification, can you shoot that much better if you aren't using a rest?
Because it's a pistol scope, you still hold it out at normal distance. What you have is a slightly magnified image with a cross hair. I actually don't care for it that much. I put the scope on it because I was going to use it for deer hunting. The only time I actually had a chance to use the gun to take a deer, it had gotten so late in the afternoon (twilight) there was not enough light coming through the scope to see the crosshairs or the deer. So, I ended up taking an 'instinctive' shot. Actually made an excellent shot just behind the shoulder and the deer went down after running about 30 yards. I was, as always, excited to take another deer. However, I was even more excited about the two fireballs that came flaring out of each side the the huge flame that followed the projectile out of the barrel. That was awesome. I hadn't expected the light show.

BTW, I give all the credit of that shot to the gun and the the excellent gunsmith who worked the single action weight down to 2-1/2 pounds.
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