August 06, 2004

What a nice day.

Talk about a nice day. Went to Mooresville, IN and had a wonderful dinner at Gray's Brothers Cafeteria, a place that Steve H would love. Chicken fried the way it was intended by nature: in lard. Amazing home made pies. Good eats all the way around, and really nice servers with coffee and soft drinks before you even realize your cup/glass is empty.

On the way home we did a bad thing, however. I pulled into the parking lot at Bradis Firearms. Always a mistake. You'd think I'd learn. I cannot leave that place without buying something. So far, on different trips, Spousal Unit and I have purchased my Mossberg model 500 home protection .410 shotgun, his Mosin-Nagent Soviet 7.62x.54 carbine, my Mosin-Nagent Soviet 7.62x.54 long rifle, scads of ammo, and various cases.

And today was no exception. Today, I was just looking. Really. I was looking at a gorgeous Yugoslavian SKS, unissued, pristine condition, still in the cosmoline goopey shit for $169, and there, hidding in the big honking macho military guns was this pretty little rifle. So being a girlie girl and liking cute little things tucked in amongst the big honking things, I picked it up.

Another major mistake. Marlin .22LR, "Glenfield" model 60, self-loading tubular magazine. Lists for $189 new. $89. Yes. $89 for her, and she's beautiful. The ones on the Marlin site new don't have the laser engraved embellishments on the stock. So I carried her around for a while, just to see if she spoke to me (which she did), and walked to the counter and bought her.

Oh, and a box of ammo. Can't have a new gun without new ammo. Didn't matter that I have a box in my bedroom at home of the same stuff for my Ruger .22LR Mark II handgun. No. Had to be new just for the rifle. Shoot, like they can tell, right? Leave it to me to anthropomorphize my weapons.

Well, what to do with the rest of the evening... Don't want to go home, nothing going there but the computer. Don't want to go shopping. I've already done my shopping... Sounds like Range-Time to me!

So off we head. Spousal Unit a prisoner in the bucket seat to my right, my new rifle laid securely behind the front seat, we take off to PopGuns, home of the nicest indoor range in town. And lo and behold, they will let me have range time with the rifle. Can't shoot the Mosin-Nagents in there: too big. But the Marlin? Just right.

Plop down the ID, pick up 150 rounds and a set of muffs for Spousal Unit, and off we go into the range.

I don't want to brag (ha!), but for someone who's never fired a rifle of any sort, I didn't do too bad. This is 10 rounds at 12', 10 at 20', 10 at 30' and 20 at 50' and nothing outside the 9 ring. Can't scan in the entire target, but here's the business section with a pencil for scale.

Not bad for an amateur with cokebottle glasses. I wanted to use the NRA targets that all the guys are using for their little Postal Match competition at Neanderpundit just to see how I measured up, but I couldn't find any. I figured a big place like PopGuns would have them. There weren't any out on racks, but I guess I could have asked. But considering I had never fired this rifle, I don't think I did too bad. >

Posted by Mamamontezz at August 6, 2004 11:12 PM

Not a bad little purchase. Decent grouping!

SlagleRock Out!

Posted by: SlagleRock at August 6, 2004 11:33 PM

Congrats on the purchases, very nice grouping for first timer. I have ATP500 w/o plug, alternating 00 buckshot - slugs for home and field protection, carried it for 19 years in Alaska bush, it speaks with authority. Keep on practicing and do pass the skill along to a younger person.

Posted by: Jack at August 7, 2004 09:13 AM

Nice grouping for a little rifle you aren't familiar with.

Posted by: the_redfalcon at August 8, 2004 04:00 PM

A wonderful choice for a 22 rifle. I took my model 99 (same rifle just a few years older) to the range at Winamac Fish and Wildlife Area. At 25 yards anything bigger than a 12 gauge hull is mine. They have outdoor ranges 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards. So you could even fire the Mosin-Nagant. It's just off Hwy 35 south of Knox,Indiana. Best of all it's free. By the way nice grouping! Rey

Posted by: Rey at August 8, 2004 06:44 PM

Haha!!! I got you to buy a rifle!!! Neener neener neener!!!

Well, OK, you bought it yourself, but I can take credit, can't i?

Email me if you want, I'll overnight you some targets.You can make photocopies to practice and save the real targets for the match.

Posted by: og at August 8, 2004 07:50 PM

Nice shootin', Tex!

Posted by: Special Ed at August 9, 2004 06:32 PM

This post is the one that my husband linked to on his site ( and triggered your link to him. (Very nice shooting, BTW.) He was very pleased by your link, but we were both ROFL about the category that you put him in. After looking at the rest of the categories in your Blogroll, I have to admit that it's the closest fit, but Big Honking Macho Types is not my first impression of WT. You see, he grew up in a family of VERY strong women, and any machismo that he might have picked up during his days in the Navy were thoroughly eliminated during the decade that he lived in the Ann Arbor area. Beautiful Ann Arbor (AKA Moscow on the Huron), home of U of M, and the heart of political correctness in Michigan. Love to go there and shop, but I wouldn't want to live there, myself, even if I could afford it! Macho (in the chauvanistic sense), he is NOT. Love your blog, I've been reading off and on for several months.

Posted by: naleta at August 10, 2004 09:30 PM

She Who Must be Obeyed (no relation to the blogger of similar name) likes to go to Ann Arbor wearing her T shirt reading, Smith & Wesson: My Two My Friends. It goes well with mine saying, Give War a Chance.

Yours for shooting within the 9 circle,


Posted by: weaselteeth at August 11, 2004 01:23 AM

The shirt reads "My Two Best Friends" with the interlocking S&W logo and picture of a very nice pistol. (Just thought I'd correct your typo, dear) ;p

Posted by: naleta at August 11, 2004 09:08 PM

Nice shooting for openers! I understand the challenge in trying to not buy those 'important items' when they so desparetely need a home. I am holding off, however, until I complete my training at our new home range.

Posted by: Professor Rhodar at August 12, 2004 11:48 PM

poker me up

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Posted by: vimax at April 8, 2005 10:07 AM

Magna laude...

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