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    Posted: September 18 2017 at 6:08am

A nice day at the range.

I went to the 100/200 yd range at the local shooting club today. When I arrives there were 2 men there already down on the 25Yd point. As I arrived they were finishing up & moving back to the 100yd point. As I was zeroing the re-shimmed PH5A I went up & joined them.

It turned out America isn't quite dead yet, despite the efforts of those who'd like to remodel it their way. The two were a father & son. The Father was a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm 1 & had done 2 tours. The rifles, a Rem 700BDL in 25-06 & a pump action Remington in .308 I don't remember the model number. They'd been “Granpaw's”, They'd inherited them after He'd passed away & this was the first time son & grandson had been able to fire them.

The young man was absolutely entranced with ol' SMELLIE so I asked if he'd like to try it out after I got it sighted in.

YES! Was an understatement!

Well we got sighted & it was his turn.

It was funny how things we take for granted have become “forgotten” skills!

Loading the magazine with chargers was a surprise, dad popped the mag & was trying to load directly into the mag, Like you'd do with an M-16 & the adapter, & when I showed him the normal method he was surprised how slick it was. The son was amazed the way the now empty charger could be ejected with the bolt!

The father was used to peep sights, but the modern M-16 type, the PH's vernier scale was a revelation to him.

The son was absolutely blown away! He'd used the Remington Factory open sights & a 3~9 scope, but this was like a whole new world opening up to him.

They both got to pop off a charger at 100 then he wanted to go back to 200yds (which was where I wanted to go in the first place.)

We staple up a 8” paper plate & retired to 200yds. The father took pains to ensure the son didn't look back.

When we were sorted out at the 200 point he had the son turn round & see exactly how small an 8” plate looked at that distance. His eyes were the size of the plate when he saw it! He was convinced he couldn't hit it if he tried. So we had him get the SMLE & give it a shot. He put 10 rounds into it.

It turns out they were practicing for the son's first deer hunt. Now he knows how far away 200 yds really is, without optical enhancement. He knows he can, if the shot presents itself, put “one in the boiler room” & best of all he bonded with his father & got outside to have a pleasant day.

I'm actually kind of humbled to have shared the experience.

Oh, they don't reload so they insisted I should take the .308 brass as I can use it. I suggested they keep the 25-06 because one day they might.

I've been there for a number of father & son or father & daughter range trips but this was my first 3 generation Traditional shoot. Like I said, America ain't' dead yet!



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That's one great day at the range .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2017 at 12:01pm
Cool; that's probably the start of another Enfield collector right there!
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what a fun day , for all 
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A good day then. I'm lucky to get a 4H trap shoot or .22 indoor day.
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