An Afternoon at the Range


RANGE_PHOTOOur cat Bob is an indoor/outdoor cat, and he occasionally brings in fleas. This afternoon, we fogged the house. My son went to work, my wife went to a bridal shower, and I went to the range for some practice. I took Mrs. Hoge’s S&W Model 60 .38 Special, a Browning Buck Mark .22 LR target pistol, and a Kimber Model 1911 .45 ACP.

After limbering up with the .22, I practiced with the Model 60, aiming with the Crimson Trace laser grip. My results were strikingly better with the laser compared to the normal sights, but that’s not surprising given that I’m 65 years old and my eyes aren’t what they used to be.

The target above is the result of 50 rounds through the Kimber at 50 feet. I’ve always done well with a Model 1911, but this is one of the better targets I’ve shot recently.

7 thoughts on “An Afternoon at the Range

  1. 5 thumbs down? Team Pedo must be very afraid of getting shot….Hmmmm

    I got my Kimber with the Crimson Trace option. Hate it. I do much better with the standard sights. For me anyway the dot seems to bounce around a lot with the natural movement of my hand and distracts me.

  2. Yeah, I prefer the iron sights on the Kimber, but the stainless sights on the Model 60 are hard for my old eyes to get in focus. OTOH, a 2-in .38 isn’t a target pistol, and an 8-in group, double action, rapid fire, at 50 feet is close enough for its intended purpose.

  3. In college, I shot an Anschutz Model 1913 for the rifle team. A truly sweet weapon. Target practice was my stress valve. Walk out of a lecture on the Maxwell-Boltzmann equations, hit the range, run out a target, and imagine every.bull was Dr. Gryder’s face. Each 10 point shot lightened my mood like a valium.

    We made it to the NCAA quarter finals, but lost to Georgetown..

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