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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #16
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A coworker and I spent months, almost a year, bragging who was the better shot. He, because he was born and raised in Texas, or I, because I was trained by the world's finest fighting force, USMC.

It came to a put up or shut up and off to the range we went. We opted for .22's since that was the only rifle we had similar of.

My firing pin was broken. Of course I "took it out so I couldn't lose" was repeated to my face ALL day.

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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #17
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I drove 1.5 hours go Thunder Valley Precision to do some 1000 yards Shooting at steel plates. Made it all the way there and left my ammo at home! Had all my guns but no ammo!

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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:17 AM   #18
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long ago when lasers came out got one.
darn pricey at the time btw.
mounted it onto a 45 i had. then went to the range.
indoor range, slow day chatted with range guy.
showed him laser new to him also. went in and there
was 2 other people in shooting. got everything out and
tried pistol. was a ways off. so using allen wrench was
getting closer to on target like 5th mag or so. then i
was adjusting a little more was getting close was centered
but low. i then set new target push button to set it. took
careful aim and pulled trigger. the bullet hit's the top of the
target clip goes up and then down range. takes out whole row
of that lanes light's. glass plastic lot's of dust down whole lane.
i feel really bad.. range guy on speaker says lane 6 please
move to lane 10. then the other 2 shooters leave. i go and
tell him i am sorry and he just says it happens sometimes.
go back to lane set a target and adjust sight down..
few more adjustments and had it sighted in. put it away and
shot my brick of 22 i had with me also in a few pistols.
i still felt bad as i left. i went there every week for years.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 04:37 AM   #19
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Took an M1 Garand to the range, got everything set up, pulled out ammo... and no en-bloc clips! About 30 miles each way, and no, I wasn't going back for clips! I sure got tired of single-loading that M1 by the time I was finishedthat day! Now a handful of en-blocs live in my range bag!

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Old May 12th, 2017, 06:24 AM   #20
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not mine but:

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Old May 12th, 2017, 06:39 AM   #21
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Had gun, had ammo in mine..,rufle was ready...was setting up spotting scope. Went to unscrew the lens cover, hrm. Stuck. Put more pressure into it.,managed to unscrew the entire lense..apparently the cover was cross threaded. Doh! Ended up using a screw driver to break off the cover, and got the lense screwed back on. Line went cold. Headed down range with targets and staple gun. Staple gun was acting up, so I flip it over to check, great its jammed. In my attempts to clear the jam, I manage to fire a staple into my knuckle on my index finger, and then run out of staples in the gun to boot.

I gave up. Packed my stuff and split.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:13 AM   #22
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This took place back when I was first starting to shoot rifles. Combine a busted scope (That you don't know is busted) with a lack of knowledge (and simple research) that the Russian Tula steel-cased ammo is not precision stuff. No good can come of that.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:31 AM   #23
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This took place back when I was first starting to shoot rifles. Combine a busted scope (That you don't know is busted) with a lack of knowledge (and simple research) that the Russian Tula steel-cased ammo is not precision stuff. No good can come of that.

I hate scopes with this platform!

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Old May 12th, 2017, 08:57 AM   #24
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2 hour hike up on top of mountain before dawn for Elk Hunt. set up scope and get ready to start looking. Just about sun-up, go to load 300WinMag, OOPS!! ammo still back in camp!! beautiful morning watching wildlife and sun rise anyway.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 10:03 AM   #25
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I used to live 60 miles from the nearest range I could use. Got up early one day, packed the guns, met a couple of buddies, and drove out there. Set everything up on the bench. At that point I realized that I did not have the all the keys to my gun locks. Let's see what unlocks.
Remington 742? No.
SIG P226? Nope.
Ruger Vaquero? Nada
M1 Garand? Dream on.
Ruger 10/22. Check.

(In case you're wondering, this was before I had an M14.)

So I had just driven 60 miles and humped a lot of guns, gear, and ammo to the bench, all so I could shoot some .22 LR. Huzzah... At least lunch at the pub afterwards was good.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:18 PM   #26
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Thus far, with some 35 years of active shooting, I would say I never had a bad day at a range until...

Until I bought the M1A. With the exception of shooting with irons only early on a few months ago, every range trip with the M1A + the X-Sight II optic was beyond forgettable... wasted so much ammo trying to get that thing zeroed only for the optic to be declared illegal by some desk jockey at Parks & Wildlife. Fortunately it was mostly XM80, so not a lot of financial loss there.

Hopefully, SOON, I'll be able to get out with the new mount, the Trijicon, and have some success and some fun throwing lead & copper down range and there will never be a bad range day again.

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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #27
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Guess we have all been there and done that in some fashion or other. Used to travel to Oak Ridge, TN for Long Range/Palma matches and for me some 350miles of travel. Picked up a fellow shooter some 40 miles from home and asked him before taking off if he had everything for he was prone to forget things. Spotting scope, stand, mat, glove, shooting coat, ammunition and he had two rifle cases as well. Did not check the rifles for what are you going to forget since they are both micrometer required sights, no scopes.
Always took the rifles into the motel room and he just put them in the corner and early next morning arrived at range, just some 4-5 miles from motel, and got our assigned firing points and broke out the gear. Shortly afterwards, here he comes cursing out loud and he had forgotten the bolts for both rifles!! Asked him what he had done with them and he said he cleaned both day or so before and forgot to put them back in the actions and said "what am I going to do???" Went to range officer and told him of the problem and if he could rearrange the schedule so he could shoot my rifle while I was in the pits and he said not a problem. Everything solved I thought, but caliber for these matches is 308 and he said he wanted to use his ammo and that gave me some concern for my loads suited for my rifle only due to headspace, etc. Did not argue with him and he then comes back from the car with his ammo and it was 30-06 ammunition. Told him that would not fit in my rifle and bottom line he did not get to shoot for I only had sufficient ammo for the matches plus a few sight in shots. It was a long week end for the fellow but am sure it was a teachable moment for him as well. Well, on second thought, not so sure??

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Old May 12th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #28
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I didn't happen to me ... per se ... but I was there to witness it ....

Back around 1983 or 1984 we were visiting family in Punxsutawney, PA, and the 'Adults' decided to make a range day at a place called 'Yosemite Sam's Gun Store and Range'.


While my Dad was firing a TC Contender ... I just happened to be watching the guy in the bay next to us as he literally blew up his Colt Python. Thankfully, he was uninjured, but a little shook up! The revolver was toast. The entire side of the barrel was peeled to the left side and the cylinder wouldn't open after that. It was a big 'to do' as all of the range attendants came over to check it out and make sure he was OK.

We didn't get into a long conversation with the guy, but the best we could guess is that he was either shooting reloads or fired a round on top of a squib!

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Old May 12th, 2017, 04:55 PM   #29
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Went to the range for some AR15 testing and realized I had left all of my mags back
@ home. Hours later I left the range after shooting AR15's single shot all day.
Accuracy testing only.
SUCKED!

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Old May 12th, 2017, 05:11 PM   #30
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About 20 years ago, a buddy and myself were going to a shoot 250 mi away. I brought my two rifles and 1200 rds of ammo I loaded up. When we got there my buddy said he would load the mags. Uh oh. The rounds were too long to load into the mags. I did find a flat file in my truck and we spent quite awhile filing the points off the bullets so we could load the mags. Learned a valuable lesson that day.
Another time at local range I showed up with my 44-40 rifle and 45 colt ammo. Umm....doesn't work well.

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