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Range report and explosion. :)

#1 Post by SailDesign » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:48 pm

Well, today marked the first time the S&W 22-A1 went outdoors and had a serious workout. I had some CCI AR-Tactical (wooo....) some Federal Gold Medal and some Federal Auto-Match bulk. Also some SK Standard plus and 20 rounds of eley yellow in a partly-used box.

Luckily, it became very apparent that it really didn't care much what was in it as long as it was subsonic. And the supersonic (AR-Tac) was not far behind anyway. Happy, happy, joy, joy! I can use cheaper ammo without sacrificing accuracy unless I'm really being anal about things. No jams, no hiccups, no dropped mags due to the strange placement of the release button - flawless performance and maximum fun.

The explosion? Heh! That was one of the RSOs, and rightly so. I was at the DEM range, which requires the same short test on "How to shoot a gun" you need to take for a hunting license, and a safety briefing at the range to observe others and be taught the basics - mostly safety as it is assumed you will not need instruction on how to fire your own gun. Today, one of last weeks' incoming batch brought his AR-lookalike 22 down to practice, and decided in the middle of a "range is cold" period, to remove the rifle from the bench, swing it around so that we were all covered at some point, then (while the RSO was shouting at him to put it down and take his finger OUT of the trigger guard) swung it back the other way to put it in its case - which was pointing sideways along the firing line - covering us all again.

I have never seen an RSO completely purple in the face. He tore up the guy's range pass, swore on his mother's grave he would NEVER get another, and said if he saw him again even as a "guest" of someone at the range he wold kick him out...

I thought he was fairly restrained considering, but the rest of the morning was not as entertaining.

It is VERY rare to have this happen before 9:30 on a Sunday. That is the time when the safety briefing ends and the newbs can grab a gun out of their car and put their new passes to use. The "regulars" tend to move off the line to the shotgun area or the archery area then - just to be out of the firing line. :)
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#2 Post by pokute » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:49 pm

If you had problems with the higher velocity ammo, the nylon recoil buffer may be missing. See: http://casualshooter.blogspot.com/2013/ ... n-22a.html

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#3 Post by SailDesign » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:11 pm

pokute wrote:If you had problems with the higher velocity ammo, the nylon recoil buffer may be missing. See: http://casualshooter.blogspot.com/2013/ ... n-22a.html
Thanks. First thing I did while waiting for the gun to get "out of jail" was to order up a 5-pack of those little beggars... :)

So far, it doesn't dislike anything, so my fingers are crossed. The recoil buffer looks a bit squished already, though.

EDIT: Since the Mk IV prefers the "hot" stuff, I'm going to save those for its exclusive use, and keep the SV for the 22-A. :)
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#4 Post by highdesert » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:54 pm

I have a 22A and it shoots well with anything and it's a whole lot easier to clean than the Mark III. I think almost anything is easier to clean than a Mark I/II/III.
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#5 Post by senorgrand » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:14 pm

That's quite an RO!
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#6 Post by SailDesign » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:54 pm

senorgrand wrote:That's quite an RO!
Ex-cop from the island, Vietnam vet, a little Republican round the edges but all told a Good Guy. His kid and mine were in similar grades, etc. It's a small island. :)
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#7 Post by senorgrand » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:15 pm

Very small...whenever I got lost, I would just turn around when I crossed the state line. ;)
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#8 Post by SailDesign » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:28 am

senorgrand wrote:Very small...whenever I got lost, I would just turn around when I crossed the state line. ;)
Don't be bustin' on my state... I'm talking about home, which is only 9 miles long and 1 mile wide. The state is YUGE in comparison... :ras:
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