He will be 14 in a week. I told him with the cost of ammo these days mag dumps and blasting for the sake of blasting are over. 5 rounds in a mag and we will concentrate on fundamentals and groups. Because of the cross country move neither of us had been to the range in well over a year.
I said you choose the rifles. He picked the howa 223 ranch rifle and a bushmaster 16” 1/9 dissipator upper with GI carry handle and a fixed stock LMT lower. My gun club has steel plates set at the end of the range at 128 yards. And you can rent a paper target stand for any other distance you want. We reviewed breathing and sight picture and squeeze it not yanking on trigger. Within a few shots the Kid is banging steel at max distance with open sights with both 62 grain green tip and 55 grain FMJ bulk ammo. Standing and sitting. I was quite proud of him and impressed with the mixmaster home built rifle and low budget upper. I want him to be fully proficient with irons before getting hooked on optics
After a while we had place to ourselves and I said yeah go ahead and load up a few mags and we each did a 30 round mag dump. They are so satisfying.
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Sounds like a good time! Good on you for teaching him irons and unsupported position shooting, too! My oldest turns 14 this month, and he's turning into quite the shooter. We've had some good times on the range together...costs me a fortune in ammo, but totally worth it!
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Sounds like an excellent outing.
Yeah, there is something satisfying about mag dumps.
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This old guy would go so far as to say that basic competence with both is part of being a well-rounded shooter.
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