Archive for April 26th, 2010
I picked up a Kodak PlaySport camera for $150. With tax, SD card, and cheap tripod, it was about $200 total; with that small investment, I set the camera downrange at about 10-15 feet from the HE.
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The first shot is from the Kodak. The second is from my JVC; note the shower of prills.
Last year, I set out four seven inch targets (~2 MOA) at ~375 yards for use by the press. They never showed; after lunch, I used the White Rifle to talk my daughters and my father in. They all claimed a boomer at distance; my dad commented on how Zen the whole of long range shooting is. It very much is not the Hollywood experience.
This year, I set out four four inch targets. The White Rifle is about a 2 MOA gun; add in the wind and light bullets, and you’re in for a ride. I had Arden hold on the 12 o’clock position of the stake; wind made the shots dance around, furrowing the earth just left and right of the target. Eventually, she got one. Anna took about 1/3 as many shots; once Arden coached her to treat it like a Zombie, Anna hit it with the next shot. I’ll have to remember that.
One of the next-door neighbors from over the road sat down and took one in four shots. He’s an experienced rifleman and was able to spot for himself; this makes my life easier. The spotting scope I won at the raffle made the trace pop; it was fun to watch bullets fly without having to try to read the trace and adjust. When Arden was shooting, I could see the trace wobble on the way down; when Anna was shooting, the trace was perfect little arcs. Amazing how much harder that wobble makes hitting the target.
When the press was there, and I pointed out the targets reserved for them, they expressed little interest. C’est la vie. I’ll have to wire up a video camera to a spotting scope and get footage of trace some year; here’s some video (start at 43 seconds to see a nice one).
A gentleman claimed the first boomer at range with my social 50 BMG carbine. To put this in perspective – he called 5 shots for himself using ammo from 1945 manufactured for machine guns; the one time I bothered to shoot a group with it, I got about 5 MOA @ 100 yards. The rifle has an EOTech 65MOA ring, 4 MOA dot. Honestly, if I hadn’t seen him do it, I’d say bullshit, too.
His first shot was about 2′ right; you could see the dirt fly up. He called it as 2′; the next shots were 18″, 1′, 6″, and BOOM. 7″ target @~650 yards.
And the crowd went wild. Seriously. It was his birthday, and he was certainly the hero of the hour.
Without Petey the Popup, there would have been many more miles on the rental car; without breakfast, Sunday would not have happened. Thanks!