Target Practice

Got down to the club yesterday for a little target practice. A friend of mine BR wanted to sight in his antique rifle. Its a 1938 Mosin-Nagant and is in fine shape for its age. I brought my M41 and Jungle Carbine in keeping to the same era as BR.

We set up in the rifle range at 50 yards. BD fired off a set of 5 while I pinged a target at the same range. We went cold and took a walk to see the results. BR was high and right. The high can be expected at his rifle is set up for 300 yards. He did the math on correcting the iron sights and out came the hammer and punch!

BR adjusting the front sight.

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Here’s my results at 50 yards with the M41.

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I wanted to see what my M41 could do at 100 yards so I moved my target. I also placed 4 clays on the back stop. Keep in mind this is a pistol with a 7″ barrel and I was shooting the cheapest ammo I have, bulk pack 36 grain.

Here’s what the target and clays look like from the firing line. Far left just next to the paper targets. Squint and you’ll see them!

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To my surprise I managed to hit all 4 , mind you it took more than one shot per, but I got them. At 100 yards (that 300 feet) I needed to aim a full clay diameter above the clay I was aiming at in order to hit it.

Here’s the results.

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Here’s my paper target at 100 yards.

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Clearly an M41 is not designed for 100 yards but it good to know that it’s still possible.

After yet another adjustment on the Nagant (the first time we went in the wrong direction) BR rifle was hitting on target consistently. For a gun of its age I would still not like to be on the wrong end of the muzzle.

What’s a trip to the range without a little plinking on the pistol range. My favorite are empty shot gun hulls. Better yet if you place an empty brass inside it a nice weight to keep them upright. I plinked a few magazines and here’s the best one.

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This was at about 15 feet. Clearly I nailed the hull dead center!

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