“How did you enjoy this Labor Day” – Range time.
I even got to show some very polite young men, ( who were blasting away with the latest in AR-762’s and extended mag 9.mm’s ), what a good 6’ .357 could do.
They seemed quite happy to be blasting away without hitting much of anything, and I had to chuckle at the guy taking videos of his buddy with both of their cell phones at the same time, as if what was really important was getting a selfie of some rapid fire shooting, ( targets apparently going quite unmolested in the process ). So I dropped off some 3" round wood hole saw cutouts at 50 and 75 yards and set out a box of 50 rounds for my self to pull from , hopeful I would not need too many of them to make my point . But I’d forgotten how accurate a good 6" revolver really was. 3 rounds later both targets were splinters and I had a renewed appreciation for that .357.
So, I got lucky in making my point, but was a little concerned that I’d felt I needed to make the point in the first place. The impression I got Labor Day, was that marksmanship is not even a thought today on the minds of many young shooters, that the Hollywood spray and pray version of engagement is just sort of accepted as how it works. After some other relatively easy targets with a rifle, I heard one of them comment that " That’s literally like one for one! " , as if it were not to be expected that you could regularly hit what you shot at.
So I enjoyed Labor Day by getting a chance to be the old guy, who got to show some young guys, what “old style” shooting was all about. ( or so I like to imagine )