Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alex's First Live Fire - Marlin 795



Song:  The Theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Composer:  Ennio Morricone




I took Alex to his first live fire with a firearm.
This was the first time he had fired the rifle I had bought him
(Marlin 795 .22 cal Long Rifle).

Nevada is the most mountainous state in the U.S....
and it is filled with mountains and valleys...
most of which are unpopulated.

We set up our impromptu firing range just 1/2 an hour away from home.

This area is on the way to Pyramid Lake...
and just a few minutes off the highway.

There are many 4 wheel drive roads leading into the wilderness.

I took one and headed a short ways into the hills.

I made sure we were clear of people and houses down range...
I checked the area for rattlesnakes and scorpions
(in future shoots...I will have Alex wear long pants...
and I am looking to get some rattlesnake chaps for the both of us)...
and I walked the target down range and set it up.









These are the 25 round magazines I had Alex load up for the day's shooting
(he only loaded up two...for a total of 50 shots).






You can see the target in the middle of the trail...
just to the left of the light brown tuft of grass...
and just up and to the right of the last group of taller bare branched plants.


(telephoto shot)

It took a few shots for him to finally start hitting the targets.

 After Alex's first hit on the target...
I had to walk out again to set the target deeper into the ground
as the first bullet knocked the whole target set up down.


I had first shown him the expedient kneeling position with the foot raised.
He often missed in this fashion.

It is also not so stable as what I had next shown him
(I wanted to demonstrate the value of having a stable and comfortable base to shoot from).

The foot also cramps after a short while.



This is a far more stable kneeling position...
and it may be kept for longer periods of time.

The top of the foot (or the side of the foot) is laid flat on the ground...
and the shooter then sits on it.


He started hitting the target after he took up this position.


I then had him shoot from a standing position.


I then had him finish up in the kneeling position.


Alex using the side of the foot in this shot.

I will be teaching him the prone shooting position when I get him a scope and bipod 
set up for his rifle (he will be using the 10 round magazine for the prone position).  

He will then be firing from a much longer distance.
This will be much harder to hit the targets...
as incorrect breathing...
any unnecessary body motion...
and even the heartbeat...
can affect the accuracy.

I will be teaching him to time his breathing to his heartbeat...
so he can time his shooting between his breaths and heartbeats.
I will also be using accuracy testing targets at a much longer distance.

I will first zero his scope using a laser bore sight device...
then I will have him shoot as I spot his shooting using binoculars.

I will be teaching him intuitive shooting.

The mind automatically calculates trajectories if the result of each shot 
 can be fed back immediately.

Instead of using calculations to set for windage and elevation...
and then have to set the scope for the appropriate number of clicks...
I will zero the rifle for 50 meters...
and then have him get used to gauging distances by eye...
the wind by feel...
and then have him use the mil dot method for correction...
without having to ever touch his scope
(other than for magnification).

After a while...
his mind will be able to see the projected flight of the bullet just by
looking at a target in the distance...and the feel of the wind on his face...
and he will intuitively know how set his point of aim in an instant
(so long as a shooter is consistent...
by seeing the impact point on a large enough target...
the next point of aim can be adjusted...
and it is this immediate feedback which leads to
intuitive shooting).

This is not for target shooting...
it is training for combat shooting.

In target shooting...
each target is a known distance.

In real life...
targets pop up for a few seconds...
at all distances...
and are frequently on the move.

He must be able to intuitively see the flight path...
and know the flight time of his projectiles in his mind
for him to be able to quickly and accurately acquire moving targets.

 (heavy metal targets)

 Alex's shooting results.

After making numerous hits on the larger plate...
I had him switch to the smaller ones.


I had him unload and check the rifle, and then place it on safe...
before I headed down range to retrieve the target.



Alex carried both to the car...
and we then headed to one of our favorite restaurants...
Naan and Kabab.

On the way there...
I told him I would be getting him other types of targets...
and a scope and bipod for longer range shooting.

I also told him I would later be getting him a BB handgun
so I could train him on handgun marksmanship before
I get him a real handgun and thigh holster
(I already have a shotgun for him).

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A person may say to himself:

Shiroi...
are you crazy?!

You are not only getting him more guns...
one of them is going to be a handgun!
(OHHH the horrors  :)

And to top that off...
you are playing a shoot em up cowboy song in this article!!!

Do you think of yourself as a quick draw cowboy?!
Are these the values you wish to teach your son?

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My counter:

I was raised watching...
Samurai...
Medieval Knight...
and Cowboy movies.

Yes...
these are precisely the values I wish to instill in Alex.

Justice and Honor...
Chivalry and Gentleness...
PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH.


You may ensure peace through strength...
or you will have to beg for it (and not get it)
from a merciless predator.

No place...
anywhere...
and at no time in history...
has peace ever been assured...
especially in a family home.

In nations which had disarmed their citizens...
the rate of assault with a deadly weapon skyrocketed
(besides the citizenry being at the mercy of a government run amok...
because they know their people cannot resist them).

The criminals simply used knives and clubs to rob and kill...
and they got more bold by staging more frequent home invasions
(Not to mention the criminals still had their guns.
What do they care about weapons laws if murder is on their minds?).

Even in Japan...
many criminals have guns.

Even today...
in many countries of Africa...
whole groups of people are enslaved or wiped out...
because the ruling warlord and the criminals have the guns...
not the gentle people.

In times of riots or mob rule...
all the unarmed are helpless and at the mercy of evil intent...
unless they have the means to defend themselves.

No?  
What nation has no police force? 
Of what need are they if there are no evil actions?
How many grievous bodily injuries and murders STILL happen?
How many times have police arrived before the event happened?
How many times have police been overwhelmed 
and unable to respond for days at a time
because of riots or natural disasters...
IN THE U.S. ALONE?


A man must ensure the safety and security of his family.

To protect, to provide for, and to guide his family...
that is a Father's prime mission in life.

How is it possible without a means to do so?


Always remember:

With firearms...
it is always YOUR option to use them, and to what degree.

Without firearms...
you have NO such options.
However, the ones with evil intent DO.



Why three guns?


The handgun for short range.

The shotgun for short to medium range.

The scoped long rifle for medium to long range...
....   :)


 The prime three...
all men should be skilled in their use.

Still not feeling it?

Just play this song one more time...
that should get some Testosterone flowing through your veins  :)



We soon arrived at Naan and Kabab.
I started with a hummus appetizer.


Alex had his normal Salmon Kabab.


I had the Gyro Plate.



We then finished off with dessert.
Alex had their chocolate cake...
and I had an ice cream and chocolate cake combo
(I gave Alex one of my two scoops of ice cream :)

We then went home...
did our nightly walk...
showered...
and settled in to watch another episode of our Korean Drama...
'Spring Waltz'.

We've reached the halfway point of this series...
and Alex is seeing what problems may arise
between people when there is no clear, open, and honest communication.

But then again...
it wouldn't be much of a drama without miscommunication...
now would it?  :)






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