- Got the motorcycle inspected
- Bought ammo (Yay! Six box limit has been lifted at the local Wallyworld!)
- Packed up guns, ammo, & targets
- Went shooting with Borepatch
- Took my son into Boston for the Red Sox game
- Drank beer at Fenway Park while watching the Sox get a drubbing (Battin' 500 there...)
But this was the day's crowning achievement:
How's Jay's Shooting Now?
That's an 8" Peel 'n' Stick target at 25 feet, shot with a Smith & Wesson Model 17 .22LR revolver, rapid fire single action. Take out the "flyer" and the group is less than ¾" across; even with the "errant" shot in the 9 ring it's still an inch and a half (the .357 Magnum cartridge is 1.6" IIRC). Shooting was offhand, fired as quickly as I could cock the hammer and pull the trigger.
What does this tell me? It tells me that it's not the gun, nor my innate shooting ability that's the issue with centerfire shooting. I'm obviously anticipating recoil and flinching, combined with "stabbing" at the trigger rather than a smooth pull. When I'm shooting .22LR, there's a dramatic improvement in accuracy; additionally when I'm firing a centerfire revolver vs. semi-auto my accuracy is better.
It also tells me that I need to get to the range more often - interestingly enough, the more I shoot, the less I flinch and the better I shoot overall. Go figure.
That is all.