…nonexistent. I don’t think anyone realized I stopped posting.
I apologize for having been gone so long. Things have been really busy for me, and I thought it better to avoid a meltdown and drop a few activities rather than to go full burnout. Usually when I take a break it’s just because I run out of things to write about temporarily due to some lull in my shooting. This time I had plenty of things to write about, I just had no opportunity to sit down and organize my thoughts. The fact that the doctors wouldn’t let me out of the straight jacket and restraint chair didn’t help much either. The sling sewing is still a ways out before I can resume, I’m sorry to say.
I haven’t let up much on my shooting, although I haven’t kept up with my hopes for making full use of the new property. I’ll give a quick rundown of the high points of what I’ve been up to and will elaborate in the near future.
As of this moment I have shot approximately 1236 rounds through my Noveske uppered AR since mid-January. Most of that has been in preparation for my scope tests that I’ll be going into more detail with later. I’ve completed testing of the U.S. Optics SR-8 and have the Swarovski Z6i 1-6×24 mostly done (although my rifle has hit a snag for the time being). I will also explain at that time why I don’t recommend the Rock River 2-Stage match trigger.
I experienced a measurable decline in performance in a particular facet of shooting with a particular rifle, which I’m pretty sure was a result of a dry-fire routine (yes, a particular one). It was an interesting experience. What was more interesting is what happened with my performance about two months later after little or no practice in that same drill.
Saturday I shot the 3rd annual Sportsman’s Challenge shoot put on by Caleb Hallett near Spokane, WA. The shoots just keep getting better and the prize table more impressive each time. On this occasion the shoot turned out to be a wind reading clinic for anyone who cared to pay attention, which is to say that ostensibly it was a rifle match, but the big opportunity was to learn about wind and share information with other shooters.
One week ago I got my FN back from the gunsmith. New barrel, bedding, trigger work, etc. She shoots. I’ll elaborate later.
The first five shots after getting the rifle back. 0.487” at 104 yards.
Lastly, and more importantly, the due date for my goal statement was the 1st of May. It was overly ambitious by quite a lot. I’m sure I fell short of ‘arriving’ at the goal, but within the not too distant future I’ll give it a test and see where I’m at so I can set the goal for the next phase.