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cmonk518
08-18-2009, 12:01 PM
Wow I've read so many funny stories and forum posts about Ruger Mini-14's sending ejected brass into other area codes! I didn't think it was true until I shot my new Mini-14 for the first time yesterday at Angeles Range. It straight sent one flying so hard towards the roof that it smashed the floodlight on the right hand side of the range, near the shotgun berm. So if you see that broken lamp fixture, thats me!! =)

Since it's at a range, the lamp fixture has a metal housing around it and it even was strong enough to still shatter the bulb inside. I can't imagine getting nailed in the face with ejected brass from a Mini-14. I'm definitely not standing next to one EVER....

I'll probably get the gas bushing set installed ASAP. Pretty annoying all my rounds were flying past the shotgun berm. Thats really far away.

AC

Scratch705
08-18-2009, 12:28 PM
did you at least tell the range officials so they can replace the bulb?

Timberwolf
08-18-2009, 12:45 PM
Its not uncommon to have brass stuck in the overhead rafters and the side wooden particians at the range where I moonlight on account of Minis.

hnoppenberger
08-18-2009, 1:26 PM
i got hit in the cheek with a .308 case from an m1a. it hurts.

cmonk518
08-18-2009, 2:42 PM
did you at least tell the range officials so they can replace the bulb?

I don't even think the range guy cared when he heard the glass break. He came over during target change, looked at all the broken glass on the floor, looked up at the roof, chuckled, swept the bits of glass to the side, and said oh well....

AC

Scratch705
08-18-2009, 3:07 PM
hmm... o well then. if they didn't care, then i guess its not a big issue.

bohoki
08-18-2009, 4:00 PM
was it a thick outdoor flood bulb or one of the thin cheap indoor ones?

do you remember it having little facets like the typical outdoor types

Timberwolf
08-18-2009, 4:05 PM
At least you admitted it - the last time I was there (a few years ago) the swinging steel at 300 (I think it was 300) was shot down (must have been that week chain) and no one ever did admit to it :shrug:

Gnzrme
08-18-2009, 7:38 PM
Same when that Buff starts moving down the hill...

angelocris
08-18-2009, 10:34 PM
Did this happen even with one of their brass deflectors (those nets that have a pvc frame you can install right next to your bench). I know my mini ejects brass far, but I've never seen it deflect that high up. If you think that's bad you should try shooting an FN 5.7, it ejects brass even further. I was shooting mine approx 15ft away from my wifes van and it was deflecting it over.

cal3gunner
08-20-2009, 10:05 PM
I'll probably get the gas bushing set installed ASAP. Pretty annoying all my rounds were flying past the shotgun berm. Thats really far away.

AC

I've got an adjustable gas block for a Mini 14 I'm thinking about selling. It tamed the Mini and brass flying to other zip codes is no longer a problem.

WeekendWarrior
08-21-2009, 11:03 AM
My AK kicks brass 4 or 5 lanes down, and at such a steep trajectory it goes right over brass nets. I typically have to jerry-rig a used target and lean it over my bench at a 45* angle and shoot under it to stop the brass from smacking people in the head!

domokun
08-22-2009, 2:32 AM
I just use one of these and it manages to keep the ejecting brass from hurting folks or breaking things. :D

http://www.ctkprecision.com/ProductImages/ubc1_01_350.jpg

Scratch705
08-22-2009, 2:40 AM
http://www.tacticalinc.com/brass-catchers-c-127.html?infoBox=1&osCsid=8ac4c617e8aeddc2f2b70bdee3286b47

or one of these.

Vindo310
08-22-2009, 4:17 AM
Oh that's great. The first time I went there I didn't know they had those removable partitions. I got a few rounds off before I noticed that my Mini-14 was sending shells around some guys shooting like 4 seats down. I looked around and found the partitions and I have been good since.