View Full Version : Range Report: Family Day in the Desert - Now with pics!

08-22-2012, 12:43 PM
All our 20-something-year-old kids came home at the same time before redeploying to their various states and universities. Yesterday I took them and my wife out to the desert for some shooting:

9mm High Point C9
.357 S&W 360PD
.22 Ruger 10/22
.223 Saiga (factory config)
.308 Savage w/ scope
12 ga. Mossberg 500

We made a day out of it. I started out by introducing each gun, demonstrating safe handling, checking action, loading, etc. Then each person got their turn to shoot a round (a full magazine, cylinder, tube, etc.). After that, two at a time were welcome to shoot their favorites. We had a few paper targets mounted on plywood leftovers, plus we had plenty of disposable water bottles saved over recent weeks and refilled with colored water.

High Point--people struggled at first not to limp-wrist this pistol, but it remained a popular shooter. By the end of the day several were practicing running to different positions while shooting with it.

.357 AirLite--I started everyone with a round of .38 Special, and that was enough for most. My fool son-in-law shot several full rounds of .357, and ended up abrading the web of his hand somehow. He never quit shooting it until we ran out of .38. One of the girls only took 2 shots before declaring her turn over.

Ruger 10/22--One of the most popular choices. People were nailing their targets out to about 120 yards with its iron sights. People liked how light and gentle it was.

Saiga--Probably the most popular overall. I started people with a round using iron sights, then attached a red dot. We ran out of .223 ammo first. A little heavy for a couple of the girls--they would have to rest once or twice during each 10-round "turn."

.308--Quite popular with the boys. They were nailing targets out to about 175 yards (nobody wanted to walk out farther than that to setup and retrieve targets). One son slapped himself with the scope--twice, and drew blood.

Mossberg--We shot birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. Was considered the hardest-kicker of the bunch; my delicate daughter only fired one round before passing it on. Was clearly the most devastating weapon vs. plastic water bottles and plywood.

The desert--very hot. It was a dry heat, so deceptive. I found myself huffing and puffing quite a bit doing easy tasks, and even felt light-headed at one point. We were glad we brought plenty of liquids--we easily drank over 100 oz. each. We were also glad to be well-prepared with sunscreen. We had to cover the guns to keep them from becoming too hot to handle.

The day was declared a smashing success. One of my daughters is now referred to as "One shot, one kill" for her remarkable and apparently natural knack for hitting anything with anything, my son-in-law took note of all the guns that were "too hard to load," "too hard to charge," "to heavy," etc. for another daughter and has adjusted his purchase plan accordingly, and my wife's dirty looks over spending so much on ammo turned into smiles and kisses.

I'll take this as another opportunity for all you Calgunners who (knowingly or unknowlingly) helped me build my collection and form my ideas on shooting.

Full Clip
08-22-2012, 1:03 PM
Sounds like a great day.
If the "desert" was in, say, the Barstow area, you're also at altitude, while packs an extra whammy with the heat.

08-22-2012, 1:07 PM
must be really HOT!!

08-22-2012, 1:37 PM
Sounds like fun!

08-22-2012, 2:03 PM
Nicely done!:D There's nothing better then spending the day shooting with the family.

08-22-2012, 2:04 PM
Nicely done!:D There's nothing better then spending the day shooting with the family.

08-22-2012, 3:00 PM
No family picture?

08-22-2012, 4:32 PM
Sounds like everyone had a good safe time. :D

08-22-2012, 5:45 PM
Good to see families shoot together.

08-22-2012, 7:52 PM
New family tradition....annual event :cool:

08-22-2012, 9:49 PM
Nice job Dad, sounds like it was a blast.

08-22-2012, 9:51 PM
New family tradition....annual event :cool:

Annual? Should be monthly at the least!

08-23-2012, 4:43 AM

08-24-2012, 11:23 AM
9mm High Point C9

.357 Magnum Smith & Wesson 340PD

Ruger 10/22. Note the tiny rifle target about 120 yards away, above the nearer pistol target in the foreground and to the right of the muzzle of the .22.

Saiga in .223. My daughter is using a cloth to hold the forearm as the sun had been beating down on the rifle and it was hot.

Saiga again.

Savage .308. The target is not the one on the large sheet of plywood, but the one you can barely see above and beyond that.

08-24-2012, 12:04 PM
You need some easy-ups and chairs!

08-24-2012, 4:19 PM
You need some easy-ups and chairs!


08-24-2012, 7:41 PM
Looks like a great day, despite the heat. Cherish the memories brother! You are fortunate to have such a day with the fam. Thanks for sharing with us! :cool2:

08-25-2012, 12:14 AM
Awesome! Good fun!

Mesa Tactical
08-25-2012, 12:53 PM
Ha! So we aren't the only ones who put food coloring in our targets!