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Shooting With My Nephews and Bernie
Somewhere North of Duluth
Bernie is a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Germany staying with my parents for the year. Did he have fun shooting all the guns? You betcha! Everyone had fun, as a matter of fact.
September 2, 2009

Ian on the SIG-SAUER Mosquito .22LR handgun. Nice and strong shooting form going on here!
Bernie on the SIG-SAUER Mosquito .22LR handgun. This was his favorite handgun of the evening. It had nothing to do with the fact that the weapon is emblazoned with "Made in Germany" on the frame, heh heh...  
  Bernie on the Beretta 92FS. This photo makes him look rather short, but he's really not.
This is almost scary — Colin looks like a junior Blackwater Operator here. He's not even 16 years old yet. Pretty decent shooting form going on here, eh? These guys are true naturals.
Very similar shooting styles between the two brothers. Colin has a slightly higher grip and head erect on the sights. Ian has the same strong press-grip, with his head slightly down on the sights. Both good forms between the two.
Toneman being Range Officer/Safety Coordinator and Armorer all at the same time. Showing Bernie how to clear a jam. He was "limp-wristing" the weapon while firing, which was causing feed problems when the gun toggled in his grip. He got it right after seeing why it was happening.
Colin on the Taurus Tracker .41 Remington Magnum. I had it loaded with really hot hunting rounds. They don't make factory target rounds in this caliber as far as I know. The size and relative light weight of this gun with hot hunting loads is not much different than a medium weight .44 Magnum. Somewhat brutish on recoil. Note the excellent power hold? Nice.
  Bernie really knows his weapons, but had never actually fired one before. I explained the simplicity of the double-action revolver to him after transitioning from the semi-auto.
Toneman on the S&W M629 Classic .44 Magnum, photo taken just after a round fired. I was shooting Winchester full-house 240-grain loads, and I had no takers among the young men after they saw how much recoil it offered.
Colin on the Remington 870. I put a Blackhawk stock and a SureFire fore-end on it. Again, nice and strong shooting form going on here! He looks like an Operator, for crying out loud. Who taught him this shit, anyways?
Note the super-strong cheek weld? I told him how huge that was for proper firing position after last week's sporting clays event. What do you think, does he look like he knows what he is doing? I am not taking all that much credit. He figured this out on his own.
For the shotgun, I started everyone out on 7-1/2 birdshot to get the feel of the weapon. Then to Winchester Ranger 00-Buck (9-pellet), and then to full 1-oz. slugs, just to see what the progression was. Bernie looking fine behind the 870.
  Ian showing good combat posture for the weapon involved.
  Imagine this young gent showing up at The Marines Boot Camp at Parris Island for Basic Infantry Training and showing this skill.
Remember Clint Eastwood's movie, Heartbreak Ridge, with a bunch of incompetents on the rifle range? Colin would have made Gunny proud. Blasting the already-knocked-down strike of regulation AMF bowling pins. These were easy fodder with an AR-15 at this range.
Bernie properly set up behind the AR-15. This was almost the Money Shot for the home page. This was his second favorite weapon after the SIG Mosquito. I don't blame him. It is a fine rifle. Did Colin already do a Tour or two over in the Sandbox, or what? I'm going to get him on SR-200 targets, right quick.
Ian shot the AR-15 very well. They all thought it was "heavy," after shooting off the shoulder from standing for ten rounds or so, LOL. I had both the rear stock weight and front guard weights removed. I'll weight it up for them next time just to show them what a competition rifle weighs. Colin behind the CETME rifle, dressed out in retro late-1950's West German wood furniture. Plastic and composites are great, but not on a retro weapon such as this. This is real German wood from that era. Much more expensive, and authentic.
  Toneman firing Talon 7.62 NATO tracers. Can't see them here...
Colin took this photo of one of my red phosphorous tracers arcing into the far bank at 600 yards. Here's two tracers caught in mid-flight.
We shot well after sunset... Unadulterated photo of the actual light. This was already 30 minutes after sunset.
Colin shot these two photos of me. I amped the images up in Photoshop. It was 40 minutes after sunset here.  
It was almost flashlight time here. This is shot at 1600 ISO on my camera, and amplified in Photoshop again. It was not this light out. Near dark with the Sendero, shooting at a particular rock at 600 yards at the far end of the pit.
I convinced Bernie he had to at least try shooting the big rifle. He fired two rounds, and hit what he was shooting at!
This is all Photoshop hooliganism. It was so dark we had to use my flashlight to find Berni a souvenir 7.62 Soviet spent case for his collection just after this. It was one and a half hour after sunset when these last two photos were taken. My camera could not even read Colin with infrared, and I manually focused these last two. Fun to shoot in near dark, though.
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