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Old February 2nd, 2014, 10:09 AM   #46
 
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Last fall, I was shooting a friendly 100 yard match with some instructors and range safety officers at our gun club. I had my Colt match target AR-15 rifle. I put a round about an inch high at 1:00 o'clock on the center target. The spotter marked it. I shot again and he said I was off paper. I shot again and he said I was off paper. I told him I was moving to the lower left diamond on the target. The round was an inch high at 1:00 o'clock. He looked at me and said, "You put three rounds through the same hole!" I told him it would have been four if he was a better spotter.



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The luckiest shot happened when I was about 14. Two friends and I were out shooting targets of oppertunity, when a crow landed on a wire, about 500 yards across the field we were in. I said something, to the effect of, "hey y'all, watch this", and fired my single shot .22 at it. I held over about 6', and just as the other guys started to laugh, it fell, dead, off of the wire. My best shot with a handgun was at a fishing lure, that a friend had stuck, in a tree, about 50 yards across the stream we were fishing. I had just won the top gun award, at the Indiana Police Academy. Steve said, "Rob, you're supposed to be a crack shot, shoot that lure out of the tree for me". I took the shot, and the lure exploded. He said, "son of a b----, I didn't think you could hit it", I said "son of a b----, I didn't think I could hit it either"..........Robin
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I would love to boast of some fancy shooting, but it would all be blarney.

Coolest in the sense of hardest? Toss up between hitting a golf ball at 50 yds with a .22 pistol (Mosquito) and hitting a pupkin with a Marlin 30-30 at 350 yds with iron sights (it was with leverolution ammo, but still on the edge of that range). I won't say how many shots it took me, only that I didn't have to reload.


Funnest thing is handgun bowling. Get bowling pins, set up a certain number (I do 6 for .357 magnum), and compete to see who can get them all down with fewest shots in the quickest time. At 25-50 yards, depending on whom I am shooting with. I like to show off sometimes before we have a cold line and can set them back up, by taking one and shooting it over and over, just keeping it spinnng in the dirt until it gets pushed either to the berm or out of my effective range. Farthest I shot it without missing was 80 yds, from about 40 yds starting, just kept it spinning. Unforunately makes it hard to set up when you have torn up the base with .357 loads.
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Last fall, I was shooting a friendly 100 yard match with some instructors and range safety officers at our gun club. I had my Colt match target AR-15 rifle. I put a round about an inch high at 1:00 o'clock on the center target. The spotter marked it. I shot again and he said I was off paper. I shot again and he said I was off paper. I told him I was moving to the lower left diamond on the target. The round was an inch high at 1:00 o'clock. He looked at me and said, "You put three rounds through the same hole!" I told him it would have been four if he was a better spotter.
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The luckiest shot happened when I was about 14. Two friends and I were out shooting targets of oppertunity, when a crow landed on a wire, about 500 yards across the field we were in. I said something, to the effect of, "hey y'all, watch this", and fired my single shot .22 at it. I held over about 6', and just as the other guys started to laugh, it fell, dead, off of the wire.
Both of these stories are awesome guys. I would love to have seen that crow shot.
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The coolest shot I ever made was when I was in the Army. I had just been posted to the 1/9 Cavalry and, like most combat units, they didn't expect their surgeon to know anything about firearms. We were in the field and the plan of the day was qualifying with the M203 grenade launcher, so my aid station was set up at the range.

A couple of hours into the qualification, the first sergeant asked me if I wanted to "give it a try"; he seemed a little surprised when I jumped at the chance. Now, I had never fired the M203 before and it was a windy day, but the round is so big and moves so slowly that you can see how it is drifting. I got "bullseyes" on the closer targets, which surprised a lot of people, but my first shot at the 350 meter targets (three silhouettes representing "troops in the open") was a bit to the left. However, my next shot hit the middle silhouette dead center in the chest, which was the best shot anyone made that day on that target.

It was always fun when I reported to a new unit, since one of the first things I had to do was to qualify with my personal weapon (usually a M1911) since combat units made it a point of pride that ALL of their people at least scored "marksman". In my first unit (18th Airborne Corps), headquarters sent a lieutenant to help me qualify; he was very polite and had a lot of helpful hints, so I didn't have the heart to tell him that I had been shooting the 1911 competitively for over five years (at that time). Eventually, we made it to the range and he coached me through loading the pistol and getting a solid grip.

Finally, when it came time to shoot, I turned to him and asked if it would be OK for me to shift into a more comfortable position. He nodded and I shifted to a one-handed (and left-handed, since I'm left-handed) grip and squeezed off seven slow shots, all in the black. I put the pistol down and turned to the lieutenant, who was staring downrange with his mouth open. He turned to look at me and asked, "Have you done this before?" I confessed that I had been shooting the 1911 even since I was 18 and had owned one since I was 21. He got a good laugh out of it, fortunately, as did the unit commander, who had never had a surgeon in his unit score "expert" before.



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A bullfrog that fell prety to reflex

Returning home with a group of friends from an unsuccessful hunting trip in woods adjacent to my parent house, we were passing a large pond. We were all young men, perhaps 17 or 18 and we frequently competed for bragging rights. Take that to mean we had a rather casual attitude about gun use.

Since this was southern Louisiana, I always carried a Ruger Mk2 .22 in a holster with the snake defense excuse. As we passed the edge of a pond, a large bullfrog jumped from land to water. The pond was thick with water lilies so he jumped again. On the top of his 3rd jump, I had drawn my Ruger MK2 and dropped him cold. This all happened very fast. I got lots of pats on the back and won uncontested bragging rights for a while.

Although it was probably the coolest practical shooting I have ever done, I did it completely by reflex. I wasn't really thinking about it so it just happened completely automatic. I took the praise of my peers but that shot was better than I am.
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A year or two ago I had my maverick 88 at an outdoor range here where I live and was practicing shooting at the 120 yard target. I hunt with this shotgun and also use it as a home defense weapon. I have a folding stock and I tri-rail on it and it's all black so it looks like something you wouldn't hunt with, just a bead sight on the front. This guy next to me was getting mad because I was shooting slugs and I guess the noise was irking him or something I don't know. He asked me what I did with that thing and I said hunt, he laughed and said can you hit anything farther than 20 feet with it? ( he had some sort of bolt action with a huge scope on it) I said hell yes ill bullseye that 120 yard target shooting offhand just joking around and he got all serious and said prove it. So I proceeded to shoulder my shotgun aimed paused for a second and let one rip. Dead nuts right in the center at 120
Yards. That guys stared at me for a second packed his rifle up and left, I was able to hold back my amazement with what I had just done till he left the parking lot. Never be able to do that again if I tried.
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I would have to say my favorites are my first deer I shot. We hunt mule deer in the badlands of ND so the terrain varies between hills and steep ravines to open fields with tall grass. I had hit the deer and it ran over a hill into one of the open fields. I was walking with my dad and brother for a while and we couldn't find it, then as I almost stepped on the deer in the waist tall grass it jumped up and took off running straight away. It was so close at first that it was tough to get a full picture in my scope. It got out a little bit further and BAM dropped it. It was great because it was my first deer and I will always remember it.

The 2nd story is when my dad, brother, and I were pheasant hunting. It was later in the season and the snow was about hip level making walking difficult. My dad went back to the pickup with the dog because the dog could hardly walk through the snow. My brother and I devised a plan where he would walk around this dried slough and I would go to a wind break and the birds he kicked up would fly to me. I struggled walking the mile or so through the snow to get to the wind break. I was just about there and I heard him start shooting. Looking to my right I could see the birds flying my way but I wasn't quite in position. In front of me there was about a 10 foot gap in the trees that I could shoot through. I could see the birds coming and right as they got to the gap I shot bam, bam, bam. 3 down, reloaded and bam one more. I stopped because my brother was also shooting the entire time. Picked up my birds, talked to my brother, and found out that we were done. Took about 30 seconds of actual shooting and we had all of our birds. They weren't spectacular shots but it was very fun.
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Back in the mid-80's I was stationed at Ft. Bliss. I was heavily into NRA pistol silhouette shooting and just starting to get interested in the action matches they were holding. I used my 686 with the 8-3/8th inch barrel for hunter pistol. A friend gave me a holster that would work with the gun but I had to cut the bottom out of it. The last two or so inches of the barrel hung out of the holster but no one seemed to mind.

At the Anthony gun range just over the mountain from Ft. Bliss we would usually have an unofficial speed match after the regular matches were finished for the day. One of the regulars would set up six pepper poppers and it would cost a buck to enter. Fastest time took all. A buck didn't set me back too much so I entered. Francis was the fastest gunner at the time and he had a really nice and expensive .38 Super race gun. He held the lead until the last gunner (me) took the line. Now he had seen me shoot that 686 before and he wasn't worried. The others had also resigned themselves to the fact that he had won. You already know where this is going. LOL. Yep, the Pact timer chirped, I drew and had the cadence and sight picture of a lifetime! Six for six and I edged him out if the win. He was furious and challenged me to a shoot-off. I was ready to accept but my buddy grabbed my arm and dragged me away.

Another fine shot occurred about the same time, but at the Ft. Bliss Rod and Gun range. My shooting buddy (same one from the previous story) and I were practicing the speed stage in preparation for the first S&W Masters Competition. We had one of the ranges to ourselves and I was trying to decide if I really wanted to shoot the 686 in the competition. I finally settled on using the Coonan. I had just loaded the cylinder when I spotted a Prairie dog on the 25 yard berm. I mentioned it to my buddy but he couldn't see it. I kept trying to point it out to him and finally just lifted the revolver and fired in one smooth motion. He said he still couldn't see it and I told him that was because I hit it. He didn't believe me so we walked out and found the Prairie dog dead as a door nail behind the berm. I had hit it squarely in the chest. It was comical to see my buddy look from the dog to me and back again several times. He even went so far as to closely check it to make sure it was fresh and that I hadn't planted it earlier.

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For me, it was a 425 yd kill shot on a walking buck.

All my buddies had already shot-off all their ammo at him. He was so far away nobody could tell if he had a rack. I spotted him with my 10x50mm Redfield binos, and started counting the points out loud, which made the other guys spring into action while I continued to spot.

The buck was just walking along as if to ignore their misses, which all looked like little spurts of dirt popping up around him. It sounded like a war zone.

I was not even going to take a shot because he was so far away and I did not have time to change my scope setting or range him.

But they strongly urged me to do so after they were out of ammo.

So I opened up the bipod on the stock, got down in the prone position on the ground, aimed high on his neck with my scope sighted for 250 yards, and hit him in the spinal column in the lower back.

One shot.

One kill.

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I would have to say my favorites are my first deer I shot. We hunt mule deer in the badlands of ND so the terrain varies between hills and steep ravines to open fields with tall grass. I had hit the deer and it ran over a hill into one of the open fields. I was walking with my dad and brother for a while and we couldn't find it, then as I almost stepped on the deer in the waist tall grass it jumped up and took off running straight away. It was so close at first that it was tough to get a full picture in my scope. It got out a little bit further and BAM dropped it. It was great because it was my first deer and I will always remember it...
I had a shot like that once on a buck that I had flushed out early in the morning, but he got away by turning the corner in the woods before I could find him in the scope.

Great story.
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Returning home with a group of friends from an unsuccessful hunting trip in woods adjacent to my parent house, we were passing a large pond. We were all young men, perhaps 17 or 18 and we frequently competed for bragging rights. Take that to mean we had a rather casual attitude about gun use.

Since this was southern Louisiana, I always carried a Ruger Mk2 .22 in a holster with the snake defense excuse. As we passed the edge of a pond, a large bullfrog jumped from land to water. The pond was thick with water lilies so he jumped again. On the top of his 3rd jump, I had drawn my Ruger MK2 and dropped him cold. This all happened very fast. I got lots of pats on the back and won uncontested bragging rights for a while.

Although it was probably the coolest practical shooting I have ever done, I did it completely by reflex. I wasn't really thinking about it so it just happened completely automatic. I took the praise of my peers but that shot was better than I am.
I experienced something like that on a backpack trip while wearing my Colt Woodsman 22LR pistol. A grouse flushed out in front of me, and although startled I drew the 22 and with a two handed grip shot him on the wing.

That became my dinner that night.

A freshly killed grouse like that tastes like a lemon pepper seasoned bird.

Nothing tastes better, unless it is a freshly fished trout.
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As Tuco (Eli Wallach) said in The Good The Bad And The Ugly:

"There are two kinds of people, my friend ... ."

-- those who hunt, and those who do not hunt.


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Not very cool but very satisfying was a deer I put down last year. I found this doe laying in my back yard. It had another deer with it grazing nearby. I watched it lay there for a while and then figured something was wrong. I got out my bino's and discovered the animal was seriously wounded. It's right foreleg was torn almost completely off at the shoulder. It was just hanging by a flap of skin and meat. I'm guessing it got hit by a car but the nearest road from where the deer was laying is about a thousand feet away. To get to where it was it had to cross a couple of fences, some thick brush and all of it uphill. Poor critter. I fetched my .44mag carbine and one head shot from about 50 yards ended her misery. It was out of season so I then called the game warden and explained what I did. He told me not to worry and that he would record the deer as if he had shot it himself. Like I said, not very cool but I'm very glad I was able to put her out of her misery.
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A friend of mine had a pigeon control contract with several local businesses. Every week he would retrieve the traps from the rooftops with as many as 70 birds in each, so we took them out to a private range to dispose of them. I was on the line and yelled pull. He through the bird and it flew like a banshee out about 20 yards, made a U-turn and came straight at me. It seemed pretty intent on flying down the barrel of my 870. I pulled the trigger at about 5 yards and the entire body of the pigeon ceased to exist. The two wings fluttered down a few feet in front of me.
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