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Chasing the iron sights.

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Getting a bit bored with the scoped rifles so I am goofing with one of my TRW builds and having a ball chasing the front sight. Letting the rifle cool now before going back out. USGI standard contour barrrel warms up pretty darn quick. As you can see by the targets I over corrected on the windage. Instead of 2 clicks I should have only done one. Whatta Hobby! lam 1.jpg lam 2.jpg lam 3.jpg lam 4.jpg
 

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My 74 year old eyes work sometimes maybe. The .420 rear aperture from ShootingSight has been a big help for this non-seeing old fart to image both the target and the front sight. Today was overcast with occasional rain so it didn't help the situation. Give me a bright sunny day and a happy camper I will be.
 

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The .420 sight is what I have on mine and I can still pick up the front blade without any distortion. How fast are you pushing your handloads and how much does the wind move them around compared to the 168 HPBT match ammo?
 

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Haven't chronographed loads recently but I am guessing between 2650 and 2750. Not concerned with wind as I only shoot to 200 on my range which is well protected by a 200' ledge 300' to the West of my shooting position.
 

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Getting better. PFC Thomas reminded me to keep both eyes open. Then I remembered I did better without my glasses. Shot this 100-7x with iron sights today.

A little more practice and I just might be able to make it 10x. As you can see, my horizontal ain't bad but vertical needs improvement. Hard for these 74 year old eyes to tell exactly where 6 oclock is on the target. I did put up a larger white backer today which helped. Whatta Hobby!


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And why most of my rifles have grown glass as years have passed. Right before Clinton "assault rifle ban" found a seller who had a warehouse full of Springfield M1a's in various configurations. Talked wife into riding to downtown ATL to see if I could work a deal that I liked and she approved. Didn't have time to mull things over and wait to discuss with her so took the joint checkbook and the female who signs the checks. Ended up walking out with four Mia "Basics" and two "Standards" purchased at stunning price considering the panic. Guy even sold us four dozen 20 round mags at pre-panic prices like the rifles were priced. Believe he thought anyone with a wife who allows six Springfield's, big box of mags and several cases of NATO surplus ammo on one check is a client wanted coming back.

Not knowing the future market five got parked in rear of the "we only grease them once a year" vault, boxes put in good dry storage and pulled one of the Basics to play with. Later that day was at friends house who had a rudimentary 100 yard range with a folding table for a bench. sat in a metal folding chair using a rolled up coat for a rest and had a case of European NATO surplus ammo. Friend was stunned to watch that iron sighted Basic shoot sub 1 MOA five shot groups repeatedly with surplus ammo and iron sights. He pulled an HK91 with 4-12x scope, box of match ammo and the Springfield embarrassed his rig till we ran out of light.

Still own that rifle but its been worked on a bit and has sprouted a Horus 4-16x Raptor as with irons its not much more than minute of man in my hands now. Have a lot of comblock rifles and poodle shooters with tritium irons but if it matters my eyes need glass to keep up with potential of most rifles. Just under twenty years and my eyes have gone to crap and they were already fading then. At the time I could shoot smaller groups and higher scores with my iron sight AR 15 for NRA competition. Same rifle now has 1-4x scope and can't shoot as well with 4x glass as used to shoot with irons. If want to find how well a rifle really shoots 12x is almost mandatory for me these days. Can still shoot my Anshutz 22 LR with peeps but its a different animal.

Good shooting Art, am feeling well enough to check out forum some but still a couple months before doctors release me to return to even light duty work. Some of the cancer meds still taking create what I call "brain fog" and am challenged enough without the "fog". Most days I don't feel safe to even drive to the corner pharmacy but life is getting better. Back to working on websites some.
 

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Hang tough Huey, after 2 years, I still deal with the side effects of chemotherapy drugs. Cancer in any form SUCKS!!
Been dealing with after effects of cancer a long time. 2007 "luckily" some hag was checking her Facebook page while drivin Ford Excursion breaking C2 and C3 vertebrae in my neck along with damaging some others around those up into the brain stem when she rear ended me. Always had good doctors or found good docs by the time was getting second and third opinions. One was going over images of neck and saw something in corner of one that he thought odd and sent me for more images to discover very beginning of Stage 1 pituitary cancer. Pituitary gland sits between the optic nerves that send signals from eyes to brain plus regulates your endocrine system so if not caught very early is a big deal.

They managed to get it beat down with chemo, radiation and other treatments calling me "cancer free" in 2009. Since then pituitary gland is whacked so thyroid, adrenal glands and others don't work right. Will be hyperthyroid taking meds to slow it down then "flips to hypothyroid and have to take Synthroid to raise levels. Used to have blood work every two weeks, then every four but now its every eight as I can tell if changes myself quickly. Take Corteff to supplement body not making adrenaline, weekly testosterone injections and just that encounter with cancer has affected me for life along with radiation pounding me right at optic nerves affecting vision a bit.

The "30 to 40 minute" session to remove tumors around spine early 2022 turned into 90 minutes to get first and two more trips to hospital to get the others. All were benign, all are gone so count that as two time cancer survivor but was already being treated for prostate cancer. We were supposed to have that wrapped up, already be far enough into PT could be working part time/light duty but catching covid twice in the hospital has slowed everything down.

This is the first week since Julyish felt good enough to sit in my recliner with small laptop. Last week was first time shot a squirrel in months but wife surprised me with a tripod, gimbal head and vice to support weight of a rifle (using my lightweight custom 10/22s) which idea came from photos of Arts rig for shooting heavy rifles standing. She had employee from LGS come assemble the rig and install an awning to keep rifle/me in the dry if raining if walk out on the deck when see a squirrel. Got excited, spent three days killing them wholesale and ended up at Shepard Spinal Center Monday getting steroid injections as over exerted myself and strained all the whacked up muscles around spine.

At least I killed enough to realize my shooting skills have not completely tanked. Using Eley 38 grain subsonic hollow points in my two Kidd stainless lined aluminum and one with carbon wrap barrel. Just locking rifle in vice once in the morning and leaving till evening discovered if twist too much as pan and tilt to track the tree rats it is a bit much stress so have to not chase them if moving too fast. Can still dope my three favorite 10/22s making clean shots from 25 to 125 yards while reading wind. Only missed one completely out of about two dozen but not set up a rifle since Mondays injections. Its all good though as have had time to catch up on a lot of reading of books added to collection past couple of years plus spend quality time with the wife. Just hemorrhaging money since I don't get paid if I don't work.
 
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