My AAR of the Worland shoot
I also attended this match due to the prompting of Jack. First time ever shooting a match at these ranges.
Shot the 300-50 with my M1A and scored a 201/300. I was very surprised as I don't have much time on my M1A but I did have a lot of help from Jack and a couple of other participants which was much, much appreciated.
Shot the frozen Chosin portion of the match with my Robinson Arms Vepr 7.62x39 shooting 7.62x39 Wolf 122gr FMJ black box. It is an AK built on an RPK receiver and in practice it is more accurate than my SAR or most "standard" AKs I've shot. I did not do so well on this event as my sighting in at home was off. Doh! Only 8 hits out of 70 rounds fired. Needless to say I lost but I did rectify things on Sunday.
Jack and prariefire helped me to get my VEPR properly sighted in for the out to 600 yd shoot. I figured past 300 yds we would just be slinging lead at the general direction of the steel. Man was I surprised! At 400 yds I went through a 30 rd mag, missed only a couple of my first shots and then proceeded to hit with the rest of my mag. I heard someone behind me say after the 20th round or so that "this is boring.":D
Shot about 80% at 500yds. Jack covered the rest in more detail than I can recount. I do know that most of the others still there were quite impressed (and surprised) with what an AK can do at range, especially with Jacks AK. And copy the fact that the targets were not moving or making themselves smaller, but just the fact it can be done is heart-warming.
I had a great time at this shoot and am glad I went. I know it is a long way for most people, but I would highly recommend attending one of these events. The range was good and it was a good mix of shooters and just all around good people. Heck, I drove 6 hours just to do this and will do it again. These matches are also a good way to test out your gear and see what works and what doesn't. Plus it was cold and wet so good practice for being miserable and still shooting.
-Gilmoreaz, other shooters shooting .308 would still get a nice “clang” when hitting steel at 600 yards. The tink was definitely from the 7.62 x 39 from 400-600 yds. And I was wearing Peltors and could hear the “tink” just fine.
I want to say thanks to Jack A Sol for advertising the match and to prariefire for showing me another way to get my AK topcover on, as well as other help this relative long range newbie needed.
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