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Shoot 'Em Up Baby

Finally got a chance to try out my new Marlin .22LR.  It's a lot of fun; it's very lightweight and has almost no recoil.  It also wasn't very loud and oddly, the echo seemed louder than the initial report.  One of the goats was nearby when I started firing and she kept looking in the distance rather than at me as the source of the sound.  If it weren't for the fact I have only one magazine and had to stop to reload every ten shots, I'd probably have fired off a whole lot more.  Of course, it's still better than my other firearms with 5, 2 or 1 shot capacity.

I didn't realize the spent casings would get thrown quite that far from the rifle (this is my first semi-auto), so most of them flew off the deck into the grass below.  Hope they don't cause any trouble for the mower.  Next time I'll stand further to the left and hopefully most of the casings will remain on the deck or fall underneath where we don't mow.

I need to set up some proper targets.  I was just shooting at the old wood pile in the middle of the lawn and I didn't have a specific point to aim at.

Next time I'm in town, I need to look for some extra magazines.

I'm still astounded at just down cheap the ammo is for this thing.  I fired off 20 rounds, and the box still has 535 more.  If I were shooting my Springfield, I'd have finished off a whole box already (20 rounds to a $25 box).

Overall I'm quite pleased with this rifle.  Perhaps I should also purchase an inexpensive handgun chambered in .22LR.



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Jul. 18th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I recently applied for my handgun permit, about a month or two ago, and I think I should be getting it sometime before the sun goes out. I'll likely start out with a .22 revolver since, as you've discovered, the ammo is cheap. And I do have one of those boxes of rounds already anyway, for my dad's rifle. I don't think they'd cause trouble for the mower, as they seem to just disappear into the grass somehow.

I recently got interested in revolvers. I don't know why. There's a few that I have my eye on, but the one in particular that I want to get eventually is the Chiappa Rhino.

Also, I totally want one of those revolver rifle things you mentioned in a previous post. I might have to,seeing that it'll still be several months before I get my permit.
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