After dropping off the wife and kid in Brooklyn (thanks again, Opas!), I arrived a little early to Long Island's Brookhaven Shooting Range.
With quite a lot of snow on the ground (about 5"), I plopped my equipment and started laser ranging the sight-in targets, I was using my 0.20" cal D54 that I had taken out of mothballs a month before and just slapped an AEON scope in ZR mounts to be able to shoot it, this time I would be shooting the pellet that the barrel was designed for: the JSB 13.7's. No DOPE, no proper re-tuning. All part of an extended experiment that started at EFTCC's last shoot of 2016 where I shot an N-Tecc'ed D34 and continued at FTRPA's closing of the season shoot for 2016 where I shot the rifle using H&N's FTT at the maximum allowable speed. But, that is material for a future entry. Suffice to say that so far the experiment has been enjoyable. Above all because the conversations that it has started, LOL!
USUALLY, I have a little more data from other ranges to detect what info is good and what is crap, but on this occasion, for my life, I wasn't able to elucidate what was happening.
Once the sighting in was done,we had to adjourn to the lanes.
Snow was everywhere! LOL. And where there was no snow, it quickly became mud.
The first time that I plopped down on my bumbag (which I was originally happy to have taken the waterproof bottom'ed one) and slipped back about 4", I said to myself: "self, this is going to be a workout".
Perhaps I should contact Daniel in Spain and see if they can make a bumbag with spikes! ROFL!
Though maybe I should contact WFTF first and ask because at the rate things are going, anything that is not "PC" according to the leadership's ideas becomes illegal swiftly and mercilessly. But that is another subject.
Here Leo observes Glenn getting into his Open Harness, not without some sympathy:
Whatever you do, do NOT drop your pellets! LOL!
By the end of the day, the bunch of first timers (almost all of us were trying something new), ended the shoot a little more enlightened about what our rigs were doing than when we arrived. It was truly an interesting and illustrative shooting session!
For the record, and I guess out of habit, Tom distributed awards and the customary pictures were taken: