What do you do when you can't make it to the range?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by monadh, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    You get creative when the family goes out of town to a wedding, making sure to keep in mind the neighborhood has covenants against what you are planning to do.

    The set up, which included a Ruger 22/45 with a red dot on top:


    If you can't tell, I have the back window open and I am shooting from a rest on the kitchen table. Since I don't have a silencer, I figure being INSIDE the house will muffle things. What I didn't think of was the *TING* of the bullet striking the plates.

    The spinning target is 20 yards away, and the milk jug is 25 yards away as determined by the always trustworthy Nikon rangefinder.

    The spinning target during the shooting:


    Once I got it zeroed, I took on the milk jug and hit the red cap with the one and only shot I took. I'm calling that good.

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  2. nikerret

    nikerret Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2019
    In my younger, dumber days...when I was dumber...

    I once set up a box full of moving blankets and shot a stack of phone books leaned against the box, down the hallway. I REALLY wanted to test a gun and couldn’t come up with anything better with the frigid blizzard outside. To mask the sound, I played Saving Private Ryan beach attack at reference volume. I have an acceptable surround system. Couldn’t hear the real shot over the movie effects.

    Never do this.
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  3. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    A coworker of mine is doing something similar at his home in the suburbs. Instead of 22LR and steel targets, however, he's shooting an Ansuchtz air rifle at pesky squirrels. The air rifle has what they call a "lead dust collector" on it. It just so happens that this lead dust collector also serves to suppress sound.
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  4. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Ruger should offer a version of their .22 pistol with my name on it given the number of vile muskrats I killed with one.

    Now I stack ground squirrels up with an RWS Diana air rifle. After I wack 30 or so, the squirrels catch on that my yard is a Zona de la Muerte.... and they stay away.
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  5. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    This is one post I cannot believe was actually posted here. So many things wrong doing this. Steel plates with no back stop not to mention being in a "neighborhood". Am sorry, but this is not responsible gun ownership imho and gives all responsible owners a blackeye.
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  6. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    The problem with air rifles is the higher velocity ones actually crack --- the heavier pellet larger caliber air rifles do not crack. :)
  7. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    Dave, I did not know I would need to give the safety specifications here. The nearest house to mine is 125 yards away to the side. My yard backs up to thick woods and fields that go for about a mile behind the house. Safety was considered and the only ones threatened were the moles in my back yard.
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  8. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    Understand your position I just do not agree with it. Do feel better about the 125 yards :). I never shoot at steel without a backstop but that is just me. Mine are dirt berms or the sides of hills.
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  9. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Dryfire and shoot in the back of the shop.

    Can shoot just 12 yds., but good enough for rough dial in/load development.
    Sketchy neighborhood, residents are used to gunfire. :eek1:
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  10. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014

    I’ve been crying a lot:cry:
  11. studenygreg

    studenygreg Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2016

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  12. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    I like your creativity. I opened the back doors on my woodworking shop today and shot a few 9mm & .22 rounds at my 30 yard backyard targets. I don't call it a range session just a little stress reliever break.
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  13. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    I have to be creative these days if I want to shoot.
  14. bvbarry50

    bvbarry50 Sarg.

    Oct 11, 2018
    I shoot Paintball with my son.
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  15. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Luckily I live in the country and usually just go down in the back field to shoot, so I don't have a problem with a place to shoot. I do, however, have trouble finding the time.
    I only go to the range for shooting matches.
  16. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
  17. Novak77

    Novak77 Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2019
    A buddy and I did almost the exact same thing, except it was raining and we were listening to loud punk music.

    Also don't do this lol.
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  18. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
    What retired guys do, whatever I want!

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