Spent the weekend at my Cousin's ranch near Palestine, Texas. She's got about 700 acres, cattle, horses...the whole deal. About 25 folks showed up for the shindig and lamb roast. Ages from 2 to about 85.
Lots of us brought some "Easter Firepower" for entertainment. Mine was a Garand and my .45...... I was put to shame by a cousin, however. He's into it and provided, 1911 Kimber, Glocks, a full size Uzi, M4, AK47 and a McMillan TAC50.
We went WAYYY away beyond the woods to a huge field about 400x700 yards in size and set up some targets...along with a section of creosote telephone pole about two feet tall.
Backed off about 500 yards and set up stations in the shade.
Gotta admit I've never shot a .50 Cal Sniper rifle before. John set up prone and sent a round downrange. "Concussion" took on a whole 'nother meaning that day! You could hear the "thwack!" of the impact on that pole, and the round tore completely thru it.
"Who's next?" was the call... I'm game, I figgured, so dropped to position. The scope ($2500) was dialed in. It's a bolt rifle, like any other, so no problem there. With some advice about eye relief, got my breathing down and touched off the .50..... WHOOMP! The scope showed impact about two inches left of center target....five football fields away. Three more rounds with similar results! The thing pushes about like a 10 guage shotgun, but the concussion flattens the grass for about 30 feet.
Incredible gun, but at about five bucks a round, I figgured I oughta let some others have some fun....
We had about 8 or 9 "takers," and two of the women stepped up to the plate that day. The one thing that was consistant was that everyone had a grin from ear to ear when they stood up! Everyone there was "on target" that day, which speaks highly of the McMillan! John commented that this was the FIRST time a "gurl" had ever shot it. lol....
Never even had a chance to unbox the Garand that day....too damn much fun.
(I gotta get me one of those!) Now THAT was a Holiday!
Wish I did some pics of the "shoot" but was kinda busy. I'll try to post some of the ranch when I get the chance...