St Lawrence river valley, NY
Took the youngest boy to the sand pit to try and instill the concept of group shooting. He's got a decent 10-22 with a fair trigger that I think wants to shoot. I got him a Simmons 4x scope and to my eye, after trying various glasses, it's blurry and not much of a scope. I couldn't find anything better at the time. I tried shooting for groups but I REALLY have to get some glasses that will allow me to see what I'm doing. Readers seem to help more than my so called "distance" lens in the bifocals. Personally, I think my eye doc is a coke hound or something and I may try a different outfit. Anyway, Gord was shooting at 50ish feet and we took things from 4"+ groups down to a 1-1.5" core group, 10 rounds, with 4-6 fliers every time. I tried to talk him through just holding for a group and trigger squeeze, sight alignment, etc. Kinda hard for a kid like him to grasp it all the first time. His core groups got smaller as he shot, so practice helps, I just don't know what the gun is capable of. I may get out the 52 Winchester with the 6x Lyman Jr Targetspot and let him try that to get his confidence level up, but I need a much better bench to shoot from than a tractor hood! Sadly, the culvert that allows me access to the other side of my "range" washed out and we can't get out more than 40 yards or so. But we had a good time and I certainly found out I'm blinder than I thought. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?!