Tuesday, August 19, 2008

But I'm angry NOW!

I recently decided to start getting into shooting competitions, and had been contemplating the expenses of such an undertaking. Mostly ammo. Lots of ammo. Expensive ammo. It seemed training was best accomplished with a .22 conversion on your gun of choice, and after looking at some of the best 22 conversion kits on the market I realized I didn't even have one of the best guns on the market and should probably reign it back a little. So I decided on a similarly dimensioned firearm that happened to already be on my list; a Browning Buckmark.

The local gun shop was having a sale on Buckmarks, and I was happy to oblige. Sadly, the recent purchase of my S&W 442 and California's one handgun per 30 days law meant I'd have to wait until the 20th to start DROS.

So here's my question; if the point of the 10 day waiting period is for "cooling off" (federal background check takes seconds) why couldn't the 10 day waiting period start 20 days after the previous handgun purchase? Well, that question assumes some form of logic applies to the gun laws.

Buckmark standard URX

Will be my first .22 pistol. I'm looking forward to shooting without my brain automatically calculating the cost of each shot downrange.


blogagog said...

The waiting period makes sense, because you might want to kill someone with a specific caliber, and the waiting gives you time to cool off. Hey, it's possible. Only crazy people want to shoot other people, and crazy people could possibly have crazy caliber-related homicidal tendencies, no?

I'm with you on .22 pistols though. The cool thing about .22s is that you can test your ability to re-acquire the target without worrying about the $5 you just blew with a stupid rapidfire *bang* *bang* *bang* *bang*, when the first one will score, but the last three probably won't even end up on the target.

Mojo said...

Is a .22 really good for testing your ability to reacquire a target, though? It's got practically no recoil. I've been shying away from the range lately due to ammo costs.

Am I missing something about .22s?

Anonymous said...

.22's are great for shooting fundamentals, "getting back to basics" if you will.

Some of the habits that shooters develop after long range sessions with heavier/sharper recoiling calibers will be absent when shooting .22's, things like shot anticipation, flinching, jerking the trigger, limp wristing, etc. The negligible recoil will allow shooters to more carefully concentrate on sight alignment, target picture, trigger control, breathing, etc.

I wouldn't say it's the best for testing target reacquisition, unless you plan on using it as a defensive weapon, which I'd highly recommend against. You need to do that with your carry/duty/defensive pistol. But getting back to fundamentals is always a good thing...

Oh, and you can afford to shoot them all day. A thousand rounds worth of skill in a few hours on the range for a fraction of the price.

Fletch said...

If it helps me develop every shooting skill except target reacquisition for a fraction of the price, I'll still take it with gusto.

I know the pros train with 22 conversion kits, but I'll be sure to post how the increased trigger time on the 22 transfers to the 1911.

Hell, what's the worst that happens? I have fun shooting more often? :)

Mojo said...

You make a compelling point. Maybe I'll put up less of a stinker at the next IDPA match with a lot of .22 time at the range to make up for the .40 time I'm lacking lately. I'm inspired to go check out some .22s. Thanks!

defiant_infidel said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Josh... I am glad I always read all the comments first, as I would have been redundant otherwise.

When the fundamentals of shooting are fully embedded and have become natural reflex... recoil is truly unnoticed and removed as a factor.

I used .22's all the time to practice before shooting my custom 500 grain Barnes X loads in my 45-70 Govt. TC pistol at 250 meters on steel silhouettes. It makes you concentrate on what comes before the trigger is squeezed... and that teaches your mind that what comes afterwards is irrelevant and harmless.