This past weekend, a few friends and I headed out to the desert in a minivan. We roughed over some unpaved roads with a whole arsenal laying over the fold down back row seats. At the end of the road (cough) there was a sign saying “Pavement Ends” that had at least 25 rounds through it. That’s how we knew we were at the place.
Despite waking up at awful 5:30 in the morning, we were not the first ones there. Someone else had staked the usual spot! We found an area not far from them and had great seats to the tannerite explosions throughout the morning.
By large, the most important piece of equipment to bring to range day in the desert aside from guns and ammo are the targets, aka, things to destroy. We had a steel target rated for rifle rounds, two bowling pins, a few rimfire ground targets, a Cabela’s catalog and an old computer case.
The steel target was set out for 90 yards. The fellas shot at it most of the day while I was plinking away with my pistol and rifle where we had the ground targets set up. The steel jack I bought at Ammo Bro’s Santa Ana store grand opening was a great purchase. Seeing that little thing flip over 20 yards away with each pull was a delight. My primary bad habit with pistol right now is dropping the muzzle right before the trigger pull. As long as I stay conscious about it and fight it, I hit every time. Otherwise I see a plume of dirt, boo!
The bowling pins held up surprisingly well. We tied it to a plastic sawhorse and it hung like a little shooting gallery. I threw a few .22lr rounds at it and hardly made a difference, but when one of the guys shot their 12 gauge slugs at it the pin flew backwards and round the top of the horse. But! the slug didn’t penetrate the pin! We were pretty surprised about that. Those pins are strong! Next time we’re taking a .50 cal against them! (I wish)