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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    Absolutely Ovidio! I had my local range all to myself for two hours (felt like 5 minutes), just the Skylarks overhead, the simple pleasures......
    Yes!!!

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    Went out to our military Paton range today . Five of us social distancing until it got hot , then we were all under two 10 foot shades . Shot out to two hundred yards , plinking mostly . Tried some 100 yard and 200 yard with my Colt Defender .45 , but I was tired by that time , only hit the "D" target at 100 4 times out of 8 and the full size at 200 were all near misses . Early on I took them on with my Browning 1911-380 Compact and was getting 2 or 3 hits out of 8 on the hundred and usually one a mag on the 200 . That was great fun and relaxing for all watching , who would have thought it was that accurate ? At 15 yards offhand cloverleafs was the rule . Temp was about mid 90's when we left at noon , but expected to be well into the 100s Monday and 115+ by next weekend . That will prob'ly put an end to our shoots till fall . Gun show first week in June is still canceled .
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    Things starting to open back up nationally and locally. Officially, we are still in the red until June 5th but unofficially much of the county has already opened. Governor is still being a complete ***. Still not sure where he is. A parade of support for him was to occur on Saturday but even though it was hyped on Thursday and Friday, absolutely nothing since then so I'm assuming they had a grand total of three or four cars in the parade and it was a complete bust. They were to begin in York PA, drive to his house and past with signs, beeping horns, etc, social distancing of course. In the meantime actual protests have been going on in the State Capital with hundreds of people. Even his party in Philadelphia is starting to desert him as they are figuring out this is killing the city. I may have figured out my unemployment compensation this morning so hopefully that will arrive soon. I have been working for three weeks but had no work or income for four weeks early on. Federal loan/grant picked up after that for a while.

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    Here too, things have started to open up.
    The "sheriffs", or private people who spy on others, are outraged because lots of people, while still keeping distance, have started living almost normally again. Face covers are to be worn, at least here in Friuli, only if you stay close to people, otherwise you can do without.
    Saturday, we had a nice BBQ with our neighbours, who we have been seeing since the situation cleared, and Sunday, other neighbours visited us for an aperitivo. And that was quite interesting, because they are both doctors. She is paediatrician, while he is pulmonologist, and has been involved big time in the mess.
    They came with their three kids, without masks and absolutely easy.
    I asked how it was, and he told me that, after the first shock, due to the ignorance about the type and severity of the illness, they figured out pretty quickly how to handle new patients and got the situation under control.
    Here, 1.2 million people in the whole region, it was easier. In places like Lombardy, with 11 million people and lots of infected ones, things just were different. But now they have the situation under control again also over there.
    Older and sick people have paid the big price. Few others, unless they had really important co-morbidities.
    He confirmed that the face protection is not necessary if you're not close together, and that carrying it continuously is going to cause problems to many people.
    And...with the temperatures rising, they already see that the virus is slacking a lot.
    In the end, he confirmed that it has been a very bad situation, but that the experience gained will most probably prevent such problems in the future.
    Knowing the guy, I tend to believe him. He's really a very competent and careful person.

    Here the only couple pictures I made at the range. But how fine I felt afterwards...

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    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    Great to see people getting back to the range!
    Our local club opened last Saturday. Obliged to wear a face mask; but was great to get back.
    I took my 1918 SMLE .22 trainer for a test. I must say that I'm really liking this trainer that I picked up last year.
    25 shots of SK Match ammo, scoring 246 out of a possible 250 at 50 metres. Very happy with that! I may use this in competitions next year instead of the No8.

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    Well, I finally got out to the range on Sunday. As the governor opened outdoor ranges with social distancing, I worked as an RSO for most of the day as it was our Memorial Day holiday weekend and most people went to walk on the beach instead of the shooting at the range. By 1:00PM the range was empty and I had to stay until 4:00PM so i took the opportunity to test fire and zero my new AR10 6.5 Creedmoor upper. What a tack driver! I also took the time to shoot my .22LR M1917 Eddystone rifle with a Parker Hale rear sight and tried out my new SIG Sauer M18 P320 pistol. It has been since the beginning of March that I busted a cap at the range. What a high!
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    Nice shooting day!
    I took out the K31icon again, and the Stg58.
    Commercial loads for the K31, S&B, 174 grs. Bullet.
    I did not change the adjustments on my diopter, and these loads printed a tad high compared to mine. At 200 metres.
    First three shots left, then I noticed that I was going too close to the rear sight.
    I backed up a tad and started going well.
    One flyer, a couple lower shots, but all in all good shooting.
    I did not go and retrieve the other target because others were shooting and it was late, but, considering that the Stg58 is a bit rougher than the K31, I would have felled an enemy with each round at 200 metres. Good enough.
    I noticed the muzzle of the K31 after shooting. The picture is not great, but the shooting residues have a perfectly symmetrical pattern. Quality...
    34a cp., btg. Susa, 3° rgt. Alpini

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    Good to see you enjoying yourself at last.

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    Nice shooting Ovidio!

    I lost a good friend yesterday from a stroke,(not Covid related), so I spent an hour with the M1A1icon by myself to gather my thoughts and have some peace and quiet, accept for the row I was making...!

    Thank god for the range being open!
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