Shooting $7 of Freedom…

    I hope you all had a good 4th of July.  Aside from the somber importance of this day to the American readership, I thought you all could appreciate some gun porn.  Nothing really new here, but wanted to share how I spent some of my day.

    BMC Tactical sponsored a 4th of July family day shoot and I was given an invite to come out and play.  Walt (the owner of BMC) contributed over twenty weapons to the day (and somewhere a little south of ten-thousand rounds, plus 3 cases of diet coke for the Can-Cannon), and most attendees brought some of their own.  We had everything from single shot .22lr rifles to a suppressed MP5 to a Barrett M82A1 (in .416).  There were also dozens of different targets to pick from; paper up to AR500 steel gongs.

    Some of the ammo that was consumed today...

    Some of the ammo that was consumed today…  Including 58 rounds of .416 all donated by BMC.

    BMC occasionally sponsors a day like this as a “thank you” for supporting a local shop.  Which is really something that I strongly believe in–support as local as you are able, wherever you are.  It is easy (and in a lot of cases, cheaper) to buy things online, but an online cart cannot replace the knowledge base and expertise local shops provide.  And keeping local shops alive allows them to invite you out to shoot a $7.00 .416 round from a Barrett M82A1… 🙂

    A Barrett bringing a smile to yet another shooter...

    A Barrett bringing a smile to yet another shooter…

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    Even though it wasn’t sighted in (because the cost to zero is, ahem, a little high), it was a blast to shoot.

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    Wives, husbands, and kids were all present. Shooting can be a fun family event. There were plenty of knowledgeable people on hand to provide safety instruction.

    It was, after all the 4th, which means flag clothing was evident.

    It was, after all the 4th, which means flag clothing was evident.

    And for the highlight of the day, there was a vehicle course set up in an dry wash.  Who here has ever got to shoot full auto from a moving vehicle?  If not, just pretend you were in the vehicle… 🙂

    Again, nothing new or noteworthy here.  Just some pics and videos on a great New Mexico day shooting with friends and family.  Hopefully most of you were able to get out and support our great sport and heritage!

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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