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7thSamurai
3/17/2008 10:45am,
Has anyone here done any competitive shooting?

I recently acquired a M1A (civilian version of the M14) and I'm in the process of purchasing a M1 Garand from the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program (http://www.odcmp.com)). Both rifles will soon be sent out for tweaking (rebarreling and national match upgrades, bastogne stock for the Garand). We have a 200 yd rifle on our property and I plan to back it out to 300 in the next few weeks. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with competitive shooting...or is interested in starting.

mad_malk
3/17/2008 1:10pm,
if only i was in Texas. M1 is a nice rifle for hunting or distance shooting were a follow up shot will more then likely be required. i still prefer a nice bolt action for long range single target engagement.

7thSamurai
3/17/2008 1:16pm,
I'm also in the process of purchasing the parts to assemble a M40A3. They are priced considerably out of my funds range, but it's not so hard to swallow paying for a stock, a receiver, a barrel, etc until I have all the parts needed to get one together.

Remington put out the R5 MilSpec that has the same barrel config as the M40A2. It's priced for around $900, which isn't that bad for an entry level rifle.

You can pick up the Garand from the CMP for about $500 (+/- $100) depending on the grade of rifle you are looking for. I picked up the service grade for $595 and had it sent out for upgrades. It's not a bad way to get started, I think.

If you're ever in Texas and want to shoot, let me know. I'm always looking for someone to shoot and learn from.

romba_one
3/19/2008 8:24pm,
As far as the M1 Grande...I hear that the M1d are the so called "sniper" versions and are said to be more accurate. I do not know if this is true because I've heard this from both reliable people, but also people tring to sell me an M1d for a $2000. The CMP may have them for less if they have them at all. Buyer beware!

SFGOON
3/19/2008 10:49pm,
300 yards IN YOUR BACKYARD?! That's deeply enviable. I can't shoot outdoors in my neighborhood as I'd likely hit several neighbors.

Reminds me of a joke! An Oklamhoman and a Texan are having a conversation over a beer. The Texan says "I can drive all day and not leave my property." The Okie replies "Yep. I had me a car like that once!"

7thSamurai
3/20/2008 12:40am,
Way, way back in the day, my family settled in Texas. I mean way far back. We've got lots of land outside of Lufkin and Jacksonville/Tyler. I live in Austin, so I take weekend trips out to visit the family and play.

We've thought about making it to where we can fire across the pasture, but I'm not sure it's a good idea. There are cattle and whatnot.

Romba,
I don't think the sniper version of the Garand is used in the JCG competitions. My understanding is that the rifles have to fall within certain specs.

7thSamurai
3/20/2008 12:41am,
double post. my bad.

romba_one
3/20/2008 11:11am,
My friend had a M1d, or so he claimed it was a 'd' model. It looked just like my old rifle coaches (RIP) M1 Grande. I did not see them side by side ever; I could not compare them. I just though I'd mention it.

7thSamurai
3/20/2008 1:51pm,
So, do you shoot, Romba?

I just downloaded the 2008 rule book from CMP. I'm flipping through it now. Interesting information.

romba_one
3/21/2008 6:21pm,
I try to shoot when I get the chance, but events have made shooting very difficult or expensive here is Wisconsin. Ranges closed, bullshit lead hazards, insurance altering our coverage, ect.

I used to shoot air rifle and smallbore matches with my brother, my Father was my main coach. I did so for 10 years and then it seemed like every factor in the world conspired to keep me from shooting. I did shoot some 'hodge podge' type silouette (<-however it is spelled) matches with high power, but I was a kid with a high powered rifle; I was some what too small at the time.

I just broke in the barrel of an M1A this last October, I was in the hopes of shooting some high power matches some day; at least practicing for them this summer.

rsobrien
3/21/2008 9:11pm,
You guys are all nuts, modified military rifles, targets hundreds of yards away, and you don't even get to dress up.

The only competive shooting worthy of mention is cowboy action shooting.

romba_one
3/22/2008 10:40pm,
You guys are all nuts, modified military rifles, targets hundreds of yards away, and you don't even get to dress up.

The only competive shooting worthy of mention is cowboy action shooting.

I saw that on TV once. [rsobrien] do you do the "cowboy action" stuff? It looked kinda fun, from what was shown. It also seemed that the people doing it were fully aware they were LARPing.

rsobrien
3/23/2008 12:14am,
I was actually just being sarcastic. I have never actually shot cowboy action shooting.

Basically you shoot at targets 5 feet away as fast as you can with single action revolver and lever action rifles. All while dressed as a cowboy. I myself would like to try it, even if it is a little LARPy.

I want to buy a revolver in the near future and I figure if I can play cowboy while I'm at it why not?

ojgsxr6
3/23/2008 12:31am,
There should be a Hogan's Alley style shooting competition

7thSamurai
3/23/2008 3:52am,
I've seen them do that crap with the modfied .22's where they shoot several targets in a matter of seconds. It's very impressive. I'm just stuck on the longer range shooting. I like trying to figure out the differences in wind, heat, humidity, round, etc at different ranges. I only with I had the ability to make my range out to 1000. I don't think I'd ever do anything else but shoot if I could do that.

attakmint
3/29/2008 3:09pm,
You should hang out with some of the more insane benchrest guys one of these days. This counts as a rifle:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Railgun1.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Railgun1.jpg)

EDIT:
for that matter, IPSC Unlimited raceguns are equally wacky looking.
http://www.brazoscustom.com/Images/sti_guns/sti_grandmaster.gif
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Railgun1.jpg)