I’ve never had the opportunity to shoot at a military base before, so I wasn’t about the pass up the opportunity when Bitter’s work invited me along for their range trip.Â I didn’t know much about what was going on other than to bring lots of guns and ammo, so I did.Â They had some instructors there for us which brought along a lot of their own guns, so it didn’t turn out we needed mine a whole lot.Â They even brought an AK-74, which was good, because for some reason mine was jamming (bad magazine I think).
Bitter was grateful I was willing to come out.Â I mean, it’s just so difficult to go out to a range on a beautiful summer day to teach a bunch of abundantly cute young chicks, many of whom have never shot a gun before, how to shoot.Â Sacrifices we must all make in order to grow the shooting sports, I know.Â I had a few people, even a few of the women, shoot the PSL. Â I think they were a bit beyond 100 meters though, because the round was dropping a bit with the scope dialed into 100 meters, but the little reactive steel silhouette targets got hit just fine if you put the caret on the scope on top of the target’s “head” as a little hat.Â Bent it right over when it hit.
It was mostly plinking, but I was enjoying shooting the steel targets with rifle and pistol.Â I might have to get into silhouette shooting on a more regular basis!
Anyway, the Marines have some really nice facilities that are open to civilians.Â You have to be invited by the Quantico Shooting Club, however.Â But if you ever have a chance to go, I would highly recommend it.Â Sadly, they don’t turn on the pop up targets for civilians so you can see how you would qualify as a military rifleman, but it’s a nice place to shoot, nonetheless.