You’ve got a brand new Ruger American Rimfire sitting at home and it looks good, no doubt about it, but does it shoot? I took mine to the range with two other rifles and a Blue Heeler, to find out.
|I Love The Range!|
Blue Plinker thought this was a pretty neat game and jumped for joy, literally, when he saw me laying out the rifles on the bench. He had to be relegated to the shooting house after that; he will try and catch bullets with his teeth.
|Big Rectangle = 3 Rounds|
I started out with iron sights at an easy 30 or so yards, prone, and the new Ruger went first. It was fun to shoot and performed flawlessly, producing one of the the best groups of the day, 3 rounds in pretty much the same hole.
The Higgins did well too, and is certainly capable of good accuracy, though its trigger’s heavier than the Ruger, and the old gun doesn’t always feed too smoothly from its 17 round tube magazine. It was fun to move up to the more powerful, and more expensive, .17 HMR, a hot little round.
After proving to myself that I could still shoot with iron sights, I scoped up the new Ruger with a cheap fixed 4 power optic, which came off the .17 HMR, and dialed it in from 50 yards. I used my coat as a rest, being a ballistic scientist. When paper got boring, it was time to shift fire onto a different enemy, old Gatorade tops.
They didn’t stand a chance! Breathe, squeeze, off flies the florescent plastic top. Big fun. A tin can got itself in trouble, too. Take that, can, and Gatorade tops.
|Good Work, Gun|
All this proved that the wood stocked Ruger American Rimfire .22 LR works just fine. I think I’ll adjust the trigger pull downwards a bit to 3 1/2 pounds or so, and take it out again with a Lead Sled for a more scientific dial-in at 100 yards. I’ll also have to get a new scope for the .17 HMR, but that’s a different story.
And so is open carry. The more CHL holders I talk to, the more the song remains the same. I don’t want anyone to know I’m carrying, that’s what they say.