Thursday, January 8, 2009

On Flinching.

All those thousands of posts by people advocating airguns or .22 rifles for a starting shoulder arm? Yes, listen to them. Starting with a Mosin-Nagant M38 will have you flinching with a Diana Model 25 (a delightfully machined chunk of Germanic blued steel that tosses 8.7 grain .177 'diabolo' wadcutter pellets at a leisurely 430 fps with boring accuracy from a 12-groove rifled break barrel).

And I'm not sure whether chunking away with said pelletchucker will cement said flinch or gradually heal it. Bollocks.

(Incidentally, if you shoot steel-cased surplus 7.62x54r, save the cases - they make neato-keen reactive targets. Hat tip to Xavier for the inspiration.)


MauserMedic said...

After having a M1917 dissassemble itself due to a bad reload, I had a horrible flinch for about a year. I still have to do ball and dummy drills occasionally to make myself appropriately with high power rounds.

Bunnyman said...

Word. Sounds like it's time to send for some 7.62x54r snap caps.

Sorry to hear about the Enfield. Ouch.