I received my trainer last Friday from Buds Gun Shop,,,
All I had time for was a quick trip to the range and 25 rounds,,,
It went bang and felt good but I didn't have time for more than that
This Sunday the weather seemed perfect for some shooting,,,
Cloudy and overcast with hardly any breeze at all,,,
I decided to go shoot 100 rounds at 50 yards.
Since this rifle is going to be used in Rimfire Silhouette matches,,,
I decided to use the LRN military surplus Remington I have,,,
I bought 10,000 rounds of it a few years back,,,
I later acquired another 10,000 rounds,,,
That should last me for a long time.
I can't go to the range without forgetting something essential,,,
This time I forgot my target stand and spotting scope,,,
Left them sitting right beside the living room door.
I found some cardboard there and taped my paper silhouette targets to it,,,
So I'm shooting at 8 pig paper silhouette targets at 50 yards.
The CZ has an adjustable ramp rear sight that is marked at 25, 50, 75, 100, etc.
I set the ramp at fifty yards and slowly fired 5 shots from the bench,,,
I'm walking towards the target (no spotting scope) and see no holes,,,
"Dang!" I'm thinking,,, "I missed the cardboard."
Then as I got closer I saw that all five bullets were in the black pig.
I almost quit shooting right there,,,
I was thinking it was time to retire the rifle forever.
I fired 95 more rounds downrange,,,
I had a few more 5 shot rounds like the first,,,
But most were 4 shot hits with one just outside the target.
I tried two ways of shooting with these iron sights,,,
With my glasses so the sights were sharp but a fuzzy target,,,
And without my glasses so the target was sharp but with fuzzy sights.
I think I did much better placing clear sights on a fuzzy target.
I was sitting on a bucket using an inexpensive MTM rifle rest,,,
You sharpshooters out there are probably chuckling at my shooting,,,
But this is the best I've shot with a rifle in several seasons of practice shooting.
I'm 60 years old,,,
Half-blind and a bit shaky.
I think I've finally found a rifle that fits me,,,
Next time out I'll take my Silhouette Spinner targets,,,
I'll take a tape measure to set them out at the correct distances and score myself.
Boil it down to essence:
The 5 round magazine loads very easily,,,
The stock is the correct size for a 6' 2" adult male,,,
The sights are very solid and easy to draw a fine bead with,,,
The trigger has a teeny amount of creep but breaks light and cleanly,,,
The bolt seemed a bit stiff at first but after 100 rounds it got a bit smoother.
After a few years of trying a lot of .22's,,,
I think I've finally found the rimfire rifle I've been looking for,,,
All in all I am initially delighted with the feel and performance of this rifle