A week after the intensity that was PST 103, I returned to the range with a decidedly more recreational goal in mind. I’ve started spending more time with the S&W M&P 15-22 Sport, partly to get myself to suck less with a rifle, partly to zero in a cheap red dot that I got from Amazon, and mostly to have fun shooting holes in paper.
Rome Wasn’t Sighted in a Day
Over a number of range outings, I’d do a “palate cleansing” by plinking a bit with the M&P 15-22 after practicing with a 9mm pistol. In the heady, pre-pandemic daze I picked up the MBUS model of the 15-22 for a heck of a lot less than what they’re going for now. After having messed around with a Holosun optic for the IWI Masada, I got my hands on a significantly cheaper sight to accompany the iron (technically plastic, but you get the idea) sights.
Sure there’s going to be the obvious “you get what you pay for” factor with a sub-$50 optic, and even from first glance it’s apparent that Tacticon Predator isn’t the most waterproof piece of electronic gear out there. On the other hand, a) it appears to work well, b) I’m not planning on taking it out in the rain, and c) it seems an appropriate match for the polymer wonder that is the 15-22.
One Shot, Two Shots, Getting Closer
The process of sighting in an optical sight is something that I’m become more comfortable with. Every time I do attempt it, I’m reminded of the need to get an eye exam and a new prescription for these glasses.
With the help of the handy shooting rest, it’s a matter of iterating through shooting, tweaking, and repeating. Eventually I get this close at 25 yards:
And I think this is close enough for my purposes.
It’s not like I can see that 1" circle clearly at 25 yards; I’m aiming for the center of the blur.
Ghost Target Marksmanship Hero
Having arrived at a reasonable calibration (although I suspect I could keep tuning and finer-tuning), I spent some time perforating a homemade Appleseed target at 25 yards, standing position using a two point sling.
I got some extra magazines for the 15-22 as well. Not particularly color-matching, but FDE should go with everything, right?
This is supposed to represent a “Redcoat” at 100 yards - a ~22" wide target scaled down by 75% to approximate that distance at actual 25 yards distance. The two below the large “Redcoat” are “200 yard” targets. Since I can only get out to 25 yards at the PSTC range, this simulation is necessary and ideal.
The upside of what I managed to do is that most of the shots are mostly on target; the downside is that they should be more on target. On the other hand, it’s good practice, and more importantly it’s a lot of fun.