In pursuit of a New Year's resolution ("Gain some minimal proficiency with rifles"), this past weekend I bought a Henry lever-action .22 and took it to the range. One range trip does not a marksman make, but I did come away with some strong first impressions:
- Gosh, this thing's pretty.
- The lever action sure is a lot of fun to shoot.
- I guess people like click-adjustable sights for a reason.
- Dammit, I'm gonna need to add a screwdriver and mallet to my range bag.
- Maybe it would be a good idea to actually read something about riflery, instead of assuming it'll come naturally.
Despite the entirely foreseeable setbacks, it's a bit shocking how much easier the rifle makes it to put rounds on target at short range. At seven yards, it's shooting itself. I'm snapping the gun up at a four-inch target and not even looking at the sights, and I can't miss. This is not my inborn talent shining through; it's presumably just a lesson in how much handguns suck and carbines rule.
So, Internet--what's a good book on rifle marksmanship?