I hied me hence to TehRange for Practice (first Saturday of the month) with the Noveske in tow and the Aimpoint 9000SC in a pair of A.R.M.S. throw-lever rings, to see how the little carbine would fare in “pseudo F-Class” shooting, this despite having no magnification.
The little CR 1/3N battery had been in there a long time – it was original to the purchase – and had lost most of its electrizicalcious oomph – which turned out to be a boon.
Normally the brightness of the 4-MOA dot, even at about the lowest setting would obscure the entire target and most of the frame at 200-yards. But now, even cranked all the way up on HIGH, the shiny spot presented an oblate ovoid horizontally, that neatly bisected the black of the 200-yard target – I could barely see the damn thing.
A couple times I unscrewed the battery cap and in time-honored Boy Scout tradition licked the battery to help hasten the flow of electrons and brighten the speck.
Something I’ve been reading lately in Teh Maskgazines is that among Carbine-Course Operators there is a reevaluation of how low can you go, including putting the magazine on the deck as an impromptu bipod.
I imagine with a 30-rounder that might set you up high a bit, but here in Californoodilia there has been sorely emplaced a legal limit to such capacity and my mags are all short 10-rounders. However that means I can get even lower and place the grip-butt on the deck. Yes indeed that’s against Standard Rules of across-the-course Service Rifle shootin’ – but not F-Class stuff where they employ bipods and bunny-bags – so I gave it a whirl.
After shooting the sighters to see where the impact was headed I made a few click-adjustments, right and down – but it seemed that my early 50-yard zero worked pretty well at 200.
Shooting standard 55-grain Lake City ammo, I’m guessing the bullets in the former Zero were ascending and in the latter descending onto the target.
My offhand naturally sucked despite Teh Dot, but I also think I was occasionally and generously placing shots on the #10 target since it was a bit harder to make-out the numbers, and the whole field of view was occluded by the scope – it was just something I’m not used-to.
The rapids went pretty well and I got all the hits onto the black in Rapid Prone.
Slow Prone went pretty well also, and I shot fairly quickly with none of the breathing and preparation usually considered necessary during the 20-minute phase, and I finished in probably a good bit less than 10-minutes, with only a couple sevens. Still I suck to get sevens.
Faintly visible above the #13 target is the dot, offset to the left due to camera/lens manipulations.