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My Birthday Observance at the Firing Range shooting my M-14 Scout Rifle at 300 Yards

By; Charles W. Boatright

Enjoying The 2nd Amendment Springfield 300 Run as part of my Birthday routine to maintain my edge at Marksmanship on the farm on a July Day

As part of my birthday festivities is setting aside time to fire my M-14 Scout Rifle with a 12x Power Scope and collapsible bi-pod at a 300 yard range. I usually like to shoot at 500 yards, but due to summertime heat waves, I have to reduce my firing range to 300 yards. Since I was 12 years old, I have been target practicing first with 22 Caliber Longs Rifle Ruger 10/22 Model. On my 16th birthday, I bought my first high-power rifle with money I made from working on the farm.

I bought a 30-30 Caliber Lever Action Model 94 Winchester that I always enjoy firing when hunting or for target practice. In the Military, I fired the M-14 Springfield 7.62 x 51 mm NATO Caliber, all 9.4 pounds. The M-14 replaced the M-1 Rifle, just after World War II. I had always had an admiration for both the M-1 that shot 30-06 round and the M-14 that shot a Winchester 0.308 round.

I enjoy shooting the M-14 that I qualified with, that I went and bought 10-years ago the M-14 Scout Model that is approximately 4-inches shorter than the standard M-14 Model. The M-14 saw a short service life between World War II, the Korean War, and the start of the Vietnam War, with the introduction of the lighter-weight M-16 that fires the 5.56 X 45 mm or 0.223 round.

 

But M-14 has been resurrected in recent time during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars; especially used by Special Forces that use the version of the M-14 SOCOM Rifle that is 16.25 inches. What makes the M-14 a favorite of mine is the dependability and its accuracy at long ranges up to 500 yards. One other advantage the M-14 had over its predecessor is the external magazine that held 20- rounds to the internal magazine of the M-1 Garand Rifle that only held 8 rounds.

General George S. Patton wrote a letter to Springfield Armory stating that the M-1 Semi-Automatic Rifle was in his words– “In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” I couldn’t imagine what General Patton would say about the M-14 Rifle, with its 20-round external Magazine that does not has that iconic ping sound of the clip holder being ejected out of the M-1 Garand Rifle after the last round was fired.

The 20-round M-14 magazine would have given the U.S. GI that stormed the Normandy and Iwo Jima beaches, just to name a few, an even more significant edge over the 8-round clip. That ping sound with the M-1 Garand Rifle was like a public address announcement telling your opponent that I’m empty, unless you got cleaver and had an empty clip holder that you could throw down onto the ground.

If you use a hood of a vehicle as a firing position, make sure the ejection is away from your windshield and that you use a tarp or blanket to protect your hood of the vehicle. Where I like to fire is in a pasture with a hillside at the far end. Always have a earthen embankment to be your backstop. Preferably without any surface rock to cause a ricochet to occur. Always wear eye and ear protection. I have ear plugs here, I sometime wear headset when others are firing.

I’m wearing my 2nd Amendment A-2 Leather Flight Jacket with the 2nd Amendment Patch, that I designed on the front and back. The front patch is 5- inch Dia. and the back panel patch is 10- inch Dia. hand-painted leather patch. The patch shown below has the M-1 Garand Rifle and M-14 Rifle with my personal favorite sidearm, a Model 1911 under the crossing rifles. The wording on the patch at the Top: THE 2nd AMENDMENT, Center: U.S., and Bottom: RIGHT To BEAR ARMS.

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Below is my target results from my target practice with my M-14 Scout Rifle at 300 yards

This target reflects 20- Rounds fired at 300 yards on July 12, 2020. What is interesting is the high grouping of 16- Rounds with my M-14 sighted in for 500 Yards. The last 4- rounds, I dropped my sighting below the target.

Just like golf, target practice is all mental, being able to control your breathing and heart rate is essential. Since I’ve been exercising more after my hip replacement, I have gotten my blood pressure low, as shown below.

This is my usual resting blood pressure at 63. I turn 63 today.

I have also lost 52- Lbs within 9- months. I went from a waist of 37.5- inches down to a waist of 29.2 inches. This was taken last month before I turn 63.

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