Oh, the pure pleasure and fulfillment of firing sub machine guns! I went out for a quick early morning shoot with friends of mine who love marksmanship as much as I do. In total, we fired the Springfield Armory 1911 semi automatic pistol and an Israeli UZI and an MP-5. The big guns sported fixed wooden stocks as opposed to metal folding stocks. On these occasions, I am reminded that every day of retirement, no matter how disabled my job rendered my body is a great day: I don’t have to go to work. But, any day I get to go to the range surpasses all. The UZI, a completely opposite concept from what I know as a safe weapon, fires open bolt. Further, designed prior to hollow point ammunition, this gun only fires round nosed 9mm. We tried the hollow point rounds, but they only jam. This weapon danced. The MP-5 felt stronger and heavier than the UZI resulting in greater accuracy from my pint sized frame. Therefore, I’m going to have to
work harder on a more solid stance to gain mastery with that UZI. But the 1911, a favorite standby, pulls the smoothest trigger a marksman could ever hope for. Like slicing through butter, I could fire this piece all day long. I did try, but then the clock struck “time to get going”, so we cleaned up our gear, policed brass and drove home. It just doesn’t get any better. Bad mood, sad mood, restless energy? Go to the range. Fire power balances it all out. Stay safe, have fun, always treat your weapon as if it is loaded, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to engage your target, keep your muzzle pointed down range, know your target and what is beyond it. Wear your eyes and ears.