Scott, thanks again for meeting up with me! I really enjoyed shooting your rifles, and was very surprised (though I probably shouldn't have been) at the accuracy a person can get with the iron sights.
Today I shot:
- Several Taurus .38 Revolvers (all of my family use them for EDC)
- Sig P226 (9mm)
- Kel-Tec sub-compact (9mm)
- Glock 19C (9mm) (thanks, guy-in-the-stall-next-to-me!)
- Scott's AR (shot with .223)
- Scott's AK (7.62x39mm)
All handguns were at 7 yards. Rifles were at 100 yards.
I shot as well as I usually do with the revolvers, which I've used several times. I shot almost as accurately one-handed as I did two-handed, but only when I pre-cocked. Shooting with the full trigger-pull, I was very inaccurate; I need to practice this.
The Sig was very accurate and comfortable, and I was punching out 4" groups (plus 1 or 2 outliers) with every mag.
I borrowed a Glock 19C from the guy next to me. This was the first time I've been able to shoot a Glock, and it was as good as all the rave reviews have led me to expect. I shot 2 full mags and kept every shot within the 4" ring. Barring an unexpected love of the XD-9 (which I haven't shot yet), I'll be getting myself a Glock 19.
I shot the Kel-Tec poorly. I imagine it was due in equal parts to the smaller grip, the shorter barrel, and the condition of the gun (a flea-market acquisition of my uncle's, which looked to be in mediocre shape).
I shot Scott's AR and AK at 100 yards using iron sights. I was really impressed at the accuracy a first-timer like myself could attain with only iron sights. With my very first try on the AR, I put approx. 12 of 30 on an 8" target. I'm not sure about my accuracy with the AK (Scott and I shot at the same target), but it felt just as accurate.
I really enjoyed the AR; I don't think I'll be getting a .223 or .308 bolt-action, as I discussed in my original post. I'll probably get a .22 rifle and scope for plinking at the range, and hold off on a .308 until I have a desire to go hunting (which may never materialize). I would be utterly unsurprised to find myself assembling an AR in the future.
Thanks everyone for your help and input!