Well, we got down to the Lee Kay Center in SLC, UT to do some shooting today. As I unpacked the AR 15, I realized that I had forgotten to bring a magazine. DOH! I brought 3 PMAG's to UT, but left them in the car back at the inlaw's house.
Well, the nice thing about the AR 15 is that you can load a single round at a time safetly and shoot it like a single shot rifle. Seems really silly if you ask me. Taking a $1500 rifle and loading a round at a time and firing once, lock the bolt back, reload, release the bolt, fire, and repeating sucks!
Fortunately, I only needed to verify the weapon was sighted in for 25 yards. I had mechanically zeroed the weapon at the house just before we left. Fired 10 rounds into a target and all rounds went through the bulls eye. Nice! Guess I didn't have to do anymore sighting in. So, I showed my father inlaw how to load it and let him have all the fun he wanted to. I wasn't interested in shooting it anymore and switched over to the handguns.
One thing is for sure. All that silly manual loading and charging saves on ammo. I brought 180 rds of ammo and we probably burned through only 60 rds before the range closed for the evening. Sure makes the ammo last a long time. I can usually burn through 200 rds in about a half hour.
I'm going to find a 10 rd magazine to use at the range, especially for bench rest shooting.