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Lucky Gunner Shoot

Friday, a group of us local yokels went out to shoot at an event put on by There was a variety of cool guns and things to try. The one everyone wanted to shoot was the Zel Custom 50. It was fun. First up, I had to assemble it. I noticed a few things about the AR lower though. It had a different hammer. The bolt catch was removed. And the entire buffer assembly was gone, including the catch. It’s also just about one Helen long:

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Since I had never assembled one before, it was agreed by everyone but me that I would shoot it first. That way, if it blew up because I did it wrong, then I had no one to blame but me. Richard helped holding the thing in place. Here’s the first shot taken with it (this photo taken by Les):

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I put about three down range with it before everyone else wanted to give it a go. I had shot a .50 before in Reno and sorta knew what to expect. First, it’s loud. Really loud. Recoil isn’t really that bad. In fact, I thought slugs out of Dustin’s Mossberg had more felt recoil. But the sound, even when standing well behind it, would rattle your sternum. The other fun toy folks seemed to like was the suppressed 22. Here’s The Doc having a go with it:

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It was sorta funny because on one side of the line there was the horrendously loud boom of the 50 going off. And on my other side, the suppressed 22 was going off. And it sounds like a staple gun. Gunnies are extremists.

And muzzle climb is pretty stout on the .50. Here’s Glenn shooting it standing with me doing some fast photography to catch the boom:

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Also, this was the first time I got to do a low-light and night shoot:

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Everyone should do that. A few notes: lasers help. Crimson Trace laser grips are great for low-light shooting and night shooting. When shooting an AR with a light mounted, I can get off two rounds before the combination of smoke from the gun and the flashlight almost completely blur the target. I learned a lot shooting at night.

It was a good time.

7 Responses to “Lucky Gunner Shoot”

  1. Gunmart Says:

    I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more Dr Helen!

  2. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    That’s decent form for a professor. Decent mount, right elbow up, left elbow could be under the piece more, maybe more flex in knees (hard to tell), but it certainly looks like he knows what he is doing.

  3. J. Fielek Says:

    A perfect home defense weapon. You can defend the home from up to a kilometer away 🙂

    Man, I want one….

  4. DirtCrashr Says:

    Does moving help (at night) to reacquire a sight picture?

  5. SayUncle Says:

    Probably would. But too many on the line for me to try.

  6. DirtCrashr Says:

    You need the RO to call a line-dance “step to the right, do-se-do-*bang!*, step to the left…” Just don’t twirl around and muzzle everyone.

  7. Linoge Says:

    Looks like a blast.

    Does the Zel heavy duty hammer and spring keep the lower being used for any other uppers, or is it still functional for smaller calibers?