|This is the
part of the article where I depart from replacing a trigger and
take you on a short adventure.
Picture this - it is a Wednesday and I have to wait until Saturday
(at the earliest) to go and try out this new trigger at the
My boss approaches me and says - "Jamie, you have been working
really hard - why don't you take the next couple days off?".
How could he have known?
I looked at my calendar and there was no way this was going to
happen. I could not reschedule any of my appointments.
By the end of Wednesday the impossible started to happen, my
Thursday morning was starting to open up in my calendar as some
appointments and meetings were rescheduled. Finally I made the decision
to at least take off the next morning.
Thursday morning I packed up and started to head to the range.
I had never been to the range on a Thursday before so I thought
it might be prudent to check the range's hours of operation during
They are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays!
Note to self: Pay more attention to signs when you
are driving past them.
Not to be discouraged so easily, I remembered another range that
is open 7 days per week. I had not frequented this range for
years because I did not really like the facility. At this point
I was not picky. My morning might be saved yet! I drove to the range
and found - IT DOES NOT OPEN TILL 10 AM on weekdays! My watch said
Very discouraged I decided to go into work and see if I could
escape in the afternoon to come back to the range.
Around 1:30 PM I was able to sneak away and head back out to
the range. When I arrived - it was actually open! My luck was starting
to look up!
I got all my gear out and set up. I took a deep breath and peered
down range. I couldn't see the target center!
I went and asked if they had any larger (100 yard style)
They said - "those are 100 yard targets, they are out at 100
yards aren't they?".
Note to self: Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid
They were using these dinky 50 yard targets out at 100 yards.
I could barely make out the bulls-eye. I fired off a couple
shots and thought I was hitting pretty well but when I got down
range I was embarrassed as hell - not one single hole in the target
(at least none that weren't made by staples).
I had come too far! I was not going to give up!
I asked if I could shoot at the 50 yard range (almost expecting
to find target centers the size of a bottle cap).
They said that I could, so I moved my gear. Well - at least now
I could see the center of the target. Amazing what happens when
you use the correct target at the correct distance.
I loaded up the Mosin and I fired 5 shots at the target.
When I pulled up the spotting scope to catch a gander at what
holes I had poked, I was elated! The group I viewed through my scope
is pictured in figure 20 above.
Now for the serious stuff - the trigger worked perfectly. I could
not have asked for better - it still has some travel - but it is
sooooooooo smooth and breaks like a spider web in the wind.
After my first five rounds I was in the zone and fired round
after round at the targets. I was able to produce groups similar
to what you see in the two figures pictured over and over until
I regrettably ran out of ammo and time.
With this same rifle, before this shooting session, I was happy
if I could keep everything in the black - even at 50 yards.
Point of interest: One time I took this same rifle and tried
to measure the trigger pull with a friend's trigger pull gauge.
I was unable to measure the pull because the weight of the trigger
pull registered far past the maximum scale of the gauge. This placed
it in the very high teens.
Now with the Huber Mosin-Nagant trigger installed the trigger
pull is considerably lighter.
I know this adventure started out rocky, but by the end of the
day it was one of the best and most enjoyable shooting sessions
I had experienced in months.
To top everything off I was using Wolf 7.62x54r ammo for this
shooting test. I had not had time to load up any ammo and it was
all I could find locally for my adventure. I was amazed at its performance
Figure 21 shows my best group of the day. I loaded up
5 rounds twice and shot 10 into the target. The main hole is about
the size of a quarter.
Sitting side by side with hunters sighting in their scoped hunting
rifles, I shot better than almost all of them using open metal sights.
It was a good drive home. I almost did not even notice the traffic.
I even smiled when I guy cut me off and flipped me the middle finger.