In past years, a good friend of mine with over-the-top skill sets in all things operational offered to sharpen my at-the-time non-existent skill sets with my EDC Glock 19. He was in NC the other day and invited me to a special range he frequents for recreational purposes. He’s wanting to introduce me to long-range fun, with man-sized targets a mile or more out, and playing card targets out a thousand yards. He wants me to put few bullets through the center of a Quarter, that is, a U.S. 25¢ coin. That special range of his is many thousands of miles a way, so that will have to wait for just a bit, for some months. Perhaps later this Summer.
That’s a stock photo above, but he has his long-range tool set up exactly the same way. His particular tool uses Creedmoor 6.5.
So, it’s just a coincidence, I know. But that’s the cartridge for the rifle that my “Shadow” wanted me to buy for him. Straw purchasers become instant felons in doing such things, so, no, I won’t be doing that. :-) But it’s weird that my “Shadow” and I always and everywhere in every way have each other’s skill sets, no matter how improbable. Interesting, but this guy has nothing to do with my “Shadow.” If you knew why target practice in such manner even with the likes of yours truly is great recreation for my friend, you would say, stunned into silence… “Oh… wow… so… it’s all good… wonderful… that’s the best… prayers for him…”
Anyway, I’m now on a list. I went down to one of our great gun stores the other day and put my name down on a customer form for some boxes of Creedmoor 6.5. That’ll be months coming in. So, I’ll have to wait for that.
But that timing is great. I’ll be able to study up on all the math I’ve long forgotten with cosines and such for the longer shots. Calculations are constantly changing for wind, humidity, and so on. I’ll have to practice calm breathing with the shot going out on the exhale, with the heart slowed down altogether. I did that once as a kid, but I knew nothing then, as now.
It’ll be an entirely different experience. The Glock factory down in Smyrna, GA, worked on the trigger for quite a while. Usually Glocks are set to 5.5 pounds or so. Some redo theirs to about 3 pounds. This guy has his trigger on his ultra-special tool set for… wait for it… 0.5 pounds. Yikes! Hair-trigger if there ever was one. But when you’re lying down, your breathing is way calm and smooth, your heart hardly beating, your trigger finger can be ever so calm in pulling just that tiny little bit.
Ah… you know… would that it could be – and it can be – that we can have an agility of soul and purity of heart that we can calmly follow the least movements of the Holy Spirit in our souls, ever so prompt and at the ready to commit to what God has in mind for those He takes to Himself, like laying down our lives for the least of the brethren at a moments notice. Yes. That’s what we aim for, so to speak, by instead letting ourselves be led by the Holy Spirit.
3 responses to “Creedmoor 6.5 challenge to priest”
Your story reminded me of a scene in “Saving private Ryan” where, on Omaha beach, the sniper character is reciting scripture while using his skill-set to help clear a path – further reminding me of Biblical battles.
The scene from private Ryan:https://youtu.be/NmFqYU0sgko?t=234
When you least expect an Ave Maria. That’s when to expect it, make it happen.