Got out to a friend's private range on Saturday to both verify my build and my hand loaded ammunition as well as to teach my son to shoot. It was an excellent day, 100% accomplished.
I am now addicted to the immediate response from shooting at AR500 steel targets. Paper and shoot-n-see plastic bullseyes are boring in comparison. When you hit, you hear it. When you miss you see the dirt cloud from the berm. Bowling pins are almost as fun. ;)
I also got to use my new optic, an EOTech EXPS3-0.
I got my new optic in a weird way for me. I won it. Field and Stream is working along with EOTech to celebrate EOTech's 1 millionth manufactured optic milestone by giving away one set of EXPS3-0/G33 magnifier per month to a lucky entrant to their mail-in sweepstakes. I am the March 2012 winner. Since I currently have an A2 upper the magnifier is not something I needed right now, so I sold it for a bit less than retail but was able to use the money from it's sale to finish paying off the 2000 Impala. Win/win!
I had a forward mount that attached to the carry handle and put the red dot somewhat co-witnessed with the iron sights but the rail is way out of spec and the EOTech will NOT mount to it. I have a new/used mount on it's way to me from an eBay purchase which should work MUCH better.
I had hoped to get pics of the kiddo shooting, pics of my wife shooting and video of my AR but the phone ran out of juice and I forgot to pack our camera. Fortunately, my friend was gracious enough to give us an open invitation to return at any point.
My son is eagerly awaiting his 10/22, which I hope to have purchased for him before the end of summer.