The Real Swede
I had the pleasure of running a half dozen rounds of factory 6.5×55 down the tube of a well seasoned 1891 (matching numbers) Carl Gustaf on a very unseasonable chilly Easter Sunday morning.
A fellow shooting enthusiast from our club had recently purchased this fine firearm after a well established mission to seek one out at the recent British Shooting Show that we attended on February 9th & 10th.
Sights At 300
Due to the default factory setting for the iron sights being set at 300 yards I had to aim almost 18 inches low at 100 yards for the shot to drop in on the bullseye target. I can safely say that a black ringed bullseye target at 100 yards is a difficult target to acquire with the naked eye as the light can play tricks with you.
Ready To Fire
With a few elevation adjustments to the front and rear rests, cheek placement and sight acquisition I was ready to ‘send one’ rifling down the tube.
With a long draw back on the trigger I could feel it engage for the final squeeze. Bang off she went. The recoil felt smooth as it drew back toward my shoulder pocket. I had expected the rifle to jump up and out at the front but no; that wasn’t the case at all. The bolt was smooth to work as I stripped another round from the magazine. My shot placement was about 3 inches shy and south of the target centre but I thought it was a good shot for my first time out. With the next round I managed to drop it in the 9 ring ‘of course I meant it’ it wasn’t a lucky shot :D’ The following couple of shots were bang on with elevation but 5 inches off at three o’clock.
I think I want an old ‘dads army’ Mauser now.
An Admirable Sport
Shooting open sights is indeed a fine art and one I think that has captured by heart. Let’s not get carried away now; I still enjoy scoped modern rifle shooting very much but the romance of the open sight shooting is an enjoyable and admirable sport that I hope to get more involved in.