Shooting out in the windy plains of northern Oregon

A friend of ours’ parents have a large farm near the town of Arlington, OR.  It’s a rural area with an annual rainfall of around 12 inches.  The enormity of the rolling windswept hills really doesn’t translate in photos, but the landscape is pretty breathtaking.  He invited us out there for the weekend to do some shooting, and we enthusiastically accepted.

plains of Arlington, OR

rifle gear set up

shooting from a tripod

We conned my father in law into staying at our house to keep the dogs and cat alive while we were gone, so we left the house at 3am, and started the 4-5 hour drive down there.   After a brief stop in Yakima for some McDonald’s breakfast and shotgun shells at WalMart (I am aware how white-trash that sounds), we made it down to Arlington by 8am.  We got some targets set up in a valley, and after a quick round of getting scopes on new rifles zeroed, we got set up.  A couple hours later, another friend made it over from Portland, and we got down to it.

We did a little pistol shooting at this super cool little “jack” shaped target that tumbles when you hit it, did some shooting out to about 1000 yards with mixed success (strange winds seem to be running through that valley) and then decided to take a break for some trap shooting (that is shooting at a moving clay pigeon with a shotgun).

shooting trap

Trap shooting was followed by a pistol “walkback” drill, where you start up close to a target, everyone takes a shot at it, and those that hit it get to continue.  Everyone walks back a little bit, and then another round is started.  Things slowly devolved from there.  Our buddy let us shoot his short barreled and suppressed AR15, and we had some real laughs when trying to operate this disaster of an Enfield conversion that our buddy got for super cheap.

There was some additional monkeying around with “long range” pistol shots, .22 plinking at a few hundred yards, a rainbow, and a ridiculous photo of a friend and I looking like we are about to sumo wrestle(we weren’t).

shooting a pistol supported


sumo wrestling

After shooting, we did a farm tour. Those photos will come later this week.

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