Today, I just want to brag a little about my oldest son, who shot his first deer over the Special Youth Hunting Weekend. It's a very nice buck! And his very first deer!
We were hunting a small 17 acre, swampy, privately owned parcel in the middle of suburbia. The owner (a friend) was getting lots of complaints from the neighbors about deer destroying their gardens. I promised him we could help. He's relieved to tell the complaining neighbors that there is a hunter dealing with the problem.
I did the research and from one area in the very middle of the property we were legal to discharge firearms, and if we were 15' up in the air, that firearm could be a rifle. So I put a 15' two man ladder stand there. After being in the stand about 1 hour on the first day of the special youth hunt, some deer came in... but as it was so early in the season, with so much greenery still on the branches is was hard to see what came in. We could only see something brown moving under the lower canopy. Luckily my boy was patient, still, and quiet as he waited for the shot. When this bruiser decided to establish his dominance on a smaller buck, he stopped broadside too us in one of the few areas we had no obstructions. My son chose that moment to send a super sonic 300 BLK round right into his shoulder. He went all of 20 yds (in a circle) and dropped.
After getting the buck I realized that it would be appropriate to post about it here. See, that rifle has many things we sell here on it. As my boy barely weighs over 100lbs, he's pretty recoil shy. Thus 300BLK and a suppressor. Nothing reduces felt recoil like a good suppressor. He's just now hitting his growth spurt, and the adjustable stock on the AR works well for growing kids. And seeing the parcel is in the middle of suburbia, the noise suppression took the 'boom' down to hearing safe levels for us*, and a small crack for the neighbors.
From muzzle to grip there's stuff we sell in this rifle. I converted a solvent trap to a Form 1 suppressor (and also converted the AR to a Form 1 Short Barreled Rifle). I free floated the fore end with a carbine length quad rail, but softened the grip with our Picatinny Rail covers. I replaced the gritty standard AR trigger with a NM Two Stage trigger from RRA. I tighened the fit between the upper and lower with an accu-wedge, and I replaced the straight slotted screw that held the grip on with the proper hex head head drive cap grip screw too.
It is wonderful to see your child succeed. Even more wonderful when he does it by applying the lessons and techniques you try to teach, and while using the tool you conceived of and put together for the task!
*Assuming hearing safe... I don't have a DB meter. There is no doubt its much quieter and better than un-supressed.