The recent cold snap here in northeastern Montana gave me an idea for an upcoming Shooting USA Impossible Shot TV show. There was no way show host Mike Irvine and crew would make it out to film me shooting anything in subzero temperatures. Last minute flights are always expensive. However, I suspect thin Southern blood also might be in the equation? Cold temperatures would not stop me from grabbing my cameras and having a little fun on the range.
Let me preface this with saying it hasn’t been just a bit chilly, it’s been downright frigid. In fact, just a day after filming, where I live ranked as the coldest place in the U.S., North America and yes, even on Earth! Just pulling a trigger in those temperatures is impossible enough in my book, but I wanted to come up with something interesting. Sticking with the brisk weather theme, I thought, why not shoot ice?
The night before my solo ice shoot I made the targets. They are simple and oh-so-easy to make. You don’t need subzero temperatures to enjoy taking them to the range either:
- Fill zip closure plastic bags with water
- Add food coloring for color
- Place in the freezer (or in my case, outside) until frozen solid
I decided 3 targets were enough to set my sights on at -25 below with -40 degree wind chill. Even then it took several trips to set up the range. In between setting up my arctic targets and camera tripods, I hurried back inside to thaw.
I chose my trusty Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm with Warren Tactical Sights for the job. It’s the same gun I used to compete at the recent S&W IDPA Back Up Gun National Championships. It also happens to be my carry gun and I was very curious to see how it would handle the extreme temperatures. I loaded magazines, grabbed the cameras and raced outside.
In the 5 minutes the film rolled, the temperatures sucked the battery life from the cameras. One quit working altogether.
And how did the Shield perform? It ran the ASYM 115gr. ammo like a true champ without even a hint of sluggishness.
How about those targets? Watch for an upcoming clip from “Impossible Shots” and catch the show on Wednesday nights on the Outdoor Channel.