Posted April 1, 2020 8:17 am by Comments

By Ben Philippi

With the Coronavirus going around and everyone stuck inside, I decided to have a little fun outdoors with my very own COVID-19 shooting challenge. Using an image from the CDC of a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, I spray-painted a large styrofoam ball gray, and a few hundred Q-tips, painted red. I then cut off one end of the Q-tips and stuck them all over the ball.
The result was pretty impressive — my grade 5 arts and craft teacher Mrs. Riley would have been proud. The COVID ball was then placed on a broom handle and propped it up in the yard in a safe place to shoot.
The four guns used to shoot the COVID ball. A Ruger 10/22, Savage 93R17, Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle and Mossberg 500 series SPX Tactical 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/
I tackled the COVID course with a handful of guns to include:

A Ruger 10/22 chambered in .22 LR.
A Savage 93R17 chambered in the fast and deadly .17 HMR.
A Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle chambered in .223 Remington.
A Mossberg 500 series SPX Tactical 12-gauge shotgun firing 1-ounce slugs.

The COVID-19 ball I fabricated from styrofoam and Q-tips. (Photo: Ben Philippi/
The COVID ball was engaged


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