Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Range time

Last week I practiced using firearms from sitting, kneeling, laying on the ground, standing unsupported, and standing while using a tree for both rifle and pistol support.

Put some shots from a Ruger LC9s on a 2-foot by 2-foot steel target at 100 yards (I apparently had a couple of misses as well). I also practiced on targets at more typical pistol self-defense distances.

On the downside, the session was my first attempt at prone shooting since getting bifocals a few months back, and I found them to be a little awkward at first when using a scoped rifle from a prone position (Gonna need to work on my form there).

I've recently been putting in my firearms practice at a private range, allowing for more freedom of movement, more options in distance shooting, and more diverse placement of targets. It's taking me almost twice as much time getting to and from said range than I'm spending on range itself, but I think it's worth the effort.

Question for those who tout firearms they own as a means of self or home defense: How often do you train, and how realistically do you train? And yes, there's more to training with a firearm than just putting in range time, especially if you hope to be effective in a a high stress situation.

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