How do you spend your time at the range?
Just out of curiosity, I wanted to know from you guys how you guys spend your time at the gun range?
When I go to the range I usually stay at 7-10yds. 15 yards rarely. I usually slow shoot for accuracy, but in your opinion what are some good range use time for practice/self defense routine such as point shooting, double taps, weak hand, single hand fire, etc?
I usually post up my targets up at 3 yards and dry fire for 5 minutes aiming at my targets.
Then I stretch out a bit. After a relaxed session it's time to rock 'n roll!
Begin at 3 yards and work my way out; self-critiquing my accuracy.
I take a lot of breaks to relax. So in a real-life situation, I'll be able to keep my head on straight rather than by emotional rush and irrationality.
I practice with two-handed/one-handed drills and different stances. El Presidente and slight movement in my little booth.
After that, wipe the Glock down and pick up a pizza in time for the Laker game.
I do draw and fire from 1 meter out to 15 (and occasionally 25) on single and multiple targets. Then I do some movement drills (boxes and snakes, mostly). Finish up with a few scenarios.
I don't shoot at an established range, obviously. The Safety Nazis there would be sent into instant cardiac arrest.
Edit: I should note that my interest in pistols is purely defensive, so I don't really do a whole lot of truly recreational shooting.
Last edited by Mike Barham; 12-15-2007 at 09:03 AM.
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I generally shoot like U do, Al
It depends on which gun I happen to be shooting. If I'm shooting my Blackhawk, I shoot 25 to 100 yds at zero targets. BTW my Blackhawk is primarily a hunting SA .357 mag. If I'm shooting my TZ99 9mm, Witness .45 ACP, or my wife's P-11 Kel-Tec, I shoot from 5 to 30 ft at sillohette or bulls eye targets. And I'll shoot 5 ft to 25 yds with my Security-Six .357 mag.
Just a thought on this, when we shoot archery we start out at 60yrds and work our way in, because it makes the shots you are more likely to take 20-30 yrds way easier(at least in your mind).
Begin at 3 yards and work my way out
Now if you adapt this to handgun shooting, starting at 25yrd and working in you will be surprised to see how tight you shoot at 3-5yrds.
Its just a thought, may not work out for you or anyone but it can't hurt to try and I know I hate it when I have reason to spend more time at the range shooting
My range firing is always two mags per sheet (15 rounds per target; the primary target sheet at my local range has two 12" 25yd pistol targets). Every target is marked with the intended exercise before I hang it. I warm up with one sheet at 5 yards, aimed fire, take the time to make good shots with good fundamentals. I then repeat at 7 or 10 yards, then 15. I always do at least that much even if I'm trying to conserve ammmo (I may do one bulls-eye instead of one full sheet at each range).
If I then want to continue (I will have fired between 45 and 90 rounds; I average 150-200 per trip so this is a decent halfway point), I either stay between 10 and 15 yards and continue working on fundamentals with the same pistol sheets, and/or I head back to the counter and buy a couple of "specialty" targets; silhouette for quick-fire exercises, 5-target sheets for double-taps, or if I have a shooting buddy, a 6-square numbered sheet for called-fire exercises.
Quick-fire starts at drawn and down (can't draw from a holster at the range), and at some signal (a fluttering of the target, signal from shooting buddy, or just me) I lift, point and shoot as fast as possible. More than a second and I'm dead; fail to hit the target and I'm dead.
Double taps are between 3 and 5 yards and the object is lift, aim and double-tap quickly to hit the target (each target round is 3" diameter). Drop and pause, then repeat. You can also do it from "interview stance" with gun ready. Rapid fire is not allowed at this range, but double-taps are, so it's the closest to shot-after-shot accuracy I can do.
Finally, called fire is done either as double-taps on pairs of numbers called by a shooting buddy (2-6, 3-5, 1-6, 2-4, etc), or as one number, one shot, either one done as fast as possible with a stopwatch recording clear time. Usually that qualifies as rapid fire (shots < 1 second apart) so I have to get permission from the rangemaster. I've only done this once as finding a shooting buddy is sometimes difficult, but man does it make a difference.
The last clips I fire are a cool-down of aimed fire at 7 yards or double-taps at 3. It's a confidence booster, and ends the trip on a high note. By this time I have generally fired at least 150 rounds and as many as 250, and my shoulders are usually killing me.
I have fired my HD ammo (Federal 124gr HydraShoks) for QA, but I generally do not fire a clip of the HD ammo as a regular occurrence. The recoil is actually less than my plinking rounds, and the only time that would be a hindrance is during rapid fire which I cannot practice at the range. I do fire off what I have on occasion to rotate stock as it were, since the HD rounds I keep in the clip get unloaded and re-loaded on occasion and can get a bit banged up, and ammo kept in the clip a long time can absorb lubricating oil from the gun and mag, resulting in squibs.
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