January 2008 Challenge
This one is a real chops-buster. It's a trigger control exercise that Rob Leatham teaches. The object is to try to shoot the smallest 3-shot group you can. Here's the twist: One shot 2-handed, one shot right-handed, one shot left-handed. Do that a few times, and you will start to become one with your trigger!
Here's your target:
Set it at seven yards.
There are four targets on the page, so you've got four chances to shoot the perfect one-hole group. Shoot all three shots on a target (Both/Right/Left - or whatever order you want) before moving on to the next target.
Don't be shy about posting your target if you don't shoot small groups. Nobody does, so everybody's target is going to look like hell. (Rob Leatham says he does this exercise all the time, and has fired a total of two one-hole groups in his life.)
I'll go first. First try was pretty good (upper left), but then things went downhill. Two in one hole on the upper right target, but the RH only shot got away. After that, it got uglier.
Click on thumbnail to see larger pic.
Try it -- it's hard!
ETA: Kimber Stainless Target, .45 ACP CCI Blazer Brass 230 FMJ
Here's my entry:
Top two targets, XD9SC. Bottom two, XD45.
Then for fun... 5 shot groups, one handed, 9mm top, 45 bottom:
Then just 10 shots w/ the 45.
All shot at 7yds...
Hard, isn't it? (Well, for me it is!)
- Take 3 sheets of printer paper, 8.5X11, write a large 5, 7, and 10 in the middle of each,
- Hang in three ranges/alleys, at 5, 7, and 10M,
- Shoot from the center alley, 2 shots in each paper, in less than 5 seconds.
- Start with the gun barrel touching the range table, have someone say "go", and start the clock. Six shots, double-taps, on three targets.
Honor system as always, but give us your hits, and your time. Stopping the clock on the last shot...
What do you think?
I think I am going to try this if I can make it to the range this weekend. Nice 45 group, Jeff. Looks very fimilar - my XD45 surprises me every time I shoot it.
I think I will have the most trouble with the left hand shot. I can probably count on one hand how many times I have fired any of my guns using only my left hand... should be fun!
Well here are a couple of my sheets from today. The one on the left is my Beretta (9mm); the one on the right is my Glock (357sig).
I think my best ones are lower left on both sheets or maybe the upper right on the right sheet.
I was definitely right about my felt hand being the weak point. I would get two in the black with the Beretta but blow it and put one off the target completely with my left hand thus ruining the set. 90% of my LH shots were going way high and right. I did a lot better with the Glock in my left hand because it has a longer smooth trigger pull where the Beretta is more of a snap pull. With the right hand and both I was better with the Beretta.
That was fun and pretty challenging at the same time.
I'd like to, but for these online "challenges," we are kind of limited to accuracy tests only. Most people don't have electronic timers (which if you use at a public range, pick up everybody else's shots). Most people don't have the option of setting up multiple targets. (I rarely do. At the indoor range where I shoot most, you get one lane and that's it.) So, the challenge is to come up with something fun, but hard. Many of us can stand there and chew the center out of a target all day long, and that gets boring. That's why I like this month's -- nobody shoots little one-ragged hole groups on this drill, and it really is an excellent trigger-consciousness exercise.
Originally Posted by JeffWard
For February, I've already got one that just kicks my a**. Got a good one for March, too. (Hilarious, fun as all get out, but hard.) Wait.
Well, I think I pulled it off, but just barely. Top right target, fired with my Glock 34 9mm and aluminum-cased Blazer FMJ ammo:
I also tried it with my G17; the results weren't nearly as pretty, so I'll keep that target to myself.
Outstanding, DJNIner! Three shots touching is almost unheard of.
The rest of you, get out to the range and give this a try. This is one of those things where you don't have to be ashamed to post pics of your target if the shots are all over the place. It's normal for your shots to be all over the place on this drill. Plus, it is excellent trigger control practice.
Boy, I need to check in more often.
I'll print the target and get back to you.....better late than never, right?
Might try this tomorrow. I'll post if I do. I can promise awful (and entertaining) results
...and now the nominee for ugliest target...
So I gave this a try, even though it was bloody windy today. I don't have a printer that works so I used a substitute target. My circles are 4 inches in diameter. Still done at 7 yards. I did it with both guns I took with me today: a walther PPK in .380 and my 9mm XD service.
Pretty ugly, eh? My excuses include being bloody windy today, being a quite novice with a handgun still, and this being a very difficult exercise.
In other news, I shot my 1000th shot with a handgun today! Here's the rest of my range trip.
Yep, better late than never. It's a tough challenge, and a good drill to add to the practice routine, for trigger control.
Originally Posted by Jake
DJNiner gets Bragging Rights for the month, with three holes touching -- well done!
Now everybody go try the February Challenge!
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