I Guess a Newbie Has to Start Somewhere
My name is Robert. I bought my first handgun in April 2009 for home defense. It is a Ruger SP101. I took the NRA Self-Protection Course and qualified using that revolver. I got my Ohio CCW permit and then bought a Ruger LCR to carry in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster.
I practice once a week. I have a 35-round routine that I follow which concentrates on shooting at a target 7.5 yards (22.5 ft) away. I was told that there is some collelation between 7.5 yards and a definition of self-defense. Regardless, I have no desire to be a long-range target shooter. I just want to be good when it will really be necessary to me to be good. I shoot 5 slow-fire as a warm-up, 25 starting from a low-ready position and 5 rapid fire after acquiring the target in my sights. I always hit the paper and almost always somewhere in the body image area. But I do not seem to be getting any more accurate. The guys at the range told be not to get discouraged since the snub-nose LCR is tough to shoot and the target is "small" - and I should follow the "aim small, miss small" approach. Herein lies my question and the main reason I joined the Group.
I use a B-34 REV RC target. I cannot find any information as to how the size of the target relates to its intended distance. I cannot find out what the body size on the target is supposed to represent. Is the B-34 designed to present the size of an opponent at a specific distance ... like 50 ft? If so, what am I accomplishing by using that target at a much-shorter distance ... like 22.5 ft? Is it giving me a 50% smaller target "size" and should I be tailoring my expectations accordingly?
Any insight would be appreciated.