Seeing how beautiful the weather was today I decided to take the day “gone shooting”. Other than the day I tested my steel target set-up, I haven’t been out slinging lead since hunting season, so I decided to start out with some “grease the groove” pistol work to knock off the rust. As the season progresses I will work back towards more dynamic movement and engagement sequences:
I don’t know if the swinging of the target in this set-up is a good thing or a bad one from a training standpoint. Something I have to keep working with to figure out.
I then moved onto a rifle/transition drill I put together: 10 round magazine in the AR and do the following; 50 yd silhouette 3 COM/2 Head, 100yd 5 rounds on 7″ dia plate, 7yd: 3 rounds on 7″ dia plate. Wash, rinse, reload and repeat.
Again…I know…no movement, no use of cover etc. This is just a “warm-up” (and I haven’t built my own barricades yet. Another project), with the intent of knocking off a little rust.
This drill got me thinking about the relationship between range necessity, drill realism and how you have to compromise between the two at times. You will probably think “why shoot at the 50 yd target with a target right on top of you at 7 yds??” And you would be correct in asking, but I’m not shooting a high velocity rifle round at a steel plate that close. In “real life” I wouldn’t transition to a pistol to shoot at a person that close either; so for the sake of the drill I had to set-up a mental “scenario” that had initial targets at 50 and 100 yards and the 7 yd target would be a “surprise” bad guy that jumped into view after I ran out of rifle ammo. Try to remain conscious of the discrepancy between “train as you fight” and “train safely”.
PS- After a re-paint the targets look like this. The one on the left has only had .40 S&W from about 7 yards on it, the one on the right mostly .223 rem 55 grn. from 100 yards.