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Old 05-10-2011, 11:36 PM   #11
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Practice should vary
Perfect practice on one thing is worse than no practice.
Follow Bear's advice. Be quick at short ranges, be sure at longer.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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WoC - I've been to both Thunder Ranch and Valhalla for hands on training in self defense firearm training. I have been a shooter all my life, since I was 5 anyways, and I have read a ton books on defensive & combat shooting.

So? Big deal. What's that worth? Nothing really.

Grand total, I have exactly ZERO experience in shooting someone. I've drawn my CC weapon twice in my life, never had to point it, or shoot it.

Never taken a life, never had to make that choice, and have never been in a situation where I truly had to make that choice.

I am happy about that actually. I pray that never changes.

But the fact is the use of a handgun is to defend yourself UNTIL you get a rifle in your hands.

A handgun round at 25 yards is going to be, in fact, highly ineffective against most male assailants, merely because of trajectory and penetration ability.

Hitting them isn't enough, you need the ability to successfully end the threat.

Now, as has been pointed out, a "threat" at 25 yards is one that can be escaped/avoided or negated.

A thread at 7 yards is NOT one that can be negated or avoided.

Shooting with a controlled sight picture, from a stable triangle stance, with controlled breathing and all the time in the world is NOT the same as drawing from a holster and shooting a target at 7 yards with adrenaline coursing and no sight picture.

Pull. Point. Shoot. Did you hit the target?

Rob Pincus, the mastermind behind Valhalla and "Combat Focus", his proven self defense shooting system teaches that your responsibility is to end a threat. When "the average" shooter is confronted with a threat they INSTINCTIVELY focus on that threat.

With Combat Focus they are taught to shoot to eliminate that threat. Usually at varying ranges from 5 to 10 yards and always by pop up targets/innocents to test your vision and decision making skills.

Essentially my very long post to your simple question comes down to this:

A pistol is a short range defensive weapon.

25-50 yards is a long gun's realm.

Hope that helps.

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:29 AM   #13
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I am certainly not any expert, I tend to like to practice at longer distances.
While the fast draw and fire is fun and I do a limited amount of it I am far happier when I practice precision shooting at 25 to 200 yards.
It seems to me that this is the way to learn what you and your gun are capable of.
As far as I can see the secret is to be comfortable with your ability and spend as much time as possible with your gun in your hand.
You would probably get a real kick out of N,R.A Bullseye shooting.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:00 AM   #14
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I've seen you shoot at long range, and was impressed!
Your question only gives me another excuse for a trip to the range and more practice at close range and more importantly, knowing exactly where my weapon is at all times, whether carrying, or on the seat next to me in the truck.
When the adrenaline rush hits from a SHTF encounter, I hope my memory serves me right.
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there ar two types of shooters and some that live in the middle. growing up most of my shooting was hunting small game like rabbits and squirrels. i did not own a handgun until i was 21 and the first one was a desert eagle in 357 mag. so i wasnt a serious handgun shooter until after i left the army and even then it wasnt about self defense and more about just plinking.

only in the last ten years or so have i gotten serious about SD practice. if your not using your handgun for self defense there is nothing wrong at enjoying the art of hitting longer range targets with a handgun.
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There are valid reasons to shoot fast and close as well as at distance. My practice consists of multiple targets at variable, random ranges. Occasionally I will set targets at 25 - 50 yards for slow, accurate fire.

Varying your practice can only help your overall skill.
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In real life shootings at very close range, an amazing percentage of rounds miss the target, even from veteran, experienced police officers. Ultra high stress and a massive, sudden adrenalin dump can have a very strange effect on marksmanship.

Whether it be distance, or basic marksmanship, practice using a variety of scenarios. Learn to shoot standing, sitting, laying on your butt (simulated getting knocked down), using your support hand, etc. Think outside the box and try to be prepared for the unexpected.

It is one thing to stand up at a range and shoot at paper targets, or at Bambi in the woods, but it is quite another thing to shoot at someone who shoots back at you. That'll tend to rattle most folks.
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I practice at 7 to 10 yards as that is 10 to 12 steps away walking, 7 to 10 steps running, depending on the person and walking or running that is 3 to 15 seconds. I also practice with three or four shot rapid fire as I don't have a magic bullet that will stop a threat with one shot. With luck the first shot will put them down but not chancing my life on luck. Shooting papper is far different than shooting an aggeressor, in that moment in time training/practice is what decieds who goes home and who doesn't. I can shoot at a longer distance with my pistol aimed at a static traget but that isn't the skill requied if need my firearm. Sort of like driving your car, yes you can go 120 MPH but how often is that going to be something you need to do? Practice what you expect you will need to do and practice that until it is a habit.

At the local public range I've had this conversation several times, typically started by "dude anyone can hit a target from there". I share pretty much the above thought and most can't put 1-4 center mass, if picking there pistol up off the bench and aquire target with out taking more time than they may have. In a position of already on target most get the first in center mass, 2-4 were often out of center mass. Practice what the tool in hand is intended for.
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Thank you very much for all the answers. I see now what I had been missing and not understanding/knowing before. I will practice speed at close range when I go shooting. But I also like the skill/thrill, of hitting the target at far range. I'll do much more close, quick shooting from now on.
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Originally Posted by pioneer461 View Post
In real life shootings at very close range, an amazing percentage of rounds miss the target, even from veteran, experienced police officers.
Back in high school when I worked summers at a local amusement park we had a problem with a particular stray(unlicensed) dog. Eventually park management call the local police to put the dog down. With the dog 3-4 yards away, standing still, tongue lolling, the "veteran, experienced police officer" missed ... six times. After he reloaded though he did finally get him.
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