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Old 06-06-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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I’m new to shooting, and I’d like to know some thoughts around the best ways to practice. I do my shooting at an indoor range, with a maximum distance of 75 yards. I’ve seen some posts here which describe shooting drills, but if I get too carried away with shooting from a prone position or rapid fire, they will kick me out of the range.

Anyway, I’ve found that about 100 - 200 rounds is all I like to shoot at one session. Any more rounds than that, and I lose my concentration and the groups aren’t very tight. I typically shoot in the 20, 25, 30 range, but there is no purpose to the distance I’m selecting, just what I feel like.

Should I start close, like 20 feet, and then move to 25 and further? Or is it better to start from further away and work back in? Honestly, I have no idea what I can do to become better shot other than shoot more often. But I’d hate to aimlessly fire off rounds when there is a more efficient way to train.

Any help or routine is appreciated.



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Old 06-06-2007, 10:15 PM   #2
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Shooting drills? What I have always done, usually at the start of a day (or end) and when the range is thinned out, is to set up Targets, for my Pistol, Rifle and shotguns! I set them up at Different Ranges and different required stances and use the different firearms to engage the Targets! I like to Simulate what I have seen in the real world, some wayy close up (2-5FT) out to like you mentioned like 75 yards! Of course the Rifle/Carbine and shotgun get a work out at close and far ranges as well and It turns into a rather fun day! I'm usually Bushed, my old bones, don't run the course as well as my younger one did, but I have learned lessons from this and It's been a Train as ya fight deal and Memory Fads, but not the scores that I have written down or when I have Video of that set? LOL It's best to set up what you feel Comfortable with, train towards what your trying to improve at and mix a bit of what you see and know has challenged you in the past?



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Depending on range rules I would try shooting 3 rounds and then rendering the weapon safe and laying it on the tray or if they will let you holstering the weapon. Then re-engage with three more rounds, reload and repeat. This will closely resemble an actual exchange and force you to become familiar with all aspects of your firearm. Many ranges will not let you draw and reholster. If that is the case laying the weapon down on the firing tray or bench will at least train you to grip, flip off the safety and aim the firearm repeatedly, as well as making the firearm safe after shooting. You can always practice drawing and reholstering with an unloaded weapon at home. Now, why 3 rounds? My CCH and firearms instructors have always told me that in most real encounters less than three shots are fired by any party. This helps stress being accurate with your first few rounds. The ability to quickly acquire a target and then eliminate that threat is what it's all about after all.

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Now, why 3 rounds? My CCH and firearms instructors have always told me that in most real encounters less than three shots are fired by any party. This helps stress being accurate with your first few rounds. The ability to quickly acquire a target and then eliminate that threat is what it's all about after all.
Is this information based on individual gun fights? We occasionally hear about police shooting a large number of shots at a suspect when there's a few officers involved. Does group psychology change the number of rounds fired? It would be interesting to find out.
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Yeah, this is supposedly based on the average encounter... whatever that is. I am often amazed by the number of rounds used in some of the more infamous police encounters. I understand that it is hard to be accurate during an adrenaline dump but jeez.



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