Originally Posted by Surftaco
How well am I shooting. I still consider myself a noob. When would one consider oneself a novice shooter or even further on down the line an expert shooter?
In the Air Force if you can shoot 35 out of 40 targets you were considered an expert with the M-16. Some people are actually able to come off of the streets and shoot this. Even with a subpar M-16. When I say that these "range" M-16s are used and abused and are rarely cleaned proper.
I know there are new standards on expert. But we only ever get to shoot that gun unless we are deploying. Which is rather laughable now that we augment a lot of army convoys.
You're doing OK for sure. I have never been a "group" or bullseye shooter so I'm not a good judge either. My "requirements" are to be able to shoot quickly at 7-10 yards and keep everything in a 4-5 inch circle at POA. This is why I like the bowling pin matches so much. The goal there is to clear 5 pins off a table at 7 yards as fast as you can. I've shot a sub 5 second round before and lost, so it can be really competitive.
As far as shooting expert in the AF - yup, that was a joke. I have a lazy right eye (about 20/100 or worse) and I shot expert every time - even with the abused range M-16s we had...