Range practice distances

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by RTMiller, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. RTMiller

    RTMiller New Member

    What distances do you normally shoot from when you go to the practice range with your handgun?
    Is there a standard close and far distance that most people practice from?
    Is seven yards too close?
    What would you consider to be too far?
  2. SHSBulldog06

    SHSBulldog06 New Member

    depends on the handgun, on my kimber 3" the farthest I ever go is 25yds but I usually practice at about 15 yds or so. 7 yds is def. not too close in my book, and anything over 25 yds is too far for me.

    But if I am shooting a glock or my springfield xd 40 I usually go about 175 yds...:rolleyes:
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2010

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    What are you practicing for?

    Personal Defense, Competition, Range Lizard Plinking?

    I shoot 80%+ PD to keep my carry skills up. This includes the draw.

    I shoot, and instruct PD at CQB distance and closer. (~6.5 meters or 21') Think Tueller Drill.

    I start a noobie at 3 meters or about ten feet. The object is to build confidence and have fun. The worst thing you can do to a nicky-new-guy is to stick a target out at fifty feet and hand the guy a gun he has never shot. After two or three mags with no hits on paper he's ready to head home or get a beer!

    Put that same guy 10 feet from the target and watch him learn how to walk a round in to the ten ring. Success builds success and you will more than likely run out of ammo before he wants that beer.

    Let the student tell you when he wants more challenge. He won't say "move the target out" but more likely say this is easy. That's your clue he's getting board and time to put 50% more range on the target.

    I bet more noobies have been put off by a long distance introduction to firearms. They rarely will return to shooting fearful of experiencing the failure of his maiden voyage.

    At this close range it is easier to make corrections to form and placement with a much higher success rate. Once you embark on a path and experience instant success, the remaining journey is pleasurable. I would probably be playing golf today instead of shooting, if the distance to the flag was adjustable.

    Ignore the long ball shooters around you. If you have selected a PD gun for CCW, IMHO, any shot > 15 meters isn't personal defense, it's hunting!
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Bulldog, I think I'm gonna call BS on that distance. [​IMG]
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Why? I regularly shoot 200 yards with my model 36 snubbie. But it took a while to learn the correct loft needed. ;)

    I shoot from seven to 25 yards with a handgun. All of my handguns are for defense, not hunting.
  6. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

    For CC/defensive practice I usually focus on between 3 and 10 yards, with the majority at 7yards.

    Starting to shoot competition has me also doing some practice at longer distances 10 to 30 yards. I just heard our sectional championship in september will have one stage that will have a string fired at 60yards-----------weak hand:eek:
  7. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

    That's pretty much what I stick to as well.
  8. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    Any more than 10 yards and it is not self defense.

    I'm a golfer and I train with my CC weapon the same way. Most of my shots at the golf range are wedges and 9 iron. After all that work on form and follow-through I shoot a few balls with my driver. It keeps me much more in tune with the fundamentals.

    On the gun range, 80% or more within 10 yards (and even most of those in 2 or 3 rounds at a time) and only a magazine or two at 15-25 yards (my indoor range only goes out that far).
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    My ccw guns? 7 yds. My target guns? 25 and 50 yds. My hunting guns? 100 yds. And the 100yds is not fast draw double tap 2 handed.
  10. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

    I would vote for practicing from 2-10 yards for self defense. Put in a strong dose of angled movement on your part (shooting while you move) and a draw from concealment. That's a good starting point. Oh and I almost forgot, multi hits in center mass:D.
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Normally for handgun checkouts, I use 15 yds. For accuracy practice, 15-50 yds. Draw and fire practice is 7-50 yds. I believe that if I can "center-mass" at 50, then I should be able to "center-mass" at 7.
  12. GMACK

    GMACK New Member

    Yesterday the wife and I went out to our range so she could get in some practice in with her snub 38. She engaged IPSC targets from 2 yds to 10 yds. My reasoning is that would be about max distance in our home you would have a clear shot. Close in shots were taken one handed with the elbow tucked in to he side. As for me I usually shoot from about 3 yds to 25 yds. Most of it done at 10 to 15 yds.
  13. Dizzll

    Dizzll New Member

    Me personally I shoot for self defense, not to be a marksman or compete. So I try different positions at 21feet and under. Just got drilled in my head at POST academy about lethal force under 21feet. So I do different hands, kneeling, prone, etc...
  14. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    10ft., 20ft., and 30ft.! I'm usually alone at the range, so I can do pretty much what I feel I need work on.

    When others are there, however; the distance is 30ft. and beyond, no holster draws, and no rapin fire or motion shooting.
  15. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    Most of my pistol shooting is done at 7 yards but it ranges from 3-25. I'm starting to get into longer range pistol shooting but that's being done with a 357 and a 44 with long barrels.
  16. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    This is me as well. Very rarely do I go out past 10 yards with a handgun...
  17. BigO01

    BigO01 New Member

    While that is quite true CHLChris there are perfectly legal and reasonable reasons that a person may still need to fire their weapon for the DEFENSE of another person at ranges far beyond what most people seem to think are justified .

    I had to draw my 357 when a group of men all armed with clubs and approaching my family while making a clear verbal threat to my wife and raising his baseball bat about to hit her , the range was about 20 feet but it could just have easily been at almost any distance since it happened in our front yard .

    When it comes to dealing with danger there are no rules and never have been any , those that think otherwise are illprepared for the nasty things that life can deal out to them .
  18. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

    I agree. I start at 7 yrds and work my way out to 25 yrds max, just for fun. I know that >7 is the range that will pay real dividends if a situation were to arrise.
    Practice realistic distances, then have some fun further out! Just practice.
  19. freefall

    freefall New Member

    With my .22 revolver or Mark I, I usually shoot at fired 12 ga hulls at 15 to 25 yds. With centerfires usually 5 to 25 yds. When I lived in the country I used to stretch it further, but don't wish to re-open that can of worms.
  20. Uchahi

    Uchahi New Member

    I have always hear that most shoots occur in less than 10 feet.
    Based on that I shoot my smaller guns at like 12-15 feet.
    My .357 I shoot like 25 feet. (Getting better shoot the little guy in the corner about 15 feet and hit 3 of 5 on the body or face.) My new carry I just purchased I shot it about everything under 15. Of course one hand, two hand, left hand alll that stuff you should know how to do BEFORE carring.