Range Practice.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by doctherock, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I know a large number of you on here go to a range with the nice bench rests, however, we all don't have that luxury.

    When I go out to practice it is in the woods off a logging road, no rests, no benches. I tend to practice either standing or kneeling shooting off shoulder with no rest. I hate to toot my own horn but I'm pretty good at it.

    How do others here get their practice in? Do you practice off a bench rest that you wont likely have when SHTF or do you switch it up and shoot prone, off shoulder, sitting, kneeling and from cover? I personally see the benefit of shooting in all styles. If we ever have to flee the security of our homes then we should be prepared for all situations that arise and from a defensive standpoint that means being good in all shooting positions and in all conditions.

    Being able to quickly re-load the weapons is also key, from reloading an entire magazine to fast magazine loads into the rifle and pistol we are using.

    I ask you all this, what are some things you do that you feel would help in a real world SHTF situation, what are some things you might share that we don't all do on a regular basis to better ourselves?

    IGETEVEN, I do hope you will share with us on this as I have read a great amount of your posts and your experience in the real world would be greatly helpful.
     
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  2. Logan2302

    Logan2302 New Member

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    If you can fire with no rest accurately that's the best!! With my health problems I have to rest off a tree or from sitting position.

    Sometime I want to try a set of various height shooting sticks.
     

  3. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Those sticks are everywhere here in the northwest. As a matter of fact I have used sticks laying in a slash pile when lining up and checking a herd of deer. Never fired from them though because I'll be damned if every time I saw a large group there were no bucks to be found.
     
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  4. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Not for SHTF, but...

    I don't practice near as much as what I'd like to but when I can, it's more than likely to be on rabbits. I'll definitely say that this is more like shooting than hunting, but we're allowed to spotlight vermin down here, so the majority of my big game practice is on small game from the back of the ute (truck :D). Most shots on rabbits are performed freehand but when a fox is spotted the rifle is rested over the headboard to get a nice steady shot so the possibility of missing is reduced. Foxes that have been shot at before are VERY fast learners! Freehand shooting under lights has improved my hunting in the field.

    When sighting in the rifles I shoot prone over a bipod with a sandbag rear rest.
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I would like to do other positions but as I have a slight weight problem I can't lay on the ground because if I did my arms and legs wouldn't touch the ground and all I would do is sit there and flail about and teeter back and forth.

    I used to shoot from many different positions. Army training was good for that.
     
  6. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Hehehe :D:p
     
  7. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Tango id pay good money to see that.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    So would I.
     
  9. mag_01

    mag_01 New Member

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    Range practice

    I have allways shot A pistol in A standing postion and an ocasionaly prone. As far as rifle I will bench rest new or reloaded ammo for testing groups and placement on target. Then all shooting is done standing --- will eventally get to prone or sitting postions. The two most important parts of good performance is Trigger pull and sight picture. keep em in the black --- Tom
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That was funnier than all get out. I've seen your shartfoo video. You are not fat.
     
  11. hogrider

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    My wife uses a pair of shooting sticks. She likes them and learned to adjust the height without thinking about it. Just spread them far apart to start with then pull up to the height you need. She out shoots me big time. Hate to say it but it's a fact. Maybe I should start using them as well.
     
  12. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    As would I, but I don't think Tango is quite that big! :p

    I only use rest support when I am shooting long distances. In the field, that can be prone, depending on the terrain, or I have got into the habit of carting around a mono leg expandable shooting stick. Portable, reliable and works great, especially in all kinds of weather. I can use it for both rifle and pistol and I can stand, kneel or sit, depending on said terrain and I utilize my rifle sling for better stability, and the shooting stick makes a great walking stick, as well. At the range, when I do bench shoot, I am usually doing sighting adjustment and using bore lasers, so I will use a bi-pod or sandbag, depending on what needs to be done.

    90% of my shooting is freestyle, so I am a firm believer of short distance assaults; shoot, move strategically, cover, access situation, and shoot some more! :cool:
     
  13. IXLR8

    IXLR8 New Member

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    Oops wrong forum...
     
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  14. Cory2

    Cory2 New Member

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    Your eyes may be cross dominant. Meaning your left eye may be dominant. I am cross dominant. Its fine with pistols as i shoot right handed i just turn my head more to look down the sights with my left eye. With rifles i just deal with it. Ive been shooting right handed all my life and ive yet to meet a rifle that can out shoot me so i see no reason to switch things up just because my left eye is dominant.
     
  15. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I am a lefty but do to injuries as a child I learned to use both hands. I now shoot left or right with both pistol and rifle, although I prefer right handed pistol and left hand rifle. I tell you one thing though I tried firing one handed and the right side was no problem, left side didnt like it to much.
     
  16. powg

    powg New Member

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    practice

    just keep doing what your doing .....informal practice ........no benches or rest ,etc is the best practice on can do ,especially if you hunt...just like a bow hunter that walks and stalks ,shooting judo tips at stumps and sticks .i would bet that you shoot better offhand better than a ''paper'' sniper can shoot offhand. i would also bet that many of the rambo/operator/sniper guys with the latest mega $$$$$$$$-super toys dont shoot enough to be lethal at half the distance that their weapon is designed for ..but what do i know ,im just a peckerwood/ redneck with alot of (legally killed) deer meat in the freezer
     
  17. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    POWG Im a peckerhead/redneck too.
     
  18. powg

    powg New Member

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    brother from another mother

    im ambidextrious too ...broke my rt wrist/arm bad when i was 9 ....had to learn how to write left handed .get this: im cross- eye dominant ...shoot pistol right handed ,right hand bow, left hand rifle ,shotgun, switch hit baseball,southpaw fighter ..........love older red headed barflies with big asses
     
  19. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I bat and throw right handed, throw like a sissy with the left.