Shooting distances

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NGIB, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I read a lot of posts about shooting longish distances with handguns. In one recent post, a fella was sighting in a baby Glock at 25 yards. Maybe it's just me but I've never seen a need to worry about using a handgun farther than 10 yards or so. I rarely practice shooting any of mine over 10 yards and I generally shoot at 5-7 yards.

    Now, if I was planning to hunt with a handgun I could see the need to practice at longer ranges. IMHO, handguns are basically defensive type weapons and if someone is 25 or more yards away - they aren't much of a threat to me. Do y'all shoot at longer range with your handguns?
     
  2. lonyaeger

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    H-E-double hockey sticks NO! Thanks.
     

  3. Mr. Bluesky

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    I shoot at 10 and 20, but then again, I don't carry yet. I do okay at 10 yards, fairly consistent 1.5-2 inch groupings with factory sights, considering I've only been shooting for a couple months, but my 20-yard targets usually look like I'm using a shotgun. >.>
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I practice at 7 to 15 yards.
     
  5. Kain

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    I always feel like I'm cheating at 10 yards or less.

    I usually do most of my shooting at 15-20 yards.
     
  6. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I enjoy longer distances, so I do a fair bit of shooting at 25 yards (maximum distance at my indoor range) or more (at the silhoutte range, etc.). Although it might not be essential for SD training, it sure is fun.
     
  7. Dillinger

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    I usually warm up at 5 to 7 yards and then I shoot at 15. That's 45 feet.

    At 45 feet, if there is a threat, I can make distance, E&E or otherwise counter-engage.

    After all, the minute you pull that weapon, something is going to happen. And something involving the law, or a lawsuit, will most likely follow.

    I do shoot at least a couple of mags through at about 19 or 20 yards, just to keep the skill set fresh, but I do not make a habit of trying to shoot mag after mag into a target at 25 yards.

    Now, if we are shooting for fun and competition over who has to buy lunch afterwards, well, that is a whole 'nother story. :p
     
  8. Yunus

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    I usually shoot at around 20 yards or 50 yards. It's more because of the range than anything else. It would be nice to have a 5 yard and 10 yard target to shoot but the chance of getting hit with shrapnel goes up when your that close where I shoot.
     
  9. skullcrusher

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    I rarely shoot over 20 yds. I start at 5-7 and then move to 10-12. I have shot longer distances just to see, but for good practice, never. I have a friend who is new to hand guns, and I have a hard time getting him to understand the shorter engage distances. It has been a test of my patience, but he is starting to get the idea. He was upset that he rarely put one on paper at 20 yards with his new .357 snubbie....:rolleyes:
     
  10. diggsbakes

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    Wow. That doesn't sound like fun to me. I can't even stand to shoot indoors.

    I practice at 7-15 yards with semis and snubbies and around 25-35 yards for long barreled, big bore revolvers. (bears)
     
  11. Gojubrian

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    For practical purposes I keep it inside 10yards. For fun, I shoot out to 25yards just to see what I can do. I count all the hits as dumb luck at that range.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you! At any range, shooting handguns is just fun.
     
  12. lonyaeger

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    Really? 50 yards? What kind of pistol do you shoot at 50 yards?
     
  13. skullcrusher

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    There are big bore long barreled pistols used for hunting that will shoot accurately over 50 yds and even to 100 yds. For instance, the law in Ohio is .357 or larger, 5" barrel or longer and walled cartridge.
     
  14. jbshoots

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    i hit a gallon milk jug 1 out if 6 shots the one time i tried it at 50 yards or so with my ruger .357 mag revolver w/ 6 inch barrel, but i usually shoot hand guns at somewhere around 7-10 yards. maybe up to 20 if i'm doing good.

    for me, pistol range is 0-20 yds, shotgun is 20-50 yds (a little farther with slugs), and 50+ yds is rifle range.
     
  15. lonyaeger

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    Right, just wondering what Yunus uses at that range.
     
  16. Yunus

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    My glock model 22 and my 1911 and even .22 LR in a ruger Mark IV and Walther p22. I'm not shooting for bullseye accuracy at that range, it's a 4' tall 3' wide metal plate I'm shooting and I know I hit it when I hear the 'ting'.
     
  17. lonyaeger

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    Thanks, I understand.
     
  18. Viking

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    50 to 100 yards with a 44 Redhawk, striving to hit smaller targets at those ranges helps me to more accurate at 25 to 35 yards which is the average distance that I have shot most of the deer I've gotten. For my XDm and Cougar 40's, 7 to 20 yards. For purposes of taking care of any future BG's, the further away from me that they are taken care of the less likely I'll be wounded or killed, of course this is hoping for best case scenario because more than likely deadly battles with BG's will be within 10 yards. Considering how close that is one better be really good at totally incapacitating the attacker before they are able to put a round into you.
     
  19. shirt001

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    The length of my hallway is the farthest I practice with my handgun, about 12-15 feet. Since nearly all gunfights have occurred at the 5-10 ft range, this is a good practice distance for me. I am assuming we are talking mostly self defense and not hunting. I just can't see practicing with a handgun at 25 yards(other than hunting). If you need to shoot an attacker at 25 yards, they are probably running away. If not, I sure hope you have your rifle handy.
     
  20. gorknoids

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    I normally warm up at 7 yards, then run the target back in small increments to 15 (Max distance at my regular range). I do use the partitions on either side to practice getting on target from around a corner with either hand, work from standing to kneeling and back, and other drills in close. I was fragged twice last year (Once in the chin and the other in the neck) so shrapnel is a very valid concern.