Suggestions at the Range

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by jrfusatf, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. jrfusatf

    jrfusatf New Member

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    Can anyone suggest some good ideas for practice at the range with a AR. What do you guys practice at the range? How far, I start at 36 yards then 50 up to 100. Should I practice with my iron sights more than my scope?

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  2. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    I personally don't own an AR yet but for my firearms that aren't "range toys" I practice how I intend to use them. Tell us what you want to use it for and you'll get more detailed answers :). If it's a home defense gun, practice shouldering it and getting off 2-3 center mass hits at 10 yards or so. If you hunt with it, get paper targets of the animal and practice kill shots at the min and max range you'd hunt from. Practice with the scope if it's what you'll b looking at your target with. Many purposes for a firearm, you probably bought your AR with one n mind so train for it. If it's just a plinker, drop some 2 liter bottles and pizza boxes at random distances and have fun :)
     

  3. therewolf

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    If you want to use a scope, use the iron sights at 50 yards once

    to familiarize yourself with them. Then stay with the scope.

    Cuts down on ammo wasted sighting in the scope repeatedly.
     
  4. jrfusatf

    jrfusatf New Member

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    Range toys?? Not sure what you mean by that I don't treat my guns as "toys".
     
  5. orangello

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    Some optics don't work so well at close range or in low light conditions; maybe you could practice using the irons in those conditions, JIC.
     
  6. jrfusatf

    jrfusatf New Member

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    Thanks I'm good with the iron sights up to 50 yards, need glasses beyond, 51 year old eyes don't help.
     
  7. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Do you intend to hunt, OP?
     
  8. KJG67

    KJG67 New Member

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    I don't have an AR and am by no means an expert, but I was always taught to learn to zero and shoot your irons first out to 100 yrds. Nothing feels better than grouping on irons at that distance. Also helpful when your scope breaks/fails/etc. The challenge is fun.
     
  9. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Most people with AR's (and similar guns) at the local range where I shoot practice seeing how far their empty brass will eject. It seems that the more intrusive they can be and the more people they can hit with their flinging empty brass, the better.
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  10. kytowboater

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    I have a 3x9 scope on mine. I like to shoot at 50 and 100 yards. Further than that, the glass is not good enough to see.

    Sometimes I like to do a half mag dump. :D
     
  11. arizona98tj

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    The training courses I've attended with my AR-15 had courses of fire that went from close contact out to 200 yds. Hostage taker head shots at 7 yds, regular head shots at 15 and 25 yds, center of mass shots at 25, 50, 100, and 200. These are shot from the various ready positions, all under a time restraint. Don't forget your type 1, 2, and 3 malfunction clearance drills, along with emergency and tactical magazine reloads. If you wish, you are welcome to browse an after action report of my last Practical Rifle course.
     
  12. jrfusatf

    jrfusatf New Member

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    Thank you, this is what I'm looking for, AR-15 training.
     
  13. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj New Member

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    If you have any specific questions, give me a shout. I'll do my best to answer them.
     
  14. jrfusatf

    jrfusatf New Member

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    Thanks doing some searching online for training classes, prices range from $200 for 8 hour class or $475, two day class 16 hours total. If I send you the links maybe you can send your comments. I'm a new AR owner with 1000 rounds under my belt and 3000 round with my .22 AR. Thanks again...John
     

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  15. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Don't stand that close to them. Problem solved. :p
     
  16. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    So Front sight was good??

    the DW & I were considering this,..but the added cost of Lodging(pet friendly) made it tough even though we are only a few hrs. Drive away...Getting a Course lead by a GUNSITE rangemaster turned out to be cheaper...
     
  17. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj New Member

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    I started training at Front Sight about 7 years ago. I go once or twice a year with my range buddy, who has been a member longer than I. My cost is ammo, the drive to FS, and the motel room. The later two, when split with my buddy, makes it quite cost effective. I don't pay for the classes.

    I enjoy the training. I don't like the guy that owns the company, but then again, he doesn't teach any of the classes so I tolerate that. The instructors are dedicated and do it because they like teaching, not because they get the big instructor paycheck. :rolleyes:

    I'm heading up the 1st week of September for a 2 day handgun skill builder and a 2 day AR-15 skill builder. It will be a warmer than I prefer but those two classes, back to back, don't come up very often on the schedule. I leave Phoenix on a Thursday and come back the following Tuesday.
     
  18. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj New Member

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    I'll try, but one thing to remember is what someone puts on paper describing what they teach in a class does not mean the class will be good or bad. I've not trained at any other facilities so I won't have any 1st hand experience with anything you come up with.
     
  19. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm an E-mail Member(of FS). I have bought some stuff off the website as well. Almost "pulled the trigger" This Spring on courses, but my Better Half was diagnosed with Rumathoid Arthritis a few weeks ago(aside from Carpal Tunnel in both hands, vertigo, and migraines!) So we choose to stay local. Now She can't do the local Class either,..so it's just me next weekend(finally got the Amt. of Ammo required-500 rds., without depleting my personal stock!). For me it's a "Refresher," but "We" wanted her to learn a few new "tricks." She is a (really)good shot, but has an issue with Autoloaders(except for the 10/22 I gave her, and the Browning Buckmark she bought). Been trying to get her into a .380 of some sort(the Ruger LC380 because they advertise the slide as being "Easy"), since she can't shoot any of my(several) .9mm's. The closest she got to one of my .45's(I Can't shoot em either anymore:( Was the Range's Rental Ruger 22/45...Put a .357 in Her hands and she puts a 2" single hole in the X at 15yds....and all her groups are "sub 3") at 25yds...(with the Security Six I gave her, but she has good groups with her SP101 as well!)

    The Class Mr. Ed Stock(Ch. Rangemaster @ Gunsite) is teaching comprises basic procedures, safety, Different types of "DRAW" (presentation), shooting drills, Magazine changes(although he did tell my My wife could have taken the class with one of her .357's), and successfully engaging targets out to 25 Yards. $299 per person for 2 days(8-5 each day)....Recently became a Member (wife & I on a couples membership for 1.5 yrs.) so we got 10% off...