Finally got to the range today. Here is my range report.
#1. Put some lead downrange. It’s been way too long since I’ve fired a live round. I’m embarrassed to say how long.
#2. Assess myself for combat accuracy and shoot combat accurately. Do this by focusing on stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger press.
Below is the good, the bad, and the ugly (not in that order). All targets are printed on 8.5 x 11 paper because I’m cheap.
Drill #1: the 10-10-10 drill. Goal of 10 rounds shot from 10 yards in 10 seconds. I don’t have a shot timer, so I video myself with my iPhone. I probably wasn’t within 10 seconds on every target. But close. Again, without a shot timer, my start was in the “cheating” category.
Shot first with the Shield 9mm because I’m carrying that most often these days. So it was the 9-10-10 drill due to capacity. Results were not great.
Shot it second with the Glock 19. Better.
Same drill again with the Shield a couple of times.
Drill #2 shooting with the Shield around a barrier as if pieing a doorway. Thankfully, there was a spare target stand on the range. I didn’t measure this distance. Likely 5-7 yards. Shield.
Drill #3 Shooting while walking to the target from about 10 yards to point blank range. Shot with Glock.
Drill # 3 T Rex Arms with Glock 19 from 5 yards. Drill 3a was fire one round, reload, fire 2nd round. Drill 3b was shoot the circles in sequence. I obviously shot low on circle 3. I’m guessing I anticipated recoil here. (Noticed myself doing that a time or two.)
Drill #4 T Rex Arms again. Shooting 4 rounds center target at 5 yards with the Shield. Had one round go right. I’m pretty sure that’s two rounds on top of each other by the letter “R.”
Drill #5 same T Rex Arms target, but shooting the outside circles with the rounds as marked.
Ran the same drill again with a bit better results.
Final drill. Another T Rex Arms target. Shot with Glock 19 from 7 yards. The miss in the middle is from the largest circle in the top right. Again, no timer, so I don’t know what my time was. At this point, I was no longer videoing myself. I slowed down considerable on the smaller two circles after the miss on the bigger circle. I shot these circles in order of largest to smallest.
Total round count was probably somewhere north of 125 rounds. I shot a target or two that I forgot to snap a picture of. Forgot to change the target once so I didn’t take a picture of that target.
Lessons from today.
#1. It’s been too long since I shot last. However, there is still some combat accuracy remaining. I wouldn’t put this in the great category, but I wouldn’t put it in the terrible category. Considering that this is all 8.5 x 11 paper, every shot was combat accurate and center mass, maybe not the best possible center mass, but I didn’t hit any innocent bystanders with today’s shooting.
#2. I need to work on physical fitness. Namely, I have grip strengtheners that have been collecting dust. Time to dust them off and use them. My forearm muscles reminded me today that I need to do that.
#3. I am not quick to acquire a target coming out of the holster, especially on the smaller targets. Center of mass on a man sized target, I would probably (isn’t that a great word to use when talking about a life threatening situation?) be ok. I need to get more time in behind the SIRT.
#4. I need to remember all gear when going to the range. Forgot the holster for the Glock 19. So I couldn’t work on holster work with that gun.
Goals for next range trip:
#1. Shoot at longer distances. The range I was using maxes out at about 12 yards or so. It’s probably technically 15 yards, but the grade is a little uphill and setting the target at the backstop doesn’t work great due to the incline. I was lazy and didn’t want to carry my gear to the longer range.
#2. Get in some offhand shooting. I usually do that, but this was a relatively quick trip to the range so I didn’t get everything in I would normally do.
#3. Add magazine changes to the shooting and moving.