Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pistol Shooting Practice

Last week Firday night.

Cold fingers are less sensitive and make trigger control a bit harder. Had a short trigger resert there on the first part. Was gripping too tight and too much finger pressure but didn’t notice it, lost a couple seconds there. Moved slow and should have speed up later, the first target on the right was close enough. Those plates were pretty hard to hit, most folks left half of them standing and a couple guys hurried so much, they didn’t hit a single one. There you have to calm down and pick your shots more slowly. Anyway, its good to film yourself and see where you did things wrong, where you slowed down or hurried too much and torture yourself until you improve!!! :-)
PS-Notice gear in general is what you’d use on the street, no race gun stuff. Drawing from under the jacket with a IWB holster, condition 1.  These sessions are good pratcie.
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Anonymous said...

At about 36 seconds when you reload, you reload down low, and it looks like you turn your head down and off target. It would be better to reload the pistol in front of your face, so you can at least keep your eyes downrange towards the threat.

Other then that nit picking, more shooters who carry should run drills like these. They would be way better off then stationary shooting that most folks do at the range a few times a year.

Bill N. said...

One of the advantages of the Glock is a higher magazine capacity. What was the shooter using? It seemed like the shooter had to reload every 7 rounds. Also at the beginning the shooter stepped out from behind the barrels exposing himself to three targets simultaneously rather then pieing the corner and engaging one at a time. They may be plastic barrels but if filled they will offer cover and even if they are empty someone shooting at you won't know exactly where to aim. I try to shoot tactical at my local pistol matches even though it costs me more time. I am not shooting to win the match, but to develop skills needed to survive a gunfight.

FerFAL said...

I shoot for training too but in this case the stage was about speed rather than cover. Other stages are different and more clear about shooting form cover. Also we practice with hostage (no shoot targets) and shooting from the ground, from under a cardboard "vehicle".
We use mags with only 7 rounds so as to a)not shoot as much ammo b)Practice reloading more.
When reloading we also have to watch our angle so that's a bit different form defenisve shooting reloads.

Anonymous said...

"We use mags with only 7 rounds so as to a) not shoot as much ammo, b) Practice reloading more."

You know, there is the train of thought that says whatever you do in practice you will also do when under extreme stress.

It could be a critical error to stop to reload your Glock 19 after firing 7 rounds while still having 9 more rounds left in the magazine.

Just saying.

FerFAL said...

During a firefight you'll realize youran out of ammo when you pull the trigger and notihng happens, you'l hardly keep count of the shots fired and if you do, you'll know you still have more ammo!:-). Training this way, once you run out of ammo you'll be able to change magazines quickly.
During dinamic entry class we had only 3 rounds per mag. The idea there was to fire with surgical precision because you have buddies running all around you.

hsu said...

Just so you know, nearly all practical shooting groups (like IPSC and IDPA) use 10 rounds or less in all of their stages, in order to force reloads.

I'm not sure how Ferfal manages to save ammo though - I burn through 250-300 rounds during a practice session.

As for counting bullets - you really don't count while you are shooting at such a fast pace. You'll be too focused on your next target.

It's more like, if I see target X, I should be ready to reload.