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At the range what distance do you practice most at?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by NewToTX, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Kar98

    Kar98 Well-Known

    Aug 8, 2016
    If you're calling me a blind swine, then... well I guess I do resemble that remark, lol.

  2. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Moderator Lifetime Member Admin

    Nov 22, 2011
    With young eyes, good technique, the proper equipment, and good ammo, it's possible to consistently hold 1 MOA with a pistol.

    The pistols look like this:


    ...and until you've shot one, you can't understand what's possible.

    Oh, and those snuff cans? The last time I saw an IHMSA shoot-off using snuff cans was before the rules were changed to require target-shaped targets for shoot-offs. In the early days, anything could be used as a target to break ties. Anyway, the last time I saw it done, the snuff cans were painted orange and laid flat on the rail. The visible target was less than three inches wide and less than an inch tall. The winner hit 3 of 5 in 2 minutes.

    Here's a more normal shoot. These targets are about 5 inches across the body, being shot at 200 meters with iron-sight pistols. Note the banter; the shooters are taking note of POI changes of an inch or two as if those are significant. Why? Because they are significant. Shooters at this level expect to be able to hit something half this size every time. These chickens, under good conditions, are virtual "gimmes" for shooters who are on top of their game.

    If you don't believe snuff cans at 200 can be hit more often than not with iron-sight handguns, from position, then you haven't spent enough time around people who know how to shoot.
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  3. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Admin

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
    Why I bought a Dan Wesson 15-2 pistol pac in the 1st place.
    Thanks Ben.
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  4. Kosh75287

    Kosh75287 Active Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    3 to 50 yards, but not the same amount of rounds at each. 75 - 80% of MY practice is at 3 to 20 yards. The rest is at 25 & 50. I try to shoot small groups at longer ranges, then speed it up, if I can.

    Of course, when the question of "practice" comes up in a section marked "handguns", the context that comes to MY mind is skills practice with a defensive pistol, from arm's length to about 50 yards. I CAN hit with my EDC beyond 50 yards, but I'm afraid that no snuf-can need fear me from 200 yards out.
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  5. wmullis0

    wmullis0 New Member

    Feb 19, 2018
    That’s not a pistol.

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  6. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Admin

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
  7. BigTexasOne

    BigTexasOne Support gun control! Hit what you aim at!

    Apr 27, 2016
    I change distance after every ten rounds and I shoot at 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25yds. Not in order, but random distances until I've shot at them all, then with whatever additional ammo I have I continue to vary distances until I'm satisfied with my results. Our shooting league matches are 5 rounds of different distances, each round of 10 shots in 15 seconds. Sometimes 5, change mags, then 5 more in 20 seconds. At distances we do not know until just before that round. Last Friday night, I shot a 500 out of 500. 6 inch circle = 10pts, next circle out 8, 5, 3, 0. In last months match I shot 496/500. I practice to what i compete! btw, Canik TP9sfx with Burris FastFire III.
  8. Shotgun Jeremy

    Shotgun Jeremy TGT Addict

    Jul 8, 2012
    Copperas Cove
    I like to practice at the 3 yd line. Then I don't miss the paper as often.

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  9. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Moderator Lifetime Member Admin

    Nov 22, 2011
    That's so cute.

    I've heard the same thing said about free pistols, rapid fire pistols, AR-pattern pistols, mini-revolvers, Deagles, and plenty of others.

    They're all pistols; they're just built to accomplish different tasks.
  10. V-Tach

    V-Tach TGT Addict Forum Sponsor

    Sep 30, 2012
    3-25 yards.......
    When shooting at the DPS range in Florence a few weeks ago, they had us shoot at 50...qualified with my New Agent w/3 inch barrel. Did pretty well...

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