How often do you practice pistol shooting?

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  • How often do you practice shooting a pistol?

    • Multiple times a week! I have ammo for days baby!

      Votes: 5 8.1%
    • At least once a week.

      Votes: 10 16.1%
    • I try to get a good session in every month.

      Votes: 34 54.8%
    • Maybe every 6 months, I'm not big on shooting pistols.

      Votes: 8 12.9%
    • Glock Boyz Unite!!!

      Votes: 5 8.1%

    • Total voters
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    RankAmateur

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    Yeah, apparently you can.

    But you can't qualify with a red dot, you have to turn it off, or use one of their stock pistols.

    And if you're shooting a DA/SA pistol, you have to do at least one of the fire drills using a DA pull. Those were the rules explained in the class.
    No restriction on red dots.

    OP, had the same experience as you during recent LTC class, but agree with @toddnjoyce as 9 of the 12 people in the class had never even held a pistol prior to the shooting test. Instructors spent 10 minutes at the range putting pistols into the student's hands, showing them where the mag releases were, showing them how to load mags, etc. It was pretty eye opening to me. TX shooting test also assesses the student's ability to follow directions. One student failed in our class because he speed dumped the 5 rounds loaded into his mag EVERY time the signal to fire was given :rocket:

    Very different experience to getting my LTCs for Utah and MA. In the Northeast, EVERY person in out LTC class had spent (at least) weeks shooting with friends/instructors before enrolling in the LTC classes. Shooting test in MA was actually a safety test (had to demonstrate that you could safely load/unload, cock/decock, hold and aim both revolver and semi-auto, without inadvertently covering anyone else in the room with the muzzles (grin), and then had to put 5 holes in a target 5 yards away with whatever pistol you brought/borrowed for the test.
     

    CaliGunner

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    No restriction on red dots.

    OP, had the same experience as you during recent LTC class, but agree with @toddnjoyce as 9 of the 12 people in the class had never even held a pistol prior to the shooting test. Instructors spent 10 minutes at the range putting pistols into the student's hands, showing them where the mag releases were, showing them how to load mags, etc. It was pretty eye opening to me. TX shooting test also assesses the student's ability to follow directions. One student failed in our class because he speed dumped the 5 rounds loaded into his mag EVERY time the signal to fire was given :rocket:

    Very different experience to getting my LTCs for Utah and MA. In the Northeast, EVERY person in out LTC class had spent (at least) weeks shooting with friends/instructors before enrolling in the LTC classes. Shooting test in MA was actually a safety test (had to demonstrate that you could safely load/unload, cock/decock, hold and aim both revolver and semi-auto, without inadvertently covering anyone else in the room with the muzzles (grin), and then had to put 5 holes in a target 5 yards away with whatever pistol you brought/borrowed for the test.

    You want to know something funny? I feel like my California CCW qualification group was full of very skilled shooters compared to my Texas LTC group.

    In California, CCWs are extremely rare, some counties don't even issue them (not sure now due to the supreme court ruling in Breun). In the counties that did issue them, you had to have a credible "good cause" statement, and the range qualification seemed more complex.

    You had to fire at 3,7, and 10 yards. BUT, you had to do an emergency reload in between shot strings. So the first drill would be like "fire 5 shots on mark, slide locks back, drop mag, load another mag, tap/rack or release slide, fire another 5 shots". Then it would continue. You had to get 25 shots out of 30 on target WITH the gun you intended to put on your CCW (yes in Cali, you had to have a list of guns on your CCW).

    So overall, you had to show that you had familiarity with your weapon, enough so that you could do a reload on a locked back slide WHILE shooting, and continue shooting within the time limit. The mechanics may seem simple to people who shoot regularly, but to a newbie? Kind of scares me.

    In my CCW group in California, everyone basically got 30 out of 30 shots on target. Very nice groupings too.
     

    paknheat

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    Lots of new gun owners in the last couple of years. It bewilders me hearing some of the things they say and think. Hollyweird and YouTube has given a lot of them the impression it ain’t that hard.

    Thinking back to my first Texas concealed carry class, mid 90’s, we had to shoot, load mags, reload, demonstrate weapons manipulation/ safety handling, etc
    out to at 15 yards. I remember one qual where we shot to 25 yards.

    Seems to me a little tightening up with the new regs is in order.


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    toddnjoyce

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    ..Seems to me a little tightening up with the new regs is in order….
    Why? Permitless carry has no training or qualification requirement.

    If anything needs to change with LTC it’s to move away from a marksmanship based shooting proficiency and towards a scenario based practical proficiency demonstrations such as shoot/no-shoot decisions.
     

    Sam7sf

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    I don’t like the idea of increasing requirements because it results in elitism. How many times do gun owners trip over there own feet in promoting gun rights?

    People may not like it, but it’s a persons god given right to use a gun without regulations.

    Seems to me the answers are in how people teach and what they teach.

    There are people who have physical limitations like my mother in law who are sharp mentally. You don’t just encourage a system where it’s hard for her to defend herself.
     

    CaliGunner

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    Lots of new gun owners in the last couple of years. It bewilders me hearing some of the things they say and think. Hollyweird and YouTube has given a lot of them the impression it ain’t that hard.

    Thinking back to my first Texas concealed carry class, mid 90’s, we had to shoot, load mags, reload, demonstrate weapons manipulation/ safety handling, etc
    out to at 15 yards. I remember one qual where we shot to 25 yards.

    Seems to me a little tightening up with the new regs is in order.


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    I definitely think they should be including reloads, not sure why it's not mandatory here.

    25 yards sounds good too, we can call it the Dicken Standard. 10 shots at 40 yards, must score 8 hits. :laughing:
     

    CaliGunner

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    I don’t like the idea of increasing requirements because it results in elitism. How many times do gun owners trip over there own feet in promoting gun rights?

    People may not like it, but it’s a persons god given right to use a gun without regulations.

    Seems to me the answers are in how people teach and what they teach.

    There are people who have physical limitations like my mother in law who are sharp mentally. You don’t just encourage a system where it’s hard for her to defend herself.

    Man, I knew you would come in here with that 2WD logic.
     
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