Practice Log 33

Started out cold with 4 – 25y 5 round groups onto B-8’s. Again focusing on accuracy. All were in the mid to upper 80s.

I then ran some strong hand only and weak hand only TPC 50/50 drills onto Ron Avery’s (R.I.P.) Triggerstripe target. I put about 30-40 rounds down on this exercise.

I then set up some steel and worked 3:10 to Yuma for 8-10 runs. This is a really great target transition exercise and running the gun at speed.

I then ran a modified version of Frank Proctors “Journey.” I was not getting clean runs on the shooting on the move part after several runs, and then I started to micro drill the exercise. Working draw to first shot at 15 and moving around an obstacle and only putting 1 round per target on the moving stage. I saw great improvement, then moved back to the whole exercise again.

I finished up with the last 9 rounds into a B-8 at 25y, after 2 – 5 round groups at 25 without and with my prescription glasses. I actually shot noticeably better WITHOUT the prescription on, I’m assuming because my eyes are capable of focusing on the sight package very well without prescriptions, but I need them to see the target clear. Interesting exercise and it explains some of my distance pistol shooting problems.

The last 9 round B-8 is shown below and shooting it with an extremely hard sight focus through my prescription, which was pretty hard to do.


Practice Log #32

We had a couple new shooters out and we did a 3 hour session working fundamentals. We ran some presentation drills. 1R1’s. Controlled pairs working to 5 round cadence drills. We then set some steel out at 100 and worked kneeling and rice paddy prone. LPVO’s ruled the day at distance on small steel.

We also ran some presentations and draws with pistol.

Practice Log #31

Once again, trying to work on accuracy at distance and speed. I am logging this one from a week or so ago so memory has faded on exact courses of fire.

I ran The Test a couple times, trying to go as fast as possible while still getting a 90 or better.

I ran Broko’s Around the World variation that I like to run on copy paper targets. I shot it 6 or 8 times total.

From here I went straight to B-8’s at 25y and ran those 10 round hits as fast as possible. I ran about 10 rounds total. I actually was shooting these better at speed than slow fire. Go figure.

I also ran 2″ dots @ 15 yards, slow fire, working to eliminate anticipation problems/PIP and keeping them all on the 2″ dot. Tougher than it sounds.

Practice Log #30

Carbine only practice session.

Started out with an intent to collect some data. I wanted to track actual suppressor zero shift. I did a 3 round group walk back without the suppressor at 5, 10, 15, 25 and 50. I did the same thing with the can on without adjusting the zero. I also recorded hold overs, if any, for those distances.

I then moved to 50 yards and shot Defoors Kneeling hat qual. 10 rounds, standing to kneeling, 50 yards, score 90 or better on B-8, 14 sec or less.  I ran it 3 times. First time had an 80’s score and a 16 second time. 2nd time I did not have enough rounds in the mag to complete it. 3rd round, I scored a 90 in 13.59.

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Practice Log #26

Shot a group practice day last weekend. Focus was pistol fundamentals and some basic 2 man tactics exercises.

Per the custom, we shot a standard for diagnostic reasons and to see performance on demand.

5 yard round up.

Each shooter reflected on their target, time, and performance. We then worked a number of TPC 50/50 Drills to correct some issues seen on the line. Many had to learn to grip the gun harder as well.

We moved to the FASTest and ran it as a skill building drill, getting reps in. No par time used.

We went straight into working the pistol in a seated context. Using a table and chairs, we ran several iterations of line drills. This was an opportunity for folks to work a seated draw stroke and presentation to target working around bystanders. Everyone remarked they liked it and it was eye opening. So simple, everyone sits at a table to eat usually, yet not many work from this position.

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Practice Log #25

After showing up at the range with a G17 w/ 1 mag, and 6 loaded G19 mags, I had to modify my plan.

I switched to pure shooting fundamentals drills without reloads or movement. As per my the recent trend is improving distance shooting with the pistol. 25+ y.

I ran 2 rounds of The Test, 1 round of 5 Yard round up.

8 Ring was from the first run of The Test.

I then moved to shooting Keith Garcia’s Dot Drill, which is basically a Bill Drill into a 2″ dot. Since I failed at 5 yards last time, I moved to 3 and ran it clean.I’ll move to 4 next time.

I then ran the TPC 50/50 drill for 25 rounds onto a 6″ plate at 25″.

I finished with 2 B-8 hits at 25. I scored in the upper 80’s on both.



Practice Log #24

2019JAN Group range day.

While I completely flaked like a baby due to snow/ice, 8 of the crew got together in greener pastures and burned it down.

I’m posting the log, paraphrased, as sent to me

Cold start diagnostic was “The Test” as popularized by Hackathorn and Vickers.  A few came in later than 10 seconds at 13.6 as the last shot. 3 Scored 90 or better and passed. Target was North Georgia Pie Plate targets that are close to the size required for the black of a B-8.

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