The 4 rules of gun safety
*The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!
*The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!
*The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!
*The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The class was instructed by Damien Ristaino, a certified NRA instructor in self protection, basic pistol handling, and NRA range safety officer. He introduced us to the NRA basic pistol shooting course and did a wonderful job of walking us through the different types of handguns, calibers, safety, shooting process, and maintenance. We spent several hours in the morning going through all of the class room instruction and about 2 hours on the range shooting. I started shooting the provided hand gun which for me was a Smith and Wesson M22A. I'm familiar with this gun as I have one myself, so it wasn't foreign to me at all. Seems it has the same idiosyncrasy as mine with the magazine sometimes not going all the way in.
We fired a lot of single shot and multiple shot using the 22's before I was allowed to use my IDPA weapon, my Smith and Wesson Military and Police 9mm. While we were shooting from a short distance (approximately 3 yards), I was making nice big holes in my target.
I would highly recommend anyone in the Greater Charlotte Metro area to take a look at Shot Group and their classes and am eagerly awaiting their Concealed Carry Class.
Many thanks to Damien for a great day at the range today.
That's all folks. Shoot safe, shoot straight!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Last course of fire was another "Bill Drill" from 15 yards. Ran this is 5.16 seconds and went down 4 points. My last round was thrown way left and I called it almost as soon as I shot it. My first five rounds had a pretty good group, but a little low and left. Wound up with 4 shots in the circle, 1 just outside it, and the throw away shot.
Again, had a great time shooting with the folks from Central Carolinas Shooting Club and hope to become a member soon.
Thanks for reading! Shoot safe, shoot straight.
Here is an IDPA paper target to show you how points are scored. If your shots are in the circle or in the head area, you lose no points. If it's in the area immediate area surrounding the circle, you go down 1 point. The exterior area, you lose 3 points, and if you miss, you go down 5 points.
My first practice was two weeks ago. Having never shot on the clock before, I didn't expect much and true to my thinking, it was BAD! We got in four stages/COF's each night. My very first time up, I missed about half the targets. I think a lot of that was just nerves, adrenaline, and never having done a timed fire before. The second course of fire, I did much better. Out of 6 targets, I was only down 4 points. The third course of fire killed me as well. Two shots each target with the first two targets using the weak hand, the next two targets using strong hand only, and the last two targets using both hands to fire. I haven't had much of a chance to do one handed shooting and it showed. I went down about 16 points having missed with three shots and one shot I put outside the 0 scoring circle. The last COF was called a "Bill Drill". We loaded up with 6 rounds from 15 yards and fired as quickly as we could. I only went down 1 point on this stage as I had 5 of 6 rounds in the circle.
I didn't notate my times from this practice. Right now, I'm mostly working on following all safety procedures and working to get better. My next post will have pictures and information regarding my practice last night.
Thanks for reading. Shoot safe, shoot straight!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I helped setup some tents to provide shade for folks and staple some targets. After preparation, I attended the "new shooters" meeting even though I wasn't shooting so I could hear the club specifics. Each club has specific rules and new shooters should definitely be understanding of the rules regarding whether the club is a hot or cold range and places where you can practice your draw.
At this match, there were about 36 shooters with around 8 new shooters on hand. CCSC is looking for more shooters and members of their club. CCSC has five shooting bays, four of which are berm protected and one is in the woods shooting into a safe area. Each of the four berm protected bays are well laid out and provide a great amount of safety. The fifth bay is open into the woods, but is not berm protected. It is all land that is owned by the club and safety marked. I actually liked the fifth bay the most. It felt more like you were in the woods and running the scenario more lifelike.
Each scenario was a little different and required different shooting skills such as strong hand only, weak hand, standard two hand shooting, shooting at moving targets and pop-ups. My favorite course of fire was stage five in the woods. The premise of the scenario is that you are setting up a camp fire in the woods when you hear wild pigs around you. You are in a kneeling position facing away from the targets and must turn while continuing to kneel, once you face the targets, you can draw and fire at 5 targets arranged in a pattern of about 130 degrees. You do this while shooting through some brush. Most targets are fairly clear, but there are some where you need to pay close attention to your shots.
Other courses of fire included a return to your home which has been invaded in which you must clear it. Your first two rounds here were weakhand while your stronghand was holding a cell phone (you're calling the police). The second course of fire you are being assaulted. You push down a popper which releases a turning target and a popup and drop target. After shooting those, you retreat and fire rounds on two other targets on each side until you reach cover and fire at two more targets on each side from cover. This one was very difficult as you don't have much time at all to hit the turning target or the popup before they're gone. The third scenario is you are carrying your briefcase when evildoers assault you. You fire tactical priority at 3 targets with your strong hand, get to cover, drop your briefcase and go to the end of cover and engage three more targets.
Anyway, I won't go further into the rest of the courses of fire other than to say they were challenging to the shooters and has their basis in everyday possible situations.
All in all, I had a great time with the folks of Central Carolinas Shooting Club and look forward to going back out there again to "play the game".
Monday, April 11, 2011
We went to the range with my youngest son and spent a little under two hours. We started off warming up shooting .22 rounds through a Smith and Wesson 22a. I like shooting this little gun. Has enough weight to feel relevant and it's pretty accurate to. Also helps me get my breathing and trigger squeeze under control. We each fired about 30 rounds of .22 before we switched over to our 9mm's.
My wife loaded up her PT-809 and fired off 10 rounds. Had a couple of issues with stovepipes and failure to feeds, but I think it had more to do with limp-wristing than the gun itself. All told, we ran 50 rounds through her gun. She continually had issues with failure to feeds and had to rack the slide to get the next round chambered. I fired 5-7 rounds with no issue at all, so I assume it was a loading or grip issue.
My son fired the PT-92 and had a blast with it. Pretty accurate gun right out of the box. He put 50 rounds through it with no issues with failure to feed or failure to extract. Just what I expected from a Taurus gun that has been around for a while and had most of the kinks worked out of it.
I fired 100 rounds out of my M&P 9mm. Very excellent gun to shoot. One thing I've been working on is focusing on the front site and keeping a soft grip. My finger on the trigger was also a problem with me shooting low and left. I'm still low and left at 15 yards, but it's much better than the last time I shot.
All in all, I left the range feeling really good about the M&P as my gun to shoot IDPA. Looking forward to my first match.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
She agreed and I picked the gun up from the dealer on Wednesday. Yesterday, we sat down and went over the gun and all it's parts. We put the small backstrap on the gun to make it fit her hand better and we did a field stripping and cleaned it up. Now we just need to go to the range and try it out along with my PT92.
I went to the gun show last weekend with the express intention of buying low cost ammo. They didn't have much there, but I did wind up getting 1,000 rounds to 9mm, 115grain ammo from PMC for $200. That is about the best you can do at the area gun shows around here. Winchester white box at Walmart is $22 for 100 rounds plus taxes, so we wound up saving about $30 for the ammo.
I found a great website while looking at videos of IDPA on youtube. I really like Steve and Rick over at http://www.powerfactorshow.com/ . They've got a bunch of videos which break down IDPA and USPSA and also give some good basics on handguns. Check them out when you get a chance. I think you'll really like them.
Well, heading off to the range to try out the PT92, PT809, and get more acquainted with my M&P.