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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

IDPA practice 4-12-2011

The gun club I'm joining has a Tuesday night IDPA indoor practice at a local shooting range. I just finished my second practice. It was a lot of fun and reminded me just how much of a new shooter I really am.

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!

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