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, May 11, 2011

IDPA Practice 5-10-2011

Sorry about the lack of posts. Been fighting a nasty sinus infection that has just whipped me. With that out of the way, let's talk about last nights IDPA practice at the Sportsmans in South Carolina.

Central Carolinas Shooting Club had another practice that was very successful, fun, and safe. Had a whole bunch of shooters. Found out that several of the members had won state awards at a tournament last week. Congratulations to all those who won and those who placed as well.

After that, we started in our first of 3 courses of fire (COF's). Only got through 3 this time as we had a whole bunch of shooters. I think we must have had about 20 shooters if not more. I've got pictures of the first two COF's on my phone (but left the sync cable at home, DOH!). Anyway, the first course of fire was 6 targets, tactical priority with 3 shots at each target for a total of 18 rounds. Bleh, down 18 points. Seems I would have 2 good rounds, and one bad round per target. Didn't miss any targets though, so that is a step up.

Second COF had the same course layout, but we had to shoot the first two closest targets in tactical order with 3 shots each and one head shot to each target. Ok, so what is the difference between tactical priority and tactical order (or tactical sequence). Tactical priority is shooting the targets as they appear in order from closest to farthest. Tactical order/sequence means shooting one shot at each target before engaging the targets with a second shot. So, for this course of fire, we had to shoot each of the first targets once before re-engaging for second shots, and each of the first two targets were required to have a "head shot". Upon drawing, I shot the first target with a head shot, target two with a head shot, then two body shots, back to the first target with two more body shots, then the rest of the targets were engaged with two body shots each. Only finished down 6 points on this COF, but I noticed my groupings were getting much better. I'm tracking my front sight much better and my follow up shots are coming quicker.

Third course of fire was the standard "bill drill" of 6 shots. Only difference last night was that the 6 shots were required to be head shots. I got 5 out of 6 with one miss for down 5 points. I felt the shot that missed. It was like a double clutch pull of the trigger.

Anyway, it was another great night with CCSC. I'm hoping to shoot my first club match this Saturday, but the weather doesn't look like it wants to cooperate with a 60% chance of thunderstorms. We'll see how it goes.

That is it for me. Have a great week. Remember, shoot safe and shoot straight!

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