Can you hit a penny at 10 yds?


July 26, 2005, 11:08 AM
In his section of the Experts Book of the Shooting Sports, Jeff Cooper said that an expert pistolero can reliably hit a dime at 10 yds, with a full charge hunting load, firing from the Weaver Stance. I doubt that many want to shoot at dimes, so let's say pennies. Tape 5 pennies to a pc of cardboard, set it up at 10 long paces from your firing point, and fire one shot at each, full charge magnum loads. How many pennies are blasted back thru the cardboard, and how many are still where they were?

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July 26, 2005, 11:17 AM
I'll have to give that a try. I believe that I would do well with my G23. Or maybe my 870? :neener:

July 26, 2005, 01:57 PM
Do I get to use my ACOG? :neener:

July 26, 2005, 02:11 PM
Piece of cake!!! (yeah right) Hmmmmm....gonna have to try that one out.....
When I shoot indoors (most of the time at SD ranges) I typically start off using the basic 25 yrd slow pistol target (11x17)??? Shoot a mag or cylinder full, fold the target in half, do the same, and continue to fold it in half till it is the smallest that I can hang...mabe 2x2...I can consistently hit that target as SD range. One of my fav targets at the indoor ranges is the 3x5ish cards that separate top and bottom layer of rounds in a box of cartridges that people throw away. I also use 3x5 index cards... I tend to like paper plates or blank paper...that way I can take a shot....use that hole as my target and blast away....I think there is a saying aim small...hit small....or something like that....seems to work for me. mack

July 26, 2005, 02:12 PM
I could do it with one eye closed ;)

July 26, 2005, 02:32 PM
This is very doable.

This past Sunday, I was at the range with a good friend. I had taken my USP Compact .45 out and a couple of other handguns (Walther P99 and a SW40VE=POS). Anyway, it was a nice day and at the end I had done very well. I had 4 rounds left of .45, and I thought, well, let's try something different. Feeling confident from the day already, I took aim at a flower with 4 buds on it total. I did the math and it all seemed right. It was just 11-12 yards from the shooting area. I fired 4 shots, cut 2 of the flower stems in half, just missed the other 2. My buddy just shook his head.

Now, I'm more of a rifle shooter (I shoot chain links in half at 100 yards for practice), but ever since I got this USP, I've been working on my pistolero game...and I'd say I improved alittle bit.

I'll have to try this. If you relax and just let your natural technique make the shot, you should do fine. If you try and force, you'll force it right off target. If you can't realx or you don't have the technique, you simply need a little more practice. I'll be interested to see some pics from others who will be trying this if possible.

July 26, 2005, 02:38 PM

Maybe I could do it, but not real often.

Now, if I moved the penny to 10 feet, and kept shooting at it with my M-44 Mosin-Nagant using that real "Fireball" Albanian Mil-surp ammo....I could probably melt the penny.

:evil: :D :evil: :D

July 26, 2005, 02:44 PM
I could hit 5 of 5 with my Ruger Mark II, probably hit 50% with my 1911.

That, of course, is dependent on my being able to actually see the penny (brown on brown is a problem for me)

Now, on the otherhand I would probably have less luck with a rifle as my sites (and my practice) is simply not adjusted for that distance.

July 26, 2005, 02:49 PM
I was at the range today and was shooting at a quarter, a nickel, a penny, and a dime. I was shooting my Mossberg 46m (b) (.22) with an old 4x scope at fifty yards. I knocked out the quarter, nickel, and penny, but that darn dime alluded me. I probably would have gotten it, but it was on a white background that made it hard to pickup. ;)

Next time out I will have to try with my pistols.

July 26, 2005, 02:50 PM
I could do it with one eye closed

And one hand behind my back ;)

July 26, 2005, 02:52 PM
Bullseye humor is not really funny boys. :D

July 26, 2005, 02:53 PM
I tried shooting coinage taped onto a paper target. I know I hit a couple with my rifle, but they took off through the paper and I never recovered them :banghead: plywood backer next time!

July 26, 2005, 03:05 PM
Never tried it....illegal to destroy US coin, isn't it? Lemme get a couple of pesos....

July 26, 2005, 03:14 PM
Yeah, it is technically a no-no, but I've never seen it enforced. Heck, people at the bank or grocery store mark off large bills with one of those money-testing markers. That in itself is defacing US currency.

July 26, 2005, 03:20 PM
Never tried it....illegal to destroy US coin, isn't it? Lemme get a couple of pesos....

no it is NOT illegal- it is only illegal if you deface them and use them.
You are correct, that the only criminal statute regulating the
destruction or defacement of U.S. currency requires fraudulent intent.
The statute itself is broader than simply banning the fraudulent
modification or attempt to pass defaced currency:

Title 18 United States Code, Section 331

Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes,
falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of
the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current
or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States;

Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells,
or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the
United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced,
mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or lightened -

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five
years, or both

July 26, 2005, 03:25 PM
Man, I wish I had thought of this. I just took about $20 worth of pennies to the coin counting machine at the bank a few months ago! Hey, I had to pay for Episode III (xbox) some way...

July 26, 2005, 03:36 PM
With one shot?

July 26, 2005, 03:55 PM
no surprise that shooting at money is cheaper than shooting at paper targets from walmart... :rolleyes: wonder why i never thought of that before?

July 26, 2005, 04:00 PM
With one shot?

He didn't specify ;)

As for the defacing money thing, think of all those penny crusher things at tourist places. Don't think the would be there if it were illegal.

Come to think about it, that would make the penny easier to hit :D

July 26, 2005, 04:31 PM
No - I think the penny would be smaller than my front sight at that range.

Maybe I could have when I was younger - I remember shooting at empty .410 shells set upright on the dirt at some undetermined range. I think I was shooting a Single Six (my stepdad's) at the time. Back then, it seemed like I could just hit anything I wanted with hardly any practice.

I don't really expect to be attacked by any pennies :p

Of course, I don't expect to be attacked by any 3lb coffee cans either, but they are about the same size as the vital area on a human, and besides - I like to shoot them all full of holes before centac finds them ;)

July 26, 2005, 04:55 PM
I am going to the range tonight and I am going to try this. :uhoh:

July 26, 2005, 05:12 PM
I can hit bottle caps at about 20 yards (if I try long enough), so a penny at 10 wouldn't be that big a deal....assuming I had the patience to actually try for it.
I like to shoot [coffee cans] all full of holes before centac finds themAmen. Wouldn't want him to find that in your posession, now, would we :rolleyes: ?

July 26, 2005, 05:33 PM
Once upon a time.... coulda, sure.

Not too long ago.... umm, maybe.

These days.... "coins, what coins?"

I'm just glad I can still hit a silouette at 50 feet.


July 26, 2005, 05:36 PM
This is an interesting thread. I'm headed out to the range next week and I'll try it. In the mean time if anyone else goes out and tries it give us a report with some pics.

July 26, 2005, 06:05 PM
Didn't poor Lincoln get shot in the head ENOUGH for you guys? :neener:

I know if I benchrest my Ruger MkII and shoot 10 rounds at 50 ft I can cover the hole with a dime. Does that count? :D

July 26, 2005, 06:20 PM
With my High Power slow fire with win white box 115 gr fmj ammo,i can do it very well at 20 to 30 ft ,very slow.

Standing Wolf
July 26, 2005, 06:23 PM
As long as I can hold my gun properly in one hand, I can. If I have to use the Weaver stance, it'd probably take a few rounds.

July 26, 2005, 06:24 PM
I can hit within a yard at ten pennies.

chris in va
July 26, 2005, 07:13 PM
Definitely could with my CZ 75BD with the Kadet kit. Probably with the 9mm, doubtful on the .40.

No way with the P11. :D

Didn't poor Lincoln get shot in the head ENOUGH for you guys? Boo. :rolleyes:

July 26, 2005, 07:33 PM
I've heard worse around here...


July 26, 2005, 08:02 PM
"Didn't poor Lincoln get shot in the head ENOUGH for you guys?"

Wouldn't have been nearly so bad, if it'd happened a few years earlier! :D

July 26, 2005, 08:57 PM
I went to the range tonight and tried this. I taped 5 pennies to a piece of paper in a pattern similar to dice.

10 yards offhand with 3 different 45's and 2 10mm's and let me tell you it's not as easy as it looks.
I consider myself to be a fairly good shot but the best I could do was 3 out of 5. :o

July 26, 2005, 09:02 PM
3 out of 5 is pretty good, I wouldn't discount your shooting skills just yet man. :)

July 26, 2005, 09:04 PM

If it's one of those pre-decimal British pennies. :neener:

July 27, 2005, 12:07 AM
I am sure that given five shots at five pennies, I would hit at least one: today.
For the last year or two I have been shooting rifles almost exclusively. If given a couple days of pistol shooting to get tuned up, I could hit more (on a regular basis).
When I shoot out in the desert, I like to shoot at golf balls. I throw the ball far enough that it is a challenge to hit and then shoot at it with a handgun. Obviously, when you hit it, it rolls or bounces away. The only rule to this game is that as long as you can still see the ball, you have to shoot at it from where you are: you can't get any closer to make the shot easier. If you shoot the ball and it sails out of sight, you walk towards it. The instant you see the ball, you have to shoot from that point and can walk no closer. This is especially fun when shooting with other people because this adds a speed element into the mix: you have to hit it before someone else does or the ball disappears. By the same token, it is fun to knock the ball right out from in front of someone else's sights. When you knock the ball out of sight and then walk up to find it, the first guy starts shooting and everyone else has to try to see the ball before the first guy shoots it out of sight again.
This may not be any kind of comparision, but I think if I can hit a golf ball regularly between 25 -50 yards, I ought to be able to hit a penny at 10 yards. The last time I did the golf ball thing was 3-4 months ago. Using some kind of 9mm handgun (I don't remember what) I hit the golf ball four with four consecutive shots, starting at maybe 20-25 yards. After the fourth shot, the ball was in pieces.

July 27, 2005, 01:02 AM
Tape 5 pennies to a pc of cardboard, set it up at 10 long paces from your firing point, and fire one shot at each, full charge magnum loads. How many pennies are blasted back thru the cardboard, and how many are still where they were?


One shot, five kills. Gotta love 40mm. :neener:

"If yer not cheating, yer not trying hard enough." - old combat axiom

July 27, 2005, 10:32 AM

Oooh, I like that golf ball game. hehe, time to stock up on used balls from the drving range.

And please, this is the High Road, don't run away with the "used balls" comment. :rolleyes:

July 27, 2005, 11:52 AM
"Can you hit a penny at 10 yds?"

Eventually. :)

July 27, 2005, 01:42 PM
no need to make this difficult.

you want to do it the easy way? the 1" shoot-n-sees. stick four of them up on your target. give yourself one shot for each sticker. find the 1/2" stickers if you feel the need to fully humiliate yourself. and send me those pennies and dimes, thank you very much! :D

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