how much practice?


December 26, 2002, 02:39 PM
how many rounds per week and of what cal. from which gun do you shoot? i'm so sporadic i'm sure most answers are going to overwhelm me. :eek: rjk

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December 26, 2002, 06:08 PM
As a special favor, I'll try to make you feel better by posting my own pitiful numbers.

I try to get out to shoot at least every year. I've got two handguns that are over a year old that I haven't fired yet.

If that doesn't make you feel better, then to heck with ya, you're hopeless!

December 26, 2002, 06:23 PM
dd-b: you're just the person to tell me how to justify another gun. :D :D :D

December 26, 2002, 07:04 PM
Back in the day I was shooting around 1500 rounds a week through my handguns, about an even mix of 45 and 22lr with some others mixed in there but low quantities. I had a 9mm for about 6 months and put over 10K through it back when I first started shooting seriously. Over the last 5 years I have been lucky to shoot 1500 a year. This year I went back into it a little and shot about 10K rounds. It is surprisingly easy to regain lost form.

I used to buy a handgun a month, traded and sold them like socks. It was a mistake, buy one good one, one spare just like the first and proceed to wear them out.

December 26, 2002, 07:58 PM
HSMITH: excellent advice! starting over, which ONE would you buy today?

December 26, 2002, 08:14 PM
Springfield Loaded 5", Kimber Custom Target 5", or one of the high end semi-production 1911 types like a Wilson or Baer in a full sized configuration if the money was on hand. Any good quality 1911 really.

The wheelgun guy in me thinks the K-frame S&W is the ultimate for all around use, but I will only buy them if they are over about 10 years old and the older the better.

December 26, 2002, 08:25 PM
1911 and older s&w. best of the best.

December 26, 2002, 10:29 PM
When competing and practicing for competition...
My weekly was just about the same as HSMITH's.

Now not nearly so much.

Age and paying for my own componants has made a difference.


December 26, 2002, 10:50 PM
I read an article written by one of the top level shooters, in American Handgunner, where he stated that he did not shoot more than 200 rounds in a session.
Decided to try it, and have stuck with it for a while. Accuracy went up and bad habits went down.
Most of the time, .45, 9mm, .308.

December 26, 2002, 11:49 PM
I shoot about 200 rounds of 9mm every 1-2 weeks, and about 500 rounds of .22

December 27, 2002, 12:17 AM
I have the best of intentions to fire between 1000-1200 rounds of 9mm & .40 every month ... with a few hundred rounds of .38, .357 & .45 added in every other month, if not every month ...

Occasionally, I'll include a session of either .22, .44 Magnum or .45 Colt ...

Quality over quantity is the goal of my training & practice, however ...

December 27, 2002, 09:16 PM
I try to average about 100 rounds each week. That can be either revolver or rifle. I rarely shoot more than 100 - 150 rounds at each session.


December 28, 2002, 12:44 AM
I try to get to the range (indoor) twice a week. Normally I shoot between 60-80 rounds per session, alternating between my carry piece,( 45 Para.,) and whatever other caliber handgun I feel like cleaning that day. It isnt much compared to what Iused to shoot, but it keeps me in tune

I love the smell of BLUEDOT in the morning

December 28, 2002, 01:01 AM
I've burned through 1200 rounds of .45 ACP in two trips to the range this week. First trip I burned through 600 rounds of .45 ACP. Today I burned up 600 rounds of .45 ACP, 260 rounds of 9mm and 250 rounds of 12 gauge, but I was at the range for almost four hours today.

I usually shoot between 500 to 1000 rounds of .45 ACP a month, with a few hundred rounds of 9mm thrown in. I would be able to shoot that much if I wasn't reloading though.

December 28, 2002, 01:03 AM
Shoot a bunch of mixed calibers but primarily .22 because it is so darned cheap! Usually go every two to three weeks.

December 28, 2002, 01:10 AM
I'm a sporatic shooter. that's because I don't have a car, so I have to rely on other people's schedules.

this ends up being once every couple months, and I *might* go through 100 rounds (mixture of 9mm and 5.56mm, with a tiny bit of 8mm mauser and 22lr)

I shoot more in the summer, due to weather (cold, wet, and muddy do not make happy shooting days ... that's what the infantry is for)

December 28, 2002, 01:50 AM
Due to winter weather and difficulty getting to the range, I only shoot 500 rounds a week centerfire pistol...usually in one session. The rest of the time I usually spend shooting has been allocated as reloading time.

December 28, 2002, 01:57 AM
CCW gun - every week with at least a box of ammo.

Rifle/s - usually every other week, either my AR15, AK, FAL or HK - 200 rounds and another 20 rounds for my bolt guns.

December 28, 2002, 02:25 AM
Not like the old days in the army- we used to have to hump out to the course a case of ammo, and bring back any not shot each day. I got pretty good at shooting it all up.
Now days, I shoot 150 rounds of 45 each week, along with 100 of 40 and 100 of 9mm.
Thank God for the dillon family! Reloading is the magic key to more weekly shooting, although I shoot enough I am still replacing brass on a regular basis, specially the 40 S&W...

December 28, 2002, 02:45 AM
Originally posted by dacinokc
... Thank God for the dillon family!...

I couldn't agree more, reloading would definitely keep you shooting more ammo.

Anywho, check out the January '03 issue of Blue Press page 43. :D

December 28, 2002, 12:02 PM
Since the OT was cut back I have more time to kill, less money to spend. I go to the range 2-3 times per month now, take the Ruger .22 each time, and rotate between semi autos and revolvers, one or two each time. Shoot at least 50 rounds from each.

December 28, 2002, 01:26 PM
I shoot 100-300 rounds per week. Mostly 45acp, but also shoot 50 rounds per week with a Kahr K40.

December 28, 2002, 06:56 PM
I average around 100-200 rds of .45 a month
but I want to bump that up to 100 rds a week

December 28, 2002, 07:02 PM
100 rounds of .40 each week with carry gun.

Now I am also moving towards 100-200 per week with my new 12gauge:D


December 28, 2002, 07:43 PM
I went through a period where I shot about 200 rounds a week of 45 ACP with various drills ala Duane Thomas. That was during my quasi-para-military phase. At least I would have been extremely prepared for encountering multiple BGs.

Then I mellowed out a bit. For a several years I tried to go once a month and put 100 rounds of .45, 9mm, .40 or 38/357 and 200 rounds of 22LR at various distances.

Now I don't get to shoot nearly as much as I'd like and I almost always shoot centerfire rifles. Sometimes a 1911. Unless I'm introducing a newbie to the joys of shooting where I use a 22 and a 9mm. I'd say in the last half of this year, I doubt I've put more than 300 rounds through handguns total.

December 28, 2002, 10:18 PM
Usually about 500 22lr and 200-400 9mm or 45 acp once a week. If I have the time, I'll mix in an IDPA match (but for me those come few and far between :( ) which would be about another 100 rounds of whatever caliber I've decided to compete with.

December 31, 2002, 02:37 AM
Even over the holidays, at least 1K a month.

Some months 2K but I reload. We tend to shoot more.

December 31, 2002, 11:36 AM
About 200 rounds per session. Usually 2 sessions a week. Sometimes only 1. On occasion 3 (rarely more than that)

Twice a year I go to Powderhorn ( to train and sometimes works as a Range Officer. I usually put 1500 - 2000 rounds a week through my .45 there.

I think the point to make on this discussion is to train until it's second nature. Then take your time to fine tune the areas you need to work on.

Peter M. Eick
December 31, 2002, 04:27 PM
I try to get in between 1000 and 1500 rnds per month, usually in 2 sessions. Today though, I shot my quota for december in one pass.

December 31, 2002, 05:03 PM
I try to shoot 200-300 rounds per week. I traded off the 40 cal fro another 9mm so I can shoot more for less. Now I'm trying to practice shooting the 9mm.

Right now I've forsaken all others for my Sig 239.

The Winchester value packs make it much cheaper to shoot more more often.

December 31, 2002, 05:16 PM
Depending on schedule:
at least twice a week, avg 300 -400 rds 9mm and 45ACP

other calibers depend on what students bring or what I want to play with at the office. Poor old BHP been neglected as had the model 19, 400rds of 9mm, and 150 357 rds one morning alone -they feel warm and fuzzy again, just spreadin' the warmth...

December 31, 2002, 07:13 PM
I like to shoot at least 500-1000 rounds a month. Some months more, some less. Sometimes it will be in more than 1 session, and sometimes 1000 rounds easy in 1 range trip.


December 31, 2002, 09:18 PM
As a general rule, 200 rounds per gun per session. So it averages out to 400 rounds per week for the carry guns alone.

Vern Humphrey
December 31, 2002, 09:47 PM
My carry gun is a Kimber Classic. I also have a couple of .22 Conversion kits, a Ciener and an original Colt Service Ace style.

I shoot about 5-6,000 rounds of .45 ACP a year (99.9% cast bullets) and a little more in .22 LR through the Colt (which I have mounted on an Argentine M1927 frame)

I usually don't shoot more than 100 rounds a session, and often a bit less. But since my range is my own property, and all I have to do is grab up some ammo, put on ear protection, and walk out the door, I get a lot of sessions in.

I typically practice at 35 to 50 feet, mostly drawing from the holster for each presentation.

January 4, 2003, 12:48 AM
1000 hours a year at the range, and probably 500 hours of casting, reloading, and working on the guns. Fun at the time, but I don't want to bother anymore. I discovered the reality of the ranges at which one can reliably hit men who are trying to kill you, and that I need very little practice for such shooting. If I have to go to war, or even seriously suspect trouble, an AR-15 will be on assault sling, constantly, and the custom earplugs will be in place, too, along with the body-armor. Pistols are a joke, really, against other guns, with the possible exception of bolt action rifles, inside about 10 ft distances, or AK's with the safety engaged, or any longarm that 's carried in a regular sling position. Then the really good pistolero, with a really good gun and load, has a chance to settle the other guy's hash before he can even fire, or can fire again.

January 4, 2003, 02:24 AM
That okiedokie fella is a busy man
he has been trained by farnsworth, bruce lee, jeff cooper and nasa, and he was able to come into the post and get banned before I even stumbled over one of his post, I wonder if he knows "SWAT":evil:

Kahr carrier
January 4, 2003, 03:39 AM
Every weekend a Brick of 22lr and about 150 rounds of 45acp.:neener:

January 4, 2003, 05:59 AM
holy :what: ! some of you guys even dare to say "I ONLY shoot 500 rounds a week" ???

I go to the range (almost) every week and shoot like 30 rounds of .22LR, 10 - 15 9mm para +p and a few .357 magnums. that's it!

with this sort of training I shoot (after a year and a half of shooting, I'm only 19) 87 out of 100 with my CZ 122, 30 yards, two handed, NO rest, and freezing temperatures.
with my Glock 17 I shoot like 79 out of 100, both done fast-shooting.


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