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Can you hit a penny at 10 yds?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by janus, Jul 26, 2005.

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  1. janus

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    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?
     
  2. Biker

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    I'll have to give that a try. I believe that I would do well with my G23. Or maybe my 870? :neener:
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  3. Cacique500

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    Do I get to use my ACOG? :neener:
     
  4. mack69

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    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
     
  5. thereisnospoon

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    I could do it with one eye closed ;)
     
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    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.
     
  7. foghornl

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    Hmmmmm

    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
     
  8. countertop

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  10. jefnvk

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    And one hand behind my back ;)
     
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    Bullseye humor is not really funny boys. :D
     
  12. Cesiumsponge

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    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!
     
  13. armoredman

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    Never tried it....illegal to destroy US coin, isn't it? Lemme get a couple of pesos....
     
  14. Cesiumsponge

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    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.
     
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    not true

    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:

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    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;
    or

    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
     
  16. LiquidTension

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    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...
     
  17. Azrael256

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    With one shot?
     
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    no surprise that shooting at money is cheaper than shooting at paper targets from walmart... :rolleyes: wonder why i never thought of that before?
     
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    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
     
  20. TallPine

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    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 ;)
     
  21. HighVelocity

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    I am going to the range tonight and I am going to try this. :uhoh:
     
  22. Eightball

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    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.
    Amen. Wouldn't want him to find that in your posession, now, would we :rolleyes: ?
     
  23. Khaotic

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    Gettin old.

    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.

    -K
     
  24. Bravo11

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    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.
     
  25. 280PLUS

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    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
     
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