What do you DO

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Jun 24, 2010
NE Missouri
AT the range?

Do you just shoot paper/steal or whatever targets you have. OR do you work on drawing, shooting on the move, or other things.....

What drills or things do you do?

Please let us all know!

I have a 25 yard pistol range in my backyard, i practice by quick drawing two handed hold, i pull my 357 mag, the first shot i fire is double action only then i fire single action, then fire two back to back double action times, I do this while starting at 25 yards shooting all the way to 5-7 yards. Aint the best training but it keeps shooting fun challenging and has helped me draw faster and become mroe accurate.
I just shoot my targets. I've never seen anyone working on specifics like this...but then again I'm from Illinois so what do I know
I shoot for fun. :) That being said, I try to work a couple of drills in each time. One of my favorites is the dot drill at 10 yards and I try to shoot my EDC once a month. For serious practice, I use 3x5 cards at a max range of 15 yards or so. We have a plate machine with 8 inch plates, so I usually round out on that from 10 to 25 yards.

Dry fire helps bunches. :D

If you want to get better, buy a shot timer. The times you shoot will tell you how your doing. Prior to buying my shot timer, I did things that felt fast but showed up slow when actually timed.
^^ Ditto!

I try and keep it fun, but I always want to practice specific things; drawing, mobile drills, shooting for accuracy, speed, and reinforcing the little things like stance, grip, trigger, draw, etc. Those aren't 'little things' actually.:) I do this with my EDC, from the holster it rides in everyday. The other guns get some fun time too, but that's just to keep a familiarity with them.
sometimes i just shoot to RELAX and unwind. Other times i am doing moving drills, tactical reloads.

Gotta be ready for anything and at the same time get some therapy when needed...
At the indoor, rental range, I pretty much just poke holes in targets.

On my farm, I practice practical things.
I practice, but I also have fun while I do it. I have a variety of paper and steel on a small range on my property. Distances from handgun ranges on out to 300 yards. At each spot there's usually both paper and steel.

Then of course there's the tin can shootouts with 22's. I just ordered a steel race set that my girlfriend wants to try. 2 targets on each side that swing around to the other side. The first person to clear their entire side wins.

When I taught my kids, I taught them on tin cans and steel. They get interested really quickly that way. Then I move them to paper and alternate back and forth. Shooting reactive targets definitely keeps my interest level up, so I know it does the same for young kids. Shooting paper is fun when trying to get tighter and tighter groups, but honestly it gets boring to me after awhile.
I train on core skills every time, and work in supporting skills as needed or possible depending on how many folks are at the range. Often times, I can go when there are little to no other folks, and can pretty much do what I want / need to do.

Core skills:

Dry fire
Slow aimed fire
Plate rack
Weak hand / strong hand

Supporting skills:

Shoot from the draw
Shoot while moving
Any deficiencies noted in prior matches

Some folks just show up and shoot, and that's fine, however, I take a more goal oriented approach.
I practice at an indoor range where drawing and moving while shooting is prohibited. So, I just paste a small square (3" X 3") of colored paper on a white computer paper, move it to 7-15 yards and see how fast I can shoot without straying too much away from the square. I can say that thru the years, I manage to kill a whole bunch of 3" X 3" targets!

Shooting this way is really relaxing for me.
set up my Phone to video myself to catch flinches, bad trigger pulls, have someone sneak a few snap-caps into my magazines. Getting myself used to guns without manipulatable hammers.

2 hand, 1 hand, Bad hand. averaging 200 rounds a week on the .40 right now. I'd do more but the kids have this odd addiction to Food and shelter.
I just found out how bad a shot I am back in May I was participating in a shooting competition where one of the stages was called "dot torture". Boy was it torture, I now do a dot torture session at each of my range visits. Here is a link to rules of dot torture and the target.

I also enjoy shooting the 25m qual targets with my M4 in the various shooting positions. The most complicated range session I do on my own is transition drills, but I rarely find a range or RO that will let me perform the drill. Normally I have to find a buddy at the private range or go to the indoor range after hours.
I mostly go for the smallest group size.

Concentrate on sight picture, grip, trigger pull, follow thru (no flinching).

Once I see that I'm as good as I'm going to be that day at that distance, move the target back another 10 yards and do it again.

Repeat until out of ammo.
When I am shooting for my own benefit, instead of presenting a course, my shooting sessions would consist of something like the following (this is only for tactical handgun training- I do shoot a lot of shotgun/rifle as well for both defensive training and other enjoyment such as trap/sporting clays/long range rifle)

30 minutes of accuracy only drills, 7-50 yards, two-hand supported, strong hand only, weak hand only

30 minutes of manipulation drills, 7-25 yards, draws, reloads, malfunctions, one-hand operation of each of those included - incorporate the use of a timer

30 minutes of scenarios, 0-50 yards, shooting from cover, movement techniques, shooting while moving in all directions, retention position, awkward positions (prone, back, etc), from/over/around/under vehicles (my regular range has a couple of old vehicles to use), etc.... basically try to replicate real world scenarios

As an aside, I rarely spend more than 1 1/2 hours on the range for my own practice sessions. I shoot about twice a week, not including days I provide training. On an even larger note, I rarely shoot more than 150 rounds in a practice session. I simply do not equate large amounts of rounds downrange with quality.

At home, I spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day performing dry fire practice to include trigger manipulation (two-handed, strong, weak), emergency reloads, tactical reloads, movement to cover, etc..... My wife doesn't mind the IDPA standard target hanging on the wall in our bedroom.
Before I started reloading I was a little more diligent about performing drills, shooting while moving, etc... sadly, now that I cast and reload I pretty much just send a few hundred wheel weights down range at paper.
something really fun to do is get a horse, yes i have my own and break my own horses ;) get some tin cans, line the cans on wooden posts, saddle up your horse. run the fence line attempting to shoot the cans off with your 357 magnum ;) and oh btw try not to let the horse run you into the fence or buck or try to kill you and try to shoot straight :)
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