Your best shot with a handgun intentional or not

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Alte Schule, Sep 20, 2020.



    Nov 3, 2015
    Another Ballantine moment
  2. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Every single low-down scoundrel of a bad guy that I have ever snap-shot at on Outlaw Josie Wales has fallen like a pile of bricks to my 1858 Remington. Neither Time nor space nor even empty chambers mean anything to me.:evil:

    Beyond that. We were out on Ft Campbell wasting a pile of tracer .45acp that we had in the system for a no-longer available sub-cal device. What we were doing was trying to ignite barrels of foo-gas with tracers of different weapons.

    In any case, we had a barrel waaaaaaaaay out beyond where a 1911 should be shooting in general and SIGNIFICANTLY beyond this ignited range of .45acp in particular.

    Almost referentially, while holding a loaded 1911, I said to my Junior Demo to fire his rifle at a particular barrel. He says; "which one?" So I point the 1911 and say "the one on this tracer arc" and launch my fire-pill.

    He watches the arc, says; "OK, got it" and then seemingly ridiculously later we hear; p-thunk!

    Now, we're thinking NO WAY I hit that barrel way out there so we hoof it out for a look-see. Yup, sure as baby rabbits there's a brand new crease on the front and remnants of the .45 round at the base.

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  3. Matthew Temkin

    Matthew Temkin Member

    Mar 13, 2003
    Once challenged at a police firearms instructors conference to “prove” that point shooting works.
    For a goof I drew and fired 3 rapid fire shots at 3 steel targets ( one shot per target) from the hip at 15 yards.
    Hit all 3.
    Even I was impressed.
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  4. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    "You have a gun in here?" Said #1 son when he spotted a fat groundhog eating soybeans about 35yds off the dirt roadway.
    "Just my lcp"
    "Give it here, I've been seeing this one out here eating beans" .
    "Meh", I wasn't too keen on wasting one of my good sd hollowpoints on educating a groundhog, even if he was devouring soybeans by the mouthful.
    I drew my lcp and handed it to my son who was familiar with it because he has one too. He took entirely too long to get sighted and solid, but at the sound of the shot, the groundhog's tail went in a circle like a helicopter. I knew where the bullet struck.
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    It was one of the best pistol shots that I have ever seen. I didnt fire the shot, but i witnessed it!
    DID I MENTION THAT IT WAS AN LCP! :cool::what:
  5. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Near Gettysburg, PA
    I was at one of my shooting spots playing with my 686 in .357. A local guy, who introduced himself as a former "shooting instructor" noticed my group was low and left. He said that I should aim high of the bull and let the sights settle down naturally to the center while squeezing the trigger. Humoring him, I did so and nailed a shot dead center in the bull. He got a grin a mile wide, nodded with that "told you so" look, got in his truck and left. I feel better about what I did for his ego than my own.
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  6. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    Best shot with a handgun was.....intentional. After many years hunting Antelope with a rifle, it became too predictable, started looking for more of a challenge. Knew I could get within 200 yards for an Antelope, began practicing and developing loads to try it with a handgun. Practiced all summer a couple times each week.

    Goal was to get an entire family unit of Antelope mounted for the trophy room. Took the spiked doe (upper right) at little over 200 yards with 44 magnum.

    Not talented enough to match Elmer Kieth's 600 yard deer using a 44 magnum....afraid 200 is my limit. ;)


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  7. AustinTX

    AustinTX Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    I've hit the X-ring at 100 yards with iron sights more times than I can count. Not particularly impressive, though, because I do a fair amount of handgun shooting at 50 and 100 yards, and many, many more of my shots miss the X-ring than hit it.
  8. wmgeorge
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    wmgeorge Contributing Member

    Mar 28, 2017
    Out in SD prairie dog hunting with a friend and my trusty CZ 223 varmint rifle. I had taken along my small Tarus SS 2 inch barrel 22 revolver for the rattlesnakes we never saw. Getting ready to leave and my friend pointed at a Prairie Dog 100 ft away, lets see if you can get him.... lucky shot but I nailed the little bugger. Surprise for Everyone!!
  9. roadliner

    roadliner Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    It's been over thirty years ago, wow can't believe I just wrote that. Time flies. My buddy and I would hunt rabbits in the rolling hills south of here using just handguns. We both reloaded ammo and would pick a different caliber to take on each outing, mostly 357/38, 45 ACP or in this case, 44 magnum. He had a Ruger Blackhawk and me being between 44's, borrowed back my 8 3/8 Virginian Dragoon from my brother. In the middle of the hunt, my German Shorhair locked up on point. Since we had kicked up a covey of quail near here in the past, my buddy suggested we flush them and give it a try. We had a hillside as a backstop for the rounds so we put them up. I fired at one bird probably less than 10 feet out and it dropped. I seriously thought the muzzel blast had just stunned it, but no, there was a hole through the lower abdomen. My buddy made quite the deal over it, but I just acted like it was just my skillful shooting.
  10. GAF

    GAF Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    A few years ago I shot a friends Arcus full size 9mm handgun at an 18 inch steel plate at 200 yards. I hit the plate twice out of 5 rounds.
    I loaded up five more rounds for a repeat performance. Hit the steel plate 2 more time out of 5 rounds and then I quit while i was ahead.
  11. TRX

    TRX Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    A buddy had a 1911 that had apparenly unsolvable FTF and FTE problems. I took it home and cleaned it for him - it was full of solidified lubricant of some sort - and next range trip, it was a little better, but it would malfunct two or three times per magazine.

    I asked to try it, stuck my arm out, and put all seven rounds in the bullseye, bang-bang-bang-bang-bang-bang-bang. After staring in disbeif for a moment, I handed it back and told him I thought he was limp-wristing it...

    Ordinarily, I would have been able to keep all seven in the rings, or at least on the paper, at that range. No way would I be able to shoot the bull out. It was pure luck, but it happened when I could take maximum advantage of it.
  12. Pete D.

    Pete D. Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    Well....nothing to match those marvelously entertaining stories. I shot the one in the picture yesterday. It’s about as good as I do nowadays. There were five shots...the other four were nines...two right and two left.
    Gun is a Hammerli AP air pistol. 10 meters, iron sights, one hand unsupported. The ring is 5mm. The pellet is 4.5mm

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  13. Mohican1

    Mohican1 Member

    Dec 23, 2020
    Southeastern Virginia
    In the late 80's I was deer hunting from a treestand in Virginia when a big doe and a yearling came crunching through the frozen snow. I dropped the yearling with a smoothbore 12ga 870 slug bbl with a Brenneke about 50yds away and the bigger doe ran by me so I drew a 4in Model 15 Smith with one hand and shot quickly single action 3 times starting from about 10yds. The 3rd shot hit her between the shoulder blades at 45yrds as she crested a hill and down she went. All one handed as I was holding the 870 with my left hand. Turned out, 1 hit her in the hindquarter, 1 through her low chest and the 3rd I already mentioned. I was using the old Federal Hydrashock 129gr +P load. The old FBI load would have been better. I think we were both surprised.
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  14. Mohican1

    Mohican1 Member

    Dec 23, 2020
    Southeastern Virginia
    They call that a Texas Heart Shot
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  15. swg1

    swg1 Member

    Feb 15, 2020
    Before bifocals, top 18inch of an old acetylene bottle standing vertically at 200yds with a Ruger MkII KMK678 22. Could hit it more than 50% of the time. From 150yds, I could hit it about 90% of the time. A six inch plate at 100yds repeatedly with a 1920's commercial Luger in 30 Luger. A pop can at 50yds with a pocket Beretta 21. The little Beretta was a great grouse gun while deer hunting. I liked it so much I thought to get a stainless one (INOX?). That one did not shoot ANYWHERE near as well or anywhere near where it looked. A wheel barrel at 50 feet was a challenge with that example. Still have the blue one, the stainless one is long gone.

    None of it all that impressive after I watched a good handgun silhouette shooter in action; that character was shooting one inch groups at a hundred with his contender offhand.

    It hadn't occurred to any of us to shoot at that acetylene bottle gong at 200 until some unknown character pulled up to the range one day in his Landcruiser, jumped out and rang the gong 6 times with what appeared to be a S&W m19 and then got back in his rig and drove away. Did it bullseye style, one hand in his pocket, one on the gun. Back in the eighties when the Shelton Rifle Club was still out in the woods and conveniently on my drive home every night from work.
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  16. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    At a cowboy action side match in the late 1990s, I hit a steel chicken silhouette target at 100 yards with a Colt SAA 4 3/4' .45 Colt. Good enough to win a ham. Much more luck than skill. About the same time, I shot a 1.25 inch group at 25 yards with a Ruger Blackhawk .357. Never came close to anything like that since.
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  17. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Was camping with some friends back in highschool at an old slave plantation in the middle of nowhere. We all brought 3-4 guns with us. They set up some impromptu targets (pop bottles, cans, and such) at about 50-75 yards and blasted away. The challenges started immediately. I was cutting and splitting firewood so we wouldn’t freeze that night. There was a pause for about 5 minutes or so and the shooting started again. Couple minutes later another pause. This time the shooting is much more slowed and controlled. In between the shots you could hear the “You suck”, “not even close”, “are you shooting blanks?” And all the laughter from razzing each other. Well I’ve got about a rick split and I’m ready for a break. So I go walking over to them because they have the cooler. One of them says

    “Hey _____(my last name), bet you can’t hit that target.”

    “You’re probably right. Sounds like you all can’t either.”

    “Well lumberjack, how about you try.”

    “What are you all even shooting at?”

    “That bottle cap on the tree.”

    I look. I could barely see a little white dot way out there through the woods.

    “Taylor, that’s got to be 100 yards. You all are just wasting ammo.”

    “So show us hot to stop wasting it then.”

    I picked up one of their revolvers loaded a round into it, raised the gun and fired. I didn’t hit it. Wasn’t even aiming at it. I was just pointing in that general direction.

    I lowered the gun, emptied the brass, and set the gun down.

    “That’s how you stop wasting ammo.”

    And you all probably thought I’d say I hit it. Lol


    My best shot was probably last year. A running piglet across a pond dike at about 100 yards with my RIA 10mm. Maybe weighed 5 lbs. I missed the first shot as he was crossing the field. Second shot as he’s crossing the dike being chased by my Catahoula, I 10 ringed him. Had to finish him off with the head shot. CC875884-590C-44A9-9051-73D90AF2EBF6.jpeg
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  18. RedRyder73

    RedRyder73 Member

    Apr 18, 2020
    We have a problem with feral cats around here. One kept lurking around that was particularly nasty tempered. I could never get a clear shot at him because he was a master at using cover, plus, as soon as he heard the house door open he took off. One evening I just sat and watched out the back door (yes, I lead a really exciting life) and, sure enough, he showed up. I already had the door open so it was just a matter of stepping onto the steps. Of course he got the hell outa Dodge but he ran through about a 3 ft opening between my casting shed and a tree and I caught him with a round out of my G45 and rolled him at about 25 yards. Pure luck but, of course I let on to my wife that it was just a matter of proper lead and knowing your weapon and ammo. She seemed to buy it but then again, I can never tell for sure.
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  19. PCFlorida

    PCFlorida Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    In 1987 I was walking in the woods in upstate NY with my yellow lab and saw him about to get too close to a Cottonmouth. I pulled my Ruger Single Six and let one shot off and the snake was dead. He was maybe 20 yards in front of me. Of course I had the advantage of younger eyes and quicker reflexes than I do now. Not a particularly difficult shot but my Lab stayed by my side the rest of the day :)
  20. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Pheasant at just over a 100 paces with a Ruger Single Six with the .22 magnum.
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  21. robhof

    robhof Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Bowling Green Ky.
    About 8 yrs ago at our club range, I had brought my DW 357 SM with the 6" barrel attached to see if I could hit anything with it, had been practicing at 25 yds and felt good, then some kids rolled up and started blasting around the 200 yd gong with AK's and missing, when they stopped to refill their mags, I aimed for the gong and placed 6 on the gong. They came over to admire my pistol and ask about it as I was putting it away, as I was sure I couldn't do that again...
  22. herkyguy

    herkyguy Member

    Jul 31, 2009
    A bobcat in FL on the far bank of a creek, from a tree stand at a range of about 30 yards. December, 2011. 6” Ruger GP100 in .357.

    Ex-wife took half of my taxidermy in the divorce, including the full-mount cat. And no, she’s doesn’t hunt or shoot.
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  23. The Happy Kaboomer

    The Happy Kaboomer Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    I was plowing my dove field 2 summers ago and a crow lit in the field about 70 yards away. I took my little 2" barrel S&W kit gun and propped on the steering wheel 2 handed(the tractor was running but stopped). At the shot the crow fell over dead. I don't know who was more surprised. Him or me.
  24. Hugger-4641

    Hugger-4641 Member

    Jan 21, 2021
    West TN
    The most recent: was riding down a creek on my Foreman with a few friends behind me. Saw a cotton mouth slip off the bank into the water about 30yd ahead. Stopped and popped his head with one shot from my CZ52.
    The most memorable: I was about 15 and my grandad bought a SS S&W .357. I had been popping turtles in our fish pond with an old High Standard .22lr and missing about half the time. He told me to use the .357 and for two days I thought I was just barely missing them and chalked it up to getting used to a new gun. 3 days later he called me down to the pond, there were 2 dozen dead turtles floating in the pond.
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  25. Bcwitt

    Bcwitt Member

    Dec 22, 2020
    5"×12" steel plate @ 150 yd. S&w 638 hip shot.
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