Fine Tuning Zero on the 22/45

I’ll admit, I haven’t been taking advantage of the click-adjustable rear sight on my 22/45. I guess after getting used to the Glock, it’s easier for me to just tap it left and right than find a tiny screwdriver and figure out what the clicks are. But, I re-centered the site body today, and found…

Nothing Really New Today

Ended up only shooting .22 today, no 9mm. Still at 25 yards, still 50 rounds. I feel comfortable bumping the sight, it’s definitively shooting right and I’ve found a happy place for the trigger finger. It just comes down to getting everything automatic, then focusing on a clear relationship between the front sight, rear sight…

Ruger 22/45

Knocking the Rust Off at 25 Yards

It’s been well over a week since I’ve fired a handgun (business trip to Indianapolis). Decided to jump right back in with a 50 round group at 25 yards, out of the Ruger 22/45 and with the American Eagle 40 grain rimfire ammo. First two mags saw a significant number of rounds go high and…

Great Score at 25 Yards

Yes, that’s 10 rounds. Counted carefully, and they’re all there. Some are just really close together. American Eagle 40 grain .22 LR ammunition is not consistent, at least in the 250 rounds or so that I’ve fired. There is an obvious level of variation in the recoil and muzzle blast from shot to shot. Most…

Ruger 22/45 25 yards

Ruger 22/45 Daily Shooting, Continued

No post yesterday, was rained out. Today’s 10 shot group at 25 yards was a good one, with only two outside the black. It was heavily overcast, so I may or may not need to come up a click or so on the sights. Probably wouldn’t hurt, but I’ll keep going for a few days…

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How about a 50 Round Group at 25 Yards?

Because why not? Only six rounds left the black, which is roughly in line with my regular scoring percentage. Lots of 10-ring hits as well. Naturally, this was freehand at 25 yards with the Ruger 22/45 and American Eagle 40 grain ammunition. I wanted to try this to see how long my concentration would hold…

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Ruger 22/45 Shows Promise

Worked on zeroing the MKIII 22/45 at 25 yards today, with some random CCI that I had kicking around. This was the final 10 shot group, freehand while standing. If this is any indication, a score of 100 should be totally doable once I get it dialed in. Eight rounds went into a nice little…

Quick Update: Last Two Days

Fired an 86 on yesterday’s 25 yard B-8, with eight of the ten in a two inch group at 9:00 on the edge of the 8/9 ring. I’ve been seeing issues with left-leaning groups, and that continued into today. Same general group size and location, but with high fliers and a score of 84. I…

A Very Odd 25 Yard Group

Things were a little more centered up at 25 yards today, with some weird activity going on. Four sets of doubled rounds, with two random fliers. The furthest left shot was caused by not having enough finger on the trigger, which was immediately fixed. Final 40 shots were spent on a single Bill Drill and…

25 Yard Wrist Experiment

I know that “wrist tension” is one of the areas of handgun marksmanship I understand the least. But I know it matters, and I believe it’s the cause of my vertical strings. Some online research last night pulled this thread up from Pistol-Forum.com. I highly recommend reading it. It gave me some new things to…

Back at 25 Yards

When I started this, I promised you would see everything. The good days, and the bad days. Today wasn’t one of the good days. No score, too many rounds were wild. Conditions were rainy, but I went anyway. The above target is a result of not having enough finger on the trigger, and ignoring the…

48/50 Dot Torture at Five Yards

Back at 5, the very last shot was a miss. I just had to look before it was over to see if I made a 49. Single hand shooting: It’s all about a hard grip and focusing the conscious mind on that front sight post. You can’t think about flinching if you’re thinking about the…

Cheated and Went to Three Yards

John Johnston (of Ballistic Radio) posted up a picture of a Dot Torture drill he ran at three yards with a custom Glock for a project with Lucky Gunner Ammo. This made me think it was ok to move up from five yards, without sacrificing cool guy points. As a note, Johnston says that his…

The Very Last Two Shots…

Three consecutive days of shooting a 45 at five yards… this is not an easy drill. Grease ring hits count in my book, and a few shots barely edged in there. #5: Made it to the fifth dot before the first miss, which is a weakhand string. Feel pretty good getting four out of five…

Dot Torture, Second Attempt

Same drill as yesterday, in an attempt to correct what went wrong. For the most part, it went well, and I fixed some of the things that didn’t go quite right yesterday. But others issues cropped up. #2: No clue why I swerved up and right at the last moment. Seems like I do something…

Dot Torture, First Attempt

Dot Torture is a deceptively simple 50 round pistol drill, and considered part of the Drill Canon by many. I haven’t shot it before today, and figured since I’ve made a lot of progress with the 25 yard B-8 stuff I might as well give it a try. Three yards is the recommended starting distance,…

Great 10@25, Great Tests

Doing well at 25 yards isn’t about doing extra things to shoot better. It’s stripping away the extra stuff that make you shoot worse. It’s hard to hold the gun still and pull the trigger. Your grip influences your trigger pull, as well as the sights. And how you pull the trigger can influence your…

89 at 25 Yards, Great Tests

Yes, posting late again. Been a weird week. Semi-frustrating 10@25. Just all over the map. Not a terrible score, though. I did try the “Super Test”, which Bill Blowers and Ernest Langdon have been posting about lately. It’s just like the regular Test, except shot with 30 rounds instead of just 10, and at three…

Did It

Finally. After 170+ cold attempts with 10 shots at 25 yards, I finally landed the entire string in the nine ring yesterday. Standing, with a two hand hold and no support. No time limit, focusing purely on marksmanship. Everything just lined up. Grip and trigger finger were all in the right spots. I wasn’t focused…

Decent Day on Monday

Mondays shooting: Yes, this is posting late. My bad. Really wide group at 25 yards to start off, I really don’t think I had my grip right. Should have had more finger in the gun. Decided to just run The Test four times with the remaining ammo for the day, at 7 yards on index…

91 Average for the Week

Average for all of this week’s 25 yard B8 scores is 91, rounded up to the nearest point. No drills tomorrow, need to sight in the Ruger Predator. Each of these targets were shot first thing, cold, on a different day. No time limit imposed. Things are coming together, if a bit shakily. For the…

25 Yard Troubles

Just can’t seem to sneak ’em all in at 25 yards. First sub-90 score of the week though. Not a whole lot of thoughts on this today. Did The Test three times today. Once on a B-8 center, and twice on a horizontal 3×5 card. All at 10 yards, with 10 shots and a 10…

Another Day, Another 25 Yard B-8

Still managed to squeak out a 90 at 25 yards today, for 10 shots. I’ve noticed in the last week a much higher percentage of 10-ring hits, which I think has to do with the very precise hold afforded by letting a little light slip between the blade and bull. Ran The Test twice today,…

Great Day

Clearly, had a great day at 25 yards today. It’s as simple as establishing (and maintaining) a crush grip, aligning the sights with the target and each other (just a hair of daylight between the bull and blade today), pushing the trigger to the wall, and then making the gun go off without moving anything.…

Nothing Really to Note

10 @ 25 was so-so today. Not terrible, not great. The Test was pretty good. Score of 94 in 6.34 seconds. Did another string of 10 on the head of a B-29 target, at three yards. All 10 went into the head, in 3.37 seconds from the low ready. Splits were in the .22 to…

Solid Day of Practice

Pretty decent 10@25 to start the day. Just narrowly missed out on my long term goal of getting “all 10 in the black”. It’ll happen soon, I’m certain. I did tap the sight a fraction over to the right since yesterday. It could stand to come a fraction back to the left, it seems. One…

This Works

Yeah, had a good day today at 25 yards. Two random 8’s but I’ll take it. Everything applies here: Rock-solid grip, extreme focus on sight, and trigger prep. All done in isolation, but done perfectly. Looks like it’s starting to pay off, need to bump the rear sight to the right a smidge. There was…

Back at It, 25 Yards

Great 10@25 today. Only a 90, but check out where 7 of them went. Messed it up three other times. Grip took care of itself, sights were aligned and the trigger was prepped each time prior to release. Lots of resources say that great marksmanship is just “applying the fundamentals”. That’s like saying winning a…

Rough End to the Week at 25 Yards

Kind of a weird 10@25 today. Group started out trending left, until I pushed more finger in the trigger. I think I need to bounce the rear sight just a smidge back to the right. If I put enough finger on the trigger to move the group to the middle, it’s just a bit too…

Finally Got to Shoot this Week

Incredible rainfall on Monday closed the road to the range, had a holiday on Tuesday, more rain yesterday. Today’s the first day I’ve been out to the range in almost a week, so it was a good little break to see what kind of skill retention I’ve got. Just barely broke out a 91, which…

Back to Normal, 50 Rounds/Day

Back to the regular 50 rounds per day. Cold 10@25 went well, would have been a lot more impressive without the low shot. Rest of the box of 50 was used on getting down to .20-.25 splits at 7 yards, with the goal of keeping them in the black on a B-8 center. It’s more…

150 Round Day

Yes, this is super late. Time with the Beretta was cut rather short, as I was slide-bit badly enough to cause a steady drip-drip-drip down the back of my hand. Oh well. Photo above is the cold 10 @ 25 with the Glock, after playing around with the M9. Used a 50 yard NRA target…

And Now for Something Completely Different

Ok, this was actually shot on Monday, but I didn’t get around to posting it. Then I didn’t shoot yesterday and today, because of some reasons. All that means is that tomorrow is going to be a rare 150 round day. And that will be fun. So obviously, the gun pictured above is not a…

Back in the 90s

1. Grip that lasts throughout recoil arc 2. Isolated trigger press that ignores sight movement 3. Proper sight alignment That’s my recipe for shooting 90+ at 25 yards. Whether or not I decide to follow it is the question… Was holding just below the bull, looks like I would have been fine with a true…

More of the Same at 25 Yards

Not much to report for today’s 10@25. Confusing lighting, full sun but a shaded shooting bay since I made it out a few minutes earlier than normal. Half the time I was holding at the bottom edge of the black, half the time I floated the sight beneath the bull. Don’t really have a good…

Something a Little Different Today

Because I didn’t get out to the range yesterday, I shot 100 rounds instead of the usual 50. Started out with the above 10 at 25 yards, as usual. Since I bumped the sights, I’ve been seeing way more misses to the right. Might be a clue. Somebody left a clean, standard BC-27 target up…

Another Conceptual Breakthrough?

Long story short: I think pressing with the thumbs is a big part of shooting good groups. Especially with the strong hand thumb, which is something I may have been neglecting. It makes sense, I suppose. Thumbs are what help us hold on to things. This group was actually fired on Friday, but I just…

Great Success at 25 Yards

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Just flat out didn’t have the time. Long story short: I was an idiot and drifted the sight the wrong way. So, the group moved the wrong way. Obviously, that’s the opposite of what I want. This gun really has to be zeroed, so I dedicated today to making sure…

124 Grain Lawman May Shoot Left

Ignore the far right flier, that was the first shot of the day. No clue what happened. Totally overcast day, and the group is slightly high with a true 6 o’clock hold. I do know that the rear sight isn’t in the middle, but that’s where it is with the 147s. We’re talking about a…

Progress at 25 Yards

This is almost becoming more of a study on how lighting influences group size and location, rather than an experiment in general marksmanship. Had more of my favorite lighting conditions today, sun obscured by clouds but generally clear skies. Held right beneath the black, with a sliver of white visible. I’m not sure if the…

Back at 25 Again

My least favorite lighting conditions, again. Just sort of strings the group out and makes things sloppy. It is what it is. Remaining rounds for the day fired (once again) on a 3×5 index card, at distances from 15 to 5 yards. Only four shots missed, at the .70ish split pace. I’m noticing that after…

Back at 25 Yards, Hanging with an 89

Loose group, but hovering right below 90 back at the 25 yard line. Full sun (like today) always seems to make a bit looser group. Partially overcast seems to be my best chance at shooting a high score and tight group. Tried The Test for the first time in a while, and my time spent…

24 Yard B-8, 92: Almost There

Only one yard away from being back at 25. All in the 8-ring today, sunny conditions. Held at the bottom of the black, which worked for the most part. I’ve been putting 10 on the B-8 for my marksmanship “control” group, then shooting the last five in my first mag at a 15 yard 3×5…

23 Yard B8, Still Holding a 90+…

100% overcast today, so I held between the black bull and the bottom edge of the page. Worked out pretty well, I think. Only two yards away from the magic 25 yard line, and things are still centered, for the most part. 24 yards tomorrow. I doubt anything significant will change from 23. Was in…