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…

22 Yard B-8, So Far, So Good

After success with the 20 yard B8 the other day, I decided to step back to 22 yards and give it a try. Still shooting above 90. I’ll push it out a little further next time and see if I can find the point where the disconnect is happening. I shoot great at 20 yards.…

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Something Different at 25 Yards

Dad bought this gun for mom in the late 80’s, for her to keep in the house while he was at work. But as long as I can remember, it’s been on the top shelf of my grandfather’s closet, pulling sentry duty. Before he passed away, Opa’s vision had been largely taken by macular degeneration,…

20 Yard B8, 93

This is going to be a short week of shooting. No drills yesterday, and none will be happening on Friday. It occurred to me that if I miss the 9 ring at 25 yards, but can hit it at three, there is a point between those two distances that the missing starts. Starting the target…

Overcast Day, So I Held Under

Total cloud cover today, which always means I’ll shoot high. Decided to do something about it, so I used the bottom edge of the white paper as my hold point. As you can see, it worked out well. Ordinarily, these would have been half off the target. I think that holding on the bottom edge…

Time to Start Holding Under

I don’t know why I haven’t done it before. There is plenty of evidence that the pistol is always going to shoot high. Tomorrow, I’ll hold on the bottom edge of the white paper and see what happens. The very next shots were on a horizontal 3×5 index card at 15 yards, all five connecting…

Weird Left Windage at 25 Yards Today

Moving more finger in the trigger guard didn’t help any, it stayed the same. The right half of the target bay was flooded with light, perhaps that had something to do with it. Although my thinking has been that the group moves towards the light. Dunno. Nothing else to report really, as far as the…

Cloudy Day, So That Means…

…yup. Shooting high. It’s predictable at this point. Next overcast day, I’m going to try to hold under to compensate. One of the benefits of doing this every day is getting to shoot under many different lighting conditions, and being able to see trends emerge. I have a special post formulating in my mind about…

More “Unstructured Practice”

Typical 25 yard B-8. Knew as soon as the shot broke that the three high ones were bad. The best seven are in a 3.25″x2.75″ group, in the normal location for rear-of-target-sun and smoked out sights. No “drills” today, to speak of. After last week’s success with semi-unstructured practice, I want to see how far…

Two for One Blog Post Deal

Yesterday was much the same, (forgot B-8s again), same 3×5 card at 25 yards and then cadence drills inside of that. Today’s B-8 (pictured above) wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. But that standard is good enough to be able to put a bullet on a 3×5 card at any distance inside of 20 yards,…

Forgot to Print More B-8s…

Not much to report today, forgot to print targets. Started with a 5 round group at 25 yards, using a 3×5 card as an aiming point. I’d post a picture, but it’s just a 3×5 card with a cluster of four rounds in the upper left hand corner, and a stray off to the side.…

Daily Drills, Elevation Issues

Ignore the 5 rounds in the 10 ring, those were shot at 7 yards. Everything else is at 25. 10@25: No score The Test: 9.56, solid group 5″ above 9 ring. FASTest: 1.52/2.07/5.18/5.42/5.62/5.82. One body miss, 6.82 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Four hits. 5 rounds weak hand only:…

A System Only Works if You Follow It

Took my target boards out at the range, only to find they were still shot up from last week. I prepped everything else and preloaded the mags, but decided I would repair the targets “later”. Guess when later happened. Somebody had left some clean 8.5″ paper plates stapled up at 25 yards, so I took…

Something has to Change…

Mediocre close to the week, unfortunately. Lack of focus at 25 showed up on the target. 10@25: 83 The Test: 6.80, not scorable FASTest: 1.70/2.04/4.31/4.52/4.71/4.90. One 3×5 miss, four body misses. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Two…

Great B-8 Score, Thoughts on Other Drills

10@25: 90 The Test: 8.93, 80 FASTest: 1.90/2.49/5.54/5.76/5.97/6.17. Both 3×5 card shots missed, 10.17 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Four hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. Shot the rest of the box at 7 yards, on a 3×5 card. Single…

Mediocre Day of Drills

In a bit of a rush today, no real new thoughts or revelations. Guesstimated at the B-8 score, using a tape measure to extrapolate rings. 10@25: 89 The Test: 9.28 no score (it was bad, much vertical stringing) FASTest: 1.89/2.44/5.57/5.82/6.06/6.28. One head miss, 8.28 seconds total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no…

Glock Knuckle Issues

Did about 20 minutes of holster reps last night in dry fire, like a good shooter should. Unfortunately, it aggravated my Glock knuckle quite a bit. That’s what you get for not dry firing regularly, I guess. Shooting this morning was downright painful, and it showed downrange. 10@25: N/A The Test: 7.56 Seconds, 75 FASTest: 1.91/2.38/4.79/5.04/5.27/5.48. One…

Strong(ish) Start to the Week, New FAST PR

Sun is getting higher in the sky at this point. Blacking out the sights helps so much. Today’s 25 yard B-8 replacement center group still trends high, but not dramatically so. 10@25: 86 The Test: 6.09 seconds 80 FASTest: 1.66/2.08/4.49/4.75/4.99/5.22. One body miss, 6.22 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit.…

More Daily Drills, Clean 6.51s FAST

For the first time ever, there was another shooter in my usual bay this morning. The nerve… Anyway, I moved to the sunny bay. I was interested to see if smoking the sights would help reduce the vertical shift I’ve seen from a back-lit target. It appears that it does. The group still trends high,…

Blacking Out the Sights Helps

Some online research showed that burning masking tape does a pretty good job of blacking out sights, and it works. Supposedly something in the adhesive causes the soot. Regardless, holding the sights over a burning strip coats them perfectly with a thin layer of blackness. 10@25: 89 The Test: 6.39, 84. FASTest: 1.76/2.36/5.20/5.56/5.87/6.13. One head miss,…

Overcast Shooting, 1.39 Draw

As soon as I saw today’s shooting would be in heavily overcast conditions, I immediately thought “here comes the vertical stringing”. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. 10@25: Not scorable The Test: 7.38 seconds, 83. FASTest: 2.10/2.76/5.96/6.34/6.64/6.90. One head miss, total of 8.90 seconds. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no…

6.36 Clean FAST!

10@25: 86 The Test: 6.91, 92. FASTest: 1.87/2.52/5.45/5.80/6.09/6.36. Clean! 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Four hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. Rest of the box was used on single shot draws to a 3×5 card, at 7 yards: 1.69 miss 1.82…

Back at the Daily Drills

10@25: 89 The Test: 7.60, 85. FASTest: 2.04/2.65/5.92/6.28/6.62/6.93. Down one head, so 8.93 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. One hit. Rest of the box was used on single shot draws to a 3×5 card, at…

Light’s Down, Sights Down?

How is this even a thing… I mean, I know what changed. We had a severe thunder storm warming up, and it was dark enough to really need headlights while driving. It seems like any drastic lighting changes cause groups to shift up noticeably. But, I think the 7 grouped at the top were the…

87

Score of 87 on the 25 yard B8 today. Should have been better, but a couple got away from me. An extra hard hold while focusing on a gradual trigger pull helped greatly. Smoothly increasing pressure until the gun goes off, as opposed to a “fire the gun now” impulse. No other drills today, was…

Another Day, Another Set of Daily Drills

10@25: 86 The Test: 7.19, 88. FASTest: Timer error again. Missed one headshot. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Zero hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Five hits. Rest of the box was used on experimenting with grip tension. *** Back in the…

50 Yard 10 Shot Group, Timer Fail

10@50: N/A The Test: 6.55, 85. FASTest: Something went wrong with the timer, don’t know the time. Missed one headshot. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Four hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Two hits. Rest of the box was used on experimenting…

Daily Drills, Sped Up a Little

10@25: 90 The Test: 4.31, 83. FASTest: 1.71/2.22/5.82/6.10/6.36/6.59. Missed both head shots, 10.59 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. No hits. Single shots to an index card at 7 yards, from concealment: 1.82 miss 2.01…

Daily Drills, Starting the Week Strong

Sorry for missing yesterday, we had some flash flooding and the highway to the range was closed. Today’s scores: 10@25: 90 The Test: 7.06, 86. FASTest: 1.92/2.58/5.02/5.28/5.53/5.75 two body misses, total of 7.75 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Five hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5…

Conclusion to the Daily Drills for This Week

10@25: 83? The Test: 8.50, 89. 8/10 in the black, the other two were very high. FASTest: 2.04/3.78/6.13/6.37/6.59/6.80. One body miss, total time of 7.80. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Five hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Three hits. Used up the…

Daily Drills, Confidence in Grip

10@25: 90 The Test: 5.45, 83. FASTest: 1.85/2.56/5.30/5.58/5.83/6.05 1 head miss, total of 8.05 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Five hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 1 hit. Used up the remainder of the box on single shots to an index card…

Daily Drills, Grip is Everything?

10@25: 90. Lock down the grip, let the sights settle and allow the trigger to do its thing. The Test: 6.69, 90. FASTest: 2.03/2.73/6.25/6.56/6.83/7.07 +4 penalty points (both head shots) 11 .07. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. Five hits. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card,…

Daily Drills, Back in the Saddle

10@25: 84 The Test: 5.81, 85. FASTest: 2.12/2.93/5.64/5.92/6.15/6.37 +2 penalty points for a head miss, 8.37 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 1 hits, still high on the misses. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 1 hit, still high misses. Used up…

Final Drills for the Week

10@25: 83? Hard to tell, ran out of actual B-8s and had to use an Aimpoint zero target. But it looks like about an 83. The Test: 6.27, 83. FASTest: 2.14/2.73/5.68/5.99/6.27/6.53. +1 penalty points, for 7.53 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 3 hits, still high on the…

An Odd 25 Yard B-8, Other Drills

10@25: 84 The Test: 5.05, 83. FASTest: 2.24/2.94/5.81/6.03/6.25/6.46. +3 penalty points, for 9.46 total. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 3 hits, still high on the misses. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 1 hit, still high misses. Remaining rounds from box of…

A Nearly-Great 25 Yard B8, and a Clean FASTest

10@25: 89 or 90? The Test: 5.07, 84. FASTest: 2.30/3.08/6.21/6.46/6.70/6.94, clean. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 4 hits, still high on the miss. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 3 hits, still high misses. Remaining rounds from box of 50 shot into…

Daily Drills, more Recoil Exploration

10@25: 92 The Test: 5.07, also a 92. FASTest: 1.86/2.51/5.30/5.61/5.90/6.15. One head miss, +2 penalty for a total of 8.15. 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 3 hits, still high misses. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 3 hits, still high misses. Remaining…

Daily Drills, Good Start to Week

10@25: 4.25″x10.5″. Excluding the one that went way low, it’s a 4.25″ square group. Best guess at score is an 84. The Test: 4.15, score of 87. FASTest: 8.86 seconds, with one head miss penalty included. Splits: 1.78|2.11|5.54|6.63|6.72|6.86 5 rounds strong hand only: 7 yard 3×5 card, no time limit. 4 high. 5 rounds weak hand only: 7…

Daily Drills, Continued

10@25: 4.75″x7.5″. Ran out of B8’s, so I used an SR-1 instead. It’s only slightly bigger than a B-8 center. The Test: 4.22 seconds, two outside the B-8 black. in the 7 and 8 ring. FASTest: 7.46, no points down. 2.41 first shot, 2.82 second. First shot after the reload was 6.78, with the remaining…

Daily 10@25, Plus More Drills

Pardon the duct tape, I accidentally left my staple gun resting on the target frame yesterday and it walked off. Stringing is back. Can’t say that I was focusing 100% on sight picture, like I was yesterday. Got distracted by my grip. Once again, very tight horizontal and crazy vertical. Other drills: The Test: 5.65…