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Mrs. BassCliff has been out of town this week visiting her Mom. To combat my boredom I went to the range three days in a row. I actually got a little sloppy, had a little slump, but then started concentrating again on fundamentals and saw some improvement. After this "marathon" session (five range days out of the last seven) I'm going to wait at least a week before going again and do a little dry fire laser practice in my basement.

On Monday I went to Fletcher Arms Lake Country. I was assigned lane #11, my favorite lane!


It was a little busy today. I was not able to get good times on my 10-10-10 drills so I shot mostly for marksmanship practice.


I just sent all my targets out to ten yards and did my best.


It looks kind of lonely out there all by itself.


I was able to get a good time on my cold 10-10-10 drill.


But I see only nine holes. It's certainly possible that one was off the paper. It's been known to happen. I shot ten B-8 targets this day. The last two were weak hand only.








OK, let's get serious. #6 is looking better.


Drat. #7 still has four shots out of the black.


#8 is marginally better with only three out of the black.


#9 weak hand only was really lousy. I guess I should get back in the habit of practicing W.H.O. more.


#10 W.H.O. is marginally better.


Once again I brought out Mrs. BassCliff's CW9 to practice with. After two shots I noticed the front sight fell off, again.


I've ordered a new front sight from Kahr, a TruGlo that uses a real screw fastener for attachment instead of the glue and plastic spreader tabs. Let's hope the new sight stays on and Mrs. BassCliff likes it.

I also brought my P22 for a little plinking fun. At 10 yards it still seems to shoot a little left. I'm going to adjust the rear sight a little more and report back.


Then I said goodbye to all my brass casings. I'm really going to have to get into reloading.


Here's a little video of my fun that day.


I will continue this little thread with my other visits to the range this week. I've been alternating between the two Fletcher Arms ranges for variety. Thanks for looking.


Thank you for your indulgence,

BassCliff
 
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Hi!

I'm back for range day #2 this week. This Fletcher Arms is a little closer and is an older facility but has all the essentials, lanes, targets, target rails, guns, ammo, accessories, and people who love it all.


I checked in at the, um, check-in desk. It was not too busy yet. It was really warm today and the range lanes themselves do not have air conditioning.


But it was not uncomfortable. I came from the Southwest where it gets over 110° quite often. Ninety degrees is nothin'. I was assigned lane # 10. It's my favorite lane!


This area is the "long range" where you must shoot at least 10 yards out to 25 yards. There is another section of the building where the max distance is 17 feet. I have not shot in that part of the range yet. Today I bought an actual B-8 target to start with. My big B-27 silhouettes are too curly. Last time I taped a couple of pennies to the bottom edge. These B-8 targets are already flat but cost 50¢ each. I just ordered one hundred for less than four cents each, including tax and shipping. These are great to tape on the B-8 centers that I print.


There are some numbers on the wall to gauge your distance. That's it. Sometimes I will go to a lane on the other side of the room to see if I'm close. You'll run your target all the way out to the end to get 75 feet.


I was able to time a few of my 10-10-10 drills today. This was the first cold test.


Here's #2, with one off the paper. Drat.


Here's #3 with two off the paper, eight on the black, and just over par time. Drat.


Here's the rest of the B-8 targets. "NT" means "not timed" but I don't remember if it was slow-fired or the timer was messed up by shooters in the other lanes. I need to work on my marksmanship anyway.




I forget which of these targets I have video for. I'll post it at the end. I find it surprising that I can get nine shots in the black and then send one out to the 6 ring. Doh!


Today I thought perhaps using a different target would help. The 2" circle on the 1" grid has always been one of my favorite dry fire laser practice targets. Let's give it a whirl. I shot five of these. Meh.








I was going to say, "At least they're all on the paper" but then there's #5. Oops.


I know. I'll switch to the 8" reactive targets. They're always fun. I think I did a little better.


I had fourteen bullets left for the last magazine. They all made it on the target at ten yards. Yay me.


I brought out my P22 and, sure enough, it was still shooting left. So I adjusted the rear sight a bit and now I'm missing to the right just as well as the left.


Here's a little video of a few of my targets, the better ones. The bad ones were a little embarrassing. I'll get back to basics.


OK, one more day at the range this week coming up in the next post of this thread. Thanks for putting up with me. I've been having a bit too much fun while Mrs. BassCliff is out of town.


Thank you for your indulgence,

BassCliff
 
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Hi!

OK, one more range day this week. I told myself I was going to quit goofing off and get back to fundamentals today, grip, sight picture, straight trigger pull, etc, all the usual stuff. But it really didn't come together until the end of my session. The drive out to the Fletcher Arms Lake Country range is quite a bit different than my drive out to the Lytle Creek Firing Line. This one is a LOT greener.


It didn't look too busy at this store today, but it picked up.


I was assigned lane #10, my favorite lane!


That yellow target was left over from yesterday. I just taped my B-8 centers on it and had my fun. I shot at ten yards again for this whole session.


Just in case you forgot what the target looks like at distance. (I know, I'm a smart-alec.)


I think I have this first test on video. I really tried to push the time on this one, hence the lack of accuracy. They are all on the paper, barely. You'll notice one shot on the tape in the lower left corner.


Seems I was able to time this one too. I slowed down a little but not enough to help. Two off the paper.


I slowed down a little more. Only one off the paper.


OK, #4 is marginally better. At least they're all back on the paper.


I slowed down a little more for #5, not that it helped. There's a shot in the 7 ring and another shot in the lower left corner where the tape is. Pffft!


OK, let's see how I do with the 8" reactive targets. These are a little easier for my old eyes to see.


Oh, this is my first Hateful Eight drill, over 14 seconds. I did two of these today, both on the video. It's kind of hard to do these on a lane. I worry about where my magazines are going to land.


In fact, one of my magazine got launched out in front of me. The other two shooters were kind enough to let me call a cease-fire so I could retrieve it. Here's my second Hateful Eight. I improved on my time just a little.


I patched up the reactive and sent it back out to 10 yards from some slow fire marksmanship practice. I was really concentrating on all the fundamentals. Things seems to improve.


Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I pasted on a new target and tried it again. This one had a bit more of a spread but they all were on the 8" target.


I had just three bullets left from the 100 rounds I had planned to use today. I sent a target out to 25 yards just for fun.


Dang! It looks so small out there.


Well, there's one on the target, one on the paper, and I don't know where the other one went. I've done better.


As I left I perused the ammo sale they were having. Not a huge discount or anything, but reasonable for a brick-and-mortar store. They were selling a 100 box of Federal for $43. But I didn't need any ammo today.


OK, I'm going to take a break from live fire for a few days and go practice some dry fire in my basement. I need to get back to fundamentals. I'm getting lazy and un-focused. I can't blame it all on my old eyes. Thanks for putting up with me!

Oh, before I go, here's the video from this session.



Thank you for your indulgence,

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Hi,

Just a little follow-up here. I ordered another, this is the third, front sight for Mrs. BassCliff's CW9 from Kahr. I opted for their TruGlo sight for his pistol. It arrived on Monday and I was able to install it last night. You see the old fiber optic sight next to the new one.

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The new front sight actually has screw fasteners instead of just lock-tite and plastic spreader tabs. The front screw was a little tricky to tighten but I managed it, with a very small screwdriver and some patience. I can't wait to try it at the range tomorrow.

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That big white dot is nice and the TruGlo works well in low-light situations. I like the sight picture now that there is no light between the front post and the rear notch. I just hope Mrs. BassCliff likes it. ;)


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