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Hey folks,

I tried a couple of different things at the range on Thursday. I was mostly trying to dial in my accuracy at 10 yards with some new targets but I also brought along my Stopbox to practice a quick retrieval and accurate first shot. As ususal, I had moments of brilliance followed by bits of buffoonery.

It was a cold, wet day here in the upper Midwest. Weather like this makes me glad to be indoors at Fletcher Arms. This is the older facility.

Once again I got my favorite lane, this time it was #9. I brought B-8 and small silhouette targets along with a new reactive target.

This was not a long session. I used only the XD9 and Garrison. I also brought a roll of 4" reactive targets to stick on the larger targets.

I loaded up five magazines with 16 rounds each. As you can tell, the first on this B-8 was very unimpressive.

Next I started shooting the 4" targets from ten yards. I was thinking the smaller target would force me to aim smaller and therefore miss smaller. This target wasn't too bad, for this old noob. I see only three hits outside the 4" circle.

Then true to form, I get cocky, get in a hurry, etc, and the rest of the 4" targets were somewhere between bad and terrible, with about half the hits outside the target. Drat. So I covered the center of the B-8 target with an 8" reactive to practice with my Stopbox.

I placed my loaded XD9 in the box, sent the target out to ten yards, and set the timer.

When the timer sounded I would grab the box with the finger combination, open it, grab the pistol, and put a shot on target as quickly as possible. This is the first run, fairly accurate but not as fast as I'd like.

I ran this six times. Here's run #2. It's a little quicker and almost as accurate.

Run #3, just under 3 seconds and just OK accuracy.

On run #4 I fumbled the opening of the box which slowed me down but the accuracy was pretty good.

Run #5 was slightly faster, 3.53 seconds, and the hit was just about in the same hole as run #3.

OK, last run, again under three seconds with another very accurate hit, just outside the red bull.

I will practice with the retention device more in my basement. Note that this is not a gun safe or anti-theft device. It's a retention device, like an external holster, with just enough security to keep the young hands of my grandchildren from accessing my firearm. When I'm not actually carrying, I can leave my pistol in the Stopbox on my nightstand or coffee table and not worry about curious little fingers. But I digress.

Then for grins and giggles I just put the rest of that magazine on the 8" target. Well, all except for one hit. Drat.

Then I shot a few unimpressive B-8 targets with my Garrison. This was the best one. Ten shots with three hits in the 8 ring (gimme the line break?).

I save my reactive silhouette for last, hoping for better results. But alas, ten hits in the lower left quadrant.

But I felt better once I got home. I had picked up my favorite pizza and one of my favorite beers to enjoy that evening. Life is good.

I hope your visit to the range this week was as much fun as mine. It's my thinking that if I use the 4" targets more it will improve my accuracy. It will force me to do more "aim small, miss small". Wish me luck.

Thank you for your indulgence,


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Good write up.

Just to let you know, you're not the only one who doesn't consistently shoot well. I've got a picture of a target with three rounds in it. First two went in the same hole and left me wondering where the second bullet went (couldn't have missed the whole target that close). When I fired the 3rd round the hole was enough bigger I could see that I'd put three bullets in the same hole. Glad I took that picture because the rest of the magazine made the target look down right ugly. I was doing my "worst" to continue the small hole group and was taking far too much time trying to make perfect shots, holding my breath too long, taking too long to pull the trigger, etc., etc.,etc. Wasted the rest of the magazine proving I can't keep my cool longer than three shots.

A lot of people don't like red dots on a pistol. I want/need them so I can shoot even without my glasses. For me, no seeing that front sight without glasses. Another advantage to red dots is it's similar, in my mind, to shooting with a laser. You don't have to align the front and rear sights and then keep them aligned while you put the front sight on the target where you want the bullets to go. You look through the lens, put the red dot on the target and pull the trigger. The dot doesn't even have to be centered in the lens, just on the target.
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