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Ranging changing and target trees
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:06:53 AM »
Three yards, five yards, seven yards, ten yards, 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards...

Life is not round numbers. Your gunfight practice should not be either.This drill reflects that.

Basic solo: Set multiple targets up at random distances. From static and moving positions, engage same.

Single target variant: Start up against the target, walk away. Using either a shot timer, a count in your head, key note or word of a song you've got playing, random neuron firing, whatever, get a signal, turn and engage or turn as you move evasively and engage. Finish shot(s), go back to target, repeat. For possible wobble effect, close your eyes as you walk away. (Do remember to open them before you start shooting, though.)

If you have a partner, go somewhere you can't see or turn away while they arrange things.

This drill is especially useful with military-pattern rifles such as are common in the US. For all that we speak of 100 yard accuracy, the most likely usage barring certain interesting circumstances occurring is going to be at under fifty and more likely inside of twenty-five yards. (Teaching a class in February that covers just that range area with rifles, in fact.) At close range, sight offset must be considered and taken into account. Setting up a random-range drill in the pistol bay and running it with the rifle will help you adjust when the time comes that you need to.

Target Trees:

A simple way to get a lot of targets up for a drill. All you need is paper plates and staples. Attach either the plate-size (COM) or saucer-size (HEAD) plates by one edge to each upright of a target stand. By putting one at the top and alternating left and right, you could get upwards of five or more on each side, six to ten on each stand. Multiply that by the total number of stands you have handy and you can see some potential here. I've had twenty or thirty up at one time as I recall. Plates can also be attached to the sides of other targets on the stands to expand options that way.

Balloons are another option but plates will handle more than a single shot. And you probably should avoid regular tableware for this purpose. You just can't get a staple through glass or ceramic as easy as you can paper.
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