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Posted: 3/18/2006 1:25:48 PM EDT
I was at my local indoor range on Sunday wringing out my new SA loaded 1911. I was shooting standard sillhouettes at 20 to 25 feet. The 2 dudes next to me were at the same distances. They were totally awful shots at that range. I mean most shots barely on the paper and the shadow guy that was the actual target looked pretty good. I proceeded to dump three mags from the springer and four from my Colt compact all in the 5x.
I think it's a fairly close range but don't know what ranges competitions and stuff are shot at. I was still putting them all tight in the head or chest at 25 or so feet but didn't go any further. I was mostly trying to just break the gun in and see how it shot. I was impressed to say the least. It's my 2nd 1911 style (along with the little Colt) and it was flawless. It took a little work to get the Colt to run that well. I'm also shooting my own hand loads and I load them a little bit light. They sure shoot sweet!! So am I way to close or is it about right?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:40:55 PM EDT
My max distance is 25 feet...
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:47:05 PM EDT
Today I ran 300 rounds downrange. Started at 7.5 yards, then 10 yards, then 15 yards.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 1:59:27 PM EDT
I shoot 7-25 yards. Spend most of my time between 11 and 15 for regular drills.

If you group well at 25 feet, why not challenge yourself and increase the distance?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 2:24:48 PM EDT
I start around 21-25 feet, and usually move back to 30, 40, then 50

Printing orange-sized groups at 25 feet is no big deal off-hand..I try to work up to doing that at 50 feet during a range session.

I found that fatigue and other factors really play in at that distance, if you're a novice like myself...

For instance, shooting something with a pivoting trigger (like a Sig, HK, etc) I'm always a little off left and down at 25 feet..at 50, I'm WAY off. With a 1911, dead-on at 25, slightly left at 50. Just need to practice that out, I guess.

Link Posted: 3/18/2006 2:25:29 PM EDT
some times I will shoot at 50 or even 75 yards just for fun... most of my shooting is done at 15-25 yards
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 2:56:20 PM EDT
I believe the "hot zone" is 5-10 yards outside of 50 is a waste of time for defensive shooting. Inside of 5yds on the other hand is important territory for point shooting. The conventional wisdom is that a long gunfight is 3 tounds total and has a >80% of happening within 4-10 feet. I had the misfortune of finding out that exceptions happen. SHTF from 7-10 yds all the way out to 30+ yds and lasted AT LEAST 15 rounds. I train mostly in the hot zone. #2 prority is point blank @ 3yds and then maybe a few @ 15 yds to see place a few careful shots.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 4:54:59 PM EDT
I got to the range for target shooting and to see just how far I can push my skills. I usually shoot at 75 feet offhand and bench. That's tough with most "combat accurate" pistols, but I can usually keep them on a paper plate if I'm careful with it (much easier off a bench). With my Wilson, and I'm not joking, I can easily keep all my shots on a paper plate at 125 feet offhand. And I don't even have to try hard to do that. I'm not bragging -- I can't do that with any other firearm. Me and that Wilson have had a lot of trigger time together and we get along real well. God I love that gun. I also shoot at 300 feet at some hanging iron targets at the range. I cannot hit consistently, but I do score hits probably 40 - 50% of the time. It's all for fun.

My reasoning is that if I can hit at those ranges, I should be able to hit at realistic combat distances. And if I ever have to make a real distance shot to save someone, I at least have some idea of what to expect.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:36:34 PM EDT
I usally shoot at 20 ft. to 50 ft. and can keep 6 out of 8 rounds in a 6 in dia. circle at 35 ft. Good enough for cobat shooting. I have a Kimber Pro Carry II and use 230 grn FMJ or HPs.

gunfighter48

A 45 may not expand but it will never get smaller than .45!
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 5:37:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 5:39:37 PM EDT by Green_Canoe]
I do most of my shooting at 50 feet. Any closer an it's not much of a challenge to hit a man sized target, though I do shoot as close a 4 yards. 50 yards is the farthest distance at which I commonly practice. I've also shot at 75 and 100 yards to see where I'm hitting. Typically, my longer distance training is geared toward handgun hunting, slow shooting from a steady rest; prone, seated off my knees, kneeling or off the bench for testing purposes.

WilsonCQB1911 I understand your trepidation about telling people you can keep all you shots on a plate at 125 feet (42 yards) as I do the same at 50 yards. Unfortunately, there is a large contingent of people ready to call B.S. when you tell them how well you shoot a handgun because they can't do it and haven't seen anyone but a pro trick shooter shoot that well. My response is to ask how much they pratice... I usually shoot three or four times a week when the weather is good.

Kent
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 6:07:15 PM EDT
From 10 feet [serious work] to 100 yards [more for fun tho it is nice to tag the target and show people that one can hit at that distance if you work at it]

Lot of my shooting is at 10yards, 15, and 25 yards. I do NOT expect if I CCW related shooting [hopefully never] it will be at 25 yards, more then likely it will be 10 to 20 feet because I don't let suspicious people get any closer then that.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:45:12 PM EDT
0 to 50 yards
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 11:54:45 PM EDT
15-25 Feet
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:34:31 AM EDT
Never less than 25 yards, never tried more than 300…

Since the pistol range where I shoot only goes to 100, I usually spend a 1/2 box or so at large rocks behind the 100 yard target frames.

.45 leaves lead smears at that range whereas 10mm will break them.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:23:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TBoneDetroit:
Today I ran 300 rounds downrange. Started at 7.5 yards, then 10 yards, then 15 yards.



Yip, this is the ranges I shoot. On occaion ill hit the 25yard targets if im feeling froggy.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:26:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
0 to 50 yards



+1
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:51:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Green_Canoe:
I do most of my shooting at 50 feet. Any closer an it's not much of a challenge to hit a man sized target, though I do shoot as close a 4 yards. 50 yards is the farthest distance at which I commonly practice. I've also shot at 75 and 100 yards to see where I'm hitting. Typically, my longer distance training is geared toward handgun hunting, slow shooting from a steady rest; prone, seated off my knees, kneeling or off the bench for testing purposes.

WilsonCQB1911 I understand your trepidation about telling people you can keep all you shots on a plate at 125 feet (42 yards) as I do the same at 50 yards. Unfortunately, there is a large contingent of people ready to call B.S. when you tell them how well you shoot a handgun because they can't do it and haven't seen anyone but a pro trick shooter shoot that well. My response is to ask how much they pratice... I usually shoot three or four times a week when the weather is good.

Kent



Yeah, exactly. And it's understandable since there are a lot of "internet warriors" out there. It's sometimes hard not to be suspicious when you hear some these claims.

Sounds like you're a fantastic shot! I'd love to get out 3 or 4 times a week, but I just don't have the time. I'm out once a week though. I love it too much to not be .
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 5:59:27 AM EDT
25yds.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:30:40 AM EDT
10 to 25 yards which is
30 to 75 feet respectively.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:52:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ThreeMan:
10 to 25 yards which is
30 to 75 feet respectively.



Thanks for handling that most difficult conversion factor for us...but for 10 bonus points, what are the metric equivalents?
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 8:47:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By varoadking:

Originally Posted By ThreeMan:
10 to 25 yards which is
30 to 75 feet respectively.



Thanks for handling that most difficult conversion factor for us...but for 10 bonus points, what are the metric equivalents?



10 yards/30 feet is about equal to 9 meters (9.144 meters exactly) and 25 yards/75 feet is about equal to 23 meters (22.86 exactly).
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 10:26:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Vinh:
I shoot 7-25 yards. Spend most of my time between 11 and 15 for regular drills.

If you group well at 25 feet, why not challenge yourself and increase the distance?



Ditto here.......

.................though I HAVE shot at military "pop-up" targets at 200yds with my 4" .357 before! Maybe only 25% hits or so....but it IS possable to tag somthing that far out with a handgun!
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