There is a Story afoot . . .



A story has attacked me . . . not sure where it's from, but I have been posting chapters as they come out of my fingers. Yes, I am still posting on firearms training and my new topic of basic prepping - all links are to the right of the blog, newest posts first on the lists. Feel free to ignore the story posts - they usually start with a chapter number. But, feel free to read the story as well and comment on it - I like how it's turning out so far! Links to the various chapters are at the right under . . .

The Story

Bill

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Range Log

 

Date

Weapon

COF

Position

Distance

ATTFH

Hit %

4/15/13 SF-1911  .45 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 2.47 100
4/15/13 SF-1911  .45 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 2.17 100
4/15/13 SF-1911  .45 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 2.15 100
4/15/13 SF-1911  .45 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 2.13 80
4/15/13 SF-1911  .45 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 2.35 100
             
3/11/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.48 100
3/11/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.45 100
3/11/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.58 100
3/11/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.66 100
3/11/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.47 100
             
2/5/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.61 100
2/5/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.69 100
2/5/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.63 80
2/5/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.57 100
2/5/13 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.65 80
             
12/31/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.54 80
12/31/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.20 100
12/31/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.41 80
12/31/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.38 100
12/31/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.35 100
             
12/15/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.63 100
12/15/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.64 80
12/15/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.60 80
12/15/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.65 100
12/15/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.71 100
             
12/12/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.62 100
12/12/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.52 100
12/12/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.41 100
12/12/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.58 100
12/12/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE, Aimed 50’ 2.88 100
           
12/11/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.79 80
12/11/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.82 100
12/11/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.84 100
12/11/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.82 100
12/11/12 G17 5R, LL 2H-FE 21’ 1.76 100

NOTES:

3/11/13  Well, a Monday – starting out slow.  Still cold, still wet, still crappy . . . . “to the LaserLyte Range”.

One of my best rounds actually.  3 of the 5 sets were sub-1.5 seconds, I’ll take it.  The last round was 1.47 seconds AND all hits within the center ring on an IDPA target at “21feet”.  There were no blown draws, all re-holsters were nice and solid and every hit – all 25 – were “on paper”.  I’ll take it.  Not as fun as the range, the sound of gunfire and the smell of gun powder . . . . but I didn’t freeze my ass off either.  I’ll count it as a “win”.

2/5/13  Something about the road to hell being paved with good intentions . . . .  Been awhile since my last “range trip”.  I have my Tactical Pistol class coming up this Saturday so work on my draw and first round engagement is simply a must.  So, I will make sure I do my 25 draws each and every day the rest of the week.  I worked on close in today – 21ft, 2second par time.  Actually all the draws went very well with a single exception – weapon became hopelessly entangled in my shirt.  No doubt it would have been a very bad day had it been “real life”.  Problem?  With a single hand draw – YOU MUST PULL YOUR GARMENT UP WELL AWAY FROM THE GRIP, then drive down and draw.  If you garment isn’t clear, things will not end well.  Otherwise, good round of practice.

12/31/12  Last “trip” of the year.  Held to 50’ range.  At this distance, “aiming” becomes much more important.  Those rounds with 80% all came from pressing before having a solid sight picture.  Head in the game, head in the game!!  I also moved to charting my shots on a small pictogram next to my timing table in my notebook.  While I like the feedback from the LaserLyte target, this seems to work better for long term tracking.

12/15/12  LaserLyte Drills, “Stand and deliver”, Reduced IDPA targets, 50’ The Aimed fire.  Rounds 2&3 I had a wardrobe malfunction – G17 got embedded in my shirt during the draw and I ran out the 3-second part time so I discounted the shot.  EACH draw MUST be done with firmly and with purpose.  A gun wrapped up in your shirt ends up with you in a Ziploc.

12/12/12  LaserLyte Drills, “Stand and deliver”, Reduced IDPA targets, 50’  The Aimed fire added a tad under a second to the first round hit time.  A good trade off because of the increased accuracy needed to engage a threat 50’ away.  If you have time – use it.

12/11/12  LaserLyte drills, “stand and deliver”, Reduced IDPA targets, 21’ equivalent


One of the ways you can track performance is through the use of a “Range Log” that may by augmented through the use of photos from your smartphone.  I’ve provided a number of examples of that – both with dry fire and range work with an assortment of handguns and my AR-15.    I want to add a “Range Log” to this blog – for two reasons.

First, it’s a good way to remain accountable to myself and to you.  Lots of bloggers out there preaching the gospel yet that’s all they are doing – preaching.  If you are looking for a path to being a warrior – a person developing their defensive weapons skills – you need more than a preacher, you need someone to walk the path with.  I’d like to be one of the folks along on your journey.  So, I want you to see what I’m doing.  How I’m practicing and what effect that’s having on my first-round hit speed, accuracy and whether I’m meeting my goals or not.

Second – public accountability is a great “incentive” to keep working.  Both for me and you.  Be open with our fellow range buddies about what you are doing, how it’s going and your successes and failures.  We are all in this together.  Help each other, learn from each other and grow together as shooters.

I will probably continue to post periodic “Range Trips”, but daily/weekly/best I can do practice will be appended to my “Range Log” which appears at the top of this post.  This post will then simply be updated to accommodate updates.

The header and definitions will go like this:

Date

Weapon

COF

Position

Distance

ATTFH

Hit %

Date:  Date of the range trip

Weapon:  Weapon used for the drill/drills

COF:  Course of fire 

  • R = Rounds
  • LL=LaserLyte
  • M=Mags

Position:

  • 2H-FE   2-Hands, Full Extension, Focal Point Shooting
  • 1H-FE   1-Hand, Full extension, Focal Point Shooting
  • 3/4 HIP   3/4 Hip, Focal Point Shooting
  • 1/2 HIP   1/2 Hip, Focal Point Shooting
  • CLOSE HIP   Close Hip, Focal Point Shooting
  • AIMED    Aimed Fire

Distance:   Effective distance to Target

ATTFH:  Average Time to First Hit

Hit %:  Hit Percentage

Goals:

  • 80% Hit Rate
  • ATTFH sub-two second

I suspect I will add columns to the log as I think of them.  If I do, this legend will be updated.

Finally, I’d encourage you to pick up your range documentation.  The person that is easiest to fool about your “improvement” is yourself – a log will help you stay honest with yourself, improve your skill set and help you become a better shooter.

2 comments:

  1. Good point, we DO tend to trick ourselves... sigh

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    1. Yep - kinda like the 36in. pike that "slipped the hook"! :)

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