Practice with purpose . . . I say this to my students over and over. Do not go to the range just to make holes in the paper. A range trip should focus on a specific skill set, provide practice for an issue the shooter may be having or . . . it may be just to maintain proficiency. So, let’s chat about that specifically – maintaining proficiency. Proficiency in what exactly???
40 Rounds PMC XTAC .223 for my Ruger Predator
40 Rounds PMC XTAC .308 for my Ruger Precision
100 Rounds 9mm for my Glock 17 – usually in two separate 50 round trips
60 Rounds of .223 for my “Duty” AR that I use for personal defense.
I engaged the left “stickie” from 25 yards with my AR, single round engagements. Hanging my head in shame . . . I shot a 10%. Holdover is a real thing, just sayin’ . . . And I engaged the right sticky with my Glock 17 and shot a 50% - when using a combination of a Trijicon High Vis front sight and “The Claw” rear sight (which has a BIG rear notch) it should be obvious which rounds I took the time to get a good sight alignment on . . . and which I did not. This is another purpose of maintenance trips – to remind you that the details matter. If you last took a carbine class a year ago . . . do you remember all the little details you learned??? Range trips are necessary . . . just sayin’ . . .
There was one other element I added on this day that I’ll present
as a separate post . . . but I’ve added a “battle belt”. It’s about a 6” tall, padded belt with molle loops
and a belt running through it’s center to secure it over my regular belt. It allows me to position two mag carriers for
my G17 mags, 3 mag carriers for my PMAGS, allows me to secure a blowout kit in
the center of my back and I added a SERPA holster with Molle attachments at around
4 o’clock. Honestly, I just can’t get
into tac vests . . . just not my thing.
I “grew up” with the LBE rigs of the late 60 and I found this similar
but more flexible. My reason for adding
this is that my range work going forward will include both my AR and my pistol
and this seemed the best way to go about it.
I’ve taken high volume pistol and carbine coursework before and tried clip
on mag carriers as well as using my pant’s pockets . . . and it just seemed
like it was time to move on. Honestly,
not sure how this experiment will end, but I’ll stick with it for 2021 and then
reassess at the end of the year.