There are a number of reasons to go to the range. Here are the common ones.
In these courses you are typically learning a new skillset or perhaps just doing a refresher from a new instructor. Bottom line – you’re learning something new.
Practice: Shooting skills – be it with rifles, pistols or shotguns – are perishable. Left unused your ability to perform with the firearm diminishes. Rapidly. My typical rule-of-thumb is that for every firearm you wish to maintain a proficient level of skill – you need to send 1,000 rounds downrange. Have a carry gun you carry every day? 1,000 rounds to maintain proficiency. Have a defensive AR you rely on for home defense? 1,000 rounds to maintain proficiency. Have a home defense shotgun? 1,000 rounds to maintain proficiency. If you set up a schedule for 100 rounds per month for each platform, it becomes much more manageable to think about and to accomplish. With a half day at the range each month, you can easily work your way through a maintenance set of drills.
Drill 1 – Mount-touch-press (5 rounds) This is shot on the “1” circle. The process is that on the beeper you “Mount” the rifle from low ready and establish your aim point, you “Touch” the trigger and the “Press” the trigger smoothly to the rear then perform your follow through and return to the low ready. You repeat this a total of 5 times.
The IDPA target for the G17 came about because I did not have a 2nd SEB target in the Jeep. So, I slapped a Splash target in the upper left and made due with what I had. All rounds are shot from 7 yards.
DTP Target – Drive Touch Press on the Splash target – 10 rounds. These were unscored and just used to check out the pistol and the sights. You start at High-Compressed-Ready. You Drive the front blade to the target, get the sight alignment and sight picture you want, touch the trigger and then smoothly press the trigger to the rear. This is a warmup for the rest of the target.
That is a total round count for all 4 drills of 40 rounds. I dropped 3 for a 37/40 or a 92%. More than happy with that.