Posts Tagged ‘Target Shooting’

When target shooting at your gun range of choice; here are 9 reasons why your pistol shots may not be grouping properly on target.  Review each one to make sure you have factored them in, if your shots are consistently erratic, then work at correcting them.

  • Poor sight alignment
  • Flinching
  • Improper breath control
  • Poor trigger control
  • Improper pistol grip
  • Unbalanced stance
  • Lack of concentration
  • Failure to aim properly
  • Nervousness

Review this list; and if you find yourself consistently experiencing one or more of these thing; then take the steps necessary to correct them.  Then again it just might be the gun 🙂

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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Here’s the method I use to zero the iron sights on an AR-15 rifle.  The purpose of zeroing your sights is so that your point of aim equals your point of impact.  So here’s the method I use on the AR-15.  Feel free to ask any questions if any of this needs clarification 🙂

  1. Set your elevation knob to 8/3 low or if you are using the carry handle which is what I do, to 6/3 low.  The elevation knob will be located just below the peep sight.
  2. Flip the aperture to the long range sight (small peephole) although as you get older you may find the short range aperture (large peephole marked 0-2) easier to use and if that is the case then use the short range sight.
  3. From a steady position aim at the center bulls eye of your paper target, which should be set out at 25 meters which is equal to approximately 27.34 yards and fire a 6 round grouping.
  4. If your grouping has hit the bulls eye then there is no further adjustments needed.
  5. If the grouping has not hit the bulls eye then calculate how far away you are from the bulls eye both vertically and horizontally and adjust as follows.
  6. Calculate your clicks of windage (left to right) required to move the impact point towards the center of the bulls eye.  On an AR-15 using .223 ammunition at 27.34 yards, each click equals 3/8 of an inch.  Then adjust by rotating the windage knob located on the right side of the carry handle.
  7. Calculate clicks of front sight elevation (up and down) required to move the impact point towards the center of the bulls eye.  On an AR-15 at the previous referenced distance; elevation equals 3/8 of an inch for each click.
  8. Using a $7.00 or so front sight adjustment tool (much easier to use then a nail) depress the front sight plunger and turn the required number of clicks to move your point of impact towards the bulls eye.  Clockwise lowers the sight but raises the point of impact.  Counter clock wise raises the sight but lowers the point of impact.
  9. Fire another 6 rounds at the bulls eye.  If your grouping hits the bulls eye your adjustments are done.  If not, repeat steps 5 through 9 until your point of aim finally equals your point of impact.

Yes I know it’s not July yet; but I wanted to post this question of the month early.  And aren’t you lucky as it’s a multi part question.   This question stems from my never ending search for the perfect range bag. What range bag are you currently using, do you recommend it, and what gear do you keep inside?  Looking forward to your responses.   Below is a picture of my current range bag.  

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As many of you have no doubt experienced; ammo in many places is in short supply these days.  The following are the reasons why.

  • 2 billion rounds have been purchased by the government; in many instances by departments that one would not normally expect to be stockpiling ammunition.
  • Panic buying is happening by law abiding consumers; as they try and get ammo before it is either banned, restricted or subject to high taxation.
  • Demand is currently outpacing supply; which is why as soon as certain calibers of ammo hit the store shelves they are sold out almost immediately.

This is an important lesson in why ammo; like other commodities should be stocked up on using a preparedness philosophy.  If you stock up on any necessary commodity when times are good and supplies are plentiful; you won’t be scrounging and scrambling when times are not so good and supplies are scarce.  Good luck and stock up wisely and safely 🙂

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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I have tried almost every method there is of carrying shotgun shells including 6 and 12 round molle shot shell pouches, saw molle pouches, large jacket pocket carry and shotgun shell belts to name just a few; but by far the best I’ve come across recently is the Condor 25 round shot shell holder with a Molle attachment configuration.  This pouch will hold 25 of the 2 3/4″ shot shells in a quick, convenient manner, although I prefer to only keep 24 of them per pouch.  And because the pouch is molle and somewhat flat when closed it can be worn on a pack, a belt, a drag bag, a tactical vest, a shotgun scabbard or placed in a large jacket pocket or inside an armed response bag.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

Carrying any combination of 2 long arms (rifles, shotguns) into the field can be cumbersome.  A drag bag allows you to take multiple long guns into the field along with related equipment (magazines, ammo, hearing protection, repair kit, etc) by either dragging the bag with a foot attachment through the brush, sniper style, so one can remain concealed; or carrying the bag, back pack style with attached shoulder straps.

My drag bags are made by NcStar and are well constructed and can handle a fair amount of abuse.  The bag will hold two long arms in separate compartments plus has 4 large exterior pockets for holding a good amount of related gear.  The muzzle end of the bag also has a reinforced hood to protect the case from tearing when dragging it through rough terrain.  Whether used for a trip to the range, out in the field or just for transport capabilities a drag bag is an excellent way to carry your firearms.

So what do I keep in my drag bag?  Here’s my list. Rifle, shotgun, hearing protection, ammo, magazines, ammo pouches, bandanna, binoculars, cleaning kit, first aid kit, paper targets, staple gun, staples, tape and a repair kit.  

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

Whenever I take my handguns and shotguns to the range for practice; my range bag comes along as an essential piece of shooting gear.  Its purpose; to keep all my gear safely stored and together in one convenient, organized gear bag.  I’ve used a lot of range bags over the years but the one I find works best for my needs is the 511 Tactical Patrol Ready Bag.  It has convenient storage pockets for almost anything you need to bring with you and is sized properly to store whatever you need to ensure a proper and enjoyable range session.

Here’s what I keep in the various internal and external pockets.  Two water bottles, 9mm ammo in a molle pouch, 45ACP ammo in a separate molle pouch, pistol rugs, holsters, spare magazines, ear protection, gun cleaning equipment, first aid kit, targets, tape, 00 buck shotgun shells in molle pouches, shooting gloves, flashlight, spare batteries, fixed blade knife, bandanna, ball cap and a few other miscellaneous odds and ends.  

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

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Yugo SKS semi automatic rifle, 20 rounds when using a Tapco removable duckbill mag, chambered for 7.62×39

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

When your shot placement is off target there are 5 common reasons why this occurs.

  1. Jerking the trigger which causes the front sight to move off target.  Corrective action is to slowly and steadily squeeze the trigger keeping your front sight on target.
  2. Recoil anticipation which also causes the front sight to move off target.  Corrective action is not to anticipate the recoil before it actually occurs.
  3. Improper trigger finger placement, when the trigger is squeezed at an angle, this causes the muzzle to move off target.  Corrective action is to maintain a straight, even finger placement on the trigger prior to squeezing off a round.
  4. Inconsistencies in grip, stance, strength or alignment.  Corrective action is to maintain correct and consistent grip, stance, strength and alignment.
  5. Improper zeroing of weapon.  Corrective action is to properly zero your weapon.  A proper zero on a weapon enables you to consistently make your point of aim equal your point of impact.

You can get a free preview of my first two post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution.

When you zero your rifle scope what you are doing is making sure your point of aim equals your point of impact.  The following are the steps I use to properly zero my rifle scope.

  1. Make sure your scope is properly and securely mounted and leveled on your rifle.
  2. Go to the range and set up on the shooters bench making sure the front of your rifle is supported on either a sandbag or a bipod so it is as steady as possible.
  3. Set your paper target out at the 25 yard mark.
  4. Fire three shots at the center of the target to get a representation of how tight the grouping is.
  5. Adjust your windage and elevation to move the sight picture towards the center of the target based on where your original grouping was.  Check the markings on your scope.  If it is a 1/4″ scope every 4 clicks turned either left or right (windage) or up and down (elevation) will move the sight picture 1 inch in that direction.  If it’s a 1/8″ scope every 8 clicks turned either left or right (windage) or up and down (elevation) will move the sight picture 1 inch in that direction.
  6. Determine how many inches away from the center of the target your origial shot grouping was and based on your scope markings move the windage knob (right side knob) the appropriate number of clicks, then move the elevation knob (top knob) the appropriate number of clicks.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 7 until your shot groupings consistently hit the center of the target.  Once you can consistently hit the center of the target your scope is now zeroed with the rifle.

Once you’ve done this often enough you should be able to sight the rifle in and bullseye the target every time in about 5 minutes.  If you later move the target out to 100 yards only slight adjustments in windage and elevation should be needed.