Now I'm getting somewhere with the 22 in slow fire

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Now I'm getting somewhere with the 22 in slow fire

Post by Joe L on Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:21 pm

Shot the Ruger 22/45 this morning before shooting the plastic gun.  Only 8 targets, 80 rounds, at 25 yards.  Here is a video of the best 2 targets.




When I can shoot this well in a match in rapid fire, I'll be happy.  Until then practice, practice, practice. 

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Post by Jack H on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:51 pm

Joe
You also need to shoot ONE shot at a time.  One raise, one set of breaths, one performance of the shot plan. 

Nothing wrong with SF in strings though.  Especially if conditions are windy, shooting in luls.
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Post by Joe L on Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:44 pm

Thanks, Jack.  I'm so new to this that I am just trying to get some trigger time in.  I definitely got my breathing out of sync with the shooting--too slow for rapid fire, too fast for slow fire.  Slow fire also makes for some tough video editing.  I'll study this video some and see if I can figure out what I did right for the first five shots of target 4. 

I had my camera on manual focus but didn't get the focal distance correct, that is why the gun is out of focus.  Seems I can think about shooting or about making a video, but, since I'm not an expert at either, one or the other suffers.  This is still the highest average score I've had with the 22, about 95 for 8 targets.  Just not my best video.  Today, I needed those high scores in practice. 

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Post by Bullseye10X on Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:06 am

Getting somewhere?  Looks like you're already there.  Nice shooting!

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Post by Joe L on Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:14 am

Thanks, Bullseye 10x.  The key for me is learning to release the shot without forcing it--keep moving the trigger when the gun settles down instead of forcing it to go off when the dot is in the x ring.  I think I've read Zins' fundamentals articles a dozen times and am still trying to put what he says in to practics.  

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Post by jwax on Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:53 pm

Could you tell us about the target camera, like where it was set up, was it zoomed in from a distance, or was it way downrange? Also how'd you create picture-in-picture?
Nice shootin'! (Vid and gun!)

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Post by Joe L on Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:46 pm

From the centerfire post....Here is a little more information on the video production.

I set up one camera on a tripod off to the left and a separate camera about 6 feet in front of the target but off line of fire a couple of feet to the left.   Fill the frame of the target camera with the target.  Start recording.  Go back to the shooter camera which is prefocused manually on the pistol when pistol is in shooting position.  Start shooter camera, fire strings, unload and clear the gun, stop the recordings, move the target cam to the next target, start recording, repeat.  I also use a wireless lapel mic at the shooter cam with a wind sock. 

When I get home, I download all the video files to the computer, start Cyberlink Power Director 11 ($90?), call up the target cam shots and put them on one track, put the shooter cam files on another track, rename the files to match the target numbers, trim out all the dead video time, then sync the target cam takes to the shooter cam, then crop the shooter cam slightly, and crop, reduce, and mask the target cam track segments using the picture in picture mode in Power Director.  I'm getting to where I can build a fair video in an hour or so.  Sometimes I have to add a separate sound track.  It is almost as much fun as the actual shooting, but it is also a distraction when shooting--worrying about filling up a card, batteries going dead, starting/stopping the cameras, bumping the shooter cam and missing that 100-10x sequence, that sort of thing. 

One camera is a good prosumer grade Canon G30.  The target cam is an inexpensive, no frills, Canon R400.  I have a transmitter and receiver that I use for a target camera on a 500 meter precision rifle setup that I shoot when I want to relax from the pistols.  I've used it when shooting the pistols at 100 yards also. 

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Post by jwax on Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:36 pm

Terrific! Thanks Joe, and good shooting!

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