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Post by beeser on Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:55 pm

All of you are probably more capable shooters than me but here it is.  I've done better but this is an honest depiction of my skill level at this point.  The first pic is using a a S&W 686.  The last one is with a .45 Range Officer.  All are off hand at 25 yds. using iron sights.  When I first started about 6 months ago I could barely hit the 2'x2' backerboard from 25 ft.  Later I was able to at least consistently hit the NRA target area from 25' then to 25 yds.  Now I'm able to consistently find black at 25 yds. and to a lesser extent at 50 yds.  Before all of this I never even owned a handgun or any gun much before that.  The best news, which the targets show is the absence of lower left hits caused by jerking the trigger in anticipation of recoil.  I'd like to say that affliction is cured.  




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Post by james r chapman on Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:14 pm

Nicely done, in the black is always a nice goal..

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Post by knightimac on Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:27 pm

Nice shooting Beezer way to go!

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Post by BE Mike on Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:42 pm

I think you have the idea. The plan is to keep shrinking the groups. Don't forget to train for sustained fire.

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Post by Rob Kovach on Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:15 pm

When is your next match?

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Post by beeser on Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:37 am

Rob Kovach wrote:When is your next match?
My FIRST match should be fairly soon.  There are a few things more I want to work on beforehand but at least I'm finally feeling comfortable enough to participate in one.

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Post by Rob Kovach on Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:52 pm

Good.  There are things you can't replicate in training that you can only experience in a match.  Don't wait any longer as those experiences are EXTREMELY important parts of your journey.

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Post by BE Mike on Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:40 am

When I first started shooting bullseye (more years ago than I like to remember) I was only shooting the .22 match because that's all I could afford. Having little talent and no formal training, it was not uncommon for me to shoot a 49 or 50 slow fire at my first couple of matches. I made a shooting bag out of a camera case by stuffing it with foam rubber. I had a cheap K Mart scope. My pride and joy was a stock Ruger Mark I. Nobody snickered or made disparaging remarks. As a matter of fact, I remember a military shooter giving me a partial box of .22 ammo. I fondly remember that at the match in Eustis, FL, the targets were turned by someone manually moving a large lever. The matches didn't begin until 1 p.m. due to being close to a church.

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Post by mspingeld on Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:16 am

Beezer, I think you and I started shooting around the same time. I've done a few matches, not great scores, some better than others but...ditto what Rob said, sign up for a match! Don't worry about score, just do it! It will advance your training in ways that the range just can't.

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Post by Joe L on Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:45 pm

Beeser--I 6-8 months ahead of you, but I think you are doing really well on the learning curve.  We didn't have our club matches set up for 50 yard slow fire until November of 2014, so I'm still working at it. 

I, too, got a lot of really good advice from the members of this forum.  I didn't always follow it, however, LOL. 

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how helpful and supportive the other shooters will be when you go a match.  The worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is worry too much about your score.  My suggestion--be very careful where you point the muzzle of your gun, be sure and take a chamber flag, stapler, etc.  Learn the range commands before you go. 

I mention the muzzle pointing because that seems to be a common problem with new shooters that haven't been shooting with other people on the line next to them.  My hope is that there are several new shooters each time you go to a match, as that means the sport is growing. 

I didn't shoot as well in a match as I did in practice until I had a half dozen matches under my belt and was confident that I knew the sequences, the schedule, the other shooters, and my equipment.  It was still a lot of fun.  Just do it. 

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:37 pm

Rob Kovach wrote:Good.  There are things you can't replicate in training that you can only experience in a match.  Don't wait any longer as those experiences are EXTREMELY important parts of your journey.
Is the range command after a TF/RF string:

"Any saved rounds on the left?"

I still haven't been to a BE match, but that is what I remember from HP.

From my experience, goal #1 is to get points on EVERY shot. Took a few matches to get there (even in smallbore rifle, standing was way tough at first).

Goal #2 was no saved rounds. Only when you have met both goals three times will you then be allowed to be even a little bit embarrassed when you save a round. WHEN. It's a rare shooter who never, ever does that.

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Post by s1120 on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:58 pm

beeser wrote:
Rob Kovach wrote:When is your next match?
My FIRST match should be fairly soon.  There are a few things more I want to work on beforehand but at least I'm finally feeling comfortable enough to participate in one.

You gotta jump in. I did my first last fall, and I was far from great. But no one said anything negative at all, and I got many tips. I had trained for a few months, but found I was still a little bit like a fish out of water. But you know...  I made it through and learned a LOT! Do I wish I shot better? Oh ya!!  but do I wish I had waited till I could?  No way!!

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Post by CR10X on Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:30 pm

The # 1 goal is not to get every shot off, but to make sure every shot you get off is a safe one.

Take your time, listen to the commands, think, and be safe. Everyone will wait as long as it takes if you have any issues or questions. It's Bullseye, we ain't in a big hurry.

If you feel rushed, just take a breath and raise you hand. The RO or the guys beside you will help.

Have fun!

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