Target shooting: Getting worse

I figure it’s a faulty sight picture. I’d say the sights were off except that they’re fixed, so that’s impossible. Last week I hit the head of my paper Jihadi four times out of six with our .38 Smith & Wesson police special revolver.

Today at our weekly target shoot at Red’s in South Austin, I had trouble getting all six in the area over his right shoulder. Sheesh.

Mr. B. was likewise challenged by the .38 and our Ruger semi-auto .22 pistol with his aiming points of the center mass and diamond targets. I was more successful with the .22, but by all rights it ought to translate to the .38 and it didn’t. Two steps forwards and one back, quoth Mr. B. Sounds about right.

One bright spot: four nubile college girls showed up to talk about possibly renting a Glock and having at the targets for the first time. After some instruction of course. Red’s is, after all, the home of the Austin branch of the  Sure Shots, the Women’s Pistol League of Texas.

“You mean we get to hold it?” one of them squealed as the clerk went to fetch their prospective 9mm. As the bumper stickers say: Don’t mess with Texas women.

9 responses to “Target shooting: Getting worse

  1. Stanley,
    There is a lifetime of innuendo in this post, well done!

  2. Now, that’s just frikkin’ spooky. I have the same two pistols. This means I now must get another to maintain or regain my lead. I’m looking at another pistol, but I won’t say what variety, so that I can determine if I have a double agent in my household.

    • I hope your .22 doesn’t jam as often as ours does. The first time there was no problem. Ever since it’s been jam or misfire at least three times a trip. Yesterday we had that and a double-feed, which I admit scared me a little. The safety guy used the short blade of my pen knife to extract the one in the chamber and we drove on.

  3. I imagine what you didn’t want was a bunch of advice from all of us yahoos out here in cyber space, specially on stuff you may already know. But I’ll take a chance on it and say with the revolver, not the rimfire ruger, have you tried dry firing? Cheap and makes a vast difference. Revolvers are the best and easiest to practice dry firing. Empty it, find a dot on an bullet proof non-ricocheting wall, aim at the dot and practice pulling the trigger through while trying to keep the pistol sights steady. After you get good, some folks place a quarter or a penny on a flat spot on the top of the pistol and practice dry-firing without the coin falling off.
    And as you know, each time you pick it up to dry fire at the bulletproof target area, push the cylinder out and recheck for emptiness, even if you just set it down. Some how, someway pistols reload themselves. That has saved me from embarrassment a couple of times. I knew it was empty, but checked it by routine even though it was ridiculous to check it, and it was loaded. Pretty exciting.
    In one of the local PDs there was a hole in the tile of the floor in the booking room. A officer was showing a unloaded revolver, everyone was trying the trigger, and one officer turned around and while he was turned the first officer loaded the revolver to put back in his holster. The other officer turned back around and snatched the revolver to try the trigger one more time and it discharged. Before it hit the floor it went through another officer’s foot. The hole was left as an example for many years and may still be there.
    Anyway dry firing will increase your skill dramatically and you will see if you are pulling it off when the hammer falls.
    I apologize if this is old stuff to you. Just thought I would throw it out there.

  4. That’s good advice, Les, thank you. Especially about the self-loading gun. I have noticed that phenomenon myself. We will try the penny trick with the .22, but we’ve been advised not to dry-fire the .38. A range guy at Red’s, who inspected it, said the firing pin might snap off from too much dry-firing. The revolver is at least 50 years old and probably older. I really need a new one we can dry-fire with.

    I checked out the model number per advice on this site and discovered our .38 is a Model 10 Military & Police S&W that was probably made in 1962, which would make it 53 years old. An 1899 design, it served in every American war of the 20th century. On the other hand, it being an old clunker, maybe it wouldn’t matter so much if the pin snapped off.

  5. The old M&P revolver like yours is legend. I knew an officer who carried one as their duty weapon in the late eighties or so. Sweet weapon. Might try snap caps to cushion the firing pin, if you want to risk it. . Conventional wisdom says not to dry fire rimfire weapons such as the .22. I don”t remember why. Maybe it’s been dis-proven by now.

  6. I wore another M&P just like it in Vietnam in 1969. I’ll check out the snap caps, thanks. The Ruger manual, however, says it’s okay to dry fire the .22

    P.S. I ordered some snap caps from Amazon. Looks like a good way to get used to the DA trigger pull.

  7. It is probably the weather. Wait for a warm day.

  8. I had some problems hitting where I aimed for the first time, a while back. Sights dead on. must be the progressives or loose sights, couldn’t be lack of practice, right. Tried it with a red dot, and it became evident it was me. Back to dry firing, which, like my morning 5 mile run I had neglected for a while (a long While). I’ll go with it being the weather. I’m working on the run too, almost up to 50 yards at a reasonable pace, the weather is why I’m not really pushing it. That’s my story…