An update – a range report
After reading the story of my wife’s unexpected introduction to the world of self-defense and concealed carry, a distinguished member of Defensive Carry - JohnK87 – contacted us via PM and invited my wife and I to join him at his private club’s outdoor shooting range.
We’re honored and very touched by John’s generous and unexpected gesture.
First off, thank you John and your lovely wife for the warm invitation and being such a fabulous host. You’re also a first-class shooter and a gentleman.
We spent about two hours shooting – we had the whole range for the three of us. We’d a lunch for nourishment, exchange of curriculum vitae and brief feedback afterward in a Mexican Grill.
After a good nights sleep, my wife was ready for a two-hour self-evaluation during the breakfast this morning.
She explained what she had learned – I paraphrase:
I need to have a plan and a goal for a day at range. Concentrate to one thing only; too many goals and drills distract me at this juncture of my ability to improve my basic shooting skills. I’m still studying the basics.
I think repeating every challenge numerous times is a must for me, whether it is a draw and engage one target, two targets, or three targets with one head shot each, reload and one COM each. It’s beneficial to change the scenarios to maintain the required intense focus. This is the only way for me to discover my mistakes and to improve my shooting. Repetitions reveal common mistakes.
Dry firing and shooting live ammunition in a same drill still differ a lot.
The new experience of people observing me performing an assigned drill caused me to forget the basics. This changed when I strictly concentrated in the task of hitting the target instead of trying to be fast and accurate. The accuracy is always the priority: lead on the target to stop the attack.
My shooting was much slower and unsteady than previously. I noticed that after my arms were extended from the draw to “isosceles stance,” and the time to “squeeze” the trigger had passed, I was still trying to make up my mind whether or not to shoot. I was following the laser dot that never settles.
My customary practice is to let the 442 to go off just prior to achieving the isosceles. I’d never extend my arms fully. I keep my elbows slightly loose to absorb some of the recoil, the gun straight in front of my eyes.
I placed too much effort to gripping with my strong hand and too little with my weak hand, especially with the semi-autos. My S&W J-Frame grip is different and that held well throughout the shooting session.
My problem with the G26 grip was verified yesterday. John let me try his M&P940 (I think, he has so many firearms), and I found the gun very comfortable to shoot. It fit my hand perfectly. When shooting the G26, my grip disconnected and I had to readjust both hands from shot to shot. In addition, I’d failures to feed, and I don‘t think it was due to limp-wristing. The sights tracked erratically. I really don’t know what to think of the Glock.
With the M&P9 my grip held. The shooting was natural and the .40 relaxing to shoot. I was able to observe the sights better; the M&P9 recoiled and returned back to alignment.
It was a pleasant surprise that my new Ruger LCP was easy and fun to shoot. I expected much more sharper recoil and trouble to grasp the gun. I’m really looking forward receiving my CT laser sights for the LCP, because it really does not have decent sights. I was still able to shoot a six-inch group from five yards.
I made the decision to go and test fire the M&P9c John initially suggested for me.
In short, it was a fun day at the range and I learned a few valuable lessons.