Went shooting with Three Feathers Sunday.
Went shooting with Sgt. Dan and his padawan, Vicki, who has more shooting qualifications than Mas Ayoob. Ok, maybe not that many but impressive. I made the mistake of taking a full semester of grad classes with a full-time job last fall and range shooting took a back seat, along with exercise, for six long months! Here are some interesting observations I made for that day:
1. You don't pick up where you left off. The first hour was downright horrible.
2. I need to train and dry fire my .45 before making it an EDC.
3. Pulling shots consistently to the left - anticipating the shot and "pushing" with my right hand as I squeezed a round off.
4. Did some nice "walking" and then surprise shooting at one of three targets when the whistle blew. Good training.
5. Was seriously considering selling my Sig 232 and getting into a pocket carry nine to have the same ammo as my EDC. The Sig shot marvelously and I was surprised that my best shots-on-target was with that little Sig. It's a keeper.
6. Still love my H&K P30 as my EDC. What a fine workhorse.
7. Learned a BIG lesson about old ammo. I had about two dozen hollow points that I paid a premium price for - eight years ago! I decided it was about time I shoot them up. Oh, man, the only FTF I ever had with the P30. And it was a beaut. Shell casing stuck in the chamber. Dan had to bang open the slide just to get at the shell. Took a rod and stuck it down the barrel until it finally punched out. And that was the ammo that was going to defend me in a life and death situation. Stupid! Just to save a few bucks.
8. Got to shoot my first Springfield 03. Boom! Not for the faint-hearted. Also got to shoot some highfalutin, super expense, sniper rifle. That was one rifle you did not snug your eye into the scope. Also learned how to hold a sniper rifle - strange!
9. Another stupid move: Put a "seven +1" extension on my shotty. BUT, I never fired it (school, remember?). Spring quit on me three times. And that was going to defend me and my family at home? Stupid! I know better. I really do.
10. Dan took some side profile pics with Vicki instructing me. Wind was up range, profiling me. Oh, Lord, have I put some weight on this year. I looked like I was well into my second trimester. Doc gave me a thumbs up for serious exercise last week. Time to hit the track. Ugh, again.
All in all, a great day "at the beach". Lessons learned. Notes taken. Diet started. Good to be back on the range.