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    Hello, I'm new to ccw and have been shooting my SA XD40 at the range ,practicing. I recently bought a S&W 442 38Special and went and shot it today. i was really humbled when i shot this 38, it was harder to shoot than i thought, compared to my XD. My question is the range i shot at won't let you shoot closer than 25 yds, and to me this is ridiculous for this guns practicallity. I would assume 15-20 ft at the most, not 75ft. What are your thoughts on this? I need to find a place where i can start closer and then move the target out farther once i get used to the gun. I hope i never have to use it but i don't believe i'd ever shoot out that far with this 38. thanks for any advice and input. Randy


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    I'm practicing for self defense. So at the indoor range it's 3-10 yards. Outside I'll go zero to 10. I don't get out past 10 much with handguns. Out to 5 yrds I rarely use sights either. You'll get plenty of different answers though.
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    10 yards max. I'm practicing SELF DEFENSE, not marksmanship. For that I have a rifle and a proper 5 inch 1911. :)
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    Yes, you will need to find another range. while long distance handgun shooting can be fun and challenging, it has little bearing on what you are trying to do. Bad breath to 5 yards is your "working" range in most situations.

    Also, try to find a location that allows movement and presentation from the holster.

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    On my own I practice out to 12 yards but with work I have to practice out to 25 in order to qualify.

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    I practice from about 7 to 10 yards. But the open range I use you can shoot from where ever you choose. And the 7 to 10 yards work for me.

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    I carry a Sig sauer 40 and SA XD 9mm--both work well at 25 yards but my normal self defense practice outdoors is between 5 and 21 feet. I also practice with a Ruger LCR 357/38--a nice concealeable revolver but that little guy hurts---very accurate at close range, say 0 to21 feet. Would give my left foot for an indoor range--hard to shoot in minus degree weather.

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    Well different strokes for different folks I guess.

    I start at 25 yards or farther and work my way in depending on the weapon at that moment. If I have the fundementals down to be accurate at that distance then everything closer is just gravy. I am not knocking anyone who only trains close in to each his own just remember though that the bad guy might not have read the stats on the distances for shootings and may choose to engage you or take a loved one hostage at 21 yards and not 21 feet so you had better be prepared to engage at that distance.

    You never know what you are going to be facing. Do I shoot my compact 9mm or .38 snub at 75 yards on a regular basis? Nope, but I have just to see what they or I have to do to hit something at that range. I realize that many are restricted due to ranges and so on but if you practice outside the box the chances of you being surprised or overwhelmed will/can go down a lot.

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    Three to ten yards...lots of point shooting, too!
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    Defensive shooting practice, 3-10 yards.
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    7 yards, but only because it's the local ranges' minimum : (
    If I had a choice, it'd be between 3-15 yards with movement, multiple targets, double taps and rapid fire, holster draws.
    I can double tap at one of the ranges, but it only has 6 lanes and usually about an hours wait in line.
    I'll get my ideal practice when I can get out to my Father's land in central VA. I can shoot however I please there.

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    You are absolutely correct and I do but for this blog I stuck to the close range ritual.

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    I mostly shoot 25'.Sometimes I go 50 just to see if I can get some on the paper.But 25 mostly.
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    "...the range i shot at won't let you shoot closer than 25 yds, and to me this is ridiculous for this guns practicallity..."

    You get decent at 25 yds and you'll be fine at 15 ft. My local outdoor handgun range is set up for 15 & 25 yds. I always use the 15 yd distance, adn the 7 yd distance at the local indoor range is a piece of cake.
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    2-70 yards regularly, out to 100 less-frequently.
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