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Maintaining proficiency with a tool you may literally have to bet your life on some day is critical. How much do you practice in a given month? This should be interesting.

I personally shoot 1,000 rounds through my 1911 in a given month. It consists of both target shooting and various drills.
 

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I go to the range every other weekend and put between 200 and 300 rounds down range with two or three weapons.
 

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I practice on my .22lr everyday in different ways -- racking, moving, covering, draw and point, etc. I still shoot round paper plates every now and then but mostly trying to polish my techniques. Then once a month with my CCW and my BUG at an outdoor range. I used to like indoor ranges but since I got the feel of outdoor ranges, indoor ones doesn't cut it for me anymore. I don't know how much ammo I shoot -- I just shoot until I run out or I get sick of just static target shooting. I like to move.
 

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I currently go to the range 2x a month and practice specific drills, usually between 50-100 rds.

I shoot one IDPA match a month for extra practice.

I dry fire 2-3x each week.
 

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Now it's once or twice a week while I bone up on some new acquisitions. Plus some sporting clays now and then.

I like a membership to the range that way you can go and do 20-50 rounds and not feel like you are wasting the opportunity. Easier on the wrists.
 

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I practice once or twice a week (sometimes more) plus compete at least twice a month. I shoot IDPA, ICORE and USPSA.
 

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Me and the wife are going to hit the indoor range today matter of fact (after the gun show). We shoot whenever we can. Steel Challenge starts up again in March, looking forward to it. Probably throw in a few of the regular IPSC matches again this year and whatever works with our work schedules best. Used to be on a regular schedule for range time....that was twice a week, when I lived two miles from the range and had a better work schedule. Now, it's 65 miles to our club range, 30 miles to our nearest outdoor public range, 4 miles to the nearest indoor range, eight miles to the next closest indoor range, etc...... Sometimes it's difficult to decide to pay for the indoor range, or take the expense in gas to go to the outdoor range. We're probably down to shooting twice a month now, and the weather has more of an impact now than our schedules or travel.
 

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The holidays and my deployment schedule have been limiting factors recently. I used to go twice a month and dispose of at least 500 or so rounds. A new indoor range opening up close by will help me get a little more range time.......much to my wife's dismay.
 

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As much as I can, time and money permitting. The average is 100 round a week, sometimes more if I can make it to the league shoot on Wednesdays.
 

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I try to get at least 20 rnds through my EDC (weather) permitting, Sometimes
moore sence ammo comming back arround, but I get 6the most out of my 20rnds As I draw & point shoot 3-10 yards, The resr good ole trusty .22's ;-)
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I personally shoot 1,000 rounds through my 1911 in a given month. It consists of both target shooting and various drills.
I couldn't afford that in money or time, even reloading. I'm down to about 3000 rounds a year in all the various rounds and guns I shoot.

In 2009 I shot 337 rounds through my carry gun, a P2000sk, a bit over 500 through a gun I'm testing for carry, and only 37 through my Seecamp, (I usually shoot about 100 a year or so, but good .32acp hp is really hard to find).
 

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I try to dry fire and do tap-rack-bang drills at least 3 x a week. Range time varies.

I have been dealing with a shoulder injury (right of course) since early November and that has kept live fire practice to a minimum. I have probably been to the range 4 times since Thanksgiving.

Between holding 2 1/2 lbs of gun and recoil I am typically ready to hang it up after about 100-125 rounds down range. Draw practice has been impacted as well.

I think the ortho doc finally hit the sweet spot with this last cortisone injection so hopefully in another few weeks I can get back someplace to "normal".

I find that even consistent dry fire practice is helpful on the range. It helps prevent anticipation and flinching. If I dry fire for 4 or 5 days prior to a range trip I am much better than if I haven't or only did a day or so before.

Shooting skills are perishable and I have heard from someone in a course that even after 72 hours of non-practice that you are less sharp.

Be Safe,

NosaM
 

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I couldn't afford that in money or time, even reloading. I'm down to about 3000 rounds a year in all the various rounds and guns I shoot.

In 2009 I shot 337 rounds through my carry gun, a P2000sk, a bit over 500 through a gun I'm testing for carry, and only 37 through my Seecamp, (I usually shoot about 100 a year or so, but good .32acp hp is really hard to find).
Casting your own lead which you obtained for free from a friend who owns an auto shop really helps save cost.
 

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I practice every night...Pulling the gun, reloading with extra mag, tap rack drills etc..... I wait till the wife goes to bed and start. I go to the range twice a month to practice my point shooting. In april the bowling pin comps start, Im looking forward to that. :wink:
 

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i try to go twice a month and do about 500 rounds total but i have a range opening 2 miles from my house so hopefully i can go more often but will have to break up my ammo usage 45 auto aint cheap neither is .357 but by god i can shoot my .22lr all day
 

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Min every three months with both of my carry pieces. Summer and Fall I get plenty of practice, Winter and Spring it falls back to bare minimum.
 

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I prefer to shoot 6 to 10 rounds per day over a bunch once a month. If I shoot everyday am more accurate than once a month or once a week. If you have to go to a range to shoot that would not be very practical though.
 

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"Maintaining proficiency with a tool you may literally have to bet your life on some day is critical. "
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There is no simple equation...other than knowing your own limitations..the equation differs for everyone...working on weak areas? improving strengths?
In my opinion maintaining proficiency is certainly critical. Keep in mind what "maintaining proficiency" is. Maintaining something you have already attained a certain level of skill with is different than increasing skill. Maintaining already excellent skill levels is easier than making increases in skill which will take longer and more excellent practice! I believe a wise man once said "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
 

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I go 2 -3 times a month & usually shoot at least 200rds. if not more.
I went last Saturday & shot 300rds. through my Kimber.
 

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Casting your own lead which you obtained for free from a friend who owns an auto shop really helps save cost.
I would love to shoot that much, but alas, no equipment, no time, and no friends! (just kidding)

I hope you take good precautions in heating and handling lead and used brass.
 
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