Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Range Day...

Sometimes, when we have a range day, I find myself looking at the targets of the other officers shooting to either side of me.

I look to see how tight their groups are. I look to see if they're throwing rounds, or just plain peppering the target.

Then I store the info away in some dark corner of my brain, so I'll remember when the shit hits the fan whose target I need to address after I finish with mine...

11 comments:

Ry Jones said...

You should always follow up. Always.

Moe said...

I may not have a tight group, but I drop very few rounds every qualification.

Sean said...

I do the same as a range instructor - mental notes on who makes the effort, who can handle stress, and who is just throwing rounds randomly downrange. It's rather sobering at times unfortunately...

Jenny said...

New to your blog, and I like it!

I'm from a family of hunters and used to be able to put a slug through a Campbell's soup can with a 20-gauge at 75-yards - with no scope. Yeah, those days are long gone. Now I'd be the one peppering the target... :o)

justusforall said...

Could you post pics of some of your targets? I bet you could make one big hole at 20 yards...

Charles W. said...

That is awesome...

Officer "Smith" said...

Ry,

Thanks for posting that link. Very good information.

Sean,

I bet.

Jenny,

Thanks for reading, and welcome.

Justus,

No.

Triple Beeper said...

Good call. And of all the things you guys have to consider when weapons are drawn, it's too bad this is on the list...

justusforall said...

Fair enough.
I've shot an HK .45 and a Glock 9mm before. I'm a terrible shot, although better with the Glock than the HK (points more naturally for me, I guess). Even then, I'm barely able to hit a torso size target at 25 feet.
My pistol marksmanship is awful but I always figure if I'm in a gunfight I would have a long gun. I've also shot a .22 bolt action w/ iron sights and I was able to drill a head-size target at 25 yards no sweat.
Pistols are for emergencies only but given that you're a peace officer you can't go walking around with a rifle strapped to your chest, this isn't Iraq (yet, though parts of Oakland may qualify).

Texas Ghostrider said...

I do the same thing at the range and during active shooter training. It is amazing how people act under stress, and always good to know who you want to take with you on a call. I can talk because I have been there in real life in a firefight. I know my regular partner has also. The rest of them I take notes on......

j said...

Me too. I find it reveals a lot about the people I work with.