A bit over a month ago, I was able to get some “recoil therapy,” which was the first time I’d practiced with live ammo since the PST 102 class in March.
Whoa, Y’all Are Open?!
Major kudos to The Place To Shoot who have been open for business throughout the state-mandated shutdown (a.k.a., The Clench)! After hearing from a friend that TPTS was open, I gave them a call to confirm, and set out a few days later.
Keep ‘Em Separated
It’s a fact of life in this pandemic that social distancing and personal hygiene will be rules to live by, and The Place To Shoot were taking both aspects of safe behavior seriously.
Masks were required by all visitors to the facility, the number of people allowed at the range was limited, plexiglass partitions were installed at the counter, and everyone had to use hand sanitizer before entering the building.
I got there a few minutes before opening and found myself at the end of a line, not too long, but with 2 yard distancing and processing time for check-ins, it did take a bit to get set up at a lane.
The Ammo Famine of 2020
One thing of note is that with ammo (and firearms as a whole) being in short supply everywhere, it’s gotta be a bit unnerving* to be running a gun range and having to have enough rounds on hand. Customers were being limited to three boxes of 50, which didn’t affect me too badly as I’d intended to shoot 100 that day.
* They did temporarily run out of 9mm a week later.
Let’s Make Some Holes
I was practicing with a Glock G19 Gen 5 and a Sig Sauer P365 that day, putting roughly half of the 100 round stash through each.
Spread out over two target sheets at ranges varying from 15 to 30 feet, the practice session went pretty quickly, but it was reassuring to shoot something with more of a kick than what I’d been able to use at home. Recoil therapy, indeed.
With the limited training resources in both location and supplies, the days of carefree plinking with live rounds may be over for the time being. On the other hand, that constraint makes dry fire practice just that much more critical to honing one’s marksmanship skills.
Let No Mantis Teal Your Time
In social media terms, this missive would be tagged #latergram, as my visit to TPTS happened in mid-June. I didn’t get my hands on the Mantis until a week later, so no live fire examples from this outing, but stay tuned.
Addendum: The Place to Snoot
Even with soundproofing around the firing lanes, a range can be a noisy place. Considering how dogs and cats get freaked out by sudden, loud sounds, it’s a pleasant surprise to find The Place To Shoot’s resident range pooch who happens to be mellow as heck.
My bad for not finding out this doggo’s name, but man he is so chill.
That level of chill is something to aspire to.