The clouds parted, a beam of sunlight shone down, a chorus angels sang out, and the Clackamas County Public Safety Training Center (partially) re-opened on July 8th!
A Partial Re-opening
Clackamas County, Oregon, attained Phase I re-opening recently, and the County Sheriff’s Office started making some of its facilities available - with precautions - after the July 4th weekend. Having been notified of the gun range re-opening via snailmail, I waited a week or so to call and make an appointment to resume practicing with live ammo.
Different, but Still the Same
I’ve found the COVID precautions at the PSTC to be clear, easy to follow, and reassuring. The signage makes it pretty obvious that you need to have an appointment in order to enter the building and that you should stay home if you’re experiencing any symptoms. The receptionists at the front of the building make sure visitors meet both criteria to use the facilities.
And masks are mandatory.
The range service desk now sports plexiglass barriers as well as roped lanes to force distancing among folks. Otherwise the process of checking in, loading up on ammo and targets, and hitting the range remains the pre-pandemic same.
And they have ammo.
Aaaand onto the Range!
I intended to practice with the Glock G19 using regular ball and hollowpoint ammunition, and I also wanted to have some live fire Glock trigger time with the G44. I also wanted to practice with the Mantis device.
Glock G19 Gen 5
The first course of fire was with the Glock G19 at 7 yards, 10 rounds of CCI Lawman TMJ.
Covering the holes with an adhesive target, I went for another 10 rounds of TMJ bullets at 7 yards.
One more course of 10 Lawman TMJ at 7 yards after covering up the previous set of holes.
Next course of fire: 10 rounds of CCI Gold Dot hollowpoint at 7 yards.
Covered up the holes with another sticky and this time, 10 rounds of TMJ at 10 yards.
Wrapping up the session with the G19, 10 rounds of TMJ at 7 yards. I think this is the first “ragged hole” I’ve made at that distance.
Switching gears, here’s 20 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag at 7 yards.
I gave a try with the Liberal Gun Club Bullseye targets at 10 yards.
It was only after I got home when I realized that I should have been engaging these targets at 15 yards. Whoops. Next time.
If You Didn’t Screenshot It…
…then it didn’t happen, as the saying goes. The Mantis scores for this session at the range were surprisingly higher than what I’d been getting with dry fire. The data is somewhere in my Mantis profile, but since I can’t be bothered to get a report to post here… well, anyway.
Still, it was pretty exciting to have that additional bit of feedback with the live fire practice, and I’d like to think that the dry fire work at home has improved my marksmanship at the range.