While the thought of practicing at home, especially without live ammo, might seem dull, I’d say I’m doing what I can with the resources that I have.
I’ve found the Sig Sauer Precision Super Target Air Pistol to be a good way to work on sight picture and focus. It is a single action pistol with a very light trigger (around 2.5 lbs), so I suspect that less than optimal trigger presses would manifest themselves with regards to accuracy.
The target on the right was shot at 7 yards, which is about as far as I can get in the garage with the door closed. For the target on the right, I opened the garage door to get 10 yards distance, and took 10 shots as discreetly as possible, keeping an eye out for wandering neighbors who might freak out over someone with a(n air) gun.
Gotta admit keeping things on the DL did add a welcome stress element to the exercise, which probably didn’t do any favors for accuracy, but not too bad I’d like to think.
Match Yourself Fitter
In an earlier post I’d mentioned the Liberal Gun Club’s Bullseye Match and how I was trying out a scaled down version that I could shoot in a garage with a pellet gun. Aside from the obvious challenge of shooting the little targets, there’s the issue of the pellets making a mess of the target sheet and making shots difficult to score.
After experimenting with a number of variables, I’m starting to think that a target sheet printed on relatively thick paper (65 lb which is thin enough to not muck up the printer) combined with a flat-nosed pellet (Sig Match pellets) make the least messy holes.
Most of this session was shot using Sig Match, and about 2/3 the way through I’d run out of the Match pellets and used Sig Zero pellets which resulted in more ragged holes.
While far from being match-winning shots, they are what they are. I’d like to try out the Bullseye Match targets at 100% size and 15 yards distance with a firearm. But in the meantime, this is what I gots.
Can I Haz Recoil Plz?
The Precision Super Target is a single-shot air gun that exerts the most minimal recoil, and with its light trigger it’s probably not the optimal way to simulate a semiautomatic handgun without busting real live caps. The Sig Sauer P320-M17 Air Pistol, on the other hand, was designed to be a reasonable facsimile of the M17, and while not suitable for rapid pew pew, it’s one way to fake the recoil of a firearm.
I practiced with the P320-M17 air pistol over a couple of days, adding the measurement and feedback from the Mantis Training System. I’d like to think that the later session (the one on the right; both involved 60 shots at simulated 9 yard distance) shows an improvement.
Mantis, Mantis, Mantis
Back from the garage, I continue to dry fire practice with the Mantis X10. I’m still getting dinged for “not enough trigger finger,” that seems to be happening less frequently. Here’s one of the better 10-shot sessions of late with a Glock G19 Gen5.
My one-hand scores still stink, but they also stink a bit less. It’s all about practice, I guess. And perseverance.