Once you’ve successfully completed the PST 102 course at the Clackamas County Public Safety Training Center, you’re cleared to reserve and use the “Green Deck” of the gun range, which is primarily used for law enforcement training as well as for public training classes.
It’s Not Easy Getting Green
Since it is a reserved space, the Green Deck gets used quite a lot, so being able to make an appointment to use it for a couple of hours is not a common event. Nonetheless, it is about the only place where I can practice holster draws, multiple target engagement, shooting while moving, and so on. It’d been almost 6 months since I’d done any of that (and all of it during PST 102), I was overdue for a refresher.
Win, Lose, Draw, or Guess?
I’ve been doing some holster draw practice at home using the Mantis X10 and a G-Sight laser training cartridge. The results have been a bit conflicting.
10 laser shots at simulated 10 yards, Sig Sauer P365 drawn from IWB holster at 3 o’clock:
Another 10 laser shots on another day, same distance with a Glock G19 Gen 5 from an OWB holster:
On one hand, these are atrocious Mantis scores. On the other hand, the shots are on target. I suppose the most obvious interpretation is that while my trigger pulls suck, they don’t suck horribly enough so that the shots go wild.
As a friend then advised, it’s time to do this with live ammo, so on to the Green Deck!
All This Space!
Turns out that when I got to the range, I was the first and only person using the Green Deck (there was a PST 101 class going on at the time, but they wouldn’t be using these facilities for at least a few hours). I started out with the P365 and set myself up at 7 yards.
As opposed to the main “Red Deck” where you move the target to and from the bench, you can move around the space up to the target.
I Should Have Stopped Right Here
Very first shot, at 7 yards, holster draw with the P365:
I think the D&D equivalent would have been rolling a natural 20. Twice in a row. I must have stood and gawked at this for about 10 seconds thinking that everything from this point onwards is going to suck and that I should pack up and go home.
But I Didn’t and It Sure Did
With this gentle reminder that the universe has a sense of humor, I proceeded with holster draw drills with the Sig at 7 yards.
We’re seeing a similar pattern with the dry fire practice. The Mantis score is awful, but all the shots are in the A box. Here’s a bunch more rounds from the holster, some of which were the “failure to stop” - 2 to the body, 1 to the head - drills:
The rust since March is definitely showing, but it’s not all corrosion.
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
Since I’m at the Green Deck, I might as well as try things that I couldn’t do in the regular lanes, like multiple targets!
Switching to the Glock G19 Gen 5, I spent the rest of the session going from holster to engaging target A (a.k.a. Tweedledee) then target B (a.k.a. Tweedledum). I’d try one shot then switch for one shot, two shots then two shots, two body and one head then same on the next target, and so on.
Needless to say, one burns through ammo rather quickly this way. But I’m not sure how else one can get this sort of practice.
This isn’t going to win any marksmanship awards, but at least all the shots are on the “important” part of the paper. And yeah, switching targets and re-acquiring the target takes work!
Until Next Time
Getting some Green Deck time was a fantastic way to practice things I hadn’t been able to, and I’m grateful that I have access to the facility. I’ll make another appointment sooner than later, and in the meantime, I’ll be doing more holster draw dry fire at home.