Blogging, like any activity with (self-imposed) expectations of “productivity,” can easily become a burden when the one intended post becomes a procrastinated holdover, which then gets another post stacked atop it, and so on. At some point you have to do something with that albatross, and in this case, lump everything into a single entry, kinda like one of those “recap episodes” in a series minus the actual full-length episodes that got summarized.
Reaching a Touch Farther
On the weekend that I was becoming reacquainted with the S&W Shield, I tried a few courses of fire with the Glock G19 Gen 5 at a slight bit longer range than the usual 7 yards. The two iterations at 10 yards resulted in reasonable groups, while the “wide screen” photo of the 20 yard attempt is a bit more scattershot.
Considering that I was aiming for the “middle” target oval, I’m inclined to think that the G19 shoots a bit high at that distance.
Draw with a Dot
The following weekend, I got to book some time on the Green Deck and was able to practice holster draws with the IWI Masada.
These were 10-yard shots, with one course of fire at 7 yards but using only the right hand.
Socially Distanced Range Outing
The next day (yes, hitting the range TWICE in a weekend!), I met up with a couple of friends with whom I’d gone over the Liberal Gun Club’s Introduction to Range Shooting & Safety class over Zoom. One half of the couple had been shooting for a while, but the other half had not, so this was a way to do some “from the basics” knowledge sharing and to follow that up with some actual pew pew.
The penultimate highlight of this outing was a chance to try out my friends' Beretta CX4 carbine and their S&W .22LR revolver. Apparently we weren’t the only group getting a new shooter anointed with gunpowder residue, as this other bunch (the party with the wheelchair-bound person, which brings up some interesting things to think about regarding accessibility and firearms) were doing the same.
The CX4 was quite a lot of fun to shoot, so the following week, I dusted off (more like boresnaked) the Hi-Point TS995 pistol caliber carbine (PCC) and took that to the range, primarily to zero in a red dot sight that I had for a few months.
It took 4 iterations of 3 shot courses (i.e., 12 rounds) to get the sight reasonably zeroed in, after which I was able to land 6 shots in a small group at 25 yards. The shooting rest that I’d used for the Masada/Holosun came in extremely handy for this. While the CX4 makes the TS995 look like a lumpen prole plastic cudgel, the Hi-Point is easy to shoot and
is was quite inexpensive. The no-name brand red dot acquitted itself well, I have to say.
He Played It Left Hand
And yesterday I got to try some left-handed (i.e., using the left hand as the primary and the right as the support) shooting with the S&W M&P 2.0 Compact. Weirdly enough, swapping hands isn’t as mind-bending for me as other activities like handwriting. Perhaps it’s because I’m so new at it that I can wrangle the usual support hand to take lead.
And for giggles, I tried a 25 yard target with the Glock G44. I swear the thing shoots really high at that distance, but then the front sight post dot is the same size as the target. So it’s kind of this exercise in guestimating sight alignment and picture, then getting in a proper trigger press.
Only afterwards did it dawn on me that the rear sight on the G44 is adjustable. Well, any excuse to get back to the range is a good one!