While I didn’t have the word for it in my teenage vocabulary, I found my introduction to firearms (a bolt-action 22LR at Boy Scout summer camp) to be quite centering. It required focus and attention, not only on the rifle but also on one’s body and mind, and years later I still feel that meditative “zoning in” when placing a shot. This observation raises more than one eyebrow when shared with my non-gun-owner friends.
Visualize Inner Peas
On the surface it may seem contradictory to place the words “meditative” and “pew pew pew” in the same sentence, but it’s not the sort of rubber chicken looseness that I feel. Rather, it’s a fine tension at the point where pressure doesn’t quite turn into stress; like a taut guitar string tuned to a pitch. I especially feel this when shooting at longer distances with a pistol.
Reach Out and Pew Pew
The gun range that I frequent has 25 yard lanes, which one might argue is beyond the edge case for a self-defense firearm use scenario (i.e., if the threat is that far away, GTFO - well, we can argue this elsewhere/when), but it far enough to do the 25 yard bullseye pistol course.
Shoot It If You Got It
I recently started practicing distance shooting with the Glock G44, primarily because .22LR is relatively inexpensive and available. The stock Glock sights aren’t that great for me at 25 yards, as the front sight post completely obscures the bullseye and its environs, but you make do with what you have.
This was my first go at it in October:
A couple of weeks later, showing some improvement:
There’s Pistol for That!
Needless to say, there are handguns designed specifically for bullseye shooting, and the PSTC armory has a Ruger Standard Mk III for rent. The Mk III a solid hunk of metal that makes the G44 feel like rather flyweight. It has a light trigger that doesn’t get in the way of a shot like a striker fire pseudo-double-action does.
I ended up gleefully burning through a box of Mini Mags with the Mk III, and while the group of shots above the bullseye was the “calibration run,” everything else was remarkably on target. As Will Smith once proclaimed, I’m gonna have to get me one of these, although I’ll likely go with the newer Mk IV with fiber sights.
Assuming there’s one for sale anywhere nearby anytime soon.