As the title of this blog indicates, I document all things directly and indirectly related to firearms in my day-to-day. I’ve had tangential conversations regarding “gun culture” as this monolithic thing that one is compelled to adopt (i.e., becoming your preferred stereotype), as opposed to a “way of the gun” that’s rooted in safety and responsibility that one integrates into one’s existing behaviors and routines.
This Is Not a Culture Rant
Before I go any further down that dank rabbit hole of Kultursprache (credit/blame Google Translate for that), I’m going to steer things to a more prosaic topic of recollecting a day at the range.
I Spy with My IWI
The other day I clocked a little bit of practice time with the IWI Masada and the Holosun red dot optical sight.
This range outing took place shortly before the PST 103 course for which I’d planned on using the Masada as my primary pistol.
Aim Small, Miss Small
Starting out with a warm-up at 7 yards:
Stepping back a bit to 10 yards:
One more course of fire at 10 yards:
These circles are approximately 3" in diameter. I was a handful of shots away from a ragged hole at 7 yards, and making larger groups at 10. If I have a “marksmanship goal” at the moment, it’d be making the smallest possible groups at 10 yards. A while back the goal was 3" groups at 7 yards, which I am able to make pretty regularly, so having achieved that objective we go smaller/farther.
Often I tell folks that my daily goal is to “suck a bit less,” and overt negativity aside, it’s a humble thing to (literally) aim for at the range.
You Are Entering the Wobble Zone
It’s was brought to our attention at PST 103 that red dots have a greater “wobble” than iron sights as they present a significantly smaller object in one’s field of vision. Compared to even a fiber optic front sight, a red dot is just that, a tiny dot of light. And ironically while an iron sighted pistol drifts as much as a red dotted one, the electronic optic exaggerates those movements, and I do find myself a slight bit more twitchy with the trigger.
The left target was perforated with a S&W M&P9 2.0 Compact with iron sights, while the right target got punched with the Masada with a red dot. These were shot over two different days, but at the same distance (7 yards) using the same ammo (Speer Lawman 124 Grain TMJ). Not a terribly scientific or controlled experiment, but it’s an easy (even lazy) comparison.