A benchmark isn’t when you gouge your woodworking table. Now that I got that out of the way, I pondered earlier on tabletop games and their ways of simulating firearms proficiency, which is kind of a benchmark against which to eyeball what happens in “reality.*”
Sheena Is a (Cyber)punk Rocker
The Cyberpunk RED rulebook’s handgun skill description characterizes its highest level of proficiency being able to “shoot coins from 12m/yds away.” Base 18 skilled characters can also shoot guns out of people’s hands. I don’t think any proper gun range would be pleased to see their patrons plinking away at quarters taped to targets, and any attempts at ballistic disarmament would be strictly verboten.
Inch by Inch, Row by Row
However, as a gun range is (or should be) a safe environment for practicing, one can simulate a 25-cent piece with a 1" sticker, the kind you get in rolls to patch up targets at IDPA and other match events.
So, while a quarter is a circle and not a square like this sticker, it’s still a reasonable facsimile against which to practice. Here’s a handful of shots from a Glock G44 at 10 yards (because there isn’t a handy 12 meter/yard marker at the range), which has a number of holes on target and a bunch more that aren’t.
Here’s what that target looks like from the firing bench. Can you see the 1" square?
They Blinded Me with Science
While the marksman’s advice of “aim small, miss small” is a standard practice, I recently learned that science has disabused the golf world of that notion. Personally I’m more impressed by the fact that there are golfologists hard at work out there than by researchers putting adages under the lens of The Scientific Method™.
Backing up to 25 yards, I’m able to land more shots in the 9+ zones than not.
What this all means for me is to continue honing in on accuracy, so that smaller deviations would keep shots closer to the aimed-for (small) target and totally on the intended (larger) one.