My wife complains a little bit but I always have quite a few empty gallon milk jugs in the garage & right now there are 7 in the back of my truck. They are filled with water & a few drops of red food coloring. When I'm out for a drive, like yesterday (got 8 Rock Chucks) I can set them out at random distances & it's a real hoot watching them blow up. Just vary the distance & it's a lot of fun on a slow day. I also use them when I'm doing my Ladies Only Handgun Class, they love seeing them blow up. One lady even took a marking pen & wrote her ex husbands name on it! Actually there are 8 milk jugs & also 2 other jugs to the right that are filled with water.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2019 14:19:52 GMT -5 by sixshot
No, just a folding chair. I use it with a foot stool that's laying there with it for when I'm shooting long range & don't want to sit on the ground. I just put my piece of leather between my knees so I don't get an oweey when the gun goes off & I'm good to go. You can see those water jugs for quite a ways. Also, I mentioned this before but you can take 1/2 sheet of sheet rock & prop it up with a couple of steel fence posts & use that for long range shooting, it shows up great against most back grounds & actually lasts a long time. With a spotting scope you can see the bullet holes & I just run down with the 4 wheeler & tape the holes once in a while. Where I live I can set it up about any place & shoot out to another zip code, fun stuff.
I used to do a similar thing with water filed milk cartons, setting them out in the woods in thick brush and trying to hit them through a jungle of crap. More as a fun experiment and to remind myself what you can and can't shoot through, should and shouldn't try.
Before I go hunting every year, on my last range trip with whatever guns I plan on taking along, I'll play "dead deer". Set up one last target, sometimes a cardboard deer target. I'll often back off a bit farther than I've been shooting that day and depending on the gun, I'll take just one, sometimes two last shots. Off hand and/or in a seated field position. "This is it, one shot, make it count." Sort of as one last confidence builder, leaving knowing I can do what needs to be done.
Of course if that one shot is poor.... lol , well then I try to get in some more trigger time before the season starts.
Post by flyfisher66048 on Sept 15, 2019 20:33:07 GMT -5
My traditional archery mentor had me shoot the first arrow at a paper plate. If I hit the plate, the next day I took a step back. If I missed, I took a step forward. By shooting from various positions, I learned my effective range with my long bow. I do the same thing with my pistol, but move 10 yards forward or backwards each practice session.
I grew up in southern NM shooting jackrabbits with my 243 win. Shots ranged from sitting to hauling booty, 10 to 500 yards. Agree that hunting small fast critters that don’t stay around too long is the best training.
I practice offhand a lot. It inevitably happens that I will have to shoot offhand, so you might as well be prepared.
A handgun hunter who can’t shoot offhand better stay in the tree. A still hunter and tracker knows action on the trail doesn’t wait for you to find a tree to lean on, and the most reflexive game animal in North America, the whitetail, may not tolerate the slightest movement before high tailing. We are the only thing walking vertical and prey doesn’t view us as entertainment. The still hunter and the tracker don't stand much chance without OFFHAND.
All positions must be tried, tried again and again, until your menu sugars off to what works. Consistency works, and shooting without consistency is not marksmanship. Take a rest whenever the shot allows. Shoot offhand like you mean business and positions to match your anatomy will fall into place. David Bradshaw
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2019 22:13:48 GMT -5 by bradshaw