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THERE’S SOMETHING TO THIS “PRACTICE” THING — 18 Comments

  1. My wife and I will be practicing more this year and trying new skills as a commitment to each other and ourselves.

  2. I wonder what the Col. would say about recent 9mm advances? I still say you can’t change physics, having known a few people who have used it for real. One has studied under you Mas, and says the caliber never should have been invented. Anyone?

    • Paul,

      I love Col. Cooper. But when I go to the range to fire pistols, I like to fire 50 cartridges. I’ve found bigger calibers in small guns hurts too much. So, for me, to carry a small semi-auto I would go with 9mm, and for a snub-nose revolver I would load .38 Spl.+P. I’m sure others are fine with big calibers out of small pistols, but the laws of physics do apply.

  3. For the small gun 250 and the big gun 500 (as well as the 300 you’ve referenced frequently in the past), what are the parameters of the qualification test in terms of distance to target, time limit, and 4″ diameter targets for each?

  4. About that practice thingy, Mas. Just how many rounds do you think you’ve fired in practice in your professional life? A few hundred thousand? Close to a million?

    • Couldn’t tell ya, Glenn. If I’d known I would wind up doing it for a living, I’d have kept count.

  5. I have a replica of the Model 19 in BB pistol from Pyramid Arms, which allows practice every night. It is Co2 and reciprocating slide.

    I know, I know, it’s less than a “mouse gun,” but I am convinced it is more the muscle memory than the recoil management that makes for fast, accurate shooting. It fits perfectly into my carry leather, and is the same frame as my carry gun, although sometimes I confess to putting the 23 slide on my 27 frame for concealment.

    The gun gives the same accuracy at 12 yards as its real progenitor, and it doesn’t need the Gemtech Blackslide…

    it’s also more fun to shoot inside my hallway. Feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong, but please say why…

    I practice once a month with the “powder gun” when I do the CCW qual with my classes…

  6. I have a replica of the 19 in BB (CO2 powered) which allows practice inside my house every day.

    I think it is more muscle memory than recoil management that keeps the edge. YMMV, but the gun fits my carry gear and the trigger is very similar. The CO2 and BB’s are in the mag, which is the same weight as the loaded Glock mag for practice.

    Feel free to disagree, but tell me why.

  7. Competition with a 380/9mm is fine (I don’t recall hearing of any competition with 500SW or 480 though …)
    On the street with a 380 or 9mm does not make me comfortable, although I’d grab a 22 if that was all that was available.
    For me, G30 running 200g +P, and J-frame backup. A .38 Spcl revolver with twice the power of a 380 auto-jammer always seemed more reasonable, and keeps me a little happier.

  8. While the locals don’t have a LSROG category, I found another way to end up in first place: shoot revolver.

    Having found a piece that needed rescue (and being retired), I’ve reacquainted myself with the round guns-other than BUGs. One definite plus, don’t have to bend down to pick up brass.

  9. Hey Mas, Are you going to shoot pin`s this year up at central Lake Mi. ??. I have not been up there since the late 70`s (second chance) I bet we both look a little more experienced , It would be nice to catch up with you and chew the fat.

  10. I don’t believe you for a second Mas, when you say you were surprised with your performance with the little .380. I suspect you’ve long known how well you can shoot it. I discovered early on after I retired and started concentrating on smaller handguns for every day conceal carry that, while greater concentration on the basics were required at the 25 yd line, accuracy was easily achieved using little J-frames and subcompact .380 and 9mm pistols, and from 15 yds in, shot placement was just as easy as with a full size. Sight alignment may be a little more critical as distances increase, but is doable. I just shake my head when I hear some folks ranting that a snub nosed revolver or subcompact pistol is useless past point blank distances.

    I will tread on even more thin ice when I admit that when shooting combat courses with a .22 pistol and see how effectively I can quickly put lead on target, my mind is telling me that a.22 might be a viable defense weapon for some folks.

    • Josiah, closest comparison is a Gen3 or earlier with NY-1 module and 3.5 pound connector. A federal agent who carries the similar G19M describes it as the difference between going up a ramp (Gen5) and tripping over a curb (his previous Gen3).