My work involves handguns, rifles, shotguns and occasionally fully automatic weapons, but most of my teaching and just about all my competition revolves around the former. In classes, I demonstrate shooting. Just before the students shoot their qualification, I and the rest of the teaching staff will demonstrate the course of fire for them. The instructor is expected to shoot a perfect score, right?
Well, I usually do, but there are exceptions. Last week in Texas, teaching for Eric Lamberson in greater San Antonio, I got sloppy and let one .45 bullet stray out of the center zone, finishing with a 299 out of 300 possible points.
I certainly can’t blame the gun. I was testing a new 1911 variation, the Springfield Armory RO-Target, for the online gun magazine thearmory-life.com. Now, my lovely bride shoots with me a lot and will tell you the single pistol I shoot the best is the fore-runner of the RO-Target, the original Springfield Range Officer .45 that I’ve owned for a decade. I’ve been shooting 1911 .45s since 1960. That didn’t keep a lapse of concentration from letting a bullet escape the “down-zero” zone.
One of my favorite pistols is the double action Beretta 92 9mm, and my shootin’ buddy John Strayer insists that I shoot it better than anything else. Yet a few months ago in the same type of demonstration, I dropped a point with one of those.
I’ve won a bunch of prizes and guns with Glocks. In 2018 I came in High Lawman at the Polite Society shoot run every year at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference. Yet this year, I got careless with my pace of fire and lost two points with the same Glock 19 9mm in the photo above that had given me perfect scores there a couple of years in a row.
The bottom line is something I’ve told my students for decades: “It’s not about the gun so much as it’s about the shooter, and it’s not even as much about the shooter as it’s about consistent application of proven technique.”
But, hey, all this is about a sample of one. I’d like to hear from you readers. What firearm do YOU consistently shoot your best with?