I made up some 1/2 scale targets that I place at one end of the room, from the other end I strike my best bullseye pose and try and keep the dot in the black for a 20 count. Rest for a few minutes and repeat. Simply and effective.
Here’s one of the targets. Its form core with the 1/2 scale target glue on. I created the target in a drafting application and simple printed it out 1/2 scale. Its 6″ tall and 5 1/4″ wide .
At my last practice session I checked out an Ultradot Matchdot ll. Overall I was very impressed and found it easier to pick up the target. The optic is 30mm and the actual dot is very clear compared to mine. In fact mine looks more like a red blotch than a dot.
I ordered one from Ultadot West on Sunday and it showed up on Thursday. The length is about the same as mine and that’s where the similarities end.
Check out Ultradot West’s web site for all the details, but in short it has several different dots, a great range of brightness levels and you can change the elevation on the fly.
When swapping out the old one I decided to remove the barrel, clamp it in vice (with timber on each side) and set up on a target.
I taped this to the side a car in my driveway which was a little over 48′ from the vice.
I figured if I took a point of aim with the existing reddot, removed it, installed the new one, made all the necessary adjustments it should be pretty close to zero!
Here’s the new one in place.
The view through to my target.
Installation completed. I’m going to zero in at the range in the coming days.
View through while holding the pistol muzzle close to the wall.
Got my best two scores on Timed and Rapid Targets at my last practice session, 93 (Timed) and 92 (Rapid), that’s out of a possible 100.
Timed round is as follows. Load 5 round on command, wait for the buzzer and fire all 5 in 20 seconds at the target 50 feet away, single handed. Then it repeats one more time.
Here’s the 93 point target. This one has (7) 10’s (4x’s), (1) 9 and 8 and a flyer in 6. Wish that flyer was a little closer to the center! However, in other practice session I have a tendency to place shots in this quadrant which is heeling – anticipation recoil.
Rapid round is as follows. Load 5 round on command, wait for the buzzer and fire all 5 in 10 seconds at the target 50 feet away, single handed. Then it repeats one more time.
Here’s the results on the 92 point target. (4) 10’s, 9’s2x’s, and (2) 8’s.
I finally got over to the club for a little target practice. I honestly can’t remember the last time so it was way passed due.
The first four targets are single handed, 50 foot, firing five magazine with ten rounds for a total of 50 per target. I was using CCI Standard Velocity .22 rounds. Of the 200 rounds I fired one was a hang fire.
This last target was my just for fun round. Again 50 rounds, 10 per mag, but this was two handed braced shooting. The three flyers outside the black were from a rapid fire string where I shot all ten round very quickly. This is just proof that the Smith & Wesson Model 41 is a very accurate target pistol.
Got down to the club yesterday for a little target practice. A friend of mine BR wanted to sight in his antique rifle. Its a 1938 Mosin-Nagant and is in fine shape for its age. I brought my M41 and Jungle Carbine in keeping to the same era as BR.
We set up in the rifle range at 50 yards. BD fired off a set of 5 while I pinged a target at the same range. We went cold and took a walk to see the results. BR was high and right. The high can be expected at his rifle is set up for 300 yards. He did the math on correcting the iron sights and out came the hammer and punch!
BR adjusting the front sight.
Here’s my results at 50 yards with the M41.
I wanted to see what my M41 could do at 100 yards so I moved my target. I also placed 4 clays on the back stop. Keep in mind this is a pistol with a 7″ barrel and I was shooting the cheapest ammo I have, bulk pack 36 grain.
Here’s what the target and clays look like from the firing line. Far left just next to the paper targets. Squint and you’ll see them!
To my surprise I managed to hit all 4 , mind you it took more than one shot per, but I got them. At 100 yards (that 300 feet) I needed to aim a full clay diameter above the clay I was aiming at in order to hit it.
Here’s the results.
Here’s my paper target at 100 yards.
Clearly an M41 is not designed for 100 yards but it good to know that it’s still possible.
After yet another adjustment on the Nagant (the first time we went in the wrong direction) BR rifle was hitting on target consistently. For a gun of its age I would still not like to be on the wrong end of the muzzle.
What’s a trip to the range without a little plinking on the pistol range. My favorite are empty shot gun hulls. Better yet if you place an empty brass inside it a nice weight to keep them upright. I plinked a few magazines and here’s the best one.
This was at about 15 feet. Clearly I nailed the hull dead center!
Finally got to the club for some target therapy! The below is the end result of continually stacking targets up to four, with 50 rounds a piece. This was a “just for fun” session, however all shots were one handed. I wanted to see the end grouping of all 200 rounds. Not a bad grouping with some flyers here and there and clearly I’m more fond of the South West & North East over the other two quadrants.