Feb 29, 2016
Sometimes shooting on the square range is a necessity. Whether
you don't have access to a range with bays where you can set up
stages and drills, or the weather just isn't cooperative, there are
times when the square range is the only place you can go to get
some trigger time.
A lot of people just shoot when they go to the square range. One
target, and 200 rounds and then they pack up and go home. This
isn't effective practice.
Hopefully your square range will allow you to draw from holster.
I don't think we have any ranges in the Triangle area that don't
allow it, but I've heard of ranges in other places that have that
rule, it makes things a little harder.
Use some time pressure
- The best thing is to use a shot timer. If you don't have one,
that's okay, there are still options.
- If your indoor range is really loud, you may have to use the
par time function on your timer instead of actually having it hear
your shots. I found my Pocket Pro 2 works really well inside
Triangle Shooting Academy.
- Some ranges have a mechanism to turn targets after a specified
amount of time. This can be a decent way to add some time pressure
to your drills.
- Lastly, you could download a timer app to your smart phone and
use the par time function. Don't expect to get very good results
using your smartphone as an actual shot timer though.
- Bring your own targets and pasters. Get some USPSA or IDPA
targets and take them to the range with you. You might also want to
bring your own stapler with long staples, because the ones at the
range might not have the reach to get through the cardboard
- Some good drills for the square range are things like this:
- 4 Aces (draw, fire 2, reload, fire 2, all shots need to be
- Bill Drills (7 yards, draw and fire 6 rounds, all alphas) You
can push the distance to make things interesting.
- 25 yard group shooting
- Other variations of drills that involve draws, reloads, and
variations of targets (draw, shoot the lower A-zone, reload, and
shoot the upper A-zone)
The NRA is getting rid of the women's division in
smallbore rifle. Because women are just as good as men, and
Virginia finally got some sense around concealed
carry. The Governor just signed a bill allowing reciprocity
with basically all other permits from other states.
Tip of the Week
Don't tumble your dummy rounds.
I posted this picture of me drilling out all of my primer
pockets on my dummy rounds because I tumbled them, and as luck
would have it, they got filled with tumbling media and then
deposited the media into my magazines and gun. What a mess!
Plug of the Week
Breach Bang Clear dropped a truth bomb this week
that you should probably go read. Agree or disagree, it's worth