I have been back in SLC about a year and in that time I have shot two cases of miwall, one case of independence, half a case of Remington UMC, at lest a case of WWB walmart 9mm, a few random boxes and maybe 250 rounds WWB 147s through my can. Around 5k rounds of 9mm pistol and sub maybe 1.5k subgun shooting. Thats not typical, two classes and the subgun had something to do with that, but it was mostly making up for shooting so little in the box and working at a range.
Today, for the first time after this long winter, I hit the desert with my dad. I mostly view what I do at the range static no draws, few drills, and one target pretty informally. I feel that I can not advance there without training, a timer, and/or ammo that more closely approximates defensive ammo. I can and need to improve my shooting from unusual positions, transitions, low light, and shooting on the move, some may not agree with shooting on the move but it has its place.
Handguns aside we shot long guns, AR15, Remington .308 M700 HB, M11/9, and a shotgun, here in brief are the lessons learned, some just revisited.
Testing full house slugs from a bench hurts.
This gun is far from the 150yd gun I thought it was.
Shooting 00 for pattern is best done standing.
Patterning buck is an eyeopening experience 35yards from an OC 500 with standard run of the mill buck was stretching it. Better than I thought but not all pellets on target at that range with S&B and Win Ranger tactical, Focchi was better cup wad nickel plated. Federal tactical with the flight control wad is AMAZING patterned same as the others did at 35 all the way out to 50!!!
Shooting on the move with a handgun is hard!
Shooting on the move with a subgun works better but, is harder.
Shooting on the move with a AR15 was easy to make good rapid hits compared to the other two.
Shooting on the move with a shotgun, was easy but, not good in a crowd. I have said it before and I will say it again there is nothing a subgun can do that a shotgun cant do as well or better and its cheaper.
I dont shoot long guns nearly as well as I used too, someone 600yards away would be fairly safe.
Sub 1/2 MOA guns are now far more accurate than I can shoot them.
I officially suck at reading wind and Kentucky windage.
If you are within 50 yards of my pistol, shotgun, or subgun, you are not safe, at 600 yards unless I get a beltfed or you break out the lounge chair well....... laugh and flip the bird and move around a little your safe!
Shooting is expensive.
I need a .22lr
I need a shorter front sight on the Mossberg.
Shooting in the west desert is far more fun than the far east desert.
Stay safe and happy shooting!