Watch this video from today’s Munich active shooter:
The photographer of this footage appears to be across an intersection from the shooter. I’d put him at 30 or so yards.
Now, put yourself in the photographer’s shoes. But you’re packing your carry gun. Can you reliably place accurate hits on important parts of a bad guy at that distance?
- If yes, good keep carrying your gun.
- If not, keep working on it.
- If you don’t know if you could, then you need to find your maximum effective range with your carry handgun.
A drill to work during your next range trip:
- Using a B-8 target. B-8 pdf (download a copy, and always print ‘fit to page’)
Start at 10 yards.
- Shoot target 10 times at 10 yards, no time limit, freestyle. If/When you can get 10/10 in the 8 ring or better, move the target away 5 more yards.
- Shoot the same drill at 15. Same Pass/Fail metric. Keep pushing back if you can.
… eventually you will hit your distance limit. 25 yards is the goal, but further is fine. You now know your maximum reliably effective range.
At this or future range trips… Work at the distance that caused you misses. Work it until you can shoot it clean, Then keep creeping back.
Modify it by doing 10 repetitions from the holster/1 shot on the bullseye. Or, set a time limit in which you’d like to make that shot, start at a 5 second par-time from a low ready, or 7 seconds from the holster.
A B-8 is head-sized at 25 yards, and simulates a high-center chest sized target as if it were at 50. The bad guys are out there, and need to be shot. Carry your gun. Do your part.
Stay Safe and Prayers Out to our Brothers and Sisters in Munich,
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