How To Set Up A Good Inexpensive Practice Session

Steel targets unlike paper targets will give you PIR, Positive Instant Recognition or immediate feedback if your hit is good or bad when struck.  But, they are expensive.  An alternative to the steel target is a Styrofoam 6 & 8 inch dinner plates.

The Styrofoam when hit by a bullet punches a nice easily seen hole, as where a paper plate will close up and be hard for the “tracking” eye to see the hit.  But if you are watching your sites as you should be then you will know if you have a good hit.  If you do not shoot with both eyes open, you should.  No sport that requires any type of hand eye coordination has the competitor close one eye. Neither should shooting.  The eye that is running “driving” the sights should be your dominate eye.  Your other eye is your tracking eye.  It is seeing what is going on in front and to the side of you. A danger to closing one eye is that you lose so much of your peripheral vision, or field of view.

There are a few items, one in particular, that the shooter mush have if he/she is really interested in seeing their shooting improve.

  • That piece of equipment is an electronic shot timer. For those unfamiliar the timer has a buzzer as a start and then electronically records the sound of the gunshot down to the hundredths  of a second.  Give the shooter a electronic record for the time it took to complete the action, a draw, a reload etc.  It also provide the time in between shots.  The shooter can see how his reloads can progress time wise, must have a timer.
  • Styrofoam targets both 6 and 8 inch version.
  • Hearing and eye protection – anytime you are shooting
  • Staple Gun
  • Something to mark the center of the plate, a paster, a black spot (no bigger than 1 inch in diameter).

Your start position should be at the extended confirmed ready(ECR) aimed at the base of your target stand.  You will align you sights, then shift your vision to the spot on your target.  At the sound of the buzzer you start driving the gun up into your eye-target-line (ETL) and working the shot.  This is a dedicated shot something has made you determine that this “threat” was to be shot. Therefore you are working the trigger as you approach the target.  Such as a baseball player starts his swing on the release of the ball, not when the ball is right in front of the batter.

Once you break, or complete, the shot nothing on the gun moves for a self count of 1001, even the trigger is still pulled to the rear.  This is in the event you had missed, or your first shot did not do the job you would simply flip off the trigger and press off another shot.