Today was Range Day. My self, MDL, the Krampus, and Fez hit Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas; Wang and G-Tex couldn’t make it. 😦
A good time was had by all.
I went simple, and brought only the M&P 15, and the M&P 45. I put about a hundred rounds through the M&P 15, working solely on snap-shooting from the low ready on the upper thoracic cavity at 25 yards. Hadn’t done that in a while, and it felt good. I only dropped a few shots, and if I may, “dropped” means out of the specific target area but still in the black.
The pistol work was more challenging, and here came the lesson. At 7 yards, I simply could NOT align the sights, nor isolate and focus on the front sight post. Consequently I was all over the place. (Again, “all over the place” inside a decent larger area, but still…) Then it hit me.
I wear bifocals.
I was aiming, head-down and forward as I was trained, and therefore looking at the sights out at arm’s distance. And sighting through the upper part of the lens. That was the problem– I was using the distant-vision part of the lens for close-in work, and getting the inevitable poor results. In the final magazine of .45 ACP (!) I lifted my head, used the lower, close-in vision part of the lens, and started scoring tighter groups right where I wanted them.
A good bit of empirical knowledge to have.
Who knows where or when you might need it.
And you– when was the last time you put your front-line gear to the test? Now’s a good time to do so. In fact, now might be the best time to do so.