Firearms Friday: Range Day!

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.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to Firearms Friday: Range Day!

  1. DaveO says:

    Glad I’m not the only one. I’m learning to shoot right-handed since my right eye is much better than the left and glasses are for reading.

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  2. Davey says:

    Bingo. I shoot with a pair of single-vision department store reading glasses. I found a diopter that more-or-less provides focus at arms-length. That’s something that neither part of my bifocals does well at all.

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