I’m going to share a quick video with you today where I demonstrate shooting a steel torso target at 100 yards with a Glock 26 5 out of 5 times using Freedom Munitions SuperMatch ammo, and then go into detail on how YOU can shoot like this on Friday…
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Even so, the question kept coming up about whether the pistol vs. carbine story was even possible.
It IS possible, but I wouldn’t want to be the guy with a pistol if the attacker(s) with the carbine(s) knew what they were doing.
But every time I’d hear or be involved in this conversation, it became obvious that there was a LOT of misinformation floating around about shooting long distance with a concealed carry pistol.
First off, people tend to hold WAY too high. Depending on muzzle velocity and bullet weight, a 9mm will drop around 3-5″ at 75 yards and 7-12″ at 100 yards. Put the top of the sights on the top of the shoulders and you can press the trigger without any more thinking. If you start over-thinking the process, it gets frustrating.
Second, ammo makes a HUGE difference and that’s why I demonstrated this using Freedom Munitions SuperMatch. They sent me some out to try and I didn’t think it would make that big of a difference, but it does.
Practice ammo isn’t really loaded for precision shooting. It’s loaded for practicing and having fun. Muzzle velocities might bounce around 200+ feet per second from one round to the next. Depending on the manufacturing process, bullet weight can vary 5-10% from round to round and can even be a different weight than what the label on the box says. Again, as a result of the manufacturing process, the diameter and the “roundness” can vary from bullet to bullet as well.
When you’re trying to shoot 8″ groups at 10-20 feet, it doesn’t really matter. But if you’re trying to shoot precisely up close or hit targets further out, it does matter.
All of these factors put together mean that the BEST groups you could possibly shoot at 100 yards with low quality ammo with your gun in a vice are as loose as 1′-3′ groups. And if you try to correct your aim after every shot, you’re going to be chasing misses for a long time. Throw enough lead downrange and you’ll hit your target sooner or later, but it’s not going to inspire confidence.
But, if you are able to practice with high quality ammo, like SuperMatch, you can quickly develop the confidence in your shooting and your gun so that you can take longer shots without any self-doubt or thought about the process. You simply draw, present, press, and hit what you’re aiming at.
Why does this matter? Because when you go to shoot a target in front of friends, in competition, or in self defense, you’re going to have one of 2 sets of emotions playing in your brain…a feeling of calm, earned confidence or nervousness, questioning, and self-doubt. And the brain chemicals that come along with questioning and self-doubt will interfere with performance as effectively as a few shots of whiskey.
In addition to SuperMatch, the 2 biggest tools that I used to get to where I could shoot like this were the training that I got from the Insight Deadly Accuracy Home Study course and the at-home practice that I did using Dry Fire Training Cards.
Deadly Accuracy helped me master the mental and visual aspects of shooting and Dry Fire Training Cards helped me develop the neural pathways necessary to master the mechanical aspects. Both are incredible, high leverage tools that you can use at home to quickly, inexpensively, and quietly improve your performance at the range, in self-defense, and in combat.
You might wonder why long range shooting with a pistol is important.
For most civilians, 100 yard shots with a pistol or sub-compact are primarily a self-test to see if you have your fundamentals dialed in–in that sense, they’re like trying to shoot 1 hole groups. The only practical use I’ve had for the skill is taking out coyote that were threatening livestock when I didn’t have a carbine handy…but that’s not a normal need/concern for most people.
For military, they should be required for anyone who carries a pistol. You don’t want to “figure out your gun” when you’ve got inbound rounds.
For law enforcement…think about how confident you’d be taking a shot at an active shooter from end-to-end of your local mall, Wal-Mart, or other big retail location. Ideally, you want a team of guys with carbines, but it’d be nice to know you have the ability to put effective rounds on target until they show up.
On Friday, I’m going to tell you some specific tips that you can use that will INSTANTLY make you a better shooter.
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