Shooting in the Outdoors

RANDI ROGERS - Shooting in the Outdoors

3 Lessons From Swinger Practice

I don’t personally own a swinger. I know, I should buy one, but up until recently I didn’t have a place to keep it etc, etc. So, I practiced with some friends who own one and I here where a few things I learned.

I wanted to practice the swinger because in the upcoming Area 8 match book they had what looks like a pretty wicked set up- a swinger that only shows when it is vertical, bookended by no-shoots and then bisected by a wall. See photo. Not a set up I shot before and wanted to give it a try.
 While practicing here are a few things I picked up:
 1) Make Sure to Make the Easy Shots! I set up a “mini” stage with the activator, a couple pieces of stationary paper and then the swinger. The first couple times I shot it I rushed my first shots in anticipation of the swinger. Don’t rush the open targets- they are easy points.
 2) Remember- Sights on Target. This sounds basic, and it is, but even being experienced I found myself struggling at first. Regardless of if you are shooting a still or moving target you must have the sight lines up and on the target. If you get to watching the target and don’t look at your sights you will have a non-hit. If you line up your sights and point them in the general direction hoping to hit the target you will have a non-hit. The trick is to see a good sight picture and when the target edge appears behind it pull the trigger- don’t wait for the whole target or it will swing out of the way before you react.
 3) Call your Shots. This might be the hardest thing for me personally. During practice I kept shooting three shots and walking down to three hits- usually 3 A’s or 3 C’s- always three good hits. I saw the hits knew they were on target but shot a third anyway. I was struggling in trusting myself- I wanted to put another one on there “just in case”. While it is always better to have more shots needed than not enough, I didn’t want to practice putting in time for an un-needed shot. So before I was done I made myself shoot two good shots and move on- and they were there.
 Bonus Tip: The best way to learn to shoot a swinger is to shoot it. While money, space and time are all precious I will be going out to buy my own swinger, find a place to keep it and take the time to set it up, occasionally. :)
 What are your rules of thumb when it comes to shooting swinging targets?
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Which Mag Do You Draw First?

 The past week I got to do two fun things at the range: prepare for Production Nationals and test out Comp-Tac’s new PLM Magazine Pouches. The magazine pouches were great! The practice- even better.
 While setting up a little stage to practice I discovered something interesting.
 Starting position gun empty on a table, magazines on your person.
 At the buzzer load your gun and shoot the 14 round stage.
 Now shooting production I have to reload once on this stage.
 Here is the interesting part- I shot the stage 4 times. The first two times I drew a mag from the back of my belt. My first shots were 2.99 and 2.83. Then I saw my practice partner was drawing his first mag. Why? His reasoning was- he only had to reload once, drawing his first mag was faster and it only put him going to his second for the reload.
 So, the next two runs I tried it. Times for the first shots were 2.58 and 2.4. Now you could say I was just going faster because I had practiced it 4 times- but 1/2 a second is significant.
 Moral of the story- on a short stage with an unloaded start-
 I am going to draw my first mag.
 Not sure which mag you should draw first? Pull out your timer and see. What are your times for drawing different mags?
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How Fast Should You Shoot?

clockI don’t get to do as much 3Gun as I would like, but I am starting to get ready for the couple matches I will go to this year. So, I break out my rifle to do a little practice and I discover something. I can’t hit anything with my rifle! Ok, so I know I hit some things but I was having a terrible practice. Now, mind you I haven’t shot much rifle yet this year, but still I know I can hit a targets at 65 yards and yet- I wasn’t! Then, someone at the range with me said- well why don’t you slow down and just aim. Duh! I swear I was doing that- but obviously I wasn’t, so what was happening?

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IDPA Indoor Nationals- Video, Press and Overall Great Time

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. It was an amazing match! I always look forward to shooting this event as it is truly one of a kind for me in that it is the only match I shoot Indoors all year-long.

Outdoor Wire Press ReleaseThe Match brought in the best competitors from all around the country with over 300 shooters in the 5 different divisions. With so many great shooters I was honored to walk away with Top Lady and 10th overall in SSP Master. The Outdoor Wire ran a great release with all the details.

I was able to sneak away with a little shooting video and lots of photos so I put together my first ever “review” video. Overall I was very happy with my first try, and I look forward to doing more of these in the future.

Link to IDPA Indoor Nationals Review

If you ever get the chance to attend the match I highly recommend it!

#SHOTShow Day 3

 Day 3 was lots of Indistry fun for me! I was very excited to participate in a seminar for SHOT attendees out on by the NSSF. Julie Golob and I spoke about Merchandizing to Women in a Retail setting. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our observations and knowledge with over 200 people!

The other great thing that happened on Day 3 was an awesome reception put on by First Shots. They are celebrating 10 YEARS! The do an awesome job sharing the shooting experience with new shooter. Tisma Juett is an amazing lady and spoke beautifully! Plus there was cake!
 It is almost time for the final day… In some ways it make me sad, in others- I can’t wait to get home. Here we go.
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