This is the steep path up to the hermitage where I’ve been shot at (above and around me) on various occasions in recent years, about a dozen rounds each time, with zero reaction from me by the way (the only possible reaction when you’re in someone’s sights but you don’t know where they are. Anyway, for my own practice:
The tree is “cover” for the sake of FBI course requirements. The cut-in-half stick is set swinging, needing to be cut in half again from varying distances with the least amount of rounds. That’s still a challenge and not, of course, part of the FBI course. Just for fun.
The 7″ x 9″ paper target yardage is at 3, 5, 7, 15, 25. Law enforcement in the parish laughs at this, saying I should use regular size post-it notes. Well, that’s for the future. Since I finally got 100% on the FBI qualification course the target size is now downsized by 1/3. I’ll get to the post it notes when I can again do 100% for the FBI course with the midsize targets. The pattern is getting smaller, and so not possible to count out the 60 for the course, unless instead of using one target for all five stages, a separate target is used for each stage as pictured. It gives a better picture then, of how many misses may happen at whatever stage.
Speaking of the USCCA, I would like to thank a wonderful faithful reader for getting me the USCCA insurance, which I jacked up for hardly anything extra to twice the coverage. Thank you!
There are some other drills of the Seals and the USCCA that I enjoy. Some of those, like one in the FBI course, requires a mag change. For instance…
At seven yards in seven seconds from the holster with only three rounds in the gun, one chambered, and three in the reload mag at the ready, fire one round in a one inch box, two more in two inch circle. As the gun locks open, reload and fire three more into a box that’s, I’m guessing, about 3″x5″. For me, this is challenge, and therefore enjoyable. Of course, when you have a dirt forest floor this isn’t great for the mags or then, the gun. So, I’ve learned to put out a 2’x3′ piece of cardboard on which the mags fall harmlessly.
I’ve long given up on making any verbal commands like “Show me your hands,” or “Drop the gun,” or “Someone call 911.” It’s a good idea to do that, just not at a public shooting range. The thing is, you only say what you’ve practiced when you’re under pressure and the adrenaline is pumping. In doing this, you let everyone else know what your intentions are. There are plenty of good guys who won’t hesitate to shoot you if you’re waving a gun around in public if they think you are the one who is a danger to public safety. You can’t assume that anyone has seen what you have seen. You’ll also garner for yourself plenty of help. Of course, every occasion is different. Sometimes you have no time for any words or would make yourself a target for any obvious accomplices of the perp, such as a group storming a gas station with ski masks over their faces all pointing their guns at the cash register attendant. Scenario based exercises are best.
I had lunch with a friend at the deli at Ingles Supermarket in Brevard the other day. There was a cop there as well. I offered him thanks for his service which, of course, took him off guard. When I mentioned the other police getting killed around the country and that we really appreciate cops putting themselves at risk in an often thankless job he was really taken aback and visibly deeply moved. Say thanks to a cop today.