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Old 05-18-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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How Far the Target vs Pistol Type

Okay, I've gotten lazy.

I used to shoot mostly at 25 yards when I shot revolvers outdoors.

But after joining an indoor range I find myself shooting pistols mostly at 7 or 10 yards (And yes, it's a lot more fun blowing the center out of the target when it's up close.) I'd say 85% of the shooters at the range reel the target out to 7 yards at most (and don't keep 'em in the black at that) except for the guy shooting a .44 mag and proving I need better ear protection).

Once in a while I'll shoot my Sig 250 .380 at 5 yards but usually just to g to transition between SA on my Walthers or 229 and the DAO on the 250.

So here's the question: at what distance do you shoot which guns? (I almost always shoot my 226 or P99 or BHP at 10 yards and my 99c, P6 or Walther P4 at 7 yards.) Not limiting it to Sigs would be interesting.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:02 PM   #2
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Hand guns 3-25 yards. Mostly 5-15yds
Not handguns 10-??? yards
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:44 PM   #3
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7 to 100 yards with handguns, it's interesting to see what you can do at 100 .
15 is my normal distance.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:43 PM   #4
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If your goal is proficiency, Start close and move back as you improve. No matter what gun you are shooting.

Personally, I'm not very good so I usually stick to 7 yards.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:42 AM   #5
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I am an old "Bullseye" shooter, but the ranges here only go out to 50 feet. There is one exception that goes to 75 feet. So most of mine is at 15 yds. That is considered "combat" range by most of what I am reading.
But I use NRA 25 yd slow fire small bore targets, and usually keep everything in the 8,9, and 10.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:11 AM   #6
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7-15 yards, sometimes more. Like Mills said though, its fun to go beyond 50 yards- out to 100 yards to see what ya can do.

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I usually stay in the 7-10 yard range simply because I prefer shooting for tight shot groups over just plinking. I definitely stay in that distance at an indoor range cause it seems harder for me to see indoors

I recently got a Desert Eagle 50 and was wondering why it was shooting so high @ 10 yrds till I looked it up and see that its zeroed for 100 yards. I found some youtube vids of some shooting out 200-250 yards with it too. I havent tried anything close to that but I guess it does make a difference in some pistol types
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p320 x5 range gun, mostly 10 to 15 yards, some at 25 yards. My eyesight is pretty poor so 25 yards is very blurry and it's just seeing if I can stay on the paper...10 is IMO the real limit of my eyes and 15 is pushing it slightly.

M&P Shield EDC mostly 5-10 yards. Some 5 yards point and shoot...holster draw is not allowed, so I pick it up from the bench to simulate the draw. 7 yards IMO is a good self defense distance, and 10 yards to refine the skills.

These are all with red dot, so I can wear glasses. With iron sights, I'm at mostly 5 yards and a little at 7, and laugh at myself when I try 10.

I'm having cataract and glaucoma surgery in the next few weeks so I'm hoping that will make the difference in vision.
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I do most at 25-50yds, sight-ins, load development and general shooting but recently I started shooting IDPA so started doing draws, shooting on the move and multi-taps at 7-10 yds.
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In the majority of cases, 25 yards is the "maximum". Years ago, while in LE, with Sig P226 in both 9mm and .40S&W, part of the "qualification" included 50 yard stage. Even back in the day, IIRC "Match" type courses included a 50 yard stage with M1911A1s in .45ACP. Given the majority of handgun sights today fall into the "combat" classification, the front posts are almost "too wide" to effectively engage a "human sized target"!
Given the new propensity to use optical sights, I could see once again extending handgun ranges.
As previously mentioned, a range of 100 yards, would not be impossible, in "my" case, I'd need a "scope" to be able to discern the target at that range... the ability for me to hit it, would fall into the "Luck" category... unless it was the broadside of a barn!

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with defensive hand guns 3 to 7 yards with the AR 25 yards or less, that is the max, the in door range I go to have and frankly that is as far I can see with the iron sights on the AR lol.
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I shoot mostly at 7 - 10 yards, with an occasional target out a bit further.
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Unless sighting in I try to practice at a minimum of 12 yds since that would be the longest shot I would likely have to make in my house. I will stretch it to 20-25 yards. My goal is to be able to consistently do lethal head shots on a 'bad guy' target at those ranges.

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Mostly 3 to 15 yards. Will go further on occasion. The longer ranges are just to see what I can do at the longer ranges. Since I am long retired from the police dept. I don't see me ever needing to shoot at a living target at more then 15 yards. But I have learned to never say never and so I will do a certain about of longer distance practice.
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Occasionally closer, but usually 15-100 yards. The longer distance just to see if I can. Shooting from the bench with 9MM and 38 Super I can "usually" hit a dinner plate sized target at 100. Tougher using a .45, unless I wanted to adjust the sights for 100 yds., and I don't. Tactical, practical, proves anything, impresses anyone? Nope, just curiosity and fun.
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