Friday’s Summer 3-Gun Match at my local range was a drills day which meant that we had short courses of fire and were able to run through them multiple times. It was an exciting day for me because it was the second day out of my walking boot due to my ankle sprain. My ankle was quite tender, super-stiff and I actually ended up going back to the boot while I was helping with stage reset and waiting for my turn to shoot. To make things even better the drills that we were practicing for rifle and pistol all involved shooting while moving and the hitch on my right foot caused the sights on my Glock and the dot on my Aimpoint to bounce around quite a bit. I have 4-6 weeks of physical therapy in front of me and I’m looking forward to getting better so I can move more quickly and with more confidence on the range. As it is right now just watching YouTube videos of shooters cutting (like this one of Colt’s Clint Upchurch) makes me wince.
Our first drill was pretty simple, 6 targets, 3 on the left, 3 on the right. Engage with rifle while moving.
The next drill was the same but with pistol.
Our third drill of the day was shotgun, 7 rounds for record, engage in any order but the star was flanked on either side by hardcover which were two full-size IPSC steel targets. I had more than my fair share of issues on this one and I would like to place the blame on my HD Mossberg 500 but I must admit that I am out of practice with it. The 18.5″ pump holds 5 in the tube plus 1 in the chamber for a total of six which would leave me with only one “oh crap” reload and then done with the course. As you can see from the film, it never quite worked out that way.
I would like to get the opportunity to shoot this one again when I get my usual Mossberg 930 JM Pro Series back up and running. I’ll have to have a talk with our match director to see if he’d want to shoot it again in the future.
All in all a great day as it usually is when I’m at the range. Things I learned Friday were that I need more practice. I shoot a lot of matches but I rarely practice. I think setting up a few 1/3 IPSC targets in my house and dry firing on the move would be very helpful. I know from previous matches that I have never shot my shotgun well on the move so good practice on all three will do worlds of good for my stage times.
The other big take away is that I need to get serious about physical therapy on my ankle if I am going to be competitive in this sport. Like I said, the hitch in my stride from the atrophy and lack of mobility in my right leg caused the dot on the Aimpoint and the sights on my Glock to bounce around terribly while attempting to shoot on the move. Getting my ankle back up to running and fighting strength should be the top priority in my life right now.
For an example of how quick movement can be check out this video of my friend Ben rocking his AK-74: