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ScottParvin 05-01-2011 09:55 AM

Let's see those groupings! How do you shoot?
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The weather is getting nicer on the east coast which means more time at the range. I thought it would be fun to have members post photos of their targets/groupings to see how different members of the forum shoot. I know we have all levels of experience here from competition shooters to LEO to Shooters just for fun. I was always told that if you want to get better you have to see what your up against and push yourself to the level of those better than you so this will be a learning opportunity for me and other I'm sure.
Here's the criteria: post your target photos, post a description and/or photo of the gun used, the yardage in which the shots were taken, speed (if in comp), and your experience, ie law enforcement, comp shooter, just for fun shooter etc., and anything else you find relevant to describe your day at the range.
If this has been done before I'm sorry... Couldn't find anything like it in a search. I'll start.

LEO, about 9 years shooting experience, about three months 1911 experience, Ultra raptor II owner, is my new off duty carry weapon replacing a H&K P2000 and a smith J Frame .38.

Attachment 65079 my new baby
Attachment 65080 fresh outta the box first time pulling the trigger
Attachment 65081 first time qualifying, second time firing the weapon. 60 round course from 1yard-25yards multiple position firing.
Attachment 65082 same qualification, night fire course, 40 round course from 20 yards to 1 yard multiple position firing. Both qual's were timed.

My new raptor shoots fantastic. Couple of rounds got away, as you can see, during weak hand one hand shooting. Gotta get used to the gun a little more and I'll real them back in to a nice tight group.


69charger 05-01-2011 10:04 AM

:) Well you asked for it. :biglaugh:

ScottParvin 05-01-2011 10:57 AM

Nice shootin, but let's get some info. Looks like about 7-10 yards but I can't be sure. Gun? Distance? Level of experience? Etc...

69charger 05-01-2011 11:21 AM

7yrds. 53-58 ish temp. Slow fire. Qualified with the 1911 in the USMC in the mid 70s and early 80s. Had kids and got away from shooting for many years. No competition shooting. Family and personal Defensive gun owner. Love my Colts. This is a 09 Dan Wesson Heritage. 230 gr Magtech ball ammo. FP 10 lube.
Dave :)

ScottParvin 05-01-2011 11:28 AM

Thanks for the info Dave. Nice shooting. I'm not new to shooting, but new to the world of 1911. Man these guns shoot like butter. Hopefully others chime in. I think this could be a fun thread.

mitrod3 05-05-2011 12:49 PM


Osama Day at the Range awhile back.

SD/HD shooter..........1911's with .22 coversions or Ruger MK III's. Now mostly shooting 1911's chambered in 9mm (right arm/elbow problems). Had shot a lot of 1911 in .45 ACP. All ammo would be factory either .45 caliber 230gr FMJ or 9mm 115gr FMJ.

Indoor range. Decent temp. Usual SD distances of 3-5-7-10-12 and a few at 15 yards out with a slower pace of shooting. Firing was done using a modified weaver stance. Draw (or bring gun up from a low ready), sight quickly and fire. Then fire again as soon as sights are back on target (or sensed them back on target). Usually three round groups. Not super fast. Just controlled fire at a good solid pace.

This would be typical of my guns and shooting currently as well.

Be safe, shoot well. :rock:

deathcape 05-05-2011 02:19 PM

This is one of my better groupings from one of my recent practices. I'm still fiddling with the zero on my gun. About a 2" group.

25 yards, 2 shot-strings (~5 seconds each string), one handed.

Gunsmith accurized Kimber Custom II Target with iron sights. Reloads: 200gn LSWC with 4.0gn WST.


deathcape 05-07-2011 03:49 PM

Went to the range this morning to get some more practice in with my 1911. The exercise I gave to myself is from the USMC Pistol Team Workbook. Exercise is to get 20 shots consecutive in the black of a NRA Sustained Fire target (bullseye = 5.5") at 25 yards, one handed, no time limit.

I actually came within two shots of passing the next exercise, which is to get 20 consecutive shots in the 10-ring. Oh well, I'm still happy I passed the 9-ring exercise.

gunnut606 05-12-2011 04:14 PM

How do I shoot ?
A little above average .

Self built STI 2011 / 38 Super , used to shoot Bullseye and IPSC . but now just shoot for fun and enjoy my free time.


Also, sorry about the repeat it"s my first youtube posting , it was supposed to stop after the first scene .

amacro 05-12-2011 04:19 PM

Nice shooting guys! Hope to be posting soon with my worked on EMP .40 cal!

ScottParvin 05-18-2011 11:32 PM

Man, some nice shooting so far. Some of you guys shoot like that, especially one handed, from 25 yards?! Nice work! Hate to see what you can do with a scoped floating barrel rifle.

GreenSkyy87 05-18-2011 11:37 PM

This is the only pic I snapped so far. Was from about 15 yards or so, and was the second mag though the new 1911.


1SHOT1HIT 05-19-2011 12:01 AM

At the range this past Sunday with the G/F.

500 rounds total of Federal 180 grain FMJ. As well as 200 rounds of WWB 380. FMJ.

Distances were a mix between 10/15/25yrds.

In the photo I'd like to say it was @ 25yrds. but I'm pretty sure this target was @ 15yrds. w/ The Springfield Armory EMP 40S&W.


heekma 05-25-2011 04:49 PM


Kimber Custom Classic I, six hundred rounds of 230 grain ball, fired at a fairly rapid pace (a shot per second or so) standing Weaver at 15 yards. No malfunctions. If you look close, you can see a black dot at the top left of each of the groups--those are dots I made with a magic marker to shoot at. I wasn't shooting for "tightest groups," but rather shooting at a brisk pace and ironing out a consistent grip with my thumbs forward. The hole in the right corner was from the target tearing loose from the tumbtack, not a flyer.

I'm shooting low and to the right, but I'm still fairly certain it's me, not the gun. Been shooting Glocks almost exclusively for the last few years, so I think I'm pulling the trigger as if I were shooting a Glock instead of a 1911.



2001SS4Doc 05-25-2011 06:01 PM

I love Berry's Plated 200g SWC's!!!
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At my PD Range:

All rounds are Berry's plated SWC's, 5.3g of WIN231, CCI 300 primer and assorted brass loaded at 1.225 OAL. Press used was a Lee Classic Turret with the lightly applied crimp with the Lee Factory Crimp Die (love that thing). This was my very first batch of SWC reloads and was shooting for accuracy: one shot every 3-5ish seconds

First photo is 5 rounds @ 15 yards

Second is 7 rounds @ 15 yards

Third is one shot each at 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20 while trying to aim for that little black outlined box.

Weapon is my workhorse 5" Springer Loaded with an EGW custom cut BBL bushing (George, you and your machinists rock :rock: ) and a 10-8 Performance .140" wide U-notch with rear sight.

Good times


Taz575 06-07-2011 07:24 AM

New Caspian build, no sights on the pistol yet. 7yds, 24 rds 230FMJ:


With my SA a few years back. ~9-10 yds, 16 rds in the body, 16 rds in the smiley :)

GunBugBit 06-07-2011 08:03 AM

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ReconSDM 06-07-2011 08:21 AM

Nice shooting everyone!
Very nice shooting! I love seeing "grouping" threads, I mean pics of guns are great and all, but if you can't hit what you're looking at, it doesn't do much good! :biglaugh:

Here are a few older pics from the first day I took out my NHC T3 back in May of '10. I was at the 7 yd line, standing two handed unsupported, shots weren't real fast but I didn't take longer than was needed to pick up a solid front sight on target. The first pic was after the first 7 rnds, then shot a second 7 rnd mag at the same target. :rock:



And the little beast that did it....


deathcape 06-07-2011 04:39 PM

This is one of the targets I shot at a recent NRA bullseye regionals competition from this past Sunday. My personal best for 50 yards, slow fire. (one handed, 10 shot string).

My Pappy's .45 06-09-2011 07:21 PM

i don't have it anymore but after a neighbor told me there had been a few home invasions, i taped my ccw qualifying b 27 to the front door with the words "wrong house":biglaugh: written on it.

gunnut606 06-19-2011 12:20 AM

What can I do with a scoped floating barrel rifle ?
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The 5 shots in the quarter were shot at 100 yards.

The rifle is Rem 700 in 22-250 , trued action , Shilen barrel , Sierra 52 gr Matchking bullets.

The PD was shot w/ a self built Savage in 6mm/06 , Shilen barrel , 75gr Vmax @ 4200 fps , the distance was ( you're not going to believe it so I'm not telling ).

BTW, it takes A LOT more than just floating the barrel for a rifle to shoot good.


sullifan 07-10-2011 04:43 PM

Les Baer Concept lll
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Winchester white box 230 gr. Gun eats anything and shoots it accurately.

artburg 07-10-2011 04:47 PM

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At least I hit it :biglaugh:

DRYHUMOR 07-10-2011 07:00 PM

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I shot this today. I'm trying to rework my technique. I started out shooting slower in a match style (30 yrs ago), then progressed to a faster style. I'm now trying to slow it down and unlearn some habits.

This was a quarter right weaver stance, two handed.


hey_poolboy 07-10-2011 07:08 PM

Here's one from last weekend. This is out of a Springer GI at 10yds standing with my handloads.

Here she is.


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