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  • BigRed

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    I was mostly reacting to the apparently dismissive attitude he put out in his first replies in this thread.


    Meh.... At least I backed it up!

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    hornetguy

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    I was mostly reacting to the apparently dismissive attitude he put out in his first replies in this thread.

    As you can see in my other responses, my oldest son loves to take any opportunity he can to make long distance shots with a pistol. He discovered that a 9mm subcompact just doesn't have enough barrel to stabilize the bullet for a distance shot, but my Ruger SR9 compact does. And he loves taking 100+ yard shots with my 1911A1 with its GI style low profile non-adjustable sights.
    I figured that might be the case, but it seems he wasn't being dismissive after all.... more like just bustin your chops.... :laughing: Glad it appears to have been worked out. I like that your son even wants to try it... I bet he's got it figured out...

    It is pretty amazing what you can do with "close range" handguns out to 100 yds or so. I think it was Massad Ayoob that convinced a jury that someone was justified in shooting at longer ranges. Seems they thought the shooter was in "no danger" because the perp was using "just a snub 38", and everyone knows you can't hit the broad side of a barn at longer ranges with one...
    He shot targets with a snub at 100 yds, and hit the man sized silhouette nearly every time he pulled the trigger. The jury decided the shooter was justified in defending himself.

    Like I said, once you figure out the hold over and windage, it's just a matter of repeating it. And, it's LOADS of fun.
     

    General Zod

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    I figured that might be the case, but it seems he wasn't being dismissive after all.... more like just bustin your chops.... :laughing: Glad it appears to have been worked out. I like that your son even wants to try it... I bet he's got it figured out...

    It is pretty amazing what you can do with "close range" handguns out to 100 yds or so. I think it was Massad Ayoob that convinced a jury that someone was justified in shooting at longer ranges. Seems they thought the shooter was in "no danger" because the perp was using "just a snub 38", and everyone knows you can't hit the broad side of a barn at longer ranges with one...
    He shot targets with a snub at 100 yds, and hit the man sized silhouette nearly every time he pulled the trigger. The jury decided the shooter was justified in defending himself.

    Like I said, once you figure out the hold over and windage, it's just a matter of repeating it. And, it's LOADS of fun.

    Yeah, I'm not great with pistols past 30 yards or so, but with a rifle and iron sights I've shot out to 100 yards (hitting piano keys with a 10/22 and irons is satisfying) so I know how fun it is. And as mentioned before, my son is obsessed with long range target shooting with pistols. I haven't had much interest in going past 100 yards simply because in real world situations I've never even had 100 yards line of sight on something I needed to shoot!
     

    General Zod

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    Shoot, I just saw you're in Kaufman county... we're practically neighbors.... I'm in Allen.

    Cool. We moved down from McKinney a few years ago. I'm from outside Austin originally, but my wife graduated high school in Allen.

    Down where I grew up (Hays County), there's no such thing as 100 yards line of sight. Too many hills and trees!
     

    hornetguy

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    The Austin area is really pretty..... I grew up in Lubbock, which is not. I always said if I ever moved anywhere, it would be to the Austin area.
    So, here we are in the DFW metroplex.... :confused:
    I have a high school friend that lives in Buda... retired international pilot.
     

    General Zod

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    The Austin area is really pretty..... I grew up in Lubbock, which is not. I always said if I ever moved anywhere, it would be to the Austin area.
    So, here we are in the DFW metroplex.... :confused:
    I have a high school friend that lives in Buda... retired international pilot.

    I went to junior high and high school in Buda. OK, well, the high school was between Buda and Kyle. Grew up in Driftwood from 6th grade on.
     

    hornetguy

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    Well, Lubbock is so flat and treeless, they say you can watch your dog run away for two weeks....

    Anyway, the short range silhouette was fun, but I think it was limited to straight walled pistol cartridges, and was half the distance of the IHMSA range. Something like the .357 mag was very effective. I imagine the .32 H&R would have been, as well, but I don't think it arrived on the scene in time to take advantage of the heyday of that sport.
     
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