Greg Focker wrote:
Jeriah wrote:Been talking to some ZS20 locals about a range day to get her warmed up, and I FINALLY did what Dave suggested like five years ago and got a gooseneck A2 mount to put a red dot on my AR. It'll be an el cheapo RDS on a USGI rail with an additional slot filed out of it, because I'm not buying good shit til I know it'll work with my stupid eye thing. Need to get that mounted and taken to a range to make sure it works before the course. And hey, if it shits the bed, I've got irons ready to go.
If you want I can bring down my spare Aimpoint R1 and you can mount that on the gooseneck for the duration of the class.
That would be rad, but then we'd have to zero it, right? I think I'll throw my wife's el cheapo on there as a proof of concept (she's not using it), and if it works at the range, by which I mean works for me even shooting weak side, then I'll either leave it on there or buy myself a cheapo for the course. If it shits the bed, hey, I can work with irons, strong side at least. But either way, if the concept works then I'll buy myself a good RDS (maybe an R1 or...T1?...H1? The not-silver, not-NV one) and a good gooseneck.
Raptor 6 wrote:So it looks like im not the only one with concerns about not being able to keep up. Like Vicarious Lee i was thinking the same thing about running a level 1 course before jumping into this head first. Im going to drag Jeriah to a range and let him run me thur some of the paces just to see how well i do and if nothing else im sure ill learn something from him.
Yes, let's do that. The things you want to be able to do, that we can work on at a static range, are:
1. Be able to maintain a reasonable accuracy standard at a given range. The circle you get by tracing a CD or a roll of masking tape is about the size target you need to be able to reliably hit at a given range to be effective at that range. This is first. Do this with both your rifle and your pistol.
2. Get in the habit of a speed/tactical/emergency reload. Here is how you do that with an AR: When the mag goes empty (you feel the bolt lock back), hit the mag release with the index finger of your strong hand, allowing the mag to drop free to the ground. Do not attempt to grab the mag and stick it in a dump pouch! Let it fall. While that's happening, your weak hand is going to the place on your rig where you keep your first reload: usually left side of the chest rig. Grab it using either a beer can grip (what I prefer) or indexing your index finger along the spine of the mag, and insert it firmly into the mag well. Push it in and pull it out to make sure it's locked in place. Then hit the bolt catch with your strong hand (some people advocate using the charging handle instead), put your weak hand back on the fore-end, and get back in the fight. Your strong hand never leaves the pistol grip, and your weapon stays pointed at the target the entire time.
3. Transition to your pistol. This is something we actually can't do at Jasper-Pulaski, as Illinois residents can't shoot pistols at Indiana DNR ranges...actually that may change if you get a City of Chicago pistol card, but a FOID isn't good enough. Anyway, you want to be in the habit of, if your rifle goes dry or shits the bed, and your target is in pistol range, to take your strong hand off your rifle, guide it down on the sling using your weak hand, and draw your pistol using your strong hand. Your weak hand comes up to meet the pistol so you can shoot two-handed.
4. Everything you do, you should be able to do left- or right-handed. Not necessarily equally well, although that would be nice, but you need to be able to do it effectively, because sometimes that's where the cover is.
OK, that's what comes to mind right away.