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Friday, July 2, 2010

The Board

Most everyone has some time this Independence Day weekend. May I suggest a useful way to spend some of that time?

1) Get a 4x8 of light plywood and cut it to conform with the illustration above.

2) In a safe location, mount the resulting board vertically, and place a series of small (no > 2") targets 25m or so in front of the board.

3) 25m or so behind the board, place a large barrel or other obstacle.

4) Sample course of fire:

- starting in the upper right hand corner, fire two shots at your target from a standing position

- then run to the barrel and back to the board while transferring your rifle to your weak side, go to the upper left hand corner, and fire two more shots at another target

- continue alternating strong side and weak side 2-shot groups while moving into ever-more awkward positions to shoot through the board slots, remembering to keep all of your body behind the "cover", while running two 25m sprints to the barrel and back between each shot group

- keep your rifle running; reload as necessary

- score will be determined by the highest number of hits on both the right and left targets, divided by total elapsed seconds

Best to get training hard now.

Tempus fugit.


Blogger Taylor H said...

The best kind of fireworks!

July 2, 2010 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Dennis308 said...

A good exercise we do this sometimes at IDPA maintaining cover is more difficult than most people would think. And then moving on top of that........?


July 2, 2010 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Ahab said...

That's the neatest practice board I've ever seen, and procedures to go with it. Excellent! Running back and forth and shooting for accuracy is one helluva test of skill and endurance, I must say.

I'll copy the entire piece and show it to my buddies, see if we can get that board made and then start the drill. Love it!

July 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Did it MY way said...

I'm to old to run. I'll stay behind the board, and shoot the hell out ot the targets.lol

See Ya.

July 2, 2010 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer III said...

Shooting under cars and other common urban obstacles is also a good exercise.

July 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A really good drill, similar to original IPSC handgun stuff back in the 'Cooper Days'. Ambidextrous rifle work is much harder, master eye and all that, and you'll probably get a lot of holes in the board because of difference between LOS and LOB, but it will awaken students to possibilities heretofore unknown, LOL!

July 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not understanding this. Are you supposed to shoot through the holes on the board?

July 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger pdxr13 said...

Knee and elbow pads like skateboarders use helps a lot.

July 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
OpenID gardenserf said...

In this psych test you must put a round peg into a square hole in order to be deemed sane.

July 4, 2010 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Anon - Yes, you are supposed to shoot through the holes in the board.

July 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Wyn Boniface said...

That is a good idea. I am going to remember it.

July 5, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger pdxr13 said...

Are the exterior dimensions of the board 48" x 48"? From the picture, it looks like a square panel is the basis.

That means the first cut is to cut a full 4' x 8' sheet into two 4x4' panels. Might as well make a board for your buddy, too, or bring it with you to sell to folks who comment "that sure is neat".

The next unmentioned construction point is how to make the panel stand up without the support blocking any of the shooting positions (or maybe that's part of the realistic/simulation?).

Piano hinge so that the whole thing can fold flat into a big trunk or a pickup bed. I bet that most folks can't set up the panel/barrel/target run in the driveway, so these things will be transported to the local quarry/safe shooting area.

The small horizontal slots look especially challenging to shoot through. Of course, this will be the most common type of loophole available in an actual situation.


November 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

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