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Monday, November 15, 2010

Reaching Out With Your Carry Gun

Thanks to the reader for this piece on becoming effective (in a practical, not a paper-punching, sense) at long range with your sidearm.

It might be all you have, for a while at least.

What would Elmer do?


Blogger parabarbarian said...

Than you for the reference. I've been working on long(er) ranges with my 686 w/6" bbl. I'm out to consistently hitting 8" plates at 120 yards. I guess I still have a ways to go yet.

November 15, 2010 at 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

Guy I knew loved to hear people criticize the Government Model .45's loose tolerances and inaccuracy. He'd put a clay pigeon on the 100-yard berm and take bets whether he could hit it or not. Then he'd break it on his third shot.
You can do it, too.
Remember the Union general whose last words were "Don't worry, they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"

November 15, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Pat H. said...

I used to read Elmer Keith when he was still alive and kicking. Interesting guy, worked with Smith & Wesson to create the .44 Magnum and so forth.

He shot long range with a large bore, single action revolver from a supine position, bracing the piece on his leg.

More personally, I used to shoot gophers in Montana with my 9mm Browning Hi-Power, not successfully more than about 10% of the time, but still, the buggers are only six inches tall when they're standing, and at 70-100 yards, not easy to hit.

November 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Point. Yes you can shoot targets at 300 yards with your side arm. I entered a rifle muzzle loading competition with my pistol (lack of a rifle) for fun. 20 targets, 20 shots. It started with the closest first, then progressed out to 300 yards. I missed the majority of the targets, however, as I was missing I was learning my 1860 army's trajectory. By the time I made it out to 300 yards, I had a good feel for it.When the last shot left the barrel, I turned to my friends as if I missed, and ........... DOOONGG went the old oxygen tank at 300 yards. Big Smile! From then on I started shooting my 9mm with similarly impressive results. Its a lot of fun - try it sometime.

November 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm certainly no ballistician, but uh...

What kind of foot-pounds are you delivering at long range from a carry-length barrel?

Not that I'd volunteer!

Rhett III

November 15, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Re the KE question, your "I won't volunteer" point is the relevant one, methinks.

I'd much rather know where my .40 hits at 100/200/300 with duty ammo prior to exciting times.


November 16, 2010 at 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Graves said...

I carry a TT-33 daily and while I know that's not for everyone, it certainly makes a great car/truck gun. There is no holdover necessary at 100 yds and only a couple feet at 200. And it still means business when it gets there.

November 16, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a good article - thanks for linking to it. The more you know about your handgun is always good information to have.

November 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

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