Chris wearing a full length body condom to stay dry
With the rifles everything went off without a hitch other than our targets getting wet and curling up on the stands. Both of us had pistol issues. His Hi-Point had some stove pipe issues and my Bersa had multiple, and I mean MULTIPLE, FTF issues. It got so bad that I stopped doing the tap-rack-bang drill and started to clear each one individually and reload as it was happening on every round for a bit. I was using the Fiocchi FMJ stuff I just bought. I guess the pistol doesn't like it since it has eaten everything else up to this point like a pig at the trough. The PT845 performed flawlessly, as I have become accustomed to expect. It is interesting to note that the perceived recoil of its .45 ACP round was noticeably less than the recoil of the Hi-Points 9mm round.
For anyone not familiar with the tap-rack-bang drill, here is a link to an excellent training video for it (embedding disable by request on Youtube)
By the time we were done I was sweating under my former Army rain jacket, wet in the seat of my pants and other places and my hands were cold and somewhat numb. And then it struck me, this was great training. Life is not fair, it likes to throw some curve balls and spit balls at you. A lot of people like to get their CCW and then shoot exclusively at an air conditioned indoor range with a lounge and cafe latte machines nearby. Most of the time that you would actually use your weapon to defend yourself you would be in an environment far from this one. You would probably be outside, possibly in the dark and at the mercy of the elements. At the least you would be at home in the dark. How do you train for this environment? You draw your weapon and suddenly notice that the grip you have become familiar with is strange to you with your hands gripping a cold weapon. The nice white dots you have become accustomed to acquiring in your sight picture are now dim specs in the dark and you no longer have a lighted range to illuminate your target. What do you do? You train beforehand! Get out in those less desirable times of the year and fire a bit, don't be afraid to get wet (though if there had been any thunder of lightening we would have gotten off the range fast!) or a little cold. Don't be afraid to get uncomfortable a bit, it won't kill you. As for training in darkness, not many ranges will allow you to fire in darkness (unless it is part of a defensive shooting course they conduct) so you may have to improvise. Use a dark pair of sunglasses over or under you protective eye wear to simulate reduced lighting conditions. Have a partner on hand to observe you and make sure that you are handling the weapon safely. Also shoot at human style silhouettes if you don't already to train your mind to pull the trigger at human target. Also you may want to try either steel plate shooting or IDPA or other competitive shooting events to get off of the square range for a bit and condition you to always scan your area for threats, and not just your 12 o'clock.
Here I am wet, sweating, water on my glasses with cold hands. Good times!! Don't infer anything from the sign, these were old tax bond signs someone donated to the range for general use - but yeah, good homes generally do make for safe kids, if you have some in your home and also have firearms, teach them well and keep the arms safely stored when not in use).