Friday, June 4, 2010

Long Range Pistol

The Patrol Rifle is an excellent tool. When you know there is a high probably of having to shoot, especially at any distance, the Patrol Rifle is a tremendous asset over the Duty Handgun. The accuracy of the rifle is much greater than the pistol, particularly at longer ranges. Not every officer will have access to the Patrol Rifle. When working as a school resource officer, or when on a low threat level call, the Patrol Rifle may be in the patrol car, or, even at the station.

A school can be a very large place, with massive open spaces. An active shooter situation could mean that you need to take long distance shots, with nothing but a handgun. A sports field, baseball field, football field, with a suspect on the other side, could mean using a handgun to stop a dangerous suspect who could be fifty, even a hundred yards away. Can you make a one hundred or even a fifty yard shot with a handgun? Have you even fired a handgun at a target that is a hundred yards away from you?

Long range shots can be made with a handgun, but they do take practice. When shooting at targets that far away, you must super elevate the weapons. You may even have to aim four or five feet above the target. Visit an outdoor range and try it sometime; you may be surprised at what you can do with a handgun; that's what the SGT Says.


Snickering Corpses said...

A thought that occurred to me, in keeping with the comprehensive practicing of things you might have to do with your weapon. How hard is it to draw your pistol while:

moving backwards?
moving sideways?

This question occurred to me because I was thinking about gaming. Every time I mention gaming I put a big huge "games are not simulations of real life" sticker in front. But it would seem to me there are going to be situations where things go from low threat level to high threat level very suddenly, and you find yourself needing to go in motion in one direction or another while drawing your pistol.

Motion can be a substitute for cover until cover is available in a firefight, if you find yourself caught in the open, because it's a lot easier for a casual shooter to line up a sight picture on a stationary target than to figure out how to lead a moving one.

And aside from guns, I would think there are times when a person suddenly produces a "melee" weapon unexpectedly where backing up to create distance might be of use. Obviously it's best to spot these things beforehand, but once one is produced I would think creating distance while drawing your pistol would be an option for establishing superiority.

So it would seem from a civilian thought pattern that drawing while moving would be worth at least a little red gun practice. But are there other factors that would make that training you to take the wrong action?

Bob G. said...

I'd love to be able to find a decent outdoor range that has distancing involved.
I'm curious to see what the limitations are on both my 9mm and my .45, considering the barrel on my PT 145 is barely over 3 inches.
Like to see the effect of ballistic flight on that piece, being it's a slower round.

Good data as usual.

Stay safe.

Bunkermeister said...

I train officers to move left or right when they draw, in the direction of cover if possible. It makes the officer a more difficult target. Moving forward or back does not change the suspects sight picture as much, but can work to the advantage to get hits or to even get away.

Bunkermeister said...

The slower the round and the shorter the barrel the more difficult long range shots become.

That's why rifles are accurate a long range, long barrel, high velocity.