Usually when I do a range report I go through gun by gun, but I am going to depart from that format tonight. Tonight I did some drills, and it was very informative. I’m going to list the drills by range instead of the order I did them.
Drill Number 1: 3-5-2: Three yards, Five shots, 2 seconds
This drill was done without using the sights- strictly point-shooting. This was done first with a two-handed grip, then strong hand, then weak hand.
Just for giggles I fired a 3-5-3 from the Weaver Modified stance using the sights .
3 yard Point-Shooting
Obviously a single-action wasn’t going to do the 5-3-2 drill- not in my hands anyway. I just tried to see what would happen. No sights, gun brought half-way to eye-level.
The gun is a Hawes Western Marshal .45 (made by J.P.Sauer & Sohn) customized into a Sheriff’s Model with a 3-1/2″ barrel. This was not with a ‘cowboy load;’ a 200gr HG68 LSWC over 9.0gr. of Unique. This is a +P load. I’d have shot more, but I had very limited ammo.
7-5-4: Seven Yards, Five Shots, 4 seconds
This drill is done using the sights, first in a Weaver Modified stance, then strong hand, then weak hand.
I have been saying that I intended to shoot more at longer distances. These targets were shot double-action, standing unsupported.
Just targets I shot, no particular drill involved.
So, a very satisfactory– and useful– evening at the range. The drills were interesting, and showed a few useful things- like I need more weak-hand practice, especially with the little S&W. The more I shoot the Colt Detective Special the more it impresses me. More and more I am tempted to upgrade this to a carry gun; I am very confident in what I can do with it, and with a suitable load… this could be a thing.
Since I am planning to carry the Sheriff’s Special as a trail gun I’ll be buying and loading what I intend to use on the trail- 255gr. Kieth bullets over a +P charge. I’ll see how those work out before I decide to mess with the sights.
Special Thanks to LiberalGunOwners.org for the targets used tonight! I try to keep this blog apolitical, and in these times we need to put aside our differences and focus on what we have in common- a belief in and support for the 2nd Amendment!
Michael Tinker Pearce, 3 October 2018