View Full Version : When you target shoot, how far back do you go?

April 8, 2009, 06:18 PM
I tend to practice from anywhere between 3 yards and 20 yards (sometimes i push out to 30 yards or so) I also enjoy buying cheap cans of soda and useing them for targets at 25 yards. I just need a high speed camara

April 8, 2009, 06:21 PM
Ordinarily 15, 21, and 25 feet, followed by one mag or cylinder point shooting at 15 feet.
Occasionally farther, but at 25 yards it can be frustrating--I'm not consistently accurate at that distance.

April 8, 2009, 06:24 PM
7 and 15 yards, mainly. Sometimes I send it to the back of the range (50 yds), but that is only for fun (or frustration!!)

This is usually with a SIG p220

April 8, 2009, 06:32 PM
I am accurate up to a minimum of 30 meters (slightly longer then 30 yards) i can hit from further out depending on conditions I tend to use cheap soda cans just because even at longer distances you know if you hit your target

April 8, 2009, 06:49 PM
Depends on what we're shooting. Pistols and .22's, about 25 yards max. High Point carbines, 50 yards. M1 Garand or other big rifles, 100 yards and beyond. Also depends on the targets. If me and the grandson are shooting paper, we're closer than if we're shooting cans full of water. I like to make it somewhat challenging, it's not as much fun if it's effortless to bust every target.

We're plinkers, we shoot everything from paper to water-filled cans and plastic bottles, clay pigeons, cheap crackers and cookies glued to cardboard, water balloons, Necco Wafers, you name it. I like 1 gallon jugs filled with water at 100 yards with the M1.

April 8, 2009, 06:50 PM
10-25 yards 4" revolver

25-50 5 & 6-1/2" revolver

50-100 yards Desert Eagle

April 8, 2009, 07:44 PM
I ususally shoot pistols out at 20-25yrds.
When I'm getting used to something new, I start at 7-10yrds and move back once I'm consistently shooting well. Then, I will fire a few mags at around 10yrd line every other (or every third) trip to the range.

The only pistol that I've been consistently shooting at 10-15yrds is my LCP. I'm still not consistent enough with it at distance, but I've only put maybe 150rnds through it. It's short, too.
I take my Ruger MK2 Target out to 50yrds regularly. I occasionally shoot my Glock .45 and 1911 .45 out to 50, too.

Next trip, though, I'm gonna try my hand at 100yrds with the Glock and Springfield 1911. Just for S&Gs, though. I'm curious to see if I can consistently hit paper.

Deaf Smith
April 8, 2009, 07:45 PM
Few weeks ago I was doing prone with Glock 19 at 100 yards. You can put all the shots in the 'A' zone of a IPSC at that range if you are steady and know where to aim.

The pistol can shoot to an astounding distance, and it can shoot with extream speed at short distance. Just takes practice.

Brian Pfleuger
April 8, 2009, 07:58 PM
10 feet to 25 yards

April 8, 2009, 08:06 PM
Black powder pistol (7 1/2" barrel) we shoot 25 meters, Our range for SA pistol and DA revolvers) is set up in 5 meter lines, so we can shoot out to 50 meters, 45,40,35, and so on, but basically shoot from 15 - 25 - 50 meters

Plinking with the 22 pistols usually about 10 -15 meters

April 8, 2009, 08:13 PM
7 yrds - 25 yrds beyond that the targets would have to be billboards my eye site is horriable.

April 8, 2009, 08:40 PM
5 yards out to 25 yards.

Shadi Khalil
April 8, 2009, 08:43 PM
5 yards out to 25 yards.

Same here. I start out at five, then work my way to 25. Then I pull it back in for double tap practice. I have found myself shooting allot more at the 25 mark lately. Slow fire and examining my shots helps maximize my range time.

Dave R
April 8, 2009, 10:36 PM
I USUALLY shoot at 10-25 yards, but I try all my pistols at 100 yards, just to see. Its surprising what you can hit at 100 yards with a handgun, if you work at it a bit.

April 9, 2009, 05:36 AM
7 yrds - 25 yrds beyond that the targets would have to be billboards my eye site is horriable.

ditto for me. Also I just got back into the sport a couple of months ago after a 30 year absence so I am still getting used to some of my guns so I shoot different ones at different yardages depending where I am at on the learning curve with them.

April 9, 2009, 10:40 AM
7 to 100 yards with a pistol (but play at 300 yards)

100 to 1000 with a rifle (but at some ranges I can play with gongs up to 1400 yards)

April 9, 2009, 10:52 AM
I can regularly hit a 2'6" x 3' plate at 200 yard with my .44 mag Vaquaro 3 times out of 5 shots. Always good to do when someone says pistols (handguns) arent that accurate (or lethal) at any long(ish) distance :D
A lot of people think say, 50 yards is all a HG is good for........ WRONG
& I love proving them wrong too :D

April 9, 2009, 11:04 AM
200 yrds err I am jealus,Not that I can't shoot well but that I am not a good candidate for eye laser correction.:( Does any one in the house have spear 20/20 eye balls.:p

April 9, 2009, 03:34 PM
I stay right where I am the target goes back about 6" (if I hit the frame, that is) :D hehehehehe

April 10, 2009, 01:01 PM
I don't practice anything less than 7 yrs.

I practice double shot and rapid fire at 7 yards.

Standard practice is about 15 yards with 1-2 second delays ( to find may mark again )

I almost always push it out to 25 for the last clip or two before leaving the range but it's much slower and steadie,d fire.

I don't try and slow down to the point that I hit dead on accuracy, as for combat shooting I am content with hitting a 4" group at any of the above distances depending on speed of fire. In a self defense situation , quick fire in a 4" Diameter will be enough to save me or my family.

April 10, 2009, 05:47 PM
Mouse guns and derringers, 25yds.

All of my other hand guns I go 100yds.

Rifles go out to 120yds, but only because that is where the range stops, I really wish I could find a range that has NO end.

April 10, 2009, 06:52 PM
CCW practice, 10'-25'

Rifle, 100-300yrds, cause thats all there is. I too would love an endless range, like you Wyoming Shooters have:D

April 10, 2009, 09:16 PM
Using various types and sizes of paper targets,and shooting unsupported, 25yards is my usual distance for target practice.

Two Guns
April 10, 2009, 10:38 PM
I practice at 3 yards to out to 100 yards.

April 11, 2009, 12:40 PM
3 Yards? :eek: I could spit and hit the 10 from 3 yards? :D

April 11, 2009, 01:07 PM
3 Yards? I could spit and hit the 10 from 3 yards?

no doubt, but different practice for different techniques.

About 30 rounds of my practice session yesterday was drawing my PPS and firing from the hip at a piece of 24 x 24 cardboard at about 3- 5 yards. I had drawn a pair of 4 inch circles on it, one near the bottom the other at the top. I was trying to rapid fire 2 rounds into the bottom circle then a follow up into the top circle.

I also fired another 100 with the PPS using a 2 handed grip at 12 yards, 50 - 75 with the CZ at 12 - 15yards and 150 with my 1911 at 25 yards using conventional targets. As soon as I get a scope for my Blackhawk I want to try some 100 yard plus shots with it.

April 12, 2009, 05:28 AM
I could spit 100 yards :eek: I think if I tried, my lungs a kidney and my toung would probably follow the golly out of my gob :barf: :D

April 12, 2009, 08:45 PM
Farther than I can shoot accurately from, apparently.:eek:

April 12, 2009, 08:59 PM
They let us shoot pistols at the rifle range as long as we predominately shoot rifles. The minimum range is 50 yds. I figure that if I'm doing OK at that range, closer will only be better.

I have a number of neglected pistols that could use some exercise. Next time out I'll post some results.

April 19, 2009, 05:35 AM
Out to 25 yrds max. Unless we are just showing off. If your distances are farther then that I would suggest a rifle.

April 23, 2009, 08:19 PM
Self defense shooting= 3-25yds. Handgun Hunting = 50-100yds

April 23, 2009, 08:30 PM
7-25 yards. I spend most of my time in the 10-15 yard range then shoot 1 mag at 25.

April 23, 2009, 11:35 PM
I usually go about 5 to 15 yards for about 20 minutes and then do 20-25 yards for the last 10 minutes at the end when I am warmed up. It also depends on the gun I am using, some are just not meant to be target guns so why force it.

April 24, 2009, 06:49 AM
It depends.
For a hunting gun, which means a T/C Contender .30-30, I'll practice at 75 yards usually while sitting on the ground, arms extended across my knees.
For Bullseye shooting - indoors it's 50 feet. Outdoors, it's 25 and 50 yards.
For the .22 Free Pistol, it's 50 yards.
For non-target pistols, I'm at 25 yards, though I'll take the .44 out to 50yds.
For small guns. like a .25 or a .32. it's three to five yards.

April 24, 2009, 10:57 PM
With handguns generally 7-25 yards and rifles I usually shoot 25-75 yards. This is with iron sights. I have 20-15 vision and would have problems beyond that with iron sights.
I look at our handguns as self defense tools so most practice with them is within 10 yards and even do a few rounds as close as 3 yards as that would probably be practical self defense range if attacked in my house.

April 25, 2009, 03:52 AM
When shooting rifles I will shoot anywhere between 25-100 yards generally with most being around 50 yards.

With handguns we generally go through quite a bit of different senarios. We will shoot anywhere from 10" (yes 10 inches) to 25 yards. I think it is important to know what to expect in close range fire and how to use target focused shooting, in other words just pointing and shooting without using the sights. This is the way I was taught in the police academy and I have passed it on to my wife. I believe if either of us were ever caught in a real situation this is how it would be, most of the time I don't think you have time to aim.

One other good exercise is to load snap caps in with live rounds, so when you get a misfire, you can develop muscle memory on clearing it without thinking about it.

May 9, 2009, 11:49 PM
I shot pistols at 25 yards for years and when my son started shooting with me I always would find one more hole on my targets than I shot, and it was out in the 5 or 6 ring. So I pushed my targets out to 50 yards and was surprised to find that it was doable and reliable and after a month that extra hole started reappearing on my targets reliably. Doing double taps we can go out to 25yds, I find that I have a habit of forgetting to use the front site if I come in closer.


Blue Steel
May 14, 2009, 02:26 AM
Pistols from about double arms length out to 25 yards, with most time spent between the 15 & 25 yard lines. I have access to an outdoor range where we can set up multiple targets, shoot & move, combos of steel & paper, etc.

Range partners and I have shot other stuff for kicks, like 12 inch plates at 100 yards with pistols.

Carbine work ranges from 25 to 200 yards, with most work done between 50 & 100.

Shotgun is 15 to 25 yards usually.

May 14, 2009, 05:59 AM
Does any one in the house have spear 20/20 eye balls.

sorry, but shooting well @ 200 yards with a pistol requires 30-30 eyeballs! lol.

seriously though, for pistols, i usually shoot @ 20 feet, 20 yards, and occasionaly, 50 yards. with the rifles, 50 yards for the 22's, and 100 or 150 for the bigger stuff. i have to find a different place to shoot to get over that distance.

May 19, 2009, 01:21 PM
With Handgun - 20 - 75 feet

With Rifle - 75 - 150 feet

May 19, 2009, 02:19 PM
4" .357 Mod 19 normaly up to 50 yds Max but have done 100 yards.

May 19, 2009, 09:58 PM
Out to 15 yards and shoot and stand there until I am ankle deep in brass, which I sweep up and take back home. Usually go thru 2-3 double bullseye targets till they are shreaded in the center....

May 20, 2009, 02:02 PM
11 yards normally

If I could shoot at the outdoor ranges, I could shoot 7, 11, 25, or 50 yards

But I can't. So I don't. The ranges were supposed to be open "by spring". La di dah, dum de dum...what's the date today?

May 20, 2009, 02:43 PM
There are a dedicated group that take over the 200 yard range for long range pistol. They're better shots than I am, but I can hit the target........sometimes.

May 20, 2009, 03:02 PM
primarily at 100yds but every month ill go to 200yds and then once a month ill shoot a full distance 600yds...

i shoot targets at 800, 900 and 1000 yds too but not all that often. maybe 3 times a year...