Drills: Head Shots and Centre of Mass

I felt a bit sluggish at my last range session.  I had just managed to sneak out after getting a babysitter to help my wife with my girls.  Jacinth started having a severe allergic reaction, so bad that while I was planning to drop in on Monday night ASL, I decided against it last minute.

It really devastates my wife when I leave her with all 4 kids, especially when JC and Sapphire are having flare ups.  JC doesn’t know any better and must have an extraordinarily high pain threshold (or her flare ups are so bad to begin with that she doesn’t notice the pain) because if we don’t keep them covered with a sock, she will literally tear the flesh off her arms and legs scratching, leaving a bloody mess for us to clean up.

At night, the sound of her screaming “oowie” in our bed is quite haunting, and after the fact, I feel guilty at being impatient with her because it’s not her fault she’s suffering so.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” (Romans 5:3-4).

I haven’t been praying or reading my Bible nearly as much as I should, but maybe I should be.  Suffering (or tribulations) work patience.  Patience, experience (or character).  Experience, hope.

That is why I still hit the range and plan to shoot with you all soon.  That’s something to hope for in the midst of my family’s struggles.

(On a related note, today one of my coworkers noticed my notebook that serves as my range log – the most important EDC item I have and thought it was a Bible).

This week (14 July, 2018), I started shooting rifle drills.  I introduced a new drill I call the “One Shot Drill – Head Shot,” (Short hand – “OSD HS”) wherein from compressed ready, I take an aimed shot at the B-zone (the head) of an IPSC metric target.

5 reps, 1 shot per rep.  25 yards with rifle, 10 yards with pistol.  Any hit outside the A/B is a miss.

My first set , I scored 2M’s.  Boo.

All my prior “One Shot Drills” (Shorthand – “OSD”) are center of mass at the same range, and I’ve hence renamed them “One Shot Drills – Centre of Mass” (Shorthand – “OSD COM”).

Rifle Drill Summary

Interestingly, I thought I blew it on my rifle drills (my controlled pairs were brutal).  I had to take a week off last week to setup a rental property and was feeling both antsy and rusty not having shot for 2 weeks.

Much to my surprise, one set of One Shot Drills on Center of Mass was my best set I’d shot in my last 4 sessions with a Hit Factor of 5.68, an average time of 0.81 seconds across 5 reps, and a score of 4A1C.

My previous best set was April 16, 2018, with a hit factor of 5.38, an average time of 0.93, and a score of 5A’s.

Interestingly, with rifle, I started shooting Center of Mass, where it is easy to go fast knowing if you miss the A-zone, C-zone hits save you from a Mike.

But if you transition to trying to land a B-zone hit/headshot, you can very easily shoot to fast, miss and get that 10 point penalty (which is huge).

One of my reloads scored 98.10% of my best, with a hit factor of 2.82, an average time of 3.12 seconds, and a score of 8A1C1D.

Both sets of reloads (done with coupled mags) were in my top 20 sets of reloads (one 5th, the other 19th out of 32 previous sets).

I made a mistake on the range and did Emergency (bolt hold open) coupled reloads instead of Tactical reloads from the belt.  Coincidentally, those emergency reloads were my 2nd and 4th worst sets of reloads in my entire data set.

That illustrates a point I already knew:  Don’t run a mag fed empty – an emergency reload will kill your score.

Pistol Summary

There was not too much worth noting about this weeks pistol drills.  I scored across all drills 74.82% – 93.26% of my past performances.

Both of my coupled mag reload sets were in my top 20 scores for all my previous reload drills (one was 20th the other was 15th out of 52 previous sets).  Definitely, inverted coupled pistol mags are much faster than belt holstered pistol mags.

The only other point that holds true is the same with rifle for the One Shot Headshot drill.  That being, if you try to shoot a small target the way you shoot a large one, you’re very likely to miss (my first head shot drill with pistol I scored a -3.42 HF… ouch).

One other point I noticed with both my rifle and pistol was that I was overshooting when acquiring my sight picture and having to do some cleanup work to actually acquire the target.

I think this was a result of me presenting the gun too fast.  Might be something to work on at home, when bringing the gun to the ready, having the sights align on or close to the target.

I did notice that in my times, when I overshot the most, I would add 0.1 – 0.2 seconds to my times.

Shotgun Summary

I don’t have enough data to make any kind of reasonable analysis of shotgun, although for the MKA-1919 (and I think all current mag fed shotguns on the market), most of the reliability problems people have stem from 2 things:

  1. Mags with feed lips that our out of alignment
  2. Screwed in components on the shotgun that work themselves loose

I did not have serious reliability problems this session, although there are 3 mags I have labelled as having issues.  One does not engage the bolt hold open on my shotgun, the other doesn’t drop free, and the other may not fully chamber a round (although I tweaked the feed lips after and found with 2 rounds it didn’t have that issue).

Another issue with magfed shotguns is many come with a gross stock trigger that is too heavy.

My MKA-1919’s trigger pull was so heavy, I couldn’t measure it with my scale (which goes up to 8 lbs).  I ordered in a replacement trigger from Tooth and Nail Armory in the States which dropped it to about 5 lbs.

All I can say is – it’s nice.  Really nice.

Check out the video for yourself!

As a closing thought, this is one (among many) of the reasons why a notebook is such a powerful EDC item.

When you are gone, no one will ever care about anything you write on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or on the Internet at large.

The most important people in your life will care very deeply about what you wrote by hand.

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