It’s been just over 2 months since I listed my short term goal as follows:
–Develop the ability to hit an uncooperative moving target, no greater than 4” in diameter, inside of 200 yards at known or unknown distance, on demand, regardless of terrain, conditions, stress, tiredness, fatigue, or time constraints.
The first month or so after stating my goal was spent with getting started measuring where I was at. I never got past the first few positions to assess my current level. Then I was off to training and busy with the Christmas season.
I’ve done a lot of figuring lately based on recent shooting, and it seems clear that my goal was excessively ambitious. One of my more recent groups was a 3.3 MOA sitting group under time pressure and some mild to moderate exertion. This was a 5 round group, so I consider it to be an optimistic picture of my capabilities, at least as they were at that time under those conditions. Another complication was that the group was not well centered on the target. So it turns out that I will need improvement both in accuracy and precision. That’s not the worst part.
If the problem were just developing 2 MOA precision with perfectly centered groups from field positions under field conditions that would be one thing. It would be a very difficult thing, but it’s at least on some comprehensible level. What I think is nuts is expecting to get those hits “on demand” on a moving target.
I have shot movers before at on at least four or five occasions. Both accuracy and precision are decreased when addressing a moving target. The target’s speed and angle have to be taken into consideration and estimated. A lead has to be determined in real time unless it’s some practice where the target speed is pre-determined and known. All those factors are going to make getting hits at all a challenge.
This is not to say that I’m going to give up without really trying just because the course ahead appears to be hopeless. I won’t know how close to my goal I might get without trying. It’s even possible that I might find a way to accomplish it. It also depends on how I interpret the goal statement. I don’t expect to be able to shoot a 2 MOA offhand group, but I think I could find a steady enough position given a few extra seconds and terrain that was better than worst case scenario. Essentially I need to be able to take a supported position at any level at be able to shoot 2 MOA or better.
I had a chart that I was filling out to see how my groups were under different levels of stress and exertion. I’m not sure if I have time for diagnostics, but I don’t know how to fill that time most efficiently.
-Sufficient shooting space on site = easier access than I’ve ever had to shoot when I want to.
-A few hundred rounds of ammo
-A rifle that seems to shoot consistently
-The possibility of setting up a moving target system on site
-I have the “book learning” reasonably up to speed.
-Day job takes up all the daylight on work days.
-I’m the busiest person I know (except for my wife)
-The rifle that is here is a minute gun at best. More leeway would be nice. My other rifle is on indefinite detention at the gunsmith’s.
-Only a few hundred rounds of ammo.
-No reloading set up on site. Time frame for reloading space setup unknown. I still have access to the old setup, but it’s not convenient. Reloading and shooting at the same location would be a breakthrough.
I have my work cut out for me. So much time and so little to do. Wait! Stike that. Reverse it.