Last month, I wrote “Home Invasion Dry-Fire Practice,” with tips from firearms instructor Andrew Blubaugh of Apex Shooting and Tactics. When we first discussed the topic, he recommended creating a part two to give options for turning the dry-fire training into live-fire. So here it is, home invasion live-fire practice on the range.
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Not everyone may have access to a range that offers an opportunity to train in such a manner as I will share below. Check with the staff at your shooting range to find out what they will allow. Then, after reading these ideas, decide if you can make some adjustments for your personal practice.
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As you’ll recall from the previous article, I set targets of humans folded in half around my home where I may encounter an intruder. I taped them at the height of an average man, five-feet nine-inches, mimicking someone in my house using concealment.
To set yourself up for the range, measure the distance between the target and where you think you may shoot from cover or concealment. This is the same place where you practiced your dry-fire. Write those measurements in your notebook, labeling the location.
Another important measurement is the distance of the longest shot you may need to make in your house. Would this happen in a hallway, or maybe from your backdoor to the front? Add that to your notebook.
As I mentioned above, not everyone has an ideal range situation with no stipulations on how you may engage targets. The following suggestions for target placement and shooting position may not be allowed at your range. However, following your range rules, consider how you may recreate them. Also, be aware of whether or not you’ll be allowed to draw before you acquire a target.
Begin by setting up your target at the correct height. The top of the head should be about five-feet-nine inches from the ground.
Look in your notebook and measure the distance from your target back to where you will shoot from. Set your chair there.
Now, look at your target while seated in the chair and kneeling behind it. Does the backstop go high enough? Is it safe to shoot with an upward angle?
You have now recreated the home invasion scenario you practiced with dry-fire in your home. Consider shooting from a seated position, from whatever way your chair faces.
Turn the chair and use it to mimic concealment. Kneel behind it and engage the target.
Take notes as you work through each scenario. Write down anything you want to work on and where you want to improve. You may even want to take photos of your target, too.
There is no set amount of shots you should take during your live-fire practice. Create drills that allow you to practice what you want to emphasize. If you begin to see a decline in your shot placement, it’s time to stop or move on to another scenario.
Take the time to review your notes once you return home. Make a plan for dry-fire drills to allow you to begin improving before you head back out to the shooting range.
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