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Quite some time ago, I got bored hitting paper silhouettes at 15 ft. Big deal. Not fun....can do it with my eyes closed....and I am sure many of you can.

I started shooting Bullseye leagues first with a 1911 and then a Q5. I got to the point where I think I hit my theroretical top score and hit a wall. Match ammo helps....but pricey and I do plan on a match barrel soon.

So, I started reaching out to longer distances. First 50 yards and then 100, then 200 yards and now looking for a range where I can go to 300.

I must say....it’s a blast and it’s actually pretty hillarious to other shooters on the riffle range with long guns. They first think I am nuts and then later think I am only crazy 🙂 but always impressed.

For those who have not tried it, give it a go.

Anyone else enjoy the fine art of “pistol sniping”?
 

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Lanes at my range are only 25 yards long, so I'm doing one handed, right and left, one hand in my pocket drills with a bored face and still look better than most everyone else at five feet.

Did pistol skeet at an outdoor range for a while. Also boring after a while, lol
 

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I love it, but here in Ohio, ranges are pretty short, and formal ranges don't encourage pistol shooting on the rifle distance ranges unless Contender, or steel silhouette type guns with scopes, etc. At a range an hour south of me I have made shots on a flat rock at a lasered 420 yards with an old Browning Hi Power with tangent sight set at the 350 meter setting. I had guys spotting for me, and if your gun can shoot 2-3" groups at 25 yards, you should hit a 4-5 foot square target more often than not at 400 yards if you are doing everything right. Hell, 50% of your shots hitting the target is darn good. I think most seasoned shooters could whack a 55 gal. drum repeatedly at 300 yards with ease, once they get the hold over. FWIW, the method is not to hold the front sight high, but to lower the rear sight low so that you don't obstruct view of the target with a "high" front sight. That was Elmer Keith's method, from what I hear. I have a newer Browning Capitan Hi Power now that just doesn't get enough long range time. Enjoy!
 

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Try giving a read to some of the long range pistols over at specialitypistols....
But get ready to spend a few bucks to build one....
 

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Love shooting long range with standard pistols!

I once had a buddy challenge me, but thinking he needed to find something I had not practiced, said, "let's shoot 38s at 100 yards." We shot prone and both turned in some decent groups in spite of the low velocity (~800 FPS).

I've usually used 9mm or 10mm with loads of 1100-1200 FPS, and at 100 yards, there's minimal to no hold over. At my department's range we had a steel torso-shaped target about 9" x 15" with a 2.5" x 2.5" 'head' on top. After a night shoot, we were cleaning our pistols and shooting them at long range came up. I told them I could hit that steel target from 100yds no problem. Everyone scoffed, but the range officer grinned and said, let's see... We went outside, and I told him not to turn the lights on either. No one could see the target, including me, but I knew it was exactly in the Apex of the two berms, and I could see the berms' outlines against the skyline. I lined up my sights against the sky, lowered them down to the height I knew the target was at, and proceeded to shoot it three times with my 10mm. (Winchester Silvertips: 175gr @ 1275 FPS) I holstered and walked inside past a lot of open jaws, grinning the biggest grin on the inside. :D

I usually put some clay pigeons on the 100yd. berm at my range and practice holding on those with my 9mms. PPQ is great for shooting them, but I like the Browning Hi-Powers' narrow front sight, too, because I can hold windage better at long range with it. We also have a 3-lb coffee can between 150-200 yards we shoot at too. People do not realize how easy it really is, if you concentrate/focus on the fundamentals. You have to be solid on them, but if so, you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for.
 

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I like to shoot 4 in 686-6 at clays on the berm at the 100 yd range.
PPS, S&W 60-14 at 50 yds.
Most handgun practice is 15 yd outdoor 25 ft indoors.
Only shoot at 7 yd when testing a new gun or teaching a new shooter.
 

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Love shooting long range with standard pistols!

I once had a buddy challenge me, but thinking he needed to find something I had not practiced, said, "let's shoot 38s at 100 yards." We shot prone and both turned in some decent groups in spite of the low velocity (~800 FPS).

I've usually used 9mm or 10mm with loads of 1100-1200 FPS, and at 100 yards, there's minimal to no hold over. At my department's range we had a steel torso-shaped target about 9" x 15" with a 2.5" x 2.5" 'head' on top. After a night shoot, we were cleaning our pistols and shooting them at long range came up. I told them I could hit that steel target from 100yds no problem. Everyone scoffed, but the range officer grinned and said, let's see... We went outside, and I told him not to turn the lights on either. No one could see the target, including me, but I knew it was exactly in the Apex of the two berms, and I could see the berms' outlines against the skyline. I lined up my sights against the sky, lowered them down to the height I knew the target was at, and proceeded to shoot it three times with my 10mm. (Winchester Silvertips: 175gr @ 1275 FPS) I holstered and walked inside past a lot of open jaws, grinning the biggest grin on the inside. <img src="http://www.waltherforums.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />

I usually put some clay pigeons on the 100yd. berm at my range and practice holding on those with my 9mms. PPQ is great for shooting them, but I like the Browning Hi-Powers' narrow front sight, too, because I can hold windage better at long range with it. We also have a 3-lb coffee can between 150-200 yards we shoot at too. People do not realize how easy it really is, if you concentrate/focus on the fundamentals. You have to be solid on them, but if so, you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for.
I find it’s much easier to hit at 100 yards than two hundred. And not much difference for me between 50 and 100 yards.

But it’s really fun to do and always turns heads.

Last time out at 200 yards I was hitting a plate about torso size. I can hit it about half the time. It drives the rifle guys nuts 🙂
 

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I find it’s much easier to hit at 100 yards than two hundred. And not much difference for me between 50 and 100 yards.

But it’s really fun to do and always turns heads.

Last time out at 200 yards I was hitting a plate about torso size. I can hit it about half the time. It drives the rifle guys nuts 🙂
Yes, absolutely. We have a steel plate league at my club and they have huge plates set up at the back berm behind the 22 range. They are about 250yds from the pistol range, and if no one else is at the range, I'll plink at them over the 22 range. Hits are probably only 25%, but if you don't try, hits are 0%!! :D

The really hard thing with going past 100 with standard (not Contenders in rifle calibers) pistols is those stubby bullets really get pushed around by the wind. Most misses are windage, if you know where to hold elevation. Elmer Keith had some long shots, and if you read his first-hand accounts, you know he "walked" his rounds onto his targets.

I admire the accuracy capability of the silhouette shooters using 44 Magnums, but a lot of them load super-hot or go to heavier-than-standard calibers like the 357 Max, 445 SuperMag, etc. I, likeyou, want to challenge what I can do with a standard-size pistol, standing on my 2 hind legs.
 

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A buddy and I used to sit on an abandoned railroad bridge in the middle of nowhere with Beretta 950s in .22 short. We'd blow up (biodegradable latex; virtue signalling!) balloons, and toss them off the bridge, where the current would carry them around a turn 100 yards away.
We never let a balloon escape unscathed, and hit them at 100 yards. We could correct for shell splash, kinda like a mini Battle of Jutland, without the Zeiss rangefinders.

Alcohol was involved(in moderation, to steady the aim). That's my notion of longrange pistol shooting. :D
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A buddy and I used to sit on an abandoned railroad bridge in the middle of nowhere with Beretta 950s in .22 short. We'd blow up (biodegradable latex; virtue signalling!) balloons, and toss them off the bridge, where the current would carry them around a turn 100 yards away.
We never let a balloon escape unscathed, and hit them at 100 yards. We could correct for shell splash, kinda like a mini Battle of Jutland, without the Zeiss rangefinders.

Alcohol was involved(in moderation, to steady the aim). That's my notion of longrange pistol shooting. :D
Moon
Now THIS, I could participate in.
 

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For good or ill, that railroad grade is now a bike trail, and I suspect the yuppies would take a dim view of a couple old boys with guns, beer and balloons.
But it's still a pretty spot, 90' above the river, and I visit it often.
Apologies for the hijack.
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This counts for long range pistol shooting, right? (1x6 FFP scoped 10" barrel .300 AAC w/ a Maxim Defense PDW stabilizing brace and quick attach/detach suppressor mount)
 

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Yeah, Surreal', that's kinda a pistol. :D
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^^^^^I want one. Do you carry that inside or outside the waistband? :D
Slung under one arm beneath an ankle-length black duster. :)


Yeah, Surreal', that's kinda a pistol. :D
18 U.S.C., § 921(A)(29) and 27 CFR § 478.11
The term “Pistol” means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:
* a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
* and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).

According to the ATF, it's not just 'kinda' a pistol; it's a pistol. :D


I think that’s cheating 🙂
Nah, it's just equipping properly for a given task. :cool:
 
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