|Fifty yards. He is getting close to having it dialed in.|
Since I was tagging along he let me shoot the .38 Special, Double-Action
|Firing from 10 paces, two-handed. Slow makes smooth. Smooth makes fast.|
Overall, 85% (28/33). I still need to work on sight-picture and firming up my grip. Most of the fliers to the left were first-of-string-shots. I was doing some tactical reloads with Bianchi speed-strips. A "tactical reload" is where I don't shoot the gun dry but dump the empties and top it off. Consequently, many of the shots counted as first-of-string.
The best shooting were quick strings-of-six. The head-shots were a string-of-six plus a random, additional round. The additional round is the one that hit low.
One of the other shooters at the range was a nurse in radiology. It was his educated opinion that "most of the shots would have hurt" but "The ones in the center of his face...they wouldn't have hurt at all"
In real life, heads are hard to hit because they bob-around so much. Still, that might be the only target you are offered.
This is not an example of fabulous shooting. Like Rocky Balboa replied when asked to assess his skills as a fighter, "I'm a ham-n-egger". This is ham-n-egg shooting, nothing special but good enough to get the job done much of the time.
You can also see that my target selection is informed by my experience harvesting animals for meat. Hunters don't aim for guts. We aim for the blood vessel rich heart-lung area. A liver-shot deer is good for a half-mile run and more than two hours of functionality. Too many bad things can happen in two hours.
No absolute standards in firearms
It is interesting that the kid is off by an inch-and-a-half at fifty yards and that isn't good enough while I am grouping 9"-by-9" at one fifth that distance and consider that "functional"