Wow, 150 episodes. That’s freaking awesome! Anyways, this week we talk about live fire practice, and more specifically the stuff you can easily build to make all of the stuff you need for live fire practice at the range. The range I have access to is just a berm, so now that I’m getting some regular live fire practice in, I needed to build everything to take with me to the range.
- I built 3 target stands using (3) 8′ 2×4’s. I cut them into 18″ pieces, and screwed them together in an H pattern, with the two pieces in the middle having just enough of a gap to slide in the target sticks. They were literally like $2.50 each, and they work great.
- For target sticks, just buy a couple 8′ long 1×2’s and cut them in half. They also work as fault lines.
- A friend of the show suggested using large binder clips to hold your targets to the sticks instead of staples. Good idea, it’ll keep stapley sticks from tearing up the interior of your car if you have to drive to the range.
- If you need some shooting boxes to practice getting into and out of position, you can use hula-hoops. They’re cheap, available, and work well enough. You could also make a real box out of PVC pipe for next to nothing as well.
Gear that Doesn’t Suck
We’ve said it before, but if you’re serious about getting good a competitive shooting, you should really get a shot timer. I just bought a Pocket Pro II, and I’m in love. It’s the jam for both live fire, and dry fire practice.
Plug of the Week
Steve Anderson did an episode of That Shooting Show last week that was really good. He did a little Q&A from his audience, and both Ben and I really liked it. We even had a couple listeners mention it at the range on Saturday, so it’s worth a listen. The episode is called “Shoot, Everything else, Shoot” and it’s available here. Just subscribe to his show, it’s great.
Steve was also on our podcast back in episode 107, so if you haven’t listened to that, you definitely should.