Marksmanship is a matter of science not art. Science requires data. Each range session can be a forward step in the development of the shooter. In order for that to happen, the shooter needs data on which to analyze results and make changes. By taking a record book to the range shooters will be able to continually build on experience rather than starting blind on each shooting occasion. Record books should record essential information each session:
1. Handgun used: Beretta 92F
2. Ammunition used: 148 grain subsonic
3. Distance for each string of fire: 3 yards
4. Point of Impact for each slow-fire round: 10′ O’clock 6″ from aiming point (Aiming point is always exact and appears no larger than the front sight tip.)
5. Notes should include noticeable errors for each shot fired: Leaned backward, over-gripped Don’t speculate, you need to trust the integrity of the record book.
6. Any information relating to the handgun, ammunition, or range: Front sight tip shiny, failure to fire, overhead lights caused strong glare on sight and target.
You can include more but the above will give you enough information to build skill. The more accurate your data the more it can be used. Measure your shots from the aiming point, don’t guess. You’ll want to compare range sessions to see if errors are persisting or shooting is improving. The data book becomes increasingly useful as it includes more shooting history.
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