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Offline Axxe55

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Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:24:54 PM »
What are everybody’s thoughts on combat accuracy vs target shooting. What level accuracy versus speed of shooting is acceptable in a self defense scenario?
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Re: Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 11:33:48 AM »
Reliability not withstanding.  target for sure.. Dont need anything that shoots minute of barn in a high stress situation.

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Re: Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 02:28:14 PM »
Never been in combat, but for target shooting from 100 - 1200 yards my precision rifle Blaster is a 1/2 MOA rifle. 

As for Self Defense:  200 MOA is more than adequate accuracy if the bad guy is 5 feet away and you're sporting a 12 Gauge or a 5.56. (that's hitting within 4" of where you wanted to)

With that, I expect most self defense events are within 15 yards, so a 4"  aim / hit difference is about 20 MOA.

On the other hand if Boomer is going to 'stop the hoards' at 500 yards, it's a 2 MOA shot.  Blaster is a 1/2 MOA shot.

Precision long range shooters are consistently shooting 4-8" groups at 1,000 yards. 

The guys shooting the .22 national matches are 100 yards are shooting .25 - .5' groups, or .25 to .5 MOA.

The guys shooting really bad guys in Afghanistan and surrounding areas are effectively hitting a man sized target using Kentucky windage / hold-off's at 1-2 miles.  Their accuracy is .5 to .2 MOA.


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Re: Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 03:14:15 PM »
I think over 90% of self defense shootings are less than 7 yards, with the vast majority under 3 yards.

Still... I want target accuracy - that translates to combat accuracy.

I shoot a target on a sheet of paper. It is reversed colored. White inner circle, and black outer circle. Much, much easier to shoot at than a black inner circle.

If I can put an entire mag inside of the smaller white circle - at 7 yards, target shooting, I am satisfied with that. I have slight tremors in my left hand that has gotten a little worse as I have gotten older. But, I notice that it lessens if I go shoot in the afternoon as opposed to the morning.

I always wish I can shoot better - but when I shoot with my favorite gun, I am usually one of the better shooters on the range. I do well enough. Because of physical limitations, I've gotten about as accurate in target shooting as I can be.

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Re: Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 04:04:16 PM »
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(I'm talking pistol shooting)

I don't "prep" with any combat/survival in mind.....I shoot because I enjoy pulling the trigger while at the same time I go for being more accurate - it's sorta like the game of Golf for me - play/shoot because I enjoy getting out and doing so (while at the same time trying to improve)

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Re: Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 04:23:54 PM »
In rereading the OP question "What level accuracy versus speed of shooting is acceptable in a self defense scenario?", I believe the answer is "Enough to safely stop the threat without collateral damage."
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