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Old 03-03-2008, 06:42 AM
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i have a firearms qual coming up for my job and i was going to see if i could get any tips. i have to shoot from 15 yards around a barricade left and right side. i also have to shoot from 25 yards around a barricade both sides and 25 yards from the kneeling position. any tips? how should i use my sights? should i hold my weapon differently? we will be using a beretta 92 d.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:37 AM
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Welcome to the forum hoju. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

Have you been practicing with this gun? Shooting from the same positions at simular targets is the best way to practice.

If shooting a handgun is new to you I recommend getting a good 22 target pistol such as one of the Ruger MK II's or MK III's and shoot it a lot. This lets you learn to shoot a pistol without the recoil that may cause flinching.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:50 PM
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i have but not from these distances. i have been shooting at the 7 and fifteen but not the 25. im familiar with the gun but not at that distance
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:13 PM
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what are the qualifications that you have to meet? More importantly, why haven't you received previous training on this gun?

Regardless, I would start shooting things that are 25 yds away. You will find out real quick where the sights should be. If I'm right, its a 5" barrel so that should make life a little easier.

Good Luck!

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Old 03-04-2008, 11:52 AM
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i just began a career with the Dept of Justice. i have recieved training on the weapon but not at the 25 yard kneeling position. i appreciate the info!
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:02 PM
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You shouldn't have to change much from the 15 to 25 yard ranges. Take your time though, you usually have longer time to shoot with increasing ranges. If you can, get out to the range and practice at that distance so you are ready.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:43 AM
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no matter what your range, I'm thinking your sight picture should remain the
Just guessing you are issued three dot nite sites, no???

The "nice"??? thing about Berettas are the rear sights are very W I D E, and due to that the sight picture can be acquired very rapidly. It does not make for presision work, but in a combat/defensive situation, the wide rear sight gives rapid acquisition, and a bit of "periferal" around the intended target.
I shoot the 92fs Vertec, which is basically a 92fs with a 1911 grip. sight radius and type of sights are the same as your issue gun. The D model is a DAO gun, if I am correct...slow steady pull of that trigger till it breaks.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:37 PM
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I have been shooting a 92S for thirty years. In 2003 I fired about 2,000 rounds before undergoing qual for OCONUS deployment. We fired basically the same course of fire.

If you have one or can get one loaned, practice on a Ruger 22/45 using the same course of fire. Once you get it down, it will take about 500 rounds of careful firing, you can easily transition to the 92. The controls are essentially the same. There is a difference in the procedure though....

Initially you will want to shoot single action, pull the hammer back and cock it, then get your sight picture and fire. This is how the 22 works.

Later you will load a mag, allow the slide forward into battery, activate the decocker and holster the pistol. When the command to engage your targets occurs, draw slowly, bring the pistol up with both eyes open, and place the front sight on the center of mass for the target. Keep the front and rear sight lined up but focus upon the front sight.

Shoot is not important for qualification...miss and it is a will get faster as time goes on.....

Practice often with the .22.....invest in one if you can afford it and shoot as often as you can...
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:52 AM
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Front sight, front sight, front sight. If the front sight is not in focus your shots will be off. When I started with the LA state police in 1973 we had to shoot from the 50 yard line. I would hate to have to do that today.
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