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    Firing Rifles at Very Close Targets Question

    In all seriousness, why do I see so many people shooting their rifles at targets that are so close to them. Here is a photo from a recent range visit. Is this some new firearms/training discipline?

    This shooter's target was at about 15 yards.

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    I've acquired rifles that were so far out of whack I had to shoot that close in order to hit the paper and even begin to sight in.

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    Here is another view. The red marker to the right is for 15 yards.

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    So they can shoot fast and hit the target a 1/4 of the time.

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    These guys shot there for awhile...

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    I often wonder the same thing, but when I see there targets that is the distance that they can keep shots on paper.

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    ask them....

    if we are speculating,

    I guess it is to practice shooting with both eyes open, rapid fire, for defensive purposes in close proximity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blammer View Post
    ask them....

    if we are speculating,

    I guess it is to practice shooting with both eyes open, rapid fire, for defensive purposes in close proximity.
    Most likely that. I see it all the time.
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    I was in Wenatchee, Washington in March and i witnessed the same thing, only they were shooting slow aimed fire at 12 FEET! And there were at least 20 people in line wanting to shoot.
    Only thing I can figure is, it was a competition of any gun you wanted to shoot by people in advance stages of cataracts.
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    Kind of like people shooting pistol at a whopping 7 yards.

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    The rifle shoots in an arc. For most rifles if you sight them in at 25yrds they will be on target at 100yrds. I always sight mine in with a new scope like that. Most AR combat rifles are for close in enough that if you sight them in for that distance they will hit what you are aiming at within reason.
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    as long as they are safe, and arent affecting anybody, it really doesnt matter why. im sure they have their reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love Life View Post
    Kind of like people shooting pistol at a whopping 7 yards.
    I split baseball cards on edge at seven yards about 60% of the time. Maybe you're just a better shot than we are...

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    Ask them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty o View Post
    as long as they are safe, and arent affecting anybody, it really doesnt matter why. im sure they have their reasons.

    Good response .

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    Very close with a scoped rifle can be tricky. If the target is really small you're likely to shoot low because the scope is above bore 1.5" or so.
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    How bad are their Eyes ? Mine sure seem to be going downhill in a hurry. Just near sighted. So I tend to aim farther away. My next wonder is ... How new to Guns and Shooting are they ? Maybe some one is just trying to get them on paper to keep them interested. I would think that might help.

    On a lighter note, I often see younger people sneaking up on stationary objects to shoot them with a Scatter Gun. Waste of money to me, but it sure puts a big smile on their face.
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    If I remember 12 yds was where garands sights were set at. 12 and 200 were the same zero. Some of the tactical groups shoot close and fast its more in the technique form and reloads use of the equipment than accuracy

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    I have a friend that shoots handguns at 7 yards. I asked him why once and in a nutshell he told me because that's the most common distance of a self defense shooting. At 7 yards he does groups about 3-4" in size. We moved back to 15 yards and his groups opened up to where he was not 100% on a silhouette target.

    He shoots rifles at 15-25 yards too. Mostly 22s but occasionally a high power. Once in a while he'll shoot a rifle out to 50-75 yards.

    I recall a while back we were shooting handguns together, I think at 15 yards, well anyways he had a paper plate sized group but had a round hit center. I had a 2 1/2" group but off center. He points to the center shot on his target and declares he's got a good shooting gun and that he out shot me.

    I lots of times will shoot my rifles down to 15 or 25 yards if I'm plinking. Especially my 22, but anything I have is fair plinking fodder if the notion strikes me.

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    https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/j...fle-hose-fest/ Rifle at 12 yards.

    There is a drill for handguns at 3 yards. Seen both used at my club.

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