October 31, 2012

zombie apocalypse training, no training wheels edition

I actually shot last week, but I haven’t had time to post the results until now.  Same set up:  SCAR-17H using 145 gr mil surplus .308 ammo off a swivel bipod at 100 yards.  This time, however, I did some of the shooting with the bipod closed and used as a fore grip. Also, I removed the blocked out areas I’d drawn on the earlier targets just to see how well I was able to identify the strike zones.  Recall that I’m going most times for the medulla oblongata shot, though I do also aim for other zones, as will be apparent in the pictures.

For you, Swen and Lee.

First, here’s the grouping I had after having zeroed the rifle more exactly the last time I was at the range.  I wanted to make sure the scope 1×6 was holding its zero.  8 out of the ten were well within an inch, with the last two at about an inch and a half to two inches off the bull’s eye. The target itself overall is 8″x8″:



Next, here’s a shooter with the shotgun trained on my position. In addition to the medulla shots / face shots, I also took a couple shots at the elbow of his stock holding hand and one down the barrel of the gun (which I was using as my reference point for the t-box and head).  I added the box after retrieving the target to highlight the hits:

This next target uses a similar concept:  this time, a gunman has a hand gun trained on you, and he is in partial profile with a number of friendlies around him.  Because of the size of his head at 100 yards, I estimate that the shots are the equivalent of about 185-200 yards, where we wouldn’t yet see any kind of significant difference in bullet drop.  I made 13/14 head shots with the one miss a bit low and on the trigger hand.  I then too three shots under the armpit to go for a heart shot:


Finally, the most difficult target. Though he’s standing directly on, his skin tone in shadow kind of blends with the backdrop at 100 yards and 6x magnification.  Also, his head size at 100 yards translates into about a 220 yard shot.  I aimed for the t-box and head, and also the chest, below the medallion, which I used along with the tats as a reference point.  I took one shot at the stomach, as well:


So there it is. No training wheels.  As I mentioned elsewhere, my next challenge is going to be learning to control the rifle without use of any kind of deck.  To do that I’m going to have to learn what the best buttstock distance is for me, and to still the target without losing my cheek weld or field of vision.  Also, I’m going to have to get used to the weight of the weapon held aloft.  It’s about 9.5 lbs without a mag in it, including the scope and bipod.  I don’t have a problem holding that weight up, obviously, but I’m not formally trained to shoot a rifle from the standing position. So it’s going to be a humbling experience at first, I suspect.  Last week, I was hitting the target standing upright, but not with anything near the kind of precision I have using the bipod or even the fore grip closed on the deck. It was the very definition of scattershot, in fact.

So for now, if I don’t have a deck to shoot off of, I’ll just have to let the zombies wander in close and then put one through the brain with a pistol.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 7:50pm

Comments (25)

  1. Yup, I’d say you have that fine outfit of yours zeroed in.

    So, thought about getting a shotgun and shooting some skeet? = )

  2. Dropping that round up the barrel of his shotgun is an excellent idea.

  3. Shotgun guy’s trigger hand is on the other arm. The elbow you shot was his stock-holding arm.

    It would sure mess up his aim at least.

  4. Oh, right, sorry. I’ll correct.

  5. I’m with Pablo on putting one down the barrel, but I’d need him to hold it reeeeeal still.

  6. What? No pizza delivery Zombie?

  7. All good when every variable is controlled, Jeff. When the s hits the f, center of mass.
    That is all. Out.

  8. Yeah, I’m a firm believer in center mass, though I may have been brainwashed into that, and probably for good reason. Douchebags don’t hold still in the real world.

  9. Last week, I was hitting the target standing upright, but not with anything near the kind of precision I have using the bipod or even the fore grip closed on the deck. It was the very definition of scattershot, in fact.

    Speaking of the real world…

    Snipers generally work prone. Urban combat situations generally don’t allow for that. Proceed accordingly.

    Would that target you refer to fit over a man’s torso? If you’re hitting it, you’re winning.

  10. It was a man’s torso. And yeah, I was hitting it. But I really need to learn to steady the scope.

    I’m not training like a sniper per se. But I am kind of training for a bug in condition. Where I could be in my house or on my roof or at a table defending my property. In urban combat situations I probably wouldn’t be shooting out at 100 yards. I will try shorter distances next time I go.

  11. Sweet.

    Your work is paying off. Very good, man.

  12. Hi, bh. How’ve you been?

  13. If you hadn’t been pointing a rifle at that nice young Vikings fan, I’m sure he wouldn’t have pulled his liscenced ccw to try to stop you from mowng down that peaceful crowd of tailgaters.

    Really, you Broncos fans are almost as bad as the Raider nation.


  14. Busy, leigh. Thanks. On track again I think. Bit off a fairly large bit to chew and then a surprise came along.

    Seems like things might be doable again in the near term. Which is nice.

  15. Sounds like all is well or is getting there. I knew you were busy.

    It’s nice to see you drop in.

  16. Nice shooting Jeff. Practice brings consistency, and consistency brings precision. As far as the elbow shots, with a .308 you might as well count it as two in the lung.

  17. – “Wow Jim, people are really happy when they switch to GEICO car insurance…”

    – “How happy are they Gordo?

    – “Happier than Nancy Pelosi in a broom factory.”

    *rim shot*

  18. Excellent work, Jeff. You’ll notice a huge difference when you shoot standing, unsupported. I try not to do it unless slinged up. It’s the most difficult position to shoot accurately. Always get support if it’s available.

  19. Tightening up the groups…looks good!

    Protip…natural aimpoints on a target are the eyesockets. These are also usually the areas with the weakest protection: just a thin layer of bone between the back of those and that fragile brainstuff. If, with a small caliber, one were to hit the thick, curved bone of the skull, the bullet might travel along the skull, with the arc of the skull, and not penetrate. This is true with all the pistol calibers, even the lumbering .45 ACP; and especially with the .22 LR.

    Oh, and despite the demonization Mr. G. Gordon Liddy received for it, he was right. Head shots matter.

  20. So is the tattooed guy a deadly falconer or something? He’s got a crazy glove on one arm.

  21. That’s a buttstock of some kind.

  22. If you’re ever going up against another Vikings fan, make sure you do it in the second half. They can’t hit a damn thing in the second half.

  23. I love this piece by Richard Schiff at Puffho, recalling his good feeling at seeing W spirited away in Marine One on Bronco Bama’s inauguration day. He is, I am told, a thespian, but apparently of limited renown. In the process, he slanders the United States as having killed “Hundreds of Millions of Arabs” for no good reason:


    Reality based community.

  24. That’s a buttstock of some kind.

    I know you are, but what am I?

  25. shooting some skeet
    Skeet are fun to hunt, but if you don’t cook them right they’re kind of dry.