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.