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Old April 13th, 2017, 06:21 PM   #1
 
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Range time with P89

Got a chance to go to the range today. My 28 year old P89 did fine, I did not. Been 7 years since I shot it, or anything else. At 50 feet I only put about 6 out of 40 rounds on target. Did not try from 25 feet, should have. Seems everyone else on the hand gun, shotgun portion of the range went out to 25 feet not 50.

Girlfriend did well from 25 feet with the 38 special, about 9 on target out of 35 rounds. Then 3 more with the 9mm.

I did do 16 out of 33 on target with the RAR 308 from 50 yards (1st time with rifle and scope). 4 round very close to center. But nothing on target from 100 yards, with last 8 rounds, went off target just to the left on the backer board.

12 ga. side by side coach gun tore up everything from 25 or 50 feet. Not much of the target or backer board left intact.

Need more practice, but still had a good time. Don't know why but always get a lot of interest and compliments on the side by side coach gun.




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Got a chance to go to the range today. My 28 year old P89 did fine, I did not. Been 7 years since I shot it, or anything else. At 50 feet I only put about 6 out of 40 rounds on target. Did not try from 25 feet, should have. Seems everyone else on the hand gun, shotgun portion of the range went out to 25 feet not 50.

Girlfriend did well from 25 feet with the 38 special, about 9 on target out of 35 rounds. Then 3 more with the 9mm.

I did do 16 out of 33 on target with the RAR 308 from 50 yards (1st time with rifle and scope). 4 round very close to center. But nothing on target from 100 yards, with last 8 rounds, went off target just to the left on the backer board.

12 ga. side by side coach gun tore up everything from 25 or 50 feet. Not much of the target or backer board left intact.

Need more practice, but still had a good time. Don't know why but always get a lot of interest and compliments on the side by side coach gun.
Why did it take you 7 years to shoot your P89 again? With any learned skill you must use it or lose it. Don't let another 7 years go by without shooting that P89 ...
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Why did it take you 7 years to shoot your P89 again? With any learned skill you must use it or lose it. Don't let another 7 years go by without shooting that P89 ...
Life got in the way of my plans. 2 sometimes 3 jobs and travel have a way of eating up your time. I know it is a skill to keep sharp, it is not like riding a bike. Trying to brush up on my skills now that I have some more time. Have already marked spots on the calendar to go a minimum of 3 times a year.
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I can relate. I have a 4 year old child at home as a result, I haven't shot some of my guns in at least that long.
I visited the range once this year, to practice with my carry guns. thats it!
Life gets in the way
hopefully I can get out to the range this summer.
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I hear ya.
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I have other pistols that are more expensive, and that have benefited from technological and ergonomic advances subsequent to the venerable P85/P89; regardless, my P89 is still one of the best indexing and shooting pistols in my collection.

Mine is used for carry, hoe defense, and IDPA-including a previous IDPA State Championship sanctioned match a couple of years ago where it performed very credibly.

I very much consider a P89 to be an excellent, viable handgun-albeit one approaching "classic" standing.

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In my opinion it a classic!!!!!
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Range time with the classic P85/P89

I would also agree the the P85 and P89's are classics.
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Start out around 5-7 yards to get use to it again. Work your way out to 10, 15, 20. Your wallet will thank you....that's a lot of ammo wasted to hit nothing.


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Start out around 5-7 yards to get use to it again. Work your way out to 10, 15, 20. Your wallet will thank you....that's a lot of ammo wasted to hit nothing.


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I agree, next time I will start out at 25 feet. Not too bad on the ammo, it was old and free. Found a new indoor range much closer. Will be be able to practice much more now.

By the way the range I was at was outdoor and you could be at 25 or 50 feet. No ability to roll in or out your target. PVC pipes in the ground that hold 2x4's, that hold your backer board with target on it, that can be set at the 2 distances. I prefer being able to set my distance and not waiting 25 or so min. till range cold conditions to change target distance or set up new target. New range closer to home has that I believe.

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New range time with P89 worked out well. Found a close indoor range, can go more often now. Pretty happy with today. At 10 and 5 yards pretty good, nice center grouping on multiple targets, with only a few off target but on paper. Actually did better with point & shoot than aiming with the sights and shoot. But both way better than last time. Pretty sure if I need to use it in an emergency it will be point and shoot anyway. As I get better I will start going farther out. Splatter targets helped me adjust way faster. When I remembered the gun/me shoots low and right and adjusted for that, it was great.
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New range time with P89 worked out well. Found a close indoor range, can go more often now. Pretty happy with today. At 10 and 5 yards pretty good, nice center grouping on multiple targets, with only a few off target but on paper. Actually did better with point & shoot than aiming with the sights and shoot. But both way better than last time. Pretty sure if I need to use it in an emergency it will be point and shoot anyway. As I get better I will start going farther out. Splatter targets helped me adjust way faster. When I remembered the gun/me shoots low and right and adjusted for that, it was great.
As they say... practice makes perfect.
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My shooting hiatus was quite long too. About 43 years, how's that? When I was 25 I got into shooting and guns really heavy, plenty of money, a friend with an FFL, it could not have been better. Of course times change, and they did, not enough time, change of shifts, less or no place to shoot out of doors anymore, etc etc. Now I am back into it again just a long time later. I stay with mostly 22 now, with a couple three 9mm pistols in the mix as well. Good to know, I am not alone.
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You guys are inspirational

I'm infamous for buying, collecting, selling but seldom shooting. Decided to get into handguns about two years ago. Now have most caliber flavors and a lot of Rugers, LOL. Yesterday I walked into my LGS and came out with a S&W 645. I think it's time to slow down and actually shoot the darn things. (The 645 was to replace a nib model 25 I couldn't bear to shoot and sold off twenty-one years ago). Guess I should smoke 'em, seeing as how I got 'em. Thanks for the nudge.
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