My First Time Shooting My AR-15 From 200 Yards
As I talked about in my post earlier this week, I was recently able to finish buying and assembling all the components I wanted for my S&W M&P 15. This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous – uncharacteristically so for mid-March here in Ohio (I’m certainly not complaining). So I was able to take my AR-15 out to the Miamisburg Sportmen’s Club for the first outdoor shooting session of the year.
I started out shooting prone on my new Voodoo Tactical Padded Premium Deluxe Shooter’s Shooting Mat (review coming soon!) at the 50 yard range:
It took me a few rounds to get my optics re-zeroed, after which I got satisfactory results:
Next up was the 100 yard range:
This was only my 2nd time shooting on the 100 yard range here at the club (I’ve shot at 100 yards on a handful of other times at other facilities and in a training class last year). Here’s my results:
This next target photo you’ll see I took another three shots which landed in a line near the bullseye area. The other rounds were done at more rapid rates of fire – clearly I need more practice doing rapid fire.
My final stop was at the 200 yard range at the club – the longest distance range our club has to offer. This would be my first attempt at shooting at 200 yards – last year I had the opportunity to shoot at 175 yards during a tactical rifle course I took.
200 yards (2 football fields) is a looong ways away:
My targets – two 6″ round targets pasted to two 8.5×11 pieces of paper.
Comparing this experience to my previous one, I was shooting at much smaller targets, at 25 yards further distance. This time however I was using an Aimpoint 3x magnifier. Here’s the results of the first series of six shots:
I would have like to have been “in the black” on all six shots. But two on the right target were outsize the black zone, though I manged to (barely) stay on the 8.5×11″ piece of paper. So I was combat accurate at least with all shots. I shot 3 rounds at one more target:
Though I pulled one of the shots quite left (just off paper), I was very pleased to have one go dead center. My equipment seems to be doing well – I just need some additional practice. Considering it’s only March, I think it’s going to be a good year.
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John B. Holbrook, II
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