Aid First

I did not realize just how difficult it is to land shots on target using “point shooting” techniques. I’ll qualify this by saying that I’ve had no formal training in point shooting. Here’s my definition of it: keep both eyes open and put your focus on the target.

Well, that’s what I practiced today. I set up two targets, one approx. 10 yards apart from the other. Them, standing 7 yards from both targets, a training partner yells either “red” or “black” (one target is red, the other black) at which point I draw on the target matching the color first – put two rounds into it (hopefully), then two into the other (again, hopefully). The goal is to balance accuracy with speed. A round anywhere on the 12X12 target is considered a good hit. If the rounds end up too tightly grouped near the bull, I’m probably shooting too slow. If some rounds don’t find the target, I need to slow down. At 7 yards, I figured I could land on target with pretty good speed every time. I was wrong. I need lots more practice, but I’m getting better already.

Anyway, this was the drill we came up with. It appeared to make our typical day of “target practice” much more productive, much more fun and interesting, and seemed to give us more quality training with less ammo consumed.

While updating my survival box I had a chance to review my first aid kit and found it lacking in several areas.

Sometimes we forget about first aid kits and just how important they can be when facing a wilderness adventure – and I include being involved when the SHTF and any kind of injury may be not good.

I have several kits for the home and camping and build on them when I can. I wanted, however, to have a kit that was geared more toward the hunter as knife cuts, scrapes, and gunshot wounds would be more probable in a survival situation.

Is the idea of being prepared so uncommon that the local box stores and hardware stores ignore the possibility of making money selling Mylar, buckets, oxygen absorbers and bulk food items?