Throwback Thursday—Long Range Pistol Shooting

Man in camo and jeans points his 1911 at a target about 300 yards away, across an expanse of grass and dirt

We asked our Facebook fans about their longest pistol shot. The answers ranged from a mere 25 yards, the standard distance at many pistol ranges, to shots in excess of 250 yards. One thing that surprised me is how many people refused to believe you could actually hit a target over 100 yards away.

Believe it or not, the full-sized pistol you own is probably capable of shots out to 200 yards.

Man in camo and jeans points his 1911 at a target about 300 yards away, across an expanse of grass and dirt
Lining up a 300-yard pistol shot with a 1911, you can just barely make out the targets at the berm.

At a 3-gun match there was a pistol stage with full-sized silhouette targets set out to distances as far as 80 yards and yes, many competitors had great difficulty landing hits on these targets.

I have practiced on half-sized silhouettes up to 50 yards away and the additional 30 yards for the longest target on that stage gave me fits. Still, I have personally witnessed a number of shooters hit a man sized target consistently at distances up to 200 yards away with a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP.

A typical 1911, zeroed at 7 yards, has a drop of only 1.7 inches at 50 yards and a mere 14 inches at 100 yards. When the distance increases past 100 yards, things get a bit more interesting.

At 150 yards, the bullet drop increases to more than 40 inches and at 200 yards a 230-grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 900 fps drops a whopping 81.4 inches.

Shoot Over 200 Yards

How can anyone reliably make a shot with a pistol over 200 yards?

Illustration of a scribed target with black images and white circles.
Scribing the front sight of a magnum revolver with a ramped front sight is an excellent way to get on target past 200 yards.

First, it helps to have a pistol that shoots a fast bullet. .357 Sig and .40 S&W both are fairly flat shooting rounds. Although for the ultimate in long range pistol shooting, you’ll need a Magnum cartridge such as .357, .44, .500 S&W or .50 AE.

Still, the amount of holdover necessary to land a good hit makes it difficult to estimate on the fly. There is a solution for aiming such shots.

It’s not possible on all pistols, however, you can hold a scribed front sight up far above the rear to get the proper hold for a long-range pistol shot.

Ideal shooting positions are supine (leaning back as if in a recliner, this pose is well known to silhouette shooters) and prone.

Even without a powerful magnum or a tall ramped front sight, it’s possible to get hits consistently with your standard service pistol.

I took my .45 ACP 1911 with stock GI sights out to the range to demonstrate this after failing to hit the 80-yard silhouette at a 3-gun match.

To start with, I calculated the ballistics previously mentioned for my load.

  • Beginning at 50 yards, I held just a hair high and, shooting prone, was able to land all seven shots on the target in a tight 3-inch group.
  • Moving back to 100 yards the target looked much smaller on my front sight and, by holding on the head of the silhouette, I was able to drop the rounds consistently into the torso.
  • Things got more interesting at 200 yards and I was glad to have an earthen backstop so I could see the splash of my misses. Using these clues, I managed to walk the rounds onto the target in short order and figure out the proper hold.

Now that I knew the amount of hold necessary for that distance, I went ahead and tried to make the shot off hand. I won’t lie; only three of the seven rounds hit the target. Nevertheless, given that distance, I felt pretty happy knowing I could engage a 200-yard target with my pistol and still land hits at all.

What’s the point here?

The point is shooting is 90% mental. Most people don’t realize a pistol is an alternative when a rifle is not available. Those who may know such shots are possible, most never practice with their own handguns.

The point here is that if you know your gun and you practice with it, you too can land hits on a target 200 yards away. Heck, with the right caliber, such as a .357 or .44 Magnum revolver, hitting targets at 300, 400, and even 600 yards is possible.

Over 500 Yards with a .357?

Elmer Keith, father of the famous .357 and .44 Magnum told one such tale of hunting deer over 500 yards with a .357 revolver. Many chalked his tale up to nothing except a bit of “hunter’s hyperbole” although Keith stood by his claims and I, for one, believe the tale.

Here is his story:

Paul Kriley and I hunted up Clear Creek on the right side where it is partly open bunch grass meadows and partly patches of timber. We hunted all day, and although we saw several does at 80-90 yards and one at 60, that I could have killed.

We passed them up, as I wanted a buck. Toward evening we topped out on a ridge. There was a swale between us and another small ridge on the side of the mountain slope about 300-400 yards away. Beyond that, out on the open sidehill, no doubt on account of the cougar, were about 20 mule deer, feeding.

Two big bucks were in the band, and some lesser ones, the rest were does and long fawns. As it was getting late and the last day of the season, I wanted one of those bucks for meat. Being a half-mile away, I told Paul, “Take the .300 Magnum and duck back through this swale to that next ridge and that should put you within about 500 yards of them. I’ll stay here (the deer had seen us), let them watch me for a decoy.”

Paul said, “You take the rifle.”

“I said, how is it sighted?”

He said, “one inch high at a hundred yards.” I told him to go ahead because I wouldn’t know where to hold it. I always sighted a .300 Magnum 3 inches high at a hundred and I wouldn’t know where to hold it at 500.

I said, “You go ahead and kill the biggest buck in the bunch for me.” Paul took off, went across the swale and climbed the ridge, laid down and crawled up to the top. He shot.
The lower of the two bucks, which he later said was the biggest one, dropped and rolled down the mountain. I then took off across the swale to join him. Just before I climbed up the ridge to where he was lying, he started shooting again.

When I came up on top, the band of deer was pretty well long gone. They’d gone out to the next ridge top, turned up it slightly and went over. But the old buck was up following their trail, one front leg a-swinging.

Paul had hit it. I asked Paul, “Is there any harm in me getting into this show?” He said, “No, go ahead.”

I had to lay down prone, because if I crawled over the hill to assume my old backside positioning, the blast of his gun would be right in my ear. Shooting prone with a .44 Magnum is something I don’t like at all. The concussion is terrific. It will just about bust your ear drums every time.

At any rate Paul shot and missed. I held all of the front sight up, or practically all of it, and perched the running deer on top of the front sight and squeezed one off.
Paul said, “I saw it through my scope. It hit in the mud and snow right below him.” There was possibly six inches of wet snow, with muddy ground underneath. I told him “I won’t be low the next shot.”

Paul shot again and missed with his .300 Magnum. The next time I held all of the front sight up and a bit of the ramp, just perched the deer on top. After the shot the gun came down out of recoil and the bullet had evidently landed. The buck made a high buck-jump, swapped ends, and came back toward us, shaking his head.

I told Paul I must have hit a horn. I asked him to let the buck come back until he was right on us if he would, let him come as close as he would and I’d jump up and kill him. When he came back to where Paul had first rolled him, out about 500 yards, Paul said, “I could hit him now, I think.”

“Well,” I said, “I don’t like to see a deer run on three legs. Go ahead.” He shot again and missed. The buck swapped ends and turned around and went back right over the same trail.

Paul said, “I’m out of ammunition. Empty.” I told him to reload, duck back out of sight, go on around the hill and head the old buck off, and I’d chase him on around. Paul took off on a run to go around this bunch-grass hill and get up above the buck and on top. He was young, husky, and could run like a deer himself.

I got on the old buck again with all of the front sight and a trifle of the ramp up. Just as I was going to squeeze it off when he got to the ridge, he turned up it just as the band of deer had done. So I moved the sight picture in front of him and shot. After an interval he went down and out of sight. I didn’t think anything of it, thought he had just tipped over the ridge.

It took me about half an hour to get across. When I got over there to the ridge, I saw where he’d rolled down the hill about fifty yards, bleeding badly, and then he’d gotten up and walked from the tracks to the ridge in front of us. There were a few pine trees down below, so I cut across to intercept his tracks. I could see he was bleeding out both sides.

Just before I got to the top of the ridge, I heard a shot up above me and then another shot, and I yelled and asked if it was Paul. He answered. I asked, “Did you get him?” He said, “Yes, he’s down there by that big pine tree below you. Climb a little higher and you can see him.”

Paul came down and we went down to the buck. Paul said the buck was walking along all humped up very slowly. He held back of the shoulders as he was quartering away. The first shot went between his forelegs and threw up snow. Then he said the buck turned a little more away from him and he held higher and dropped him. Finally we parted the hair in the right flank and found where the 180-grain needle-pointed Remington Spitzer had gone in.

Later I determined it blew up and lodged in the left shoulder. At any rate I looked his horns over, trying to see where I’d hit a horn. No sign of it. Finally I found a bullet hole back of the right jaw and it came out of the top of his nose. That was the shot I’d hit him with out at 600 yards.

Then Paul said, “Who shot him through the lungs broadside?”

I didn’t, never had that kind of shot at all.” There was an entrance hole fairly high on the right side of the rib cage just under the spine and an exit just about three or four inches lower on the other side. The deer had been approximately the same elevation as I was when I fired that last shot at him.

We dressed him, drug him down the trail on Clear Creek, hung him up, and went on down to the ranch. The next day a man named Posy and I came back with a pack horse, loaded him and took him in. I took a few pictures of him hanging in the woodshed along with the Smith & Wesson .44 Mag.

I took him home and hung him up in the garage. About ten days later my son Ted came home from college and I told him, “Ted, go out and skin that big buck and get us some chops. They should be well-ripened and about right for dinner tonight.”

After awhile Ted came in and he laid the part jacket of a Remington bullet on the table beside me and he said, “Dad, I found this right beside the exit hole on the left side of that buck’s ribs.” Then I knew that I had hit him at that long range two out of four times.

I believe I missed the first shot, we didn’t see it at all, and it was on the second that Paul said he saw snow and mud fly up at his heels. I wrote it up and I’ve been called a liar ever since, but Paul Kriley is still alive and able to vouch for the facts.
Elmer Keith

So what’s your longest shot? Ever made 200 yards or more? If not, are you ready to go out and practice with your favorite firearm? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

This article originally posted on September 17, 2010.

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Comments (36)

  1. Last summer hit a 20″ piece of steel at about 250yds with 22 lr S&W model 41. I shot about 8 times but it hit. No kidding probably a 8ft holdover.

  2. Regularly shot centre bulls at East Holme range at 600 yards. Used a KENGIL chambered for 357. The gun was designed and built by Gilly Howe, most decorated SBS man ever. The weapon was in direct competition to another long range pistol called the Dalesman.

  3. … was out a couple weeks back, a buddy got his fathers Win .30-30 and a Colt Frontier Scout wheel after he passed away and I took my .38/.357 2″ EAA Windicator… 80 yards… no problem for any of the shots… but even I was a tad bit surprised at the 2″ – but it put the lead right on target…

    I agree about the humane kill story line… took an elk at 490y… was hesitant but it flew true and I packed him home.

    Don’t think I’ll ever try for game that far again though – it was a GREAT HUNT DAY! ” )

  4. S&W M&P 9L completely stock pistol with most any target ammo out to 200 yards is common. Typically have to walk a couple rounds to figure out where to hold. As long as I do my part with good trigger control I can stretch out to 300 yards on a half size silhouette.

  5. when I was a young(er) man, my friends and I would target practice with a Ruger mark II and consistently hit coke cans ( and sometimes a Pepsi) lol , at 300 + yards with open sites, using “Kentucky windage” , you could hardly see the can, it would take quite a few shots to start getting close but once we got it right, we would hit pretty consistently depending on the wind , ( at that range a direct hit 2/10 times was consistent, the other 8 would be real close though) . I remember we would hold over what seemed like 10 feet and maybe 2-3 ft left or right depending on wind direction. I wonder if my eye-site would even permit me too now. think I’ll just have to give it a try.

  6. I can hit 200 yards all day long with my 7.5″ AR pistol. Throw a scope on it and you can hit much further. My 9mm are too sloppy to do that, the AR design is fast, accurate and probably the most fun shooting a handgun I’ve ever had.

  7. I’ve hit a tin can @ 625 yrds with a full size Kimber 1911 45. It took a box and a half of brass, but it was fun. I sat the can on top of a float on a small cattle pond (on a calm day). Water helps better than snow, but be careful of your back drop. Also, remember to tie a string to the can so your buddy doesn’t make you swim down to find the can just to prove it…

  8. Lots of opinions here on long range pistol shooting here. So here is mine. A real sportsman always goes for a clean kill. In this story two guys put more holes in this deer than Swiss cheese. Would you call this a clean kill? I think not. The right weapon for the right distance, and a hand gun should have use at a much closer range to get a clean kill. Want to bring a deer down at 500 yards then use a good rifle, and not a hand gun making the deer/animal suffer. That’s what I call a sportsman. Personally I would have been ashamed to tell this story.

    1. I agree with a clean kill. The story is definitely one I would not be proud of. I also think you over estimate the average hunter’s skill that they can cleanly take an animal at 500 yds, but we are discussing the capability of the firearm not the individuals aren’t we?

    2. Practice before the hunt makes for perfection, and a experienced shooter knows his capabilities.

    3. Every time that story comes up people say the same things without actually reading the story closely. The deer was wounded by the man with the rifle and Elmer was only shooting at it with the revolver with the hope of finishing it off before it got away wounded to die a slow death, he would never have fired at an unwounded deer at those ranges with a revolver.

  9. With 50 years of practice and 29 years US Army/DoD Civilian experience. I’ve trained to hit man-sized silhouettes with .45 ACP at 80 yards, 9mm at 120 yards. I have 2 Rugers, both in .44 Mag. A Super Blackhawk 11.5″ barrel and a Redhawk with 10.5″ barrel. both have scopes and are set for 200 yards. In practice I cover groups with a half dollar. Hunting in east Texas brush doesn’t need much more. My longest was in Fort Stewart with the Blackhawk that I hit a hog and we paced it out to 275 yards or so.

  10. I have a Savage Striker in .243 that makes most every shot under 150 yds pretty routine. I have hit targets at 250 and some at 300. I don’t get to shoot as much as I would like but, do believe with some steady practice 500 yds is reasonable.

  11. Dont know about you guys but i practice point shooting with my 1875 army uberti single action 44.40 a lot and can hit center mass at 10 yrds every draw and it has no real sights to speak of just a post on front with a notch if you practice with a single action shooting from hip on the draw you can get very good at it almost becomes instinctive to do , now we are not using magnum level loads either just cowboy loads but am able to put all 6 center mass with out ever trying to aim at well over 10 yrds on a man sized target all day long with my 1875 army replica. its all in how much you practice at it, it becomes second nature and easy after about 500 rounds you cant miss.

  12. Nothing wrong with long range shooting practice, but I worry about the fact that people do so little training, that long range shooting would only be appropriate in situations where the shooter was very experienced and talented.

    We saw the same nutty craze in the long range hunting scenario. It’s fine to do a 500 yard plus shot at a range hitting a paper target, but to attempt to kill a live animal is just asking for bad publicity and negative gun stereotypes. .

    I blame this on Gun Writers more than anything else.

    The point being, learn to shoot your weapon both accurately and effectively at VERY close range and don’t worry about long shots because in 99.9999% of the applications you don’t even need sites.

    The issue here is really about priorities. Most guys have too little range time as it is. And 99% of shooters do not train for real world applications.

    When you can point shoot at 7 yards and never miss your mark, and when you hip shoot without ever using your sights because you have the muscle memory, then you can worry about shooting long range.

    But I’ve never met anyone that was not a professional shooter that could do that.

    1. Respectfully, faultroy, you missed the point. Shooting long range isn’t about being able to nail your intruder after he has made it three blocks away, or busting a deer when there is only 100 ft-lbs energy left. What you are talking about is an entirely different game, and for the purpose you hinted. Long range shooting is fun in and of itself, as is metallic silhouette, pins, cowboy, steel challenge, etc. Shotgunners don’t think anyone needs a rifle or pistol. Rifle shooters don’t think anyone needs a pistol. Listen to what you are saying. I would never call your sport down. Hmm?

  13. Next time i am at range ,winter now i will show you , not hard once you learn where to hold the sights to hit at 100 yards an orange clay target with my colt officers i have been shooting and carrying since the 1980,s its been custom rebuilt at ssk industries in Ohio where i live all custom ED BROWN now with tritium night sights ,saw bob lundham do it at 400 yards with a colt 1911 on balloons on guns and ammo all in how much you have shot that pistol at clay targets at 100 yards my man go try it 1 time ,you have a good dry dirt back stop you see where the bullet hits you see exactly where to hold after 200 to 300 rounds it becomes very easy to do so until you try it with a custom built pistol DO NOT SAY it cant be done ,i will prove that wrong with 0 problems on you tube this spring.So say as you wish its now easily done for me .Be looking for the vid around, april (man shoots clay targets at 100 yrds with custom built colt officers) then say it can not be done when i knock off a string of 7 with 7 rounds.Been doing it for yrs dude pratice is all it takes.

  14. At my remote Colorado home I can go on my deck and hit a rock `37 yards away in the river any of my handguns Bu hen I know the distance and angle of declination and sight picture as I do it for grins every now and then.

    But a full sized silhouette target ecveb at 150 yards I hit in the kill zone if there is no wind, The attendats of my classes are amazed, but then in about ten minutes of instruction they see they can do it too, or come very close.

  15. In the 80’s metallic silhouette was popular in Central Wa., chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams cut full size from steel, 200 to 500 meters for rifle, 50 to 200 meters for pistol. The rams were easier than the turkeys for open sighted Ruger and Smith 44’s, but we had very good scores. As the sport became popular, wow, you should have seen the pistols that were invented just for it. I later used a 7mm TCU in a T/C Contender that would give me nearly 100% hits. Many across the country would shoot clean, to be followed by long, boring shoot-offs.

    More stories. In the 70’s at MSU I got into an animated discussion about how my Super Blackhawk was every bit as accurate as another fellows M-94 30-30. The bet was on. Once shot each at tin cans at 100 yards. I insisted that I shoot first. Back then, my eyes were better, and I had already launched many pounds of projectiles at that range and more, one handed. I held up one handed, made an issue of it, paid attention to trigger squeeze, and tipped my can. He missed. He should have been able to hit the can, but not after I showed him something prior to that he just couldn’t believe. No, I wasn’t sorry.

    My cousin and I could keep a 38 Special round on a gopher mound at 200 yards with a M-60 Smith. We never could hit the gopher, but we dusted him enough he went down and stayed.

    I picked up a T/C Encore with a 15″ 7mm-08 barrel about 10 years ago when rumor had it there was interest in resuming silhouette in the area. Load work up, 150 gr Sierra match, Re-15, the minimum load in the Nosler book printed under 1 MOA, scoped, off sandbags. Had it visiting a friends father in Oregon who lived where he could shoot from his back yard to over 600 yards. He knew all the ranges. There was this rock, he said was 450 yards, about the size of a basket ball. I use the Sierra Suite ballistics calculator, which I’d run for that load to 500 yards. I needed to hold over three rock diameters. Gifford was watching through a spotting scope. First shot, “you hit the — — —–.” Four more shots, all hits. (They think I’m good….)

    We have a fun game called Sporting 22. Swinging targets, small circles to foxes, any 22 or 17 Mach II you own, 50 seconds to shoot 5 set anywhere from 20 to 120 yards (the smaller targets usually the closer, not always), standing, unsupported, then 5 more anything goes (sitting, cross sticks, slings, whatever). I use a Ruger MkII, scoped, and the one time I didn’t beat a few rifle shooters my scope mounts had come loose.

    I’m remembering too many instances, but, oh, yeah, pistols at long range, better than a game of golf or watching a football game. Really, the only limitation is having the range. I need to add, holding front sight doesn’t work for me. Different calibers, loads, barrel lengths, all result in different amounts of front sight. This only works if you have one piece. And, of course, with a scope, one must hold over. Hold over, leveled sights, is easier anyway, and more intuitive. You should have both eyes open, and two feet over is two feet over for everything. Takes practice.

    1. I’ll never forget the day I was shooting clays at 100 ids (about 104 ids actually) with my 686 using 38 target loads with my rear sight set as high as it will go, and holding where I need to) and a man sat down at the 25 yd bench with a Ruger Mini 14 and started blasting away his money. During a break in the shooting to go fix targets, he asked me what I was shooting at, since the 100 yd target stand had no paper on it. I pointed to the clay target on the sand bank back stop. He was incredulous. With a revolver?!!! I proceeded to take 6 shots at the clays and smashed 2 of them and knocked down 3 more, and I never heard another word from him. He put some cans and things up on the sand bank and proceeded to shoot at them with his iron sighted Mini 14, and did not do as good as I was doing.
      I have a strong feeling that he went home with a ‘super hero’ story about a phenomenal shooter. haha
      Meanwhile, I had just been working on my trigger control (99% of all shooting ability) with a decent SW revolver. Nothing special.

  16. My all time favorite handgun shooting was 100 yard plinking with my 686 SW Classic Hunter. Using cheap 38 sp no less. Me and a couple friends used to set up clay targets on the sand bank just past the 100 yd target stand at a local range, and shoot them off hand. At first I had a hard time even hitting the sand back, never mind coming close to the clays, but with practice I was hitting 2 out of 6 shots on average, and knocking dirt on the target with the other 4. Maybe an occasion stray that missed the sand bank. No room for error shooting this way, which is what I love.
    No Semi does this as well as a good 6 inch revolver I think, and there is no better teacher in the world for trigger control.

  17. I occasionally use a rifle range that starts at 50 yards for my long distance pistol shooting. You are absolutely correct about the cartridge (especially the propellant/bullet ratio) being a key factor for accuracy at ranges beyond 25 yards. My personal experience also tells me that the long distance shots bring out the quality handguns as well. I routinely shoot 50 yards with my Sigs (P226 and P229) but the Colt .45 1911’s also really shine at distances up to 100 yards. My 9MM P226 Sig, even though most accurate at ranges of 10-50 yards really falls off when compared with my .40 S&W P229 at 50-100 yards. The 9MM has to be aimed more like my 7.62×39 Sig 556R rifle than my 7.62×51 M1A at over 100 yards. The flatter the trajectory the more natural to aim. I’ve also hit the paper on an NRA pistol target with a .380 ACP Walther PPK, but it was more like aiming for the moon to hit the paper and that just doesn’t feel like normal aiming!

    1. I practice regular with a 7.5 inch scoped ruger black hawk in 45 long colt with reloads for the ruger only from the hornady manual, i have a 300 grain xtp bullet moving at just over 1280 fps at 7 yards from the muzzle i use for deer hunting at times .Hitting targets with it round clay orange discs for skeet at 100 yrds with this pistol and load i am using and drops most deer in their tracks is not hard with this pistol and load , i never liked a 357 mag for deer i think its underpowered for big ohio deer and use either the 45 colt or desert eagle 44 mag either will hit deer easily at 100 yards i have never treid any farther but i think the pistol can do it ,i also practice at 100 with my 45 colt officers model and after a few shots i can hit the clay target with right hold over every time at 100 yrds.All it takes for long range pistol shooting is the right load and bullet combo and plenty of practice , it can be done with right combo i watched the old guy that shoots on sportsmans channel guns and ammo show hitting balloons at 250 yards with a s&w 44 mag every shot but who knows how many times they cut a miss out of the tape lol it is tv .However i would not attempt a 200 yard shot with any pistol at this time at any game animal; could the pistol do it ? sure but can the shooter , me i would need a lot of practice to say i could .

    2. I have to say that I would love to see you hit anything at 100 yards with a Colt officers 45. I’m not saying you can’t, i am just saying I would love to see it, (not taking about a barn now, but a 4 to 6 inch target) I own an officers 45, and love it. It is my go-to home defense gun if I can’t get to my 870 12 gauge. But I have a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn from the inside with it. (man size target at close range, no problem)

  18. Several of us regularly practice handgun shots past 200 yards. In some of our steel comps we set a long range target as much as 100 yards from the line, to be shot last during the stage. Usually it’s a full-size silhouette, sometimes a dropper- depending on who’s setting targets.
    Handgun steel silhouette shooters practice long range shooting. Knocking down a ram at one hundred yards isn’t that difficult for them.
    My brother is always amazed when we use our .22 pistols to shoot reactive targets on the hundred yard line.
    In conclusion: I think there are more people who practice- and hit- beyond 100 yards with pistols than we imagine.

  19. MPDC firearms Instructors at the Lorton, Virginia range regularly hit standard clay targets that were set into the backstop one hundred and thirty-five yards away, using their issued four inch barreled S&W Model 10, .38 spl.revolvers and two inch barreled revolvers.
    From there, I started shooting at targets, usually quart plastic milk jugs, at distances from two hundred yards out to around four hundred yards.
    Weapons used were Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum & Keith hunting loads, Smith & Wesson four inch barreled Model 586 with Remington 125 gr. jacketed hollow points and Glock Model 17 using 115 gr. full metal jacket rounds.
    The most spectacular demonstration of long rang hits with the handguns occurred at Range # 3, located on Fort Meade, Maryland.Electronic resetting, hit reactive bobber targets were in use for sniper training. Beginning at four hundred yards and using the Glock 9mm, hits were recorded immediately, as evidenced by the falling targets. The .357 magnum was successful out to 700 yards. T
    The .44 magnum recorded consecutive hits at 850 yards.
    Verification can be made by contacting Sergeant Louis D’Camera at

  20. Just had my Mk. III Ruger scribed recently for this sort of project. When it comes down to it all this stuff can be calcd. by using MOA calcs, ratio and proportion fomulas and the mil-ranging formula for 1st shot connections at longer ranges. Ed Wosika has an article out on this from a few years back.

  21. We regularly teach a Long-Range Handgun class where we have all of the students making regular, on-demand hits on a 20″ square plate at 200 yards. This class is for service-style handguns only. Optics of any kind, single-shots or barrels longer than 7.5″ are not allowed.
    Check our YouTube channel at Desertscout1 and see regular hits at 500 yards with a Glock 27!

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