Posted on 08/24/2022 at 08:00 AM by The Biker Lawyers

Creating a New Shooting Challenge

Russ, the Ambassador of Ammo shoots his handgun along side Jayden with his AK-47 in the 40-yard challenge

I was discussing with Wade at Midwest Shooting in Hiawatha various VLOG ideas and we liked the idea of challenges a lot.

I reminded him about the statement he made after a 21-year-old man who carries, took out an active shooter during a mass-shooting event from 40 yards.

Wade said that was a hell of a shot and that he wasn't sure he could put many rounds on a target 40 yards away with just a Glock.

He also wondered if I, as a new shooter, would be able to get any on target from that distance. 

After all, handguns are meant for close work.

Setting Up Our Target

A handmade paper torso target created by Wade from Midwest Shooting in Hiawatha Iowa

Well, that sounded like a good challenge and fairly topical too. Off we went to Wade's family farm to set everything up.

Wade created what we affectionately called a "torso target" with paper covering it so we could track everyone's shots.

Once we set everything up it became clear just how far away 40 yards truly is.

40 yards is a long haul-  almost half a football field.

Ten seconds of full-out running for the average person. The length of two bowling alleys placed end to end. A target that’s 3ft tall and hardly a foot and a half wide sitting 40 yards away looks absolutely tiny. I had serious doubts about our ability to hit this target.

Time to Shoot Our Shot

Jayden from Midwest Shooting in Hiawatha Iowa waits with his AR-15 to start the 40-yard Challenge

The Shooters were Wade and Jayden from Midwest Shooting and myself.

I went first.

We got ten shots each, the same as happened with the shooting we're recreating.

Russ, our Ambassador of Ammo gets ready to test drive an AR-15 and AK-47

To add a measure of stress and distraction an AR-15 is being shot at the same time -- again, mimicking the scenario that was in the news.

Spoiler -- we all hit the target. You'll have to watch the video to see how we did individually.

What This Target Practice Taught Us

Russ, the Ambassador of Ammo completes the 40-yard Challenge

While this was a fun exercise, it really can't recreate the tension of being shot at (I checked with Rock 108’s legal team and they thought that wouldn't be a good idea). I’m a bit old for paintball- but wouldn’t rule it out.

Shooting a stationary target that isn't shooting back was most certainly easier than what happened in the real-life incident we were using as our challenge.

Have you tried this kind of target practice? If you do, I'd be interested to hear about your results and videos too. Comment below.

About Russ: The biker community's Ambassador of Ammo

Known as a professional Radio Gypsy, Russ is the voice of “crazy stories and bad behavior” on Rock 108 every weekday from 10 AM – 2 PM (CST). After a shooting expedition with friends, Russ found a new passion for firearms and is now searching to find the perfect fit to match his needs. Join him as he tests and reviews various guns and targets, learns gun safety, and occasionally blows stuff up every week right here!

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