#200 Pistols=Inaccurate at long range

Survival Tip #200

Pistol Range

Man, I can’t believe I am already at 200. Nearly there to paying off the debt that started this all. Thanks to all of you who have been with me for the first 200.

Anyhow, many people have never fired a handgun before. I for one am a pretty bad shot with a handgun. Ten yards I can hit what I am aiming at. 15 yards if I had to hit a zombie center mass I could, but a head shot would probably be about a 70% chance. And at twenty yards, well lets not worry about that little guy. Admittedly it is a survival area I need more practice in, and The Book of Five Rings does express the need to be an expert in all weaponry.

However, I do want to point out this is another area where Hollywood has lied to us. A pistol is not a long range weapon. When you see a cowboy drop an enemy fleeing on horse back with his six shooter as he is cresting the horizon, you are seeing fiction at play. I am sure there are people in the world who can make that shot, but likely you aren’t one of them.

The general rule of thumb is the longer the barrel is on a gun the further the range will be. So, take for instance a snub nose .357 with a 2 inch barrel. If they aren’t close enough to spit on, you shouldn’t be shooting.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t know how to handle a hand gun, but it is far from an ideal survival weapon.


#184 No Favorite Weapon

Survival Tip #184

No Favorite Weapon

“You should not have a favourite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troops to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly.”

-Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings