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1 MIT Pistol and Rifle Club Basic Marksmanship Course Head Instructor Joe Foley 6:00-9:30PM

2 Introduction Head Instructor About the Club Student Introductions

3 Class Information Need ID & Writing Implement Focus on Competitive not Defensive Satisfies State Safety Requirements –Certificate to get a LTC or FID

4 Pistol Components Barrel –Front end where bullet exits Frame –Backbone where everything is attached Action –Moving parts: load,fire, and unload

5 Pistol Concepts Double-Action –Pulling the trigger cocks then releases hammer Single-Action –Pulling trigger only releases the hammer Hammerless –Hammer is not visible (internal mechanism)

6 Pistol Types Revolver – Distinctive spinning cylinder to hold cartridges Semi-Automatic –Uses the power released by the action of firing to load the next shot from the Magazine Fully Automatic –Same as above, but continues to fire while the trigger is pulled

7 Ammunition Types Huge Variety Most common pistol: –22long rifle, 9mm, 45ACP Large calibers are Centerfire 22lr still dangerous –12000PSI –1 Mile

8 Smith & Wesson Model 41 Semi-Automatic 22lr Breaks down easily Problem with Triggerlock Adjusting sights with pennies –1/8” click elevation(50ft) –5/64” click windage(50ft) –12 clocks per turn

9 S&W Model 41(cont) Disassemble Parts: –Extractor, firing-pin –Slide-stop/ejector, trigger guard, hammer, safety, fore & back straps Magazine vs Clip –Clip does not have contained spring Demo feeding without barrel

10 Mechanical Safety A safety on a pistol is designed to reduce accidental discharge It can fail – don’t trust it

11 Golden Safety Rule Always treat the gun as though it were loaded, even if you know it isn’t. –Other factors can change the state of the gun without your knowledge Dummy plug –Verify unfireable from a distance

12 Safety Rules Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction Always keep your guns unloaded until you are ready to shoot Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot Know your target and what is beyond These rules apply to Air Pistols also!

13 Cease Fire Stop Shooting Immediately Remove your finger from the trigger Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction Wait for further instructions from the Range Officer Anyone can call a “Cease Fire”

14 Lead Lead is Toxic if ingested Wash hands before eating One fatality known since 1820’s –Don’t eat/drink on the range!

15 Eyes and Ears Gun discharge extremely loud –Esp. in enclosed spaces Wear Hearing protectors or Earplugs Wear Eye protectors –Flying brass

16 Shooting Fundamentals Natural Point of Aim Grip Breath Control Sight Alignment Trigger Squeeze Followthrough

17 Natural Point of Aim Find dominant eye Find comfortable position –45 degrees is good start –Feet at shoulder distance Hand points at the center of the target Lock wrist and elbow Move back foot to adjust angle

18 Grip Grip should be firm –Not limp nor crushing “Holding a child’s hand” –Consistent Memorize how it feels Non-shooting hand to adjust

19 Breath Control Hold breath while making the shot –Reduces body movement 8-10 seconds before losing visual acuity Take deep breaths to slow down heart- rate Take a breath while lifting the gun Let out small amounts of air to adjust vertical position

20 Sight Alignment Demo with Sight Toy Focus on the front sight with Dominant Eye! Tops should be even Front sight in the middle of the notch –Equal spacing on both sides Point of Aim –Center hold, 6-o’clock, sub-6, line of white –8” sight radius: 1/16” = 5” at 50ft

21 Trigger Squeeze Smoothly Straight to the Back –Without disturbing sight alignment Finger placement Dry firing

22 Follow through After making the shot, re-sight it Hold it (1-2 seconds) Call the shot Minimizes unneccessary movement before bullet leaves barrel Build muscle memory and tone –Rapid Fire training

23 Sight Adjustment Rear Sight in direction to move shots –Shooting high, move sights higher German “bei” means “if”

24 Ammunition Components Case –Precise brass container Primer –Senstive to shock Powder –Nitrocellulous aka. Smokeless Powder Bullet –Usually lead, sometimes with brass coating

25 Gunpowder Burns Fast and Produces Hot Gases Exponential Speed as Temperature Increases Demonstration High Pressure Loads (+P, +P+)

26 Malfunctions Misfire –Fails after primer struck by firing pin Hangfire –Slow ignition Keep pistol pointed in safe direction 30 seconds before clearing the “dud” Squib load –Underpowered –Check for blockage in barrel

27 Cleaning Clean each time used Make sure: –Unloaded –Action Open –No Ammunition nearby Clean from rear to reduce muzzle wear –Avoid denting crown

28 Storage Need to be inaccessible to unauthorized persons –Trigger Locks –Gunsafes –Locked Boxes

29 Transportation Laws vary Ask local law enforcement or legal counsel for specific rules and regulations

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