Regular readers know my fondness for the CFDA game, where we shoot wax bullets at steel targets. I've built a range in my backyard, and simply scrolling down will show plenty of photos of me and the family shooting in the back yard. My targets are against a board fence, and while the bullets don't penetrate the fence, they are tough on it. That fence has a lot of divots in it.
Practicing this morning, I couldn't find the target, and I couldn't judge my misses. Frustrating. I learned a long time ago that I learn more from my misses (in any shooting discipline) than I do from my hits. If I hit the target, whether it is a two-foot steel plate at 21 feet, or a nine-inch AR500 target at 300 yards, if I hit it, I did everything right. We've got to know where we're missing so that we can made adjustments and increase our accuracy. Knowing about your misses is crucial, and I was getting no education from my misses on that wood fence.
A couple of weeks ago, my metal-working son told me about something called a "drop". It's cut from the end of a sheet of metal, and is sold as scrap. So, today I went down to Alexandria Iron, inquiring about "drops". Sure enough, they had them, in 12 gauge metal. Perfect. I bought the three they had, and came home. Inside of an hour, I had installed them behind one of our targets.