300 yard pistol shot

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Beretta USA just posted this video on their page of some instructors explaining the equations necessary to make a long range shot from a handgun. They are using a Beretta PX4 Storm. Although engaging targets at anything beyond 50 meters with a handgun is well beyond most pistol caliber’s maximum effective range, this is fascinating to watch as the shooter not only makes impacts at 200 yards, but at 300 yards as well as using an offhand stance. Granted it takes him two shots at 200, and four at 300 but it’s still very impressive. The equations do not take a left to right wind value into account. That might be asking too much from a 9x19mm cartridge.

 

From the Youtube About section-

In this video, Stuart demonstrates point of aim hold calculations and hits targets at 200 and 300 yards with a Beretta Px4 Storm Compact 9mm pistol.



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Hartman1968

    Gomer Pyle in the video there is giving me a creepy vibe

  • Zachary marrs

    Math is off, they forgot the part where you have to turn into jerry miculek

    • dan

      I was going to say or just give the gun to Jerry Miculek and forget the math

      • Mark N.

        Wasn’t there a recent video here were Jerry plunks a target at 400 with a 9 mm? On his second shot? And I’ve seen Munden do it at 300 or 350 repeatedly. I don’t think either of them “did the math.”

        • Lkb

          Jerry’s most recent vid is him making a shot with a 9mm revolver . . . at 1000 yards. Offhand. With a red dot 1x optic.

          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ3XwizTqDw

          He’s just not human

        • TWW

          They did, just probably not on paper.

  • derfelcadarn

    As a study in possibilities is interesting but in real world scenarios not so much. Given plenty of ammo and time anyone could accomplish this feat, trial and error can be done by anyone. Although after sighting in and compensating for four hundred inches of bullet drop, one finds ones options severely limited.

    • dan citizen

      not even that much ammo needed. I used to shoot at an informal outdoor range, some dedicated person had dragged a 3′ X 5′ slab of steel 400 yard up the mountain backstop.

      One day we noticed an old timer taking pot shots at it with a .45 colt single action. He was getting about one hit per cylinder.

      I found my redhawk, sighted so the front sight base was level with the top of the rear sight had the ranging right. It was not terribly hard to get hits.

      Others managed it with a variety of handguns and calibers. We had just not thought to try before.

      • ThomasD

        Same type of experiences here. It is even easier to dial in your hold when the backstop clearly shows your impacts (live foliage not being very helpful.)

        I also find that slower and heavier rounds tend to provide the long range consistency necessary for predictable success.

  • Thracian Beast

    Ok, so everyone wants to be a pistol sniper now.

    • gunslinger

      no fair. he’s an alien 🙂

  • Robert

    Hmm, basic math is correct. But the further out you get the more error you will have. The fundamental equations do not take into account drag and firing angle, even at 300 yards I’d bet the error is pretty great. Then again so is trying to hit an exact holdover with a 5″ sight radius.

  • Lance

    Beretta wins the accuracy prize again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cymond

      … in a competition of 1.

  • jonspencer

    Anyone who shoots Silhouette with handguns does nearly the equivalent every time they go to the range.

  • Alex Nicolin

    The 9 mm is lethal well beyond 400 yards. The guys in this video have managed hits with a 9 mm CZ-75 at similar ranges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wXFf34bB34