Quote of the day—Kevin Imel

If you are good enough shooter to shoot a perfect double then you are a good enough shooter to put them a little bit apart.

Kevin Imel
USPSA NROI Range Instructor
June 3, 2017
[This was at the range officer class I was taking a couple weeks ago.

“A double” at a USPSA match is two bullet which created a single hole (which may be oblong in shape). “A perfect double” is two bullets which created a hole which is a perfect circle.

A shooter will get credit for two (or more) shots which are distinguishable but not if they are indistinguishable (a perfect double).—Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Kevin Imel

  1. I recall a story from decades ago about a high-ranked IPSC shooter forced to shoot a store robber who was threatening people with a gun. Three shots from about 5 yards, 1″ equilateral triangle, center of chest, compliments from the police on his grouping.

    Of course, the target was moving at the time, which explains the spread of the shots.

  2. Didn’t this situation cost General Patton a medal in the 1912 Olympics? Because one bullet may have made a perfect double (as opposed to a complete miss of the entire paper target and backing) he was ranked fifth.

  3. This might have been an Ayoob writeup, but there was an officer that put multiple shots in the same bullet track, like three or four. Didn’t stop the perp, who proceeded to kill the cop.

    IIRC, he was shooting at a shirt button, which they found at the end of the track. Autopsy of the eventually dead perp found them stacked nose to tail.

    The takeaway seems to be, if you can see a bullet hole, don’t aim at it, as the original didn’t do anything useful. Also, shoot faster, as this level of precision indicates you are wasting time.

  4. I’ve seen some pretty close doubles as a range officer. But it’s usually an accident. There simply isn’t enough time to be that precise.

  5. I’ll concur with Will. I’ve shot a number of imperfect doubles in USPSA and ICORE matches and while the split times on the timer did not indicate there was any time wasted in doing so, I came to regard doubles as a performance error that needed to be corrected; in real life two projectiles in the same hole serves no useful purpose.

    Turns out that’s more difficult than it appears. When one concentrates, and trains for, maximum consistency in grip, sight alignment and trigger management, all performed in the shortest time possible, doubles tend to come naturally. I found it easier to double with a 1911 in USPSA than a 625 in ICORE, but it still happened with some frequency. To deliberately focus on changing point of aim by a couple of inches while keeping splits very short requires a surprising amount of work; it’s much easier to just “do the exact same thing twice.”

    I’d be curious if anyone has researched the validity of the “avoid doubles” concept; IRL the target usually is moving, so doing the exact same thing twice may probably result in a random spacing betwen the holes. What that ideal random spacing is, or how frequently it can be expected to happen, I have no idea.

  6. I shot a pretty nice double on a head shot at a tactical rifle match on Saturday.
    If the RO had called 5 down I would have been fine with the call.
    Why you ask?

    Range lawyers are why I don’t SO anymore for IDPA.

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