First Shot Of The Day
Incorporate Time Pressure
Have A Standard
Identify and Diagnose After You Push To Failure
Make Range Days Count Here are some tips I use to keep my range days from turning into a waste.
1) Have a skill you want to work on and a drill to get feedback on that skill.
2) Pay close attention to your performance during the first shooting sequence. Real life self defense encounters don’t have warm up shots. Personally, the first skill drill I run is a timed draw to first shot from 15 yards (or whatever yardage you’d like). A fast and accurate draw to first show is an essential armed self defense skill.
3) Have standards. That means not blaming the gun for a poor performance or making the margin for error so big that you never challenge yourself. Getting hits anywhere on a silhouette target isn’t good enough.
4) Push to failure. Are you drilling holes through holes on your paper target? You won’t improve if you aren’t pushing yourself until you find your limit. Of course find a way to do this in a safe manner. Change the distance, add time pressure, incorporate movement, embed complex decision making, increase your heart rate, switch up shooting positions, add reloads, shoot in shitty conditions. All of those elements could be factors in a self defense shooting. If you are absolutely slaying it on the range all the time you aren’t doing yourself a favor. If you ever do a private session with me, I’ll make a conscious effort to find your failure point. False confidence is not acceptable in self defense and could get you killed.
5) Identify and diagnose failure points. Once you push to failure figure out what you did wrong. Maybe you jerked the trigger, or flinched, or didn’t catch your front site post, or you found yourself going to fast. It could be any number of things. If you don’t identify the problem how can you fix it? Get to know thyself.
6) Isolate skills. Once you’ve identified your problem area(s), isolate one skill at a time. Decrease the difficulty of your drills around that skill until you are consistent, then run your original drill again and see if you’ve improved.
Follow these 6 easy steps every time you go to the range and you are on your way to continual improvement.
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