As usual I am having a bit of fun with the term Rules. They are really suggestions. Only you can decide what you want to do in your training.
- Maintaining accuracy from the start of your training on a target of eight inches is an ongoing form of accuracy testing.
- When you are firing accurate and at what you FEEL is a fast speed from 2 yards to 15 yards you may want to start using a timer to track your speed training. Before spending $100 on a competition timer, try using timer apps on your smart phone. Many of these apps are free. Google is your friend here. You only need to track tenths of a second. Spend the $100 on a legal book and bullets.
- Don’t start using a timer until you are consistently keeping the rounds in an eight inch target and you feel you are shooting faster.
- Use a timer only after you have read and studied the laws of your state as they pertain to self-defense. i.e. Burglary, trespass, assault, aggravated assault, rape, arson, robbery, homicide, etc.
- Use a timer only after you have developed your basic, “What ifs.”
- Test accuracy first from a certain distance before you test speed from that distance. i.e. if you can’t get three slow fired rounds into a eight-inch circle why would you want to speed up.
- Shooting slow from faraway and shooting for speed from closer in during the same session is also an example of interleaved training.
- Timers allow you to track progress.
- Timers allow you to see when progress stops or stalls. This is when you might go on to some other training task (like shooting and moving) or have to change your practice to make it more complex. If you can’t make progress and don’t know why, stop chasing the clock. Come back to it later. If still no progress, and it’s a physical skill like drawing, try having someone video you in dry fire and at the range. Still no progress, think about getting some associated training from an instructor.
- Timers allow you to see the range of time that you perform a skill. i.e. your presentation to one shot fired center mass is not one time but a range. Sometimes you do well and sometimes you screw up and the time is slow. When you are not getting any faster concentrate on doing the skill perfectly. Compressing the range of time is a form of progress. Your screw ups can get faster, meaning you are screwing up less and are learning to work through your screw ups.
- As your speed increases you should combine different skills. Draw while moving in various directions. This can be done first in dryfire, then live fire. During live fire these movements can be timed the same as any skill.
- New skills need to be learned perfectly in isolation.
- After perfectly learned they should be combined with other various skills. i.e. we learn the grip, then we learn the draw with finger on the frame ending with focusing on the front sight, then we learn to press the trigger, then we press the trigger after the draw and front sight focus, then we learn the entire presentation to finger on the trigger and a trigger press when on target.
- We can practice moving in various directions. Most know how to do this since we’ve moved since being about one year old. Still we can smooth it out with a bit of practice.
- We should add movement to our dryfire practice. This often requires us to go outside. If your neighbors can see you, then use your finger gun to avoid them calling the police. Yeah, don’t run around with a pistol, even a training pistol in your apartment complex. It won’t end well.