This is going to be quick and on point. If you want to shoot better, you first must know how well you shoot and then you must know how to improve on where you’re at. You cannot go from having never shot a gun to gun fighter overnight so don’t expect instantaneous success.
Other than a drill you shot with score and time do you really know how well you shoot? Probably not, most of the people I know just want to get better, they haven’t a clue on what and how to improve. Here’s the big secret, eat the elephant. The very simple act of drawing the gun and firing a shot is comprised of several linked skills not one giant movement and the only way you can improve is if you improve on each of those linked skills.
You might find that the simple act of gripping the gun in the holster with your shooting hand is beneath your level of concern because . . . well it is so very simple how could that be wrong. If so then you would be wrong. If not done perfectly, repeatable, and subconscious it can always be much better and you know what happens when you get the gun out there and shooting hand is in the wrong spot. You miss.
Does your shot cleanly break at the exact moment your arms hit full extension or just before OR do you then start trying to find your sight picture? You should have your sight picture complete in those last few milliseconds as the gun is approaching full extension and the shot should fire as soon as it is on target whether you’ve hit full extension or not.
At the compressed ready position where is your muzzle pointing? As you begin to push the gun towards the target if you need to make major adjustments to your wrist angle it will cost you time and often we see a corresponding miss in the direction of the angular change. The muzzle of the gun really should be on the desired point of impact at the retention ready position. Angular misalignment at the start is a problem that will only create more problems when you’re under pressure.
So how you figure this all out is to take slow-motion videos of your timed draw stroke. Place the target at least 5 yards away. You want the shot to be long enough so you must make a good solid hit. If you miss, erase it, and start over with the next video. Take video of at least five shots, more is better and then watch.
Do they look identical? It should look like you are watching the same shot over and over. If you see variation in each movement it simply means you have not practiced it sufficiently for it to be in your long-term memory and your neural pathways are poorly defined if at all.
Are there extraneous movements? The fastest way to do something is to eliminate unneeded movement. If you see the gun moving up and down all that is doing is slowing down the time needed to make the shot.
Is the slide right on your line of sight for the last three to six inches of the extend motion? If not, you must make an adjustment at the end of the extend which will cost you time and/or accuracy. Those last inches are critical in making that last final micro-adjustment to your sight picture.
Now if you wish to see what your draw stroke really looks like have someone video it while you are going as fast you can and still make the hit. Videoing your movements while going very slowly will not give you a lot of useful information, going slow was what you should have been doing during your dry fire practice. If you want to improve you must learn what you don’t know, in this case your draw stroke.
The next step, share the video with your coach or your instructor, dissect it to look for the large, obvious areas of opportunity and then go dry practice those changes and measure your progress with video and live fire monthly. Keep in mind it only takes about 300 perfect repetitions to ingrain a motor skill but it can take more than 3000 perfect repetitions to correct a bad, range habit.
Regardless of skill level, if you want to get better it will not happen in a vacuum, come see us and let us help you get there faster.
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