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  1. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I've managed to dry fire a couple of times this week and make a live practice. In preparation for the ProAm match next week I've been working on lots of reloads out of all pouches. The reason I'm shooting that match is really to help a new friend out who is involved in running the match and it's very cheap to go to. (I'm working it as well) So I thought, what the hell. It's an all steel, all par time match and honestly I don't think I'll do very good at all. It will do me some good to gain a new experience. No expectations, just fun. I have never been happy with my reloads out of pouch #3, but have always blown it off as a "when will I ever use that" low priority skill. The problem is, in matches like that ProAM, the Monster Match, or Rocky Mountain 300 I use it like crazy. Also there is the rare occasion when something goes wrong and I need it. Missing that #3 reload only makes things worse. You should never have a skill that throws you off. Practice everything. Well, I decided to do something about it and analyzed the troubles I've had. The main problem is that with my natural reach is downward as I go back. So I need each mag to be slightly lower than the previous one. This also prevents pulling two mags and I can get them closer together. The problem is, that mag pouches are not very well designed for varying drops. I wound up taking an old DAA Racemaster hanger and attaching a DAA mag pouch to it so that I can drop the thing low enough to reach it consistently. This was possible because the adjusting balls are the same size on both components. The shafts however are not the same size. So it took a bit of drilling and coaxing but I got it to swap over. I also cut the drop shaft off so it doesn't dig into my leg. It worked great and I'm very happy with my reloads all the way to #3 now. I've dry fired this for about 25-30 reps and didn't miss a single load with this configuration. With that out of the way I'm looking forward to working on some drills with lots of reloads tomorrow in practice. I'm considering making Sunday's local match a 10 round capacity match. That would certainly drive home the planning and reloads. hmmmmm. Regarding the practice I did on Thursday morning. I was disappointed at the results of trying to break the trigger work down into the steps I identified in the previous journal entry. I found myself adding stress, and flinching quite a bit. In my attempt to become conscious of the prep and time the two events of calling the shot and breaking the shot I added some hand movement in. I could feel a flex just as I attempted to break the shot and would miss. I took a break and just "forgot about the training" and was able to pick up my speed and accuracy by a LOT. I've never had any troubles with my trigger and I think putting too much thought into it, and trying to break it down into too many steps has introduced a lot of error in my current system. I'm going to shorten my process and not worry so much about that particular part. Once I just worked the prep as usual and really concentrated on watching the dot for the proper track to clear steel and get into the transition I was much more accurate and relaxed. I took this lesson to one handed shooting for about 60 rounds and was surprised how accurate I was with either hand. So dropping the extra detail I'm going to modify my goals. Shooting: Look it off. Watch the track for the right one. Should be either the next shot, or next target track. Keep the trigger ready. Fast return path during recoil. Moving: Analyze the spaces. (spaces between shots on a single array, or spaces between positions) Make sure the movement is the optimal, and only movement executed. Time: One practice per week. 4 Dry fire sessions per week.
  2. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    Last week I attended a JJ Racaza training course. This class was amazing and I would highly recommend it. I was surprised how much I got out of it. I'm not going to go on an on about it, but JJ has had quite a career and has developed a very enjoyable and concise way of sharing that with people. It was an absolute pleasure learning from him. Also, he's a very cool dude. Overall, it did the job I was hoping and inspired me to get things moving in my own shooting. I'll begin setting some goals with dry fire training and a more aggressive practice schedule. I'm having a lot of fun these days and really want to polish my technique and move on from this year long "slump" I've been in. Regarding my arm, I'm going to quit talking about it. It's not an issue anymore and I've gone on to include all the normal weight training exercises that a guy without tendinitis would do. This should help increase my total upper body strength, and put the problems farther an farther behind me. I'm able to control the sight now and any issues with said control are not due to my inability to grip firmly with my left hand. so, after a 1000 round training class with JJ, I went out the following day to see what I could do. I sent another 500 rounds down range with accuracy in mind on a dueling tree and 2 paper targets. The 2 paper targets took about 150-200 of those rounds and I only had a single delta and a handful of charlies. Overall I met my accuracy goal for training. The following day I headed up to Ruskin for a match. I was pretty happy with how my newfound skills played out, but there's obviously a long way to go. There were two stages that were very well designed. They had some arrays that were just far enough apart to prevent a smooth transition, but close enough that you couldn't justify an exploding, exit. They required some extreme visual patience as you were forced to very awkwardly try to smooth them out. I feel like I was generally successful at finding the most efficient way through them. The match did point out to me that I need to commit more time to practice. I'm going to get 1 practice day in per week. If I've been unsuccessful at it, say on a Friday or Saturday, I'll skip the match that Sunday and practice instead. Prioritizing practice over local matches is something that I think every trainer has recommended and I've never taken that advice before. I'm also going to get dry fire in my schedule. JJ said he only dry fires for about 5-10 minutes per day, but does it EVERY DAY. Yeah, same here back when I used to do it. So what are my goals after training and a few shooting sessions to think about how it has affected my shooting? Looking at my "work on accuracy" goal I now have a clear understanding of what steps go into having visual patience. It's more than just waiting for the sight to get on target. It's how you are manipulating the trigger and how you feel (tactile, not emotional) the relationship of trigger and sights that really make up that patience. My new goal is going to be to work on that confirmation of trigger prep/prime while maintaining the dot on target. How can we give ourselves this "extra time" to allow this confirmation? Get on target sooner. This is the additional realization that movement is not about your feet. It's anything that's not shooting. During the class I was given the proper information and drill to allow me to really see the difference between shooting, then transitioning, and shooting into the transition. (i.e., flat lining after the shot, VS bumping the gun to the next target.) I've setup drills and practiced this before and sometimes I was successful. But what I learned from JJ is a new level of understanding what it looks and feels like to do it right. Movement? Well, besides working on micro-movement aspects like transitions, I'm going to work on my smoothness. This is going to require a lot of work. Although I'm not exactly a "plant and shoot" guy, there are a lot of things that I do with my feet that I think are fast, but are actually slowing me down. Avoiding the drop step for instance. I'm a big drop-stepper. I'll need to work on looking at the situation and making a better decision on exactly what type of movement to incorporate into it. Drop stepping is actually a "last resort" movement and there are usually better ways to handle getting through an engagement. One area I got to test this was Sunday's match. There was a particular stage where there were several arrays across a long area. There were 3 places you could shoot everything from. Or there were about 5 places you could work your way across without ever lowering your gun or taking more than one or two steps. No time for drop-step or aggressive explosions with the 5 "position" plan. I was the only one that "shot on the move" across those 5 positions on my squad. I was about 1 and 3 seconds faster than the next 2 guys closest to me in ability. Plus I had better hits, and didn't actually shoot anything on the move. I was shooting when I felt stable and was properly prepped and had my sights confirmed but was already moving out of the position the instant the shot broke. I was transitioning into the next target and moving into the next position simultaneously. Therefore, I spent the most time on target possible, allowing the trigger prep and sight alignment to converge without doubt. I make it sound all like any GM out there didn't stand a chance against me. I'm fully aware that it was probably 2 seconds slower than any "gown up" GM but for me it was passing a little quiz based on what I had learned 3 days earlier from JJ. I'm putting this "smoothing out of each position" on my goal list. OK, so this was certainly a windy entry. Time to get to the goal setting. Shooting: 1. Prime the trigger. Feel the wall, push into it. 2. Watch the aim. Maintain the dot on target while confirming the prime. 3. Look it off. Watch the track for the right one. Should be either the next shot, or next target track. 4. Keep the trigger ready. Feel the return path and prep. This will mean more time on target. Moving: Analyze the spaces. (spaces between shots on a single array, or spaces between positions) Make sure the movement is the optimal, and only movement executed. Time: One practice per week. 4 Dry fire sessions per week.
  3. Glock26Toter

    Best Single tip for running a good stage

    Everyone has some good advice here. I'll add that taking your stage planning very seriously will help to sink it in. Dry fire the targets in the speed you think you can achieve. Hold your hands in your exact grip. Rehearse each position in the exact stance you intend to shoot in. Video yourself in the walkthrough, and the stage run. compare the two to see how close you are practicing vs shooting. You will rarely get a full dry run, (i.e., people are usually in the way) but at least rehearsing each position and target engagement speed with realistic actions will help to reinforce what happens after the timer goes off.
  4. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I was able to make a match on Sunday at the WAC, in Clearwater FL. It's hilariously humid in SWFL right now so it was a relief to shoot a match in the shade. I didn't get any vids, but overall I had a good match. It started off with a headshot only classifier, (It's not brain surgery). This was an excellent reminder that my primary goal was accuracy. I managed to snag a 98% on that classifier. I didn't worry about anything. Just aimed and went through the motions. Moving on, I had a couple of rough stages where I forgot my primary goal. On the 4th stage of the day I shot more charlies than alphas. This was a stern reminder to get back on track. The 5th stage was particularly notable for goal progress. There were some upside down targets, a couple of long shots and some shoot on the move ones to round out a very good shooting challenge. (It was called "10 minute build" but seemed more like something from a major match with a lot of planning.) I was very happy with how I was able to not even think about my movement and just aimed and waited for the sight picture I wanted on each shot. When I arrived on the upside down targets I recognized the orientation and didn't break the shot until I had consciously got into that low alpha zone. There were some partials too, and I did the same conscious aiming that put the hit where I wanted rather than just between the white and the edge. There was a port to go through and although I had intended to move into it from the previous position by a couple of steps before engaging I got on that first target what felt like way too early. However, I shortly realized that it allowed me to aim deliberately on the first wide open target while getting into the position that allowed the completion of the position. This really meant that, while it felt too early it allowed me to enter the port with one target already hit. I don't know if my score was anything to get excited about compared to another GM, but for that match it was average hit quality, and a full 2 seconds over the next fastest time. While only on a couple stages, this match reinforces two things to me. First, is that I can put much more thought and care into aiming no matter the difficulty of the shot. Secondly, I can trust that while putting my efforts into aiming the movement will generally take care of it'self. In other words: I showed myself what it is like to get interested in the shooting, and trust that I'll be fast enough. I'm really starting to get some of that old excitement back now. For the first time in a while I think that there may be some hope for improvement in my game. To give an update on the arm. I worry less and less about it, and have even started hitting the grip strength training and adding in some standard arm workouts at the gym. Goals are still the same: Keep having fun. More physical training. Continue to work on accuracy as my top priority.
  5. Glock26Toter

    Grip Strength and Enducrance Training

    Here's another good set of exercises. These are recovery minded, but I suppose if you did them from the start you would avoid shooters elbow.
  6. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    In my attempt to continue having fun, I have been slacking on the journal. But have made some progress in shooting and equipment. With the continued recovery of my arm, I'm getting very satisfied with my ability to track the dot. I would say it's no longer "out of control" during shooting. I'm calling almost every single shot. Even the deltas. Now, I just need to get control over those moments of allowing deltas to be good enough. With that in mind I went to the practice range and sighted both guns in. The backup was dead nuts on. But the main gun was about 3" high and right. (at 15 yds) After a slight adjustment I took some closeup vids of my shooting a plate rack. I did this so that I could watch my thumb, and weak hand in action to determine where I would position a thumb rest. After all was said and done, I could see that when I was most successful on the rack, I was gripping very hard with my weak hand and my thumb was basically flat against the C-More mount. Here's a vid. What that told me is that I don't need a thumb rest. So I just stuck some grip tape on the mount where my thumb lands to hopefully increase the effect of my thumb on the gun, even if my grip loosens up. This has proven pretty sweet in the last two matches. Then, my guide rod broke. I don't know if this was related to the latest malfunctions or not, but since it's been to, and back from a gunsmith with a new guide rod and other tuning work, I'm really hoping the malfunctions with this gun are behind me. I also FINALLY purchased a grip scale after being motivated by Cha-Lee's video on grip strength. I was surprised that after all my arm crap I've been through I was sitting at 140lbs grip on my weak hand, and 150lbs on my strong hand. It should only be a matter of a few weeks before I can get them even. While many will argue this is a project in futility, I personally believe that the closer the two hands are, the easier it will be to maintain a neutral yet very firm grip. That's my goal. Once I reach it, I'll be more qualified to comment on it's value. So, progress on all fronts. I'm having just as much fun as I was before I moved. The decision of "should I be doing this with my arm" is starting to fade at the thought of every movement, especially shooting. And the accuracy, well I'm finding that with more consistent dot tracking, there is progress.
  7. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I was able to get to a match on Sunday. Due to a crappy work schedule coupled with laziness this is like, the 4th or 5th match without having sighted in either gun. Also, the GoPro took another s#!t. No vids. Too bad because one of my stages was actually pretty sweet. Aside from that, some of the aiming was OK throughout the match but I still racked up a couple of mikes and too many deltas. I'm leery of whether I'm the one that miked a few, or if I should have called a C/D hit and wound up with a mike. Either way, I'm still not reining in my aiming like I need to. Without practice, what can I expect? I'm still babying the arm and it hurt during the match on Sunday. I was pretty bummed but by today it's not hurting anymore. I'm really just still trying to take it easy and not get to hung up on whether I should be shooting better, or what I should be doing to fix it. Hell, I'm not even sure why I'm still journaling. I guess I'm just making sure that I don't beat myself up for not getting any better when the only thing I do all week is write about how I didn't do anything to get any better. So, I have the JJ Racaza class coming up and this has provided some motivation to get something done. I think within the next couple of weeks I'll get some practice in and hopefully the arm will be stronger than ever. A few minutes ago I just knocked off of work until next Monday so several days of range time. I'll at least get my guns sighted in and get some slow-fire all alpha practice going! Goals are still the same: Keep having fun. More physical training. Continue to work on accuracy as my top priority.
  8. Glock26Toter

    New shooter - Should I do a major match?

    One of my first majors was Nationals. What a blast! It was super easy to find my name in the results too. I was 2 notches up from the DQ's! No regrets!
  9. Glock26Toter

    Improve trigger speed?

    Don't say dumb. Your idea wasn't dumb. Posting the idea led to some guidance and a pretty decent discussion. Keep 'em coming!
  10. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I shot a match this weekend. Forgot my memory card, so no videos. Some of the shooting was good. On two stages everything was great resulting in stage wins. I was gripping hard, dot was tracking. I was liking it. On the other stages, not so much. I just didn't concentrate enough on making sure to call every shot. My primary gun malfunctioned really bad again and caused me to drop an extra mag. I needed it, so I picked it up and wound up shooting some arrays strong hand only. It was a bad scene but I just laughed it off. Something I couldn't do 6 months ago. I couldn't switch guns because my backup has a loose comp and missing grip screw. So I'm not doing too well in the equipment department. Hopefully I'll have them worked out soon. The gun did run fine the rest of the match though. Some good news is that I shot another match without any arm pain. Now I just need to continue getting my body, and gun running again. I've been slacking on any physical training with a pretty bad work schedule. Hopefully I can get back on track with that soon. For training, I contacted JJ Racaza and I'm working on getting signed up for a class. I don't expect a miracle, but at least need to have some outside help on identifying new goals to work on.
  11. Glock26Toter

    Cold Hands

    I used to do the hand warmer thing and when I was on deck, I would close and open my hands constantly... like until they were almost tired. Finally, I got sick of all that s#!t and moved to Florida. Problem solved!
  12. Glock26Toter

    Shooting Open gun by feel

    I personally would never practice it, or purposely point shoot without looking for the dot. However, I often do shoot very close targets and have no recollection of seeing the dot. So, yeah. I just felt right. My personal interpretation of that is that we can see way faster than we give ourselves credit for. So although I didn't consciously aim with the dot, I certainly feel I subconsciously did.
  13. Glock26Toter

    Improve trigger speed?

    These guys are onto something. Working on raw trigger speed is not where you want to be concentrating your efforts. You need to work on breaking the shot the instant you see an acceptable sight picture. The speed will come naturally when you can bring all the other things into alignment. From a purely raw perspective, it does come from relaxation. If I'm on a hoser, close array and really want to pump some rounds out I'll loosen my grip slightly and basically let the rocking of the gun bump fire the next shot. It's more controlled than it sounds, but in a nutshell if done right it can result in some spicy splits. I would qualify that as a an advanced technique and would advise you to stick with the first part of what I'm saying. Having said that, a very firm grip is key in recoil control and maintaining isolation between your gripping fingers and your trigger finger. So I'll further recommend that you worry less about finger speed and instead increase grip strength.
  14. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    Although two weeks since my last entry, there was only one match. I shot it yesterday and was super excited to have an absolutely pain free match. Since I went to Scotland a couple of weeks ago I have not done much rehab (10 days off for Scotland) nor shot much. I think this final rest after a lot of rehab has allowed it to reach a healed condition. I'll start aggressively working on the rehab exercises again this week. If there is no pain I'll also start my grip strength training and see if I can build some grip strength back without more injury. Shooting the match was a heck of a good time. I knew, while I was shooting I was feeling no pain and was able to grip aggressively and hold the gun hard enough to maintain a decent dot track. There were a couple of bad calls resulting in 2 mikes for the match but for 99% of all the shooting if I called a marginal shot, I was seeing clear enough and controlling the gun enough to fire a makeup shot. I still picked up 5 deltas and the alpha count was pretty low for what I would consider a large improvement. However, this is a good step toward improvement both mentally and physically. I'm going to seek out some training rather than worry about anymore major matches this year. I still may get to a couple more, but currently my money has gone into the Colorado State match, Nationals, and training. After that, if things work out I'll pick up a major or two, but need to get trained for Florida's major match season.. a.k.a Winter for northerners. Time to review my goals: Keep having fun. More physical training. Continue to work on accuracy as my top priority.
  15. Glock26Toter

    Camo Cowboy's performance analysis journal

    I believe I'll get a Sidewinder soon. I'm just trying to give the current regimen a chance. It seems like the flex bars are the same thing from a muscle building standpoint and between that, and the dumbell exercises I'm seeing improvement. Although some lingering pain still exists. It's slight, and with KT Tape on during a match I don't feel anything. I have shot 2 matches without updating this journal. I'm sucking pretty bad from an aiming perspective. My lack of practice, and loss of concentration on maintaining a good, strong, aggressive grip is showing. Posting an embarrassing number of deltas and charlies is the norm now. I'm not getting too worried about it as I'm still just concentrating on making it to a pain free status before I worry about re-training my grip strength and working on this accuracy issue. This past Sunday there was a single stage (2nd to last) where I said to myself, "get on the grip!" I did, and concentrated on a very aggressive grip and aiming run. This resulted a time that was a couple seconds slower than I could have run, but not only did I increase my alpha hits, but I noticed that on most targets my alphas were only 2-3 inches apart. On 3 other targets they were touching. So I can get the gun to track like I used to. I just need to get my training back.