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  1. Initial Diary entry I decided to make a diary to document my path. A little about me. I love to shoot. I just started shooting again after a year vacation. I'm totally screwed up in my shooting. I'm left handed and right eye dominant. I shoot pistols left handed and rifles right handed. I always had issues aligning the sights correctly on pistols...then I built a PCC with a C-more railway. Now I have the PCC bug. I'm also thinking about dabbling in Carry Optics. I recently installed a Vortex Venom on my M&P Pro. I'm currently classed C in USPSA at 54% I only have 4 classifiers in though. My goal is to make A class in PCC. My Commitment to dry fire a minimum of 5 days a week for 10-15 minutes a day. I try to live fire once a week, but work and life interferes. Working rotating weekends, I try to shoot 2-4 matches a month. Any and all help, tips, suggestions, encouragement and comments are greatly appreciated.
  2. Finally got my timer and did a legitimate dry fire session last night. painfully obvious that my transitions are my biggest problem. Just started using ben stoeger's dry fire book. i had to alter the par time on the transitions MUCH more than on any of the other ones in the learning drills section. Learned that if i focus on my weak hand in the draw im much more consistant in getting a good grip and the strong hand just does what it needs to automatically. was able to keep faster par times and consistantly after figuring this out. think im going to start the accurate but slow training plan tonight and stick with that for a while. Just made B so im hoping if i start with some regular dryfire training i can get to an A level sooner.
  3. I'm a very new USPSA shooter. Just never really thought I had the resources or availability of matches. Anyway, shot my first match about 2 months ago and got classed in C Production. Unable to spend every waking minute at the range I was trying to do more dry fire practice. This is something that I have done for years, but poorly. Just practicing trigger breaks, index and reloads. Never under the pressure of a timer. After reading Ben Stoeger's book on dry fire he mentioned getting the slide out of battery for Glock dryfire. Eureka! I had never thought of doing that to allow multiple "shots". However, the "feel" was just odd to me. Somehow I discovered this dry fire mag on google after searching. The price was high, but decided it was cheaper than bullets. Geocities website here: http://dryfiremag.com/ I've been using it for a few weeks now and can honestly say I recommend this for Glock shooters. It is extremely close to a Glock trigger break and more useful than the spongy out of battery method to me.
  4. Hey all, I want this really to help myself see how I (hopefully) grow and get better as time goes on. I've been shooting for a lot of my life, growing up plinking an old 22, and when I got my "big boy job" out of college I essentially started collecting guns with the intent to some day compete. Never been much of an athletic type, but figured this could be my sport. I eventually settled on the M&P platform, so I use my Pro 9mm in production. I am currently unclassified in everything. I've shot Steel Challenge, 3 gun and NSSF Rimfire. I should be classified in Steel Challenge, but somehow my scores didn't get sent in right when other shooters from the same match got classified. If anyone knows how to get that fixed, that'd be an awesome side effect of this post. Point is, I'm likely a C shooter. However, due to an injury that will keep me from 2 handed shooting for 3+ months, I bought a Ruger Mark II to use for anything that I can find that has a rimfire division so I can keep shooting. As of now, I try to dry fire at least once a week and live fire once a week, and shot at least 2 matches a month, with classes thrown in as available. I've learned from Steve Anderson (books and podcast, not yet lucky enough to take a class and meet him) the importance of dry fire and a training schedule. I need to up my training schedule to get better results, and in about 2 months I'll have time to do that. I really am subscribed to the mental game aspect and try to work on that all the time, as I see benefits from that in everything. Also prior to this injury I was working on physical fitness, because I can't think of a situation where it would hurt to be in better shape. My training right now is learning how the hell to use a dot on that 22. I've never used one before the NSSF match I just shot on Sunday. The rifle I borrowed from a friend didn't like any ammo I used and I was clearing jams one handed the whole day. My pistol had few enough issues that it was a non factor in my poor performance, I'm typically a decent pistol shooter. I was 3rd to last, granted I was the only one shooting with one hand. I was having no issue picking up the dot on the rifle, since I had a dot on my 3g AR until recently, so it was mostly second nature. The pistol, I just couldn't do it. It seemed like I was bringing the gun up as if it were my M&P (17° grip angle) when it was a Mark II (55°). I think the angle was throwing my presentation way off. Not making excuses, just an analysis. My practice (exceeding my training schedule this week) has just been consistently finding that dot and then speeding it up. I'll be doing a SC match Saturday (again, one handed) and see how it goes. The last few matches I've been 3rd of 12+ production shooters, but I'm not going there to hit that pace, just shoot the best match I can. You need to set goals so you can attain them. My initial goals (deadline: October 2018): -A Class in at least one division (preferably production, but contingency of rimfire pistol if necessary due to injury not healing up) by end of October 2018. I'll be happy in USPSA or Steel Challenge, but ideally both. This should be doable with my anticipated level of participation. -I want to be top two consistently in my division in local matches. -I need to learn better AR shooting for 3g. Harder for me to qualify, but this is by miles my weakest aspect of the game. I'd say 65% first shot hits on steel out to 400 is reasonable, with over 80% hit in two shots or less. -Keep level of participation high. 2 matches (can substitute classes) per month, 8 months of the year. Allows for off season and contingency for work and the likes. Also keep regular training schedule. -Continue enjoying myself while doing it. That's why I shoot, it's fun. It is a big difference from my two jobs. Both jobs are stressful. I keep doing it to relax, get my competitive nature running and enjoy myself. I want to be the best shooter I can, but not at the cost of why I shoot. I hope to continue updating this with my notes from matches, and likely a bit lesser extent my dry fire and live fire. I will achieve the goals set forth, and once I do that, I will set the next ones. I think feedback is critical to success, so if you made it this far and stay with me, I'll take all I can get. -DJ
  5. Hi there guys, I am relatively new to USPSA, and am looking for some resources to assist in stage planning. On the short courses, I am keeping up with top of the pack in my local matches, but in the more complex stages, making and executing a plan has been a bit harder than expected. I can clearly see stage planning in the upper echelons isn't a part of the game, it IS the game. Aside from just setting up courses and running them, what do you guys do to drill it ? I've heard a lot of good things about Ben Stoeger's books on the subject, any other reading or viewing suggestions ? Thanks for your time, have a great day.
  6. I've been on the fence regarding the SIRT pistol for about 3 years due to the standard concerns. However, with my newbie self going to CO Nationals later this year, I decided to pull out all the stops and ordered one with a few extra magazines. It showed up in the mail this weekend and today was my first chance to try it out. Originally, I had planned to remove the battery and simply use the gun for dry fire with a resetting trigger, however after properly adjusting the laser for my needs (just at the top of the front sight) I found that it is easy to focus on the front sight while observing the laser with my peripheral vision. I haven't used it for my dry fire drills yet, because I like to add in new changes incrementally so that I know which changes are working and which ones are not. But I did use the pistol for about 10 minutes while laying on my couch focusing on a white wall and working on SHO and WHO shooting. I pulled the trigger twice SHO, correctly passed the gun to my left hand and then pulled the trigger twice WHO, then passed it back to the right hand for 2 more trigger pulls. Within just a few minutes, I noticed that my trigger pull became much more refined and the laser (mostly) stayed where it belonged and didn't "streak" or bounce like it did when I started the practice. While time will tell, I think that this may lead to improvements in my SHO/WHO shooting that would've taken many thousands of live fire rounds to correct since I'm not yet able to discern the relatively minute sight movement that throws off a shot into the C zone at 10 yards. I still intend to continue to put on the belt and do my regular dry fire practice, for now I intend to supplement my training with 5-10 minute blocks of additional trigger control practice (SHO/WHO and also while using a metronome) throughout the day. This post probably isn't a revelation to most of the benos universe, but maybe it can help other shooters decide if the SIRT pistol is something that they can add into their training regimen.
  7. So I took a short video of myself running an El Prez while I was dry firing this morning. I was hoping to see what everyone sees that I do to speed up my turn then draw and transitions, primarily, and also if you see anything with the reload... Really whatever you see! It is in full speed first, then .25 after that. Thanks!
  8. Several people - here, on other forums, at matches - have told me I need to dry fire to help work through some of the issues I am having with Precision Rifle. Having shot USPSA for many years, I understand the importance of Dry Firing, but I also understand the importance of GOOD Dry Fire. Not reinforcing bad habits, not just playing with the gun and calling it dry fire. For Pistol we have known experts and their work, both published and provided free, to reference. People like Steve and Ben have done a great job. But I am finding very little material on Dry Fire for the Precision Rifle. A small amount from sources for High Power and F-Class but little else. So does anyone know of any good reference material, either online or purchasable, on Rifle Dry Fire?
  9. Can anyone tell me if Steve Anderson's book "Refinement & Repetition, Dry Fire Drills for Dramatic Improvement" contains text in addition to the training diagrams, or is the book just a compilation of the dry fire drill diagrams? After reading Brian's book, which book would you buy/recommend next, this one or Saul Kirsch's "Perfect Practice"? I am relatively new to practical shooting and am looking for the best tutorials to help me improve my skills. Thanks
  10. Try this drill with dry-fire safety measures in place. Go through draw motions without actually grabbing the gun. Make sure you register your hand on your gun as if you would draw. Complete the draw with empty hands. It should feel effortless to go through the motions without the gun. Do this five times. Now try to do a draw with the gun. I got to a 0.9 second draw from concealment this way. I think it was mostly a mental block. How did it work for you? Does anyone know if this has been posted before? DNH
  11. I am looking for better ideas on my training. I am Police Officer and I shoot IDPA and USPSA on the side to make myself more proficient in my career. I practice the following everyday that I suit up: 1. Draw stroke with my shot timer set to par times between 1.3 seconds down to 0.6 seconds. I start at a 1.3 to make sure my form and grip is perfect, then increase my speed till .6. I can beat .7 and still fighting for the .6. 2. Dry fire on 1/3 scale IDPA targets (3) at between 15 and 30 feet. 3. Transitions between targets will perfect sight picture. 4. Reloads with retention and tactical reloads using snap caps. (every other time) This usually takes me about 15-20 minutes, about 25 when I do reloads. Any ideas on what I am missing or could do better?
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