tollarja Posted July 20, 2010 Share Posted July 20, 2010 I've been procrastinating long enough. We'll see how this goes. My name is Jeff and I'm a shootaholic. I am 29 years old and I have been shooting pistol since October 2009 and USPSA since November 2009. I learned to shoot in the Marine Corps (1999) which consisted of a slow fire rifle qualification every year. I also had the opportunity to become a rifle and pistol coach and I helped Marines correct issues during live fire. I was a great coach because I cared about helping Marines improve. I initially "classified" as a D in production, became a C within a couple of months and just classified as B this month. It took me a month or two to become bored and uninterested in classification and since then it has become easier to do well. I also find that when I perform poorly it is getting easier for me to shrug off the disappointment. All part of the focus on improvement not results zen talk in these forums. I don't really get nervous anymore and I have been improving steadily. A few weeks ago I learned that I can call shots and control recoil for proper front sight behavior. I imagine these two things go hand in hand. I have yet to consistently implement either of these things in weekly matches. As a competitor I tend to hit mostly alphas, and have longer total times. Charlies feel like misses to me. My slow times are mostly from slow movement. I don't leave or travel as fast as I would like and I don't get settled quickly enough. I am 253 pounds of recoil management material and my inertia is difficult to overcome. My weaknesses are that I am pessimistic, not confident and demotivated. I really have been trying to become more optimistic like when I was young. Shooting is one of the only things I have that is going well right now and I wish I had the drive required to improve more rapidly. I basically derive my confidence from my hobbies. I also tend to be self deprecating and new friends I have made are making me realize this is more of me being negative than funny. My strengths are my research, honesty, friendliness, analytical approach (also a weakness) and lack of ego. I have read and "know" what I should be doing. This is why I was such a good coach in the Marines, I could tell shooters what would help, but I have trouble doing it myself. I have been working on physical acceleration and deceleration by practicing once or twice a week at the range, doing exit and entrance drills. Once or twice a week I also go out on trails and sprint, decelerate, change direction and practice entering/exiting positions. In straight shooting I have been working on calling shots and transitioning with leg movement. I do not dry fire as much as I should. I intend to report back here when I do and what I learned. My goals right now: Dry fire at least 15 minutes a day. Get my hustle on. Get my new recoil controlling grip burned in. Call every shot. Positive thinking and self image. I just found this yesterday from Bruce Lee (Brian Enos post): All goals, apart from the means are therefore an illusion, and becoming is a denial of being. It feels like this is where I am at: I have this arbitrary goal of becoming an A shooter this year, but I seem to lack the commitment to really become an A shooter. I have no doubt I can become a "paper" A shooter, but I want to be an all around A. I shoot more than I can afford, but I don't think it is all quality practice. Like guitar I think this will require correcting small issues one at a time in a very deliberate and tedious fashion. I need to change my focus from what I wish to become to what I am and what I can do to improve right now. I hope you will read this in a couple of years and be inspired by how I started so humbly as a D shooter and became a master or better. I welcome all criticism and input. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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