iterative_optimization Posted February 15 Share Posted February 15 (edited) After reading @CClassForLife's shooting diary, I am motivated to start my own and document how I've learned to shoot. I shoot a stock Shadow Systems MR920 (glock 19 clone) and I plan to shoot this gun until I get to M before allowing myself to upgrade to a better gun. This forces me to practice my fundamentals and reinforces my confidence in my carry gun.Background: Started shooting USPSA in May 2022 with the first Lvl 1 match in September 2022. Prior to that, I've been to a range 3 or 4 times to shoot but didn't really commit to the sport until after my first lvl 1 match. No LEO or military member in the family, just was really interested in shooting, the engineering behind it, and the bio-mechnical skills involved in controlling a fireball 2 feet from your face. I currently work as a software engineer and worked significantly in the data science and neuroscience fields in my early career. Lessons learned getting to B Class: Focus on grip above all things when dry firing (Two amazing tutorials by dryfire ninja & humble marksman) When I first started, I dry fired so much and was able to hit GM hit factors during dry fire sessions. But when I started shooting classifiers, I realized how bad the shots are and the dry firing has solidified bad grip habits. I reached out to various shooters at my club to really learn more about it and the different types of grips can be distilled down to 3 categories. squeeze the palms bend the bar crush walnut When practicing drawing and reloads, the grip is again the focus of these activities. Focus on trigger pull An easy skill to lose over time as you shoot fast. But be able to do this without a timer at 15 feet to a 1 inch x 1 inch target without the dot leaving the target. Then add the timer and pull the trigger as soon as the timer goes off, keeping the same goal of not moving the dot off the 1x1 inch target. Trigger reset really have 2 trains of thoughts reset and hit the wall as fast as possible (My current training) Tailored toward your specific gun to allow you to shoot faster with good triggers Limits the range of guns you can shoot as you've trained muscle memory of a specific reset length I'm training this method since glock triggers are quite difficult to work with. But over time, I'm hoping this will help solidify my fundamentals in trigger control and is transferable to other guns with shorter and lighter triggers. reset as far as possible Ben Stoeger does this so he can shoot any gun without having to worry about its reset length. Requires a lot more training to master, but allows you to have the best fundamentals Goal is to move up to this. Draw and reload times I used Ben Stoeger's Practical Shooting Training book's Level 3 times as reference for dry fire training. I figure it's always better to go one level higher than what you're trying to achieve to hit that level. Start off slow to build the basic neural path way for what you're trying to train and then slowly build up speed during your training. This minimizes training scars and help with memory consolidation. Current training: Daily dryfire sessions done before bed time to improve memory consolidation limit to 30 mins, though this fails many times because it's hard to stop at times Breakdown 10%: trigger pull at speed 40%: draw to first shot (focus on grip) 30%: standing reload 20%: draw, transition, reload (timed) Will skip days if certain parts feel pain (shoulder and wrist mainly) weekly USPSA league to test things out 1 Monthly match (sometimes 2) 4 weightlifting sessions per week (2 upper body, 2 lower) 2 runs per week (1-2 mile at 9min pace) winter slowed me down so this gets skipped a lot Goals for 2023: Shoot at A level by June Shoot at M level by November I'm also tracking my progress through my youtube channel (Work in Progress, will edit later) Edited February 16 by iterative_optimization Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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