"Be quick, but don't hurry"

Discussion in 'Training' started by rjinga, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. rjinga

    rjinga Member

    As I was practicing at home with my Shield and a SureStrike laser training cartridge I noticed something:

    Whenever I was aiming at something small (example - antique glass bottles, approximately 2” across or smaller, on the fireplace mantle about 14’ away), I’d put the front dot on the target, and center it in between the two rear dots, but then I’d take another 2-4 seconds just to make sure that I was really on target (practicing with both eyes open) before pressing the trigger. Sometimes during those 2-4 seconds, the front post would start moving (yes, I know I’m the reason it’s moving) and I’d miss the target when I finally pressed the trigger.

    So, I began practicing while following the advice of Coach John Wooden: “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” Now, once the front dot is on the target and centered between the two rear dots, I press the trigger. No more hesitation “just to make sure” I’m really on target. I believe my accuracy has improved; I know my overall speed (target acquisition to shots fired) has.

    One of my favorite targets is a Maxwell House coffee can. I turn the can sideways so that the approximately 5” diameter opaque lid is facing me. The laser beam goes through the lid, and then strikes the bare metal interior, lighting it up. I aim for the center, of course, but if it glows, then I’m inside of 5”, and I’ll take that all day long with a SD sub-compact (?) firearm. That includes shooting from all the way across the family room and kitchen while standing in the hallway, which is 30’ (10 yds) away.

    It does remains to be seen how this will translates when shooting real ammunition…
  2. RedDawnTheMusical

    RedDawnTheMusical Well-Known Member

    And that there is the trick. Many people dry fire great shots, but when they have to deal with recoil and report (sound) anticipation, they starting hurrying their shots. I've found that the one thing that I'll focus on at the range is the trigger pull. I focus on pulling the trigger back slowly and continuously, until the firearm has fired and I recognize that the trigger is all the way back and can't go any further. I then pause, and then release the trigger until I feel it take-up so it can engage the firing pin again, and then repeat the whole process. The mental observation that the trigger is all of the way back and the subsequent pause allow me to identified that shot as "done". Without that, it is easy to jerk the trigger. Also, the focus on the trigger keeps things calm and helps prevent pulling the firearm off-target in anticipation of recoil, the report, etc. Any time my shots start to stray, this trigger discipline focus helps to get everything under control.
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  3. Arty

    Arty Fire for effect

    Good advice on trigger pull. :)