Last week I shared the difference between Training and Practice. I want to add to that introduction with a few suggestions on how to make the most of practice. Since practice is the repetition of what we have been trained to do, it would benefit us to be sure that we are practicing our new skills exactly like we were trained. Shooting drills can help, having a skilled shooter watch our practice and give us feedback on what we are doing right or wrong and ways to improve our efficiency are also good ways to reinforce what we have been trained to do.
CCLSC’s focus is primarily defensive shooting, preparing for the emergency we hope never to encounter. However, before we get that far, we want to be sure that our fundamentals and mindset are solid. Working through malfunctions, acquiring your target and trigger control etc seem to be basic enough, but add a little stress to the mix and your skills will degrade exponentially. Taking the time now, while the environment is “comfortable” will pay off major dividends later. Dry practice is one of the easiest ways to get some practice if you can’t make it to the range.
A little homework before our next practice; take 10 minutes a day and work on your stance. If you have a firearm available to use at home, BE SURE IT IS UNLOADED and work on your stance, grip, sight alignment/picture, breathing, trigger control and follow through. Go slowly. Make sure every movement is deliberate. Ten minutes a day comes to about an hour and half of repetition between now and our next practice. Don’t take my word for it. Below is a link to Michelle Viscusi’s (the newest Team Glock member and contestant on Top Shot) video talking about dry firing.
Dry Firing Video link HERE