Club match with the Sioux Falls Practical Shooters club in Brandon, SD. Took 2 new guys to the match with me, it was their first match. It was a preacher and his son, and I think they had a good time and will probably be back at some point.
Forgot to squad on Practiscore, so ended up in squad 5 with Sherwyn and Nick, and a bunch of new guys. Brandon somehow ended up on 5 also.
Just got done catching up with Steve Anderson’s podcast, That Shooting Show. The episodes Goals 1 and 2 made me start thinking. Last year my goal was M or GM by the end of the year, and I didn’t make it. Recently I was trying to figure out what my goals should be.
Steve Anderson and Lanny Basham say that you need goals to work toward or you burn out. That may be true, but right now I am more motivated then ever and I don’t have a set goal. I dry fire every night for an hour or more focusing on weaknesses and I live fire at least once a week shooting 500 to a 1000 rounds a week. I don’t stop thinking about shooting and wish I was dry firing or shooting all day long. The moment I get home from work I strap on my rig. On my days off when at home if I don’t have the belt on, I generally have the gun with me to work on grip, transitions and trigger control. (more…)
Why dry fire? Why not just live fire to train instead? When should you live fire instead of dry fire? I get asked this questions by people interesting in shooting all the time, it doesn’t matter if you shoot USPSA, IDPA, if you are a LEO, or a person carrying a concealed firearm and you want to be proficient with your weapon.
Dry fire is where 99% of your improvements and skill building will come from, live fire just confirms it. I can’t afford to only live fire, and I don’t think my wrists, elbows, shoulders and hands would be able to handle the amount of live fire necessary to become nationally competitive. I have been dry firing for about 10 years now, but only recently since coming back to the sport did I make a change on how I dry fired. I was very accuracy focused coming from my LEO career, but my speed is lacking. For years I only focused on the trigger press, and it has gotten me to A class, but to continue on I need to work on manipulations, transitions and movement. If you don’t have them both Ben Stoeger’s Dry-Fire Training: For the Practical Pistol Shooter, and Steve Anderson’s Refinement and Repetition, Dry-fire Drills for Dramatic Improvement should be required reading.