Life has a way of being so busy and often times I stop and think about where the time has gone. Most of us have a job, family, friends, and a hobby or two. Making time for shooting and getting better can be a very difficult task. This is why it is important to have a Perfect Practice.
What do I find the secret of success? Having a plan. This means I have a plan to practice and when I practice it is intentional. I go to the range and I know what I want to work on. Two weeks ago, my plan was to spend three practice sessions (~1k rounds in aggregate) and work on my draw with my new Sig Sauer Legion 9MM. Of course, I had to sneak in the same amount of practice with my new CWA rimfire pistol. As a rifle shooter who enjoys the pursuant of matching my pistol times with the long guns, it is a lot of work. Through self-analysis my transitions in Carry Optics are as fast as my rimfire pistols, but my draw is severely lacking.
The first thing I did is to find the best Carry Optics holster out on the market which lead me back to the industry dominating Red Hill Tactical. Below is a picture of my setup; Red Hill Tactical Holster with a Betsy Ross Flag, Sig Legion topped off with a Vortex Razor 6MOA. Note, the magwell is take off for Carry Optics. The fit and finish is on point. I have found with my Single Stack holster I prefer the Safariland USPSA Kit and the adjustment it offers. Now, I have the best equipment, time to work on the draw. After setting up a camera to analyze my draw I noticed I was so tense through my hands when the buzzer went off it was taking a brief moment for them to relax before they would move. My average draw was 1.45 seconds on Roundabout. I decided to relax my hands and the results were immediate. My draw time on Plate #1 dropped to an average of 1.24 seconds. It was inspiring move from shooting Master Class times to Grand Master times with a small adjustment.
The reason why I share this example with you is practice is not just putting rounds down range. You don’t have Hank Haney, or Phil Jackson standing behind you if you are training without a coach. You have to do some observation and personal reflection to make improvements. If not, you are just wasting ammunition in the process of trying to reach your goals. My goal in 2020 in Carry Optics is to bump up from an A class shooter to Master and then Grand Master. After this training session and shooting a local match last weekend, when the scores update I will move to Master!
Make sure before you go to range, you have a goal. It may be to start your first stage with 4 solid runs and burn down a 5th as you would in a match. Maybe it is to end practice in this same fashion. Maybe it is to improve your first shot? Maybe it is to work on Calling you Shot? Whatever your goal is, write it down. Hold yourself accountable.
See you out on the range soon!