Exercise: See It, Feel It, Hit

Exercise: See It, Feel It, Hit It

Summary:  We slow things down to speed things up by focusing on pulling the trigger as early as we see what we need to see.
Target: Trigger Stripes  4  or 7 yards (with skill)
Rounds: 65 live, 100 dry

This exercises works on visual recognition and a calm trigger pull by varying the speed we raise the gun up from 1/2, 3/4, full speed while still shooting as early as we SEE or FEEL the sight picture we need to see.  The BENEFIT will be being able to see early and pull as early as you can without disturbing your trigger pull.  

By “Feel” – with perfect sight alignment by feel, at closer yardages you should be able to feel you will hit it. If so, pull, and hit. Congratulations on being early!

Definitions:

Full Speed – a sense of urgency when pointing your finger at something
2/3rds speed – calmly pointing at something
1/2 speed: slowly pointing at something without stopping your motion

Procedure:

Start Position: Compressed Imminent Threat, Handgun cocked, or Loaded (safety off, finger on side)

Left target: 4 yards @ 1/2 speed

 – 10 reps Dry Fire: Present at 1/2 speed
                                        pull the trigger the minute you see the sight picture you feel will hit the target
                                        after 1 to 2 second follow-thru, return to start position.
– 10 reps  Live Fire: Same
– 10 reps Dry Fire: Same
– 10 reps Live Fire: Same
– 10 reps Dry Fire: Same

You are focusing on seeing what you need to see and pulling the trigger when you see it. At 3 yards you may feel it too (with sight alignment done properly by feel with the grip).

Center Target: 4 yards @ 2/3rds speed

Same.

Right Target: Full speed 

Same.

Warm Down:

5 rounds, get rid of the TPC logo with grouping (slow!) fire

10 dry with perfect trigger pull and follow thru (don’t pin the trigger)

Journal Time:

Write down what you did that helped you. 
Write down ideas to further improvement and things to try.
Write down questions for a coach, instructor or better shooter.

Notes:

As usual, think your way through this.  Honor the idea… go slow, pull when you see it, then add more urgency. 

Variants: This can be done with any target. Doing it on static steel is fun. 

 

Exercise: Setting proper wrist cam

Exercise: Setting Wrist Cam for minimal rise, straight up and down travel

Summary:  Adjust the wrist cam, both individually and as a pair, to secure minimal muzzle rise with front sight moving straight up and down.
 
Rounds: 50 to 100 rounds

As with all of our targets, their use is only limited by your imagination.  Identify what skill you want to sharpen, then select one of the TPC targets.  All it takes is a clear vision of what skill you want to sharpen, some creativity, ammo, and quality time to focus.  
 
This next drill is for students that have taken one of our Handgun Mastery Courses and understand what we mean by increasing bio-mechanical efficiency.  In this case, camming of the wrists.  
 
The perfect target to measure camming efficiency is the TPC Sight Tracker at 5 yards 
Camming of Wrists
Remember that camming is a force that has a direction and a magnitude.  Direction is straight to the target, and magnitude for each wrists is determined by the shooter.   The magnitude on the left wrists may be different than the right wrist.  
 
 
Drill 1:  
 
Aim for the dot at the bottom of the target.  Fire a shot and track the front sight for both how high it rises (what color does it rise to) and in which direction of the center line (left, right, straight up/down).  The goal is to have the front sight rise no higher than the green and to travel straight up/down.  The caliber of the gun and your body strength may limit you to having the front sight rise into the yellow band.  
 
If the front sight rises to the yellow or red band, keep increasing the magnitude of the cam until you have minimal front sight lift (green or low yellow).
 
If the front sight has minimal muzzle rise, but rises to the left, then increase them cam magnitude of the left wrist.  
 
If the front sight has minimal muzzle rise, but rises to the right, then increase them cam magnitude of the right wrist.  
 
Drill 2:
With the proper cam magnitude in each wrists as determined from
Exercise 1, fire a round every 2-3 seconds, feeling the cam and watching front sight behavior.  Repeat for 30 rounds.
 
Drill 3:
With the proper cam magnitude in each wrists as determined from Exercise 1, fire two shots and watch both front sight lifts.  Are they consistent:  minimal muzzle rise and straight up/down.  Goal here is to maintain a consistent cam through firing multiple shots.
 
Notes:

Do this at the pace of thinking and doing it right. 

Each drill should be done with a focus on the process….. ”Think, Don’t Plink”. 
 
 
Journal Time:
 
Write down what you did and also what worked. 
Write down what you’d like to try that you think will help an issue you hit.
Write down any tools you may like to add
Write down questions for a shooter better than you are, or for an instructor/coach
 
Have fun! You are on the range getting better!

Exercise: Build it Right X 200

Exercise: By the Numbers

Summary:  Get 132 dry, and 96 live, reps of building your perfect stance and grip.
Rounds:  96
Dry Variant: 132 dry, you can do this dry only
Target: 2 Inch Circles
Distance: 5 to 7 yards with skill
Variants: Any target will do

Correct repetitions build subconscious mastery.  Let’s do 100 just right!

Dry: 120 reps, 10 perfect in a row per target

1. Break down your stance – step back, step forward, to where you shoot

2. Take a deep breath, blow it out, take away any tension

3.  Draw gun to Hand Clap, build stance, adding only tension where needed

4.  Add in grip, lifting to eyes, adding only tension where needed 

5. Rise with sights aligned to a perfect equal height, equal light sight picture on the target

6. Confirm sights, isolate trigger action, <click>, hold follow thru for 2 seconds

Repeat 10 in a row perfect per target. Start at 1 if any step is done wrong.

Live:  8 rounds per target, 96 rounds total

– Same, only with real bullets!

Dry:  12 

1 Per target to warm down

Journal Time:

– write down what worked, what you learned
– write down ideas you want to try for a problem you hit
– write down any tools you want to get to make things better
– write down any questions for an instructor or coach

General Thoughts:

The concept of rebuilding stance and grip as much as often in a practice is often overlooked. You are on the range, you have a gun, you have targets, ammo – GET THE MOST OUT OF THE TIME AND MONEY.   If what you are practicing permits it, take every opportunity to slowly and correctly rebuild the stance/grip so that you add to your brain’s memory of how to do it right subconsciously. 

 

Exercise: Visual Patience in Transition

Exercise: Visual Patience in Transition

Summary:  A decreasing par time exercise where you build in urgency combined with the patience to ensure  you see the sight picture you need see when transitioning between targets of varying difficulty and required sight pictures.

Rounds: 150 to 200 rounds
Dry:
   Varied, but expect at least 100.

 

As with all of our targets, their use is only limited by your imagination.  Identify what skill you want to sharpen, then select one of the TPC targets.  All it takes is a clear vision of what skill you want to sharpen, some creativity, ammo, and quality time to focus.  

The See What You Need to See 2 (SWYNTS2) target is great for Trigger Control and Visual Patience.  There are instances when engaging targets where we self induce a pressure to fire the shot even though we don’t yet have an acceptable sight picture.  We fire the shot because we feel that we need to “start shooting now” .  The discipline that we want to instill is to fire the shot only when you have an acceptable sight picture.  
 
 
Setup:
Timer
 
Sight Picture Requirements: (also shown in image above)
Large Circle:  Sight Picture (eyes, rear sight, front sight, target) can have a lot of variation
Medium Circle:  Sight Picture needs to be closer to perfect (equal light, equal height)
Smallest Circle:  Sight Picture needs to be perfect
Horizontal Stripe:  Equal Height 
Vertical Stripe:  Equal Light
 

Drill 1: 

Gun starts empty, hammer/striker back, held at compressed imminent threat

At start signal, present the gun on large circle, internalize a break, then transition to another shape target and when you have an acceptable sight picture, break the shot and hold for 2 sec (follow through)

Repeat this until you can break the dry fire shot onto the next target within the acceptable 

       margin of error five times in a row

Select another pair of targets and repeat the above
 

Drill 2: 

Gun starts loaded, hammer/striker back, held at compressed imminent threat. Timer

At start signal, present the gun on large circle
When you see an acceptable sight picture, break the shot then transition to the next shape target and when you have an acceptable sight picture, break the shot and hold for 2 sec (follow through)
Repeat this until you can hit the target five times in a row
Select another pair of targets and repeat the above
 
 
Variations:
Start from the draw
2 shots per target shape
Use more than two target shapes
One on each target
Strong Hand
Weak Hand
 

Each drill should be done with a focus on the process.”Think, Don’t Plink”.

Evaluate the result.  If the result is as expected, continue to re-enforce with reps. 

Start with the Speed of Learning (25%). When comfortable, shoot at the Speed of Grooving (50-75%).  

Then shoot at the Speed of Performance (85%-98%).  To raise the level of your comfort zone, shoot at the Speed of Breaking (101+%).  

Journal Time:

Write down what you did and also what worked. 
Write down what you’d like to try that you think will help an issue you hit.
Write down any tools you may like to add
Write down questions for a shooter better than you are, or for an instructor/coach

Have fun! You are on the range. You are not at work (unless you work on the range, which is great!).  You are getting better!

Exercise: Fire when You See It

Exercise: Fire when You See It

Summary:  A decreasing par time exercise where you build in urgency combined with the patience to ensure  you see the sight picture you need to see before shooting.

Rounds: 150 to 200 rounds
Dry:
   Varied, but expect at least 100.

 

As with all of our targets, their use is only limited by your imagination.  Identify what skill you want to sharpen, then select one of the TPC targets.  All it takes is a clear vision of what skill you want to sharpen, some creativity, ammo, and quality time to focus.  

The See What You Need to See 2 (SWYNTS2) target is great for Trigger Control and Visual Patience.  There are instances when engaging targets where we self induce a pressure to fire the shot even though we don’t yet have an acceptable sight picture.  We fire the shot because we feel that we need to “start shooting now” .  The discipline that we want to instill is to fire the shot only when you have an acceptable sight picture.  
 
 
Setup:
Timer
 
Sight Picture Requirements: (also shown in image above)
Large Circle:  Sight Picture (eyes, rear sight, front sight, target) can have a lot of variation
Medium Circle:  Sight Picture needs to be closer to perfect (equal light, equal height)
Smallest Circle:  Sight Picture needs to be perfect
Horizontal Stripe:  Equal Height 
Vertical Stripe:  Equal Light
 
Drill 1: 

Gun starts empty, hammer/striker back, held at compressed imminent threat.

At start signal, present the gun on large circle

When you see an acceptable sight picture, break the shot and hold for 2 sec (follow through)

Repeat this until you can break the dry fire shot within the acceptable margin of error five times in a row

Repeat for each of the 5 different target size/shapes
 
Drill 2: 

Gun starts empty, hammer/striker back, held at compressed imminent threat. Timer set to random start.

Repeat the above starting with a 2 sec par time.

For each successful 5 runs, lower the par time (1 to 2 tenths)

You now have a baseline time for each of the target shapes
 
Drill 3: 

Gun starts loaded, hammer/striker back, held at compressed imminent threat. Timer

Set the par time to your baseline time +0.5sec

At start signal, present the gun on large circle

When you see an acceptable sight picture, break the shot and hold for 2 sec (follow through)

Repeat this until you can hit the target five times in a row

Lower par time  (.1  to .2)

Repeat this until you can hit the target five times in a row

At some point, you will be shooting at the Speed of Breaking.  Back off the par time and confirm your Speed of Performance (speed of success)
After confirming speed of success on the target, repeat the process on the next target shape. 
 
Variations:
Start from the draw
Strong Hand
Weak Hand
 
 
Each drill should be done with a focus on the process.”Think, Don’t Plink”.

Evaluate the result.  If the result is as expected, continue to re-enforce with reps. 

Start with the Speed of Learning (25%). When comfortable, shoot at the Speed of Grooving (50-75%).  

Then shoot at the Speed of Performance (85%-98%).  To raise the level of your comfort zone, shoot at the Speed of Breaking (101+%).  

Journal Time:

Write down what you did and also what worked. 
Write down what you’d like to try that you think will help an issue you hit.
Write down any tools you may like to add
Write down questions for a shooter better than you are, or for an instructor/coach

Have fun! You are on the range getting better!