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!