2012-08-07 dry fire practice
Week 4, Day 2, SHO (all drills WHO)
- 20 reps of wall drill from press-out
- 10 reps draw & fire, slow
- 10 reps draw & fire 3/4 speed
- 5 reps reload from slidelock, slow
- 5 reps reload from slidelock 3/4 speed
- 5 reps TRB
- 5 reps LRW
- 10 reps wall drill from press-out
All WHO. Man, that’s painful, especially the reloads and malfunctions…. yes, weak-hand ONLY, only one hand involved period. The one thing I wasn’t sure about was drawing. Was this supposed to be a true WHO draw, reaching across my body to a “backwards” gun? Or was it to be a regular SHO draw then transfer to my weak hand? I figured WHO-only since again everything seemed to point in that direction. And this post by TLG confirms yes, it’s WHO draw across your body. Fun! NB: if you haven’t been properly trained in these techniques, don’t necessarily think you can get it off YouTube. Learn from a proper trainer (I learned from Karl Rehn and Claude Werner).
One thing I focused on was my grip, as noted in yesterday’s session. I should clarify. It’s not that there’s some greater rearward pressure from my fingers. No, it’s still an evenly pressured crush-grip. However, what I need to feel is my fingers being active and involved. If I feel that, I know I’m gripping the dickens out of the gun. As noted in the past, one problem I have is getting my grip to be solid during dry fire — it’s too easy to slack off here and not grip much at all, which then can lead to great inconsistency. I’m sure that carries over into live fire, not so much the grip itself but consistency of grip. A consistent, strong grip leads to better recoil management and shot recovery. We’ll see how emphasis on this in dry work will translate to live work for me. Will take time to get there.
I must admit, it’s rare for me to work all these WHO skills, like the reloads and malfunction work — I can’t remember the last time I did it WHO. Again, a good rear sight (e.g. Dawson Precision Charger) makes a big difference. I think this is also the first time I ever did it with my M&P, and I learned a few things:
- I do miss the true ambidextrous mag release of my Springfield XD-9. You can overcome it tho with the M&P, just using your fingers instead of your thumb. I discovered my middle finger works better than trying to get my index/trigger finger on the button.
- I must remember there’s a slide-stop lever on the right side of the M&P (something the XD lacked), and my thumb here will work the same way as SHO.