2012-08-22 dry fire practice

Following TLG’s sample dry fire routine.

Week 2, Day 3, reloads

  1. 10 reps of wall drill from press-out 2H
  2. 20 reps reload from slidelock, slow, 2H
  3. 20 reps reload from slidelock, 3/4 speed, 2H
  4. 10 reps reload from slidelock, slow, 2H
  5. 10 reps of wall drill form press-out, 2H

A few things came out of this session.

First, I was reloading too low. I didn’t realize I was holding the gun low when I was reloading. It wasn’t at my belly button, but it was low enough that when my eyes shifted to look at the magwell my peripheral vision no longer saw the target. Had to get and keep things up high. Basically, at the point where you start the press-out, also known as step 3 of the 4-step draw. I was just a bit too low and that’s just ineffective and wasted movement.

Second, I found it useful to make the reload and the (return) press-out 2 distinct movements. If I blur right from releasing the slide to getting my left hand back on the gun to pressing out, that ends up kinda smearing things and not having the best presentation. If instead I take a moment to finish the reload, have a conscious break/pause (even if it lasts only 0.1 seconds), then start the press-out, it’s much better. It’s not such a smear, it’s not as difficult for me to get the sights back on properly and so on. It’s so easy to screw up that first shot, so take that moment to ensure you do things right.

Third, gotta ensure when I do put my left hand back on the gun that I resume the strong crush grip. Too many times I came back on with less grip than I started with.

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