What a gorgeous day we had at KR Training (2014-02-15). Unseasonable warmth — while my friends elsewhere in the nation were commenting on how much snow they were digging out from, I was out in the sun enjoying a fantastic day on the range. I’ll enjoy these mild days while I can, since July and August will be here soon enough.
Classes were Basic Pistol 2 in the morning and Defensive Pistol Skills 1 in the afternoon. We had a great number of students enrolled in both classes, which was useful because we could press on and not have to do so much remedial work in DPS1. Of course, that makes for long, information-overload days, but no question the students progressed well and were better at the end of the day than the start.
Quick hits for those in class.
- Trigger control was the biggest issue across the board. Yanking and slapping, slapping and yanking. Really work on the “slow, smooth press” of the trigger. Dry fire will be your friend. Wall Drill. It’s just about learning it and getting used to it.
- Speed matters, but correctness matters more — especially at this stage. I’d rather you be slower but correct, smooth, accurate. Speed will come.
- Note that speed doesn’t always mean “go faster”; sometimes it’s about using what time you have more efficiently. Consider if it takes you 1 second to press the gun out and 1 second to press the trigger. If you do these consecutively, that’s 2 seconds to complete the action. If you do them simultaneously, it’s only 1 second. In fact, consider you could go even a hair slower, like 1.5 seconds, yet it’s still less overall time.
- Habits are hard to break. I saw many working to break old habits, which is great!
- Don’t beat yourself up over old habits. Don’t tell yourself “don’t do that”. Tell yourself what new habits to ingrain; what TO do. Instead of saying “don’t yank the trigger” say “slow smooth press”. Instead of saying “don’t rush” say “slow down”.
- Again, dry fire helps with this. Be sure when you do anything and everything with your gun to do it correctly. Everything is a rep, everything is a chance to ingrain the right way to do things. Even things like unloading your gun before dry fire, do the unload correctly (how you hold the gun, safe direction, how you rack the slide, etc.). Training economy is about using every opportunity to do things right and ingrain the right way to do things.
Updated: Student Tracy Talbot wrote up her experience in the classes. Thank you for sharing, Tracy!