KR Training 2015-07-18 – BP2 Quick Hits

Ran things a little different at KR Training this day. Normally classes run in sequence: one in the morning, one in the afternoon. But because of the nature of the classes today, and given summer is officially here and the temperatures are now nearing 100º well… if we don’t need to run in the afternoon, let’s not and avoid the sunburns and heat issues.

So we ran a Basic Pistol 2 and an AT-4. Karl and Greg did AT-4 on the big range, while Tom and I ran BP2 on the small range.

All I can say about AT-4 is at one point I had to go over to the large range. I had no idea what they were doing so what I heard was completely out of context. I hear Karl give the “Ready” command, and as soon as the timer beeped, I hear all these magazines hitting the ground. Completely out of context, it was the funniest sounding thing to hear “GO!” and then a sound like everything was falling apart instead of go-ing. 🙂  I’m sure it’s not as funny to read about, but hey… I have to get my giggles where I can. 🙂  That said, it sounds like the AT-4 went really well.

But I can speak to the BP2.

There’s really two things I want to talk about from how the class went.

  1. Practice
  2. Mentality

Practice

This is pretty simple. Practice what you learned. Dry work, and some live work too.

Looking at how everyone was at the start of class vs. how folks were at the end? There was improvement. But I could tell that most people were not happy with their performance. Do not take this as a bad thing! This is good! Why? Because it tells me you have set some high standards for yourself; that you want to be awesome. That’s great! Of course it’s going to take time – and work – to get there, but to see that you have set some high standards for yourself is a great sign.

Practice is what’s going to help you get there. What can you do? Start with things that we worked on in class: grip and stance, keeping that really firm and consistent grip, sight alignment, and then working that trigger. Try using the Wall Drill as a good starting point.

Work the Texas CHL test, and yes, you can work it dry. Set up a target in your house — and don’t worry about a B-27, just get something like a 6″ paper plate (or even smaller to replicate what the target would look like at 7 and 15 yards). You can find timer apps for your smartphone, set those par times, and try to work everything dry (from the ready position). Watch the front sight, make sure it doesn’t dip when you press the trigger.

Just 15 minutes of dry work every other day can do you a world of good.

If you have questions about specifics, feel free to drop us a line. Be happy to help and field any questions you might have.

Mentality

This was a big one from today.

We all have mental obstacles. Some students struggled with this today. But don’t think you’re anything odd, as I’ve been working at KR Training for about 7 years and I see this ALL the time. It’s totally normal. Shooting guns is something we have to learn to do, and because it generates a lot of noise, and the notion can be intimidating or scary for some, there can be things to overcome. Or simply, we might look at our own performance and not be happy with it; or that we’ll compare our performance to others.

Stop.

What you need to do at this point is compare yourself to yourself. Look at where you want to go, chart the course to get there. Look at where you started and how far you’ve progressed since then. Beating yourself up accomplishes nothing positive. Telling yourself what not to do actually backfires!

When you tell yourself “don’t slap the trigger, don’t slap the trigger”, what does your brain hear? Slap the trigger! And so what do you think you do? And then you beat yourself up more, and everything spirals downward.

Instead, acknowledge what you may have done “wrong”, then tell yourself what you need to do to make it better. It might be “focus on the front sight” or “slow smooth trigger press”. Whatever. Tell yourself what you need to do.

And focus on what you need to do RIGHT NOW. Yeah, the gun is going to go bang. Yeah it’s going to be loud. Yeah it’s going to recoil. Fine. Acknowledge that and know that it’s coming. But you can’t let the anticipation of that event drive you, because it will throw you off and you won’t focus on what’s going on RIGHT NOW. Right now you need to be focused on the front sight. Right now you need to be gripping the pistol hard and consistent. Right now you need to breathe. Right now you need to press the trigger slow and smooth. Right now you need to let the pistol recoil. Right now you need to reacquire your sight picture and reset the trigger. Right now is the moment to be in, what you need to do right now.

Because the context is… that dude is trying to kill you, and you can focus on what might happen later, or instead you can focus on what’s happening right now – and what you need to do right now – which gives you the ability to influence the outcome of later, y’know?

Be in the now.

Yes, shooting can be very Zen. Ask Brian Enos

Coda

A fine day. Even tho it was getting hot out, it actually wasn’t too bad. We had some clouds here and there, a really good breeze all day. Really it was great to be outside.

A couple groups of good students.

A little gunpowder.

A fine day.

Thank you all for coming out and entrusting us with your education. We hope to see you back out on the range soon. 🙂

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