Where do I need more work? weak-hand and 25 yards, of course

A couple days ago I posted a simple accuracy drill from Claude Werner (by way of Dr. Sherman House).

Yesterday I was out at the KR Training facilities and shot it.

First, since I was cold – both ways, in that I hadn’t shot yet AND it was in the low-50º’s with a very strong and cold wind – I shot the “3 Seconds Or Less” drill. 19/20 – dropped one of the weak-hand shots. Dang it; my nemesis strikes again.

Then I shot Claude’s accuracy drill. This is with my primary carry gun, a S&W M&P9 (full-size).

  • (3) 10/10
  • (5) 10/10
  • (7) 10/10
  • (10) 10/10
  • (15) 9/10
  • (25) 6/10

Even though 25 yards is not part of the drill, I did it anyways because I know I need more practice at 25 yards.

I ran a few other drills, shot some steel, did some other things.

What do I need to work on? Same as usual: weak hand, and 25 yards. And probably weak-hand at 25 yards too. 😉

I have been focusing on them. On weak  hand, it’s grip, finger placement, then pressing instead of yanking. In fact, on one-handed work in general, I am constantly reminding myself to keep my grip strong: thumb wrapped down and actively involved in the grip, and pinky crushing things as much as possible (involving the pinky matters a lot in a strong grip).

On the 25 yards I did observe and validate something I’ve been seeing in my dry fire practice: sight alignment. At 25 yards you really need that “type 4” sight picture (see: Brian Enos), everything has to be perfect. I know I’ve had some problems seeing the sights crisply during dry practice and that translated into live practice — where I was able to see the sights better. Still mulling through all of this in terms of what to correct, but it was enlightening. For sure, the 25 yards was all about sights and that I was less than perfect with that picture.

In other news, I think I’m going to have to swap out this gun and take it to the gunsmith. I think it’s just time for some love and care (e.g. new springs, new extractor, deep ultrasonic cleaning, etc.). I’ve been seeing little things here, little things there, and some things that happened yesterday pretty much clinched it.

Well, I know what my dry fire will be consisting of for a while. 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Where do I need more work? weak-hand and 25 yards, of course

    • Oh yes. Humbler for sure.

      One thing we have out at KR Training is this steel “hostage” target. It’s a steel IPSC target, but over the “left” shoulder is a small flapper plate, about 4″ exposed. It’s set up on our “small” steel range, typically just living at 25 yards. A favoriate challenge I have is to have a full mag in the gun and just take all the time I need — 25 yards, flapper, full mag, no misses. One miss, fail. It’s tough for me to clean it.

      But, it’s just where I continue to need more work. Simple enough.

      • I want to buy one of those hostage swinger targets. I had great fun shooting at the one on the KR steel range. (part of a class I took in 2013(!!! too long ago!!!) I recall having done well on that target. IIRC I shot better WHO than SHO on that target. (loads of fun even taking the shooting seriously) Although I think the target was closer than 25 yd on that range visit.

        I have this one pair of old glasses I wear on the range. They give me a great mix of close and far vision. Much better than any other pair of glasses I own. One concern I have is what if I have to shoot without my glasses? I sometimes wander about my day with no glasses. Other times with my up close glasses on…

        While on this stretch of 12 hour days I’ve not been doing any dry fire. By the end of the day I am pissed off and wrung out. Seems like the wrong time to be handling a gun. (yea, I know, piss-poor excuse)

        • It’s a great target for sure. Well, until you have to move it — VERY heavy and awkward. 🙂

          As for shooting without glasses, it’s a road I went down a bit. I thought about other visual aids, but really nothing helped me much (e.g XS Big Dot sights, which really turned out to be a horrible decision in multiple ways). Thing to do? Try shooting without your glasses. Start with dry fire to get used to the notion. Then at the range try very simple things — no timers, 3 yards, etc. You should do fine. Then slowly increase things like distance, time, etc. No need to rush things, be slow and methodical — it’s about learning what happens where, or doesn’t happen. You may get to a point where you can still shoot fine because there’s still enough clarity to make out what’s what. But then you’ll find a point where there isn’t enough. It’s about knowing what you can and cannot do, y’know?

          But of course, being able to shoot — and being able to discern your target BEFORE needing to shoot (or not) — could be two different things.

          As for the 12 hour days… could you slip in 5-10 minutes after waking up before you go to work?

        • You know, it’s a mix. At 25 yards, it’s hard to see .335″ holes on cardboard, so being able to just hear “ping” certainly is good for the feedback. But, you can’t get a good idea of how well you’re grouping. In this case, the 4″-ish exposed flapper is still pretty good feedback on grouping, just not as ideal as paper would be. So… tradeoffs.

          Basically whatever you’ve got to work with… as long as you find a way to get better.

  1. I can “see” (intentional pun) where getting hits at 25 yards might be hard for me with my cruddy vision. I had to go look up the 5 sight pictures as described by Brian Enos. There really should be a 6th for guys like me…. Clear front sight… WTF is that downrange…..

    I’m stuck in 12 daily shift work for another 10 days so not trip to the range soon for me.

    • Yeah, vision issues are part of my problem as well, but not bad enough yet to be a legit excuse. 😉

      But no range trip? That’s ok. Just dry fire at VERY small targets.

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