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. 🙂