March 15th, 2007 03:38 PM
Disappointing day at the range....sort of.....
I had a disappointing day shooting today. Normally, I shoot 2 or 3 times a week, on the rare occasion, I have gone a week at most. Today was my first range session in just over 2 weeks. I got out of my normal routine for a bunch of reasons that really don't matter here....Now I realize how much practice really means.
My sessions usually begin with one of my carry guns, after that I progress to whatever I'm in the mood to shoot.....well, I didn't shoot anything but my carry gun. I knew I was in trouble when I screwed up my first draw from the holster. The gun which I have put thousands of rounds thru, felt slightly unfamiliar.........from there it got worse, my first magazine had hits all over the target. It then progressed to screwing up my reloads, I missed my first grab at the magazine & almost missed the mag-well because my index finger wasn't indexed on the magazine correctly.
In frustration I stopped right there, I forced myself to relax & ran a few drills unloaded.....ssslllooowwwlllyyy I start to get back to normal
(or at least some semblance of normal).
I never realized that just a couple of weeks would have such a profound effect on my skills. I'm disappointed it the fact that I can loose so much ground in such a short time. Maybe it's getting older that has attributed to it (....I hope not, I'm still in my 40s..despite the grey hair).
In any case I ended up shooting my carry gun more than I had planned, I had to walk back to the house twice for more ammo.
Moral of the story is: practice, practice, practice. Don't put off shooting til another day, go out today & do it.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO TO PREVENT THIS HAPPENING TO YOURSELVES?
Now I have to go clean the culprit that caused all this (my carry gun).
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March 15th, 2007 03:46 PM
I agree long breaks in practice can let us become more compromized on the skills but - I'll suggest too - even with frequent range/practice days .. for some reason it can still happen that we have an ''off'' day.
From your decribed usual shooting routine I cannot believe you had ''lsot it'' as bad as it seemed - rather than perhaps just not being on top form.
I know I don't shoot exactly same every time and can have odd times when I wonder which toilet my abilities went down
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March 15th, 2007 03:52 PM
Even if I cant get out to the range often, I still will do draw, dry fire and reload drills. Its the muscle memory that tends to go first.
March 15th, 2007 04:49 PM
I agree that, for some reason, we can all have an off day at the range, having to do with any one or a number of factors, such as lack of sleep, some major distraction in your life, lack of concentration that day, etc.
The same thing happens to golfers and tennis players. I play a lot of tennis, and one day I may be ready for The U.S. Open, and then the next day, for some inexplicable reason, my game will be way off. It used to really bother me, but now I just accept it as the "nature of the beast."
I don't think that it is likely to happen in a real life situation, because the threat is likely to highly sharpen our senses, particularly with the flow of adrenaline.
March 15th, 2007 06:53 PM
I pratice once a week and I still manage to shoot well. Let me have a bad night of tossing and turning and I'm all over the target the next day. Lack of sleep tends to throw your timing off and the ability to consentrate.
March 15th, 2007 07:04 PM
Sixto nailed it , You dont have to go to the range weekly to maintain skills . You can easily and safely do a fiew " reps " at home to keep your draw, reload , and even trigger pull muscle memory in tune . 10 to 15 min a day of work on the fundimentals at home will pay off if you miss a range session or two , or even if you dont .
Make sure you get full value out of today , Do something worthwhile, because what you do today will cost you one day off the rest of your life .
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March 15th, 2007 08:31 PM
I agree with this. I do it in my basement.
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March 15th, 2007 08:44 PM
That is 100% true.....practice the draws and the mag change the aim will come to you automatically specially when the adrenalin kicks in....
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March 15th, 2007 10:06 PM
Chances are you were still shooting better/quicker than required for solving a situation at the ranges where such usually occur.
The worst thing about long breaks in practice is all the fun you missed.
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March 15th, 2007 10:12 PM
Lots of dry-firing, drawing/reholstering and target-acquisition drills when I'm not at an actual range. It's not quite the same, but for me it dramatically reduces the dip in skills by maintaining familiarity.
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