02-06-2016, 08:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Learn to shooter faster...and learn your limitations
The thread of alloy versus steel frame made me think of writing of this. Often shooters are too trapped into a traditional version of trigger control but never evolve. Nor are they watching what happens to the gun after shot breaks, opting more to peep at the target while the gun is still in recoil or counter recoil. If the shooter is doing his job he knows the quality of the hit or general placement of the miss at the time of ignition.
Pressing the trigger for a "surprise" break is how most of us were taught and in some shooting sports and the recreational target shooter it still has merit. It also has merit in the early stages of learning especially for those learning after the age of about 6 and for some "technical" shots with handguns in defense/offensive situations.
For a defensive/offensive shooter or a competitive speed shooter (think Rob Leatham, TGO), learning to jerk a trigger and demand a shot (not a surprise break) is very important. Study of hit ratio of most law enforcement shootings tells us that when surprised/startled and "fight/flight" kicks in, traditional firearms training shows its weaknesses. With a little panic or whatever the word, people will slap or jerk a trigger. What we need to learn is how to jerk the trigger, what happens when we do and when can we get away with it.
Recently ran into TGO at lunch after we both finished at the range. He was teaching a class to several EU tactical cops. As he often says, he has to get them to learn how and to accept JERKING the trigger. Rob will say trigger control is the most aspect of shooting. I think we can all agree, but he is he most violent trigger presser you will likely ever see....think trampoline. What applies more is "gun control". If you can control the gun from movement, you can jerk the trigger violently and get hits. Obviously this is a delicate balancing act
When I am asked or teaching I ask if people always wait for perfect sight alignment before pressing the trigger and if they press the trigger the same for each shot no matter the size or distance of the target or the time allowed for the shot, as each of the three elements factor into each shot and each is a different problem needing a different solution. Usually the response is "yes' because that is how most are trained...to be perfect each time. Being perfect takes time and perfect hits are not needed to win gunfights or action shooting sports (not talking bulls eye).
You can sacrifice a perfect aim and with a decent trigger pull get an acceptable hit. You can have to clear your mind of a perfect hit and think of what is acceptable. Three acceptable hits in 2 seconds is far more effective than one perfect shot that does not break till 1.90 seconds.
Stand at 10 yards and aim with only 50% of the front sight in the rear sight notch and aim that at a one inch dot. With a slow perfect surprise break trigger press shoot one round. Do this with a 50% front sight to the right, left, high and low. You will shoot an 8 inch group or less. This is "Flash sight" picture. You learned to not waste time doing something you do not need to do in a fight...no need for perfect aim.
Start at 5 yards with a USPSA or IDPA target or even a paper plate of 8 inches.
Count "One thousand One, One thousand Two etc...to Six. One shot per second. Make the gun go bang every second, steady pace. Here is the hard part for people - even if the sights are not back on targets A zone or the paper plate. Make the gun go bang.
Get more physical on the gun, grip harder, higher and farther forward with the support hand and thumb on the dust cover (deprive it of leverage) and repeat till all rounds are on the plate.
Now move to one round every half second (One and Two and Three and etc. is the pace). Make it go bang. Get more physical and keep all round on the plate.
Next six rounds are paced "One, Two, Three etc" rapid, a shot every quarter second.
Master this and back up to 10 yards and repeat, then 15 then 20 then 25 yards.
Learn what your solution to the problem is...how fast can you shoot at a given distance of a target of given size. The conscious will become the subconscious through training as the mind will quickly access the problem and you shoot at the pace you know will give you hits. The quickest pace.
You have to watch the sights lift from the target and adjust elbow angles and amount of bend in the elbows to minimize that lift and achieve consistent 12 o'clock lift from the target no matter how fast you shoot. With predictable, consistent lift and snappy recovery will enable you to see only the amount of the front sight in the notch needed for THAT shot. Provided you allow the trigger to reset during recoil and get the slack/pre travel out during counter recoil so that when you have enough sight picture for the problem, you can deliver the type of trigger press needed for that difficulty of shot. All shots are not the same, so quit treating them the same.
Learn what you can get away with when you can get away with it.
Hard to explain it all without being on the range and diagnosing targets and using the timer.
Yea. Keep telling yourself that split times donít matter.
Last edited by Mike240; 02-06-2016 at 08:32 PM.