This was a “back to basics” month for me. I spent every single day of the month except the 31st (when I dropped the ball) working on my presentation and first shot. How many of you have spent that much time in the last ten years
I began this series during full-on COVID lockdowns. Now you can go to the range but you might have a problem finding ammo…or being able to afford it. Today I’m going to talk about some very simple, low-cost things you can to do increase the value of your dry practice time.
I have written extensively about dry practice. I’m not even going to attempt to link to dry practice articles here because this blog is littered with them. I will, however, quickly extol the virtues of dry practice. It is very inexpensive, it is accessible in areas not optimized for live fire, it allows you to practice things your range doesn’t allow. As awesome as dry practice is, there are tools that can make it objectively better. Today I am going to talk about one of them: the MantisX.
During this month I introduce a couple skills that are completely new and novel. You’ve probably never seen these things in a range or dry practice training plan before.
Uncertainty is very difficult to create in firearms practice sessions. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred when you draw your pistol you are about to execute a predetermined course of action. You know that you’re going to fire and exactly how many rounds you are going to fire. And you know this long before you draw. It can be difficult to build decision-making into the process of firearms training, and especially solo practice sessions. I recently discovered a product called Image Based Decisional Drills that is designed to help with that.
In my last post-engagement article I wrote extensively about the post-engagement search and assess. If you haven’t read that, I would encourage you to go back and check it out. Not to pat myself on the back but I think it’s about the most thorough treatment of the topic out there. Today I’m going to talk about calling 9-1-1.
I decided to adopt rechargeable AA batteries only recently. I admit that I’ve always having sort of a bias against rechargeables. After having worked with them for a few months I’ve gained a whole new perspective and confidence and in them. Let’s talk about why.
I hate to admit this, but despite a lifetime of being a shooter and firearms enthusiast, I only put together my first range bag about two years ago. Honestly, it changed my life. I cannot imagine not having a range bag now. I know there are a whole lot of new shooters finding their way into the sport, so I though this might be a good time to talk about setting up a range bag.
This month was rough. I missed three days of dry practice and broke my streak that was almost 140 days long – shattering last year’s longest streak of 46 days. Still in the first five months of this year I have trained with my firearm all by three days. I’ll offer you some ideas in this post to work some “advanced” skills into your dry practice routine.
There’s an adage in the training world; “tools for the toolbox”. but are people really building a complete and useful panoply of skills, or collecting hammers?