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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:12 PM

Going to log my progress here.


Tonight's learning: reloads always botched, cant seat them reliably. Ben told me to play with my wrist angle, that I was pointing the well down too much.

Tonight I think I found a "key" feeling to get me into a good spot that was more reliable. I felt that if my trigger finger was pointing up like "come here" gesture, the mag well was where the mag went in easier.

All for now.
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:51 PM

Well, after playing with angles last night, I attempted to do some reload practice today. Horrible.

I cannot get consistent at it. What the hell am I doing wrong? The mag gets hung up on various different points on the pistol well or the mag. Sometimes my hand slips off and I dont fully seat it.
Slow and jerky.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

Do the reloading micro drills from Ben's book. Helped me out tremendously.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:57 PM

I will try those micro drills for a couple weeks.


Just went to the indoor range where I do 99% of my practice. No drawing, no moving. (This will HAVE to change for me... I will have to find a place where I can practice uspsa skills).

Anyway, tonight I practiced some bill drill type stuff, then tried to shoot some shots with gross sight misalignment like ben showed us in class. I had never done this in years of shooting. It had never occurred to me to try to get the "wrong" sight picture. That was eye opening.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:18 PM

Good dryfire tonight. Did marksmanship sections. Drawing to 25,50, yards. Freestyle, sho, who (I have no problem with the who par times... but all others seem nuts).

Did movement ( and transition) drills too. Felt awkward during class. Felt better tonight.

Did not attempt reload drills. Giving my brain and body a rest from that to sort it out later.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

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My dryfire palace (basement).

Did some 4aces, some el pres, some reload micro drills, some draw and transfer to weak hand and some advance to the target and stabilize sights drills.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

The correct term is "Dryfire Dojo."


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:36 PM

Reloads:

 

I have the same problem you do- the mag getitng all crooked on insertion leading to feeling bad.

 

After watching my video of practice I realized I was just trying to shovel a mag in without holding it. So now I try my best to grab the mags the same way every single time in the mag pouches, so I can get a consistent grip on them. After that, it's easy to shoot them right on in. Fuckups come from not having the mag in my hand correctly. So my baller reload is the obligatory 1s, but a smooth, sexy, repeatable one is 1.2 or so because I'm training my hand to feel that mag before I yank it out. Hopefully I'll be able to omit that step in matches/classifier runs to save some time.

 

Kudos for being brave enough to post vids of your horrible basement that is too fucking dark and has a door that's been battered down and rehung by a trained ape (without the training).


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:07 PM

Thanks, that makes sense.

I noticed the door after I watched the vid too. Haha.( it is open in the vid, because my worthless dog wss outside taking a shite and he likes to push it open to come back in). Need to straighten it up.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:08 PM

The correct term is "Dryfire Dojo."



Dammit. Why didn't I think of that. Nice though.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:56 PM

Not mine, Steve Anderson. Some dude who shoots on occasion.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

Did a bunch of micro drills for drawing. More moving toward target while settling sights. Found some good stability feelings.

Tried to do a series of ten perfect but fast reloads. Got to seven then flubbed a couple. Was feeling great up until that point.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:38 PM

I have also been icing my strong side elbow and wrist each night, doing forearm stretches on both arms, using a grip strength squeezer (cheap one), and rubber bands for extending fingers. I also use a foam roller.

I had started my own dry fire stuff before the b.s. class and noticed some tendonitis (tennis elbow) symptoms. I am hoping these measures keep it from getting worse.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:55 PM

I have also been icing my strong side elbow and wrist each night, doing forearm stretches on both arms, using a grip strength squeezer (cheap one), and rubber bands for extending fingers. I also use a foam roller.

I had started my own dry fire stuff before the b.s. class and noticed some tendonitis (tennis elbow) symptoms. I am hoping these measures keep it from getting worse.

 

I'm at the tail end of my whole tennis elbow episode.  Just some friendly advice:  1) Get the Theraband Flexbar (red) and lookup on Youtube the Tyler Twist.  Twice a day for 10 slow reps.  2) Go see a specialist to make sure more shit is not going on that can bite you later.  Nothing shittier than being motivated to practice but can't because of injuries.  

 

Number 1 helped get me back to 85-90%.  The PT gave me back another 5% or so, and the stretches and strengthening exercises I should be working on.  I have two more sessions to go to, and if the progress follows along with previous sessions, I should be 100% in a couple of weeks.  



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:04 PM

I like the FlexBar:

 



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 03:31 PM

Thanks for tips on the tendons.


Went to a match today and found out that it was all classifier stages. Not a lot of moving around. Though I did manage to cut my knee when I slid into a port. That was kinda stupid. Most people just squatted. I dont know what I was thinking. Got caught up in the moment.
Rained heavily for 4stages.

I think i did okay. Was pretty accurate. So so on the speed.

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

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Got first in production on clang and bang. Kind of an easy stage.
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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:24 PM

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:39 PM

I wanted to classify at least A.  Looks like I may be more of a C.  Damn.  This ain't gonna be easy.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:29 PM

I wanted to classify at least A.  Looks like I may be more of a C.  Damn.  This ain't gonna be easy.

 

Race you to C class!






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