Building from my introduction post, I’ve been training since Nov. 2014 using MFCEO’s program. So that means:
A. I’ve been dry firing roughly for 20 to 40 mins 3 to 4 days a week. (I’d do more but work travel schedule only leaves 4 days for a gun in my hand).
B. I live fire once a week anywhere from 150 to 350 rounds. (that is until last month when I had a case head separate and had to send my Edge to the gun smith; is it me are all of these gun smiths freckin slow as hell)
So my goal for this year is to shoot 50% alphas in my matches, drop 1 to 1.5 seconds off my live fire benchmarks, and compete in at least 5 to 10 matches in 2015. Since I’m new, and I don’t know what I need to know yet, I may revisit these goals but I think this is a decent start.
What will be most interesting is to see how I progress from an unrated shooter to where ever I end up using MFCEO’s program and some coaching from a GM at my range (yes another nut hugger)
So here’s my first diary post (note – they will not be this long in the future as I’ll only have 1 or 2 posts per week)
3/21 – 150 rounds of live fire
Goals – set benchmark times for some marksman drills: Blake Drill (used the wide setup at 6’ between targets), the Bill Drill, and Heads Drill. All distances are at 10 yards.
Conditions – 68 degrees and partly cloudy
Special Notes: Fist time shooting my new primary competition gun, STI Apeiro in 40 S&W.
Blake Drill – 30 shots fired, average time going full out roughly 3.6 seconds. Break down of hits: 12 alpha, 10 delta, 8 charlie – no mikes. My draw averaged roughly 1.4 seconds. For shits and giggles I decided to run the drill again using a front sight focus for 18 rounds and averaged 5.1 seconds with 13 alpha, 4 charlie, 1 delta – no mikes. My draw averaged roughly 1.85.
What went well = I liked that I had no mikes, my accuracy improved as I slowed down, and I had some fun as this was the first time shooting in a month AND shooting a new gun.
What I need to fix = I fucked up and didn’t track splits and transitions for the speed round, but for the front sight round my splits and transitions were the same ranging from .4 to .5 on average, I feel like I should be gripping harder with my left hand to manage recoil.
Bill Drill – 18 shots fired, average time only using full out speed (no room for pussyfooting around here) 3.49 seconds. Break down of hits 4 alpha, 13 charlie, 1 delta with an average draw of 1.58. (no mikes again) Splits ranged from .3 to .4
What went well = happy with no mikes
What I need to fix = had a few FTFs as the barrel is super tight and I was using factory Federal and Winchester ammo; unlike my Edge, looks like I'll need undersized reloads, grip needs work, was a bit tense as I was trying to jam, sight tracking needs improvement as I could not call a shot to save my life.
Heads Drill – 6 shots fired, time with front sight focus 6.57 seconds. Break down of hits 1 alpha, 1 bravo, 3 charlie, 1 delta with a draw of 2.01 and splits of .8 to .9.
Overall summary – despite getting more than a few FTFs, it was great to be out shooting again. However, I have much work to do on my grip, recoil control, and sight tracking.