4/16 – 4/19 Live fire 500 rounds
Since I started this diary I’ve fired roughly 2000 rounds and I feel like I’m improving and getting my shit together a bit; but I know there is more work ahead.
The reason why I feel more confident is because I can diagnose to a degree what’s happening with my shots.
When I look over the gun, I’m not firing with my eyes. Firing with my eyes means my vision is focused on a spot on the target, then I can see a blurry red fiber dot obscure the point on the target I’m aimed at and I fire the shot: getting it right results in seeing the holes appear in the target as I fire the shot. When my grip is weak my shots are wider apart and I’m not getting the fist-sized cluster or follow-up shots about 1 to 1.5 inches from the first shot. And when a shot is low I’m anticipating recoil and trying to compensate. Virtually all of my low and to the left shots are gone and my yips seldom happen anymore.
I started seeing these changes over the past two sessions where I did a simplified version of MFCEO’s criss cross drill: wide set-up of two targets 3 yards apart and a narrow with two targets one yard apart.
The wide set-up was the easiest with the firing order being two to the alpha on the right, then two to the head on the target on the left, then two straight down to the alpha on the left, and finish with two to the head on the right. Out of a 200 rounds, 95% were in the alpha and the ones that missed were in Charlie. None of my shots were low and left like before, and the misses were primarily caused by looking over the gun and the occasional yip low. (note – distance was at 7 yards)
Oddly enough, I thought the narrow set-up would be the easiest but I was wrong. Using the same firing order, I moved back to 10 yards are fired the next string of 200 and scored 80% alpha and the remainder Charlie. The primary cause of the lower score was not snapping my eyes to the center of the alpha, looking over the gun, and a weak grip.
The last few rounds were fired at 20 yards trying to hit the head box only; my results are pretty grim with 5% hits.
I’ll keep working this drill and the head shot drill over the next week.