I'm going to buy a tripod phone bracket so I can set my phone on my tripod and do some video recording. I am hoping to find all kinds of areas to work on.I then ran the 99 drill with no modifications to get a baseline. I ran it with my IDPA gear. Walther Q5, OWB holster, vest concealment. I made my par times tonight, though just barely at the first stage. Truth be told I was like a 2.51 and 2.52 on a couple but am letting them slide. I dropped 3 shots at stage 1. 4 at 2, 6 at 3 and 1 at 4. I guess that gives me a 85. The bad thing is, on those later stages I didn't have to drop any as I had plenty of time on the clock. The good news is I felt really connected tonight and was aware of everything. It was one of those things were time sorta slows down. I have had that happen in matches before a few years back when I was getting pretty good but had not experienced it since coming back from my layoff. Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come.
Bowing to peer pressure and common sense I finally video taped myself tonight. Oh my word do I look slow. Hopefully I will be able to incorporate this and make it work for me.
Good shooting on the IQ. So the main difference between this time and last time was just in how you approached the drill?Gen 5 19 and holosun 407c today from an enigma under closed front concealment.
I ran the Pistol IQ as a cold test again. I was messing with some numbers and compared times on other drills with similar tests to get an idea of my top edge performance wise and figured I could clean it and make Master if I did my part.
On the half test I planted four around the 10 ring but then got lazy/overconfident and got lax on my grip and press, dropping one right into the 8 ring for a 48 in 4.82. On the draw two I had two A's in 1.64 which was a 1.39 after bonus. Bill had a clean raw time of 2.32 so 2.07 after bonus. The transition was 2.33 (2.08 after bonus) which is good considering that the point of the blake drill is to get your transitions on close targets close to your bill times and i shot it as if I was doing a blake. No complaint there. The throttle section felt slow at 3.99 but the 3.74 bonus corrected time was .03 better than my last run. Not as big of an iprovement as the other strings but improvement no less.
Final score hitfactor forumla looked like (24+7.19+14.49+14.42+8.02)*2=136.24 or Master using Riley's chart.
The key difference was in how I approached it this time. Last time I was shooting A's without accepting C's as only A's get points scoring scared me into being conservative. After playing with the numbers and realizing I could do accept a C and push toward my upper end and still come out well I decided to do just that and shot for A's instead of simply shooting A's. The result speaks for itself and is one of the reasons that scoring drills different ways can be beneficial. Reminds me of a an old gabe white drill where you shoot the same drill 4 times but with different scoring on each run and see how your approach changes.
I finished with a battery of drills that I like to run occasionally based off of DockGKR's 20 hits drill. In original form it is draw two to a 3x5 as many times as it takes to get 20 hits on the card. Record your time for each string and your score is your aggregate. So on the face of it, if you get both hits each string then you do ten reps of draw 2. But if you miss once you have to do another string to make up that hit, adding a whole run time wise to your aggregate. If you miss twice you can make up both in that one string assuming you shoot it clean but if you miss 3 then that's another additional string, as you can only shoot two per string, and must shoot two per string despite only needing one makeup. In my version I simply run it as a three test battery with the first being the orginal 20 hits to a 3x5, the next being 20 hits to an 8" circle, then a final set of 20 hits to an 8" circle SHO. I score each version seperately and keep track of my average of the ten runs. It is nice to use this when comparing different guns, though I shoot most within a tenth of the others for averages.
20 hits 3x5 -
1. 2.09(2 hits) 2. 2.04(1 hit) 3. 2.09(1 hit) 4. 2.15(2 hits) 5. 2.04(2 hits) 6. 2.11(2 hits) 7. 2.12(2 hits)
8. 1.98(2 hits) 9. 2.10(2 hits) 10. 2.33(2 hits) 11.2.01(2 hits)
Total time - 23.06 (Fastest agg of the year) Average time - 2.09 (2nd best average of the year)
20 hits 8" -
1. 1.65(2 hits) 2. 1.65(2 hits) 3. 1.64(2 hits) 4. 1.5(2 hits) 5. 1.52(2 hits) 6. 1.54(2 hits) 7. 1.41(2 hits)
8. 1.63(2 hits) 9. 1.95(1 hit...DOH!!!) 10. 1.96(2 hits) 11. 1.52(2 hits)
Total time - 17.97 (2nd fastest agg) Average time - 1.63 (Fastest average of the year)
20 hits 8" SHO -
1. 2.78(1 hit) 2. 3.02(2 hits) 3. 2.8(2 hits) 4. 2.4(2 hits) 5. 2.5(2 hits) 6. 2.48(2 hits) 7. 2.43(2 hits)
8. 2.42(2 hits) 9. 2.41(2 hits) 10. 2.79(2 hits) 11. 2.49(2 hits)
Total time - 28.52 (about 3 seconds slower than usual, generally shoot clean but had 1 makeup here) Average time - 2.59 (approximately .06 slower than normal)
I think this is a great battery of drills that is pretty universal as it has no floor or ceiling. If you can safely draw a gun freestyle and sho then you can track your performance over time and get some solid data in the process. Like the 99 it has value in repetition vs a one and done test. This allows you to analyze what you're doing, make changes as necessary, and burn in the change a few times before moving on. It has 3 core skills that I value - drawing to a low percentage target plus follow up and recoil control, drawing to a high percentage target plus follow up and recoil control, and a strong hand only draw to a high percentage target with follow up and recoil control.
I've got data on this drill going back to 2019 on the 3x5 variant and have whittled away about 5 seconds off my agg and about .5 from the average as an overall. Consistency has improved as well as I achieve 20 hits in less strings than when I started tracking 4 years ago. I always enjoy running this but feel i've reached a point where I need to ratchet down a fair amount of dry practice to really make much more in gains. It is easy enough to do it where i am today and hold it within a two second window and a few tenths average but to knock out more significant performance I need to really trim the fat on my drawstroke and recoil control. I'm just not in a spot where I am allowing that sort of dry practice time to happen so I'll have to accept it as it is for now.
Remote coaching? Care to share?
Good shooting on the IQ. So the main difference between this time and last time was just in how you approached the drill?
That other drill from Doc looks good. I like that it has a SHO component.
For the most part yes. Last time I shot very conservatively because I wanted to guarantee A's, thinking that the penalty for not getting points would be worse than the added time. This time I let loose because after doing the math and playing with numbers I realized I could afford to let loose and accept a C and it would still pay off with a better score as long as I was shooting at the edge of my ability.Good shooting on the IQ. So the main difference between this time and last time was just in how you approached the drill?
That other drill from Doc looks good. I like that it has a SHO component.
pistol-forumJust curious, what is "PF"?
Oh, and I didn't make it to the range this weekend. Was supposed to go to a shoot on Saturday and it got cancelled and today I was at a memorial. I thought I could get up early enough to make deviled eggs, stop at the range on the way but I was wrong.
Took me much longer than I thought to make those eggs! No wonder they call them "deviled" eggs.