What drills did you run this week and how did you do?

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  • cedartop

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    No shooting drills or otherwise this windy, snowy, cold weekend. I am dry firing everyday. I did shoot an indoor "action pistol match" Tuesday. That is in quotes because though it is called a match it is really more of a practice session. I shot 39 rounds over 6 and a half stages. One nice thing about it is every "stage", which is typically 6 rounds and three targets, is done full light and low light. I used my EDC gear.
     

    gregkl

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    Second week in a row that I didn't make it to the range. This is unusual for me, but I have been very busy with life and frankly haven't aclimated yet to the cold considering we went from 76 to 3" of snow and the teens in less than 48 hours, lol.

    I have been moving some red dot around on a few firearms. The last one is setting up now. I'm going to take this Wednesday off and hopefully I will make it to range.
     

    cedartop

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    Second week in a row that I didn't make it to the range. This is unusual for me, but I have been very busy with life and frankly haven't aclimated yet to the cold considering we went from 76 to 3" of snow and the teens in less than 48 hours, lol.

    I have been moving some red dot around on a few firearms. The last one is setting up now. I'm going to take this Wednesday off and hopefully I will make it to range.
    My plan right now is Thursday morning.
     

    backtrail540

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    I like to get a good session in practicing my draw from winter coat/ several layers at various distances, usually on steel. I should be able to get that in this weekend sometime. Potentially the last live fire of the year for me other than a rifle day (i don't do rifles but friends want to do some work). I can do most of my winter layer practice dry but i prefer a day of confirmation live, for obvious reasons.
     

    cedartop

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    Made it out this morning before the festivities. Range to myself which I always appreciate. Shot the EDC Staccato C2 from AIWB and pullover concealment.

    I started with the Seeklander Fundamental 5. This consists of drills that are very much in line with my goals and some that I already more or less do. All of his are done from midpoint of the drawstoke as your two hands are coming together. I found out what I already knew, the 2 areas I really want to improve are the first hit speed, and recoil control. When I talk about reoil control I am not talking about how much muzzle rise there is but rather how consistently the gun returns. This is hugely important to being able to shoot accurately at speed and unfortunately can only be worked via live fire. I ended up shooting 105 rounds here and getting some good baseline numbers. I modified his first drill for accuracy to not just FS but also SHO and WHO. The rest I did as outlined in his article.

    Nest up was my 5X5 prep work. I have not crunched the numbers yet to compare to last time but I had some good runs. I am finding I really like the rangetech timer for this type of diagnostic work. I probably should put the app on my iPad though so I can use my phone for filming, or vice versa would work just as well I guess. Not much of a techie.

    I then ran 5 shots at 25 shooting reactively, that is pressing the trigger as soon as the dot returned to the down zero 8 inch circle of the target. It was a 4.61 second run from the holster and I was down 2 with both of them being only out by around an inch.

    As I try to do I finished with a one hole accuracy attempt at 5. I put 4 shots in one with the fifth about a half inch higher.

    If I am lucky I may make it out again this weekend and I may try the same things but using my IDPA gear and Walther Q5. I would like to see what the differences may be.
     

    gregkl

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    I made it out both Wednesday and yesterday. Wednesday I made sure both pistols red dots were zero'd since I have been changing dots on them. I did run a Follow-Through and Grip drill I got from Shooting Illustrated.

    5 rounds in mag from low ready, fire 5 rounds in 1 second increments. Then do the same with 10 rounds and finally 15.

    Also ran a couple Bill Drills.

    Thursday, I ran a drill called 2 Target Tango which uses to IDPA type targets and 6 different runs using both targets.

    I also ran the idpa 5-shot classifier and finished with some time on the plate rack and Texas Star.

    I am running the drills twice; once with my TX22C and then with my Compact. I was happy to see that my performance with the Compact did not degrade compared to the .22. On some drills I did better with the Compact.

    Drills with the TX are all at a compressed ready since I don't have a holster yet.

    Another thing I am going to do is slow down a bit to my level. I get pushing yourself so you improve, but I think I was a bit overzealous. I'm going to focus more on the fundamentals and let the timer do what it does.
     

    CWMC

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    I didn't perform any drills this week, but I did enjoy doing some backyard plinking into an empty used pie tin. Also practiced some drawing from an OWB holster with an empty gun.
     
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    cedartop

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    Probably the last really nice day of the year so couldn't let it go by without hitting the range. Using the Walther Q5 and Idpa gear I started out with 5-5-5 at ten. That is 5FS, 5SHO, and 5WHO all slow fire. Could have done better. Fortunately it was not a sign of things to come.

    In keeping with my comments about recoil consistency being a major goal I shot Ben Stoeger doubles. I don't like these which is why I don't work them, which is why I really should. I started at 5 yards. Keeping most rounds in the down zero circle I managed to mostly lower my splits on each string. From .22 to .21 to. 20 and .20. There is a lot to pay attention to during this drill including keeping your firing hand loose enough to press the trigger quickly, but keeping your support hand clamped down hard enough to make sure of good control and consistency to paying attention to what the sight is doing, to of course a tough one for me, trying to keep the rest of your body relaxed. I moved back to 7 yards and while trying to keep the same splits threw a few more rounds into the -1. There is a lot of work to be done with this drill. Ben calls this predictive shooting versus reactive.

    Next it was on to the 5X5 work. I did noctice better performance using my Q5 versud the C@ a couple of days ago. This was most noticeable in the 2HReload2B drill which makes sense as the Walther I can shoot as the left hander I am, but the Staccato I have to run as a lefty but using righty controls.

    I did a couple reps of D5 at 25 and had a 4.25 -2, and a 4.88 -1. Again this is drawing at 25 and shooting 5 as soon as the dot gets in the circle.

    I always like to slow back down and finish with accuracy so today I did the Rastoffs challenge and as you can see from the target was doing great until the very last shot where I failed it. Oh well.
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    gregkl

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    I did the Thanksgiving travel stuff this weekend, so Thanksgiving Day was my last visit. I'll be out there next weekend though depending on when I have to take my wife to the airport on Sunday.
     
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