“What does it take to step up my game? To move up in the roster?” I frequently ask myself this question, and to my benefit, have been asking others too. So a quick word of advice: ask for it. The short answer to this question of self-improvement is almost always centered on “practice.” But unfortunately for me I do not have unlimited access to a range, nor a bottomless green can of ammo. Thankfully I’m not alone in this struggle, and so when a fellow shooter said “dry-fire” I wasn’t surprised. This method of practicing is preached like doctrine; so straightforward we don’t always know what it looks like.
At a recent USPSA match a senior (in rank) competitor enlightened me. What he presented to me is what I pass to you as the “5 Points of Practice.” By breaking down the sport into critical component skills I left that match knowing exactly what I needed to improve. This can come with a little bit of experience and observation, but I knew how I would practice and could quantify my improvement. I had the information I needed to build my own practice plan, and set small goals between matches, to never stop improving.
I present to you the 5 Points of Practice. They are ordered from least involved to most, though each is necessary. While they originate from USPSA and a pistol-only mindset, there are concepts that translate into 3Gun. Some might be more obvious, but I hope to get us thinking. Enough talk: Here they are.
You only do it once, but a poor grip is like stale coffee in the morning, sets you off wrong.
Keeping a gun fed is key, and anyone who knows 3gun knows this is a killer.
Tough to practice without live ammo, but it’s a fundamental like none other.
It’s a time thing, it’s a technique thing, it’s catastrophic if ignored.
Call me broad, but it covers a lot of ground…
Each Wednesday I’ll address the next point, so unload, clear your chamber, and holster up.