April 22, 2021

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7 Days in the Wakeup, Dry Fire Training

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I enjoy watching Spotter Up writer Ben Johnson’s videos on Instagram. I wanted to post these videos to show his mindset. He is very disciplined. He practices every day. Perhaps watching these videos of one week’s worth of him training will motivate you. Follow Ben here

I included his posts from Instagram below. Follow him and watch his progress from performing averagely to doing very well. He makes time to train everyday.


DAY 1 I always see @wreck_it_luke just absolutely rip the gun out of the holster in his dryfire and it reminds me I need to do the same. 6R6 always goes better after a few minutes of Burkett reloads.


DAY 2 The two chaos units (kids) have been extremely effective at creating a chaotic schedule. Early morning dryfire just can’t happen currently, and with chaos #3 coming soon have to squeeze in a few minutes where I can. I spent 5 minutes this evening doing the box drill from @andersonshooting Refinement & Repetition. It’s not a lot of time, but 5 minutes of focused dryfire goes a lot farther than none at all. Getting closer to GM every day.


DAY 3 If you’re not missing in practice you’re not going fast enough.


DAY 4 Sometimes I do rifle dryfire. 99% of the time it’s because Mighty Maximus requests it. I even let him choose the rifle, and he always chooses correctly.


DAY 5 It’s been a long, weird few weeks. Got to dryfire on the treadmill though so I’m happy. Also almost ate it at least 3x and have no idea how my wife walks at a higher incline and doesn’t sweat. This was towards the end, some things got a bit sloppy but I had a lot of fun and got to train on the move. Guns are awesome, dry fire is awesome. Do more gun things in your life, it’s good for your soul.


DAY 6 Reloads are so fun. They make you feel fast, there’s gun noises, and you’re doing something that has a definitive measurement of success. Is it useful to focus on them though? In a defensive mindset reloads almost never occur in the civilian world, in competition depending on your division you might only reload once or twice in a stage. Gun manipulations are fun, but they’re also easy to overdo while ignoring things that seem boring but have a greater payoff, like target transitions without a trigger press to make sure you’re driving the gun precisely. Most of the guys I know that compete already know this, but i spent so much time focusing on getting my reloads under a second when I could have focused on something with a greater return on investment. If you’re taking a defensive carry class and there’s a heavy focus on reloads, are they really focused on practical carry training? Don’t get me wrong, I love how fun reloads are, but if my carry gun holds 19 rounds should practicing AIWB reloads really be a priority?


DAY 7 A year separates these two clips. Between the first and the second I’ve fired less than 2,500 rounds. Even with the mistakes, the fact that my targets are set wider apart, and I’m farther from the targets my worst runs are still noticeably better than my best a year ago. The cool thing about shooting is you can progress so far just grinding away with dryfire in your own home and finding better shooters to mentor you along the way. I have learned so much in the last year, and I have so much more to learn. For those who have helped me and continue to help, thank you. For anyone that wants to learn I am always happy to help.

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