July 6, 2022

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In Depth Tactical Solutions

Shooting Tips from Ben Johnson, the Constant Student

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I handicapped myself for a long time thinking I needed to only work at a pace I could do perfectly at. Somehow I ignored the fact that in the gym we push reps to failure, in studying anything we are striving to learn new things and not perfect what we know, in every instance of progress we are not staying within the realm of our limits but pushing outside those limits to reach for something more. Dryfire is the exact same way, you do not work at a pace that you can achieve consistently, you push yourself past your confident speed to failure so that you can fail forward. Plan the dryfire drill you want to do, figure out through practice runs where your par time is, and then drop that time further to a point you don’t think you can achieve and work until you find a way to make that time. If I had listened to @_yoshi_moto_ a lot sooner I would have been breaking my personal records long ago, instead of just a year ago. This stuff works, you only need to put the time in, 3-5 minutes per drill and you will be amazed at what happens in a short time. Even if it’s just one drill a day it’s going to rapidly increase your abilities until you’re making excuses to have more time for dryfire. The results are incredible, they’re free, and you have no reason not to try it.

 

I wasted a lot of years thinking I was better at shooting than I was, thinking I knew a lot more than I did. Committing to daily dryfire in the last year and change has done more for me than the previous two decades combined. Use the same gear consistently, get your knowledge from great shooters and teachers like @andersonshooting @joel.park_ @benstoeger They have more books than just the ones here, and you can also take your dryfire out of the basement and book a lesson with them. Dummy rounds aren’t a requirement but they’ve really helped me. Reduced sized targets are awesome because they force you to be far more honest than shooting at light switches and other improvised targets, these ones are from @gofastdontsuck Shot timers are expensive, there are some great shot timer apps if you don’t want to spend the money. The only downside with using them for dryfire is you can’t record your session. Record it regardless of how self conscious it makes you, review it snd see what you did well and what you should work on, send it to better shooters and get their opinions, don’t let them sugar coat it. I love shooting and will always be happy to help anyone with questions. Ammo is expensive, time is scarce, with 3 kids I couldn’t find a way to practice live, so I made a way with dryfire.

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