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3 years 48 weeks ago, 1:38 AM

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Thought it might be a good list for all to input into to pass on some learned tools for learning.

Before we start I guess we should get the simplistic yet most forgotten step when handling a weapon when not on the range or in a combat situation...

1 - UNLOAD IT

2 - DON'T LOAD IT until you are finished dry training with it....

Snap Caps are a personal choice, I don't use them then again none of the weapons I make use of have any issue with needing them....

I also do not use corrosive primers or powder nor lead bullets so I do not cram a brush or pull a snake through the barrel or constantly clean my weapons either.

The damn thing best work no matter what or it isn't worth a shit to me...

again, personal choices... go with what you feel is correct...
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Inside the house in a room alone without distracting influences ( TV, Radio, Dog, Kid;s Wife )

Place a Target Dot, Post It Note, Picture of an In Law or whatever you like on the wall. (thiis we'll call the target)

Place it at a height that you will have some comfort standing in for a time...

Grip your unloaded weapon as you would when shooting it, place the barrel against your target, double check your grip.

(something you can do at this point is place a coin on the slide or barrel of your weapon while the barrel is pressed against the target.)

Now slowly back the barrel away from the target ( I tend to feel that keeping it 1 - 2 inches form the target is best, because it leaves less room for peripheral distractions from your sights.

Once in position, slowly press the trigger until the hammer snaps down on the firing pin, or if you have a striker (put a snap cap in it before hand, always).

Your sights should not move, as you become more proficient with trigger control you will see that they move less and less.

If you have a coin on the slide or barrel and it falls, you are definitely jerking the trigger in some fashion. Practice this until the coin does not drop...

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Transitions:

Place a number of Targets around the wall of the room.....

Taking aim at one of your choice, without moving the weapon, turn and look at your next target of choice, once you have your eyes on it swing the weapon to point at it bringing your sights into view without searching for the sights but keeping them on the target. Press the trigger once, turn and look, pick a different target and repeat the process.

What your looking to do is two things... Trigger control and getting your sights on a target without waving the weapon back and forth trying to settle it on it...

You want it to be like pointing your finger... Right now, look at something in the room your sitting in and just point your finger at it at eye level. Do you have to move your finger back and forth or does it point directly at what you looking at? That is what you want your gun to do not once but everytime...

There is a lot more that others will probably suggest, so I'll leave off on this and see what is new that I will learn as they share.

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Magazine changes and Reloading:

I have my gear on and if I am working with my Carry Gear I cover things up as if I am heading outside.

I will see ( have picked my target), I will voice a command with a stopping motion, then I will draw my weapon from cover and aim as if in a combative situation. I will then either decide to re-holster or to press the trigger. If I do press the trigger I do it twice and I also do it moving, tracking my target with my weapon.

In my mind I decide I need to re-load ( as I decide this my thumb hits the mag release automatically) , I will pull my weapon into my person at shoulder high view turning it so the Mag well points into the direction of my weak hand in such a manner that I can actually see the inside edge of the mag well.

When my thumb hit the mag release, my left hand dropped to my spare mag and pulled it from the pouch and that once my weapon is pulled in and turned the mag is already being inserted into the weapon.

The base of the mag is turned forward and my index finger is indexing the front of the mag with the mag base gripped into the heal of my hand. As the mag is fed into the weapon my index finger turns to point out at my targetand the heal follows the mag up until it (the heal) firmly seats the mag.

At that point without removing the heal of my hand from the weapon I turn my hand and point the thumb of that hand at my target the index finger along with the other finger now cup my other hand with the tip of the middle finger resting upon the top knuckle of the middle find on my strong hand. I resume my grip and press the trigger. I do this over and over until I can do this without thinking about it, my hands do not have to search around from mags or the weapon, I do not even look at either, never taking my eyes off my target.

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I gonna stop, I m sure others have the ways they practice and I hope they share as everyone could learn something from the thread I am sure...

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 48 weeks ago, 10:09 AM

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it visually...

More Range time

I do tend to lean a bit more forward also...

another side note.

I learned to shoot up in Maine as a kid. We used to walk out the back door into the door yard and we had miles of nothing all around us but Woods.

My Grandfather would nail Milk Caps on trees at different heights and distances, those were our targets. He always told us, aim small hit small....

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 48 weeks ago, 7:32 AM

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Thanks

Thank you for taking the time to post.

3 years 48 weeks ago, 12:48 PM

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I've played with these a few times at a friends house. Very cool tool..

imho: worth the investment...

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!

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