Practice doesn’t make perfect. Correct practice makes perfect. The problem is diagnosing and correcting problems in practice can be challenging, but certain practice methods can minimize the amount of diagnosis needed.
Some folks think competitive shooting is a bad idea for armed defenders. I disagree with that notion, but let’s take a look at that position and see what we can learn from it.
The grip is one of fundamental components of marksmanship. In terms of pistol shooting, it is arguably one of the top three components. This begs the question, is deviating from a textbook grip a bad thing?
Ask and ye shall receive. Or, at the very least, I will share an opinion with potentially questionable information. Kind of like this post where I share how I am going about dry fire practice which I believe is critical to pistolcraft improvement.
Measuring and tracking progress is an important aspect of a skill development journey. It not only confirms skills are in fact improving but it can also help identify specific improvement opportunities while making one aware of their limitations.
There are several techniques and approaches to dealing good hits on targets of varying degrees of difficulty. Here is an approach I’ve adapted from others and added a quick trick to help gauge difficulty.