Training notes 07/30/2014

Dry fire training with S&W 929 9mm, draws and reloads.

Draw times were (in reverse order) 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75 and no time (warm up). Hit my goal of sub 1.00 second draw with the 929 and the Safariland holster, although I’m getting perilously close to using a “scoop” draw technique. The “scoop” draw is really fast, but runs the risk of dumping the gun on the ground resulting in a trip to DQ. Since Friday is the night before the match, I won’t set a training goal for that, just some general draws and reloads. Next training goal will be for Monday, try to get a 0.90. I’ll have to use a video camera to verify my times since my ability to tell when I’ve beat the timer or not starts to degrade sharply under 1.00 second.

Reload pars were 3.50, 3.00, 2.50, 2.25. I could get under 2.25 about 75% of the time, but the other 25 was rough – big bobbles and problem. I then spent some time chasing a sub 2.00 second load, which I never hit. I got close a couple of times, but at that speed, trying to load the gun in the hurry means there is a lot going on and I’m very out of practice with a wheelgun. I want to try and get that sub-2.25 down pat (8 loads) before I go any further trying to shrink my time. Once I can clean that, I’ll go for smaller increases, like .10 seconds as opposed to jumping all the way to a sub 2.00.

Had to move today’s live fire session to Thursday, too much “real job” to do.

Revolvers: they’re fun!