After the range session this week, and taking an honest look at where I think I am versus what I wanted to achieve this year, I think two adjustments the main goal and a few intermediate goals are in order.
First, I had established a 7 second and 5 second time limit for the first and second goals respectively. I did not, however, establish a ‘starting position’ for these limits. Originally, I had thought I would be starting already in the shooting position. But this is not a realistic scenario for an everyday marksman where opportunities for a shot will not typically come when already in a prepared position. So, I will update the goals to reflect starting from a standing position with rifle at the low ready, and I will give myself more time to get into position and make the shot. I am thinking 20 seconds and 10 seconds, respectively. If I manage to meet or exceed this new modified goal before the end of the year, then I will reduce the times.
Also, Shawn from Loose Rounds pointed out that the goal was a stretch for someone at my relatively basic skill level and equipment. I will update the goal to reflect using quality match ammunition, which should help. For now, I am keeping the size of the targets as written. Until I gather more data on the performance of my weapons with quality ammunition, I don’t want to change too much.
I also want to thank Shawn and John from Firearm User Network for linking to my blog. I never expected this kind of support starting out, and I really appreciate it.
Also, I have added two intermediate goals.
- Develop a mental management/pre shot program that will be employed on every shot during practice, dry fire, and live fire.
- Choose consistent factory ammunition load that will be used for all practice
I will talk about these a bit more in another post.