Today I went back and reviewed my range reports from the start of this blog. Two things are standing out to me.
1. I took far too long to start using some kind of measurable system to track progress. Most of my initial range trips were using basic targets that could only tell me if I was hitting the target or not.
2. I have made only small incremental improvements in the last several sessions since participating in the Appleseed shoot.
My last several trips have generally followed the same format: confirm zero, and then proceed to fire five shots from each position one time (maybe twice). In short, I think this is limiting my improvement. These sessions more resemble “checks” of a skill rather than focused improvement of that skill.
My wife is a professional classical musician by trade. She has often told me how many times in her training that she found herself practicing the same scales over and over again, thousands of time each during the course of her career. She often tells me about how boring that can be, but it is required in order to develop the raw motor skills. She also complains about how her students would often rather not put in that time, preferring instead to just go play. But, without that focused practice and repetition, they will never play as well as they potentially good.
I fear I’ve been doing the same thing.
Perhaps, rather than practicing each position once or twice per sessions for a measly five or ten shots, I need to spend entire sessions on each. Improvement requires focused practice.