Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Training Tam

Tam is a gunnie-world treasure, and you all know I hold her in high regard.  A true highlight of the gun blogging world.

And she holds that high ground even though 'blogs are dead' and she has downshifted a bit from her blog to put her writing chops to use on higher paying gigs.  But Tam phoning it in is better than me on my best day.

Tam has also been to lots of training courses for shooting.  Especially recently.  You can tell she finds that experience the bees knees.  In a way, she is living the dream.  And her target posts from range sessions shows that all that training is rubbing off on her.  Dang!  I wish I shot half as well.  Half as good?  Half as well?  What's the grammar for that.

Anyway, the only thing she doesn't share is what she learned.  "Learned lots of stuff and now I am much better at shooting after just that one weekend.  That trainer has it wired down."

What stuff?  Share!  I wish she'd share more.  But that's on my selfishness, not on her.

Ah, she might not, I imagine, because she isn't a trainer.  So anything she divulges might not come over as well as someone that trains others for a living and also know what they are about.  And if she was a trainer she'd want to see you in person.  So as to see if she is leading you down the wrong path, if some training tip might make you worse instead of better.  You want training?  Find a trainer?  Maybe go to that trainer she just talked about, and liked.  She, personally, isn't responsible to make you a better shooter.  That's on you.

Or me.

But things leak through.  Tips.

Grip harder.  Harder still.  That is one that has come down from her.  Her and lots of folks.  One contrary to my current training regime.  Which grips lighter.  But that lighter grip is to fix me.  Make me a better shot before making me a better shooter.  My training promises to tighten up that grip, but only after me, personally, have mastered a trigger pull.  One without flinching or heeling or jerking or pushing or thumbing.

I caught another one she shared.  And it applies to ME, and what I am doing now.  Pinning the trigger to the rear, before reset.  More importantly, avoid: shoot, pin, reacquire target in sights, reset, prep, shoot.  It's shoot, pin, reset, prep, reacquiring, shoot.  Or just slap that trigger.  Looking for a reset is a fine motor skill and it might actually slow you down.

Fortunately for me, I don't do this bad habit,  That I know of.     But what I am sure of and what Hatfield sees when I shoot are often two different things... I do have some live fire training with him this weekend...

Well, I HAVE been clicking for pin and reset, but that's in tuning up my accuracy, where I am purposely going slow.   In timed evolutions I am lucky to press decent and all else goes out the window. The goal there is to always press decent.

Anyway, find this guy and maybe take a course with him, too:


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Yeah yeah "I want Tam to share more training tips."

I want ice cream for every meal, too, but not like I am entitled to that.

ASM826 said...

"Half as accurately."

Tam said...

I'm not qualified to teach nobody nothin'. :)