Training: Practice shooting variances for pistol, sitting, empty, one hand
By Andy C
Surely you can imagine a situation where this position would be handy. Contrived or not, as long as you practice, you’ll be proficient. (Photo: Andy C)
I’ve discussed previously that dry fire is important, but also super boring. There’s techniques you can use to make it less mind-numbing and my finding is that keeping things practical as possible goes a long way in facilitating regular practice.
But what should you practice? This depends on your goals — if you want to become a very good competitive pistol shooter, your general practice regimen will be different from somebody trying to improve at benchrest rifle shooting. For this article, I’m going to highlight some general positions and scenarios that most pistol shooters (and many rifle shooters) can benefit from, which I refer to as “variances” — changes from your typical standing square to a target. They’re commonly encountered in the “real world” of defensive shootings and in the fantasy land of competitive shooting, so people who train with these small variances in mind have an edge.
Variance 1: Starting empty
We all practice reloading after emptying our ammunition, but how often do practice getting ammo into it in the first place? In this variance, place your