Right now, training is hard to do. We should all likely have the goal of preserving our ammunition as much as possible but we still need to make sure we're getting as much trigger time as we possibly can.
Ammo is in short supply right now, and conserving what you have is a necessity — even if you have what you'd consider to be a lot of ammunition.
My friends, listen to me very carefully, I believe this is the new normal for our ammunition supplies for at least several months, if not longer.
Unless you have an endless supply of reloading components, this is just the way it has to be. At least, for now.
But, you should also still be training as much as you can in an efficient manner and this is important to remain on top of your self-defense game. You must keep your skills honed in as much as possible. But, here's the thing, just lobbing rounds downrange isn't going to cut it.
You must go to the range with a plan so you're not wasting your ammo and precious time. That plan is a series of live fire drills recently put forth in a Shop Talk video Riley did about a week or two ago. I just watched it and felt it was such a good message that I had to put it into an article to spread the word as much as possible.
We're going to discuss a few of these drills, but I don't want to steal his thunder. I therefore encourage you to watch his video (embedded below) where he goes over each one and demonstrates them for you. Let's get started.
The first drill is what he calls the Jack Wilson Test. If you recall, Jack Wilson is the church security guard who took out an active shooter with a single head shot from about 15 yards away. The shooter had already killed one of the other security guards, and Wilson had a cool head and was able to make a difficult shot, giving us all something to look up to and practice.
The main point with this drill, is to gauge your performance to see where you stand and if you can make a similar shot under similar circumstances. In the video Riley makes the shot cold, without having fired any other shots beforehand, which is important because Wilson was in church before he had to take that shot, and had not warmed up either.
The next drill is what is called “The Test” and it's basically shooting at a bullseye target from from a given yardage with either five or 10 shots on target in a certain amount of time. Then, scoring the target to see how well you did.
And of course, the video is more than an hour long and I'm not going to go into every single drill he does. Suffice it to say that you should still be training as often as you can while conserving your ammunition. This means dry firing more in the comfort of your own home, as well as live fire drills that use less ammo.
Speaking of ammo, he did some really good training in the vid, and only used about a box.
Check out the video, here:
Now, Riley makes a good point about using your self-defense ammo for these drills, which is something I touch on more in this article about using your self-defense ammunition in your carry gun from time to time.
What you should seriously consider NOT doing is just going and shooting tons of ammo at a static target unless you're in the break-in phase of your gun to make sure it's working properly before carrying it for self-defense.
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