We need to get as creative as possible regarding our training regimen, especially during this ammo shortage. Lately, I've been doing more dry fire practice in the comfort of my own home — my basement. However, I've recently realized how much I was missing out on by not recording myself during dry fire.
Let me explain.
Practicing my draw stroke:
Something I've been working on specifically is the draw. The reason is I find it is a skill that gets lost if not practiced often.
When I say “draw” and “dry fire,” I mean that I practice drawing my gun from a concealed carry position. For me, this means between 4 and 5 o'clock. The process is: draw the firearm, present to target, and press the trigger, all with an empty handgun.
I then re-holster and do it all again. After all, I've always thought that repetition will help me out.
But the thing that I either forgot or never knew is that while repetition is excellent, repeating something incorrect over and over can definitly hurt, more than help.
I have trained with many great instructors:
I've taken classes from pros and have good training behind me. Yet, I made a critical error in my draw that I would never have picked up on had I not watched myself doing it.
Now I am making this mistake because of a shoulder injury. The error in question is that I'm not getting my gun up high enough out of the holster because I am subconsciously trying to prevent hurting myself further.
I realized that I was doing it, but not to the extent that I watched the video. And just so you know, bringing the gun up high after the draw is considered by the pros to be a good practice.
The reason why is because your support hand should already be there after clearing your garment up to your chest area, and it allows you to get a solid, two-handed grip early on in the draw stroke.
The truth is that getting to the height needed hurts my shoulder, so I go just under the point where it starts to hurt. I had a feeling that I was doing this, but not to the degree I was, which was just barely out of the holster.
I am going to have to work on this:
I'm not sure this is something I can fix, but at least I'm aware of it moving forward, and I wouldn't have realized this if I didn't set my camera up and record myself drawing and dry firing. And sometimes cameras can catch some wild stuff during dryfire or live fire practice.
And that's the key with this tip. By recording yourself, you will see how you're doing. You will see your progress along with things you may be doing wrong. Consequently, you can develop a strategy on how to fix yourself.
Or do you want to learn how to draw like a pro? I strongly suggest you take a course on how to do just that.
Watch yourself going through the motions of dry fire. Then add our 80-minute course designed to help you with your draw stroke. This course is called Draw Like A Pro. You will undoubtedly see your proficiency increase.
After all, the goal of all this is to stand a better chance at coming out on top if you ever need to defend yourself with your gun.