We all know that the three pillars of practical shooting are DVC “Diligencia Vis Celeritas” or “Precision, Speed and Power”. Well, the basis of our pyramid will be precision…a very important aspect of our training that we can only exercise on the shooting range. However, we must not forget the factors that influence accuracy, and that we must train in dry fire on fundamental skills such as grip, position or trigger control.
One of the most common mistakes we make when firing is the trigger pull, with more emphasis on DA/SA production weapons due to the difference in pressure that we must exert on the trigger between the first shot and the rest. Do not anticipate the shot. We must wait for the trigger to make the whole journey, and this is the one that “surprises us”. Unlike the single action, you have to train the double action so that we start aiming in the middle of the trigger pull. In this way, we will reduce the drag and it will be easier to control the shot.
The recoil is something that notably affects the precision. In practical shooting, two shots are required per target, and for most of the shooters the difficult shot is usually the second. The control of the recoil is a field task that must be practiced in live fire. We must seek that the recovery of our sights is linear from top to bottom so that we can see clearly how the sights return to their initial position without having to go back to look for it. This task also involves two of the factors discussed above: grip and position (as well as muscle tone of the upper body).
The grip must be solid, but not extreme. Squeeze the weapon equally in both hands and try to hold as high as possible, making the weak hand embrace the strong hand. Our thumbs should not overlap or cross, rather one should rest above the other.
Using open sights, I recommend fully extending the arms without getting blocked for a more rapid and controlled recovery of the sights. In Open, however, the sight is optical and usually remains somewhat above a standard sight; therefore, the reference point changes, and that changes the position. That is why I personally tend to shrink my arms a little more. On the other hand, due to the lower recoil, these type of weapons allow us to take a lighter and more dynamic position.
Exercises: Two shots per target. One cardboard or steel target at 15 meters (five repetitions), one cardboard or steel target at 25 meters (five repetitions), one cardboard or steel target with a no-shoot at 10 meters (five repetitions).