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14 Days to be a Better Shooter
by -Tire Iron



All right so you have acquired a rifle. Now what?? Well, now is when the fun begins. Now is when you will learn the  personality and the little quirks that all machines possess.

All you need for the next phase of you training is a few magazines (as few as two but a full combat load is even better), something to carry those magazines in (whether it is old used ALICE gear, or a brand new custom rig it really makes no difference at this point), and some ammunition to practice with (you can start out with as little as 100 but you will go through many more than that over the years).

Now I will suggest something that you probably had not considered a shooting timer. A shooting timer is MANDATORY if you are serious about becoming as good as you can. Your performance can only really improve if you can measure it. Look at the sports world virtually EVERY aspect of a game is measured. Why? So even the smallest improvement or loss can be recognized and either magnified or stopped. Remember only PERFECT practice makes perfect. Timers can help us recognize that we are not performing perfect practice. They can also help us recognize when we ARE performing perfect practice and so we can continue to do so. Shooting timers are around $100.00 and for any serious student of the martial use of firearms it is money WELL spent. In fact I would suggest that you buy this timer INSTEAD of ammo as you can do LOTS of GREAT practice without any ammunition. Then save up for ammo. (I use PACT timers and have been very satisfied with this brand but there are others too.)

Next buy some dummy rounds or if you reload (or know a reloader) make some up yourself.

Then check out the thread called "Fighting Longuns Part 1" http://www.awrm.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000690 and e-mail me at: tire_iron001@hotmail.com to get the .pdf files of reduced targets (targets that are reduced in size to approximate distance) and make sure you have 15 feet of room for your practice area. Place the target on the wall 15 feet from your dry fire line. All of your dry fire shooting practice will take place at the 15 foot line. Also, download and read/study the article titled Fighting Longarm in .pdf format.

This thread will NOT help you be a better target shooter its intention is to help you train so that you can fight better with your rifle.

Now some comments on safety.

Dry fire is practice performed without live ammunition. ALL aspects of shooting can and should be practiced dry . The only difference will be that there will be no flash, recoil, cycling, ejections of spend rounds and impact of the bullet downrange. However, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger manipulation, follow-through, magazine changes, malfunction clearance drills, movement, etc., can be practiced while dry.

The FIRST thing one need do before starting a dry fire regimen is to decide WHERE one will dry fire practice. The place needs to be somewhere where live rounds are not and will never be kept, or stored. Live rounds should NEVER be in the B dry fire room under ANY circumstances. This will avoid any Unintentional Discharges (UDB s).

First step for dry fire practice is to COMPLETELY unload the firearm prior to entering one's dry fire room . I personally go to the extent that I field strip the weapon and carry it to my dry fire room disassembled. At a minimum lock the bolt to the rear and look into the chamber to verify that it is indeed empty. The magazines are empty also, with the followers clearly visible. I use blaze orange plastic dummy rounds for dry practice, but they are inserted into the magazines while in my dry fire room.

The most important thing to remember regarding dry fire practice is to NEVER dry fire practice where there are live rounds available. Dry practice only when completely separated by at least one closed door from live ammunition.

Once in the dry fire room reassemble your rifle (or handgun or shotgun). Load some DUMMY ammunition into a magazine.

Practice session one


You are now ready for dry fire practice. For this first practice, just load and unload the rifle. Insert the magazine, manipulate the bolt (chamber a round), pull the bolt back slightly and use your finger to ensure that there is a round in the chamber, close the bolt fully, remove the magazine, manipulate the bolt (clearing the chamber), insert your finger to ensure the chamber is empty, and do this over and over again. Do this SLOWLY. Perform this 50 times. DO NOT TRY TO SPEED UP! (There will be a great temptation to try and do this as fast as you can AVOID THIS TEMPTATION! Speed will come all on its own. Speed is the absence of excess movement. When you try to speed up your movements are jerky and you will be SLOWER than if you just let speed come all by itself.)

Next perform this same drill, but now practice removing the magazine from the mag pouch to load, and inserting into your dump pouch when unloading. REMEMBER TO GO SLOW! Perform this drill 50 times. (Most guys have their magazines in the pouch with the bullets down and  pointed towards the belly button.) Grab the magazine by the base as it is up and take it directly to the magazine well. Try not to do any other movements. REMEMBER TO GO SLOW! Give your body a chance to learn this new movement. It is OK to watch this entire drill with your eyes this will help the brain learn the different movements.

Practice session two

Perform 10 B load/unload drills as above using your web gear to hold mags and your dump pouch for the old magazine.

Now blindfold yourself and perform this drill 10 times. Be sure to check to ensure there is a round in the chamber after loading, and be sure to check that the chamber is empty after unloading. Since you are blindfolded this will all be done with your finger.

Next perform this drill WITHOUT the blindfold 10 times.

Then put the blindfold back on and perform this drill 20 more times.

Take the blindfold off and do it another 10 times WITHOUT watching keep your eyes fixed on the target on the wall.

Practice session three

Perform 10 load/unload drills while watching . GO SLOW!

Perform 10 load/unload drills while blindfolded. GO SLOW!

Perform 10 load/unload drills without watching (but not blindfolded). GO SLOW!

Next, after each time you load the rifle shoot the target in the chest or head area one time. Then unload. Perform this 25 times. Remember EVERY time you load OR unload, use your finger to check to make sure it has happened. GO SLOW! Also follow through! (Follow through is to continue to watch the front sight/target for a slow count of 3 AFTER pulling the trigger before dropping the muzzle.)

Practice session four

Perform 10 load/unload WITHOUT looking.

Perform 20 Malfunction type #1 drills while watching. GO SLOW!

Perform 10 Malfunction type #1 drills while blindfolded.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #1 drills without watching.

Practice session five

Perform 10 Malfunction type #1 drills while watching.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #1 drills without watching.

Perform 20 Malfunction type #2 drills while watching.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #2 drills while blindfolded.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #2 drills without watching.

Practice session six

Perform 10 Malfunction type #1 drills without watching.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #2 drills without watching.

Perform 20 Malfunction type #3 drills while watching.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #3 drills while blindfolded.

Perform 10 Malfunction type #3 drills without watching.

Practice session seven

Perform 20 Malfunction type #1 drills without watching.

Perform 20 Malfunction type #2 drills without watching.

Perform 20 Malfunction type #3 drills without watching.

Perform 20 reloads while retaining magazine (without watching).

Perform 20 reloads while dropping magazine (without watching).

Practice session eight

Perform 25 head shots at 25 yards strong side. (Aim near the top of the head and use a good solid fighting stance NOT a  target stance.) GO SLOW!

Perform 25 head shots at 25 yards weak side. GO SLOW!

Perform 25 body shots at 50 yards strong side. GO SLOW!

Perform 25 body shots at 50 yards weak side. GO SLOW!

Practice reload drills, and malfunction drills.

Practice session nine

Perform 25 body shots at 100 yards. GO SLOW!

Perform 25 body shots at 200 yards. GO SLOW!

Perform 10 head shots at 25 both strong and weak side.

Perform 10 body shots at 50 yards both strong and weak side.

Practice session ten

Practice position assumption from standing to squatting and shooting 50 yard target. Perform 50 times.

Practice position assumption from standing to kneeling and shooting 50 yard target 50 times. Perform 50 times.

Perform reloads and malfunction clearance drills.

Practice session eleven

Practice position assumption from standing to rice paddy prone and shooting 50 yard target. Perform 50 times.

Practice position assumption from standing to modified prone and shooting 50 yard target. Perform 50 times.

Practice position assumption from standing to regular prone and shooting 50 yard target. Perform 50 times.

Perform reloads and malfunction clearance drills.

Practice session twelve

Practice moving forward slowly. Try and walk at least 15-20 feet and try to keep the front sight on the 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice moving backward slowly. Use 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice moving diagonally to the right moving forward. Use 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice moving diagonally to the left moving forward. Use 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice session thirteen

Practice moving diagonally BACKWARD to the right. Use 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice moving diagonally BACKWARD to the left. Use 25 meter target. Perform 50 times.

Practice moving and reloading.

Practice moving and performing malfunction clearance drills.

Practice moving and then assuming different positions.

Practice session fourteen

Set your timer for the par times in the NMS RQC.

WORK SLOWLY which means perform LOTS MORE dry fire while going slowly to increase performance.

REPEAT ALL OF THE ABOVE DRILLS AS TIME/CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT. By following this regimen, you are guaranteed of being better at fighting with your longarm than you were when you started.

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