Shooters seem to have a variety of opinions on training. The combination of live-fire and dry-fire and other aspects appear to have no consistency among the shooters I have interviewed. It also seems to be a big secret. Have no idea why…
My training routine consists of Live Fire, Dry-fire, and athletic work, as well as running and cycling and other athletic cross-training.
In general Im training 6 days per week during the season with live fire at least 3 of those days.
My live fire routines are specifically geared toward an outcome at each session. If I’m working on transitions for example, I’ll run through 600 rounds just working on that. Each session has to be focused on a specific skill. Some of these take many sessions to begin to master.
I generally follow 3-4x/week live-fire routines. These are augmented by dry-fire as well.
I’ve spoken with most of the top IPSC shooters in the world and have concluded that yah, we need it and yah, how its done makes a big difference once you get above the 85% in rankings in particular. That line between success and failure is so incredibly narrow. Dry-fire is typically where the difference is made.
So what’s the approach to dry-fire ? I’ve created two session types of dry-fire – basic skills and movement. Sometimes I have both sessions on a single day when the weather is bad, e.g. Other times based on where im feeling weakest I focus on one or another type of session.
Basic Skills (adapted from the dry-fire Guru, Ben Stoeger) –
|Grip/Stance/Trigger check Sight Tracking=Dryfire Groups
Draw on Close Targets
Draw on Far Targets (1/3 IPSC)
Strong hand only
Weak Hand only
Shooting while moving
Leaning around obstacles
Pulling, carrying, or otherwise unusual things
Pickup and Load Start
Unloaded in the Holster Start
I set-up a field course with 1/3 targets, fault lines, and a timer. The courses have tight shots, leans and as many aspects that I can think about that come into play in matches. I’ll run through the stage with the Airsoft and also my tournament gun dry firing. My goals are to match the Airsoft times at the range.
Key challenge with most of this stuff is logistics – how to get it all done. Were not with unlimited means and time. I have specific field course designs that are easily replicated both on the range and in dry-fire.