Purpose: The main purpose of this journal is for accountability to myself. I have kept training journals for years (lots of paper) and thought it was time to get with the program. Another huge draw for me to do this was students asking me in courses, "what do you do for practice?" In the past I have pointed them to several places (obviously www.pistol-training.com) and tried to explain what drills and skills I work on, when, and why. Most students, though we know we should, don't take that many notes in a course. So this will be a singular place for me to point and say, "This is what I do."
Goals: I have some very specific goals in mind for this year with my training. This is not purely limited to handgun training, but everything in life relates to everything else. It has been approximately 7 years since I've used a 1911 platform as my EDC and use gun, and I've decided to dedicate this year to that platform. Due to my job, I am sometimes required to use a different handgun, but the majority of my time and effort will be on the 1911.
- Begin to re-master the 1911 platform
- Consistant sub 2.0s Slide Lock Reloads (AIWB to high % targets)
- Consistant sub 1.3s draws from concealment (AIWB to high % targets)
- Consistant sub 0.2s splits on high % targets
- Consistant sub 0.4s splits on low % targets
- Consistant 5.0 FAST
- Consistantly clean Hackathorn 3-Second Head Shot Standards from AIWB
- 10-8 1911 Operator/Armorer Course
- LAV 1911 Operator/Armorer Course
- Shoot more competition for fun
Note: All times are based on my averages at 7yds, not best runs.
Constraints: I currently reside (due to uncontrollable circumstances) in a less than gun friendly state. Because of this, ranges are few and far between. I am attempting not to exceed 24,000 rds (handgun) this year between training and practice. This number has been my average the last two years. I will most likely not be posting every drill I do with the number of reps as this would become much longer and most (including myself) would become bored. I will however, be as detailed as is possible with drills and progress reports.
Plan: Due to the range and ammunition constraints, I will be investing much of my time to dry fire/dry practice. Also, I will be experimenting with the heavy use of CO2 powered airsoft guns. I am aware of many of the drawbacks of airsoft training and will be posting on them as I delve deeper into personal use.
I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with you guys/gals and hearing your thoughts and feelings during these posts.