Though you wouldn’t know it in the time of coronavirus social isolation, my primary day job is teaching the judicious application of lethal force, and how to effectively shoot under pressure. (http://massadayoobgroup.com) I’m effectively out of work (that work, anyway) ‘til the end of America’s shutdown. So…
Our friends at the Wilson Combat YouTube channel, which offers a cornucopia of good advice from some great teachers of the gun, just posted a segment with me and a legend in our business, Ken Hackathorn.
It’s about what I call the Blind Swordsman Drill, a method that my students and I have found remarkably effective for improving trigger control. When you do it, remember to hold the gun on target when you open your eyes: you want to see if the gun is returning naturally to point of aim. For safety’s sake, always do it with someone there to keep an eye on things. With your eyes closed, if you’re alone you won’t be able to see of someone or something gets between you and the target, or you and the backstop.
And if you’re in shutdown right now, this same drill works dry-fire. Always make sure you dry- fire at something that could stop the most powerful round from that particular gun – it’s just one more logical safety net. When you open your eyes after the “click,” the sight picture will tell you where the shot would have gone.