The answer is probably obvious:
As often as you can!
My goal every morning I wake up is to improve myself by becoming a better person. One of the ways I do that during the day is becoming a better marksman and improve my gun handling skills. My schedule does not allow me to visit the range as often as I would like, but I do still train every day. Training is a way of life, and this is just one example:
UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey was recently interviewed about her day-to-day training regimen. As the cameraman followed her throughout her apartment he bumped into dozens of little tennis balls suspended from the ceiling with string. Any time Ronda left one room and walked to another on her way to get a glass of water from the kitchen, or take a walk outside, she would bob-and-weave and work her way through and around these tennis balls as if they were opponents; protecting her head, dodging, and striking at them each in turn. The reason she is such an amazing fighter has little to do with genetics, or gifts from the MMA gods! It has to do with her strong drive to be a successful fighter; her persistence in training and her tireless efforts to improve herself in any and every way. She is committed to success in her endeavors and acts like it!
So, while we may not be able to visit the range, or in Ronda’s case the gym, every single day, there are hundreds of steps we can implement into our daily lives to become better shooters, and here are just a few:
- Dry fire, Dry fire, Dry Fire!!! This is the #1 thing that I feel people can do more of. Even experienced shooters will benefit by adding a few minutes of dry firing to their training plan.
- Focus on improving yourself, not your gear. As stated a few posts ago, we can improve our gear to the point that it is the best in the world, but where does that leave us?? Without any money for ammo thats what!
- Stay Focused on your goals for yourself (more on that later)
- Dry fire, Dry fire, Dry fire!!!! I recently had the opportunity to coach a young shooter new to IDPA. He would compete in his club’s monthly IDPA match, as well as practice at the range one day before the match. Besides that, the only other training he would do was safely dry fire his chosen IDPA Stock Service Pistol handgun every night before he went to sleep. The rate of his skill improvement was amazing. Within months he was regularly beating seasoned competitors at local and regional matches; shooters that, mind you, were previously complaining that ammo costs were rising and that they “could not afford to train anymore”… 0-o This kid went on to win High Junior at a large Regional match and will probably continue to improve until he gets sponsorships enough to afford real ammo. His secret? You got it!: Dry Firing.
So get out there, or rather stay inside if you want, and start dryfiring!