Advanced School #2
We began this school with a lot of talk about Peripheral Acceptance of the gun farther and farther behind the gun. This is such a hard thing to do as it is very uncomfortable but the way to improve is to get very comfortable having the gun away from the target.
The brain’s job is to make you comfortable. Remember the eyes don’t see they are the receptors for the brain to get the information. So our job is to do the 3 bullet drill and the flashlight drill to get to where everyone is comfortable with the gun way out there. The gun is a part of the picture so accept it when it comes into the picture. Since we are hard wired to look at things that come into the peripheral we must learn to accept it so our eyes don’t go to it as soon as it comes into the picture.
How to do this? Pre load the picture you want to see. What does that mean? It means that before you call pull; tell yourself where the target needs to be to make this shot, either behind the barrel or across the barrel. This makes the picture very clear and less confusing. Without doubt is a good thing then the brain doesn’t engage and create confusion.
We also talked a lot about the soft move to the shoulder to engage the shot as you see the target. The gun is fairly still until the target comes to the lead and you then go the same speed at the end. Stabilize the speed at the end of the shot. The soft mount to the shoulder with the eyes on the target away from the barrel gives you more time to get the same speed at the end.
Out to the course where we took IPad movies of everyone
Day #2 brought movie reviews of everyone to analyze what they were doing. The camera doesn’t lie. You think you are doing one thing then see the movie and realize that what you are doing is not what you thought. Very reveling to everyone. The hardest thing for everyone to grasp was the soft mount to the shoulder but once they got it were amazed at how little the gun moved and you could catch the target not have the excess follow through so then the transition to the next target is easier.
Jeff offered that in his pre shot routine, he would just follow the target with his nose instead of pointing at it with his finger. That way he got the motion and programmed across the barrel on the right to left target and on the left to right his nose came into the gun.
We saw how Arb came out of the gun too quickly and needed to take the time to finish the shot. We also saw that his eyes were not square and level when he called pull.
Doss thought he was going to shoulder then making the shot but after looking at the movies he realized that he was coming into the shoulder and cheek at the same time. So today his job is to work on soft shoulder mount then as target and gun go the same speed then mount and take the shot.
Another thing that was a realization is about focus ratios. We want a 95%-98% focus on the target and a 5% to 2% awareness of the gun. Yet we still have people putting the gun in the picture in the set up. If the last thing you do before calling pull is look at the barrel then the first thing that you see is the barrel. Not good.
One of our folks had a release trigger, which brought a different timing circuit to learn. It took all day but by the end of the day his timing was much better.
We tried all day to make everyone keep the target behind the gun to control the target with the hands. Big difference for everyone as the panic was taken out of the shot and they felt more in control.
Day 3 and we did more IPad analysis and once again it was very reveling to each student but everyone did so much better as they are getting more comfortable with controlling the bird behind the gun. So today more work on getting comfortable with the gun way out there. We want to make perception =reality. And being more comfortable with gun in front makes it much more relaxing and you don’t get as tired after 100 targets.
Mike had a question on when to know when to pull the trigger. We are trying to get into the right brain and tap into the anticipation circuit that we all have. Having the gun way out there will allow the right brain to slow your mount down to equal same speed at the end. Control of the target with the gun in the picture and see the target behind the barrel.
The wrap up on day 4 was to tell the students what to take home and put it all to work. Remember we are building new habits and be honest with yourself. Try to find something you can’t do and make it yours. Never be afraid to fail in front of people, make it, WHAT CAN I LEARN TODAY.Back to Blog