2015 looks to have a greater likelihood of stability in my life to actually plan some things and work to accomplishing them in an organized fashion. Up to this point I have mostly succeeded in making a strong foundation on which to realize some of the things I naively thought I should be able to do a long time ago.
Starting off on the right foot, I decided to come into the year with a good zero. I made a special trip out to the range to verify last week:
I am still going to be using a 4” target as the basis for my development for the foreseeable future. I only really cracked the surface of the implications of a small, fixed sized target, and I want to see what the meat of it looks like.
1. Clean the Appleseed AQT. Due date 4/19/14.
I have recently come a long way to be able to realize goal this with my standing work in the past two months. At this point I predict that I could clean the standing stage approximately 75% of the time. I need to get better, but I hit a plateau, and I don’t see laying siege to it in the next few months as a worthy use of my time. I’m going to cycle off of that intensive work in standing and roll into a maintenance cycle as a tertiary level priority.
At the last Appleseed I went in completely cold and was able to clean stage 3 (rapid prone) every time but one (if memory serves). That leaves sitting and slow prone work as a second level priority. I’m going to work on the following other things as primary up to March.
2. Complete the positional analysis work that I started last fall. I don’t see that work as a fixed metric of my ability, but rather a comparative analysis of what the positions do best and how to use them most appropriately. The work I have yet to accomplish there is measuring the speed of each position in attaining one shot from a standard ready position, and to measure the speed of transitioning to different targets. Due date, February 14th.
3. Partially concurrent with the above goal, I am shifting my AR shooting into improving my abilities in the distance spectrum inside 100 yards. Using the 4” target, combined with the imminence that using a gun in this range of distances brings, make this a particularly challenging workspace. It is a big weakness right now, and I’ll work on that in the early part of the year, tapering off in March. By March 1st I would like to be able to pass the DD25 drill in 20 seconds, all hits, on my 4” target. This is not a hard goal, rather an exploratory one, as I need to figure out what I don’t know yet first.
That will be enough to keep me busy in the short term. In the long term I am very interested in working moving targets to a level of comfortable familiarity and a known ‘on demand” performance. I need to figure out a good way to do that. I’m also interested in getting back into competition, and maybe seeing what 3-Gun is all about.
There are some general improvements in methodology that I think will help me make better progress than I have been.
1. Record my observations more carefully at the time I do my shooting and dry fire work. There have been a lot of times when I had to guess back at the reason something happened a certain way. It’s harder to address a poorly defined problem, so I’m going to be more methodical in recording what I see and feel during shooting.
2. Make more methodical use of drills. This morning someone asked me about drills that I use. I really couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head. I tend to work more as a process than as an input/output cycle, but I’m going to try to deliberately come up with ways to address specific aspects of performance and share them.
That’s all I have. It’s modest, but if I try to plan my entire year it will be a waste of time. Let’s make it into Spring first.