three yard dot drills

3 yard dot drill, round two, didn’t go exactly as planned at first. 4/5 low left hits on the first five shots of today’s 20 round practice. Again, grip inconsistencies plague me.

I took a break and went off to the side to try something new. The most recent Tacticool Journal (IDPA quarterly magazine) had a cool article on shooting with both eyes open.

One of the article’s main points was that it’s possible to be blinking when the gun goes off and not even know it. This can be diagnosed by opening your eyes as wide as possible while shooting, like a “deer in the headlights”.

You might still blink, but you’ll for sure be aware of it when you slap your lids down.

I aimed at the berm and simply tried to watch the sights. I don’t think I accomplished much in five rounds. I definitely wasn’t blinking, but I sure didn’t see a whole lot. I’ll have to experiment with this later, perhaps with a lighter backdrop.

Back to the dot drills, this time at 2 yards so I could remember how it works. As you can see from the second line, it went somewhat better.

These drills are really driving home the concept that a “continuous” grip is very important. Perhaps when the experts talk about a “consistent” grip, they aren’t speaking so much of shot-to-shot consistency, although it’s important as well.

I’m thinking that grip consistency matters much more throughout each shot process, from trigger initiation to follow through.

At any rate, the two yard targets reminded me to grip before, DURING, and after the shot. I satisfactorily hammered the last five shot string at 3 yards, but I had to focus hard.

Today’s drill was brought to you by 25 continuous-grip dry fires before the shooting started, and the number 3.


I think that the idea of “trigger isolation” is a key concept for understanding marksmanship with a handgun. Your trigger finger is (for better or worse) directly integrated into your gripping hand. This makes keeping grip and trigger separate and constant, apart from one another, difficult to do.

At least for me, at this stage.


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