Great 10@25 today. Only a 90, but check out where 7 of them went. Messed it up three other times. Grip took care of itself, sights were aligned and the trigger was prepped each time prior to release.

Lots of resources say that great marksmanship is just “applying the fundamentals”. That’s like saying winning a Formula 1 race is easy, just drive the fastest. Unless you actually know what to do IN your fundamentals, just “doing them” isn’t going to get you anywhere. Clearly, I’m no expert. But I’ve known about these “fundamentals” (grip, sights, trigger) for well over a decade, and I still struggle.

I’m finding that when I have a decent performance, my “fundamentals” were all distinct, yet complementary. They all influence one another. But they also have to be separate. Thankfully, much of it can be programmed into the subconscious mind.

Unfortunately, this is not as simple as merely dry firing endlessly. As I’ve found in the past, it’s entirely too easy to dry fire incorrectly. This obviously does way more harm than good.

I would venture to say (based on personal experience) that if you are consistently dry firing, but can’t throw down a 90 for 10 shots at 25 yards, semi-regularly, you are dry firing wrong. Even if you do it an hour every night.

I will say that while dry fire has been instrumental in my limited success, my greatest gains have come while live firing every day. My dry fire is much more productive now, and takes much less time than it used to. I know what I want to work on, because I know what a good shot looks and feels like. And that feedback only comes by a bullet going through the target.

None of this is easy. I wish it were. There’s a tension between live fire and dry fire that must be balanced. I’m nowhere near done yet.

7.18 seconds and 92 points on The Test today, FWIW.