Another week of me not blogging every day. Again, we’ve been shooting over lunch quite a bit, and if I have the choice to shoot or write about shooting, I’m going to shoot every time.

Still went every morning, though. Twice to verify zero on a rifle, and three times with the handgun. I learned pretty much the same thing on each handgun day, so I’ll just write about it now.

I know that shooting well is just a matter of executing a perfect grip, perfect sight alignment, and perfect trigger press all at the same time. I also know that unless two of those things are completely subconscious, a perfect shot will never happen. This is because the conscious mind can only do one thing at a time.

But: It’s hard to check if you’re doing something right or wrong if you can’t consciously think about it. Thinking about it will make you stop thinking about the one thing you’re supposed to be thinking about (again, because you can only pick one thing, and it should be an important thing – like sight alignment).

Consequently, it’s very difficult for me to know if my grip is staying consistent while I’m focusing totally on the front sight. I made a plan.

  • Focus totally on getting the grip right.
  • Then focus on taking all the slack out of the trigger.
  • Go back and check the grip, focusing totally on making it right.
  • Once that’s done, turn back to the sights and place them in an acceptable wobble pattern.
  • Simply wait for the gun to go off. I know I want to shoot, so it will happen. Without consciously thinking about it.

…and that’s what happened. Go back and look at my other 9mm targets I’ve been shooting for the past few weeks. Big difference here. Hold point was below the black, because these were 147s. I did notice that my grip didn’t shift after each shot.

The incredible thing about focusing your conscious mind on the front sight is that it’s impossible to flinch from recoil anticipation… because you can’t anticipate something you’re not thinking about.

This obviously takes a lot of concentration power. I find it helps to realize that during the shot process, the way the sights and target look in relation to one another is literally the most fascinating thing going on in my world at that moment. Why would I want to think about anything else?

I was actually surprised to see a 90 when I walked downrange. It didn’t take any effort really, just following the plan. Is this what they mean when they say shooting is 90% mental? I don’t know.

Now, I took about three minutes to fire this 10 round group at 25 yards. That’s way too slow. But I realize now that speed comes from simply minimizing the time between each prep string, as well as the duration of the process. And that can be done intelligently in dryfire.